Wed.Mar 15, 2017

Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing the productivity of his marketing department seemed to be rapidly declining.

The Investment Memo

View from Seed

VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. Presented with various unknowns from any one pitch, VCs often lack an existing information infrastructure to examine in forming an opinion.

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6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree. In my role as a business advisor, I see successful businesses most often emerging from great teams rather than great products.

How This Simple Little Bot in Google's New Slack Killer Will Change Your (Work) Life

Inc Startups

Google Hangouts Chat has a new bot called @meet and it saves a ton of time

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How To Grow A Customer Database Of 1000 People In 3 Months

YoungUpstarts

Succeeding in business depends on scaling customer growth. All of the marketing activities won’t matter if it doesn’t translate into growing the size and revenue from the business’s customers.

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EORA-3D and Quizling Win Australia’s Pitch Competition

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Australia showed off its tech industry in a major way at South by Southwest Interactive 2017. And the country’s tech startups performed well, said Patrick Hanlon, Trade and Investment Commissioner and Deputy Consul General in the Houston Australian Consulate-General. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, known as […] The post EORA-3D and Quizling Win Australia’s Pitch Competition appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Happier People are Raised by Parents Who Do 1 Important Thing, According to Science

Inc Startups

Here's a hint: It's all about a lack of (a certain type of) control

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Yet another AI hype cycle?

deal architect

In my recent book, Silicon Collar, I profiled a number of examples of machine learning, cognitive computing and other evolving artificial intelligence. With growing and diverse data sets and massive computing power we have never had so much opportunity to. Industry Commentary

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The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

Inc Startups

Want your star employees to absolutely love their work so they never leave? Great Place to Work's research clues us in with these 10 strategies

When Do You Really Need Insurance for Your Business?

Up and Running

As an entrepreneur, you know that not every part of the job is glamorous. Buying insurance can feel like a hassle, but if you invest in finding the right policies now, you’ll save yourself from potential legal headaches and unexpected costs down the road.

5 Habits of Highly Organized People

Inc Startups

Nix these habits and spring clean your life

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Top Tips For Becoming a Web Developer in 2017

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being a web developer is an extremely in demand profession, particularly as more and more businesses shift online. In this article I will provide you an outline on how to become a great web developer. How To Become A Web Developer 1.

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Want to Make a Great First Impression? Try These 7 Simple Body Language Tips

Inc Startups

Second chances are rare. Improve your body language skills whether you're meeting a potential investor or interviewing for a new job

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5 Things Businesses Can Learn From Dating Apps

YoungUpstarts

by David Lester, Brightworks Managing Director, US Finance Lead.

How to Make Millions Selling One Simple Thing

Inc Startups

Coffee is not all beans and brew. The secret to sales success came right from demand for a single cup

Why You Need A Business Plan – Finding The Best Style For You

YoungUpstarts

by Hal Shelton, SCORE mentor, angel investor, and author of “ The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan: A Pro Shares A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Plan That Gets Results “ Running a business without a plan is like running down the street with a blindfold on.

Elon Musk on the 1 Creative Skill Every Founder Needs Now

Inc Startups

Learn how he used to it focus PayPal, Tesla, and Tesla Energy

How Driverless Cars Can Impact Society

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News No one knows precisely when driverless cars will become the norm in the U.S. but the speakers at a SXSW panel on the future of transportation can say they will impact society in myriad ways. For example, the federal government collects more than $50 billion in taxes […] The post How Driverless Cars Can Impact Society appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Science Says This Is the Price You'll Pay for Working for a Toxic Boss

Inc Startups

If you've ever worked for a toxic boss, you know first-hand how miserable it can be

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You can be much more productive. Here’s how.

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I wrote a post a few days ago about 2 productivity hacks that I’ve been using that have transformed my work life. I got a great response to that post with a number of people asking me what other tools I’ve found that help make my world more productive. Micah , who works with me at Foundry, put together a list of the tools we’ve been using (or at least experimented with) that I wanted to share. Let me know if you have ones of your own you think I should add to the list.

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He Was 12 When He Fled the Iranian Revolution. Today This Founder Leads a $150 Million Ad-Tracking Business

Inc Startups

TapClicks founder Babak Hedayati found a marketing technology niche that has paid off with more than 3,500 enterprise customers

The Impact of Dynamic Communication

Duct Tape Marketing

The Impact of Dynamic Communication written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jill Schiefelbein. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jill Schiefelbein.

25 Simple Daily Habits These Executives do Every Day, no Matter What

Inc Startups

Doing the right little things day in and out is a big part of getting to the top

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Magnet: Delightfully Simple Mac App for Window Mgmt

Hunter Walker

I recommend Magnet. It’s a simple, cheap MacOS app that helps you manage windows to tile your screen productively. Want to set up the Notes on the right-hand side of screen while video chatting on the left? Want to watch Netflix on the upper half while answering emails on the lower half?

10 Common Writing Mistakes You're Probably Making, According to Data From Millions of People

Inc Startups

Using data from millions of subscribers, Microsoft comprised a list of 10 of the most common writing mistakes

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Why Business Agreements Require Optimistic Realism

YFS Magazine

Lawyers think about worst case scenarios. It’s what we’re paid to do. But business people are optimistic and generally believe things will work out. Business Law Grow business agreements business contracts contracts legal tips partnership agreements

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How to Become a Purpose-Driven Leader

Inc Startups

To capture the hearts of our team and ignite their passion, we must meet one of their most basic psychological needs

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Don’t Be Seduced By Series A — Bootstrap Your Destiny

YFS Magazine

On a stress index of 1-10, being hunted, caught, and mauled
by a nine-headed hydra is a 9.9. Bootstrapping your startup is a 13. Editor Picks Finance Grow bootstrapping business finance money venture capital

Are You Really a Good Boss? These 5 Signs May Say No

Inc Startups

Most of us will make the same mistakes as the worst bosses we've ever worked under. To rise above, avoid these five toxic behaviors

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4 Tips to Ensure your Allergy Practice is Profitable in 2017 by Wendy Barlin

Mike Michalowicz

Running an Allergy Practice is no easy task! Running a highly profitable one is even harder. As a CPA who focuses on Allergy Practices, I wanted to learn what the most successful practices did to ensure a health practice and how I could help my clients achieve greater PROFITS…….

How to Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Success Today: Quit Social Media

Inc Startups

Nope, these experts argue, your online presence isn't helping your career -- it's hurting it

The Importance Of Website Design And How It Can Influence Business

YoungUpstarts

In these days of technological prowess and tremendous advancements in the digital area, most, if not all companies rely on a website to reach their consumers and potential clients, and to maintain a relationship with people across the globe.

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Science Says This Cheap Trick Will Make You Happier

Inc Startups

A new study reveals that your brain is hardwired to make you happy, if you know the right trigger

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5 Business Podcasts Worth Listening To

YFS Magazine

Valuable business podcasts teach you how to think. Here's a look at five podcasts for entrepreneurs that provide tangible insights and mental models. Lead business advice business lessons mental models podcast startup lessons