Sat.Oct 06, 2018 - Fri.Oct 12, 2018

What Startups Need to Know About Regulated Markets

Steve Blank

Often the opposite of disruption is the status quo. If you’re a startup trying to disrupt an existing business you need to read The Fixer by Bradley Tusk and Regulatory Hacking by Evan Burfield. These two books, one by a practitioner, the other by an investor, are must-reads.

A New VC Crop of Series A Firms


10 Keys To Reducing The Risk The Second Time Around

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who experience success with their first startup are often amazed to realize that the risks and fears of doing it right the second time go up, rather than down.

A different Vegas. A very different Workday.

deal architect

This was my sixth trip to Vegas this year. Coming from humid Florida, I have a routine for that city. Gallons of water and lotion to compensate for the heat and dryness. Gear to protect against the excess of artificial. Cloud Computing, SaaS

How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

Up and Running

Crowdfunding can be an effective way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds and to test the market for new ideas, but there are a few secrets to organizing a successful crowdfunding campaign that every business should know.

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All You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency Wallets


by Collins Brown, CEO & co-founder of MARKET Protocol. A lot of people think of their cryptocurrency wallet as merely a digitized version of a real wallet that is used for storing funds. However, it doesn’t actually store cryptocurrencies.

6 Powerful Drivers Shared By Successful Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons.

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SAPs Rainbow Coalition

deal architect

I spent a day at SAP TechEd this week. I was there primarily to meet some customers and execs for interviews for SAP Nation. I knew the theme of “open” would be prominent during the event, but I was not

How Audience Testing Can Help Ensure The Success Of Your Business Name


by Grant Polachek, Director of Marketing at Coming up with a name for your business is an intimidating process. So much rests upon a few words that have to sum up your brand’s identity. If your name cannot support your brand, it will slow the trajectory of your business.

7 Tips To Test Your Idea As A Part-Time Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Many experts will tell you that you can’t succeed as a part-time entrepreneur, as any good startup will require a 100 percent commitment of your time and energy. But not many of us have enough savings to live for a year or more without a salary, fund the startup, and still feed the family.

21 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.

We Just Got It Simplified – Now Let’s Complexify It

Feld Thoughts

Complexify is such a delicious, underused word. I’ve been using it a lot lately, hopefully with great effect on people who are on the receiving end. CEOs and founders struggle with this all the time (as do I). They are executing on a strategy and a plan. A new idea or opportunity comes up. It’s interesting and/or exciting. Energy gets spent against it. Momentum appears. While some people on the team raise issues, suddenly the idea/opportunity starts taking on a life of its own.

A Day In The Life: How Studying Your Habits Can Help Your Business


When it comes to making business work, target markets are crucial. The more we know about our customers, the better chance we have of providing what they want and capturing their attention. The trouble is, target markets are often elusive, and it can be difficult to pin them down.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”

27 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come 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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Book: The Messy Middle

Feld Thoughts

This summer I read the page proof version of Scott Belsky’s new book T he Messy Middle. It is excellent and is now out and available. I bought 100 copies and am sending them out to every CEO in our portfolio. If you are a CEO of a fast-growing company, I strongly recommend it.

7 Best Practices For Any Type Of E-Commerce Store


Consumers love online shopping for the convenience and simplicity. But when you’re an e-commerce entrepreneur, the experience is arduous and confusing. Running a successful e-commerce store means doing a boatload of things well.

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7 Strategies To Avoid the Curse of Business-As-Usual

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs and business owners, I rarely find someone who doesn’t proclaim that the business world is changing rapidly, with new technology, new customer expectations, and new cultures.

How Successful Entrepreneurs Leveraged Their STEM Backgrounds

The Startup Magazine

You might think most entrepreneurs come from business backgrounds, but a surprising number of entrepreneurs come from STEM disciplines. Take Craigslist founder Craig Newmark , for example.

A Simpler Plan for Startups

Up and Running

This article is part of our Business Planning Guide —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Business advisors, experienced entrepreneurs, bankers, and investors generally agree that you should develop a business plan before you start a business.

Changing Your Instagram Profile To A Business One? Consider These Benefits


The many adjustments that Instagram has gone through since 2016 include the introduction of the algorithm that has changed how it operates.

Health Insurance Startup Sana Benefits Moves Headquarters to Austin


Health insurance is broken from administration to customer experience and Sana Benefits wants to fix it. Health insurance is awful,” said Will Young, co-founder of Sana Benefits. “It’s It’s expensive. It’s opaque. It’s backward.

How Recent Graduates Adjust to a Startup Lifestyle

The Startup Magazine

Most people jump straight from high school to college and live that life for four whole years. The problem that most people have with this is that when the four years are up, they don’t know what to do with themselves.

The “Foot-in-the-Door Technique,” or When Longer Forms May Work Better


“How can a person be induced to do something he would rather not do?”. Researchers Jonathan L. Freedman and Scott C. Fraser asked that question more than half a century ago. In their era, it usually meant convincing someone to endure a pitch from a door-to-door salesman.

Effective Advertising Solutions That Start-ups Can Afford


Creative advertising is one of the key requirements to boost brand recognition, but for start-up owners, managing operational and promotional costs can be quite challenging.

A closer look at Lean Startup Conference 2018

Startup Lessons Learned

As we put the final touches on Lean Startup Conference 2018 , I wanted to take a moment to share more about some of the panels, workshops, and events. For the whole program, please take a look here.

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Making Your Passion Project a Serious Side Hustle

The Startup Magazine

If you’re an aspiring novelist, musician or actor then you’re familiar with the dreaded question that comes up at family events – even worse, when you’re meeting your partner’s parents: how do you make a living at that?

Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing: The Definitive Guide (2018)

crowdSPRING Blog

This is a comprehensive guide to Facebook Messenger Marketing using chatbots. We know that the idea of using a chatbot can be a little intimidating, especially for startups and small businesses. But the truth is that chatbots can improve marketing and make marketers’ lives easier.

Practicing Entrepreneurship While Still In College


There are numerous highly visible examples of extraordinarily successful entrepreneurs who started their first ventures in college. A university campus is a great place to meet people and bounce new ideas, many of which may seem to have great business potential.

Dear Future Team Member, I Originally Didn’t Want You But I’m Glad You’re Here (aka Homebrew is Hiring)

Hunter Walker

Dear [NAME] – Welcome to Homebrew ! I’m so glad you decided to join our team. I’ve done a ton of hiring and truly believe People Choose Companies, not the other way around. You left an awesome gig and passed up lots of other options to bet on us, and I’ll work really hard to repay that 10x to you.

Should You Provide Your Employees with Company Cars

The Startup Magazine

Providing benefits to your employees can lead to a more harmonious, productive workplace with a higher staff morale , increased loyalty levels, and better work satisfaction overall. Providing a company car to employees is a popular benefit in several industries and it’s easy to see why.

Eniac Ventures Seed to Scale Podcast

Feld Thoughts

While we aren’t LPs in Eniac Ventures , we are big fans of the team. So, it was my pleasure to be interviewed by Hadley Harris as part of their Seed to Scale Podcast. The interview ended up being two episodes and, while listening to it in the car, I felt like it was one of the better recent interviews that I’ve done.

What Young Entrepreneurs Need To Watch Out For When Launching Their Startup


Starting a business as a young professional is an accomplishment but lack of experience can lend itself to making mistakes. Young entrepreneurs are also prone to those mistakes that come with youth whether it is sponsoring too many company happy hours or taking days off simply because they can.

Top Three Email Marketing Trends To Watch

YFS Magazine

From humble beginnings as text-only messages, email has come a long way since the 1990s. Here's a look at email marketing trends worth watching. Grow Marketing & Sales email marketing marketing

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Puffingston Presentations Helps Companies Engage and Inspire Audiences


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News After graduating from college, Luke Goetting worked in sales for RSI Video Technologies in Chicago, selling a wireless alarm system throughout the Midwest.

Crypto-native applications

Version One Ventures

Every new technology platform has been built around a specific new capability. The Internet connected people and data at scale (“connecting everyone, everything”). Marketplaces, social platforms, and search all leveraged this capability. The next platform, mobile, was about “always on, everywhere.” Mobile helped spark new products that leveraged these capabilities, with messaging and ride sharing being the two biggest categories. Blockchain/crypto is emerging as the next technology platform.

Work Your Plan And Plan Your Work


by Carrie Morgridge author of “ The Spirit of the Trail: A Journey to Fulfillment Along the Continental Divide “ Before I was 21 years old, I had written my first business plan, and began saving. I did this for two reasons; first, I never liked any boss I ever had.