June, 2021

What Mistakes Do VCs Make When Fundraising?

Both Sides of the Table

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Samir Kaji on the Venture Unlocked podcast about a wide range of topics that we as venture capitalists think about everyday, including: How to build a generational firm?—?retaining

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9 Key Issues That Can Support Your Breakthrough Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for smartphones.

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Your Product is Not Their Problem

Steve Blank

There are no facts inside your building, so get the heck outside. I just had a call with Lorenz, a former business school student who started a job at a biotech startup making bacteria to take CO2 out of the air. His job was to find new commercial markets for this bacteria at scale.

Analyst Cam: Sapphire Now - Industries perspective,  Part 2

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. SAP's annual event - Sapphire Now - is usually about drinking from a fire hose.

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.

[Interview] Sean And Thora Dowdell, Owners Of Club Tattoo Studios  

YoungUpstarts

Sean Dowdell is known as the Tattooed Millionaire, while Thora is passionate about empowering women business owners through her story. We chat with the husband-wife team, who are also authors of the book “Brand Renegades“.

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Tradeshow PR Success Secrets

Rembrandt Communications

Take full advantage of every event this year… without spending a fortune. Many tradeshows have been cancelled or gone virtual this year, and this may be a huge disappointment for you.

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8 Ways To Ensure Customer Interactions Are Memorable

Startup Professionals Musings

As a consumer, I rarely pay attention to your marketing pitch, but I certainly always remember a exceptionally positive total experience with your team, based on a memorable set of interactions from first contact to discussions with friends.

You Don’t Need Permission

Steve Blank

I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Suresh, an ex-student I’ve known for a long time. A U.S. citizen he was now the head of sales and marketing for a company in London selling medical devices to hospitals in the UK National Health Service. His boss had identified the U.S.

Analyst Cam: Sapphire Now - Industries perspective,  Part 1

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. SAP's annual event - Sapphire Now - is usually about drinking from a fire hose. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Want To Deliver A Great Customer Experience? Give Your Employees A Voice

YoungUpstarts

An engaged employee will go the extra mile because they understand how their actions make a positive difference for customers and colleagues. The post Want To Deliver A Great Customer Experience? Give Your Employees A Voice appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Announcing Fund IV and Opportunities Fund II

Version One Ventures

We’re thrilled to announce the closing of two new funds: Fund IV ($70M USD) and Opportunities Fund II ($30M USD). . While these funds may be new, our values and goals remain the same.

On Funding?—?Shots on Goal

Both Sides of the Table

On Funding?—?Shots

7 Ways Of Using An Immigrant Culture In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to new entrepreneurs here in the USA, I’ve long been impressed with the number that come here from other countries, and the positive traits that most of these seem to bring with them.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2021 Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

We just finished our 6th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. With the pandemic winding down it finally feels like the beginning of the end. This was my sixth time teaching a virtual class during the lockdown – and for our students likely their 15th or more.

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Analyst Cam: Salesforce Industries Summit,  Part 3

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Salesforce held an Industries Summit earlier this month. They invited me to an analyst pre-briefing.

Sustainable Commerce: 3 Ways To Reinvent Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Retailers have come to realize that sustainability measures are unavoidable as they will be imposed by new regulations and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers, argues Ivan Kot, Customer Acquisition Director and IT Solution Manager at Itransition.

4 Ways IoT is Rewiring How the World Works

ReadWriteStart

There are few technologies in the world today that can make a Trillion-dollar impact on the global economy. IoT (Internet of Things) is one of them. McKinsey, the global think tank, estimates that IoT will have an economic impact of between $4 trillion and $11 trillion by 2025 ( Source ).

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How To Upskill Remote Teams And Improve Productivity

YFS Magazine

Learn how to help your remote team become more efficient so they can work less, accomplish more, and find greater fulfillment in their work. Grow Human Capital productivity remote working telecommuting upskilling workforce development working at home

8 Reasons To Initiate A Startup While Career Probing

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the many professionals still trapped between jobs by circumstances outside your control, or are about to dump the loser job you have now, you should be actively defining and starting your own business, in parallel with looking for that ideal job.

Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams

Feld Thoughts

Matt Blumberg has a new book out titled Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams. It’s a follow-up to his previous book, Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business. I’ve been working with Matt since 2000.

Analyst Cam: Salesforce Industries Summit,  Part 2

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Salesforce held an Industries Summit earlier this month. They invited me to an analyst pre-briefing.

Tips For Marketing A Small Business

YoungUpstarts

Marketing a small business does take time, but when you do it right, you give your business a higher chance of survival. The post Tips For Marketing A Small Business appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others marketing marketing advice small business small business advice

We Raised $50m+ To Back New Venture Capitalists Who Don’t Look Like Me

Hunter Walker

It’s weird to try and help fund people who are going to compete with me, right? Well, I couldn’t be more excited to do just this. The 10 initial Screendoor Venture Advisors.

5 Ways Your Business Can Observe the Juneteenth Celebration

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at five meaningful ways brands can observe Juneteenth in the workplace and beyond. Company Culture Editor Picks Grow company culture editor picks holiday marketing holiday marketing tips juneteenth

7 Essential Steps From A Lone Entrepreneur To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers, and a myriad of other support people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a social butterfly to succeed, or introverts need not apply.

6 Opportunities for Startups to Thrive in 2021 and Achieve Results

ReadWriteStart

The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the business world on its head and put many in a state of panic. Do you dare start your own company, launch your very own business venture in such a volatile climate? How do you ensure steady growth and success in these trying times?

Analyst Cam: Salesforce Industries Summit,  Part 1

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Salesforce held an Industries Summit earlier this month. They invited me to an analyst pre-briefing.

How To Leverage Talent In The YOLO Economy

YoungUpstarts

In a trend called the “YOLO Economy,” highly skilled twenty- and thirty-somethings are leaving their jobs or seeking flexible work models that give them better work-life integration. If employers are willing to “flex,” they can attract this in-demand talent pool.

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Investment vs. Speculation

Feld Thoughts

I reread Enough.: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John C. Bogle over the weekend. I’d read it in 2012 and it had a huge impact on me. If you aren’t familiar with John C.

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Robert’s Rules of Order Cheat Sheet for Nonprofits

Board Effect

Robert’s Rules of Order is a manual of parliamentary procedure that governs most organizations with boards of directors. In 1876, Henry Martyn Robert adapted the rules and practices of Congress to the needs of non-legislative bodies and wrote them in his book, which is still in use today.

5 Ways To Turn Business Connections Into New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

I often hear the popular notion that successful entrepreneurs are built from a single heroic insight or a single innovation. This is just plain wrong. The business world is a symphony of players and elements that only works when everything interconnects harmoniously.

The Upsides of Starting a Business During a Recession

YFS Magazine

I won’t lie. Starting a business during the middle of the most challenging economic time since the Great Depression took a lot of guts. Economy Plan economy recession starting a business

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Burning Platform: Leading with authenticity

deal architect

In the 49th episode of the series we have a repeat appearance by Sabrina Horn, CEO of Horn Strategy We discuss her new book "Make it, don't fake it". The book shows how authentic leadership eliminates the need for the. Burning Platform Leadership during Crisis

7 Ways To Mitigate Small Business Risks

YoungUpstarts

Mitigating business risks is a vital part of being a successful enterprise. Erin Yurday, CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins shares seven areas to prepare for significant risks. The post 7 Ways To Mitigate Small Business Risks appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Seats convincing investors framework

David Cohen

I recently spoke at Collision and the format was really fun. Four entrepreneurs each pitched me in two minutes with no slides, and I provided reactions and tips in front of the audience. I had never met or seen any of these companies before. As you might have guessed, I saw some familiar patterns.

Leading by Example: Why It's Not Important Where Eric Adams Lives

This is going to be BIG.

“The term 'residence' shall be deemed to mean that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principal home and to which he, wherever temporarily located, always intends to return.”