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.

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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.

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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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.

Techpreneur and Developer Behind World’s First AI-Powered Design Tool for Presentations

Hearpreneur

Artificial intelligence is a game changer and will continue to influence how we do things. San Francisco-based Beautiful.AI , a first-of-its-kind tool that applies artificial intelligence to automate the design process, has just released new product features to help SMBs create modern, clean and professionally designed slides in minutes. New features include: animation, audio, auto-advance, Easy come, easy go (back) and Revision History.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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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7 Essentials Your Online Startup Needs to Follow

ReadWriteStart

Starting an online business requires you to be extremely smart because 9 out of 10 startups fail and just 10 percent are lucky to enjoy the sweet taste of success. But there are essentials your online startup needs to follow. There are certain things that most of the startups fail to recognize.

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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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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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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PPC Automation: Is the Future of Paid Search Already Here?

ConversionXL

Will PPC look like this in 2020? Probably not. Nonetheless, there are some amazing automation opportunities that make the life of Marketing Managers, CMOs, and PPC experts quicker and more efficient—especially for fast-growing companies that need to scale their campaigns.

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Dancing in the Co-Economy: Are you Square Dancing or Foxtrotting?

ReadWriteStart

Have you ever been to a fast-moving square dance? Partners dance together, spin around a time or two, and then move onto new partners. As the dance progresses, some people return to their original partners, while others will dance once and leave the floor.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How To Find The Right Social Media Platform For Your Business

YFS Magazine

Do you know which social media platforms to invest your time and money in and reach ideal customers? If not, here are a few quick tips. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing social media social media marketing

8 Steps To Assembling The Most Talented Startup Team

Startup Professionals Musings

With the pace of change ever escalating, entrepreneurs today can’t afford to acquire talent through traditional hiring alone, and need to revise the perception that “talent” is only full-time employees. At the same time, more people in the workplace don’t want to be “employees.”

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As a Seed Investor, Do I Want Softbank to Invest In My Best Companies Or Not?

Hunter Walker

Oh boy, conference season in the venture world and one enduring question this year has been “What to do about the Vision Fund?” ” It’s been a topic of lobby conversations, off-the-record chats and sometimes even an honest public panel !

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Why Sites in High-Growth Industries Have Terrible UX

ConversionXL

If you generate a $200 million quarterly profit with an online product, your website’s user experience must be world class, right? Wrong. Your homepage can still look like the one above, which is from one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world.

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.

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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