Sat.Mar 02, 2019 - Fri.Mar 08, 2019

What Does “Self-Made” Mean (Or Matter) Anyway?

Hunter Walker

Kylie Jenner was pronounced by Forbes as the “ youngest self-made billionaire ever ” and the internet started debating what exactly self-made means. Hold aside that the Forbes lists are notoriously, well, estimates – I mean, this is the one that Trump was obsessed about ranking on, and would make up all sorts of numbers to successfully to do so.

7 common myths about entrepreneurship

Our Own Start-up

Entrepreneurship is a career which is gaining popularity worldwide but still isn’t very well understood which is why there are so many myths regarding this career option.

Some Thoughts and Models Around Ownership Targets

This is going to be BIG.

You hear this from VC’s a lot: “We need to own X% of your company to make our returns.” They back it up with sensible math—owning 20% of a billion dollar outcome returns a $200mm VC fund, and, of course, you’re trying to at least return the fund. So, no one really questions the ownership model.

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Anti-VR

Feld Thoughts

A central theme of science fiction over the past 20 years has been the dystopian future of humans, laying on couches, connected to machines that feed them and process their waste, while they interact with a virtual world.

5 Alternatives To Shutting Down A Struggling Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.

Tech That Can Make The Freelance Economy Sustainable

YoungUpstarts

by Peter Johnston , founder and CEO of Kalo. Full-time employment affords individual staff members access to healthcare benefits, paid sick leave and several other notable amenities. But what about freelancers?

Don’t Get Left Behind As Your Company Grows

Steve Blank

If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up.

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6 Keys To The Best Social Media Platform For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

An all-too-common question I get from startups and small businesses is “Which is the right social media platform for my business?” Is it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or one of the other 200 active platforms vying for attention these days?

Influence, Intelligence and SAP

deal architect

Last week, in the Enterprise Irregulars chat room I said in a thread "Analyst Relations at vendors generally want to influence v. seek intelligence. So they want analysts to say nice things about what they can offer today. As important. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others) Industry Commentary

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Leading Online Disruptors For Online Finance In 2019

YoungUpstarts

If you’re a millennial looking to take out a personal loan, a business loan, or even a mortgage to buy your first home, you may be wondering how to secure the money you need.

Book: Digital Minimalism

Feld Thoughts

Several friends have mentioned that I’d love Cal Newport’s writing. I finally got around to reading his most recent book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World and my friends were correct.

Customer-Centric Strategies Win Over Product-Centric

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your marketing focus product-centric or customer-centric ? If you only sell products, it’s time to realize that times have changed. With a wealth of products now available, customers look for the most memorable experience , not just the best product.

Lyft S-1: Kicking Off the Decacorn Bonanza of 2019

View from Seed

Lyft’s S-1 dropped on Friday. 2019 is shaping up to be the year the dam broke for decacorn IPOs, with Lyft, Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, et al in the queue. I’ve been looking thru S-1s for many years, out of intellectual curiosity to better understand how remarkable businesses work.

How To Properly Set SMART Goals For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Starting a business is much work. So as an entrepreneur, you want to see that work pay off–you want to see your company expand. To do so, you need to have clear objectives and a structure for setting your goals.

Give A Teacher Of Your Choice A Sphero RVR

Feld Thoughts

As part of the Sphero RVR Kickstarter campaign, Amy and I have decided to give away up to 200 RVRs as part of a new tier called the 2 RVRs for you + 1 for a Teacher tier. If you buy this tier, you get two RVRs. Then, you get to designate a teacher – any teacher – who you’d like to give a third RVR to. Our foundation (the Anchor Point Foundation ) will be underwriting this.

Keys To A Winning Public Profile, Online and Offline

Startup Professionals Musings

With the reality of LinkedIn, Facebook, and dozens of other websites profiling you, the old-fashioned written resume is an artifact of a hiring practice that is now superfluous.

How Do You Get the Full Value of PR From Your B2B Team?

Rembrandt Communications

5 Questions CROs Need to Ask Now. As a Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at a B2B company, you want to use your resources as effectively as possible for the best results.

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Growing Your Side Business In 2019

YoungUpstarts

by Roger Chen, Senior Vice President of Asia Region, GoDaddy. The Year of the Pig is upon us and symbolizes luck, wealth and good fortune. If you’ve been hesitant about scaling up your side business, let 2019 be the year you take the plunge. For many, one job is already more than enough.

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littleBits Is Helping To Close The Gender Gap in Technology

Feld Thoughts

We’ve been investors in littleBits since 2013. Last night, littleBits was featured as an example in the 60 Minutes segment on Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry. Among other things, I’m especially proud of Ayah Bdeir’s leadership on this issue over the years. There are two great interview segments with her that discuss (1) To increase girls in tech, focus on ages 8-12 and (2) The importance of teaching girls to fail.

7 Lessons From Airbnb and Uber On Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular myth, to be a disruptive new businesses, you don’t always need an innovative new technology to win. Many notable recent successes, including Airbnb and Uber, have done it by finding disruptive customers, with essentially no new technology.

How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City

David Cohen

Recently, Techstars held an AMA (ask me anything) with Brad Feld (Foundry Group), Chris Heivly (VP of Innovation at Techstars), and Eric Reich (43 North in Buffalo) called How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City. Over 800 people watch live and asked and voted for questions.

Four Ways To Keep Employees Happy

YoungUpstarts

In today’s super competitive recruiting and hiring environment, retaining your current employees is crucial to business success. Low turnover of staff is good for your company’s bottom line and allows you to build a firm foundation for the future.

LinkedIn Video Ads: Relevance, Specs, and Use Cases

ConversionXL

On YouTube, a keyword-targeted pre-roll ad might show the same video to a CEO and an intern. On Facebook, an ideal customer may log on to see photos of a new nephew, not to check out a 30-second demo of your SaaS product.

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How to Convert Your Business to an LLC

The Startup Magazine

As your startup grows, you become more aware of the legal restrictions that are putting pressure on your bottom line. No doubt, even entrepreneurs have to play by the rules in order to continue doing business.

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Why I’ll Sometimes Fund a Startup And Tell Them to Stop Making Money

Hunter Walker

“Don’t worry about making money right now” is not the advice you’d expect a seed VC to give a CEO right after writing them a big check. Do I not desire the UpAndToTheRightCurve needed to raise a Series A and get me that sweet sweet write-up?

Mobile App Development: 5 Critical Steps To Help You Achieve User Adoption

YoungUpstarts

It’s easy to come up with ideas for developing a new mobile app, but good ideas are a dime a dozen. You could have the best idea in the world, but if nobody wants to use your app, it won’t catch on. Plenty of good app ideas are developed, only to crash and burn.

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Spredfast and Lithium Rebrand to Khoros and Select Austin for its New Headquarters

SiliconHills

Austin is the new headquarters of Khoros, the combined company of Spredfast and Lithium. Khoros announced the rebranding on Tuesday. The combined company resulted from Lithium’s merger with Spredfast last year.

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How to Best Market Your New Freelancing Business

The Startup Magazine

When starting your own freelancing business, there are bound to be a number of obstacles and challenges that you’ll need to weather. Some will seem relatively minor, while others will be more impactful on your business’s success.

How to Create a Simple Small Business Lead Generation Process

Up and Running

Getting a small business up and running is hard work—there’s no easy way to rake in profits. And lead generation can be time-consuming if you don’t know how to approach it. Some small businesses struggle with lead generation because their level of effort and their desired outcomes aren’t aligned.

3 Reasons Your Business Needs A Predictive Dialer

YoungUpstarts

As businesses have developed, so has technology and its integration within the industry. There are so many tools that can make things easier on the customer and business side of interaction. A predictive dialer is one development that can change the game for your company.

VC Firm Firebrand Ventures Opens Austin Office

SiliconHills

Ryan Merket, a two-time founder, has also worked for Facebook, Reddit and Amazon. And now he’s becoming a venture capitalist and joining Firebrand Ventures as a partner and opening its second office in Austin. Firebrand’s focus is investing in seed stage companies in Austin and the Midwest.

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6 Ways To Build A Better Membership Site

The Startup Magazine

What motivates someone to create a membership website? While some sites focus on content-driven subscriptions to create income, others provide an online presence for clubs, associations, nonprofits, chambers and organizations that primarily exist offline.

Inside the Brand of Model Turned Jewelry Designer and Founder Tal Man

YFS Magazine

Tal Man, the founder of TALIA Jewelry, designed the TALIA customizable jewelry system and found inspiration in the unlikeliest of places – legos. People Jewelry Designer people

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4 Investment Opportunities For Young Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

Millennials are starting more businesses than ever and paving new roads for those who are looking for new ways to strike out on their own. One likely concern for these individuals is how to grow their money so they have more capital to reinvest back into their companies.

10 Things I Hated About Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

As I write this in early 2019, I’m thinking back on more than 20 years of hearing business pitches as a judge of business plan competitions and as an angel investor.

Use Digital Marketing to Elevate Your Website

The Startup Magazine

The digital revolution is altering the way companies get in front of consumers and other companies. Digital marketing is the workhorse that will drive your company to success in this competitively digital age.

Why I Became An Entrepreneur: 10 Founders Share Their Stories

YFS Magazine

Here's an inside look at inspiring stories of entrepreneurs, why they started, and hard-won lessons they've learned along the way. Lead leadership personal development starting a business