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9 Keys To Finding The Perfect Angel Investor For You

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one.

Useful Tips To Optimize Your Email Calls-To-Action


Regardless of the email type, the main purpose of every CTA is to encourage people to take action. In blog newsletters, the CTA button asks to read more or see the full story; in promo campaigns – shop or explore new arrivals; in abandoned carts – complete the order or return to the cart.

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4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Prioritize Mental And Emotional Well-Being

YFS Magazine

Take steps to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed in your personal and professional life. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle recommended

Why We Shouldn’t Be In Love With Startups 


We all love a good story, especially those that involve rags-to-riches path. We love the zero-to-unicorn stories of Microsoft, Facebook and Uber.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today.

Accounting firms and automation of ERP practices - a conversation with Francine McKenna

deal architect

Part 2 of my conversation with Francine McKenna. Part 1 focused on independence issues at accounting firms. The world has done over a million ERP, CRM, other enterprise software projects. With cloud implementations, it's like a second wave of projects. Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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The Montana Future In A Dream

Feld Thoughts

I’ve always been a vivid dreamer, but I’ve been getting a lot more REM sleep due to the combination of a CPAP machine and the prostate reduction surgery I had last year (solving a “getting older” problem.).

Startups Are Not Just The Realm Of Young Generations

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest myths in the business world is that startups are no place for Baby Boomers, that aging generation born between 1945 and 1964.

Auditor Independence and ERP/CRM projects - a conversation with Francine McKenna

deal architect

Francine McKenna is a prolific commentator on the accounting, audit, and corporate governance issues affecting public and pre-IPO private companies. Since 2006, McKenna has been an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

20/20/20: Innovators & Entrepreneurs From the 20th Century Who Are Helping Shape the 21st

View from Seed

Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re now 20 years into the 21st century. 1980 and the dawn of the PC era is 40 years ago… the space race kicked off roughly 70 years ago.

Lessons from the First 20 Episodes of the #GiveFirst Podcast

Feld Thoughts

When David and I started doing the #GiveFirst podcast , I was told by a long-time podcaster that it takes about 20 episodes to hit your stride. Since then, several other podcasters have told me that the number is actually closer to 100. Given that hurdle, David and I are 20% of the way there.

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6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase.

The "fog" of enterprise software

deal architect

So many data points cannot be wrong, can they? Larry Ellison talks about SAP's customers moving away during the Oracle earnings call. IFS runs a billboard ad suggesting the same. I get whispers from several other competitors suggesting SAP is. Industry Commentary

How To Handle Political Expression In The Workplace

YFS Magazine

Are workplace policies needed to control political expression at the office? Culture Economy Editor Picks entrepreneurship culture politics


How To Guarantee Success For Your Startup In 2020


If you’re thinking about going into business, then there’s never been more opportunity available, but in order to succeed in 2020, there are some things you’ll need to know. We’ve put together some tips on running a successful startup business, so read on and find out more.

7 Lessons For Mobile App Developers To Beat The Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the quickest ways to become an entrepreneur these days is to develop and publish a smartphone app. The price of entry can be less than $10,000, so the competition is huge and growing rapidly. According to Tim Cook at Apple, there were over 20 million registered developers in 2018.

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My January Holiday Vacation Reading

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I didn’t feel like taking a Christmas or New Year’s vacation this year so we just hung around Boulder, worked, and did our thing. We then decamped to Mexico last week for warmth, sun, beach, and books.

5 Most Common Startup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Startup Magazine

So, you’re preparing to launch a startup of your very own: congratulations! You’ve made it past the ideation phase, perhaps you’ve got a business plan in place, and now you’re ready to watch your business grow. Not too fast.

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5 Steps To A Successful Business Launch


Launching a new business can be a tough ordeal. There’s a lot of planning, brainstorming and risks involved. And not just planning, but re-planning and then re-planning again. Launching a new business is one thing that hardly ever goes according to plan. .

Quiet Giants

Eric Friedman

Some years ago the advice was to try join a rocket ship at all costs. Get on, hang on, and the success of the company will lift you to new heights.

Freestyle’s Leadership on Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, Josh Felser of Freestyle Ventures wrote a post titled For the Love of Founders and their mental health. In it, he discussed his own struggles with mental health as an entrepreneur. “ Like so many others I just sucked it up, grinded away and punted, hoping for relief down the road. That strategy of denial and repression worked until it didn’t. My founder stress and burnout couldn’t be contained despite my best efforts.

Welcoming Max Webster to the Version One team

Version One Ventures

In August 2018, we set out to add a third member to our team. A year and a half later, we are thrilled to welcome Max Webster as Version One’s new associate. It was A LONG journey. We received, reviewed and responded to almost 500 applications over this period of time.

Shopify vs Volusion – The Ultimate Showdown


More than 80 percent of people use e-commerce sites for shopping. E-commerce platforms have a firm grip in the markets, and they are not going to lose their shine sooner or later.

10 Cash Flow Rules to Live By

Up and Running

Cash is king and all business owners know it. Research “causes of business failure” and lack of cash turns up everywhere. A commonly-cited US bank study says 82 percent of business failures are due to poor cash management. Cash flow problems can kill businesses that might otherwise survive.

Cynicism in Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

As I was reading The Atlantic article Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World I kept flashing to the end of Anna Wiener’s awesome memoir Uncanny Valley. And it was no surprise to see this article in the Boulder Daily Camera titled Big tech in hot seat at congressional hearing at CU Boulder. Readers of this blog and my book Startup Communities know that I’m a huge fan of AnnaLee Saxenian. She has a great quote in The Atlantic article.

How To Open Your Own Public Library

Hunter Walker

We opened our own public library this week. On our lawn. It’s modest in size but made us part of a worldwide network called Little Free Libraries.

Cash Crunch? 5 Unconventional Ways To Fund Your Startup


by Daniel Pigg , director of business engagement and an instructor at Indiana State University. Would you bet money on an inexperienced horse? Few people would. Yet despite an unproven track record, first-time entrepreneurs consistently seek funding.

The VC Industry Norms Which Changed Over The Past Decade


Having spent time around and then in the world of VC in the Bay Area during the last decade, I’ve been reflecting on how different norms in the industry have changed. At the start of 2010, there was some unwritten VC industry conventions that have been tested, challenged, and upended in the last decade. I also want to be clear that there are other things that should (hopefully) change in the VC industry. That is for another post.

The Difference Between Employee Leasing and PEO Companies

The Startup Magazine

There’s a common misconception that an employee leasing services and PEO company are exactly the same, but that’s simply not true. There are many differences between the two, which should be known before you begin shopping around for either.

Tracking Multiple Domains: Setup & Reporting for Dozens of Sites


How do you coordinate the analytics setup of a web shop that sells their products all over the world—if you have to handle 10+ languages and currencies in over 80 countries?

The Best Instagram Tips To Make Your Posts More Engaging


Increasing Instagram posts’ engagement is increasingly becoming hard, thanks to the cut-throat competition from established brands and sponsored posts.

Cannabis Marketing Without Paid Ads: How to Do it Right

Up and Running

With the U.S. cannabis market projected to skyrocket from $600 million to $22 billion by 2022 , there is no better time than now to master your cannabis marketing strategy. But that can be easier said than done.

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Pacific Collection Group Offers Solutions For Customer Debt Collection

The Startup Magazine

Businesses need credit to run smoothly, however, the risk posed by delinquent accounts can stifle cash flow and roll back other business gains. According to Forbes magazine , businesses operating in the US have up to $650 billion outstanding consumer debts in some stages of delinquency.

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Literati Co-Founder Jessica Ewing Says She is Focused on Raising a Generation of Readers who like Print Books


Jessica Ewing, co-founder, and CEO of Literati called the founding of her company the summer of the pivot. She pitched so many different versions to investors including Etsy for authors, a curated enterprise book service for businesses, the first data-driven publishing house and others.

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Advantage Of Networking Opportunities


Are you always looking to find new ways to develop your network of other entrepreneurs? You’re not alone! According to 78% of entrepreneurs , networking is crucial if you want to be a success in your industry. Many people become entrepreneurs because they want to be their own boss.

4 Most effective practices of successful startup owners

Our Own Start-up

According to a report by IBM Institute, 90 percent of startups in India fail within 5 years of their inception. So, what is the reason? Startups practices of successful leaders practices of successful startup successful leaders successful startup successful startup owners

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