Wed.Apr 08, 2020

6 Practices Guaranteed To Raise Workforce Engagement

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether you are an entrepreneur managing a startup, or a corporate executive with thousands of employees, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of big value from happy employees. According to a classic study from Deloitte , happy employees have been shown to be up to 20 percent more effective in the workplace than unhappy employees, as well as far more loyal and productive. The challenge is to find the best way to keep everyone on your team happy and productive.

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Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine recently put up an extremely thoughtful post titled SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone. Go read it now – I’ll be here when you get back. Seth references two other posts to read and consider. The first is by Albert Wenger at USV titled VC Backed Startups and PPP: Do You Really Need It? The other is an OpEd for CNBC written by Seth and Elizabeth Macbride titled Stampede for emergency loans is crushing lenders, putting millions of small businesses at risk.

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Talking Rain Collaborates With The Recycling Partnership


In March 2020, Talking Rain Beverage Company announced that it had joined the Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainability and improving recycling education among consumers. Talking Rain is the Preston, Washington-based producers of Talking Rain Waters, Sparkling Ice, and Sparkling Ice Plus Caffeine.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Estimator

Feld Thoughts

Unsurprisingly, numerous SBA PPP Loan calculators have appeared on the web. Many of them are tied to a specific bank and have various complexity (or simplicity) in determining the amounts available. We’ve tried a few of them for comparison and found the calculations to be inconsistent. So, we created our own and validated it with a number of accountants and lawyers. As the rules changed (and they continue to change), we updated it so we believe that it is current as of 4/8/20.

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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.

Tips For Setting Up A Remote Working Environment


by Leonard Callejo, Director of Online Marketing at Cisco Webex. Even before COVID-19 changed the landscape on working from home , it’s become an increasingly popular choice for the modern workforce. It’s also a convenient option for a variety of reasons, from caring for young children or housetraining a new puppy to avoiding spreading an illness if you’re under the weather but not too sick to work.

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COVID-19 Edition: The Ultimate Work From Home Survival Guide

YFS Magazine

Working from home is the new normal for the foreseeable future. The days ahead are filled with uncertainties, yet it’s possible to live and work above the fray. Lifestyle Workspaces flexible working pandemic recommended remote working technology working at home

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HumanKind: CU Boulder Helping with the Covid Crisis

Feld Thoughts

For over a decade, I’ve worked closely on a number of entrepreneurial initiatives with my friend Brad Bernthal, an Associate Professor at Colorado Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center. The past few weeks unexpectedly resulted in a new project with Brad B. and CU’s entrepreneurial community. On March 19, Bart Temme, and entrepreneur in Holland, reached out to me and Brad B. The next day we jumped on a call.

Thoughts on the State of DeFi

Version One Ventures

The last couple of weeks have been quite a test for cryptocurrency markets in general and DeFi in particular. On Black Thursday (March 12), BTC/ETH prices declined by ~50% and DeFi’s flagship project, MakerDAO, ended up with ~$5 million USD in unbacked DAI. You can read Tom Schmidt’s excellent postmortem of what happened here. This event was a powerful reminder that while DeFi is extremely exciting in the long-term, it’s still very much in the early adopter experimental phase.

Rob Stevens & Rob Go B2B GTM AMA Recap

View from Seed

Last week, Rob Go was joined by Rob Stevens for a virtual chat on running businesses during hard times. Stevens has held roles across verticals such as head of sales, marketing, product, and professional services at five startups over twenty years. He has experience in B2B, supply chain, robotics, SaaS, and IoT spaces. Currently, he is an advisor, board member and angel investor. He helps early-stage startups with sales, marketing, and general “go to market” topics.

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How To Choose A Co-Working Space For Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

Startup owners must choose carefully when the time comes to select a co-working space. After all, if they make the wrong decision it could come back to financially haunt them before the end of their first year in business. Determining which co-working space is ideal for your business is never an easy process because there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are nevertheless some helpful tips to keep in mind to ensure you don’t make a terrible decision.

Agritech platform DeHaat raises $12M in Series A led by Sequoia Capital

Our Own Start-up

It is indeed a proud moment for startup ecosystem of Bihar. Agritech platform DeHaat has raised Series A funding of $12 million led by Sequoia Capital. Fundraising Startups AgFunder Agri-tech DeHaat FMO Green Agrevolution Pvt. Narinder Kapur Omnivore Sequoia Capital Series A Shashank Kumar TMT

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Popular Social Media Sites for Business

The Startup Magazine

Considering that any business cannot thrive without the help of social media sites, everyone is investing in these websites to gain exposure for their business. So, if you’re wondering whether you should opt for social media websites or ditch the whole thing for another promotional plan, you’ll quickly find out that social media will fare better. The real question is which website you should go for.

Knowing What to Fix Next in Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Knowing What to Fix Next in Your Business written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Mike Michalowicz. On this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I sit down with entrepreneur, author, and speaker Mike Michalowicz. Michalowicz founded and sold two multi-million dollar businesses before his 35th birthday. As an entrepreneur himself, he’s passionate about supporting others on their entrepreneurial journey.

The New Shape Of Work: 4 Strategies For Remote Management

The Startup Magazine

These are strange times. As the COVID-19 pandemic has sent businesses scrambling to move their operations online, workers have grappled with new technology while management has struggled to keep staff engaged and feeling appreciated. Is there any good way to operate under crisis conditions, though?

What Global Crises Teach Businesses about Marketing

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The show must go on. Even when the whole world is struggling through a health crisis, businesses know that they have to find a way to continue making money. While governments are helping out, it may not be enough for your company. And, in some cases, the money isn’t available right away, meaning that mounting debts cause SMEs to file for bankruptcy. If there is a silver lining, it’s the lessons that every entrepreneur and businessman and woman can take from the current situation.

Automation in SEO: 4 Critical SEO processes that can be automated

Our Own Start-up

To choose the best segments of SEO for automation, here are a few you can add to your strategy and the tools you can use to streamline your processes for your marketing team. Growth Strategies Automation in SEO digital marketing digital marketing strategies Keyword opportunity research Monitoring backlinks Search Engine Optimization SEO Automation

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How to Spread the Word of Your Business Further & Faster Online

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The internet is a tool you can’t afford to neglect when you’re running a company in the modern business landscape. If you’re not making the most of it, you’ll simply get left behind and that’s the last thing you’ll want to happen. If you want to spread your message as far and fast as possible, as every business does, there are some things you should be doing online. We’re going to discuss those things now so read on to find out more. Create Fresh and Shareable Content.

Treebo Hotels launches paid voluntary resignation scheme for employees

Our Own Start-up

Online hotel bookings startup Treebo has asked its employees to opt for voluntary resignations. News Coronavirus Layoffs India coronavirus treebo hotel industry suffering in coronavirus Job loss in coronavirus Treebo Employee Resignation Scheme Voluntary Resignation Treebo

Stop Being Stuck in One Gear: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Women Entrepreneurs Can

There can be times when you feel that you are not running your business at its best. Maybe you feel stagnant or something is struggling to take off. Re-energizing yourself is a process that many entrepreneurs need in order to take themselves and their business to the next level. But when you feel that you’re stuck in a rut or you need to grow in a different way, what are some of the best methods out there? Strengthen Your Infrastructure.

SourceDay Lands $12.5 Million in Funding Amid Increased Demand for its Supply Chain Management Software Spurred by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic


SourceDay, which makes supply chain management software, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $12.5 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2013, has raised $23.3 million to date. The company’s latest Series B round of funding was led by Baird Capital with participation from existing investors Silverton Partners, ATX Ventures and […]. The post SourceDay Lands $12.5

A Stronger Link: Improving the Relationship with Your Suppliers

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The vast majority of industries rely on crucial working relationships. Whether you are working in manufacturing , textiles, or digital marketing, they all rely on the importance of a thriving supply. The supply chain is something that every business is focused on right now. There can be a concern, especially in the food industries, as to where the next items are coming from.

Getting through COVID-19: A small business checklist

NZ Entrepreneur

When you start a business, no one hands you a manual for dealing with events like COVID-19. It’s hard, it’s scary and it’s confusing. If you’re a small business owner fighting for survival and not sure what you should be doing in this time, here’s a basic checklist. As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve at pace, it’s created a great deal of uncertainty for businesses and business owners.

Could Long-Term Remote Processes Be Your Light at the End of the Pandemic Tunnel?

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Stuck as we are somewhere in the middle, the pandemic tunnel seems long, dark and uncertain. It certainly feels like a stretch to say that COVID-19 could bring out the best of anything. But, as a business owner, you’ll know that success is often about achieving the impossible. Hence why, rather than despairing at this sudden remote landscape, now might be the time to take this change by the horns.

Can You Build Your Business During theCOVID-19 Lockdown?

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Self-isolation is the best time to create your presence. You’ve got several weeks or months to perfect your business processes and online presence, which gives you plenty of room for improvement before the actual launch of your business. Additionally, the situation encourages you to make the most of online resources but also to establish cost-effective business processes and structure. The typical costs of a business include real estate, team recruitment, and HR management.

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Mobile Mysteries: How to Build an App for Your Business

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Mobile apps have been becoming extremely popular over the last few decades. People love to have easy access to the services they want to use, and having a dedicated application for this only makes things faster when using a mobile device. Of course, though, this also means that businesses are having to work extremely hard to catch up with this market trend. Apps aren’t easy to make, and it can cost a small fortune to go through this process when you’re first starting out.