Sat.Feb 09, 2019 - Fri.Feb 15, 2019

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great

Up and Running

I’ve seen hundreds of startups pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists, and most of them—at best— are just okay. There have been plenty of pretty good ones that hit all the key components of a pitch , but only a handful of those took it a step further and were truly great.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?


Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

7 Action Items Build A Sustainable Innovation Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business founder knows the need for a culture that promotes continuous innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one that creates sustainable value across all functions in the business. Yet most don’t really know how to create that environment, or assess when they have achieved it.

Davos: Not just for the elite

deal architect

Alan Alper, VP and Editorial Director, has his fingerprints on most Cognizant marketing publications and events. He has been involved in the planning of Cognizant's presence and pitches at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum for the last. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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Pros Vs. Cons Of Affiliate Marketing


We live in a world where people can avoid the hassles of commuting to work by getting into passive income streams. Affiliate marketing is one such way to generate income passively.

S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T.

Grasshopper Herder

Yet another Experiment Template? Use this SIMPLE template to overcome the hardest part of running experiments.getting started. The post S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T. appeared first on Lean Startup User Experience & Research Experiment Design & Template Generative Market Research lean startup

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Polishing brand ERP

deal architect

Kudos to Cindy Jutras for her study "Real Facts About ERP Implementation". Her survey showed that two-thirds of respondents graded their ERP implementation as "successful" or "very successful." The survey found 31% thought their ERP project was at least a. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors) Offshoring (other vendors) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Eight Reasons Why Your Subscription Model Customers May Be Jumping Ship


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ Everyone knows that retention is crucial for subscription-based companies.

6 Ways To Retain Employees When Payroll Is Tight

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Many small businesses struggle with the revolving door of employee turnover at a high cost. Here are six ways to remedy the situation. Grow Human Capital employee retention employee turnover HR human resources

Do’s and Don’ts For Entrepreneur Business Networking

Startup Professionals Musings

I often recommend business networking as the most effective way for a startup founder to find investors, advisors, and even key executive candidates. But what if you are an introvert, or new to this game, and don’t know where or how to start?

Oracle and SAP: Quit sniping, start leading!!!

deal architect

In the Steven Spielberg movie, President Lincoln on the cusp of victory in the Civil War, is clearly grateful to Lieutenant-General Ulysses Grant and clasps his hand with both of his. However, he also says "We've made it possible for. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

Companies Typically Underinvest In Managers. Here Are 12 Ways To Invest In Yourself. 


by David Deacon, author of “ The Self Determined Manager: A Manifesto for Exceptional People Managers “. We all know managers do crucial work. They shape culture, improve employee performance, drive creativity and innovation.

Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

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 , or read our past interviews here.

Businesses Without A Website Are The “Walking Dead”

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, if your startup does not have an Internet home base up and running, you are not ready for business or potential investors.

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Karma can be a real b h

deal architect

I am reading Tom Peters' The Excellence Dividend. It keeps reminding me of his 1982 classic The Search for Excellence and how much it influenced my writing style. My focus has always been on present and future excellence. My New. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

6 Ways To Make Payment Easy For Your Online Customers


If you’re running an online business such as an e-commerce store, it is essential to give payment processing consideration as much as the shopping experience.

Networking Is Good For Business, Experts Reveal How To Do It Well

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. On days when you just can’t muster another networking event and suffer from the FOMO of it all, consider these expert tips. Lead business networking networking events personal development professional networking

Do You Know A “Downer” Who Is Killing Your Business?

Startup Professionals Musings

A “downer” is defined here as someone who seems to dwell on the negatives of every business challenge, and loves to highlight bad news or potential problems. No matter how smart or experienced this person may otherwise be, things must change or they will kill your startup.

6 Marketing Ideas to Try in 2019

The Startup Magazine

Effective marketing may be the key to an outstanding year for your business. If you’re using social media, email, and video without success…the problem might be how you’re using it. How can you change a few things to make this year better? Here are six ideas to up your marketing game.

Why You Need A Business Lawyer For Your Small Business


It is crucial for every venture to go legal as there are so many things to consider. Legal requirements are designed for the safety of the businesses especially where partners are involved. There are specific laws formulated for the business and operations and those laws are different for different regions. An attorney is an expert of law who can guide civilians in a better way for their social wellbeing.

3 Brilliant Ways To Communicate With More Confidence

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Here's a look at three brilliant communication tips to help you feel more resilient and controlled—or, at least, exude the image that you are. Lead communication leadership personal development

Digital Marketing Trends to Drop and Trends to Follow


Trends are more or less dictated by the shifts in consumer behavior — as well as deeper elements such as changes in SEO, CTRs, and reach/impressions. This past decade also brought a surge in the awareness of the importance of digital marketing and doing it correctly.

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Startup Tips: Growing Your Carpet Cleaning Startup

The Startup Magazine

There are many people out there who want to start a home cleaning or carpet cleaning business because they know it can profit them greatly. However, they might not know all the things they need to do to make it work. The only way to get the best results is to start the company using the steps below.

Healthcare Learning Management Systems Comparison – Why Use Healthcare LMS Vendors?


In an increasingly connected world, it has become increasingly easier to ensure that all healthcare organizations are following proper clinical guidelines and best practice procedures.

Pure Barre Franchisee Says Hire These 3 Personality Types For Your Member-Based Business

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. When you employ The Natural, The Friend and The Achiever to take care of your membership base, your business wins. Here’s why. Human Capital company culture franchising hiring employees HR membership model

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The State of Marketing Training in 2019 [Original Research]


companies spend billions on training each year. What about marketing departments? How much do they spend? What are they getting out of it? And what are they struggling to solve? We surveyed 462 marketing leaders—CMOs, VPs of Marketing, Marketing Directors—to find out.

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Five Questions With Jeff Berman (Public Defender Turned Kardashian App Builder)

Hunter Walker

I met Jeff Berman during my YouTube years. He was an exec at MySpace and we were probably talking about a host of different partnership-type ideas that I don’t believe went very far. Fortunate for me, the collaboration of our friendship has been more enduring.

Best Practices To Maximize Cold Email Responses


by Lucy Literado, VP of Marketing at Reply. Cold email is a massively popular way of reaching out to potential customers and clients. It costs very little but can bring great results. However, because of its popularity, it’s getting harder to stand out from all the other emails.

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Paid Search Advertising: 18 Tips To Create Effective Google Ads Copy

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day which makes the online search behemoth a prime location to find new customers. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online marketing pay per click advertising search engine marketing

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Why Drop shipping is a Lucrative E-commerce Business

The Startup Magazine

As an online entrepreneur, your goal is to make a profit. To make supernormal profits, you need to engage in a business that requires low investment, and this is where drop shipping comes into play. In this type of business, you don’t have to keep any goods in your inventory.

6 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Are Incorporating Social Entrepreneurship in Their Business


It’s argued that social entrepreneurship is the new business model due its ability to help one connect with the world and live a purposeful life while serving others. It also improves the image of business through collaborations and fosters relationships for a better society.

How To Find A Business Attorney In 5 Steps


A small business is any company that employs fewer than 500 employees or falls beneath an industry-specific annual receipts cap. While this makes for quite a broad pool of organizations, most small businesses are significantly smaller than this, employing no more than a few dozen employees at most.

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The Ones That Got Away: 5 Business Apps You’ll Regret Not Trying

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Today, instead of reminiscing over what you may have missed out on, these five business apps are tools that you will regret not trying. Grow Technology business apps mobile apps productivity apps technology

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Solving teething problems in startups

The Startup Magazine

Hitches, challenges, failures, disappointment; these are many more are part and parcel of the human experience that extends to business problems. While optimism is welcomed, hurdles, ditches, and roadblocks are something all start-ups will face.

Increase Repeat Purchases with Cohort Analysis


In my daily work with ecommerce brands, I see two types of companies: The first type focuses on acquisition and conversion. The second relies on retention. The second type is winning. Overall acquisition costs for both B2C and B2B have gone up by 50% in the past five years.

The SMB Guide To CRM In 2019


by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage. The New Year to-do list for an SMB owner can be daunting. No doubt you’re thinking about myriad administrative and organizational needs relating to accounting and finance, staffing, your product and service roadmap for the year and more.