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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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

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.

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.

Use This Science-Backed Method to Differentiate Your Business

Inc Startups

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

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 to Differentiate Your Business in a Crowded SaaS Market

Inc Startups

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

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


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


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… 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.

On differentiation


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.

Ten Ways to Differentiate Your Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Tags: sustainable competitive advantage startup customer service differentiate

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

Inc Startups

"Why do the offices have to be so gray

5 Popular Product Categories To Consider For Your New eCommerce Store


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.

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

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.

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


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

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

Inc Startups

5 Ways to Leverage Differentiation to Drive Disruption

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

Inc Startups

Providing exceptional service is the core differentiator

"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 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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Purple Cows and Charity Water

VC Cafe

Let’s talk about marketing and differentiation. Whatever the organisation (a company, startup, charity, etc) change something and seek differentiation by by breaking the mould and making it better. “Be Bold or Italic, never Regular”?—?anonymous. anonymous.

Incremental differentiation doesn’t cut it anymore.


And within that slice of differentiation, to make any sort of impact and lasting company, the difference between you and your competitor cannot be incremental. “Me First, and easiest to understand, is creating differentiation by price. Quality can be, and is, an important differentiator. Service is a remarkable differentiator. One important element of positioning a company is pricing strategy.

The Importance of Core Values

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

Success Factors competitive advantage core values differentiator discovery Entrepreneurs jim collins startups successUnderstanding the importance of core values is something that I have been fascinated with ever since I read Jim Collins book, Good to Great. Core values form the foundation for businesses that persevere through time and major changes. An apt analogy is that of the growth of a tree; some trees have a quick growth spurts and on the surface seem majestic and beautiful.