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Why Is There So Much Turnover In Venture Capital?

View from Seed

“I have exciting personal news.”. “I’m I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.”. “I I am pursuing an idea that I’m excited about and and happy to be back on the entrepreneurial path.”. These are literal quotes from social media and email announcements over the past six months from VC Partners moving on to other competitive firms, and, well, just moving on.

Let’s talk about your banking relationship


The warning is real. You’ve heard the old one – that a banker always seems willing to offer a loan when you don’t need it. For small businesses, there is such truth in that statement that you can trust the story to be based as fact from experience. Exceptions and good reasons to work on them.

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3 Smart Tips For First-Time Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted. There is little room for error in business and all the room in the world for error at the same time. Plan starting a business startup advice startup lessons

The Future of Work Is Not That Far Away


by Cory Treffiletti, Global Head of Marketing, at Cisco. There is a ton of buzz surrounding the “Future of Work”, but like most futuristic predictions and prognostications, the future is far closer than you might think and far less “buzzy” than they would have you believe.

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.

10 Ways Owners Often Jeopardize Their Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

When you are starting a new business, every resource is precious, including time, funding, and people. Yet we can all look back, after the fact, and realize that we could have been more memorable.

The Evolution of SAP Analytics

deal architect

I had been invited to an SAP Analytics influencer summit earlier in the year. Many of the sessions were under NDA, so I had not written about it. However, my notes showed: Ambitious, exciting vision, but fragmented execution across portfolio.

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Why Businesses Should Offer Healthcare Benefits


Health Insurance is now required by law for individuals. Larger companies are also legally obligated to carry health insurance for their employees. However, businesses with under 50 employees don’t have to offer health insurance. Many choose to anyway.

How Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Hesitate To Seek Help

Startup Professionals Musings

While starting a new business always involves tackling many new challenges, I’ve personally found myself reluctant to ask for help. I suspect it’s a function of pride and confidence in my own problem solving abilities, but my hesitation has definitely cost me time and money.

The Future of Work is.Dystopian?

deal architect

Most conversations about the Future of Work that we hear in professional circles are similar to those in this Cognizant webinar and report. The comments tend to be tough, but fair. In mainstream media, however, I am seeing increasingly hostile. Future of Work

5 Tips To Deal With Negative Customer Reviews

YFS Magazine

If you think that negative reviews are dangerous, you’re right. However, if you think every negative review is a lost battle, there's good news. Customer Service Grow customer experience negative reviews online reviews reputation management

How Startups Can Benefit From Corporate Gifts


Running a start-up business will prove to be very difficult. However, you can simplify the process by taking advantage of simple tips and tricks. For instance, you should think about utilizing corporate gifts.

10 Outside Staffing Quotes True Entrepreneurs Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, it is almost impossible to find a small business where everything is done at the home location, by full-time employees. We are in the age of outsourcing, by any of many popular names, including subcontracting, freelancing, and virtual assistants.

The Future of Work will be.fascinatingly complex

deal architect

Let's face it the term "future of work" has been hijacked by technology vendors and "thought leaders" of every stripe - often peddling products and one-dimensional concepts which are spray painted to cover their distant past. So, it was refreshing. Future of Work

3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Direct Mail Marketing

YFS Magazine

Direct mail marketing is a little old school, but it can get new results for your business. Since it’s unexpected, it could deliver a competitive advantage. Grow Marketing & Sales direct mail direct mail marketing marketing offline marketing

Getting Your Remote Team To Work Effectively


A remote worker is any individual who can work at the comfort of their home, but they have to deliver the required results. A remote worker does not just wake up, run through the activities to cover throughout the day, relax somewhere and start watching their favourite movies or series.

6 Considerations For Going Public Via Reverse Merger

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, as an active startup mentor, I’m seeing a new surge of entrepreneurs and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. There just aren’t enough angel investors and VCs to go around.

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Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

Andreessen Horowitz

Many skeptics thought the internet would never reach mass adoption, but today it’s shaping global culture, is integral to our lives–and this is just the beginning.

How Businesses Can Correct The Problem Of Cancel Culture

YFS Magazine

This unforgiving culture burrows deep into societal standards and can affect your business, no matter how politically correct you try to be. Company Culture Grow cancel culture company culture hiring employees

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5 Ways To Save On Business Expenses


The cost of running a business seems to increase annually. Without fail, you will see everything getting more expensive, from renting the space needed to run the business to paying employees and even down to the additional fuel tax on your next flight. It all adds up.

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5 Factors That Set Your Best Startup Funding Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

With the advent and popularity of crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter and IndieGoGo , as a winning alternative for funding your new venture, I find that many aspiring entrepreneurs are confused about the need to ever seek a professional angel investor.

How might the streaming wars escalate?

VC Cafe

With its $135 billion market cap, Netflix has approximately 159 million subscribers globally and the best streaming tech. Today, content is king and Netflix has a big chunk of it (see our post on Entertainment as the new Oil ).

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7 Quick Tips To Help You Start A Home-Based Business

YFS Magazine

Starting a small business from home is never easy. Here's a look at seven tips to help you eliminate some of the startup guesswork. Plan starting a business startup advice startup lessons

4 Self-Improvement Hacks For 2020


Bettering yourself is a lifelong process – provided you’re open-minded, you can discover new knowledge at any age, hence the old adage ‘every day is a school day’.

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25 Entrepreneurs Share Their #1 Goal for 2020


Every new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their New Year’s Resolutions around their business.

Bringing The Helium Network to Boulder

Feld Thoughts

My partners at Foundry Group have decided to bring the Helium Network to Boulder. We’ve ordered 50 hotspots and, with your help, will set up a LongFi network throughout Boulder. If you are asking, “What’s Helium?”

YFS Magazine Editors’ Favorite Holiday Gifts to Give and Get

YFS Magazine

Shop unique gifts for small business owners and entrepreneurs who give back, give big, and empower their local communities. Holiday gift guide holiday holiday gift guide

What Is A Squeeze Page And How Can It Benefit Your Startup Business


Digital marketing is a world that has, without a doubt, blown up in the last couple of decades. For someone who is trying to use digital marketing as a way to attract more customers to their business, it can seem a lot like learning a whole new language.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Major Accomplishments in 2019


The end of every year is the opportunity reflect on a 365-day journey. 2019 may have been a bad year for some and to others, it was a great year. Many businesses were launched and others were closed. Pivots were made and goals were shattered.

What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Startup Off the Ground


Launching a startup seems like the most promising business opportunity for creative individuals who don’t want to drive down traditional career roads. This is exactly why startups are flourishing worldwide, flooding every niche from home services to online retail.

Foundry Group Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Edition

Feld Thoughts

It’s that time of year again where we like to shop at our portfolio companies. We thought it would be fun to highlight some of our direct investments and partner funds’ portfolio companies this holiday season. You can check out the full Foundry Group Gift Guide here.

Here’s How Conducting Online Surveys Benefits An Organization


With the rise in the usage of digital media, businesses have shifted to online portals. This has created an enormous space for quick market research and survey, with larger sample sizes.

Common Hiring Mistakes Worth Avoiding To Foster A Great Company Culture

The Startup Magazine

If you want to establish a solid company culture, you want to focus on such a thing from the very beginning. But if you haven’t had an initial focus geared around establishing strong corporate culture, don’t worry.

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How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture


Any business owner will tell you there is a massive chasm between “concept” and “execution.” More than half of the time, business owners and entrepreneurs will come up with amazing concepts — foolproof plans. And more than half of the time, it’s the execution phase that kills them.

Monday Motivation: TAKE THE RISK


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Fear of failure will keep you up at night. Fear of failure will stop you from cutting corners. Take action despite the doubts. Don’t let another day slip by without taking action.

Why Sending Your Workers ‘Back To School’ Is Good Business


Creating a startup:  I quit my Job, a few weeks later I freaked out

The Startup Magazine

Last month was my first anniversary of working a startup from ground up. A year since regular employment, surety of pay, health benefits and 401k contributions. Instead, putting all our focus into a business that was yet to exist, had no customers and no revenue.

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