August, 2019

How to Write a Top-Notch Business Plan for Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

Many people dream of setting up their own business. However, these people often fail at the execution because they don’t properly plan for their startups. Some of the most common reasons for startup failure include lack of market need, a wrong product, and ineffective marketing.

How Diversity Can Increase Innovation And Growth In Your Business

YoungUpstarts

by Zeynep Ilgaz, Chief Executive Officer of Confirm BioSciences. It’s no secret that many industries like tech and biopharma have struggled with diversity.

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Friday Fun-ism: “Smiling Killer”

View from Seed

One of my favorite descriptions we use half in jest is that a founder seems like a “smiling killer” This is a compliment, I promise. This means that the founder strikes a very delicate balance that is very hard to pull off. First, the founder just seems like a great person. She is kind, charismatic, engaging, and seems genuinely great to work with. These are super valuable skills because the job of the CEO is largely about working with people.

7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

Time for Oracle Nation?

deal architect

I have analyzed Oracle applications business since the early 90s - first at PwC, then Gartner, now at Deal Architect. I have long been a Larry Ellison admirer, much less so of his company's applications. It has been a perennial, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Small Business Marketing Strategies that Will Work for You

ReadWriteStart

In business, these days, startups and entrepreneurial setups are trending heavily. Maybe startups and entrepreneurial structures will always trend as everyone wishes to initialize a small business for their passive income.

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5 Public Speaking Hacks To Rock The Stage

YFS Magazine

Stage presence — that elusive X factor that makes some speakers irresistible, and the speakers who don't have it, irritating. Editor Picks Lead personal development public speaking

8 Steps To Stop Killing Yourself As A Micro-Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

The "Glo-ver" phase in enterprise apps

deal architect

I don't mean to pick on NetSuite but it is one of the oldest cloud apps vendors - born as it was in 1998. Over 21 years, you would think it would have a fuller global footprint. Especially since it. Cloud Computing, SaaS Global and Vertical extensions Industry Commentary

Friday Funism – “Doable Deal”

View from Seed

One of the key conversations that happens during NextView’s evaluation of an investment is the “debrief” after the partner meeting , where the entire partnership gets the opportunity to interact with the founding team and dive deeper into the business. . During the debrief, we would discuss not only aspects of the company (i.e. team, market, product, stage/traction) but also the potential deal itself (i.e. how much the company is raising, valuation expectations, round/syndicate dynamics, etc.).

The Evolution of Startups in India — The Story Up Until Now

ReadWriteStart

Before we take a plunge into the Startup culture of India, let us first try understanding what exactly a startup is, and how does it function? Then we will tell the evolution of startups in India and the story until now. What is a Startup?

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Why Tech Will Transform Tomorrow’s Construction Site

YoungUpstarts

by Ramzi Jreidini , CEO of Handiss. Drones, augmented reality, wearable tech, modular construction, cloud and mobile technology: the construction site of tomorrow is certainly going to look different.

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Growth Zone: An Interview With Teespring CEO Chris Lamontagne

YFS Magazine

Teespring CEO, Chris Lamontagne shares his thoughts on the future of technology, social commerce, turn around strategies, and leadership. People Success Profiles Business Growth growth strategy leadership personal development

5 Tips to Gain From People Who Don’t Think Like You

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing we all have to learn in business is how to work with and lead people that are not like you , and don’t think like you. In my experience as a business advisor, that’s probably the biggest hurdle to success encountered by every new business owner.

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Where have all the process visionaries gone?

deal architect

A recent visit to an Amazon Fulfillment Center was eye-opening. They have completely redefined the old warehouse pick, pack, ship mindset. It's now stow, pick, pack, verify, and in their lingo, SLAM and "chaotic storage". Kiva robots and miles of. Business Process "Angioplasty" Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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Friday Funism – “Authentic Company” & “Sophomore Slump” (2 for 1 Special)

View from Seed

It’s a 2 for 1 day today at Friday Fun-isms. Both are phrases that often come up, but often together. The first is the idea of an authentic company. Before we start any pitch, we try to uncover what the underlying motivation was behind the business. More often than not, the companies that get us the most excited are ones where the founder has some strong, deep rooted connection to the customer problem.

How to Create a Product that Truly Delights Customers

ReadWriteStart

Earlier this year, Twitter quietly removed its vowels and released Twttr , a platform that essentially acted as a prototype for design changes and feature tweaks the company was considering for its regular site.

4 Reasons Why Most Amateur Entrepreneurs Fail The First Time Around

YoungUpstarts

When you’re just entering into the world of entrepreneurship, it can be easy to feel like all you need is a solid business plan to succeed.

Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs: Myth or Reality?

YFS Magazine

Work-life balance may call for sacrifices on both ends; however, the goal remains, and many entrepreneurs are living it and making it work. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle mental health personal development work-life balance

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

Infor: Part of the bigger Koch puzzle

deal architect

I was excited when Charles Phillips and his team arrived at Infor in 2010. I looked forward to them executing to their vision they would focus on various verticals like healthcare and hospitality. Over the last few years I have. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Sell More Faster

Feld Thoughts

When we started Techstars in 2006 we had one core goal in mind – helping entrepreneurs succeed. While it started as an experiment with one accelerator in Boulder, we now have about 50 accelerators annually around the world funding 500 startups a year.

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How to CEO Podcast Interview

ReadWriteStart

Within this format of podcast and content, I want to provide you with the best tools to become a fantastic CEO.

Becoming Your Own Boss: Top Tips For New Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

As a new entrepreneur, there are so many things you must think about in order to make your new venture worth it. The passion and drive you have must be converted into the right methods to enable your business to succeed, as commitment unfortunately isn’t enough to ensure you reign triumphant.

Friday Funism – Fear vs Greed

View from Seed

Actions always speak louder than words. And if you can glean the motivations behind those actions, it can tell you even more about situation. One of the questions which we often ask out loud at NextView is if a person or firm is motivated by “fear or greed?” The context for this assessment is typically around a fundraising event – the approach, when it should occur, and who is participating, etc.

Driving Your Team With Fear Has Negative Consequences

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

Promotional Price on SAP Nation 3.0

deal architect

For all the talk about digital everything, the reality is 75% of my books over the last decade have sold in print version. That's largely because I order a couple of bulk print runs for larger orders of 50 or. SAP Nation Book

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Do More Faster, 2nd Edition on Give First

Feld Thoughts

In 2010, David Cohen and I wrote a book titled Do More Faster. It was filled with stories and advice from founders, investors, and mentors from around the first two years of Techstars. This was the first book I wrote. David and I learned the joy and pain of writing a book.

How to CEO Podcast Interview – Han Jin CEO of Lucid

ReadWriteStart

The world has changed. You can crash and burn or you can get the right tools and information now and change your life, your business and the lives of your employees. In this episode of How to CEO , I welcome Han Jin, the co-founder, and CEO of Lucid. Han Jin and his partner created Lucid in 2015.

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6 Time-Saving Social Media Tools For Startups

YoungUpstarts

by Chris Makara , founder of Bulkly. When you’re running a startup, pennies aren’t the only thing you’re pinching. You’re squeezing every last minute out of your day to “get it all done”, to tackle the to-do list that seems to always be growing.

The Complete Guide to Writing Product Descriptions That Convert

ConversionXL

Most product descriptions are awful. Or worse, non-existent. Product copy and product descriptions seem like such minor parts of a website in the grand scheme of conversion optimization , so many brands brush it off.

8 Actions To Ignite Engagement For You And Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience as a business professional, employees who are not seriously engaged in the business should be totally obvious to everyone, including the manager or CEO. Yet many managers and executives seem to ignore the situation, or have no idea how to fix it.

Maverick idea: Shift some marketing dollars to product design

deal architect

(Sir) Jony Ive recently left Apple to start his own design studio. On his heels, Marcus Engman with a similar role at Ikea is doing the same, and he has an interesting value proposition “I want to show there’s an. Industry Commentary

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Charting return multiples over time

Version One Ventures

Last week I blogged about the return multiples for our Fund I and how they perfectly illustrate just how much the power law drives VC return. Alex Norman from AngelList asked how these return multiples have changed over time and what insights could be won from that data.

Trueface raises $3.7M to turn camera data into actionable insights

ReadWriteStart

Today, we have millions of cameras deployed throughout various industries, organizations, and global borders around the world. However, with each of these individual cameras monitoring continuously and collecting vast amounts of data points, what good is it if not actionable or context applied?

Focus On Being The Best You Can Be   

YoungUpstarts

by Dean Karrel, author of “ Mastering the Basics: Simple Lessons for Achieving Success in Business “ On occasion, we can all feel a little intimidated by work colleagues who may have more senior titles than us or have an MBA or other advanced degrees.

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