January, 2017

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past , today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains.

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The Three Machines

Feld Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches.

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Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. For me, seeing Congress pass this bill, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act , was personally satisfying.

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.

Hello, 2017

Instigator Blog

2016 was one heck of a year. It started with a fairly big shakeup professionally. I didn’t end up taking much time off; instead I started meeting with lots of people and looking for my next adventure. In July, 2016 I announced the launch of my new startup, Highline BETA. Over the second half of […]. Personal Development

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Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

Look what we did

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“You must be so proud of what you created” — the reflexive conclusion delivered by visitors to our building at WP Engine, struck by a beautiful place teeming with energy and activity, coming upon the little office of the founder. “What we created,” I always respond.

Why eCommerce Product Filtering Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

ConversionXL

Discoverability and findability are two important terms that optimizers should be familiar with. Discoverability is when you find the perfect book, even though you were not necessarily looking for it.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

Share The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

Feld Thoughts

Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. It’s now often referred to as “Labs” (as an homage to the infamous Google Labs which was disbanded in 2011.).

Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. For me, seeing Congress pass this bill, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act , was personally satisfying.

6 Elements Of Every Message Stand Out Above The Text

Startup Professionals Musings

Effective communication is an absolute requirement for successfully starting a business, but it doesn’t come naturally to many entrepreneurs. Communication is considered a social skill, and inventors and engineers, for example, are not known to be social butterflies.

It's Not The Ink, It's The Think: 6 Effective Data Visualization Strategies

Occam's Razor

Ten years, and the 944,357 words, are proof that I love purposeful data, collecting it, pouring smart strategies into analyzing it, and using the insights identified to transform organizations. In the quest for that last important bit, I am insanely obsessive about 1. simplification and 2.

Ancient Rhetoric for the Modern Persuader: How to Argue for Conversions

ConversionXL

Here’s a common phrase that perhaps you’re familiar with: “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” ” As an optimizer, you’re in the business of arguing.

52 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Share Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

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Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

Feld Thoughts

At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.” ” As I sat in an audience of about 200 extremely accomplished MIT graduates spanning over 50 years, I thought to myself “he just f **g nailed it.” ” I’m a huge fan and supporter of immigration, especially around entrepreneurship.

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6 Tools to Help You Manage a Remote Team

Up and Running

In the last few years, remote work has become an attractive solution for many employees and employers. Around 67 percent of companies allow some employees to work from home on occasion, and 38 percent allow employees to work remotely on a regular basis.

10 Ways To Keep The Road Ahead In 2017 A Happy One

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to another challenging new year ahead! You’ve probably already made your resolutions for 2017, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your chosen business lifestyle.

Habits to Pick Up to Feel Good Everyday: Posture, Breaks And Hydration

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It takes around 66 days to develop a new habit , and it requires that you make daily efforts to engage in whatever new behavior or action you’re trying to pick up and perform automatically. We only have one life to live, and it’s important that the habits we do pick up are good ones.

The Optimizer’s Guide to Web Accessibility

ConversionXL

What if you found out you are, at best, only optimizing your site for 81% of the people who might possibly visit it? Whether you’ve spent years perfecting your site’s usability or are just getting started, you’d want to know about that other 19%, right?

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18 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Did Prior to Starting Their Businesses

Hearpreneur

Share It’s always a special time when you take the “leap of faith” and start your own business. But it’s rare that an entrepreneur or business owner doesn’t leverage their background in some way to launch their business.

Got Gluten? Buy Nima

Feld Thoughts

I’m just back from a week in Australia with David Cohen to a note that Nima, a company we invested in last year, is now shipping their Gluten Sensor in volume. If you have Celiac disease, the Nima gluten sensor is a must have. If you are sensitive to Gluten, it’s still a must have.

Potential Pain Points When Starting a Small Business

Up and Running

If you feel restless working for someone else and have come up with your own idea for starting a business, you should consider the challenges that you will face ahead of time. Owning and running a business is incredibly rewarding—but it comes at a price.

8 Disciplines for Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are people who dream up new ideas, and then commercialize them into new businesses. Most people believe that the hard part is coming up with the idea, and the easy part is turning it into a business.

Five of the Best Austin Startups that Launched in 2016

SiliconHills

data.world – This startup, which launched in July with $14 million in venture funding, seeks to solve the problem of making data fast and easy to find online. It also wants to make that data easy to use to solve problems. It bills itself as a “social network for data people.”

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Stop Working Late

YFS Magazine

If you don’t take conscious control of your own work hours, the work hours can easily take control of you. Lead health and wellness personal development

37 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Inspirational Business Quote

Hearpreneur

Share André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

Origin Stories

Feld Thoughts

I love origin stories. Some of them glorify entrepreneurship in a way that makes them challenging to parse, as the struggles of our heroines and heroes gets romanticized in a way that tastes sugary sweet. But, when they are written in first person, unedited, on a blog, they are often delicious in a tasty and fulfilling way. Jud Valeski, the co-founder of Gnip, wrote a great one a few days ago. It’s titled How Did Gnip Get The Twitter Deal?

A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Marketing Strategy

Up and Running

Mobile marketing is the promotion of one’s business on mobile and smartphone devices through websites, apps, and social media.

7 Personal Work Principles Drive Your Business Luck

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t you wish you could be as lucky as Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk, who always seem to be in the right place at the right time for their business ideas to thrive?

The Bots Are Coming and They Will Take Few Prisoners

Duct Tape Marketing

The Bots Are Coming and They Will Take Few Prisoners written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. I wrote recently about disruption – and its impending escalation. Not that the idea is that new, it’s just come into hyper-focus.

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms.

Business Travel Tips (For Women): 14 Tips From Experienced Travellers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Traveling all the time for business is incredibly rewarding but it can also be quite exhausting. With that in mind, here are 14 essential business travel tips for female travellers sure to save you time and preserve that much-needed energy!