Tue.Jan 29, 2013

Be Vulnerable

Feld Thoughts

We are told that leaders must be strong. They must be confident. They must be unflinching. They must hide their fear. They must never blink. They cannot be soft in any way. Last night, after my first public talk on the new book that Amy and I just released titled Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , a woman came up to me afterwards and gave me two pieces of feedback. The first was that I expressed incredible vulnerability in my talk.

A compass is not a map

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

An entrepreneur confided in me recently that he didn’t like Lean Startup; did I think that was OK? Or is he not cut out to build a startup?

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Just Do It

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have a two year rotation program at USV for most of our non partner positions. We hire incredibly talented people, suck them into everything we are doing for two years, and then ask them to leave. The USV alumni group is becoming quite a collection of talent. For much of last year Christina debated what she was going to do at the end of her stint. We made it even harder on her because we flirted with extending her stay. But at the end of year, she packed up her desk and headed out.

Goodbye Jody. You Really Were Awesome

Both Sides of the Table

You’re gone too early. We still had so many more times to spend together. I loved this image I saw posted by Andy Rankin. Because this is the one word that was not in your vocabulary. And it was the first word I muttered when I heard the news tonight. I remember when we met years ago.

What is the Primary Reason For Startup Failure?

Startup Professionals Musings

When I heard a friend make the statement “Your startup can’t fail if you don’t quit,” I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt it as their mantra. Pivoting or dealing a new hand is not quitting.

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Eight Bad Sleep Habits That Are Killing Your Success

Mike Michalowicz

Eight Bad Sleep Habits That Are Killing Your Success. Sleep. Sweet sleep. When your day is crammed to the max, the only place most of us can carve out more time for work is by getting less sleep. After all, burning the candle at both ends does provide more light, right?

Apple vs. Samsung: Why 'Cool' Isn't Enough to Win

Inc Startups

This battle won't be won by the hippest brand. As Samsung shows, hustle and hard work matter more against an entrenched competitor.

How the Houston Startup Community Helped Me Go to Startup Weekend HQ

Startup Houston

Read the short backstory to this article here. My name is Robert Dale Smith. I’m the founder of a startup called Mote Labs and I’m a student studying computer science, mathematics, and entrepreneurship at the University of Houston.

Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 ways

Inc Startups

People follow strong leaders with drive and ambition. But these 12 actions of grace will make you a leader worthy of following. Today's business environment demands people to step up and be aggressive, strong leaders, in order to get ahead and drive their companies and careers forward.

8 Ways to Maximize the Value of Your Business

Growthink Blog

The lifecycle of most businesses from the owner's perspective is generally the same. First, you start or buy the business. Then, you grow the business. And finally, at some point, you exit the business.

4 Smarter Ways to Work Your Connections

Inc Startups

Success in business is all about relationships. Your network is your most important asset. Treat it that way. Getting a personal introduction to a strategic investor or business partner means everything to an entrepreneur.

DataGravity: Transforming today’s dumb storage into tomorrow’s information

Peter Levine

DataGravity is poised to transform the storage landscape. The company represents a once-in-a-decade opportunity to create an entirely new category of storage by unlocking the value of data that today sits idle in a storage system. I call the category “Storage Intelligence” and the transformation will be profound. The story starts with DataGravity’s incredible founding team: Paula Long and John Joseph.

10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013

Inc Startups

They're busy working on everything from ingenious devices to artificial intelligence to truly targeted mobile advertising. It's going to be a big year for these women.

Teflon Man as a nickname is not a complement

Taffy Williams

If these are hanging on your door, consider seeking help! People use a wide range of styles of managing their businesses. The styles often reflect the personality and previous experiences of the individual. Some people are true leaders and can attract a team that will follow them anywhere.

How to Spark a Great Idea: 5 Steps

Inc Startups

There is a simple method for creating great ideas. And it really works. Some people have a knack for creativity. They spark ideas all the time. Unfortunately, that’s not me.

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Innovation in Michiana, How Whirlpool Creates Magic

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Benton Harbor, Michigan, have you heard of it? It’s a big enough town that it shows up on the weather maps of Chicago TV stations. It’s directly across Lake Michigan from Chicago.

Best Business Advice: Just Kiss the Girl

Inc Startups

Stop reading, studying, and preparing to start a first business or a new career. Follow this sage advice, as I did. I've always wanted to run a business. For most of my life, however, I always felt I lacked the experience and knowledge to do so effectively.

Fighting With Your Back Against the Wall

Rob Go

It’s a great scene in many movies. There is a climactic moment when it’s clear that the odds are badly stacked against the heroes. But it’s also clear that there is nowhere to run, or no time to avoid a conflict. It’s now or never, and a glorious battle ensues with a dramatic outcome, win or lose. There is nothing like really having your back to the wall to focus a startup’s efforts.

The Power of Not Solving Problems

Inc Startups

The next time an employee tells you about a problem, stop, listen--but whatever you do, don't propose a solution. Last week, I found myself on a long conference call with some of my team members.

10 Steps To Stop Procrastinating – So You Can Be More Productive At Work

YoungUpstarts

By Jude Bijou MA MFT, author of “ Attitude Reconstruction – A Blueprint for Building a Better Life “ Everyone procrastinates. We usually do it to avoid a task that’s unpleasant or daunting.

How to Avoid Self-Sabotage

Inc Startups

If your core beliefs about yourself, your job, and your company aren't aligned, you can't possibly succeed. Many people are their own worst enemies.

Four Things To Consider When Taking Your Startup Global

YoungUpstarts

Your startup is growing at a healthy pace and you’ve done pretty well in your domestic market. In fact, you’ve come to the point where you’re already considering expanding across the region… or even internationally.

How to Bring Your IT Strategy into the 21st Century

Inc Startups

Remember "the stack"--the layers of software and architecture that ran your back-end systems? Mobile has turned it on its head. It's time to adapt.

3 Qualities Of Effective Store Signage

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Quinlan. In this world of social media, coupon websites, search engine optimization, and internet ads, it’s easy to see why most businesses seem to have forgotten one of the world’s most effective (and low-tech) advertising methods – the traditional store sign.

5 Tips Every Start-up Should Follow

Inc Startups

Don't be a start-up failure. Defy the odds and create a successful business by using these tips. Starting a business is risky. One study found that 25 percent of new businesses fail within their first year, and 50 percent fail by their fourth year. For U.S.

The War Is On: Rdio Launches All Over Nordics To Compete With Spotify

ArcticStartup

There is no doubt about it, the war for online music streaming space is on and its about to get nasty. Prior to today, the competing companies, Spotify, Rdio, WiMP were only getting ready for battle. Counting troops , building war machines and marking territory.

Want to Create Insanely Great Products? Lessons From Pink Floyd

Inc Startups

The legendary band wouldn't have been so successful without some savvy business moves. Pink Floyd's seminal Dark Side Of The Moon album only remained No. 1 on the U.S. charts for a single week. However, it remained in the Top 200 for an astounding 14 years and three months.

Is it Government vs Free Market or Big vs Small?

Will Price

The airwaves today are filled with contrasting visions for the future of government.

Amazon Deletes Negative Reviews & Gets Away With It.But Can You?

Inc Startups

Reviews and ratings can build you up--or take you down. Tips to harness them successfully. Recently, we learned that Amazon gives special treatment to its own merchants. The site expunges reviews that criticize Amazon's own shipping, fulfillment, and packaging.

Oracles expanding Cloud

deal architect

I am glad I was part of a (virtual) fireside chat yesterday with Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian on the Oracle Cloud before I read Bob Evans’ indignant post on Forbes which has the tone of “when is the world. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Core Values: 3 Ways to Cut the B.S.

Inc Startups

Corporate America is filled with examples of companies that say one thing. and then do the opposite. Make your values mean something. Here's how.

How to submit a killer Business of Software Conference speaker proposal. (And how to guarantee you will never get to speak)

Business of Software Blog

So many people have asked us how we select speakers, or how they propose speakers for Business of Software Conference that we thought we would offer some thoughts that are relevant, not just to Business of Software specifically, but to any approach or submission to a conference. We have seen some terrible proposals and some brilliant ones. What are the common characteristics? We get several hundred proposals a year. How can you stand out? Speaker Proposals.

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for Small Business

Inc Startups

An overhaul of U.S. immigration laws will benefit all entrepreneurs--not just foreign-born American-trained engineers looking to start companies. One of my clients, Gregory Landscaping, struggles. The owner of the company (I bet you can guess his name) has been in business for almost two decades.

10 Tips for Creating Killer Company Culture

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in KillerStartups. How important is a well developed company culture to you and how do you communicate your company culture to new team members? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.