October, 2019

Why Startups Should Focus On Software Testing

YoungUpstarts

by Hardik Shah, Tech Consultant at Simform. According to Capgemini’s World Quality Report 2018-19 , Companies are now spending an average of 35% of their IT budget on QA and testing — a 9% year-on-year increase.

Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is more than just changes in technology, or channel, or competitors – it’s all of them, all at once.

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Optimize Your Content for SEO or Miss Out!

Rembrandt Communications

Do You Use SEO On All Of Your Content? If you aren’t optimizing your content with search engine optimization, or SEO, why not? When your content appears at the top of Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines, you will get more site traffic.

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5 Leadership Principles That Inspire Loyalty And Productivity

YFS Magazine

Are you a leader worth following? Lead company culture leadership personal development workforce development

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.

5 Ways To Minimize Employee Negativity In Your Office

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all the time.

What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

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Neil Patel Review: Learning Marketing Entrepreneurship From The Master

YoungUpstarts

When you’re working at growing your business , you need some role models to follow and great examples to emulate. It’s a hard grind when you’re just at the beginning of the process, so you need a little inspiration. There are few better choices than Neil Patel.

How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in VentureBeat. I just had a coffee with Mei and Bill, two passionate students who are on fire about their new startup idea. It’s past the “napkin-sketch” stage with a rough minimum viable product and about 100 users.

Pre-Seed Rounds Aren’t Going Away, But Pre-Seed Funds Are

View from Seed

Over the past few years, “pre-seed” as a distinct category has emerged within the early stage fundraising landscape. To some degree the best way to describe a pre-seed round is that you know it when you see it, as the definition is squishy… but most pre-seed rounds are characterized as relatively small ($750K or less), early in company formation (pre-product), and typically followed by a larger “seed” round ($1M-$3M) within 12 months.

If These Quotes Could Be You, Don’t Try A New Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

The disconnect between software buyers and vendors - about the role of SIs

deal architect

In the case studies I wrote for SAP Nation 3.0 I noticed two common threads A) Customers were using SIs cautiously - the last set of experiences with SIs and outsources has made them wary. A couple even thanked me. Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

Maintaining a Software-Obsessed Tech Industry is Self-Sabotage

ReadWriteStart

Can we see that maintaining a software-obsessed tech industry is self-sabotage? As a venture capitalist, I know there’s incredible excitement around quantum computing. Yet, as a material scientist, I also see the technology is at least five years away from commercialization.

The Importance Of Part-Time Work

YoungUpstarts

Many workers are under the impression that full-time jobs are only important. That theory has been debunked numerous times. While most workers prefer full-time employment, part-time employment is beneficial to college and high school students, single mothers, and people with disabilities.

5 Simple Steps To Attract More Customers With Social Media

YFS Magazine

There is a much smarter way to use social media to help build your business. Here's how. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing social media social media marketing

“Peace of Mind” Businesses

View from Seed

One of my first seed investments was in a company that was looking to disrupt the textbook publishing space. The team was terrific, and the premise was to develop a digital textbook product that was 20x cheaper, better, and more convenient than traditional textbooks. The team brought an amazing product to market but the business just didn’t work. The core mistake we made was misclassifying the kind of business we were building.

10 Signals That You Can Be A Trusted Business Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader believes that he or she has the full trust of their team and their customers, and in fact most do in the beginning. In my experience, most business professionals still believe in the old proverb, “ trust but verify.”

A tumultuous couple of decades

deal architect

As I was filing our quarterly Form 941 last week, it hit me that we have entered the last quarter of this decade. As I flew into LaGuardia on Monday, it took me back two decades to my time at. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone

Grasshopper Herder

A successful leader makes sure their teammates are capable in their position and clear on their mission. The post UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Retrospective teams

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Why Marketing Your Own Tourism Business Sucks

YoungUpstarts

The best thing about marketing your business today is that when done right, you can achieve desired results for free. And who doesn’t want to become successful without spending some marketing dime? Self-marketing may sound ideal, but in the grand scheme of things, it sucks.

5 Quick Self-Care Tips For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to improve yourself from the inside out, here are five simple self-care tips to ensure you prioritize your well-being. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development self care

Pandere Shoes, Anchorage Startups, and Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Pandere Shoes is an Alaskan founded and women-owned startup that creates expandable footwear that accommodates a host of conditions such as edema, diabetes, and neuropathy. . I met the co-founder Laura Oden when I was in Anchorage last month to speak at the Accelerate Alaska event.

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7 Characteristics Of People Who Drive Global Change

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.

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Gradually, then suddenly

deal architect

Lots of people are rattled by all the executive changes in the industry over the last few months.Bill McDermott and Rob Enslin at SAP.John Donahoe at ServiceNow.Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian at Oracle.Charles Phillips at Infor.Bob Stutz at. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

The Boundaryless Era: the Time for Distributed Teams

ReadWriteStart

When Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded HP in 1947, it made logistical and fiscal sense to have all their workers housed under one roof. Ditto for Apple.

5 Powerful Ways To Use Instagram To Market Your Online Business

YoungUpstarts

Do you want to increase brand visibility while also getting your products seen by a growing number of consumers? If so, Instagram is the ideal place to achieve these goals along with many others.

Which Fundraising Round Should You Skip?

View from Seed

As seed rounds have atomized, it’s not uncommon for founders to raise 3 or even 4 rounds prior to a series A. These include angel rounds, pre-seeds, institutional seeds, second seeds, pre-A, etc. The reality is that if a founder raised every one of these rounds, and lead investors always got their “target” ownership, the level of dilution would be ridiculous.

Techstars Sustainability Accelerator Demo Day on 10/30/19

Feld Thoughts

Last week David and I spent some time at the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Their demo day is happening on October 30th in Denver and you can register here if you’re interested in attending. .

7 Strategies To Make You A Business Leader Role Model

Startup Professionals Musings

We are living in a new generation of business, where customers drive the experience, and highly engaged employees are required to keep up with customer expectations. Traditional business leadership practices, including autocratic, reactive, and narcissistic, aren’t good enough.

RIP Mark Hurd

deal architect

Larry Ellison hinted at this in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld last month. He joked he did not have many friends and that he would hate to lose Mark Hurd. In a corny way that was quite a tribute to. Industry Commentary

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Is Winter coming for startups?

VC Cafe

11 years ago Sequoia released the “ RIP Good Times ” Presentation. With the financial crisis meltdown, it was clear that “winter is coming” for startups.

How To Manage Your Money As An Entrepreneur

YoungUpstarts

If you’re to succeed in the world of entrepreneurialism, you’ve got to do more than just work hard, be knowledgeable, and possess bucket loads of talent.

3 Proven Holiday Marketing Strategies For Business Owners

YFS Magazine

Plan your holiday marketing campaigns now so that execution will be smooth and stress-free! Grow Marketing & Sales holiday business tips holiday marketing marketing

Thought Leadership vs. Cult of Personality

Feld Thoughts

In 2011, my now-partner Chris Moody (and then-CEO of Gnip, which I was on the board of) kicked my butt about my endless statements about hating marketing. His thoughts on recasting “marketing” as “thought leadership” appeared on this blog in a post I Don’t Hate Marketing. It remains a great example of one of the reasons I blog, which is to think out loud, get feedback, learn, and iterate.

7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

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CAN-SPAM Act is Important and Painful for Email Marketers

ReadWriteStart

Business practices are changing every day. Nowadays, companies and startups are interested in increasing market share maximization with the use of new technology like email marketing.

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The 7 habits of highly effective people… in startups

VC Cafe

I’ve just finished re-reading “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”, a bestseller written by Stephen R. Covey 30 years ago; it might be old, but it is still extremely relevant.