August, 2023

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Technical Review: A Trusted Look Under the Hood

TechEmpower

Many CEOs of software-enabled businesses call us with a similar concern: Are we getting the right results from our software team? Most innovators don’t have a technical background, so it’s hard to evaluate the truth of the situation. We hear them explain that their current software development is expensive, deliveries are rarely on time, and random bugs appear.

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6 Tactics To Propel Innovation Before The Next Crisis

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business executive knows that continuous innovation is required to survive, but most struggle with this more than any other challenge they face. They know they need to act proactively, but still are often blindsided by a new competitor coming out of the blue with a future they never imagined. Innovation driven by the next crisis is not leadership.

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And let’s be clear: The term “culture and employee engagement” doesn’t mean “Happy Hours” and “Pizza Parties:” Navigating Market Downturns and Other Startup Advice with Melanie Naranjo, Head of People at SaaS Startup Ethena

Hunter Walker

“You both have context for this introduction, so I’ll let you two take it from here! I know you’ll really enjoy chatting.” That was the email one of Ethena’s founders sent to me and Melanie Naranjo on 8/21/21, a bit over two years ago. At the time Melania was in discussions with Ethena about joining the startup as VP People, happily employed at a larger company but knowing she wanted new challenges.

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Seed Stage Funding 101: What it Is & How it Works

The Startup Magazine

When it comes to starting a business that you have always dreamed of, you need to be able to handle any hurdles that may come your way. Having the right people that will become your helping hand in building future success is essential. pexels You need to have enough resources by having a seed-stage investor who will financially support your company in the long run.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Every startup and innovation project exists within an ecosystem that either helps or hurts that project. As innovation managers, we need to keep a pulse of that ecosystem and make sure we're helping those innovation projects we're managing every step of the way. 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

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16 Entrepreneurs Share Advice That’s The Complete Opposite of What They Learned Before Starting Their Venture

Hearpreneur

When embarking on any new venture, we often seek advice from those who have walked the path before us, looking for valuable insights and lessons learned. Some enigmatic pieces of advice are the complete opposites of what we have been taught and yet hold the potential to unleash creativity and innovation in our ventures. These pieces of advice go against the notion of having a concrete blueprint, urging entrepreneurs to embrace uncertainty and navigate the uncharted waters of their journey with a

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Here’s How to Build a Nonprofit Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework

Board Effect

If your mission-driven organization has been adopting new tools to further your goals and you have been moving your processes to digital systems, then robust cybersecurity now has to become a priority. In this article, we explore how your organization can build a cybersecurity risk management framework based on best practices to ensure you are protecting sensitive data, safeguarding board members and other stakeholders, and mitigating risk while maintaining donor trust — as well as your own repu

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ChatGPT for Enterprise is Ready. But are Enterprises ready to adopt Generative AI?

VC Cafe

“Since ChatGPT’s launch just nine months ago, we’ve seen teams adopt it in over 80% of Fortune 500 companies” OpenAI blog OpenAI announced this that ChatGPT Enterprise is now available , offering better data protection/privacy, more security, improved speed/performance and longer context windows. The Information revealed that OpenAI passed the $1 billion revenue pace over the next 12 months, far ahead of its projections.

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Lightspeed VC Michael Mignano on Why Apple’s Threats Influenced His Decision to Sell Anchor to Spotify, Why No FOMO in Venture is Good (AI Aside), & What NYC Founders Need to Realize

Hunter Walker

Investing in someone is primarily a business relationship. It doesn’t mean you don’t develop a personal affinity – it’s best when you do! – but creating an enduring bond transcends the question of founder:VC dynamics and is often not even directly correlated with economic outcome. Our participation in Anchor ( later acquired by Spotify ) generated both a return and a friendship between us and the founders.

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Lightricks Releases Video-to-Video Generative AI Features in Videoleap

The Startup Magazine

Lightricks, the company behind Facetune , Popular Pays and Photoleap, has now added generative AI video-to-video capabilities to its popular Videoleap app. They’ve dubbed this much anticipated update “AI Effects.” In simple terms, video-to-video generative AI is the capability to record a video and for it to be transformed into a completely new video based on the user’s desires.

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16 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Own Business

Hearpreneur

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Walmart 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. Each story is different though the reasons may remain the same. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each entrepreneurship and brand.

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The Cybersecurity Risk for Nonprofits and Fundraisers Is Increasing

Board Effect

With so much information from large corporations available to hackers, it seems ludicrous that hackers would go after nonprofit organizations and fundraisers — but that’s exactly what’s happening. Cyber risk for nonprofits is a topic your board will want to explore to protect your organization. There are also “hacktivists” — people who are so dedicated to their own causes that they’re hacking into the sites of their opposition to take them down or inhibit their voices.

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Startup CTO or Developer

TechEmpower

What does it mean to be a CTO for a startup? What does the role demand? Should a startup CTO spend their time programming? Exploring new technologies? Increasing competitive advantage? The answer is: it depends. The role of a CTO varies as the company matures. Here’s a graphic from Socal CTO that illustrates the roles as they change over time: In its earliest days, a startup’s top need is often to produce a product.

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How to Begin a Career in IT

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Technology is the key to the future of our workforce. If you wish to ensure the contingence of your chosen future career, choosing to work in digital technology is an excellent decision. Opportunities within the tech sector provide you with ample work, especially since the future of the digital workforce looks like it will involve increasing AI interactions and robotics.

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The Impact of Community

Duct Tape Marketing

The Impact of Community written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Lloyed Lobo In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast , I interview Lloyed Lobo. He is an entrepreneur, podcast host, and community builder. He is the co-founder of Boast.ai, where he leveraged the Community-Led Growth model to bootstrap the company.

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More than just a document: the importance of bulletproof commercial contracts for startups

The Startup Magazine

When you’re in boot-strapped startup mode, some issues will take priority. Working with the capital you have – and seeking to gain access to more – can be the dominant factor. Staffing, premises, resources, and growth plans also factor high on the list of things that keep you awake at night. With so many other challenges to address, many founders regard using a lawyer to draft bespoke commercial contracts as a luxury rather than a necessity.

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GEN New Zealand releases manifesto to encourage greater entrepreneurship

NZ Entrepreneur

Watch the video interview now A network of more than 140 entrepreneurial businesses and organisations warns New Zealand is in danger of being left behind due to a lack of resources and insufficient policies to progress entrepreneurship. The New Zealand chapter of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) wants to see local and central government politicians initiate policies to make entrepreneurship easier and more effective.

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Ethical Responsibility: What It Is and How to Bring It Into Your Nonprofit Workplace

Board Effect

Nonprofit boards must ensure their organization makes ethical responsibility a priority as they strive to improve the lives of others and further their missions. While a nonprofit isn’t a business per se, nonprofits often conduct business activities. Nonprofits employ staff and volunteers, and they sometimes conduct business transactions with vendors and customers.

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Globalization – time for a fresh look at a complex topic

deal architect

I was in 4 countries recently, and it reminded me I had been to each as part of my book tour a decade ago for The New Polymath. It also reminded me I had started the book with “sprezzatura” and.

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Essential Skills Every Experienced Technology Executive Should Possess

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Whether you’re a business analyst or a cybersecurity manager, the right skills can help you succeed in a tech leadership role. You can also use these skills to boost your resume and land an executive job. Accounting knowledge helps analyze the profitability of an organization, while analytical reasoning can provide a framework to approach company problems.

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The Power Of Mattering

Duct Tape Marketing

The Power Of Mattering written by Felipe Orrego read more at Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Jennifer Wallace In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast , I interview Jennifer Wallace. She is a freelance print and television journalist who began her career at 60 Minutes. She’s a frequent contributor to the WSJ and the Washington Post.

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5 Ways To Optimize Your Resume For AI Tools Recruiters Use

YoungUpstarts

Looking to increase your chances of making a meaningful connection with your next employer. Here are five things to keep in mind as you refine your resume or profile. The post 5 Ways To Optimize Your Resume For AI Tools Recruiters Use appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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6 Keys To New Business Growth From Global Opportunity

Startup Professionals Musings

With the availability of high-speed Internet and social media access around the world, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to assume that the world is just one big homogeneous market, and project their business will scale accordingly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Large businesses, as well as small, still fail often by not addressing the very real cultural, economic and political differences.

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15 Strategic Questions for Volunteer Boards to Ask

Board Effect

Huge changes are all around us – technology, the economy, climate change, the future of work and more. To truly be effective, volunteer boards must keep pace with how small and large changes impact their organizations and continually ask the right questions to guide their strategies, which will allow them to be more responsive. What areas of change should your board focus on?

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Fall research agenda

deal architect

As summer comes to an end – never feels that way in Florida, but I digress – I am looking forward to a packed Fall. Have two big projects, several industry events, a list of video recordings and other items.

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Effective SEO Strategies for Car Dealers

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Car buyers today conduct most of their research online. They visit websites to learn about dealership inventory and locate nearby locations. Car dealerships need a well-designed and effective SEO strategy to get found in local search results. Effective SEO strategies include on-page optimizations, local SEO initiatives, and content marketing. Creating fresh, relevant content on a dealership website is critical for generating traffic.

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Fractional CMOs As Strategy Architects

Duct Tape Marketing

Fractional CMOs As Strategy Architects written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Angelo Ponzi In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast , I interview Angelo Ponzi. He is a marketing and branding strategist who works with small to middle-market companies as their Fractional CMO. His company, Craft , focuses on three strategic pillars for success: Insights, Brand, and Plan to develop effective and efficient programs for building enduring brands and su

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Should CEOs Be Activists?

YoungUpstarts

If CEOs want to be activists and speak out on specific issues, they must genuinely align their activism with their company's values. The post Should CEOs Be Activists? appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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8 Strategies For Business Professionals To Stay Ahead

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor and advocate for entrepreneurs, I find myself almost always talking and writing about change. Yet there are many things about business and work that haven’t changed for a long time, and don’t need to change anytime soon. I’m always surprised when someone doesn’t seem to grasp these basics, or thinks it’s fine to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Technology is The Key to ESG Transparency for Nonprofits

Board Effect

Nonprofit leaders and board members are aware that donors and others, including regulators, are increasingly looking not only at their performance but also at how they reach their goals. ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) standards and principles are a way to demonstrate an organization’s commitment larger societal issues. They show how an organization behaves in terms of sustainability and social conscience, covering environmental impact, diversity and inclusion, and finances, with a f

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A new business model for AI?

deal architect

This post is inspired by Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake. In an interview with CNBC he commented “AI is not going to be cheap. I mean, somebody's paying for these wonderful Nvidia results. There needs to be a business model.

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Congratulations, storytellers and young minds that crafted beautiful narratives!

Brandanew

After our mega in-person event, Varta, we decided to take a small break and are now back. It’s so exciting to start the next phase of our nonprofit life by informing you that Peerbagh is now an independent 501(c)(3). This means, all your support and donations are tax exempt, and on our part we’re even […] The post Congratulations, storytellers and young minds that crafted beautiful narratives!

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What Is Really Going On With Your Press Release?

Rembrandt Communications

Surprise! It may not be what you think!! You have news to share and find an inexpensive service to distribute your press release to the media. They promise many listings on top sites fast, so you decide to hire them… but hold on! 3 Big Questions To Ask Before You Use a Press Release Distribution Ser vice 1. Where Is Your News Going? What’s really happening with your press release?!

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Finding Your Brand’s Tone Of Voice

YoungUpstarts

A brand’s voice is the personality a brand gives off, the “feel” that comes from the brand’s style, message, representation, and engaged audience. The post Finding Your Brand’s Tone Of Voice appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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7 Keys To Focusing Only On Challenges You Can Control

Startup Professionals Musings

My consulting clients tell me the business challenges these days are greater than ever before, with the recent pandemic and current global political unrest. Rather than let all these drive you insane, I always try to recommend some practical strategies to make you stronger and more focused in your outlook. I’m fully convinced that success is all about you rather than the market.

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Is Your Volunteer Board Cyber-Ready?

Board Effect

If your volunteer board of directors is well-equipped to handle potential cyber incidents and protect valuable data, you can stop reading now. However, if you feel your board may not be fully cyber-ready, then you may want to read on. In today’s technology-driven landscape, the role of nonprofit and charity boards of directors extends beyond traditional decision-making; they also hold the responsibility of safeguarding sensitive information and upholding data security.

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Enterprise Software: Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow!

deal architect

In my role as industry analyst, I have always pushed vendors to look ahead, rethink what they had in their bags over 5 years old and to cannibalize legacy revenues. Especially after the turmoil of the last few years. No.

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