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Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing the productivity of his marketing department seemed to be rapidly declining.

Convertible and SAFE Notes

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note. Paul Graham (@paulg) August 28, 2010. Which led me to write this blog post here on AVC.

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” The conclusion of our report was that winter did come, but it was mild and short.

9 Keys To Measuring Your Social Media Campaign ROI

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services.

[Infographic] The Real Value of Big Data in 2017 and Beyond

Brandanew

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. To help get your head around just how much data this is, think of it in terms of blue-ray discs. It would fill 10 million, the height of which, when stacked, would measure as tall as four Eiffel towers on top of each other.

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What You’ve Forgotten About Landing Page Optimization

ConversionXL

When creating landing pages, marketers tend to focus all their efforts on optimizing page elements — making sure the headline engages the visitor, testimonials speak to your unique value proposition, the lead capture form is correctly formatted, and the CTA button jumps off the page.

When Do You Really Need Insurance for Your Business?

Up and Running

As an entrepreneur, you know that not every part of the job is glamorous. Buying insurance can feel like a hassle, but if you invest in finding the right policies now, you’ll save yourself from potential legal headaches and unexpected costs down the road.

7 Qualities Of Successful Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

The most successful entrepreneurs share common qualities and personality traits that are crucial to success in business. Which ones do you possess? Lead leadership personal development success

6 Keys to Becoming an Influencer for More Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The most powerful way to grow your business and your career these days is to become a visible influencer in your domain. People follow influencers on social media to find what they buy, who they vote for, and which social causes they support.

5 varieties of remote working in companies

joel.is

I've recently found myself reflecting a lot on being a distributed team, and the nature of a company where the team works from remote locations to accomplish our work. Scaling remote working has been a challenge as the team has grown.

6 Business Idea Validation Tactics to Improve Your Business Planning

Up and Running

In the Lean Startup methodology, one of the most important elements is getting out of the building. You must conduct client interviews, website usage tests, and maybe even set up a small PPC campaign to figure out whether or not the market is interested in you offering.

The Sales Process Has Evolved, Can You Keep Up?

YFS Magazine

Sales as we know it is changing, the pitch is evolving, and consumers are gaining more access complete information. How will you handle it? Grow Marketing & Sales sales sales pitch sales process selling tips

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6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree. In my role as a business advisor, I see successful businesses most often emerging from great teams rather than great products.

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Oracle cloud apps: Growing points of entry

deal architect

I am seeing proof points this generation of enterprise software buyer is not committing to large suites from a single vendor. There are many reasons for that as I describe in this blog post. Having said that, the broader a. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The Difference Between Cash and Profits

Up and Running

In my article, What You Really Need to Know About Cash Flow , I pointed out that most people think in terms of profits instead of cash. In this article, I wrote: Although cash is critical, people think in profits instead of cash. We all do.

6 Ways To Return From The Brink Of Business Burnout

YFS Magazine

There is often a burdensome responsibility that comes with being a leader. And with the added stress, business burnout can quickly follow. Lifestyle business burnout health and wellness lifestyle managing stress startup burnout stress

Walking Away From Your Startup Can Leave Deep Scars

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.

How Romeo Stevens Improved His Life

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

He first describes how his life has gotten better. And then attributes it to the below actions. My favorite is #6. Movement. Sure, having an exercise habit, but also just physically altering my state when I am not functioning well gets things working more often than not.

Canada Housing Is On Fire (Still)

Chaganomics

Composite 11 Victoria: 3.2% Vancouver: 19.5% Calgary: 8.3% Edmonton: 5.2% Winnipeg: 2.2% Hamilton: 3.7% Toronto: 34.6% Ottawa-Gatineau: 5.7% Montréal: 14% Québec: 2.1% Halifax: 1.5% Composite 6 Vancouver: 23.3% Calgary: 9.9% Toronto: 41.4% Ottawa-Gatineau: 6.8% Montréal: 16.8% Halifax: 1.8% [link]. 2017 Economics Canada Canada Housing Canada Housing march 2017

5 Ways To Create a Non-Janky Business Website (Without Spending A Gazillion Dollars)

YFS Magazine

It’s official: Your business launch date is set. Congrats! Now, the fun/techy part no one told you about: You need to whip up a business website stat. Grow Marketing & Sales Plan company website digital marketing marketing starting a business website builders

5 Things Businesses Can Learn From Dating Apps

YoungUpstarts

by David Lester, Brightworks Managing Director, US Finance Lead.

How Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, and Google came to Boulder

David Cohen

A thriving startup community provides a boost to the greater community in lots of ways. It encourages innovation and investment, attracts creative, entrepreneurial people, and generates a certain energy– making the entire city a more desirable place to live. Additionally, when local startups are acquired by big companies, and those companies hire more people in the area, the result is more jobs, which boosts the local economy in a lot of new ways.

Unknown Democrat In District 6 Slammed By Mayor Wood (Two Thumbs Up)

Chaganomics

Long live Mayor Wood! Chad Hagan "Jere Wood, the longtime Republican mayor of Roswell, disagrees. This isn’t a youth vote up here,” he told me at his office, when I asked him about the makeup of the Sixth. This is a mature voter base. If someone is going down the list, they’re gonna vote for somebody who is familiar.” He paused. “If If you just say ‘HIS NAME,’ some folks are gonna think, ‘Is he Muslim? Is he Lebanese? Is he Indian?’

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Is Dubai The Next Big Global Startup Scene?

YFS Magazine

Thanks to gutsy startup founders, an investor-friendly business environment, world-class infrastructure, and events Dubai is on the map. Grow Technology Entrepreneurship Events Global Business technology

Data Mining with Artificial Intelligence is Making Businesses Smarter

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News Social media has caused an explosion in the amount of data generated by people and businesses in the last five years. Yet, data without analysis is worthless. That has led to the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning coupled with the input of humans […] The post Data Mining with Artificial Intelligence is Making Businesses Smarter appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Keys To Develop A Great Small Business Growth Strategy

YoungUpstarts

by Cameron Johnson. There are approximately 28 million small business in the United States, and each one is vying for growth and an increased share of profits in the marketplace. Small businesses are responsible for as much as 65 percent of the new jobs created since 1995.

Oil Will Rise, But By How Much No One Knows

Chaganomics

Oil is trapped in a sideways spiral. Despite so, relentless pursuits have treated this recent cycle like a binary issue. No matter what your conviction is oil has taken a beating. At this very moment WTI is not performing, but the global issues where demand and supply have been in flux is about to overturn, and many CEO's and investors are certain oil has hits its bottom. Again.

5 Business Podcasts Worth Listening To

YFS Magazine

Valuable business podcasts teach you how to think. Here's a look at five podcasts for entrepreneurs that provide tangible insights and mental models. Lead business advice business lessons mental models podcast startup lessons

4 Secrets Exposed – Running a Copywriting Business

Rembrandt Communications

Do you know how to prepare for these hidden truth for the best results? Recently, I spoke at an event for The Professional Writers’ Alliance, to help new copywriters advance their careers. Here are some of the tips I shared… 4 Secrets About Running Your Own Copywriting Business You Rarely Hear …And how to prepare […]. The post 4 Secrets Exposed – Running a Copywriting Business appeared first on Boost sales fast with content marketing strategy and PR here.

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The Importance Of Website Design And How It Can Influence Business

YoungUpstarts

In these days of technological prowess and tremendous advancements in the digital area, most, if not all companies rely on a website to reach their consumers and potential clients, and to maintain a relationship with people across the globe.

Reflation 101

Chaganomics

What is reflation? Reflation is the act of stimulating the economy by increasing the money supply or by reducing taxes, seeking to bring the economy (specifically price level) back up to the long-term trend, following a dip in the business cycle. It is the opposite of disinflation, which seeks to return the economy back down to the long-term trend.

Entrepreneurs Should Have A Personal Website — Here’s Why

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurs rarely miss a beat. They're on top of it all. However, one thing they need, yet often forget, is a personal website. Grow Marketing & Sales brand branding company website marketing personal branding personal website

Chilligence Launches at SXSW

SiliconHills

South by Southwest can be a great place to launch a tech company and get traction. Honest Dollar launced at SXSW in 2015 and a year later, at SXSW, William Hurley, known as Whurley, the company’s cofounder, announced Goldman Sachs had acquired the company. This year, a different Hurley is in the spotlight. It’s Brooks […] The post Chilligence Launches at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Pasztor. A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. The designer showed him something, and they started discussing a new feature’s design loudly. The manager used wide gestures to show where he wanted to move certain elements.