Sat.Oct 13, 2018 - Fri.Oct 19, 2018

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

Up and Running

Should you spend some time developing a plan for your business, or just dive in and start, figuring things out as you go? There has been plenty of debate on this topic, but no one has pulled together the scientific evidence to determine if planning is worthwhile—until now.

The Willingness to Learn and the Pressure to Be Confident

This is going to be BIG.

Being a founder means showing confidence. It’s nearly impossible to fundraise, hire, or lead without it—but at the same time, founders don’t know everything. There are many things they’re going to be doing for the first time that are ridiculous to expect them to know how to do right off the bat. Just because you start a company doesn’t necessarily mean you’re automatically a good manager, a good recruiter, or good at PR.

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7 Push-Backs That New Venture Founders Must Overcome

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way.

AI in the enterprise: a reality check with John Sumser

deal architect

John Sumser, aka HR Examiner, has been focusing on "intelligent technology" including AI and machine learning as it morphs the HCM function. Trends in that function are a forerunner of what we will see across the enterprise. I recently caught. Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS

How Asking Someone How to #GiveFirst to Them Undermines #GiveFirst

Feld Thoughts

I got an email this morning from a close friend who asked how I reconcile a particular issue around the concept of #GiveFirst. Following is the setup from the email I got. “I I was thinking of you yesterday. I recently met with someone in town who was looking to connect. I took the meeting because, well, I always take such meetings. I’m just wired that way and you never know what good things can come from such random meetings. So I love doing them.

Designing the Ideal Board Meeting – Before the Meeting

VC Adventure

All good board meetings start well before the meeting itself, so let’s start there for this series on board meetings. Timing – how frequently should you meet? Most boards plan meetings a year at a time. That makes sense given busy schedules, but leads to the question of when and how often should a board meet. As a good rule of thumb, most startup boards meet quarterly (in fact, most boards of any kind meet about this frequently).

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Businesses Need Employee Engagement More Than Process

Startup Professionals Musings

The days of leadership without engagement are gone. With interactive social media and video everywhere, everyone needs to feel they have a relationship with their leaders, and every brand needs leader personification for customers to relate.

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SAP CX Live better afternoons than mornings

deal architect

I was asked about the couple of days I spent at the SAP CX event in Barcelona this week, and my response was “afternoons were better than mornings”. True enough, given the body was jet lagged. But even in content

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Book: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Feld Thoughts

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History was awesome. Given that Sears filed for Chapter 11 today, I’ll start with some perspective from 1976. America is remarkably dynamic. Humans constantly create narratives about things and how they work.

7 Ways To Be A Great Manager And Leader For Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the things I’ve learned in working with aspiring entrepreneurs is that managing and leading a team is a scary venture into the unknown for many people, even if they have worked as a business professional for years.

3 Tips For Overcoming ‘Hidden Growth Killers’ That Harm Your Business

YoungUpstarts

by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “ A key part of any CEO’s or entrepreneur’s role is to make the “right” decisions, and then ensure they are enacted to advance the business.

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Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch

Grasshopper Herder

Identifying your target market is crucial to product success. Use this method and guide to set a promising strategic focus. The post Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Business Model Canvas Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Generative Product Research prioritization Strategy

Passport Raises $3m to Build the Modern Shipping Carrier

ReadWriteStart

Ecommerce brands have seen innovations spring up for all parts of their business to help them compete more effectively with Amazon. Shopify makes it seamless to launch a great storefront. Instagram helps you build your audience (and even sell directly!). Whiplash and Shipmonk handle your fulfillment.

6 Story Attributes Will Highlight Your Business Pitch

Startup Professionals Musings

The biggest challenge for every entrepreneur and every startup today is to get noticed and remembered in today’s information overload. The number of entrepreneurs worldwide is huge, starting an estimated 50 million new businesses per year, or 137,000 per day.

How Hashtags Can Supercharge Small Business Marketing

YoungUpstarts

by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Hashtags can boost impressions, improve the searchability of your content, and encourage more people to talk about your brand.

How “False Expertise” Can Damage Your Business—and How to Protect It

ConversionXL

When I last checked, there were 987,119 “thought leaders” on LinkedIn. Soon, there’ll be more than a million. How many of those do you trust? False expertise” is misidentified competence: We perceive expertise where there is none or evaluate expertise based on irrelevant factors.

Why Startups Should Use Content Marketing from Day One

The Startup Magazine

Well over 50% of all entrepreneurial startups fail within a year of launch. Some estimates go as high as 90%. It is never enough to just launch a product or idea into the marketplace and hope that it sells.

8 Tips For Quantifying Traction In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

What is the definition of traction for a business startup today? According to most investors I know, traction is some clear evidence that the “dogs are eating the dog food” – usually meaning that you have at least one customer paying full price for your solution.

When Your Boss Is… Your Dad: 6 Tips For Navigating Fine Line Between Personal & Professional Life In Family Business

YoungUpstarts

by Phuong Uyen Tran, author of “ Competing With Giants ” and deputy CEO of THP Beverage Group. We all have had a boss relationship that has tested our mettle. Working for someone else and meeting his or her expectations, both spoken and unspoken, can be tremendously challenging.

Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.

Berkonomics

Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity. There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck.

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Funding the Business

The Startup Magazine

A lot of people are choosing the entrepreneur life right out of college instead of finding a traditional job. People have ideas, and these startups are what fuel much of our economy. They’re important, but in order to propel these ideas forward, entrepreneurs need business funding.

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About B2C E-Commerce

YFS Magazine

Knowing the basics of business-to-consumer e-commerce will help you market and sell more effectively. Here's what you need to know. Grow Marketing & Sales company website e-commerce ecommerce tips marketing online business online marketing

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Common Digital Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid 

YoungUpstarts

It is so much easier to start a business when you have resources that do not require a lot of money to use. For instance, nowadays digital marketing has enabled small business owners to compete with even big brand names in the online landscape.

Cristal Glangchai, Author of Venture Girls, Says an Entrepreneurial Mindset is key to Success

SiliconHills

Cristal Glangchai, Ph.D., was the founding director of the Blackstone LaunchPad and the director of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Pitching Your Tech Startup Products to CxOs

The Startup Magazine

Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high: nearly 150,000 new technology startups are registered every month globally.

How I Turned Business Failure Into Runaway Success

YFS Magazine

If you’ve experienced a business failure or setback, it’s not the end of the road. Here are 5 steps I took to turn failure into a successful venture. Lead business failure failure leadership personal development

4 Ways CEOs Can Overcome Mistrust And Make Marketing Their New Best Friend  

YoungUpstarts

Chatbots vs. Live Chat: The Questions You Should Ask

ConversionXL

There’s a reason why people say “the first impression is the last impression.” Some 51% of customers never approach a business again after one bad experience. That puts pressure on every interaction—and every missed opportunity—with potential customers, recent purchasers, and long-time users.

The Benefits Of Using Microsoft Dynamics 365

The Startup Magazine

While there is a buzz about Microsoft Dynamic 365, few people know it enough to understand its benefits fully. As such, below are insights about this cloud service from Microsoft that hopefully will give a better perspective about Microsoft Dynamic 365.

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20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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Top Tips For Entrepreneurial Success

YoungUpstarts

No matter how much you might want it, success doesn’t happen overnight when you’re an entrepreneur. There are bound to be bumps in the road, the key is to be able to cope with these and stay on track.

Announcing Version One Fund III

Version One Ventures

We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy. It’s an exciting time to be launching a new fund as our focus on network effects and broad geography are driving opportunities in both existing and emerging markets. About Fund III.

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Worker Safety

The Startup Magazine

As an entrepreneur, one of your top-most priorities ought to be ensuring that your workers are safe when they are working. Worker safety entails providing an environment that is risk-free and conducive for work.

Killer Marketing Plan For Startup Entrepreneurs

ReadWriteStart

Why break the bank for your marketing needs when you can brainstorm your way to a killer marketing plan? The best marketing ideas come simple and cheap but these ideas do not come out of the blue. Your actual business plan will require an out-of-the-box, innovative thought process. You’ll want to get your marketing wheels […]. The post Killer Marketing Plan For Startup Entrepreneurs appeared first on ReadWrite.

How To Build A More Cohesive Team – Better Communication And Collaboration Is Essential

YoungUpstarts

86% of employees and leaders believe that a lack of collaboration and ineffectual communication is responsible for problems in the work environment.

Why More Brands Are Investing In Live Events

YFS Magazine

Today's most successful brands are investing in live events. Here's a look at four reasons why event marketing is on the rise. Grow Marketing & Sales event event marketing Event Planning marketing

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How Your Law Firm Should Market To Millennials

The Startup Magazine

Millennials are now the largest living generation in the history. These savvy consumers that are now in their ages 16 to 36 are determined to define the economy as we all know it.