December, 2019

How To Validate Your Startup Idea


Everyone is excited about starting their own business. Countless people try their luck every year, but most of the business failed due to a lack of proper planning. Approximately 45% of startups struggle because they didn’t reach their target market. To run a startup successfully, you need to validate your idea systematically for making your product successful in the market. There are some essential steps to follow for validating any startup idea –. Market Validation of the Product.

8 Steps Every Leader Must Take To Deal With Setbacks

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business owner in this age of rapid technological change, with the surge of worldwide competitors, setbacks and adversity are virtually guaranteed. Based on my years of experience mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, you need to attack problems and challenges with a mindset of success, or it is unlikely that you or your business will survive. I found that view confirmed for a wide range of leadership situations in a classic book, “ The Mindset of Success ,” by Jo Owen.

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7 Surprising Findings from Workfront’s Annual State of Work Report

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A guest column from Steven ZoBell, Workfront Chief Product and Technology Officer. In his role at Workfront, Steve leads the engineering and platform hosting and operations organizations and works closely with the product and services teams to evolve the technology. Future of Work

Small Business Owners, Change Your Life Instantly With This 6-Letter Word!

Rembrandt Communications

Small Business Success is More Than Sales, PR and Marketing… As a small business owner, you probably utter many four-letter words under your breath, or hear them from others, on a regular basis. Well, I’m going to remind you of a six-letter word you can say as much as possible, 365 days a year. It will: • Put you in a better mood; • Cause others to like you more; • Open up business opportunities; • Reduce stress and increase humility; • Give you a competitive edge; and so much more!

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.

Getting Schooled – Lessons from an Adjunct

Steve Blank

This post previously appeared in Poets and Quants. I’ve been an adjunct professor for nearly two decades. Here’s what I’ve learned. Colleges and universities that offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to teach innovation and entrepreneurship classes may benefit from a more formal onboarding process. The goal would be six-fold: Integrate adjuncts as partners with their entrepreneurship centers . Create repeatable and scalable processes for onboarding adjuncts.

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How To Move From Reactive To Proactive Leadership

YFS Magazine

As a leader, examine the pointless activities in business and proactively forge a better and smarter path for maximum impact. Lead leadership personal development personal growth

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How is the VC Asset Class Doing?

View from Seed

One of my more popular posts in recent years was a long write-up on how VC’s get measured. It occurred to me that about 2 years has transpired since that original post and I thought I’d write a follow-up. At the time, I spent most of my time describing the metrics themselves and how VCs and their LPs evaluate performance based on these measurements. This time, I’ll spend a bit more time thinking through the benchmarks themselves to get a sense for how the VC business is doing.

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SEO And Start-Ups: The 5 Amazing Benefits Of SEO For Your New Business


With 627,000 new businesses starting each year, it’s essential to make sure that your business is going to stand out from the crowd. Many businesses don’t even know how to get the word out about their new business, but we are going to help you. Learning SEO for your new business and how to help people find you online doesn’t have to be confusing. Continue reading this article, and we will show you some basics and the benefits of SEO for your business. Enjoy Targeted Traffic.

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3 Smart Tips For First-Time Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted. There is little room for error in business and all the room in the world for error at the same time. Plan starting a business startup advice startup lessons

Okay, enough of the silliness about SAP

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I am stealing words about silliness from my friend, Bob Evans as he recounts here Larry Ellison's comments about competitors during the recent Oracle earnings call. Larry was particularly vocal about SAP's vulnerability. My response to SAP competitors (many whisper. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Questions To Test Your Potential As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that. Many people with great ideas never make it as entrepreneurs, and true entrepreneurs can make a business out of anything. The first myth you have to get past is that having the right idea will make you an entrepreneur.

5 Outrageously Innovative Israeli Startups to Watch in 2020


Silicon Valley gets significant attention for its role in producing tech startups that often go on to see massive, international success. However, it’s far from the only startup hub in the world, and it’s not even the only startup hub in the United States. While Silicon Valley has the advantages of a self-sustaining entrepreneurial reputation and proximity to multiple major universities, other countries have natural advantages that make them highly supportive of new tech entrepreneurs.

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Why Is There So Much Turnover In Venture Capital?

View from Seed

“I have exciting personal news.”. “I’m I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.”. “I I am pursuing an idea that I’m excited about and and happy to be back on the entrepreneurial path.”. These are literal quotes from social media and email announcements over the past six months from VC Partners moving on to other competitive firms, and, well, just moving on.

3 Real-Life Practices That Will Change Your Business — And Your Life


by Michael Bianco-Splann, author of “ Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles That WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life “ Never in our lifetimes has transformative leadership been needed more than now. Take a moment to observe the world we live in. Turn off the 24-hour cable news networks and set aside your personal belief systems, biases, attitudes, politics, religion, and views about a myriad of social and economic issues.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2019


It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below. There’s a good chance I’ve missed something — if you feel that way, by all means, please share your point of view on Twitter (or email) and link to the post.

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The Evolution of SAP Analytics

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I had been invited to an SAP Analytics influencer summit earlier in the year. Many of the sessions were under NDA, so I had not written about it. However, my notes showed: Ambitious, exciting vision, but fragmented execution across portfolio. Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Ways To Jeopardize Key Startup People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Relationships are the key to survival and success for entrepreneurs, and first impressions usually turn into lasting impressions. As an advisor to many early-stage entrepreneurs, I caution them to always be prepared for that chance meeting with a famous investor, a potential partner or an industry guru. It’s not smart to believe that your passion and gift of gab will impress anyone. Advance homework and preparation is key to every good first impression.

Holiday Gift Ideas – Daytona Beach Jewelry

Rembrandt Communications

Discover unique jewelry gifts this holiday season at Daytona Beach’s award-winning jewelers. Yikes! The holidays are almost here, and you still need to find the perfect bracelets gifts for your loved ones! Don’t worry! We have some unique and beautiful gift ideas for everyone on your list here at our Daytona Beach jewelry store! Holiday Gift Ideas. Estate Jewelry.

Santa As A Service

View from Seed

I bet many of us are waiting for packages to be delivered around this time of year. While there are several companies solving the same-day shipping predicament, I figured in the meantime, why not educate myself and other impatient package anticipators by building out a visual of how an item goes from a digital image on a website to physically appearing on your doorstep. Indulge me as I try to understand how Santa works as a way to distract from the inner desperation of waiting for a package. .

Why Businesses Should Offer Healthcare Benefits


Health Insurance is now required by law for individuals. Larger companies are also legally obligated to carry health insurance for their employees. However, businesses with under 50 employees don’t have to offer health insurance. Many choose to anyway. 25% of small businesses offer health insurance, and another 22% plan to offer it in the next year. Why do these employers choose to provide health insurance? Why should you? Why You Should Offer Health Insurance.

The Version One Anti-Portfolio – the opportunities we missed…

Version One Ventures

Bessemer started the idea of the “anti-portfolio” – the companies that you passed on, but ended up doing very, very well. . After Honey was acquired by PayPal for $4B a few weeks ago, we thought it was a good time to share the Version One anti-portfolio: Honey. We had a chance to invest in a $500K round at a $12M valuation in 2015. We loved the founders, but didn’t have much conviction around the scalability of a browser plug-in and the fact that this was a bridge round.

Decade-end review: Enterprise Applications have NOT eaten the world

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Over the last couple of weeks, as we get ready to welcome the 20s, I have been reviewing blog posts, books I have written and notes from advisory work helping clients pick vendors, negotiate contracts, review vendor performance etc from


8 Strategy Lessons For Establishing A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well. Even in this age of purpose before profits, a business won’t survive by pretending there are no competitors out there to worry about.

Looking Ahead, Predictions For 2020


With a bit of reluctance, I share this forthcoming “ Predictions For 2020 ” post with you. Initially, I wasn’t going to write one because I figured it is hard to know what will happen even with lots of thought applied, and that it may not be valuable to you as a reader — despite the fact my Predictions for 2019 post was pretty spot-on ( but 2018 was not !).

2020 Vision

Feld Thoughts

“This budget will let us have 2020 vision.” ” I heard that quote at the end of a board meeting yesterday and laughed out loud. As someone with terrible eyesight (I’ve worn glasses since age 3 and had eye surgery at age 8), my “vision” has always been suspect … I’m in Seattle for a few days doing the end of year board meeting/budget drill at a number of our Seattle-based companies and thought this was a priceless pun.

Great Ways Your Business Can Increase Their Leads And Customers


If you’re thinking about how you’re going to increase your leads and customer base, you must understand the value of your customers to your business. Just like any other business, it’s essential to keep in constant contact with your prospects and existing customers to build a loyal relationship with them. After all, the more you cultivate a solid customer base, the more sales you can probably get.

What’s your best productivity hack?

Version One Ventures

I’ve been thinking about productivity a lot lately. As an investor, time is always the scarcest resource. I can’t add more hours to the day, so the question is what can I be doing differently to make the best use of my time. My best productivity hack is to touch every email only once. I read the email, then immediately need to reply, forward, delete, file or flag as “follow-up.”

Decade-end review: Not your Dad's outsourcing market

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Over the last month, as we get ready to welcome the 20s, I have been reviewing blog posts and books I have written and the notes from advisory work helping clients pick vendors, negotiate contracts, review vendor performance from the. Global and Vertical extensions Globalization and Technology Offshoring Negotiations/Best Practices Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

10 Positive Signs For Starting Your Own Business Now

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy I’m seeing a continued resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. I believe the days of the “job work” mentality are thankfully waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

The Breakout Tech Company Of 2019


It’s that time of year, where I — as a committee of one judge, but now in consultation with my Haystack colleagues Ian and Aashay — select one startup in the tech ecosystem that “broke out” and has the makings of an even larger outcome should things continue to go right.

3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Direct Mail Marketing

YFS Magazine

Direct mail marketing is a little old school, but it can get new results for your business. Since it’s unexpected, it could deliver a competitive advantage. Grow Marketing & Sales direct mail direct mail marketing marketing offline marketing

5 Essential Habits You Need To Become Successful


by Andrew Armstrong. Success is not easy. Some think that people are born talented, while others believe it comes down to hard work and luck. It’s true. A select few people do have the innate ability or good fortune to achieve success, but this isn’t true of the population at-large. Aristotle said ( or maybe didn’t exactly say ?) that “ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

How Self-Service Technology Can Boost Startup Growth


For every startup business, the need to give customers the best customer service experience is the key priority. Customers are kings, and they determine business growth. Your company growth will largely depend on how you treat them. Here is how self-service technology can boost startup growth. Some startups are already making it big with self-service technology. A lot of businesses now make use of technology to boost their profit margin, while also satisfying their customers.

Trailblazer by Marc Benioff - a review

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I have been reading Marc Benioff's new book and also factoring what I heard at the latest Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference. At times, I felt like I was re-reading Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations" and his points about companies like Patagonia. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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10 Financing Alternatives For Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. I often get asked about the real alternatives to bridge this valley, and there are some good ones I will outline here. According to a well-researched Motly Fool report, the challenge is very real, since around half of all businesses fail in the first five years.

28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project. Each story is different though the reasons may be the same. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each and brand.

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