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How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process.

4 Pillars to Nailing Your Investor Pitch

Up and Running

When we put the words “small business” and “business pitch” together in one sentence, do you have flashes of the famous reality TV show “Shark Tank?”.

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

Why you should never have a data room?—?the the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get I’m about to offer you some fund-raising advice that flies directly in the face of what most conventional wisdom will tell you.

Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy

Grasshopper Herder

Whether the companies are private or public, shareholders are demanding a vision for the future. How will these old, inflexible companies survive in industries facing. The post Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know Before Starting A Marketing Agency

YFS Magazine

As the founder of a content marketing agency, my career path was more accidental than intentional. Since my agency career wasn’t carefully planned, I ended up making a lot of mistakes. Plan content marketing marketing starting a business startup lessons

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How To Use Military Strategy To Build A Better Business

YFS Magazine

By taking these steps, you put yourself in the position to scale your company and maintain an advantage against changing markets and new competitors over time. Operations business lessons business strategy military strategy

25 Companies Named Winners of the 2018 Austin A-List of the Hottest Startups

SiliconHills

By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News For the eighth time, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce celebrated Austin’s hottest startups at its A-List Award ceremony.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Both Sides of the Table

Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.”

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The Website Services Worth Paying For—From a Scrappy Entrepreneur

Up and Running

As entrepreneurs, we don’t want to spend any more money than we have to. But, in some cases, a little extra spending makes your life a lot easier.

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Business Email: Don’t use a “NOREPLY” Address

ConversionXL

Have you ever received an email from a “noreply@” address? Of course, you have! This is a “standard practice” that many companies do that removes the human element from your emails. Do you want your customers to open and engage with your emails? Don’t be a robot.

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Xeris Pharmaceuticals Files to Raise $75 Million in an IPO

SiliconHills

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, founded in 2005 in Austin, filed on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with an initial public offering valued at $75 million. The company, now based in Chicago, has strong ties to the Austin startup community.

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What unions should do to survive the future

Start Up Blog

In a largely information-based work society, it’s easy to forget the important role unions have played in creating a civilised society. Things we take for granted like reasonable work hours, fair wages, workplace health and safety and even low cost retirement superannuation programmes.

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3 Ways Business Owners Can Survive Bad Economic Times

YFS Magazine

You need to work hard and be willing to take risks if you want to thrive during bad economic times. Follow these three steps diligently to stay ahead of your competition. Grow Operations cash flow growth strategy small business and the economy

Budgeting Tips to Offer Customers a Luxury Experience

The Startup Magazine

Offering a luxury experience as a small business is tricky. Your customers will have enhanced expectations as to the quality of your product or service, and you have to deliver. You also have to make it to the next quarter with a profit in order to continue operating and to succeed.

5 Reasons Why Business Cards Are Still Important In 2018

YoungUpstarts

I’ve talked to a lot of business people asking what medium they use to introduce and market themselves. Some of them have different tools, such as e-mail and website portfolios. But the vast majority of them have one thing in common—business cards.

Cancer is Bad. Bid On Lunch With Me To Raise $$$ To Fight It.

Hunter Walker

Lunch or coffee with me and Satya. Money goes to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. . Auction ends May 31st. We are tossing in BONUS ITEMS to raise even more money! The winner gets: Lunch/coffee with me and Satya Patel. 30 minute call with Beth Scheer, Homebrew’s Head of Talent.

Host Analytics: The Beauty of Focus

deal architect

Us analysts like to ask vendors: what next? I am constantly asking them to verticalize. Very few vendors actually do that but transaction processing vendors are constantly claiming to add analytical capabilities. Analysts also love to create new market categories. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Habits of Exceptional Startup Founders

The Startup Magazine

Highly successful startups valued at billions of dollars didn’t just get lucky with timing or required huge cash investments left and right.

The Magic Of The Little Pink Spoon

YoungUpstarts

by Laurie Richards , co-author of “ Ready, Set, Go! “ Having the best product available means nothing if you can’t get it into the hands that need it. To make that happen, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can learn from the success of the iconic little pink spoon.

Jean Belanger with Cerebri Ai Talks About Artificial Intelligence, Data and Machine Learning on Ideas to Invoices

SiliconHills

Jean Belanger is co-founder and CEO of Cerebri Ai which helps Fortune 500 companies find their customers’ voice. A serial entrepreneur, Belanger has helped launch three software companies starting with Metrowerks, which went public on NASDAQ and later sold to Motorola.

How To Increase E-Commerce Conversion Rates

YFS Magazine

If you're consistent with both your content and testing, you’ll see conversions go up, and you’ll become an authority in your niche along the way. Grow Marketing & Sales company website conversion optimization e-commerce marketing

Fast Growing Startups Focus on Customers

The Startup Magazine

Startups have only one way of thriving, and that is through growth. At this stage of a company, all employees of the company need to proactively focus on customers and their receptivity to the offering.

The Pitfalls Of State And Local Taxation For Startup Companies

YoungUpstarts

by Rebecca Stidham, Senior Manager – Tax Services at OUM & Co.

How to Optimize Your Website for Voice Search

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Optimize Your Website for Voice Search written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As we are all aware at this point, voice recognition technology is continuing to get better and better, in fact, it is now believed to be 95% accurate.

Deliver Outcomes, Not Features

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jie Jin (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Andy Wadhwa]. The learning experience in the past few months with my mentor Andy Wadhwa has been profound. If I could pick just one thing to share, it would be: focus on delivering outcomes, not features.

Social Media Strategies For More Leads

The Startup Magazine

It only took a few years, but social media has already taken the world by storm. It is estimated that at least 68% of adult Americans now use Facebook, one of the most popular social media platforms. With such a large user base, companies are scrambling to find a way to take advantage of this.

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

The Next Web

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden.

Manager Trouble, What Do You Do? (Value Your Craft & Yourself)

ConversionXL

Are you having issues with your manager? What do you do when your manager just doesn’t get it and it’s difficult to get work done? Value your craft and yourself, don’t work for a manager that forces you to do your job wrong. Learn what you should do if your manager pushes back.

How To Generate Inbound Sales And Close More Deals

YFS Magazine

To generate inbound sales you align sales efforts with the way prospects want to buy. People don’t like being sold to. Grow Marketing & Sales inbound marketing sales sales strategy selling

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Side Hustle Opportunity: Antique Products

The Startup Magazine

Whether you’re an avid collector of Renaissance paintings, or you make your monthly income supplying homeowners with exquisite décor pieces to transform their living space, there is much to learn and gain from antique products.

6 things I learned marketing for startups (and early stage companies)

The Next Web

The other day as I was putting new strings on my guitar, something interesting happened.

[Interview] Patrick Mackaronis, Director Of Business Development At Brabble

YoungUpstarts

You might say that Pat Mackaronis has never not been an entrepreneur. He got an early start as an entrepreneur at the age of 12 when he used to live near a golf course and would gather up lost golf balls from the players in the trees, ponds and lakes.

“I can tell if a podcast is going to stink beforehand if the person has a PR person asking for questions.” Digiday’s Brian Morrissey on Digital Media, VC and Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Hunter Walker

Twitter Friend. Digiday’s Brian Morrissey is a Twitter Friend. That is, we’ve never met IRL but through his tweets, his podcast and our occasional DMs, he feels, well, familiar. So I decided to ask him Five Questions and get to know Brian a bit better.

Tips for Confidential Business Document Storage

The Startup Magazine

Business documents are very important and should be stored safely. If you need to retrieve information from such documents in the future, it can be done easily. A firm should, therefore, have good records management.