Sat.Jan 21, 2017 - Fri.Jan 27, 2017

Got Gluten? Buy Nima

Feld Thoughts

I’m just back from a week in Australia with David Cohen to a note that Nima, a company we invested in last year, is now shipping their Gluten Sensor in volume. If you have Celiac disease, the Nima gluten sensor is a must have. If you are sensitive to Gluten, it’s still a must have.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


Share The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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7 Rules for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has traditionally been a support function to respond to customer initiated requests, meaning someone waits for the phone to ring or for a website support request form.

6 Tools to Help You Manage a Remote Team

Up and Running

In the last few years, remote work has become an attractive solution for many employees and employers. Around 67 percent of companies allow some employees to work from home on occasion, and 38 percent allow employees to work remotely on a regular basis.

Dealing With The Pessimist In the Room.

Feld Thoughts

My wife Amy sent this HBR article – How to Handle the Pessimist on Your Team – to me. It’s almost a decade old but seems timeless. I’m an optimist. With rare exceptions (usually when I’m depressed), I can carry an optimistic view point about things (business, projects, humans, life, existence on this planet, my ability to some day go to a parallel universe) around in most of my interactions.

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The Second Reboot VC Bootcamp

Feld Thoughts

On Saturday night I got on a plane and flew to the other side of the planet, where I am now. I’m in Melbourne, finishing my coffee, getting ready for one last meeting here before I fly with David Cohen to Adelaide for the day. When I left, I had the voices and energy of 25 people in my head. Last Thursday evening was the beginning of the second Reboot VC Bootcamp at my house just outside Boulder.

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Stop Working Late

YFS Magazine

If you don’t take conscious control of your own work hours, the work hours can easily take control of you. Lead health and wellness personal development

The Bots Are Coming and They Will Take Few Prisoners

Duct Tape Marketing

The Bots Are Coming and They Will Take Few Prisoners written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. I wrote recently about disruption – and its impending escalation. Not that the idea is that new, it’s just come into hyper-focus.

8 Ways to Cure the Procrastination Habit in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a chronic procrastinator, or your work partner is one, there is never enough advance notice to get things done without a crisis. You can’t get things done on time unless you get started on time. Otherwise, your business and your career suffers, and you may never even see it coming.

Joining the Defy Ventures Board

Feld Thoughts

I recently joined the Defy Ventures board. If you aren’t familiar with Defy Ventures, here’s a post that I wrote after my first prison trip with them at the end of last year. Early this morning, on my run in Melbourne as I tried to shrug off jet lag, I listened to a Reboot podcast that Jerry Colonna did with me and Cat Hoke, the CEO of Defy Ventures , a few weeks ago. I had tears in my eyes while running, and I don’t think it was from my pace.

12 Ways to Tell Someone Is Really Intelligent (and Not Just Faking It)

Inc Startups

Confidence is too often mistaken for competence. Don't be taken in with these tips


How to Diagnose Your Traffic Issues with These SEO Tools

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Diagnose Your Traffic Issues with These SEO Tools written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Believe it or not, SEO is not a rocket science.

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Every New Business Needs A Unique Selling Proposition

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup and every new business needs a unique selling proposition (USP) to get people’s attention these days, and make it stand out in the information overload we all see.

RealCo, a Startup Accelerator, Plans to Launch at Geekdom in San Antonio


RealCo, a startup accelerator, plans to launch in San Antonio at Geekdom next month. The new program is aimed at business to business startups. The 15-month long program focuses on providing networking, capital, mentors and other resources to early stage startups. The program expects to have up to ten startups with rolling admissions on a […] The post RealCo, a Startup Accelerator, Plans to Launch at Geekdom in San Antonio appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

This Remarkable Flight Attendant Showed Exactly How Airlines Can Improve Their Customer Service

Inc Startups

She could have said nothing. She said everything

A week in Australia

David Cohen

I’m writing this on my way back from Australia. Brad Feld and I just visited several cities on this trip to learn more about the great startup communities there.

Please stop doing custdev about stuff you could have googled

The Startup Toolkit

A founder wants to make better music education app. With so many potential instruments to teach, the founder decides to start with just one (this is right) and then decides to talk to customers to figure out exactly which to pick first (this is wrong).

Austin-based Tiger Pistol Makes a Big Noise for Small Businesses


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A tiger pistol shrimp is the planet’s loudest creature. With one claw larger than the other, when it snaps that claw, the sound can reach 218 decibels -louder than a gunshot. And that’s why Steve Hibberd and his co-founder Troy Townsend named their startup, Tiger Pistol, when […] The post Austin-based Tiger Pistol Makes a Big Noise for Small Businesses appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Bypass The Brain’s Default Mode To Improve Innovation


by Ed Harrington, CEO at Ideas To Go and co-author of “ Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward “ Every business relies on cutting-edge ideas to stay ahead of the competition.

How to Map Your Customer's Journey

Inc Startups

In order to deliver a powerful brand experience, you need to understand each step of your customer's journey. Here's what you need to know in order map your customer's journey

Accidental charlatans

The Startup Toolkit

A bug fell into my beer just now. I fished it out and moved on. But I’m sure from his perspective, that was the formative experience of his (or her, I didn’t check) life. He’ll return to his bug tribe as some sort of local celebrity.

Startup Metamorphosis: The Story of Bugsee

K9 Ventures

We’ve all heard over and over again that “Startups are hard,” but it’s a hollow statement that just bounces off until you really experience it yourself. You have to feel it viscerally in order for it to really sink in. That very experience however, makes startup success that much more gratifying.

The Financial Goals for 2017 that Every Millennial Should Have

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

In a New Year, it is common to set targets and New Year resolutions that we claim we would abide by, many of which are forsaken before the end of the first quarter. Setting financial goals is no exception, so it is worth starting the year 2017 on a good financial path.

What Does the Future Hold for Conversion Optimization?


“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra. Digital marketing moves at a fast pace. One year something works, and the next year it is obsolete. Similarly, conversion optimization moves quickly.

Well Beyond Care Wins Rice Alliance Austin-CTAN Pitch Competition


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Well Beyond Care, an online caregiving matchmaker service, won the first Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network pitch competition on Wednesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. The Austin-based startup winner received a prize package worth more than $100,000 including “in kind” prizes […] The post Well Beyond Care Wins Rice Alliance Austin-CTAN Pitch Competition appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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13 Mary Tyler Moore Quotes Millennials Need to Know (Including Her 2 Most Important Words)

Inc Startups

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore, actress and icon of feminism. Or introducing her, perhaps


The Tax Advantages To Investing In Oil And Gas Your CPA’s Probably Never Heard Of


by Casey Minshew , COO of EnergyFunders. Investing in oil and gas as a new and alternative tax strategy can be a great way to substantially reduce your tax burden*. But chances are, your CPA hasn’t mentioned it. That’s because, like doctors, CPAs specialize.

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Lessons Learned From a Million Miles and 5 Kids

Bryce Dot VC

It was super early and I was still waking up and maybe I was a little grumpy but seriously why was this flight attendant being so nice to me? They had way too much energy and knew way too much about me to be so in my face at 5am. This is a big day for you today isn’t it Mr. Roberts?”

The Feminine Will Save Us

This is going to be BIG.

I just spent a weekend at a professional development retreat for venture investors. It wasn't about how to be better price negotiators or about tactics for getting dealflow. It was about investors trying to be better people. On that journey, there was honesty, and with honesty came pain, and eventually, acceptance. People cried. They asked for help and depended on each other for strength.

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People Will Judge Your Personality Based on These 7 Small Things. THINGS

Inc Startups

Remember people will judge you by your actions not your intentions


Building A Great Team Culture


by Jack Litewka, author of “ The Sophisticated Manager: A Guide to Success “ You’ve got a Great Idea for a product or service. You dream of creating a Great Company.

Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capital investments in Austin dropped 7 percent in deal flow to 112 deals and $834 million invested in 2016, down 3 percent, compared to the previous year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Still, Austin outperformed the U.S. market which saw a drop of 16 […] The post Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

8 Keys To Developing A High-Trust Business Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Establishing and maintaining the right company culture is a major key to success in any business these days, especially with the growth of the millennial generation of workers. It has a huge impact on productivity, as well as morale and loyalty to the company.

Why I Kicked Off 2017 Showing This Oprah Episode

Inc Startups

How one man showed us the best things in life are worth fighting for. Your goals deserve your best effort