August, 2021

Why Innovation Heroes are a Sign of a Dysfunctional Organization

Steve Blank

A week ago I got invited to an “innovation hero” award ceremony at a government agency. I don’t know how many of these I’ve been to in the last couple years, but this one just made my head explode.

5 Entrepreneur Exasperations To Moderate Your Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

The best part of being an entrepreneur is having the independence to make your own decisions, the flexibility for a better work/life balance, and personal satisfaction from driving change. But nobody said it would be easy.


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Analyst Cam: Cognizant "Timeline of Next"

deal architect

A few months ago, Cognizant asked a few market watchers to look at how we would live, work and learn differently as a result of the 2020 pandemic. Our forecasts were published in 16 themes in their Timeline of Next. Analyst Cam Future of Work Industry Commentary New Normal COVID-19

Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Vanna Phon on Unsplash Customer acquisition is the lifeblood of many startups from e-commerce to gaming to marketplace companies, among others.

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.

8 Productivity Tips To Scale Your Startup


As a startup, you need to stay productive to remain successful. Take note of these eight productivity tips that will help you. The post 8 Productivity Tips To Scale Your Startup appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others productivity startup advice startup productivity

Do You Really Need SEO?

Rembrandt Communications

What is Search Engine Optimization? How do you use it for a competitive edge? If search engine optimization ( SEO ) is not part of your content marketing strategy, why not?

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8 Ways To Minimize Entrepreneur Burnout In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs routinely jump into a startup with a full charge of passion and energy, but often find themselves drained of both after a few months by the workload and challenges.

My Happy Place: New Florence

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The New Florence. New Renaissance innovation blog was born in March 2005. Facebook had a different name then. No one had heard of the iPhone. Or SpaceX. Or AWS. Honestly, I thought I would run out of material in a. Industry Commentary Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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5 Things Your Company’s Website Needs To be Successful

The Startup Magazine

What’s the most important thing your business can do to ensure success? The answer is to build a company website that attracts a healthy flow of visitors, provides useful and relevant content, and helps to build brand awareness.

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Work-From-Home Scams And The Future Of The Hybrid Workplace


Navigating the job market during the pandemic can be challenging for job seekers, but finding the right hybrid environment pays dividends. Always be mindful of scams veiled in supposed opportunity. The post Work-From-Home Scams And The Future Of The Hybrid Workplace appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Positioning Your Brand in the Covid Era


The lesson to retain about positioning your brand in the Covid Era? Lean In To What Makes You, You.

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Frustrated With Your Employees? Ask Yourself Three Questions

YFS Magazine

The next time you feel like you want to throw your computer out the window after checking team emails, ask yourself these three questions. Grow Operations collaboration productivity project management recommended workflow workflow management

7 Ways Your Marketing Needs To Meet Today’s Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business I know is intimately familiar with outbound marketing, or pushing your message out to customers through email, newspaper, and television advertising. Only a few really understand the process and value of inbound marketing, for pulling customers to your brand.

Projecting technology leaders for this decade

deal architect

Over my career I have seen tech industry leadership change every decade or so. Analysts like to come up with acronyms for the leaders and I have seen them evolve from BUNCH to JBOPS to FAANG. I myself coined the. Industry Commentary

Cannabis-Related Startup Ideas To Consider In 2021

The Startup Magazine

There’s genuinely no doubt that the global cannabis industry has seen tremendous growth ever since the leafy green plant was legalized for recreational and medicinal use in recent years.

Are You Missing This Huge Opportunity In Your Private Equity Due Diligence?


Most private equity firms fail to focus on the sales team of their target company. To assess sales force potential — and make smart decisions based on what you learn — here are three steps to take during the due diligence phase and afterward.

‘Inside Rounds’ Used to Be Bad. Sequoia & WhatsApp Changed Venture Forever

Hunter Walker

Why Their Multibillion Dollar Outcome Flipped The Script. Pre-2014: Insider Rounds Are The Funding of Last Resort. Post-2014: Why Are Insiders Letting This One Get Out?

Here’s How Small Businesses Can Support Afghan SIVs And Refugees

YFS Magazine

We've compiled a vetted short list of 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy groups with a proven track record for assisting in refugee crises. Economy Editor Picks economy editor picks global village world affairs

6 Positive Steps For Taking Control Of Your Work Life

Startup Professionals Musings

Every dedicated business professional I know can’t find enough hours in a day to do their best work, and yet they often find themselves saying yes to new requests from the people around them.

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10 Reflections After 10 Years of NextView

View from Seed

A few weeks ago, we hosted a small dinner for a number of portfolio company founders, LP’s, and friends of the firm. We’ll probably do a few of these over the next few months as we make our way back around the country and folks get more comfortable meeting in larger groups in person. Part of the reason to do this was just to reconnect after a long time apart. But another was that this year marks NextView’s 10 th year in existence. These first ten years have been pretty special personally.

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Why Privacy Is A Business Imperative

The Startup Magazine

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, concerns about the emergence of a “surveillance state” have been building. Consumers are more aware than ever of the weaknesses of the privacy protections around them. Firms have responded.

5 Ways To Transform New Hires To Top Talents


Here are some tips to increase employee retention, while transforming your new hires into brilliant talents in the company. The post 5 Ways To Transform New Hires To Top Talents appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others employee retention hiring practices new hire talent management

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Tech Reporters, You’re Being Played By Using “Oversubscribed” To Describe Successful Funding Rounds

Hunter Walker

Why I Cringe Every Time I Read This Word. I recognize this is an overreaction. But humans have their quirks and one of mine is I cannot stand when the tech biz press uses “oversubscribed” to characterize a startup’s funding round or a venture fund’s raise.

Bitcoin, Rare And Gold Coins—Which Investment Is Right For You?

YFS Magazine

Which investment is right for you in terms of downside protection, upside opportunity, inflation hedging and overall utility? Finance Grow bitcoin bullion market investing retail investors

8 Unpublicized Strategies From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The message I hear publicly from most entrepreneurs is that you have to think outside the box and take big risks to ever beat the odds and be among the less than ten percent that experience real success.

Hologram: Everyday IoT Reaches Scale

View from Seed

Today Hologram announced their $65M Series B round of funding led by Tiger Global. Hologram is a leader in enabling large-scale connectivity of internet of things (IoT) devices, across the globe with 400+ wireless carriers, all through a robust but easy-to-use API.

Tips For Small Businesses Post Pandemic

The Startup Magazine

2020 and 2021 have been incredibly difficult years for small businesses as the covid-19 pandemic has wreaked economic havoc worldwide. Many small businesses have had to close as a result and those that haven’t find themselves financially struggling.

Kicking Ass In A Corset: The Jane Austen Toolkit For Every Entrepreneur In A Post Pandemic World


Andrea Kayne shares the principles of Austen’s six heroines that every entrepreneur should keep in her toolkit. The post Kicking Ass In A Corset: The Jane Austen Toolkit For Every Entrepreneur In A Post Pandemic World appeared first on Young Upstarts.

“I Can Really See Us Leading This Funding Round” Isn’t a Term Sheet

Hunter Walker

Why VCs Are Always ‘Very Excited’ About Your Progress But That Doesn’t Mean Anything Until They Make an Offer.

How To Put Your Vision Into Action

YFS Magazine

Many people have great visions for their companies. Very few put them into action. Fewer still do it successfully. Lead personal development personal growth success habits success planning vision

10 Entrepreneur Myths That Need Not Dilute Your Focus

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs probably have long searched for that special idea that will catapult you and your startup to success. Yet, my experience as a business advisor and investor has convinced me that the magic is not the idea, but you and the execution.

Increase Analytics Influence: Leverage Predictive Metrics!

Occam's Razor

Almost all metrics you currently use have one common thread: They are almost all backward-looking. If you want to deepen the influence of data in your organization – and your personal influence – 30% of your analytics efforts should be centered around the use of forward-looking metrics.

How to Post on Instagram From a PC or a Mac?

The Startup Magazine

By now, Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms out there. It has changed the way we share and consume content for good (either while browsing the feed on our phones or from PC once we’ve learned how to post on Instagram from PC.

6 Digital Assets That Generate Business For Content Writers


Are you a content writer? Here are 6 digital assets you must leverage to boost your business to the next level. The post 6 Digital Assets That Generate Business For Content Writers appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others content writing digital assets


How to Get More Followers on Instagram (Without Buying Them)


90% of Instagram users follow at least one business account and 83% of people discover new products through their Instagram feed. Amassing a large following on Instagram can help you at every stage of the marketing funnel—from bolstering brand awareness to driving conversions.

How to Take Breaks That Boost Your Productivity

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at three fun and engaging ways to take breaks that boost your productivity and keep your mind sharp. Lifestyle lifestyle mental health productivity recommended