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SAP Data & Analytics Analyst Summit - a review

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I was invited to an analyst summit on SAP's Data and Analytics portfolio of products. What a remarkable difference from last year! I had flown to a similar event in Vancouver - first to Seattle, then taken a bus across. Analytics, Big Data Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

8 Steps For Moving From A Business Dream To Results

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I listen to many of you entrepreneurs talking about achieving your dreams, but too few of you have structured that dream, and can express it in a set of specific goals, with a timeline for getting there.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2

Steve Blank

We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

How To Improve Your Personal Finances Before Starting A Business


Before starting a business, it’s a good idea to get your personal finances in order. Too many ambitious entrepreneurs jump into the business creation game before they have stable financial footing in their own lives, and it ends up limiting their full potential.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Burning Platform: Episode 3 - School Buses or RVs

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In this episode of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SIs and outsourcers. With travel challenged, they will need to move to much more remote projects and support. In doing.

8 Inspirational Insights For Those Chasing Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur has an idea for transforming a market with innovative new technology, or transforming society with a new process. But unfortunately, most of these ideas fail at the execution level, or are not truly innovative.

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4 Reasons Why Smart Bloggers Are Also Influencers


Once upon a time, blogging was a way for people to share their thoughts with the world, and not expect much in return. While people still share their thoughts for free, smart established bloggers have found ways to make money for their trouble.

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New Normal: A conversation with Bill Hewitt of Aternity

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19

7 Ways To Get Key People Committed To Supporting You

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. Customers buy from people, not companies. Employees rally for a great leader, not a brand. As an entrepreneur, you need relationships to succeed. That means relationships with team members, investors, customers, and vendors.

Got Case Studies?

Rembrandt Communications

Are You Taking Advantage of Case Studies? AKA — Testimonials on Speed! One of the fastest and cost-effective ways to create a marketing piece for your business is to write a case study. Not only can you hand it out to potential customers, but media members love them! What is a case study?

Google Voice Alternatives You Should Try In 2020


Since its debut in the VoIP industry, Google Voice has been gaining a lot of attention from individuals and small businesses.

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The Analyst Cam: Workfront Briefing

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. The key word is "excerpt" - no more than 15-20% of what is presented. Analyst Cam Future of Work New Normal COVID-19


How To Learn From New Venture Trials And Tribulations

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs seem more quickly frustrated these days when their “million-dollar idea” doesn’t turn into a sustainable business overnight.

The Israeli Unicorn Landscape

VC Cafe

The Israeli tech ecosystem has made its mark globally since its early days somewhere in the 1990s. With $8.3 billion raised in 2019 and $9.9 billion in exits in 2019 alone, Israel punches above its weight.

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Staffing Agencies – A Good Or Bad Choice For Startups?


Finding talent in competitive markets is a huge challenge for a startup these days. Reviewing applications to conducting interviews and discussing salaries and terms and conditions for the contract can be quite time-consuming and intimidating for the new business owners. .

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The Analyst Cam: Aternity Briefing

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As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Bill Hewitt, CEO presented to me on Aternity's Digital Experience Management (DEM) platform. Analyst Cam Cloud Computing, SaaS

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2 – Max Boot

Steve Blank

We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Given the tech-centricity of Stanford and Silicon Valley, Joe Felter , Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy. Catch up with the class by reading our summary of Class 1 – here.

How Machine Learning Can Finally Solve “(direct)/(none)”


Urchin , later acquired by Google, invented an amazing way of measuring campaign performance by using last non-direct click attribution and first-party cookies. The solution was perfect—for earlier times: People used mostly one device. Smartphones were rare.

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Mind Priming To Project Confidence, Boost Your Sense Of Self, And Overcome Gender Bias


You undoubtedly find it difficult to project a positive self-image when you are anxious, worried about your ability to perform, or concerned you won’t be seen as competent.

Marc Benioff and "Market Relevance"

deal architect

I liked Marc Benioff's recent comments particularly around Oracle and TikTok “Because I’m mostly worried about the companies that aren’t making aggressive moves. I’m calling CEOs who are friends of mine who are in paralysis and who aren’t making moves, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software Negotiations/Best Practices Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

3 Benefits of a Business Credit Card

YFS Magazine

A business credit card presents distinct advantages that may help businesses navigate periods of economic stagnancy. Finance Grow money recommended small business credit cards

Q3 2020 Portfolio Review

Version One Ventures

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October and time to recap another quarter. While we are all focused on staying safe (whether from Covid-19 or an unprecedented fire season), we are also looking ahead – working hard to build great companies and hopeful for 2021! .

How SMBs Are Going Fully Digital With No-Code Tools


by Artem Ptashnik , CEO at Chatfuel. The no-code revolution has begun. Tools that don’t require coding knowledge to use are becoming increasingly popular. Here’s why: because they take technology that used to be available to engineers only, and make it available to everyone.

Make Someone Smile

Mike Michalowicz

Someone is excited about receiving their You’ve Got This t-shirt! Meet Paul Maskill – Entrepreneur, and clearly on board with the encouragement movement! Paul’s key focus is helping small business owners automate their businesses. Our kind of guy!

Healthy Living: So, How Effective Is Immunotherapy?

YFS Magazine

Immunotherapy may sound like a new way of treating health issues, but it first appeared in the late 19th century. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle recommended


IIoT Drives Sustainability, Safety, Revenues in Energy

The Startup Magazine

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can empower enterprises to take their operations to new heights, as companies no longer have to choose between sustainability, safety and their bottom line. By, Jory Schwach, CEO Andium. New Information from IIoT.

In This Sink-Or-Swim Business Environment, Now Is Not The Time For Your Creative Teams To Go Wild


by Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of “ The CEO’s Guide to Marketing: The Book Every Marketer Should Read Before Their Boss Does “. Since the pandemic started, it seems businesses are either growing or going under.

Austin’s ICON Lands NASA and Air Force Contract to Build Habitats on the Moon and Mars


NASA wants to go to the moon and Mars and stay there awhile. And it’s contracted with Austin-based ICON to begin research and development of a space-based construction system. ICON is known for its massive 3-D printers that can build a home in less than a day using a concrete substrate.

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Graduate to Greatness

Start Up Blog

To make it to the upper echelon in any field, we need to be able to do one thing: Graduate from competence to confidence. The foundation of any career is technical capability. You need to prove you are a competent accountant, lawyer, marketer, electrician, whatever.

Amanda Jo of Organic Bunny Discusses Influencers Doing Good in The World

The Startup Magazine

Social media influencers are frequently criticized for being shallow and only concerned with appearance but in reality, many influencers are involved in doing good in the world. There are many examples of influencers who have leveraged their position to help others as well as their community.

6 Things You Should Look For In A Life Coach


A life coach helps you realize your true values and your passions in life. Despite many stressors, this wellness professional can help create a more fulfilling and positive life.

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16 Entrepreneurs Discuss Whether or Not Business Success is Overrated


Working hard to fuel your business vision and great perseverance brings much-desired success. The idea about success remains popular but its definition means different to everyone and so is it’s measure. But is there any truth behind the business success hype?

The New Way to Scale an Executive Team


(This post also appeared on ). As we wrote in our Founding Manifesto , Bolster was started in part to create a new way for startup and scaleup CEOs to think about growing their leadership teams. Why do CEOs need help with this? CEOs of any company have too many things to do at all times.

The Five Apps You Should be using with MS Teams

The Startup Magazine

During the global pandemic, many workforces learned how to better use several remote work tools available. For those already using Microsoft’s Teams, or MS Teams, the platform found an entirely new following which enabled work to be done during lockdowns.

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Third-Party Risk Management: What It Is And Why You Need It


Even the smallest companies rely on vendors to provide them with the supplies and services they need to stay in business themselves.

Monday Motivation: Believe You Can Do It


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Here are some takeaways from the video: You have to be exposed to certain things. Success is hard, work for it. Keep hustling until you get what you want.

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