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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 Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk.

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10 Ways to Get Your Startup Moving

Up and Running

If you are just beginning your journey into the world of business, you face more competition than startups in previous generations. However, you also have more opportunity. Here are 10 ways to get your startup moving.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers.

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Small Business Branding: What Color Says About Your Business

crowdSPRING Blog

What’s your favorite color? Seems like an innocent question, right? You may be surprised to learn that your color preferences reveal a lot about you. Color has a deep and often subconscious effect on our behavior. Color is often used to persuade or influence us.

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


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.

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

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


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


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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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.

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.

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

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


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.

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.

How GDPR Highlights How We Should Be Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

How GDPR Highlights How We Should Be Marketing written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript. John Jantsch: Hello and welcome to another episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast. This is John Jantsch, and my guest today is Ryan Urban.

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5 Reasons Why Business Cards Are Still Important In 2018


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.

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.

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

Weekend Favs May 19

Duct Tape Marketing

Weekend Favs May 19 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.

The Magic Of The Little Pink Spoon


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.

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


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.

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.

How GDPR Highlights How We Should Be Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

How GDPR Highlights How We Should Be Marketing written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Ryan Urban. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Ryan Urban.

The Pitfalls Of State And Local Taxation For Startup Companies


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to use influencer marketing to successfully launch your product

The Next Web

Influencer marketing is a proven method that marketers use to promote their products and services. That’s because influencer marketing has the potential of generating eleven times higher ROI than outbound marketing.

Rockstars Wanted? 6 Things To Look for In Your Next Hire


Hiring a new employee is more expensive than you think. According to a 2010 study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California-Berkeley, the average cost of a new hire is $4,000, plus salary and benefits.