December, 2017

Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups

Gust

It’s that time of year when we’re all staring down the end of the December, wondering where the months have gone. This is also the time when a lot of entrepreneurs wrestle with their plans for the next year, asking themselves: Where should I bet big? Are the growth targets right? How am I going to pay for all these. Read more >. The post Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog

Book: Why We Sleep

Feld Thoughts

As part of v52 of me , I’ve decided to commit to at least eight hours of sleep a night. I’m doing ok, but need to keep working at it. From my early 20s, until v47, I woke up at 5 am from Monday to Friday.

What Happened In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing on what happened and then thinking about what might happen. Today, we focus on what happened in 2017.

The Customer Centricity Debate: Who Is Your Real Customer?

Brandanew

At a recently held creative round-table in Walled lake, Michigan, we entered into a good conversation around design and creativity. Many of us tend to believe that our businesses or brands exist to meet the needs of customers that we serve. Customers are people who use or need your products/services.

7 Groups Of Difficult Customers Test Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you ever noticed that some of your business owner friends get all the bad customers, and yours all seem fairly reasonable? Or is it the other way around? I’m always amazed that, in my role as a business advisor, bad customers somehow seem to gang up on certain businesses.

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The Early Stage Slump

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” [link]. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017. And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. The data is pretty clear.

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Time Magazine published its “person of the year” edition today and honored “the silence breakers” for speaking up and forcing our society to confront its position towards men in power exploiting their power for sexual gain. Real change is clearly needed.

7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

Questions to Brand Leaders Creating Things That Matter

Brandanew

This is a great collection of questions for brand leaders who carry the weight or the privilege of making things that matter. Questions that Matter to Brand Leaders. Does what I do count? Does what I do make a difference to anybody? Why should I come here? Can I be somebody here?

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Parody

YoungUpstarts

Funny. humor privacy surveillance

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BREAK THE INTERNET TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY

Feld Thoughts

We have just hours. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So we decided to help “Break the Internet” on our sites.

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The Second Quartile

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. A few investments produce the vast majority of the returns while many investments return nothing. Managing a portfolio with power law dynamics is a challenge. At USV, we tend to make 20-25 investments per early stage fund. The best four to five investments per fund will usually produce greater than 80% of the total returns of a fund (the top quartile).

Men Say …

Both Sides of the Table

Men use similar tropes on why #MeToo may go too far. It’s time to break these down. It’s time for more men to start saying, “enough is enough,” “I believe her,” and “I will step out of my comfort zone and speak up so that others feel empowered to follow me.” Men will make mistakes.

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6 Reasons Startups Need All Angels Plus Crowd Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”).

Year End Brand Review: Where Do You Stand Today?

Brandanew

Year end brand reviews are a touchy topic. Mid-level managers in large companies may have over 10 people reporting into them, and no one really enjoys the evaluation process. Usually it takes up valuable time and can often be seen as a mere formality.

What People Think Entrepreneurs Do Vs. What It Really Entails

YFS Magazine

While there is obviously a lot of truth to some of the glamorized notions of entrepreneurship, the hardships of are often overlooked. Lead leadership personal development starting a business startup advice

Book: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Feld Thoughts

This book was a delight. I started reading it earlier this year, caught up quickly (I started in July), and then mostly read a page each day when I was in the bathroom in the morning.

Playing Your Role

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Investing in many different companies, with different founders, different cultures, and different missions requires the ability to adapt to each and every one. I like to think about it as playing a role in a play. Even though I am the same person, with the same fundamental beliefs, I end up playing very different roles in the companies I invest in and work with.

So You Want to Start a Cannabis Business: Advice for the Absolute Beginner

Up and Running

Interested in starting a business in the cannabis industry? I can’t blame you—business is booming and there’s the potential to make huge profits as this sector continues to grow exponentially.

10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today

Startup Professionals Musings

I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs.

Full Steam Ahead - Wall Street Hits Record Highs

Chaganomics

"Wall Street closed at record highs amid sustained optimism about the likelihood of lower corporate tax rates as the Republican tax bill moved closer to passage" The Dow Jones Industrial Average.DJI rose 140.46 points, or 0.57 percent, to 24,792.2, the S&P 500.SPX gained 14.35 points, or 0.54

7 Ways To Juggle Motherhood And Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

If anyone knows what it means to work full-time, it's a mom. Here's why mothers are the perfect fit for the mompreneur club and how to balance the journey. Lifestyle lifestyle mompreneur parentpreneur women entrepreneurs women in business

My Goodreads Year In Books

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I love to read. For a number of years, I’ve recorded everything I read on Goodreads. When I write a blog post reviewing a book, I usually (but not consistently …) repost it on Goodreads and occasionally remember to post it on Amazon.

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10 Questions That Matter for Your Brand

Brandanew

No matter if you’re working on your personal or business brand, here are questions that matter. You need to answer these to find your story. Every time you’re thinking of building something unique or world-changing, ask yourself these questions. Your long-term vision depends on it.

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Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

Up and Running

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight.

10 Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Search Firm

Startup Professionals Musings

I started out in business as a techy geek, so I understand why technologists starting a new venture spend so much effort getting the product just right. Yet I’ve learned over time that building the business is all about having the right team members.

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CPI - Consumer Price Index - 12 Month

Chaganomics

CPI - Consumer Price Index - 12 Month Energy prices are up 16.4% which is driving the price increase in energy. From the BLS: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX – NOVEMBER 2017 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S.

6 Essential Mobile Marketing Strategies For Small Businesses

YFS Magazine

Mobile continues to disrupt the way people engage with brands. Mobile marketers should focus on these 6 strategies. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing mobile mobile marketing

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Ending My Service On Non-Profit Boards

Feld Thoughts

I’ve decided to stop serving on non-profit boards. I used to have a rule that I’d only serve on three non-profit boards at a time. I let this get out of control and found myself on eight non-profit boards with a commitment to join a ninth one. During our Q4 vacation last month, Amy and I talked a lot about this. I realized that I wasn’t enjoying the non-profit board service, even though I deeply enjoy my personal engagement and support of the organizations I’m on the boards of.

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8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018

YoungUpstarts

8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018. Executive Assistants never seem to rest, let alone take time away from work to focus on themselves. That’s why these Executive Assistant conferences are perfect for all those powerhouses who love to work eight days a week.

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

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.

7 Plan Elements That Separate Businesses From Hobbies

Startup Professionals Musings

Unless you are a serial entrepreneur with a string of successes behind you, you need a business plan to convince investors that you can build a business out of the dream that has been driving your passion to change the world.

Kuwait - Outlook Stable

Chaganomics

Kuwait holds a 19% weight on MSCI indexes. MSCI Kuwaits Idnex Constituents consiots of: NATIONAL BANK OF KUWAIT 6.92 Financials KUWAIT FINANCE HOUSE 5.19 Financials MOBILE TELECOM CO 3.48 Telecom Srvcs AGILITY 1.92 Industrials MABANEE CO SAKC 1.14 Real Estate BOUBYAN BANK 0.94

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Why Millennials Are Flocking To Self-Employment

YFS Magazine

Today’s millennials are willing to trade up a cubicle for a garage or a kitchen table if it means being in charge of their own destiny. Plan millennials starting a business startup advice young entrepreneurs