January, 2020

Being A Pro

View from Seed

One of the fun books I read last year was “Paper Tiger” by Tom Coyne. I love to play golf, and Tom did what many golfers dream about – he devoted 100% of his life for 2 years to get as good as he possibly can and tried to make it on a pro tour. The book is a light-hearted, enjoyable read. But one thing that stuck out to me was his description of playing in mini-tour events in Florida.

7 Keys To Active Listening For Real Customer Feedback

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask.

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How To Survive The Loss Of A Main Customer

YoungUpstarts

by Zain Jaffer, serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Zain Ventures. Running a small business can come with a slew of challenges. Among the list: the loss of a major client. In many cases, this scenario is inevitable and difficult to prevent.

Traditional Public Relations Can Be The Key to Business Success

Rembrandt Communications

Do you use these basic PR activities for successful results? Social media, text messaging, blogs, podcasts, videos… the list of digital communication tools is constantly growing.

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.

What Is Customer Service?

YFS Magazine

Examine your systems and processes to ensure they are focused on providing what matters most to your customers. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer satisfaction

2020s - Embracing Complexity in Enterprise Tech

deal architect

I wrote couple of weeks ago about missed opportunities in the 2010s in enterprise software and in outsourcing. That backlog did not disappear - it has created even more opportunity for this decade. However, as I caught up on my

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Which Markets Are the Most And Least Served by Seed Investors?

View from Seed

About a year ago, my partner David Beisel talked about how seed fundraising is no longer a local game , and that the best entrepreneurs seek out the best investors for them outside of their home market.

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8 Errors To Avoid In Your First Minute With Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the most important things you need is a memorable “ elevator pitch ,” to communicate your startup value proposition and leave a great first impression on friends, investors, employees, and future customers.

2 Real Time-Saving Hacks That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

The internet is full of articles about hacks; life hacks, time-saving hacks and more. However, if you are in business, these 2 tips could transform your working day, reduce stress and increase your productivity dramatically. Speed-reading.

Clayton Christensen

Steve Blank

Say not in grief he is no more – but live in thankfulness that he was. If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders.

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Accounting firms and automation of ERP practices - a conversation with Francine McKenna

deal architect

Part 2 of my conversation with Francine McKenna. Part 1 focused on independence issues at accounting firms. The world has done over a million ERP, CRM, other enterprise software projects. With cloud implementations, it's like a second wave of projects. Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

The Montana Future In A Dream

Feld Thoughts

I’ve always been a vivid dreamer, but I’ve been getting a lot more REM sleep due to the combination of a CPAP machine and the prostate reduction surgery I had last year (solving a “getting older” problem.).

20/20/20 – Harley Earl: Design Icon, Seer of Our Autonomous Vehicle Future

View from Seed

Over the course of 2020, we are highlighting 20 innovators and entrepreneurs from the 20th century whose work continues to shape our everyday lives in the 21st century. . Unless you are a student of design or an aficionado of cars, you may not know the name Harley Earl.

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5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today.

10 Ways To Identify Opportunists, Time Wasters, & B *s

YoungUpstarts

by Jack Colton, founder of SilentRich.com. Normally we can keep our guard up against obvious e-mail scams and get rich schemes. We’re smart after all.

5 Quick And Effective Marketing Tactics To Grow Your SMB In 2020

YFS Magazine

Take a closer look at these proven marketing and branding opportunities to learn how each tactic works and why it makes sense for your business. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing tips online marketing

Microsoft Retail vertical - it's like navigating an unfamiliar retail store

deal architect

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft kicked off NRF 2020 Vision, the annual retail industry mega event in New York yesterday. He had some great sound bites "There’s death, there’s taxes and there’s ever-increasing online advertising spend. There’s not much we. Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Starmazon or Amabucks

Feld Thoughts

Why doesn’t Amazon acquire Starbucks? Starbucks has one thing Amazon doesn’t have – over 30,000 physical locations. Sure, Amazon owns Whole Foods, which has about 350 physical locations, but they are large food distribution facilities (e.g.

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Doing Due Diligence on Potential Investors

View from Seed

One of the often neglected parts of fundraising is the process of doing due diligence on potential investors. Raising money is super hard. But assuming success, a moment will come when a founder will have multiple funding options. Partnering with an investor and/or board member is very long term commitment, and I’m always surprised by how little diligence founders do prior to signing up for what could be a 10+ year collaboration.

Startups Are Not Just The Realm Of Young Generations

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest myths in the business world is that startups are no place for Baby Boomers, that aging generation born between 1945 and 1964.

Assess Your Leadership Qualities By Answering These 7 Questions 

YoungUpstarts

by Oleg Konovalov , author of “ Leaderology “ A leader is supposed to be out in front, pointing the way toward whatever is ahead. But, as we begin a new decade, too many business leaders are facing backward rather than forward.

5 Life and Business Resolutions Worth Keeping In 2020

YFS Magazine

If you're considering priorities for the year and need a fresh dose of inspiration, keep these resolutions in mind. Lead goal setting leadership New Year Resolutions personal development personal growth

Auditor Independence and ERP/CRM projects - a conversation with Francine McKenna

deal architect

Francine McKenna is a prolific commentator on the accounting, audit, and corporate governance issues affecting public and pre-IPO private companies. Since 2006, McKenna has been an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Lessons from the First 20 Episodes of the #GiveFirst Podcast

Feld Thoughts

When David and I started doing the #GiveFirst podcast , I was told by a long-time podcaster that it takes about 20 episodes to hit your stride. Since then, several other podcasters have told me that the number is actually closer to 100. Given that hurdle, David and I are 20% of the way there.

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20/20/20: Innovators & Entrepreneurs From the 20th Century Who Are Helping Shape the 21st

View from Seed

Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re now 20 years into the 21st century. 1980 and the dawn of the PC era is 40 years ago… the space race kicked off roughly 70 years ago.

6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase.

Useful Tips To Optimize Your Email Calls-To-Action

YoungUpstarts

Regardless of the email type, the main purpose of every CTA is to encourage people to take action. In blog newsletters, the CTA button asks to read more or see the full story; in promo campaigns – shop or explore new arrivals; in abandoned carts – complete the order or return to the cart.

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How To Handle Political Expression In The Workplace

YFS Magazine

Are workplace policies needed to control political expression at the office? Culture Economy Editor Picks entrepreneurship culture politics

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Vinnie, Verticals, Vici

deal architect

Apologies to Julius Caesar for mangling his famous quote but a few years ago my colleagues used to call me Vinnie Maintenance for my frequent pointers of low value from software maintenance. Nowadays, some of them call me Vinnie Vertical.

Distilled Moments: Poems By Dave Jilk

Feld Thoughts

Dave Jilk was my first business partner (we co-founded Feld Technologies). The photo above is from Dave’s office at 155 Federal Street around 1991.

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16 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Make Bold Decisions

Hearpreneur

Entrepreneurship and decision making go hand-in-hand. Some decisions like firing employees require boldness which is not always a walk in the park. The decisions you make can make or break the future of a business hence due diligence is necessary before making bold decisions.

9 Keys To Finding The Perfect Angel Investor For You

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one.

Workplace Safety- 4 Tips To Keep Your Office Safe

YoungUpstarts

When you run a business, it’s your job to ensure your employees are taken care of. Health and safety should be a main focus for the business, particularly workplace safety. If you’re looking to make your office a safer place to work, below you’ll discover 4 tips that can help.

3 Tips To Salvage Your Cash Flow

YFS Magazine

When you have poor cash flow, it only takes one disaster to leave your company in dire straights. Avoid this by learning proven cash flow management tips. Finance Grow cash flow cash flow management money

The "fog" of enterprise software

deal architect

So many data points cannot be wrong, can they? Larry Ellison talks about SAP's customers moving away during the Oracle earnings call. IFS runs a billboard ad suggesting the same. I get whispers from several other competitors suggesting SAP is. Industry Commentary

Present From The Head Of The Table

Feld Thoughts

I’ve noticed a degradation in presentation styles when displaying slides on a screen. This is starting to become a pet peeve of mine, so feel free to ignore me or tell me to get over myself if you disagree with this advice.

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