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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

Mentors 18/18: Have Empathy. Remember That Startups Are Hard

Feld Thoughts

This is the final post (18) of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. As with item 17, Jay Batson , a long-time Techstars Boston mentor, nudged me several times to finish this up and wrote a draft from his perspective. Following is item #18 of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto, in Jay’s words.

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How To Run A Lean Startup


Starting a business takes a lot of preparation, and once the launch has happened that’s only the beginning; in order to be truly successful, you will need to look into ways of saving money at every turn and running a lean business (at least until you are making a good profit).

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10 Thinking Methods That Foster Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Innovation is the key to long-term business success, both in startups as well as established organizations. Yet every business and every entrepreneur I know struggles with this challenge, focused on hiring the right people and implementing the right process.

Time for more vertical integration in enterprise software

deal architect

As SaaS vendors took off in the early 2000s, I was encouraged by their business model. They had collapsed software, hosting, application management and upgrades into one contract. But in recent years I have seen a reversal and a lot. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

A Conversation with 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

View from Seed

Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here. Universal Basic Income is a hot dinner party topic around the country right now.

Mentors 17/18: Be Challenging/Robust, but Never Destructive

Feld Thoughts

I wrote 16 posts detailing each item of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. However, there were 18 items and, for some reason, I never got around to writing the final two. Jay Batson , a long-time Techstars Boston mentor, nudged me several times to finish this up. I kept saying “I’ll get to it” but never did. So, he did it for me, with the added motivation of getting it up prior to the kickoff to this year’s Boston program. Following is item #17 of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto, in Jay’s words.

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AI and the implementation consultant

deal architect

I recently read an article which said "AI will not replace accountants and auditors, but accountants and auditors that use AI can replace those that don’t." I predict that will also be true of implementation consultants in the next few. Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS


Four Ways To Develop Referrals Without Asking When You Are Just Starting Out


Why Stacey Abrams got the First Standing Ovation in #UpfrontSummit History

Both Sides of the Table

Stacey Abrams Interviewed by Lisa Borders, CEO of TimesUp This past week Stacey Abrams spoke at The Upfront Summit in a 25-minute talk followed by a breakout town hall discussion. You may know that later today she will deliver the response to The State of the Union speech by the president.

5 Unique Elements Make A Winning Selling Proposition

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are looking for funding and customers for your new business, you need to identify your “unique selling proposition” (USP) right up front, in 30 seconds or less, to differentiate yourself in today’s information overload.

Software Maintenance "Empty Calories"

deal architect

At a conference in 2006, I presented a Top 10 list of technology expenses which to me represented "empty calories". Top of that list was Software Maintenance with the likes of Oracle, IBM and SAP Unbelievably, in the dozen years. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Entrepreneurship And Small Business – The New Age Of Online Business


by Kim Burmester, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ATLAS Workbase. Whenever you’d hear the word “startup” nowadays, you’d immediately think of a tech or software venture in Silicon Valley – the breeding ground of startups, both failures and successes.

Want to See What all the Fuss was About? The Shocking Opening to the Upfront Summit?

Both Sides of the Table

As you may know we run an annual conference called The Upfront Summit in which we try to bring together the world of investors, entrepreneurs and interesting people from the world of sports, politics, music & film.

5 Keys To Mitigating New Venture Tax And Legal Issues

Startup Professionals Musings

A frequent concern I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is “I have invented a great product, but I have no idea where to start in setting up a company, to avoid all the tax and legal problems I hear about on the news.” In fact, this is a complex question, with answers that are different all around the world, but I have some general rules of thumb that apply here in the USA to get you started: Create a business entity early to encapsulate your venture.

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A Change at Cognizant

deal architect

I got this nice note from Francisco D'Souza, CEO at Cognizant this morning "I hope this note finds you well. I wanted you to be one of the very first people with whom I share important news. After 25 years. Outsourcing (other vendors


Writing Your Business Plan: Seven Essential Steps You Should Know


If you’re planning on starting a business, you need a business plan. There’s no way around it. A good business plan will help to keep your company on track and guide it in the right direction, and it will also help you to secure funding from banks, venture capitalists and other investors.

Paradromics Moved from Silicon Valley to Austin and is Creating a Brain Modem


By LAURA LOREKPublisher of Silicon Hills News Imagine a nickel-sized device implanted in the brain to help treat chronic and severe mental disorders like schizophrenia, which affect how a person thinks, feels and behaves. It’s not science fiction but a real device that is being developed in Austin.

10 Areas Where You Can Win With Predictive Analytics

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditional business intelligence (and data mining) software does a very good job of showing you where you’ve been. By contrast, predictive analytics uses data patterns to make forward-looking predictions that guide you to where you should go next. This is a whole new world for small businesses seeking enterprise application opportunities, as well social media trend challenges.

Signs of Spring in Enterprise Software

deal architect

The country is seeing a welcome break from the polar vortex. Temperatures remind us of Spring. Well, may not quite - winter is not done, but there is clear hope. It's easy when you look at Wall Street's reaction to. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Small Business Vs Large Business: What Makes Large Business Different From Small Ones


Usually, we think what differentiates small business vs. large business are their sales figures and number of employees. This is right to some extent but there are a few other things that differentiate them. In this post, we are going to talk about them. Investment in Technology.

How To Get a Job In Venture Capital

VC Adventure

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how do I get a job in venture?”

Founder Institute Austin Graduates Six Startups


By LAURA LOREKPublisher of Silicon Hills News The Founder Institute opened in Austin a little over a year ago and has already graduated three classes and helped dozens of entrepreneurs.

The Potential for Fraud Caused by the Unnecessary Mystery of the Family Office World

This is going to be BIG.

About a year ago, I received a LinkedIn connection from Richard Briggs—a Brooklyn Law Grad who spend 25 successful years at Lehman and was operating his own family office. He knew a bunch of other VCs in NYC and seemed like a great potential Limited Partner connection. There was only one problem.

Why More Isn’t Always Better For Small Businesses


by Jeff O’Hara , author of “ Have Fun, Fight Back, and Keep the Party Going: Lessons from a New Orleans Entrepreneur’s Journey to the Inc.

Resilience: The Antidote to Burnout for Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

You finally started your own business. Don’t let burnout snatch it away from you! Passion will get you far , but it does not prevent burnout. Burnout is estimated to cost the U.S. economy $300 billion annually, and entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute their fair share.

How Entrepreneurs Should Relieve Stress Throughout the Day

The Startup Magazine

Entrepreneurship is a career path rife with stress. You’ll be working long hours to grow your startup. You’ll be dealing with inconsistent income. You might even have a significant portion of your savings invested in the success of the business.

Here are the 5 hottest startups in Portugal

The Next Web

It might be everyone’s dream to move to Portugal. Beautiful beaches, amazing food, and weather. Its vibrant startup scene is now another reason to add to the list.

Things To Remember When Looking For The Best Business Broker


Making a decision to sell your business is hard. Doing it wisely is even tougher. Finding a good business broker can simplify the process immensely while allowing you to get exactly what you want in return. Many business brokers are well-qualified to sell businesses.

5 Ways to Improve Your Pitching Skills—From a Former Opera Singer

Up and Running

I’m a former opera singer turned entrepreneur. When I left the field of opera, I never thought my musical training would be relevant outside of the music industry. I thought it would be relegated to a fun fact at corporate icebreakers or deployed as my secret weapon at karaoke.

Choosing Between A Mobile App And A Website For Your Business

The Startup Magazine

In recent years, we’ve seen a trend known as the “appification of the web” where businesses are focusing on creating a fully-fledged mobile app experience instead of just having a website. Both apps and websites have their pros and cons.

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How AR is Enhancing Retail

VC Cafe

In a recent A16Z podcast, Marc Andreessen said he believes that VR will be “like 1000 times bigger” than AR. He also recognised that this is a very contrarian view to consensus in the Valley, which. This is a content summary only.


Is Online Tutoring The Next Big Startup Trend?


The online environment has presented along the last few years many opportunities to entrepreneurs from various industries.

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Harnessing Statistical Power for Test Results You Can Trust


Years ago, when I first started split-testing , I thought every test was worth running. It didn’t matter if it was changing a button color or a headline—I wanted to run that test.

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3 Powerful Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves Each Morning

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. When leaders ask these three questions each morning they are better equipped to lead a happier, more productive, and focused day. YFS Magazine - Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed – © YFS Magazine. All Rights Reserved. Copying prohibited. All material is protected by U.S.

16 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

5 Uses Of Outdoor Banner Stands For Your Business


Visual advertising , such as with custom banner stands, is one of the most effective ways to reach your potential customers, especially if they can make a powerful and long-lasting impression.

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