Mon.Sep 09, 2019

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

Startup Professionals Musings

Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create.

Pitch Deck Month: “What Do You Do?” 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 *.

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Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Reminds OnPay’s Mark McKee


Virtually every startup has to find funding somewhere. Although some founders take venture capital in exchange for equity, that’s not the only way to do it. To learn more about the pros and cons of venture capital — and founders’ funding alternatives — I caught up with Mark McKee.

Pitfalls To Avoid During Your Startup Phase


Everyone has to start somewhere, and while some people’s luck is undoubtedly significantly better than others, for the majority of people, startups are usually as bootstrapped and painful as possible.

Regulatory Tips for Medical Tech Startups Regulated by the FDA


Medical tech startups are regulated by the FDA and must abide by strict regulations at all times. For example, all medical devices must be approved by the FDA. Acting outside of the FDA’s regulations can result in harsh penalties including fines and even jail time.

5 Ways To Optimize Your Resources As A Start-Up


Starting up a business is an exciting and exhilarating experience. However, it can also be a risky and stressful enterprise, especially if you begin to have resource issues. If these issues become serious, they can have a significant impact on both your work and your personal life.

Leadership Is Hard And Messy, Here’s What To Do When You Feel Stuck

YFS Magazine

Successful founders and CEOs utilize a few essential practices to help them push forward in the most difficult of times. Lead leadership mental health mindset personal development

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How Well Do Founders to in Venture-Backed Exits?

VC Adventure

A few years ago I wrote two posts – Venture Outcomes are Even More Skewed Than You Think , and Some More Data On Venture Outcomes – that challenged the mythology that only 1/3 of venture-backed deals failed and showed just how rare large (10x and greater) venture returns really are.

Business And Brexit: Top 3 Tips For Entrepreneurs


The newly-appointed prime minister, Boris Johnson, recently addressed the members of parliament in a public letter informing them of the upcoming parliament suspension. This has not only caused an uproar with opposing parties but has also raised several Brexit-related questions.

Managerial Skills You Need to Run Your Business

The Startup Magazine

If you are planning to manage your own startup or business after being employed or working as part of a larger business, this can be a daunting process. Managerial skills take some study and practice.

3 Good Reasons Why Nonprofits Need Better Budgets

Up and Running

I am a nonprofit board member, and I will tell you: For the most part, I pull my hair out at board meetings when we get to the budget. Usually, there is a series of QuickBooks reports, presented as PDFs, in a teeny-tiny font. .

Real-Time Customer Support is Crucial for a Startup

The Startup Magazine

Imagine you are a customer browsing through a website, and you see something that interests you. However, before deciding to make a purchase, you need to ask some questions to the business for clarification. You then go ahead to call them, but the number does not go through. Frustrating right?

Monday Motivation: GREATNESS HAS A COST – Motivational Video


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. If you don’t believe it, don’t do it. You don’t just mistakenly become great at something. You have to make sacrifices to become great. Greatness is a lifestyle.

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Common New Zealand employment agreement mistakes

NZ Entrepreneur

In New Zealand, employment agreements (formerly known as employment contracts) set out the terms and conditions that govern the employment relationship, and under the Employment Relations Act 2000, every employee must have a signed, written employment agreement.

Four Creative Ways To Create An Office Space You And Your Team Will Love

YFS Magazine

Here are a few easy and inexpensive office space design ideas that startups can use to build a welcoming and comfortable workplace. Lifestyle Workspaces interior design office design Office Space workspaces

Example Board Meeting Agenda

Board Effect

Well-organized companies and organizations begin planning board meetings as soon as the previous meeting ends. Other boards fly by the seat of their pants and throw an agenda together the week before the meeting. Board meetings are serious business.

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The Winchester Mystery House

Mike Michalowicz

When you think of your business as a whole versus day to day operations, what is your vision? Are you proactive or reactive? Do you create and follow a well analyzed plan, or are you adding systems on here and there, ultimately building a maze?

MIT, Jeffrey Epstein, and Reputation Laundering

Andrew Payne

If you’ve missed the breaking Jeffrey Epstein-MIT Media Lab-Joi Ito drama, you can catch up quickly: Joi Ito apologies for taking Epstein money , an all-hands lab meeting gets messy , Ronan Farrow reveals more details , and Joi Ito resigns. Now, Larry Lessig argues “ because [Epstein’s gifts were] anonymous, the gift wasn’t used to burnish Epstein’s reputation. ” And, therefore, it was OK to take his money. This is the crux of Lessig’s naïvety.

When You’re Through Changing, You’re Through!

Mike Michalowicz

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always got.” ” -Henry Ford (Then Tony Robbins, followed by other forward thinkers!). In other words, when you’re through changing, you’re through. (I I said that. After I heard it… ).

Rebranding Can Revive Your Business – Is it the Right Choice for You?

crowdSPRING Blog

Rebranding isn’t a band-aid and is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your valuable brand equity takes time to accrue and it shouldn’t be squandered lightly and without good reason. So, why rebrand your company? Rebranding may be the key to getting your business back on track.

4 Technology Hacks To Keep Your Small Business On Top

Women Entrepreneurs Can

When you’re working hard to launch a business, one thing is for sure – you’ve undoubtedly got way too much on your plate.

The Labyrinth of Innovation Death

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The Classic Pitfalls of Innovation. Mandates, Training, Process, Talent, Conflict, Risk. Where Have Your Initiatives Failed? Innovation programs are like a labyrinth designed to have you lose your way — and die!

Streamlining Your Business In Order To Climb The Ladder Of Success

Women Entrepreneurs Can

When it comes to building a business, it can be easy to lose sight of your initial goals and objectives, and become a slave to the daily grind of simply running it.

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Do More Faster Book Signing – Fort Collins, CO – 9/10/19

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen and I will be at the Fort Collins Barnes and Noble from 6pm – 8pm on Tuesday 9/10/19 to sign copies of the 2nd Edition of Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing a handful of public appearances around the book. It’s the first book I wrote and – with David – really learned how to write a book almost a decade ago.