Thu.Sep 12, 2019

Pitch Deck Month: The “Why Does It Matter?” Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *.

3-Step Burnout Prevention Plan


by Nicole Lapin, author of “ Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance “ I thought I was Superwoman. I’d wrapped up shooting for the second season of my TV show and had just finished touring the country promoting my second book.

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Carey Smith Launches Unorthodox Ventures in Austin to Invest in Startups with Great Products


Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans, the company he founded in Lexington, Kentucky, for $500 million in December of 2017 and then moved to Austin.

Tips For Protecting Intellectual Property


It can be exciting to come up with a new idea that no one has thought of before. When you have that light bulb moment, it can be tempting to let people know about it. Unfortunately, letting people know about your ideas can end up backfiring on you.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Starting an Online Business from Your Own Home

The Startup Magazine

Many people these days would love to take the plunge and start their own business rather than working for someone else. However, some have no idea where to start or are under the impression you need loads of money to start a business.

4 Ways Ringless Voicemail Can Boost Your Business


If you’re a business owner, it’s likely that you’re often wracking your brain trying to think up business tactics that will boost your sales revenue, reach wider audiences, improve employee morale, and save you time and energy.

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3 Resources To Automate Faster


Automation is a buzzword that’s been buzzing for years now, and it’s for good reason.

Autonomous Cars: Driving towards a Better Future

The Startup Magazine

Imagine this – you are cruising down the Interstate-5. You see another car pull up by your side. The car looks strange, with a claw-like fixture on top. As it passes by your car, you see it has no driver! The passengers are looking down at something and the car moves ahead.

Headphone Maker AfterShokz Moves from New York to Austin


AfterShokz, which makes sports headphones that transmit sound via bone conduction, announced this week that it is moving its headquarters from New York to Austin.

Vulture Capital: Why Early Stage VC Could Kill Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

Most startups view venture capital funding as a blessing from above — eager to take it as soon as they can get it. Tempted by large sums of money and the perceived validation that comes along with being funded, founders turn to venture capitalists to accelerate their company’s growth.

What Is Social Proof and Why Your Business Can Die Without It

crowdSPRING Blog

When is the last time you didn’t care or want to know if a product or service you liked was recommended by others? Chances are, the answer is never. Humans are social creatures. From the beginning of time, we’ve told and sought out stories about common experiences. We crave social proof.

Can you just tell little business lies?


Are any of these little lies worth worrying over? “He’s He’s not in right now.” “I am going to the doctor at that time.” “I paid only two dollars a unit to your competitor.”

$100,000 Artificial Intelligence Investment Challenge at Defense Innovation Summit

Austin Startup

Capital Factory is pleased to announce the $100,000 Artificial Intelligence Challenge focused on AI startups whose solutions address the four AI “initial thrusts” articulated by the Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force *.

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Announcing Flow, a new blockchain for entertainment applications

Version One Ventures

Our portfolio company Dapper Labs , the creators of CryptoKitties and the Dapper Wallet , today announced Flow, a new blockchain for entertainment applications. Why do we need another blockchain, you ask? And wasn’t CryptoKitties built on Ethereum? And aren’t there already many other blockchains that are trying to do what Ethereum cannot do (or cannot do well)? . I have very high conviction that different blockchains will power vastly different use cases. “A

ICON Partners with Mobile Loaves & Fishes to Build 3D Printed Homes for Austin’s Homeless Population


Austin has a homeless problem. ICON, an Austin-based startup that makes large scale 3-D Printers to build homes, has a solution. The company this week unveiled a 3D printed Welcome Center in partnership with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter to Austin’s homeless population. ICON constructed the 500 square foot building […].

Book: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Feld Thoughts

The view from my living room in Homer, Alaska. Amy and I arrived in Homer this evening for some time in a different place. We are TV-free up here, so that means, well, books.

The Passing of Two of My Childhood Business Heroes

Feld Thoughts

Two of my childhood business heroes, T. Boone Pickens and H. Ross Perot , died this year. Perot passed away this summer at age 89 and Pickens passed away yesterday at age 91. As I was typing this, I thought maybe I’d call them T and H. But, growing up they were referred to as “T Boone” and “Perot.” ” I didn’t know either of them personally, but they loomed large over the business community in Dallas where I grew up (from 1969 – 1983.)