November, 2019

10 Early Business Strategies That Can Lead To Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new business is a serious undertaking. Yet many aspiring entrepreneurs I know approach it as a fun project, get-rich quick scheme, or perhaps an expensive hobby.

Denouement

View from Seed

Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was.

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5 Essential Skills all Entrepreneurs Need to Build Success

ReadWriteStart

Developing a small business into a successful enterprise demands more than passion. Unfortunately, over half of new businesses fail; mainly because the entrepreneur is unable to translate their passion into practical business skills.

5 Tips On Creating A Killer Digital Marketing Plan For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Every month of the year, approximately 540,000 people start new businesses and become self-employed entrepreneurs. That’s over half a million new startups every month, all fighting for customers’ attention.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

Salesforce's vertical journey

deal architect

As part of my series of posts on vertical solutions, I had an excellent briefing this week from Neeracha Taychakhoonavudh, EVP of Industries at Salesforce. I am also impressed at the wide range of sessions by industry that are being. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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What’s the Deal with Seed Funds Waiting for Traction?

View from Seed

I sent a tweet out last week that elicited quite a few responses from both founders and investors: seed funds that don’t invest pre-traction =. — Rob Go (@robgo) November 4, 2019. I could hear the internet nodding in violent agreement. I thought I’d share a few additional thoughts on what may be driving this. First – there are a lot of seed investors out there that don’t actually want to invest in seed. What they really want to do is be a venture capitalist.

Laser Engraved Personalized Chocolates

Feld Thoughts

I love chocolate. I love lasers. So it would be logical that I’d love chocolates that are engraved with personalized messages with lasers. I met Jennifer, the founder of Noteworthy Chocolates , in Boston at the Authors & Innovators event.

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Why the Gig Economy is Coming for Architects, Engineers

ReadWriteStart

It’s official: The gig economy is coming to construction. While other industries have been quick to adapt to freelance employment, architects and engineers within the construction sector have lagged behind — and that is beginning to change.

Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace

Grasshopper Herder

Lessons from the head of DHL’s Startup Lab on the importance of learning from our mistakes, and nurturing an innovation ecosystem that lets us make them. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Constellation Research event: Expansive, respectful vibe

deal architect

Let's face it - industry events are increasingly formulaic. Most vendor conferences are predictable - keynotes and product futures, rock bands, large partner booths. Most research firm events tend to be siloed around their category definitions and what currently excites. Industry Commentary

5 Ways To Increase Your Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business and entrepreneur advisor, I have no trouble getting owners and managers to agree that change is happening faster and faster in the consumer and technology world, requiring them to keep their business more agile , just to keep up.

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Why We Invested in Marlo

View from Seed

Meetings can suck. I know that you’ve been there. Stuck in a meeting which wasn’t productive. Not for you, and not for many (or even all) of the participants. Sometimes it’s a standing small-group meeting, an obligatory gathering that’s on everyone’s work calendar merely intended for reporting and not actually deciding. Sometimes it’s an all-hands-on-deck meeting requiring a large group to attend, but what’s going to be discussed isn’t relevant for everyone.

5 Traits Today’s Leaders Need To Revolutionize Their Management Style

YoungUpstarts

by Oleg Konovalov , author of “ Leaderology “ The rapid rate of change and innovation brought about by the digital age is putting many large corporations in peril as they realize they are in an “adapt-or-die” era.

Kickstarting a Stagnant Company

ReadWriteStart

When done right, it’s hard to identify when your company moves from one growth stage to another. The transition should be seamless and can seem to flow naturally as the company grows. When you’re a business leader, however, it’s clear that this evolution rarely (if ever) happens on its own.

10 Takeaways for Israeli founders considering the UK

VC Cafe

This week brought together a few different parts of my personal and professional life.

I will see Josh's five and raise him ten!

deal architect

Josh Greenbaum has a fascinating post - how Microsoft and SAP plan to take over the enterprise software market. There is much in there I agree with. All the recent executive changes - Jen, Christian, Bill, Bob - are exciting. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

A Culture Of Purpose In Business Leads To Doing Well

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices.

Building Something vs. Proving Something

View from Seed

One of the biggest rookie mistakes I see among founders pursuing seed rounds is that they’ve spent too much time building something vs. proving something. Increasingly, seed rounds occur after some sort of pre-seed or at least some period of bootstrapping. During this time, the founding team has probably invested at least some money and a lot of time and energy in moving their company from a concept to something with a bit more meat.

The Big List Of Business Tools: 30 Apps And Resources You Should Be Using

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is an adventure of creativity, self-education, and personal development—a passionate labor of love. Now imagine layering on power-ups. Editor Picks Grow Technology apps business tools productivity sponsored

The 4 Critical Challenges of Tech Startup PR

ReadWriteStart

In the technology industry, almost more than anywhere else, image is everything. Image is the bedrock part of the “fake it till you make it” culture that animates most of Silicon Valley today. Innovators use it to sell illusions while they figure out the nuts and bolts of their big ideas.

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Startup Benchmarks

VC Cafe

All Good to Great companies began the process of finding a path to greatness by confronting the brutal facts about the reality of their business.

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A vertical that is growing.well, like a weed

deal architect

I have been imploring software vendors to globalize and verticalize their applications for a while now - after two decades of cloud apps, less than 20% of the grid of applications across countries and operational processes is filled. I have. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

7 Tips For Building Millennials Into Next-Gen Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them nearly ten years ago. They started out as that spoiled generation of kids, born between about 1982 and 2004, who had everything, and could care less about business.

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Lux Capital on How Technology Evolves

Feld Thoughts

My partner Lindel pointed me at the Lux Capital 2019 Annual Dinner Talk. I watched it the other day and thought it was one of the best examples of a VC think piece that I’ve seen in a long time.

What is Public Relations, and Why Do You Need It, Anyway?

Rembrandt Communications

PR Can Give You a Huge, Competitive Advantage! Many people think “PR” means press release, but it is much more than that. It relates to everything that goes on with public relations. This includes all of the communications you have with all of your internal and external customers.

5 Steps For Organizing Your Paperless Office

YoungUpstarts

by Farica Chang, Principal of Anderson Archival. As your company expands, safeguarding important legal and business documents becomes crucial for the well-being of your company.

Four Work-Life Productivity Strategies For Solopreneurs

YFS Magazine

Remember why you started your business in the first place – perhaps to give yourself more autonomy and freedom with your time, not the other way around. Editor Picks Lead personal development productivity solopreneur solopreneurship

Abandoned Cart Email Offers: What We Learned from 1,000 Ecommerce Brands

ConversionXL

Cart abandonment is a huge issue in ecommerce. So cart abandonment emails are often a top revenue generator. And discounts and offers within those emails are proven tactics for increasing conversions. All standard wisdom. But we wanted to see how ecommerce brands deployed their offers.

10 Key Strategies For Innovation Leadership By Design

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I strongly believe that continuous innovation and design thinking are the keys to long-term viability and success. A recent survey of design professionals shows strong agreement, but 92 percent expressed some lack of confidence in their organization’s design vision.

Book: Stillness Is The Key

Feld Thoughts

Ryan Holiday’s newest book, Stillness Is The Key , came out at the beginning of October. I ended up with two copies and thought I’d read it over the weekend after they showed up at my house. The weekend slipped by and I didn’t pick it up until mid-day on Thanksgiving.

You’re Probably Asking the Wrong People For Career Advice

Hunter Walker

“Hey, I want to pick your brain about a new opportunity I’m considering. Can you grab a coffee next week?”

Key Reasons Women Entrepreneurs Should Consider Writing A Book

YoungUpstarts

Women entrepreneurs usually encounter gender barriers as opposed to men in their attempts to achieve industrial advancements. Potential business collaborators have always overlooked women entrepreneurs and snagged them of significant opportunities.

How To Make A Good Impression At Your First Professional Conference

YFS Magazine

Nervous about attending your first conference? Here's a look at the ins and outs of successfully representing your company. Lead conferences entrepreneurship conferences industry events networking networking events professional networking

What 15 CEOs Learned Building Top Agencies

ConversionXL

I asked more than a dozen successful agency CEOs to share how they’ve navigated critical moments—getting started, landing (and keeping) clients, scaling teams, and marketing their agency. Spoiler alert: It all comes down to people. Professional networks are the starting point (and growth engine).

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8 Techniques For Shining A Light On Your Blind Spots

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of us have blind spots in our ability to build a business, due to lack of experience, too much ego, over-confidence, or unjustified faith in a subordinate.