Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter?

Feld Thoughts

Over sushi last night with two of them, who are also long-time friends, one of them asked me “Brad, how do you think we are differentiated?” I don’t even know what differentiation means anymore as it all blurs together. Differentiation is one of them.

5 Solution Differentiation Moves That Customers Love

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet true product differentiation in the eye of the customer is rarely achieved. According to an old survey by Bain & Company , 80% of businesses believe they have differentiated offerings, but only 8% of customers agree. Customize to differentiate, but do it efficiently.

5 Keys To Product Differentiation For Fun And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet true product differentiation in the eye of the customer is rarely achieved. According to a survey by Bain & Company a while back, 80% of businesses believe they have differentiated offerings, but only 8% of customers agree. Customize to differentiate, but do it efficiently.

Competitive Differentiation that Matters

Instigator Blog

How you differentiate from competitors only matters if it matters to customers. Pick any differentiation you want – pricing, features, target market, market gap , performance , etc. Making sure that your key differentiators actually matter in a huge way to customers is a whole other story. (Powered by LaunchBit ). – unless customers really, really, really care about the difference, you’re shit out of luck.

VC Fund Differentiation *Should* Matter

Hunter Walker

Brad Feld , one of my VC “true norths,” posted about VC Fund Differentiation the other day. Differentiation is one of them. It’s now part of a cliche, as in “how are you differentiated?” I expect you can create a set of slides or a story about your differentiation, but if I dig in and try to understand what you mean, I expect I’ll feel pretty hollow at the end of it. Why has “differentiation” been so watered down as to be meaningless?

On differentiation

Hippoland

One of the biggest components of this is differentiating your product / your company from others. Differentiation is very difficult — there are so many entrepreneurs who are doing something similar to you and also so many alternatives that achieve the same results as your product / solution. So, differentiating your company well is tough. Take the time to really hammer out a clear story on why your product / company is differentiated.

The Importance of Differentiation

Business Plan Blog

But, the question remains, while your product may have an advantage over the competition, is that enough to make it desirably differentiated? When determining how you can differentiate your product or service, consider the following: Core Competencies.

Your Business Lives and Dies by Its Differentiator

Up and Running

I wish there were a better term, but differentiator is the best I’ve got. Take restaurants, for example: “Thai food near the wharf” is a differentiator. Their differentiator was service, installation, hand holding, and so forth. Know your differentiator.

Emotional Intelligence As Competitive Differentiator

Inc Startups

A workforce that is stacked with individuals possessing high emotional intelligence can separate your business from its rivals. Strategy

What Differentiates a Business From a Brand

Inc Startups

You need to constantly prioritize your clients' needs to distinguish yourself. Startup

What are the downsides of communicating a key differentiation in your name?

Gust

Pivotal Moments name name differentiation naming strategies startup naming startupsOne reason is that because of rapidly changing nature of business, today’s competitive advantage can easily become tomorrow’s disadvantage…or at least irrelevancy. Think about how useful the name Tote.com would be for a shopping site developing a social-sharing universal shopping bag/cart. Pretty cool, huh?

One Habit That Differentiates Good Leaders From Bad

Inc Startups

One Habit That Differentiate Goof Leaders From BadHard.

Classic Podcast: How to Differentiate Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Classic Podcast: How to Differentiate Your Business written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. What you’ll learn if you give a listen: How to differentiate your business and not be boring.

Differentiated Intro – Casey Bennetto

Start Up Blog

What a super way to differentiate yourself. Last week I gave a talk at the Arts Australia Council marketing summit on the digital landscape. I was introduced by the MC who just happened bleeding heart genius Casey Bennetto – of ‘ Keating the Musical ‘ fame. But he didn’t just intro me, he created a song based on what I’ve done in my career.

Here's What the Whole Blockchain Craze Can Teach Us About Market Differentiation

Inc Startups

Make your market differentiation loud and clear. Marketing

5 key strategies for differentiating yourself as a freelancer

The Next Web

Whether you’re trying to find clients through your colleagues, on LinkedIn or a freelancer platform like Contently or Upwork, you should consider how to differentiate yourself from competing freelancers that offer similar services.

8 Things That Differentiate Us From Billionaires

Inc Startups

Who Wants To Be a Billionaire? 8 Ways Billionaires Are Different Than Us. Money

What Differentiates Social Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

If the goal of your business is to improve the world, you''re ultimately trying to put yourself out of a job

How to Turn a Customer Experience Failure into Winning Differentiator

Inc Startups

Identify the gaps in your customer experience and convert them into opportunities to delight. Innovate

Want to Differentiate Your Business? Start With Finance Fundamentals

Inc Startups

Innovation at your business is hard, and an overlooked step is understanding business finances. What you need to know about finance and innovation. Money

Differentiated Intro – Casey Bennetto

Start Up Blog

What a super way to differentiate yourself. Last week I gave a talk at the Arts Australia Council marketing summit on the digital landscape. I was introduced by the MC who just happened bleeding heart genius Casey Bennetto – of ‘ Keating the Musical ‘ fame. But he didn’t just intro me, he created a song based on what I’ve done in my career.

4 Ways to Differentiate Yourself and Your Brand

Inc Startups

Tired of being overlooked by your competitors? Try leading with a content first approach

Use This Science-Backed Method to Differentiate Your Business

Inc Startups

It's sometimes healthy to focus on the bad instead of the good

These Top New York Attorneys Have Mastered the Art of Differentiation

Inc Startups

Talk about 'setting the bar'. Innovate

Obliterate Your Competition With These 7 Unstoppable Differentiators

Inc Startups

Overcome sales resistance and differentiate yourself using any one of these seven forms of validation

How Booking.com Is Differentiating Itself in a Crowded Travel Booking Industry

Inc Startups

Booking.com has released its 'Book the U.S.' list that covers top vacation locations in each state. Innovate

When Security Can Become Your Business Differentiator, Everybody Wins

YoungUpstarts

These kinds of services are gaps in the market that, once filled, should allow any company to use security as a differentiator when competing to supply services or goods as part of a larger supply chain. . by Mark Seward, VP of security solutions at Anomali.

How Can Venture Capital Funds Differentiate Themselves [VC Wish List Part 2]

VC Cafe

10 things VCs can do to differentiate themselves and provide more value to potential investments – based on feedback from dozens of entrepreneurs. Despite the VC’s obvious disadvantage in the early stages, marketing and differentiation of venture capital funds is limited today.

How to Differentiate Your Business From the Competition

Up and Running

But the problem with boasting quality and service is that these are expectations , not differentiations. If you are great at probing and uncovering the root of an issue, you will find ways to turn this frustration into a strong differentiation. The other night, I was out at my favorite sushi restaurant. We go there quite regularly because both my son and I are in love with their rolls, especially their Signature Dynamite Roll.

How to Differentiate Your Business in a Crowded SaaS Market

Inc Startups

Want to survive year 1 as a SaaS business? Follow these recommendations

Customer Experience is Your ONLY Differentiator. You're About To Be Rewarded or Punished.

Inc Startups

Forget about your company's historical point of differentiation. Customer Experience reigns supreme today and you will either be rewarded or punished for how you are treating your customers

How to use customer service to differentiate your business – Small business Spotlight

Up and Running

Every business needs to differentiate itself, to find a way to show the world how it’s unique and different.

Value Proposition to Customers is Key to Differentiating your Business

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Pay attention to the little things, as these may be the only means you have to differentiate your shop from your competitors. Whether your customers are other businesses or individual consumers, creating a true value proposition for a product has never been more difficult or more important. Entrepreneurs face the daunting challenge of persuading increasingly cautious customers to buy their products. Remember that everyone is watching his money right now.

The new killer differentiator isn’t what you think

Jeff Hilimire

Design is the new black. Or the new viral. Or, “what’s next” You want to know what you should focus on in 2012? Think its more Facebook, or mobile, or some kind of NFC something or other?Nope.It’s Nope.It’s the design of your product or service and specifically, the design of the experience that your customers have with every interaction they have with your company.

Can You Differentiate Yourself in a Commodity Market?

Inc Startups

The market is growing, but your product is virtually identical to your competitors'' offerings. Are you entitled to growth? Business builders often justify entering a market with logic along the lines of, "This market is worth $10 billion and growing.

"The goal, then, isn’t to draw some positioning charts and announce that you have differentiated your."

Mark Birch

“The goal, then, isn’t to draw some positioning charts and announce that you have differentiated your product. So when marketing your thing, let your product lead, but have that competitive breakdown and the feature differentiators in your back pocket. product development marketing competition markets competitive analysis startups features differentiation

Customer Differentiation in Competitive Markets – SxSW Interactive 2016

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Please vote, comment on, and share our panel idea: Customer Differentiation in Competitive Markets before September 2, 2016. client services competition social media social networks anne-marie bitman aruni gunasegaram customer differentiation customer experience customer focus customer success employee engagement happy customers happy employees mitch aubin scott yankton sxsw sxsw interactive sxsw panel picker thanking employees

People Are The Price of Admission

Feld Thoughts

In my post recently titled Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter? I don’t view people as differentiation. While I was doing this, a background process in my mind linked me back to the post I wrote on VC Fund Differentiation (or lack thereof). Venture Capital differentiation people returns seed strategyseveral people commented on some variation of “people” as the key to everything. I view them as the price of admission.

Customer service is still the best differentiator and it’s made up of small acts

Jeff Hilimire

I was reminded on a recent trip I took overseas of the impact that customer service has on the loyalty that I have to a company. I read Open Happiness by Tony Hsieh a while back and was struck by their total commitment to customer service and amazed that Bezos would fork over $1.2

Differentiating in the Social Games Space

Immersive Web

Immersive Web Home About Differentiating in the Social Games Space Its no surprise that the social gaming space is getting very crowded and getting more so every day. Develop games with a differentiating technology Some believe there is an opportunity here. And perhaps there are more ways to differentiate when building games.

"Superior sales and distribution can create monopoly, even without product differentiation. The."

Mark Birch

“Superior sales and distribution can create monopoly, even without product differentiation. The converse is not true.” - Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel via Tom Tunguz. This was a snippet from Tom’s blog post. Lean Startup and the startup world often say product wins and discount the value of marketing and sales.

Lean Startups: The Most Efficient Path To Non-Differentiation

Launching Tech Ventures

Friday, February 11, 2011 Lean Startups: The Most Efficient Path To Non-Differentiation by Joris Poort In a hypothesis-driven lean start-up environment, lean theory recommends maximizing your learning from customers while minimizing effort.

Why Doesn’t Twitter’s Safety Policy Differentiate Between My Backyard and Your Backyard? A Simple (?) Proposal.

Hunter Walker

I love Twitter. 45,000 Tweets. 263,000 Likes (even though they’ll always be Favs to me). Their commitment to free speech has always been clear ( thank you amac! ). But they’re, by many accounts, losing users to continued abuse and trolling. And Twitter has said they want to fix this, but never published a roadmap as to how they intend to do so. Today I was drawn to SNL comedian Leslie Jones’ timeline.