December, 2017

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.

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Parody

YoungUpstarts

Funny. humor privacy surveillance

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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.

Tone down your AI expectations

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We have had many previous hype cycles around AI. As I wrote in Silicon Collar : “Since the 1950s! That is when Alan Turing defined his famous test to measure a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to that. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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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

7 Highlights from Lean Startup Week

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Misti Yang, Writer for Lean Startup Co. Editor’s Note: We wrapped up the 2017 Lean Startup Week in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, and we’re excited to share with you some of the best lessons learned in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

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Mental Fitness, the NFL, Active Minds, and the Competitive Workplace

Feld Thoughts

There aren’t many similarities between the workplace of an NFL football player and that of a tech entrepreneur. My body doesn’t get pounded each week. Decisive critical thinking and typing speed are valued more than the last time I ran 40 yards in under five seconds.

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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.

The other technical debt

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The CEO of a manufacturing company expresses frustration his plant employees have to key entries into the shop floor system. Why not a voice interface? And anticipating the objection, says don’t tell me they cannot use noise canceling technology to. Industry Commentary

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.

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.

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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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.

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”).

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2017 Flyover

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Facebook generates an annual collation of “memories” for every member. I looked at mine and felt it was too shallow. Google Search summarizes the most common queries across its user base at the end of each year in video below

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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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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.

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.

How to Use Facebook Live to Raise Money For Your Nonprofit

YoungUpstarts

You already know that Facebook Live lets any nonprofit live-stream fundraising events, breaking news, impact stories, and more, directly from their Facebook Page. But did you know that Facebook lets nonprofits add a donate button to their Facebook Live broadcast?

10 Top Attributes Elevate Design Thinking Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I strongly believe that continuous innovation and design thinking are the keys to long-term viability and success.

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Make Renewables so Cheap that they KILL Fossil Fuels

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Peter Diamandis, of Abundance fame, put out this rallying cry in a recent post. Renewables definitely need a kick in the behind. A recent conversation with my lawn guy, Bruce told me how far they still have to go. Sustainability, Green Computing

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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

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.

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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4 eLearning Tools To Train Your Remote Employees

YoungUpstarts

by Anand Srinivasan, founder of LeadJoint.com . Between 2012 and 2016, the number of people working remotely at least sometime rose eight percentage points from 39% to 47%. Nearly a third of these workers spend between 80 to 100 percentage of their time working remotely.

10 Strategies For Leaders To Drive Disruptive Change

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution.

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The Future of Workin an automated world

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This time, last year I felt very lonely. In writing Silicon Collar, I was one of the few voices who is not pessimistic about automation killing masses of jobs. I kept getting asked, how can you ignore the rapid pace. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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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

Buying Your Way Into Entrepreneurship: What You Need to Know

Up and Running

Entrepreneurship. Startup. These are buzzwords for many Americans that aspire to start a business of their own—and there are indeed many. In fact, the 2016 Kaufman Index on Startup Activity reported that 550,000 new businesses are started every month in America.

Book: Am I Being Too Subtle?

Feld Thoughts

While I enjoy a good biography of a historical figure, I love autobiographies of living people. They are hit or miss – either awesome or awful. Sam Zell’s autobiography Am I Being Too Subtle? was awesome.

Techniques to Rethink your Instructional Design Strategies

YoungUpstarts

Check this blog for techniques that’ll help you get your instructional design on track. eLearning Design instructional design strategies

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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.

The Star Wars Jobs economy

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Lots of people sat through the credits at the end of The Last Jedi waiting for a post-credit scene or for bloopers. Margaret and I did to see all the job titles that went into making the movie. It is. Silicon Collar

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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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How to Prep Your Business Before Tax Season

Up and Running

Doing business taxes can be difficult for new entrepreneurs. In this article, I’ll share smarter and faster ways to record your expenses and keep track of your receipts and other important documents for your taxes. Each of these tips is easy to implement and should help make tax time a breeze!

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John O’Donohue: For One Who Is Exhausted, a Blessing

Feld Thoughts

At the end of another intense year, after two weeks fighting a difficult cold, surrounded by snow, light, and quiet, this poem by John O’Donohue made its way to the surface, sent to me by my beloved soulmate. Happy new year. When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls in. On the mind like an endless, increasing weight. The light in the mind becomes dim. Things you could take in your stride before.

How To Be A Location-Independent Entrepreneur

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by Inés Ruiz, founder of the Women Entrepreneur Community. I became a location-independent entrepreneur as a matter of necessity. I had always worked the typical 9-5 workday like the vast majority of people.