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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.

The Big List Of Business Tools: 25 Apps And Resources You Should Be Using

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is an adventure of creativity, self-education, and personal development—a passionate labor of love. Now imagine layering on power-ups. Grow Technology apps business tools productivity

The Investment Memo

View from Seed

VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. Presented with various unknowns from any one pitch, VCs often lack an existing information infrastructure to examine in forming an opinion.

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.

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7 Business Realities That You Don’t Learn In School

Startup Professionals Musings

When I started mentoring entrepreneurs and startups a few years ago, I anticipated that I would get mostly tough technical questions, but instead I more often hear things like “Where do I start?”

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.

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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How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. If you’re a professional or job seeker (which, if you’re on the DTM blog, you obviously are), you’ll know that LinkedIn is the biggest, baddest kids on the block.

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.

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.

Data Mining with Artificial Intelligence is Making Businesses Smarter


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

What You’ve Forgotten About Landing Page Optimization


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.

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.

Living with IoT & home automation

Venture Chronicles

Over the last few months, I have upgraded components in our home to devices which feature IoT and home automation capabilities. The first thing I replaced was my thermostat. I considered several options and went with the Ecobee thermostat.

Buzz Aldrin is on a Mission to Occupy Mars


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to set foot on the moon, thinks that should be a stop on the journey to Mars and the U.S. should occupy the red planet.

9 Ways the Most Successful Leaders Refuse to Run Their Meetings

Inc Startups

Sometimes, what you don't do matters even more than what you do


5 Tips That Can Help Save Unnecessary Business Costs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Want to save on unnecessary business costs? Then consider these five top tips for reducing your expenditure, from paperless offices to embracing online marketing, from reviewing the software you use to considering your insurance needs. Follow these tips to save your business pennies and pounds.

Want More Clients? You’re Playing The Wrong Game

YFS Magazine

When it comes to acquiring more clients, many service-based business owners are playing “the game” the wrong way. Get more clients with these tips. Grow Marketing & Sales branding client acquisition customer customer acquisition marketing personal brand

Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin


By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, explored ways that universities can have a bigger impact on the world at the “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups” session at South by Southwest. Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of […] The post Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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12 Podcasts That Will Make You Into Better Leaders

Inc Startups

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better

Are enterprise suites dying?

deal architect

Most large vendors still talk in terms of selling entire application suites, growing their “wallet share” of customer IT spend, and the joy of their “all you can eat” buffets. It all sounds so retro, 90s talk because so many. Industry Commentary

How To Grow A Customer Database Of 1000 People In 3 Months


Succeeding in business depends on scaling customer growth. All of the marketing activities won’t matter if it doesn’t translate into growing the size and revenue from the business’s customers.

Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Austin and the City of Lahore was signed by Mayor Adler and […] The post Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How This Simple Little Bot in Google's New Slack Killer Will Change Your (Work) Life

Inc Startups

Google Hangouts Chat has a new bot called @meet and it saves a ton of time


Why Linkable Content Wins and How To Create It?

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Linkable Content Wins and How To Create It? written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. There’s no escaping content if you want to survive in the digital marketing realm. Whether you create content or curate it, you have to ensure that it serves a purpose.

How to transition from a Product Manager to a Product Leader

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Avinash Bajaj (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. So, you did whatever it took to become a Product Manager. Either you stumbled your way into product management, or you planned your way through. Whatever the case maybe, you are here now.

New Book Melds Crowdsourcing, Storytelling and Austin Music


Special Contribution by LISA WYATT ROE While SXSW sits at the crossroads of tech and music, the new book “Seduced by Sound: Austin, 100 Musicians on Why They Make Music” is almost a signpost. This anthology written by some of Austin’s best artists came together via a social collaboration platform built by Weeva, a Capital […] The post New Book Melds Crowdsourcing, Storytelling and Austin Music appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Here's the One 'Shark Tank' Deal Mark Cuban Regrets Not Making

Inc Startups

Not every idea wins on the Shark Tank, but Mark Cuban wishes he had reconsidered this one


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.

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.

Ideas and Innovation Exchange Between the EU and US at SXSW


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News For the first time, the European Union is showcasing its technology and innovation at South by Southwest. The EU has 28 member states and various ones like the United Kingdom and Ireland have been at SXSW for years in different capacities, said James Barbour, spokesman […] The post Ideas and Innovation Exchange Between the EU and US at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

12 Fears You Need To Overcome to Succeed In Business and In Life

Inc Startups

12 Fears You Need To Overcome to Succeed In Business and In LifeWe can never outperform the limits set by our fears


Yet another AI hype cycle?

deal architect

In my recent book, Silicon Collar, I profiled a number of examples of machine learning, cognitive computing and other evolving artificial intelligence. With growing and diverse data sets and massive computing power we have never had so much opportunity to. Industry Commentary