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Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel.

Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. Revenue multiples, profit multiples, premium over the previous financing — these are metrics used by sellers to help determine a minimum acceptable price.

5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur seeking funding loves the challenge of getting customers and investors excited, but dreads the thought of negotiating the terms of a deal with potential investors.

Relationships Are 100/100, Not 50/50

Feld Thoughts

In a vox with my partner Seth recently, he said something that stuck with me. “Relationships are 100/100, not 50/50.” ” He was referring to a business dynamic between two people, but it applies to any relationship and any number of people. It’s a simple idea, but a great one. When I consider my relationship with Amy, it’s 100/100. Sure, we have plenty of conflicts, but we are both 100% all in on the relationship.

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Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. – from Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky.

How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. As the saying goes, you’re literally getting married to your investors.

4 Questions You Must Answer to Develop Your Marketing Strategy

Duct Tape Marketing

4 Questions You Must Answer to Develop Your Marketing Strategy written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Developing a marketing strategy for your business can be tough, especially if you don’t know where to start or what to focus on.

7 Ways to Use Data and Analytics for Strategic Change

Startup Professionals Musings

More than ever, businesses need to take full advantage of automation, data, and analytics to run their business more productively and competitively.

Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook

Feld Thoughts

If you have purchased the hardcopy edition of Venture Deals 3rd Edition, you can now buy the Kindle version also for $2.99 via the Amazon Kindle Matchbook program. Jason and I have been asking our publisher (Wiley) for this for a while and we are psyched they’ve agreed to it.

Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding


By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Managing expectations for projects that have been crowdfunded can often pose as large hurdles for innovators whose creations depend on the support of a faithful and engaged community. Managing people’s expectations on how long it’s going to take to build and launch is probably the hardest part […] The post Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

According to Hundreds of Entrepreneurs, This Is the Most Important Leadership Trait

Inc Startups

There are plenty of qualities that are important for being an effective leader. Find out which trait entrepreneurs deem most important

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree. I believe the best entrepreneurs start by finding a large opportunity, and only then use good ideas to capitalize on that opportunity.

Why these lawsuits should have started two decades ago

deal architect

MillerCoors is suing HCL for a botched SAP project. As usual there will be plenty of finger pointing and analysts saying everyone is to blame – the customer, SAP and the SI. Probably true but as in an auto accident

4 Insights From The Morning Routines Of Successful People

YFS Magazine

Which morning routines work the best? With these mindful practices, you can keep a clear perspective on even the most stressful of mornings. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle morning routine success


Why Being Lazy Makes You Successful, According to the Bestselling Author of 'Moneyball'

Inc Startups

People waste years trying not to waste hours, says author Michael Lewis


10 Writings Tips To Get Maximum Impact From Any Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short.

The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO.

deal architect

Is there a company left which has not developed smart products and services which leverage software, sensors and satellites? I asked myself that question as I read two consecutive BusinessWeek issues with such smart products and services. Phillip Morris has. Industry Commentary

Factors That Affect Debt Consolidation


by Stephen Sheinbaum, founder of Bizfi. When it comes to small businesses, debt is not uncommon. Nor is it uncommon for a small business to have only one debt. If you are spending more time managing your debt than your business, it may be time to consider consolidating that debt.

The 4 Most Powerful Words You Can Use in Business

Inc Startups

Time and time again, I hear the same four-word phrase from successful investors and entrepreneurs. What's so powerful about these four magic words

Worst Thing About Being a Product Manager (and making it better)

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

Make this the next book you read, or better yet, listen to

Jeff Hilimire

I just finished listening to Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime , on Audible. He reads the book, which is why I highly recommend you consider listening to it. Trevor Noah, if you aren’t aware, is a comedian from South Africa. He replaced Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show.

4 Amazing Productivity Hacks For Freelancers

YFS Magazine

Freelancers often struggle with distractions. It can be hard to maximize productivity on a daily basis. These 4 tips will help. Back Office Grow freelancing lifestyle productivity productivity tips working at home

Want to Start Your Own Business? 15 Signs You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

Inc Startups

Even if if you haven't started a company. (At At least not yet

The future of startup growth

The Next Web

When I decided to start freelancing for startups, people kept advising me to always ask for the client’s budget right at the very beginning. So I asked. A lot of exposure? What does that really mean? Hey man, oh yeah, thanks for asking.

The Data-Driven Marketer’s Guide to Influencer Marketing


Influencer marketing is the talk of the town right now. Everyone from the scrappiest startups to the biggest household name brands are investing in it. But if you want to get into it, how do you do it right? And to take a step back, what is influencer marketing in the first place?

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7 Useful Web Design Tips For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Effective web design involves creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing site. Here are 7 useful tips to keep in mind. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing web design web development

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How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

Inc Startups

Here are 17 smart ways to say no when you need to


How to Use Facebook Ads to Drive Sustainable Traffic & Boost Sales

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use Facebook Ads to Drive Sustainable Traffic & Boost Sales written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

The Importance Of A Local SEO Strategy


by Amir Noghani, General Manager at GWM SEO Agency. Google’s main consistency is that it’s constantly changing. There have been many changes in local search during the last couple of years, some of the most recent being 3-pack ads in local results.

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This Is How I Found Life And Business Success

YFS Magazine

When I reflect back on a time in my life when I wasn't experiencing much success. I noticed I was bored. Yet, equally inspired to change. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development success

10 Mistakes Most People Make During an Interview (and What To Do Instead)

Inc Startups

Discover the 10 huge mistakes that most people make during an interview and what they should do instead


How to Improve Mobile UX with Digital Wallets


Today, there are more than 2.32 billion smartphone owners around the world. These devices aren’t just for browsing social media, texting, and making calls.

4 Inspiring Startup Stories That Will Fill Your Heart With Hope


Entrepreneurship is a tough journey especially if you are introducing a new concept or product into the market. And for this reason, many people look for inspiration from other successful entrepreneurs to keep them going.