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7 Highlights from Lean Startup Week

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Misti Yang, Writer for Lean Startup Co. Editor’s Note: We wrapped up the 2017 Lean Startup Week in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, and we’re excited to share with you some of the best lessons learned in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

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Did Tech Companies Ever Have Our Best Interests At Heart?

Feld Thoughts

An adapted essay from Noam Cohen new book The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball showed up several weeks in the New York Times in the article Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend. It’s an important one to read slowly and carefully as there are several key points in it. In the last week, two early Facebook execs made remarkably critical statements about what they were involved in helping create.

Ten Monster Projects That Will Kill Your Career as an Intrapreneur

Grasshopper Herder

“I’m an intrapreneur!” is the new rallying cry inside corporations. But here’s a list of the top ten monster projects that could kill a career along. The post Ten Monster Projects That Will Kill Your Career as an Intrapreneur appeared first on Corporate Startup Anti-Pattern

9 Beautiful Questions Will Validate Your Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

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11 Analytics Experts Share Their Favorite New Features of GA and GTM


Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager are tools that most marketers use on a daily basis. New stuff is added to both of them all the time. What’s something new and useful that was added in 2017 the top experts love? In no particular order. #1: 1: Krista Seiden, Google.

10 Tips For Creating A Successful Resume


One of the greatest challenges when it comes to job hunting is writing a good resume. Employers usually just take a couple of seconds scanning each resume before they stick it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile, which is quite harsh.

Why Millennials Are Flocking To Self-Employment

YFS Magazine

Today’s millennials are willing to trade up a cubicle for a garage or a kitchen table if it means being in charge of their own destiny. Plan millennials starting a business startup advice young entrepreneurs

Book: Why We Sleep

Feld Thoughts

As part of v52 of me , I’ve decided to commit to at least eight hours of sleep a night. I’m doing ok, but need to keep working at it. From my early 20s, until v47, I woke up at 5 am from Monday to Friday.

7 Risks To Avoid In Your Business People Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people.

5 Questions To Ask Before You Agree To Serve On A Board


by Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt-Fennell . You’ve been approached to be on a board. You’re flattered! But should you accept? Serving on a board can be a challenging, invigorating, and rewarding experience… but it can also become a mind-numbing drain on your time, energy, and resources.

28 Entrepreneurs Share What They’re Thankful For


In life, we have our big wins and share of losses. It’s important to celebrate and be thankful for the accomplishments and lessons that come our way as they shape us to be who we are today and in future. The things we’re grateful about can range from personal to business experiences.

DivInc Spotlights Austin’s Diverse Tech Founders at its Third Demo Day


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin’s rare snow and ice storm didn’t stop the tech community from turning out at DivInc’s Demo Day at Google’s Austin downtown office Friday night. The night shined a spotlight on women and minority tech founders who are launching startups in Austin. “It’s It’s about startups. It is […]. The post DivInc Spotlights Austin’s Diverse Tech Founders at its Third Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Questions to Brand Leaders Creating Things That Matter


This is a great collection of questions for brand leaders who carry the weight or the privilege of making things that matter. Questions that Matter to Brand Leaders. Does what I do count? Does what I do make a difference to anybody? Why should I come here? Can I be somebody here?

Financing Your Business? Consider An SBA Loan


by Tom Pretty, Head of SBA Lending at TD Bank. Small business is the backbone of the U.S. economy, with nearly 29 million operating around the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy.

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The other technical debt

deal architect

The CEO of a manufacturing company expresses frustration his plant employees have to key entries into the shop floor system. Why not a voice interface? And anticipating the objection, says don’t tell me they cannot use noise canceling technology to. Industry Commentary

Are No-Meeting Days A Solution For Unproductive Meetings?

YFS Magazine

If a no-meeting day is adopted more focused time for work, the next step is to improve and reduce the number of meetings that take place. Company Culture Grow business meetings company culture meetings productivity

Slingshot Aerospace Lands $3.25 Million in Seed Funding


Austin-based Slingshot Aerospace announced Tuesday that it has received $3.25 million in seed stage funding, led by ATX Seed Ventures. Slingshot Aerospace is using artificial intelligence to provide detailed reports about the earth to industries such as Defense, insurance, and energy. Other investors in the seed round included Okapi Venture Capital and Sway Ventures along […]. The post Slingshot Aerospace Lands $3.25 Million in Seed Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Four Tips For Singaporean Startups To Ensure Success Past The Five Year Mark


by Alex Campbell, Managing Director, Asia, ‎ Xero. Global Entrepreneurship Week took place last month around the world, and it was a rather opportune time for me to examine the factors that have helped Singapore startups succeed.

3 Steps to Create Content That Turns Readers into Subscribers Like Clockwork

Duct Tape Marketing

3 Steps to Create Content That Turns Readers into Subscribers Like Clockwork written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Subscribers are a goldmine of marketing potential. They share your content, heed your advice, buy your products, and tell their friends.

How To Craft Content That Stands The Test Of Time (And Grows Your Email List On Autopilot) by Yaro Starak

 [ Download MP3 | Transcript Coming Soon | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Have you ever heard the advice, spend 20% of your time creating content and 80% of your time marketing it? In recent years I’ve dished out this wisdom as well, but it’s actually dangerous.

Bigger isn’t better: Smaller engineering teams are the key to innovation

The Next Web

We used to make scientific leaps. Engineers, scientists, and manufacturers once made bold steps and drove the human race forward.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. Alignment, Team Diversity, Knowledge & MoshPits. The challenges facing innovation leaders, facing 2018 is — how do you integrate new digital capability? This is not innovation as we once knew it. This is not your Dad’s innovation.

Sputnik ATX Meets with Local Entrepreneurs as Deadlines Looms for its First Accelerator Class


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News At Sputnik ATX’s downtown office, a group of entrepreneurs gathered to talk about e-commerce startups and eat barbeque Monday afternoon. “We’ve We’ve learned a lot about the startup scene in Austin hosting these events,” said Oksana Malysheva, President, and CEO of Linden Education Partners and CEO of Sputnik […].

How to Prep Your Business Before Tax Season

Up and Running

Doing business taxes can be difficult for new entrepreneurs. In this article, I’ll share smarter and faster ways to record your expenses and keep track of your receipts and other important documents for your taxes. Each of these tips is easy to implement and should help make tax time a breeze!

Can a “job” really be a place of personal fulfillment and happiness?

Jeff Hilimire

This is a follow up from the post, This is what leaders should strive to create … I’m on a mission to create a new kind of company. A company that exists to make people happy. To fulfill them and help them achieve their goals. That’s why Dragon Army ‘s Purpose is to Inspire Happiness. Everything I’m working on right now with Dragon Army is in this direction. How do I create a company that can live up to a purpose of Inspiring Happiness?


You Can’t B t a Good VC, But You Can MAKE THEM BELIEVE

Hunter Walker

It’s the season of giving, so when my friend Nathan Bashaw asked for follow-up on my last post , well, I cracked open WordPress to deliver! Nathan wanted my POV on the difference between b *g to investors versus telling a BIG VISION CRAZY STORY.

Austin-based GenXComm Lands $7 Million in Venture Capital


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News GenXComm, a telecommunications startup spun out of the University of Texas at Austin, announced Tuesday it has raised $7 million in funding, led by Intel Capital. Other investors included Azure Capital Partners, Bandgap Ventures, Capital Factory, FAM Capital Partners, Lip-Bu Tan, UT Horizon Fund and WS Investment […]. The post Austin-based GenXComm Lands $7 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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The Never-Ending Journey: In Search of Product-Market-Fit

For Entrepreneurs

Intro Many potentially great companies fail each year because, while they have an incredible product, they don’t figure out how to get it to market fast enough. Figuring out how to reach customers and break through to Product-Market-Fit remains one of the hardest parts of building a successful startup. This post introduces a four stage. Startup Help PMF product market fit SaaS sales Sales and Marketing

Why I Read Over 3 Books a Month

Jeff Hilimire

Over the last five years I’ve rediscovered my love of reading. Looking back, books have always been important to me. When I was playing tennis (and had hopes as a young person of one day being a professional) I devoured books about tennis. I read about technique, strategy, all the greats… And then when I became an entrepreneur in college, I started reading about other people that had started businesses.

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These are the 4 biggest challenges for Latin American startups

The Next Web

We in Latin America are the happiest people in the world. We have dominant international soccer teams. We have over half our population using the internet, and some of the highest daily internet usage in the entire world.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says Experience Does Not Matter Much (but This 1 Thing Does Big Time)

Inc Startups

Good news: Sheryl Sandberg Facebook believes thereare some things more important in your job than experience.


Why Well-Intentioned Managers Are Drawn To The Dark Side


by Samuel Culbert, author of “ Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions “ Americans idealize “getting ahead,” and the work culture pushes this ideal to an extreme.

“Well, that’s the reason I’m here!”

Jeff Hilimire

I was in a board meeting of a local Atlanta nonprofit last week, and the Executive Director (ED) stated their newly defined mission to the group. Part of the mission was to “change the world” through their service, and the ED indicated (with her candid humility) that really, we can probably only change our local community, but its good to dream big! I spoke up after a little while and said to the group that I actually did think that we could change the world.