February, 2019

How My Mother Helped Me Become The Entrepreneur I Am Today

YFS Magazine

From an early age, my mom taught me five things children needed to learn to become a successful adult. They became my life concepts for leadership. Editor Picks Lead leadership mom entrepreneurs mompreneur personal development women in business

28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

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Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

View from Seed

Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.

The coming Enterprise Software Hurricane

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In interviewing SAP customers for the upcoming book, I ended up classifying them broadly into four groups. I termed the first three: a) Risk-takers who are trying out new Leonardo ML or IoT projects, developing new functionality with its Cloud.

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 Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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10 Thinking Methods That Foster Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Innovation is the key to long-term business success, both in startups as well as established organizations. Yet every business and every entrepreneur I know struggles with this challenge, focused on hiring the right people and implementing the right process.

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S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T.

Grasshopper Herder

Yet another Experiment Template? Use this SIMPLE template to overcome the hardest part of running experiments.getting started. The post S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T. appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup User Experience & Research Experiment Design & Template Generative Market Research lean startup

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A Conversation with 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

View from Seed

Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here. Universal Basic Income is a hot dinner party topic around the country right now.

Davos: Not just for the elite

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Alan Alper, VP and Editorial Director, has his fingerprints on most Cognizant marketing publications and events. He has been involved in the planning of Cognizant's presence and pitches at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum for the last. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

8 Strategies For Winning As A Freelancer Or Employee

Startup Professionals Musings

A big trend in business these days is hiring freelancers or contract personnel for the duration of a project, rather than permanent staff. According to a recent poll , contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce within a decade.

Pros Vs. Cons Of Affiliate Marketing


We live in a world where people can avoid the hassles of commuting to work by getting into passive income streams. Affiliate marketing is one such way to generate income passively.

Digital Marketing Trends to Drop and Trends to Follow


Trends are more or less dictated by the shifts in consumer behavior — as well as deeper elements such as changes in SEO, CTRs, and reach/impressions. This past decade also brought a surge in the awareness of the importance of digital marketing and doing it correctly.

Advice On How To Make Your First Analytics Hire

View from Seed

Recently, I’ve been working with a few of our portfolio companies to help them think about how to recruit and interview their first analytics hire.

Time for more vertical integration in enterprise software

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As SaaS vendors took off in the early 2000s, I was encouraged by their business model. They had collapsed software, hosting, application management and upgrades into one contract. But in recent years I have seen a reversal and a lot. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

Viral Marketing And Word-of-Mouth Require Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing.

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Tips For Starting Your First Business


If you’re planning on starting your own business for the first time, don’t let the statistics put you off. As the saying goes, it’s better to fail than have never tried.

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Blockchain Success Stories Show Valuable Opportunities


Over the past two years, we’ve witnessed the cryptocurrency market explode onto the scene, minting billionaires overnight, followed by an implosion that has wiped out up to 80 percent of the market’s value.

After Organic – The Next Multi-Decade Food Megatrend

View from Seed

We are entering a really interesting phase in the food industry that I think most people don’t fully realize. For the last 20+ years, the dominant trend among grocers, restaurants, packaged food and beverage companies and others have been a market shift towards natural and organic products.

AI and the implementation consultant

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I recently read an article which said "AI will not replace accountants and auditors, but accountants and auditors that use AI can replace those that don’t." I predict that will also be true of implementation consultants in the next few. Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS


The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

Both Sides of the Table

One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

7 Action Items Build A Sustainable Innovation Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business founder knows the need for a culture that promotes continuous innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one that creates sustainable value across all functions in the business. Yet most don’t really know how to create that environment, or assess when they have achieved it.

Four Ways To Develop Referrals Without Asking When You Are Just Starting Out


3 Powerful Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves Each Morning

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. When leaders ask these three questions each morning they are better equipped to lead a happier, more productive, and focused day. YFS Magazine - Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed – © YFS Magazine. All Rights Reserved. Copying prohibited. All material is protected by U.S.

You Have a Great Tech Idea. Now What?


There are seemingly countless stories of tech innovators who simply woke up with a brilliant idea, got investments to build it out, and ended up becoming billionaires.

Polishing brand ERP

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Kudos to Cindy Jutras for her study "Real Facts About ERP Implementation". Her survey showed that two-thirds of respondents graded their ERP implementation as "successful" or "very successful." The survey found 31% thought their ERP project was at least a. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors) Offshoring (other vendors) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

Both Sides of the Table

I understand that Adam Grant is a fairly popular professor at Wharton and has a book that some people loved called “Originals” (for me it interesting but not mind blowing, and I have some first-hand knowledge of some of its inaccuracies).

The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Rules Of Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The pervasive ability and need to communicate constantly and globally through the Internet and smartphones is incenting everyone to get more out of their own assets and time, and capitalize on the idle resources of others.

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Entrepreneurship And Small Business – The New Age Of Online Business


by Kim Burmester, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ATLAS Workbase. Whenever you’d hear the word “startup” nowadays, you’d immediately think of a tech or software venture in Silicon Valley – the breeding ground of startups, both failures and successes.

6 Ways To Retain Employees When Payroll Is Tight

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Many small businesses struggle with the revolving door of employee turnover at a high cost. Here are six ways to remedy the situation. Grow Human Capital employee retention employee turnover HR human resources

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Startup strategy is like Kung Fu. There are many styles that work. But in a bar fight, you’re going to get punched in the face regardless. I can only teach you my style. Others can only teach you theirs. This is my style. “MVPs” are too M to be V.

Oracle and SAP: Quit sniping, start leading!!!

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In the Steven Spielberg movie, President Lincoln on the cusp of victory in the Civil War, is clearly grateful to Lieutenant-General Ulysses Grant and clasps his hand with both of his. However, he also says "We've made it possible for. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

10 Ways To Improvise, Thrive And Survive In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you have to improvise and adapt quickly to survive and thrive in the face of the unpredictable challenges of the market. But this improvisation a not a comedy, although there are some distinct correlations, in relation to reacting, adapting, and communicating.

8 Business Trends That Will Make Waves In 2019


Technology has been one of the essential elements that makes a business more effective and successful. It changes continuously, adapting to advancements and innovations in order to constantly improve.