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 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.

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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.

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

8 Things That Differentiate Us From Billionaires

Inc Startups

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

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?

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

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.

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

Use This Science-Backed Method to Differentiate Your Business

Inc Startups

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

How to Differentiate Your Business in a Crowded SaaS Market

Inc Startups

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

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

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.

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.

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.

How To Stand Out From The Competition

Mike Michalowicz

being the est the differentiatorUncategorized how to stand out from the competition.

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.

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.

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.

Open Sourced Software Differentiates Vaadin from closed source dinosaurs

ArcticStartup

Imagine you’re a kid, your friend is building a brick house made of Legos. You join in and decide to build an extension to his house. It would be only logical you use Legos just like he did, but what if he wouldn''t share his Legos? You’d have to come up with another solution to build the extension.

If I Was Only Allowed To Share One Marketing Idea With You, This Is It…

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Entrepreneurship Internet Marketing Fundamentals big idea branding business differentiation entrepreneur marketing positioning strategic thinkingThink of a movie or television star… …Now think of the movie or show they are most known for.

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.

Five Essentials For Your Business Success

The Startup Magazine

Point of Differentiation) What gives this product or service an advantage; what sets it apart from the competition, so that it will stand out from the crowd. Entrepreneurship differentiation FranchiseYouNiversity ROI

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.

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.

Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney: How to Disrupt Stereotypes and Differentiate Your Brand

Inc Startups

"Why do the offices have to be so gray

Ten Ways to Differentiate Your Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Tags: sustainable competitive advantage startup customer service differentiate

5 Questions That Will Lead to Market Domination

Duct Tape Marketing

One of the things most small business struggle with mightily is differentiation. I’ve written about this numerous times , but often your customers know what you do that differentiates your more precisely than you do. The secret to success in business is to differentiate.

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

5 Popular Product Categories To Consider For Your New eCommerce Store

YoungUpstarts

Others ecommerce online commerce online shopping online store product category product differentiationStarting an ecommerce store isn’t hard, but finding a product to sell can prove to be difficult, especially when it comes to finding a reliable supplier.

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.

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.

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.

3 Steps One Entrepreneur Took to 10x Her Startup Growth

Inc Startups

In today's hyper-competitive entrepreneurial landscape, differentiation is everything

Customer Differentiation in Competitive Markets – SxSW Interactive 2016

entrepreMusings

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

The Biggest Mistake New Entrepreneurs Make When Coming Up With a Business Model

Inc Startups

Providing exceptional service is the core differentiator

What Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban and Mark Branson Know That You Don't

Inc Startups

5 Ways to Leverage Differentiation to Drive Disruption

"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.

Why Wasserman Believes It Wields an Advantage Among Athlete Agencies

Inc Startups

Wasserman says there's not enough differentiation between top sports agencies

How To Compete In A Commoditized Market Like Hosting, Should Yaro Start A Blogging Service And Is Buying A Podcast A Growth Strategy

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Here are some of the subjects we discussed - How to compete in an industry like podcast hosting when price is the only differentiator What should you be prepared for if you start a new services based business Can buying a podcast work as a growth strategy for your own podcast What about buying a pinterest account, or tumblr blog, or twitter profile - are these other types of assets worth buying? Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes.

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