Sat.May 12, 2018 - Fri.May 18, 2018

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “ Lemons Ripen Early ,” which also has a link to other posts.

How to Run Marketing Experiments The Right Way


You need to run experiments. The one who runs the most experiments wins. BUT – most marketing experiments are done wrong. What’s missing is hypothesis driven testing across all inter-business disciplines.

7 Ways to Grow Your SaaS Startup Faster

Up and Running

Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies. Start charging early. SaaS startups are often hesitant about charging customers.

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

Both Sides of the Table

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link. Here’s Why You Should Just Send the Deck I know you have your document sending tool to send your fund-raising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read and how much time they spend on each page.

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Having A Foot In Both Camps

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with right now. When it got to my turn, I said that I am struggling to be “all in” on crypto and also “all in” on my current portfolio companies. A few of my current portfolio companies are in the crypto space, which makes it easier. We have been investing in crypto since 2012.

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What’s Going On?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few. 1/ The Rockets ended the sweep nonsense talk going on in the bay area with a trompsing of the Ws last night in Houston. Thank God. 2/ The Celtics are showing how great a job Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are doing running that team.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Business

Up and Running

There’s no need to wait to launch your business until things are 100 percent ready to go. In fact, if everybody waited for everything to line up before getting started, there would hardly be any entrepreneurs. Still, there are some things you should have sorted from the beginning.

How to Get Started with Machine Learning and AI for Marketing


Artificial Intelligence is powerful and will open doors we don’t even know exist at the moment. But there are some steps you can take today to ensure that you are making the most of this new capability and are not left behind.

Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or help out, I encourage you to check out the event. Friday, May 18th starts off with the Brain Crawl at Boulder Startup Week. My good friend Jerry Colonna and I spoke at this part of the weekend last year.

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Rare event in Palo Alto today: fireside chat with Lifograph and Microsoft

The Startup Magazine

Microsoft General Manager Dave Mendlen is in Palo Alto today to participate in a rare fireside chat with the CEO of Lifograph, Dea Wilson. Mendlen flew into Silicon Valley from Seattle specifically for this event to chat with the “Wiki of People” CEO.

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4 Startup Funding Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Up and Running

Innovative products and business models are the foundations of a promising startup. However, you’ll also need a steady flow of funds, especially in the early stages, to turn those ideas into reality.

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Website Analytics 101: Which Metrics Should We Measure?

YFS Magazine

When it comes to website analytics, consider the areas you want to improve and then take the time to measure and track your progress on a monthly basis. Grow Marketing & Sales company website data intelligence marketing website analytics

Using Message-Mining to Pinpoint a High-Converting Value Proposition for Your Product


There are already a bazillion resources out there that spell out how to “craft the perfect value proposition.” In fact, the whole concept of “unique value propositions” (UVPs) is — at least at first glance — really Marketing 101 material. So why keep talking about it?

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

VC Confidential

Question: If you lose your fear, do you lose your drive? It’s a question many entrepreneurs ask themselves. They seem to have bought into the idea that you can either be content or you can be driven, but those two states cannot coexist. But that idea is flawed.

Millennial Business Owner Helping Brick and Mortar Business Models Stay Competitive Amidst Their Challenges of High Rate of Failure


The brick and mortar industry is constantly faced with challenges of high costs involved in the business which can be a challenge to many entrepreneurs.

5 Steps To Build A Powerful Personal Brand

YFS Magazine

There was a time when a company’s brand meant everything. But with the explosion of social media over the past decade, real-time networking has brought personal brands to the forefront. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing personal brand personal branding

Why Mouthwatering Design Matters for Your Food and Beverage Business

crowdSPRING Blog

We are lucky to have a staggering number of options when it comes to food. Every year tens of thousands of new food products are brought to market. They join the thousands of products already on the shelves. And every year, 95 percent of new products fail.

Quick Fixes to Turn Your SEO Around

Duct Tape Marketing

Quick Fixes to Turn Your SEO Around written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Let me be clear, SEO is absolutely a marathon, not a sprint. To do it well, it takes a lot of time and effort and needs to be a continuous practice.

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From Adversity to Inspiration- Business-woman Helping Female Entrepreneurs Learn and Grow


At 21 she had a 1% chance to live. At 26, she is empowering and teaching female entrepreneurs how to succeed. This is Alexa Carlin, a 26-year-old who is bringing female entrepreneurs together to learn, to share and to network and to succeed.

4 Powerful Lessons About Success And Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Making the commitment to be where your feet are and practicing these skills every day will have a compounding effect on your success. Lead leadership personal development success advice success habits

PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people. Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations

How to Get What You Want In Life

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Get What You Want In Life written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Anthony Sullivan. Podcast Transcript.

3 Ways Businesses can Kick Start their Web Application Security

The Startup Magazine

Web application security is an imperative to pay attention to. In an age of regular breaches and security threats knowing how to prevent security issues is pivotal. Here are three tips to kick-start your web application security. Know Your Target.

Indeed Expands in Austin and Plans to Add 3,000 New Jobs


Indeed, the world’s number one job site, Thursday announced plans for a huge expansion in Austin and plans to add 3,000 new jobs. The Austin-based company is adding 615,000 square feet of office space in two new offices. “We

For the sake of productivity, developers need to learn to say “no”

The Next Web

Whoever coined the mantra ‘The customer is always right’ has never tried to undertake development tasks for clients with grandiose ideas, but zero technical background. Nowadays, every company might be a software company, but not everyone knows how to effectively manage software development projects.

Weekend Favs May 12

Duct Tape Marketing

Weekend Favs May 12 written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting.

Making a Good Impression For Your Start-Up

The Startup Magazine

For any new business to succeed, it needs to make a good impression from the start. Making the right first impression is important because people make judgments about a business within seconds. So many start-ups fail because the business owners do not do their research.

How To Leave Your Work At Work


by Michael Godfrey, founder and president of True Course and author of “ Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages “ Ever have a hard time changing channels from thinking about work to focus on leisure and family?

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Twitter Link Roundup #334 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!

crowdSPRING Blog

Feeling stressed? Worn out? Just plain tired? Take a few minutes, completely clear your head, and recenter yourself to a higher level of thought. With a few simple adjustments, you can improve your brain function and cognitive abilities with excellent results.

Future of Commerce and Retail Hot Takes With Web Smith

Hunter Walker

When a guy has the Twitter handle @web , that makes you want to learn more. I’ve been fortunate enough to hang virtually with Web Smith for the last few years which has exposed me to sharp thinking about brands, retail, parenting and, uniquely in my echo chamber, Columbus, Ohio.

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Innovation and Implementation at BMW’s Collaboration Lab

The Startup Magazine

The BMW Financial Services Collaboration Lab accelerator program provides entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses in fintech and other fields with the opportunity to partner with BMW to develop and realize innovative solutions and game-changing new technologies.

Silverton Partners Closes on a New $108 Million Fund


Silverton Partners, based in Austin, announced this month that it has closed on Fund V at $108 million. The venture capital firm, founded in 2006, focuses on early-stage companies and since its launch, the firm has made more than 50 investments in the enterprise and consumer technology categories.

5 Years

David Lee

I put my life on hold for five years. I had Stage IV lymphoma twenty 24 years ago when I was 24 years old. While the chemo and radiation were grueling, the emotional aftermath was even harder. My doctor told me that I was “touch and go” for a year after my treatment - the cancer would probably return. They said that if I made it to the “one year mark”, I was essentially cured. And if I made it to the “5 year mark”, I was definitely cured.

Unique and Inspiring Entrepreneurship Ideas For Creative People


Being creative is itself a unique and amazing trait that can also be a source of income. Consider yourself a successful entrepreneur of the future as you can utilize those creative skills in productive way.