May, 2018

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

How to Run Marketing Experiments The Right Way

ConversionXL

You need to run experiments. The one who runs the most experiments wins. BUT – most marketing experiments are done wrong. What’s missing is hypothesis driven testing across all inter-business disciplines.

The Best 3 Branding Exercises For Startups

YFS Magazine

Here are a few fun, engaging and insightful exercises you and your team can do today to help define your brand. Don’t be shy — let your creative juices flow! Grow Marketing & Sales brand development brand strategy branding personal branding rebranding

In The End She Was Vulnerable To Facts

Feld Thoughts

I read Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup last week on my Q2 vacation. In my post talking about the various books I read , I wrote the following about it. “Every entrepreneur and VC should read this book. John Carreyrou has done something important here. Maybe this book will finally put a nail in the phrase “fake it till you make it”, but I doubt it.

Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy

Grasshopper Herder

Whether the companies are private or public, shareholders are demanding a vision for the future. How will these old, inflexible companies survive in industries facing. The post Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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4 Mental Hacks of High Performers

YFS Magazine

High performers—the ones who lead companies and teams to success—are not born better than everyone else. Instead, they've cultivated some very powerful traits. Lead leadership personal development success advice

Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution

Feld Thoughts

I was an early investor in two of the first email service providers (Email Publishing and Mercury Mail).

10 Copywriting Strategies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Up and Running

Copywriting can make or break your business. Your skills, directly and indirectly, impact how well you communicate with your customers. Good writing brings out emotions, answers questions, and leads users toward the sale.

Note From Chad: Bitcoin Grades

Chaganomics

The info below is really helpful if you think about assets and pricing (which is something I think about a lot). Bitcoin inevitably could be graded based on transaction history.

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How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest things about the fund-raising process for entrepreneurs is that you’re trying to raise money from people who have “asymmetric information.”

OJO Labs Raises $20.5 Million in VC Funding and Plans to Double in Size

SiliconHills

OJO Labs, an Austin artificial intelligence startup, has raised $20.5 million in venture capital. The company, founded in 2015, raised the Series B round from new investors Realogy, the Royal Bank of Canada, Northwest Mutual Fund Ventures and ServiceMaster.

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6 Brand Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

YFS Magazine

One of the most important things you can do before you implement a marketing strategy is to really understand your brand goals. This simple 6-step process will help you gain clarity on your brand goals. Grow Marketing & Sales brand strategy branding marketing personal branding

Q218 Vacation Reading

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I took a much needed 10 days off in Aspen. The first five months of the year was intense for both of us. Lots of travel, work, and stuff. Not a lot of self-care, time alone, or reading. And very little running since my calf was injured.

10 Ways to Get Your Startup Moving

Up and Running

If you are just beginning your journey into the world of business, you face more competition than startups in previous generations. However, you also have more opportunity. Here are 10 ways to get your startup moving.

In Detail: Deceleration In Europe?

Chaganomics

Europe's major economies are slowing down. In Germany the economy is loosing steam and this is apparent in Q1 numbers. Indicators are showing that according to data and reporting from Focus Economics, key G7 indicators are pointing to a slowdown.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “ Lemons Ripen Early ,” which also has a link to other posts.

Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk.

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Is Your Worthiness Mindset Hurting Your Business?

YFS Magazine

When you realize how you’ve held yourself back by feeling unworthy, you have an opportunity to either work on it or keep your head in the sand. ??The The former takes courage. Lead mindset personal development success success advice

Step Into The VC Time Machine

Feld Thoughts

One of the things humans are bad at is remembering the past and incorporating the lessons they learned from difficult experiences. I’m sure there’s a philosophical word for this, but I’ve now heard the phrase “this time it is different” so many times that it doesn’t register with me as a valid input. I woke up this morning to Howard Lindzon’s post R.I.P

7 Ways to Grow Your SaaS Startup Faster

Up and Running

Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies. Start charging early. SaaS startups are often hesitant about charging customers.

CoLiving & Shared Housing Isn’t Just for Urban Millennial Bros

Hunter Walker

“Luke opened the shared fridge and, since it was after 4pm, chugged his Kombucha/Soylent Keto shake.

How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this … VC: “How much money are you raising?” Founder: “$8–10 million” VC: “What’s your current burn rate?”

How to Get Started with Machine Learning and AI for Marketing

ConversionXL

Artificial Intelligence is powerful and will open doors we don’t even know exist at the moment. But there are some steps you can take today to ensure that you are making the most of this new capability and are not left behind.

5 Morning Routine Hacks To Live A Healthier Life

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to upgrade your health one day at a time, here's a look at five small hacks that can make a big difference. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle

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Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or help out, I encourage you to check out the event. Friday, May 18th starts off with the Brain Crawl at Boulder Startup Week. My good friend Jerry Colonna and I spoke at this part of the weekend last year.

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Entrepreneurship for Superwomen

Up and Running

I believe that there is no better way for a woman to succeed than to have her own business. I went through the information technology revolution and was on the bleeding edge of both technology and the acceptance of women in the workplace. .

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Essential Advice For Startup Owners

The Startup Magazine

Aside from thinking fast, acting in the spur of the moment and being organised, there is a whole range of skills that you need to have to ensure that your start-up is successful and makes a profit during your first year of business.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers.

Cashgold: A Hybrid Of Gold And Cryptocurrency

YoungUpstarts

Gold is a universally valid, crisis-proof precious metal that can be converted into cash at any time and used worldwide as payment.

5 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know Before Starting A Marketing Agency

YFS Magazine

As the founder of a content marketing agency, my career path was more accidental than intentional. Since my agency career wasn’t carefully planned, I ended up making a lot of mistakes. Plan content marketing marketing starting a business startup lessons

The New Gmail For 2018

Feld Thoughts

Ahhhh. The new Gmail client for the web is finally here. And a lot of things are fixed. The two things I like the best are really simple but dramatically increase my email throughput. name : When I add someone to an email thread, I use the shortcut “+name” to indicate to everyone on the thread that I’ve added them. I started doing this around 2008 (I can’t remember where I picked it up from, but I think it might have been Mark Pincus at Zynga.)

The Website Services Worth Paying For—From a Scrappy Entrepreneur

Up and Running

As entrepreneurs, we don’t want to spend any more money than we have to. But, in some cases, a little extra spending makes your life a lot easier.

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Why It Pays to Hire a Digital Marketing Agency to Boost Your Online Presence

The Startup Magazine

No matter where you turn, you’ll find that most people are preoccupied with some form of technology. Whether it’s a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, consumers have really embraced this new digitally dependent atmosphere.

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

Why you should never have a data room?—?the the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get I’m about to offer you some fund-raising advice that flies directly in the face of what most conventional wisdom will tell you.