Tue.Apr 18, 2017

Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

Features vs. Benefits: What Do B2B Customers Care About Most?

YFS Magazine

Market your product in a way that a B2B customer not only considers it the only logical choice, but also sticks to their decision in the future. Grow Marketing & Sales b2b marketing online marketing product design product development

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5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When We Reimagined Our Business

Up and Running

My team and I launched crowdSPRING in early 2008. For the following eight years, despite seeing great growth in our business, we made a mistake many entrepreneurs make: we operated the business as though the competitive, technological, and economic landscape was the same as when we started.

6 Ways To Achieve Happiness And ‘Flow’ As An Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Are you in your flow? If not, here’s a look at six ways to gain more productivity, creativity, energy, and happiness in life and business. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development productivity success

9 Lessons Learned from Running a CRO Agency

ConversionXL

Run an agency? Offer conversion optimization services? Then you know it can be hard. I’ve been running an optimization agency for 6 years now. Here are my top lessons I’ve learned along the way. Build a name, build an audience.

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Bracing For Impact – 4 Strategies For Leveraging The Next Global Disruption

YoungUpstarts

by Shane Cragun and Kate Sweetman, coauthors of “ Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption “ We suggest the only constant going forward is change. We’re talking massive, disruptive, and tumultuous change.

Mark Zuckerberg Declares All-Out War on Snapchat

Inc Startups

At Facebook's F8 conference, Zuckerberg enlisted some friends to drive what could be the final nails into his rival's coffin. Technology

eCommerce Endeavours – How Web Scraping Can Help You Expand Your Online Store

YoungUpstarts

If you have a brick-and-mortar store, your competition is pretty limited to the other stores in your area. If you have an online store however, your competition is pretty much anyone in the world that sells the same product as you.

The Self-Employment Identity Crisis: Are You A Freelancer or Entrepreneur?

Inc Startups

The Self-Employment Identity Crisis: Are You A Freelancer or Entrepreneur? Pivot: Reinvention Central

Business Must Haves: Procedures in the Workplace

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Procedures and policies are the foundations on which the entire system of a business is established. Where policies set guidelines to achieving goals, procedures determine how every activity of the business should be operated. Without standard procedures, a business becomes vulnerable to failure.

Steve Ballmer Just Saved Us From a Rising Tide of Stupidity

Inc Startups

Microsoft's former CEO strikes a blow for truth, justice and the American way.

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How to Conduct Quality Link Building

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Conduct Quality Link Building written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. No matter how often Google updates their algorithm in an attempt to devalue backlinks, they still remain essential for a sound SEO strategy.

17 Seconds and 1 Sentence Prepare You for Daily Success

Inc Startups

Use less than a minute to program yourself for surprise and success. Work-Life Balance

CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016

SiliconHills

The Central Texas Angel Network reported its members invested $14.2 million into 43 companies in 2016. CTAN members made 15 new investments and 28 follow on investments into existing portfolio companies. That compares to $13.3 million invested in 43 companies in 2015. The nonprofit organization also saw a 40 percent increase in 2016 in the […] The post CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Science Says 1 Minute of This Kind of Exercise May Equal 45 Minutes of Jogging

Inc Startups

Exercise helps with focus, productivity, flexibility, energy, and gives you a successful work/life balance. Get the most bang for your exercise buck.

Austin-based Factom Raises $8 million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Factom, a blockchain technology company, announced Tuesday that it has closed on $8 million in funding. The Austin-based startup closed its Series A round with additional investment from Peeli Ventures, Harvest Equity and a number of Austin investors. In October, Factom announced it had closed its Series A round with $4.2 million in investment from […] The post Austin-based Factom Raises $8 million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Steve Ballmer's New Startup Wants You to Know How the Government Spends Tax Dollars

Inc Startups

USAFacts could be the first nonpartisan effort to fully investigate what the government does with tax money. Startup

What Types of Loans to Trust When Starting Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You hope to start your own business to be your own boss and make more money than you ever have before. But to get started with your business plans, you have to have a good amount of money to take care of all your necessities.

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LinkedIn Just Made 2 Savvy Moves - Did You See Them?

Inc Startups

LinkedIn quietly released a pair of updates that signal a major shift on the world's largest platform for professionals. Social Media Toolkit

CM First Group Raises $1.2 Million in Funding

SiliconHills

CM First Group, a software company, announced it has raised $1.2 million in funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds for the expansion of its software tools and services. The Central Texas Angel Network and Lone Rock Technology Group with Capital Factory participating led the investment. CM First appointed Clint Whitaker of CTAN […] The post CM First Group Raises $1.2 Million in Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Why You Need to Watch This Heart-Warming 'Incident' From United Airlines

Inc Startups

One wrong doesn't cancel out thousands of rights.

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Please join me at the Central ArtWorks event on May 4th!

Jeff Hilimire

Hi friends, I’m loving being the Board Chair of Central Outreach & Advocacy. It’s such an amazing cause, and their passion for helping Atlanta’s homeless community is truly inspiring. We’re having an art show on May 4th to raise money for the Center, and at the event we showcase art from our guests (Atlanta’s homeless men and women)! Please consider coming and hanging out with us, or if you can’t attend, maybe you can make a donation in support.

Chick-fil-A Is Crushing the Game. Here's What You Can Learn From It

Inc Startups

Ever wondered why Chick-fil-A is always busy? Here are a few answers.

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How To Create A Website As A Freelancer

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A professionally designed website that markets your talents and services to prospective clients is, without a doubt, one of the best tools you have in your arsenal. It is simply the heart and nerve center of all your online activities.

The New Model for Retail? Libraries, Says Warby Parker Co-Founder

Inc Startups

Neil Blumenthal explains how the company designs its stores to make customers feel welcome. Design

Why Adding A ‘Live Chat’ To My Website Turned Into The Best Business Decision I Made In The Last 12 Months

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

In the last few years, I finally reached a point in my business where I could begin testing new tools that in the past I ignored because I lacked the capacity to make them work. I’m sure you resonate with me when I tell you that I frequently get overwhelmed. The post Why Adding A ‘Live Chat’ To My Website Turned Into The Best Business Decision I Made In The Last 12 Months appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.

The LinkedIn Profile Tips You Probably Aren't Using (But Should Be!)

Inc Startups

Since being acquired by Microsoft, LinkedIn's popularity has grown even more. Yet, most people aren't quite sure what to do with their LinkedIn profile once they set it up. Here are five suggestions. Innovate

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NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH (AP) — The NCAA has awarded men's basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put

Elon Musk Succeeds by Doing the Exact Opposite of What We're All Told To Do

Inc Startups

How does Elon Musk seem to focus on everything all at once, upending entire industries each time he sets his attention on something new? Innovate

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Evolving Paradigms of the Human Psyche

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being self-critical and pushing yourself to overstep boundaries for the better. Constantly double guessing one and believing that the others are a better. This is a byproduct of the ruthlessly competitive world we reside in.

14 Podcasts That Will Make Your Business More Successful

Inc Startups

If you're an entrepreneur, you're going to love this list of some of the best and most useful podcasts for starting and thriving a business. Startup

Voting rights group wants investigation of Republican voting protests

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — A voting rights group called Tuesday for state and local officials to investigate whether allies of North Carolina's former governor and the state Republican Party broke laws when hundreds of people were accused of voter fraud or absentee

The 7 Essential Habits Every Entrepreneur Should Learn to Do

Inc Startups

Sure they're basic, but if you haven't yet mastered these habits, you should

$350,000 for pre-K education misused, NC auditor says; better oversight urged for statewide program

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — The state auditor has found that a rural nonprofit agency misused more than $350,000 in funds intended for pre-kindergarten education, and she urged better oversight of the $139 million statewide program serving 4-year-olds, according to a report released