September, 2016

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

Both Sides of the Table

Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.”

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Working Hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours worked is not the same as how effective they (and you) are.

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Smart Entrepreneurs Build Startups Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I often encounter the myth that an initial startup requires investors.

Data should be the Common Language in an Organization

Instigator Blog

If I was to ask you what you do, I’m sure you could provide an answer. Most people lead with a title–“I’m an engineer working on software systems,” or, “I’m a senior marketing manager that drives marketing initiatives for our products.” ” Fair enough. That’s a reasonable answer. A much harder question is “Why?” ” Why do […]. Lean Analytics

Small Business Accounting 101: 9 Steps to Get Your New Business on Track

Up and Running

Running your own business is a journey of ten thousand miles, and you’re about to take the first step. But before your business really gets off the ground, you need to make sure you have your accounting administration set up properly.

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10 Tried-And-True Strategies For Funding New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”

14 Signs Your Website Is Causing You To Lose Sales

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 14 tell-tale signs that your website is need of a refresh. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing website design website development website optimization website redesign

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The Ultimate Work From Home Checklist

Up and Running

Of the 543,000 new small businesses started each month, approximately 52 percent of them are home-based. It’s no surprise really when you consider the primary reason for starting a business from home has to do with money (or lack thereof).

The Startup Rollercoaster is Real

Instigator Blog

You know what’s hard? Starting a company. You know what’s fun? Starting a company. There’s something about the insane challenge that makes starting a company so incredible. Having said that, I really don’t enjoy being told I’m wrong, or that my plan/idea/approach won’t work. (I I don’t know many people who like that!) And when people […]. Entrepreneurship

A Teachable Moment on Race

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday was the opening of the African American Museum in Washington DC, dedicated to the role that African Americans have played in building our country and our culture. It was signed into law 13 years ago by then president George W.

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Working Hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours worked is not the same as how effective they (and you) are.

Turning Ideas Into A Business Requires Smart Selling

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe that a great idea alone will assure business success. Experts argue that it’s more important to have a great plan, and personal business acumen. Hardly anyone mentions selling principles.

Google Finds That Successful Teams Are About Norms Not Just Smarts

Hunter Walker

Which Google employees has made the biggest impact to the company over the past decade? Besides the familiar choices of Larry and Sundar, I’d nominate Google’s outgoing CPO Laszlo Bock.

How to Write a Business Plan: Use This Checklist to Keep Yourself on Task

Up and Running

Most people think of the business plan as a one-time event, something used to accomplish a specific goal—getting funded, usually. This, however, is a very limited viewpoint.

25 Successful Copywriting Experts You Should Know

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Looking for some copywriting tips or wanting to hire someone who can write a persuasive message for your audience so that they can convert? Then check out these “Top 25 Copywriting Experts”.

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How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. I spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures.

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The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. We just held our first Hacking for Defense Educators Class with 75 attendees.

5 Steps To Maximizing Your Startup Cash Flow Runway

Startup Professionals Musings

Cash flow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your burn rate to assess your efficiency, and project your remaining runway before you run out of money and into a brick wall.

Top 5 Realities Of Being An Early-Stage Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

There are five realities about being an early-stage entrepreneur that no one can escape. Lead personal development starting a business startup advice startup lessons success

Online Business Ideas You Can Start With No Money

Up and Running

The great thing about starting an online business is that it’s one of the more affordable business options, and for the most part, can be started from home.

Top 25 SEO bloggers you should follow in 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Looking for some SEO tips or want to hire someone to improve your website's SEO? Then check out these hand-picked "Top SEO Bloggers and Experts." In their blogs, you will find tips and advice on how to improve your SEO. As a bonus we've included one of the best posts of each expert for you!

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Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

Both Sides of the Table

There’s an old saying in polite circles in the United States that there are two things one should never talk about a social gatherings: Politics & Religion.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 41: Chris Schroeder and Andy Cunningham

Steve Blank

There are only two emotions in startups — utter ebullient enthusiasm and outright terror. Here’s the big thing about tech companies: They all believe that if they build it, the world will come, but it doesn’t really work that way. The reality distortion you create is imperative to be able to believe what you’re doing, and get the people around you to believe what you’re doing. But you must find ways to check those realities.

Add A Personal Story To Make Your Business Memorable

Startup Professionals Musings

The biggest challenge for every entrepreneur and every startup today is to get noticed and remembered in today’s information overload. The number of entrepreneurs worldwide is huge, starting an estimated 50 million new businesses in the past year, or 137,000 per day.

It’s been nearly 10 years since I owned a phone

Start Up Blog

I still have a device which I can use to make calls, but it’s not a phone. I and most other people these days have a globally interconnected super computer. It so happens to have a feature which can make calls.

5 Techniques Every Startup Can Use to Retain Customers

Up and Running

As part of a startup business, you’ll know that there is no greater desire to win your first customer or your tenth customer. You’ll do whatever it takes to call a customer your own. That quest will become so all-consuming, you’ll practically fantasize about it.

How to Write Blog Posts that Increase Conversion Rate?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You’ve started a great blog and you’re really happy with the look, layout, and content and the traffic is starting to pour in. What’s everybody’s next question? How do I convert that traffic into real leads? These 8 tips are sure to help you increase that conversion rate.

3 Online Businesses You Can Launch Today To Live The Laptop Lifestyle

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

If you read this blog over a decade ago, you know that my first taste of living a Laptop Lifestyle came long before I started blogging – in fact blogs did not even exist back then, at least not the way we know them today. It’s about 15 years since.

Embrace Fear, Listen To It, And Make It Work For You

YFS Magazine

Irrational fears keep us from moving forward in our business and life. Lifestyle health and wellness inspiration lifestyle personal development

How To Counter Criticism Of Your Million Dollar Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 41: Chris Schroeder and Andy Cunningham

Steve Blank

There are only two emotions in startups — utter ebullient enthusiasm and outright terror. Here’s the big thing about tech companies: They all believe that if they build it, the world will come, but it doesn’t really work that way. The reality distortion you create is imperative to be able to believe what you’re doing, and get the people around you to believe what you’re doing. But you must find ways to check those realities.

Facebook Marketing: A Small Business Guide

Up and Running

When I first started using Facebook in 2009, I would never have predicted just how influential the platform would grow to become for businesses. Gone are the days where Facebook existed solely as a place for your friends’ (slightly banal) updates on how their days are going.

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5 Tips for New Investors

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Investing. What is it? A hobby for successful businessmen? Informed gambling? Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s lay down the definition. Investing is the act of committing money or capital to an endeavor (a business, project, real estate, etc.)

If I Was Only Allowed To Share One Marketing Idea With You, This Is It…

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Think of a movie or television star… …Now think of the movie or show they are most known for. Arnold Schwarzenegger = Terminator, David Schwimmer = Friends, Kate Winslet = Titanic, Julia Roberts = Pretty Woman) Next think of an author. What book are they best known for?