November, 2018

Designing the Ideal Board Meeting – The Board Meeting

VC Adventure

This is the 4th post in my Designing the Ideal Board Meetin g series. I hope this series so far has helped you think a bit differently about how you approach the lead-up to your board meetings.

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Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?

Berkonomics

So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature. Here’s a thought for you to recall later when and if the event happens. Remember those who got you there.

When Is An Idea Just An Idea?

YoungUpstarts

by Georgianna W. Oliver, founder of tour24. Entrepreneurs are funny people. They are problem solvers, and are everywhere in every walk-of-life! They are engineers, computer scientists, doctors, detectives, teachers, parents, politicians, and even your barista or Uber driver.

A Great Example of A Professor’s Involvement With A Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

I received a Silicon Flatirons email from Phil Weiser this morning in his role as Silicon Flatirons Founder and Executive Director. My partners and I, especially Jason Mendelson, have been very involved with Silicon Flatirons over the past decade. I have a chapter in Startup Communities that uses CU Boulder – and specifically Silicon Flatirons – as an example of a much better way than the traditional approach (circa 2012) for a university to engage with the startup community.

6 Steps To Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Today, in this age of pervasive social media and two-way communication, the focus needs to get beyond demographics into personalities.

The Future of Work: a Rural Sourcing perspective

deal architect

There are lots of trends converging to influence the workforce and workplace of tomorrow. I have written about new job titles as automation influences every profession, new co-working sites, the demography in booming small towns. I thought it would be

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How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows

Steve Blank

I know a change is going to come. If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change. I’ve seen these transitions as an investor, board member and CEO.

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You Probably Need Life Insurance And Here’s Why

YoungUpstarts

Having a life insurance plan to be your financial aid in times of medical emergencies is crucial for each and every person.

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Unintended Consequences of the Upcoming Drone Apocolypse

Feld Thoughts

On Monday, I wrote a post titled Look Up and Don’t Give Up that included the 2:48-second video of a mama bear and her cub struggling across a steep cliff covered with snow. 20+ million people have also looked at it and, I expect, found inspiration from it as I did.

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Lessons On Startup Success From An Olympic Champion

Startup Professionals Musings

Willingness to take a risk is the hallmark of a serious entrepreneur. That’s why one of the first questions that potential investors ask is “How much of your own money, and friends and family, have you put into the new business?” If you won’t risk yours, you won’t get investors to risk theirs.

SAP and Qualtrics: Experiences matter, but how much?

deal architect

My daughter, Rita is about to embark on what she calls a Gap Quarter. I don’t want to steal her thunder as she plans to blog about it but it is a play on a Gap Year and what us

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Nobody Reads Powerpoints

Babbling VC

Bear with me as many generalisations are to follow. . . via GIPHY. Nobody reads Powerpoints anyway!" I heard this from a business acquaintance recently and was initially taken aback by that comment.

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Boost Positive Word-of-Mouth with Small Business Public Relations

Rembrandt Communications

No Money for Growth? PR Makes It No Problem. If you want to grow your B2B, you probably struggle with financial limitations. Well, even if you can’t afford major advertising and marketing initiatives, you can still boost positive awareness without spending a dime.

5 Communication Hacks For Startup Cofounders

YoungUpstarts

by Saeju Jeong, CEO and Co-founder of Noom Coach. Many friends who start a new business together often end up going their separate ways, leaving the company to collapse and the relationship to turn sour.

How to Survive in a World of Disruption – Innovation in Large Organizations

Steve Blank

The team at Innovation Leader had me over to share some observations on how to survive in a world of disruption in large organizations. It’s worth a listen – here. 5:30: The cultural differences between startups and big companies. 8:30: Not everyone is an innovator. 9:10: Being an ambidextrous organization is the key to survival for a big company. 9:42: Apple stopped changing the world; here’s why. 10:55: The most disruptive companies are driven by founders.

8 Ways To Ensure Team Accountability In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

Plex: The Past, Present and Future of Manufacturing

deal architect

Plex hosted its annual Future of Manufacturing Roundtable in Michigan last week. I was actually as excited about the past and present of manufacturing I saw during the visit. They hosted a dinner at a Birmingham restaurant which used to

A Slow, Painless Death

Babbling VC

We're so misled by what we often read in blogs and press stories or see on TV shows. One way or another, we tend to react to drama and they who produce content feed on this. In reality, there is often very little drama or noise when things go terribly wrong.

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Seth Levine’s Designing the Ideal Board Meeting Blog Series

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine is writing a blog series on Designing the Ideal Board Meeting. Seth and I have each attended over 27,367 board meetings. Ok, I don’t know the actual number, but it’s a lot. We’ve both been on good boards and bad boards. Boards that have helped companies and boards that have sunk companies. Boards that know how to resolve conflict and boards that have multiple passive-aggressive actors engaged in a complex dance that serves no one, especially the company.

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7 Mistakes That Turn Your Seminar Into A Nightmare

YoungUpstarts

by Diane DiResta, CEO of DiResta Communications. It’s not enough to be a confident speaker and subject matter expert. It’s what happens behind the scenes long before the audience ever arrives that will impact the outcome. It’s all about the logistics.

6 Harsh Truths About Startup Life

YFS Magazine

It's hard to differentiate startup myths from startup reality. Here's a cold hard look at the facts to prepare you for what it takes to start a business. Plan starting a business startup advice

5 Barriers To Wise Delegation In Business Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

I often wonder how many more startups would succeed if their founders could master the art and science of delegation. It seems inherent in the mind of most first-time entrepreneurs that it was their idea, and they must do all the work themselves to make it happen.

Not your Dad's SAP

deal architect

It’s been the longest research phase of any of my 7 books but I hope to deliver the first draft of the manuscript for SAP Nation 3.0 to my editor in early January. As I work my way through over. SAP Nation Book

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Start With an Initial Assessment

Up and Running

Get all your ducks in a row with an initial assessment of your business opportunity. This article is part of our Business Planning Guide —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Start your business planning with a quick assessment.

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Look Up and Don’t Give Up

Feld Thoughts

This is how I think about my work and my marathon running. We could all learn a lesson from this baby bear: Look up & don’t give up. pic.twitter.com/nm0McSYeqY. — IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) November 3, 2018. My spirit animal is a bear. Generally, I think of myself as a big polar bear, but I’m going to spend the day relating to my little friend. And, when the day is done, I’m going to go run into the woods.

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How Best To Negotiate Your Time And The Time Of Others

YoungUpstarts

by Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, author of “ The Best Story Wins: How to Leverage Hollywood Storytelling in Business and Beyond “ When I first took my position as the leader of a graduate program within a flagship university, I launched what I lovingly called the “Take You to Lunch Tour.”

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Top Startup Winner: Balodana

The Startup Magazine

The Startup Magazine recently featured two of the FUND Conference Top 3 Exhibitor winners, Happenstance , and Digs. We’ve saved the best for last.

7 Steps To Meeting Your Goals With Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs are usually hard-driving, and highly focused on some specific goals, like being the dominant player in a given domain, or the low-priced provider of their product.

Vertical Software: One Industry which has bucked the trend

deal architect

Readers know I have been hounding software vendors on why they are not investing in vertical functionality. After two decades of cloud computing we have very few choices in books of record for industry after industry – utility billing, retail.

4 Simple Hacks To Create Content That Converts

YFS Magazine

For some online business owners content marketing can be a dreadful phrase. You know you need to create it, but where do you begin? Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

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So you just raised your seed round, now what?

Version One Ventures

At V1, we have had the privilege to sit on many of our portfolio companies’ boards from (pre-)seed to Series B (and beyond). We have seen these companies grow and go through the different stages in the start-up journey. And over the years, we have observed common patterns emerge at every phase. We actively help each portfolio company manage their changing priorities as they grow. Now, we want to share some general advice to the broader community.

Why Cloud-Based Desktops Can Be Safer Than The One You’re Sitting At

YoungUpstarts

by Robin Hau , founder and CEO of SimplyClouds. According to RightScale’s 2018 “State of the Cloud Report,” a staggering 96 percent of respondents report some reliance on the cloud.

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Top 3 Startup Winner: Happenstance

The Startup Magazine

At this year’s FUND Conference in Chicago, Illinois, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders.

Early Adopters Are Not Enough To Assure Your Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind.

10 Ways to Add Value to Your “Thank You” Page

ConversionXL

If you’ve ignored the design and content of your “thank you” page, you’re neglecting: Recent purchasers. New leads. These are some of the highest value segments of an online audience, yet what most sites decide to show them is an afterthought.

How I Built My Dream Business Debt-Free

YFS Magazine

If you have a dream you want to pursue without the pressure of debt, here are three ways to build your dream business, debt-free. Finance Grow Plan bootstrapping business planning starting a business startup advice

14 Entrepreneurs List Their Favorite Business Blogs

Hearpreneur

We all have that one business blog that addresses our pain points and motivates us to press on. As an entrepreneur, there’s also need to stay informed about the latest trends in our respective industries where most of this information can be found on business blogs.