December, 2019

How To Validate Your Startup Idea

ReadWriteStart

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.

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.

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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.

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

6 Strategies For Attracting Customers From Day One

YoungUpstarts

One of the biggest challenges that startups face is attracting customers early on.

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

How Businesses Can Correct The Problem Of Cancel Culture

YFS Magazine

This unforgiving culture burrows deep into societal standards and can affect your business, no matter how politically correct you try to be. Company Culture Grow cancel culture company culture hiring employees

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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.

Okay, enough of the silliness about SAP

deal architect

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

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.

Santa As A Service

View from Seed

I bet many of us are waiting for packages to be delivered around this time of year.

Why Businesses Should Offer Healthcare Benefits

YoungUpstarts

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.

Help a Denver Food Bank Stay in their Home

Feld Thoughts

If you have an office in Denver, just five miles away from you is a food bank operating out of a warehouse month to month just so it can help anyone who comes through their doors.

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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.

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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Content Marketing Outlook And Trends For 2020

YFS Magazine

Smart small businesses will stay informed regarding content marketing trends and content consumption habits. Otherwise, they'll risk being left behind. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content distribution content marketing marketing online marketing

5 Outrageously Innovative Israeli Startups to Watch in 2020

ReadWriteStart

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.

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3 Resolutions To Be More Productive And Do Your Best Work In 2020

YoungUpstarts

by Charlie Gilkey, author of “ Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done “ New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition. Though year after year, it’s the usual suspects. You know the ones: Eat healthier. Exercise more. Stop a bad habit. Start a new hobby. Find a different job.

Bringing The Helium Network to Boulder

Feld Thoughts

My partners at Foundry Group have decided to bring the Helium Network to Boulder. We’ve ordered 50 hotspots and, with your help, will set up a LongFi network throughout Boulder. If you are asking, “What’s Helium?”

8 Friends Who Mean Well But Never Start New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur I know is dismayed by the number of friends who approach them with a line such as “I have an even better idea that will change the world, and one of these days I’m going to get around to starting my own business.”

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

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YFS Magazine Editors’ Favorite Holiday Gifts to Give and Get

YFS Magazine

Shop unique gifts for small business owners and entrepreneurs who give back, give big, and empower their local communities. Holiday gift guide holiday holiday gift guide

28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

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.

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5 Essential Habits You Need To Become Successful

YoungUpstarts

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.

Life in 2050

Feld Thoughts

As I often do, I had a long, complicated dream last night. I’ve been fighting off a cold, so let’s call it a fever dream. During the dream, I saw the number 2050 on something. In 2050, I’ll be 84 – an old man by today’s standards.

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.

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

deal architect

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

What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Startup Off the Ground

ReadWriteStart

Launching a startup seems like the most promising business opportunity for creative individuals who don’t want to drive down traditional career roads. This is exactly why startups are flourishing worldwide, flooding every niche from home services to online retail.

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.