Sat.Jun 09, 2018 - Fri.Jun 15, 2018

What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest things to know when you’re new to fund raising is what you’re supposed to send to an investor, when and will they keep your information confidential. As a VC and former entrepreneur let me offer you some advice. This is part of a series on how to improve your fund raising game.

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Supply And Demand

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw this chart on Semil ‘s blog this morning: What is shows is that as the amount of money raised (and deployed) in seed funds has grown over the last ten years, the ability of the companies that received those seed investments to raise a follow-on Series A round has declined (massively).

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Women-Led Startups Aren't Getting Funded, and There's a Very Simple Reason Why

Inc Startups

Investors need to stop blaming the lack of diversity in their portfolios on a "pipeline problem.".

The Discomfort of Depression and Suicide

Feld Thoughts

While not a comfortable thing to talk about on Monday morning – or any morning for that matter – the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week generated much public discussion.

The 4 Corners of a Storm-Proof Startup Strategy

Up and Running

No one wants to pursue their dream of starting a business only to see it fold within 5 years. But according to conservative estimates, more than 60 percent of new businesses do just that. But, there’s good news on the horizon. Venture capital is on pace for a record-breaking year.

The Valuation Obsession

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is an obsession with the values that are being placed on companies when they finance. There has always been one but it is worse than ever. Every day, without fail, I read a headline that so and so company has raised, will raise, or is trying to raise capital at some eye popping valuation.

How to Develop a Successful Marketing Automation Strategy


One of the worst things about marketing — aside from the endless supply of ill-fitting t-shirts at conferences — is the pressure to keep up with new trends, even if you don’t understand how they benefit your business or its customers.

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How to Manage the Stress of Starting and Running Your Own Business

Up and Running

Getting your business off the ground and keeping it going comes with many challenges. You’re balancing everything from coming up with the right business name, developing your marketing plans, and figuring out how to maintain customer satisfaction.

Do Your Homework Before Sending That Email

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw this tweet today from our friend Arianna and I had a good chuckle: Love when people cold email me with a pitch and ask to set up a call with management. Hi, that’s me! Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson) June 12, 2018. But the underlying issue is not that funny. Someone took the time to send her a pitch email but did not take the time to figure out who she was. I’m always looking for an excuse to delete a cold email instead of replying to it.

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What Do You Want From Me Besides Capital?

Hunter Walker

I live for that moment of flicker in an entrepreneur’s eye during a pitch discussion. The one which suggests I’ve asked a question which is simultaneously both new to their fundraising experiences AND interesting to them personally. “What do you want from me besides capital?”

Capital Should Follow Talent

Feld Thoughts

I love today’s post from Fred Wilson titled The Valuation Obsession. It has some good hints in it about valuation vs. ownership dynamics for founders, employees, and investors. It also calls out the silliness about focusing on the wrong things. Go read it. I’m even a bigger fan of a statement Fred makes in the post that William Mougayar calls out in the comments. “I like to invest in companies that smart people are joining.

How SAP is getting its SexyBack

deal architect

During a break in his concert at SapphireNow, Justin Timberlake took a tray full of shot glasses to every one on stage. It took him a while to hand them out as he said – “we have as many of. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Day One at Dragon Army’s new HQ!

Jeff Hilimire

The post Day One at Dragon Army’s new HQ! appeared first on Begin the Begin. Random


What Every New Entrepreneur Should Know About Starting A Business

YFS Magazine

Are you ready to start a business? Here's a look at common foundational steps you need to take to prepare for an effective business launch. Plan starting a business startup advice startup tips

Why Small Businesses Should Adopt A Geofencing Marketing Strategy


by Christopher Burres, owner of eWebResults. If you own a small business, you should know that internet marketing is essential to your company’s success. There are so many great marketing strategies out there, like SEO, Local SEO, PPC ads, and more. But have you heard of geofencing?

SapphireNow: Event Scorecard

deal architect

Readers know I prefer going to vendor analyst summits compared to user conferences. I feel like I am intruding on customer time and access to vendor execs at the latter. But in many ways, SapphireNow last week managed to bend. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Advice on Getting an Online Business Loan for Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

Do you own a business? Or would you want to start a business? Are finances a big problem to the expansion of your business? There are many institutions that are willing to lend you money to improve your business. You can also borrow a loan online and get your business up and successful.

Four Ways To Retain Employees When Business Is Booming

YFS Magazine

When a small business experiences the good fortune of an extended growth period, it’s critical to maintain a low employee turnover rate. Grow Human Capital employee retention HR human capital

5 Steps For Penetrating A New Market


Entering new markets can be a great way for your business to expand its portfolio and diversify its product offering. Major companies like Tesla have already demonstrated the benefits of entering a new market with a winning position by leveraging opportunities in its current market space.

Perfecting Your Lead Generation Efforts: A Guide for Service Professionals

Duct Tape Marketing

Perfecting Your Lead Generation Efforts: A Guide for Service Professionals written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. If you own a professional services business, odds are you’re trying to get leads in the door.

Developing a Hiring Strategy From Day One

Up and Running

As you imagine and plan how to grow your business from an idea into reality, it can be hard to envision the day when you will expand your team, hiring employees who will actually carry out the work and mission of the business.

5 Tips To Help U.S. Startups Achieve GDPR Compliance

YFS Magazine

Customer data privacy and security are no longer just a moral responsibility. Instead, it has taken the form as a legal imperative. Grow Technology data management data privacy data security GDPR technololgy

BuildGroup Raises $330 Million Fund Aimed at Investing in Software Companies


BuildGroup, a Venture Capital firm founded in 2015, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $330 million aimed at investing in emerging software companies.

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How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Allen Gannett. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Allen Gannett.

SAP and Outsourcers: Fool me twice, shame on me

deal architect

I am often asked why I was tough on SAP in SAP Nation. I usually correct them and say I was tough on SAP’s partners and how SAP did a poor job monitoring and managing them. I must say I.

Is Your Brand Telling The Right Story?

YFS Magazine

Brands that stand out don't just shout "We are the best!" or focus on their ROI. Rather, they tell a brand story that sparks an emotional connection. Grow Marketing & Sales brand story brand storytelling branding inbound marketing

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Epic Impact: Leading the Leaders

The Startup Magazine

Founded in 2014, Epic Impact has been tinkering with the best ways to develop and up-level the most abundant leaders on the planet. It all started when Jake Merriman, Ben Schemper and Zach Wagner came together to realize that they were looking for a solution that didn’t exist.

Weekend Favs June 9

Duct Tape Marketing

Weekend Favs June 9 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.

Will SAP lead the next generation of enterprise applications?

deal architect

Franck Cohen, President SAP Digital Core & Industry Solutions, presented the slide below at SapphireNow last week. He did not spend much time on it and I would likely have not thought much of it if he had not shown. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Thinking About An App? Remember These 6 Lessons

YFS Magazine

These days it seems like everywhere you go, you are asked to download an app. How many of those apps live up to the hype, though? Grow Technology app development mobile app design mobile app development technology

A Non-Profit Lean Startup: The Story of Adopt-a-Pet

Startup Lessons Learned

David Meyer founded (formerly in 2000 as a way of ending pet overpopulation. Today it’s North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, with millions of visitors to the site each month and partnerships with more than 17,000 animal shelters, pet rescue groups, humane societies and shelters. When the non-profit was nearly acquired by a for-profit company several years ago, the time came to take a step back and re-evaluate what they were doing. “We

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Transcript of How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time

Duct Tape Marketing

Transcript of How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time 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 Allen Gannett.

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reclaim Your Personal Life and Improve Your Work Productivity

crowdSPRING Blog

Striking the right balance between your personal life and work is hard. But, getting your work-life balance right is vital for your health, happiness, and quality of life. No one wants to look back at the end of their life and regret that they spent too many hours at the office.

6 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Online Banking

YFS Magazine

Here are a few pervasive myths about online banks and the truth about why you should trust an online bank with your business’s money. Finance Grow money small business banking

Lorenzo Gomez, Author of the Cilantro Diaries, Talks About Tech in San Antonio on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast


The Cilantro Diaries is a delightful book about how Lorenzo Gomez III made his way first through H-E-B Grocery Store No. 5 in San Antonio and then on to Rackspace and Geekdom. It’s a fun read and packed with good advice, particularly for people just starting out in their careers. Gomez, the author of the […]. The post Lorenzo Gomez, Author of the Cilantro Diaries, Talks About Tech in San Antonio on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast appeared first on SiliconHills.

Importance of 1:1’s in Product Management

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Aurelija Pavilionyte (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Chris Butler]. Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. I am happy to be around smart people most of the time. They really push my average up.

4 Things Not To Skimp On When Starting A Business


Starting your own business is a lofty goal with benefits like personal financial freedom, working in an industry you’re passionate about, and the ability to take time off when you’d like to spend time with family or handle other things in your life.