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Even the Best Startup Solutions Need Modern Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, and a technology fan myself, I still meet dozens of techies with great solutions who assume they don’t need marketing to change the world. They subscribe to the myth that “if we build it, they will come.”

How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups


Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […]. The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin cities

The Rich Kids of Venture Capital

Babbling VC

After having had a similar conversation a couple weeks ago with some Scandinavian VC's and now again yesterday with an old VC friend from Germany, I thought it was time to write something about it here. The title may be a bit misleading. This isn't about some new meme on Instagram. Book Match Day

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I love to read. Growing up, one of my favorite places in the world was the hammock in our backyard with a book. As an adult, one of my favorite places is our living room, on my couch, with Amy on her couch, and the dogs laying on the floor between us, while we read. I also love DonorsChoose.

8 Key Skill Sets Required For Success In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience in large businesses as well as years of advising startups, I see far too much focus on product skills, and too little on people and process skills.

Why Founders Need a Moral Compass

Steve Blank

I’ve been thinking why the ethical boundaries of todays founder/VC interactions feel so different then they did when I was an entrepreneur. I’ve written about the root causes in an HBR article here and an expanded version here. Worth a read.

Oracle OpenWorld: Thoughts from afar

deal architect

I was not at OOW this week, but glad I got a sneak preview from Steve Miranda. I also got to watch several of the keynotes on my iPad – from the home office, from a café in NYC, from


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7 Strategies To Create Your Own Market And Win Bigger

Startup Professionals Musings

New technology markets and paradigm shifts have traditionally been bad bets when seeking investors, since these were known to take decades to develop, and cost lots of money.

How Nils Grossberg Fueled His Mission Of Community Service Through Dagcoin


Dagcoin is a new name in the cryptocurrency sector. Developed by the software company Dagcoin which is founded by Nils Grossberg , Dagcoin cryptocurrency is entirely based on Nils’ vision to serve the community.

Applications at Oracle Open World: a conversation with Steve Miranda

deal architect

Oracle OpenWorld kicks off this morning. I am not going this year but I checked in last week with Steve Miranda, Executive Vice President, Oracle Applications Product Development about what we can expect to hear about applications. I did not. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Silicon Flatirons GiveFirst Conference: Feld and Zell

Feld Thoughts

I had a lot of fun at the Silicon Flatirons #GiveFirst conference last week and the smaller academic colloquium session the next day.

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7 Keys To Timely And Compelling New Venture Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most important skills for every entrepreneur is timely and effective decision making. In a startup, any decision is better than no decision. One of the primary roles of every founder is to solve problems, make a decision, and manage the decision to results.

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5 Secrets From A TV Producer To Make Your Pitches Irresistible


by Wes Dening , senior vice president of development and programming at Eureka Productions. Whether you’re a creative or an entrepreneur, a pitch is your Olympic moment, an opportunity to show your best in front of the ultimate audience: your buyer. Take the gold or else be forgotten with the pack.

The 90s calledthey want their ERP back

deal architect

Eric Kimberling shared with me his post Top ERP Systems for 2019. His top 5 are Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP S/4HANA, NetSuite, Workday and Salesforce (more its partners like FinancialForce). The post made me wonder what my application analyst colleagues. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

7 New Venture Scenarios That Rarely Attract Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

‘Wide Niches’ Exist – How To Find Them


by Nicky Bowers, director of LetLoos. You don’t often get into a niche market by casting a wide net, but there are broad service requirements in almost every industry. The key to developing an enduring business model is to find a market for your product that needs your input or expertise.

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Yes, Entrepreneurs Can Thrive in Corporate Environments


These entrepreneurs are the ones that work in corporations while working on their innovation. These are they who toiled furiously day and night in their garage, or took out a second mortgage on their home. We’ve all heard the romantic anecdotes of entrepreneurs. How often does this really happen?

How Your Startup Can Compete With the Tech Giants

The Startup Magazine

Startups often have a hard time finding their footing in the global marketplace. With so many established brands and enterprises all around us, covering a vast network of niche industries, how can a small startup compete?

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Purpose, Passion And Profit: 3 Ingredients For Business Success

YFS Magazine

Invest in your business for the long haul. With the proper vision, planning, and determination, building the business of your dreams will become easier. Plan business planning passion starting a business success

5 Key Trends Impacting Company Performance


by Brad Deutser, author of “ Leading Clarity: The Breakthrough Strategy to Unleash People, Profit, and Performance “ Financial indicators and market statistics represent an economy moving from strength to strength.

How to Open a Company Bank Account for Your Startup & Avoid the Pitfalls


Congratulations on registering your new business! Or if you’re still contemplating forming your business, and just trying to better understand the steps required for having a bank account under the company name, you’re in the right place.

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Top 5 Live Streaming Software Solutions

The Startup Magazine

Videos have become easier and more powerful than they used to be a few years back. We can get evidence in the stats that say, “ Videos drive two-thirds of the whole internet traffic and is anticipated to grow to about 82% by 2020”.

B2B Marketing Attribution: Models, Tools, and Processes


Talk to any B2B marketer about attribution and they’ll either roll their eyes or rant about how it’s important but hard to get right—long lead cycles, multiple contacts from a single organization, etc. Some might stare blankly and ask what you mean.

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The All-New Innovation Culture: 6 Ways To Involve Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day


by Doug Hall, author of “ Driving Eureka!: Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System “ News Flash: Innovation is no longer just a specialist’s job.

Third Annual San Antonio Startup Week Underway


The third annual San Antonio Startup Week is taking place this week at various venues downtown. Events run Monday through Friday. The sponsors include 80/20 Foundation, Geekdom, USAA and Trinity University.

How To Deal/Prevent Jet Lag after a Business Trip

The Startup Magazine

Jet lag is a terrible thing and something that can leave you tired for days and even weeks – these tips are here to prevent it and get back to your best at work asap. Get in tune with your internal clock. Start adjusting your internal clock to match your destination’s.

Five Steps To Overcome Obstacles When The Going Gets Tough

YFS Magazine

Obstacles are inevitable. However, they are also significant and defining moments to the success of a leader and an organization. Lead business challenges leadership personal development

Why Every Startup Must Must Be “Weighed” Before Attracting External Investors


When a small business startup manages to secure external investment magical things happen. But before it can happen, entrepreneurs need to be aware that the benefits of investment involve assurances, sound business planning and scalability. Recognizing the biggest benefit of external investment.

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Demand Generation: Turning Tactics into Strategy


There’s a building. In a back room, a guy peels potatoes. Out front, two people sit at a table. By the door, a person answers a phone. Does that make the building a restaurant? Would it become one if the guy peeled potatoes and oranges? It’s an absurd standard.

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Make Your Restaurant Successful

The Startup Magazine

Starting a restaurant may seem like a huge leap of faith, but there are some very simple guidelines you can follow to make your restaurant a success.

7 Options For Small Business Accounting Software

YFS Magazine

Unsure which small business accounting tools are best for you? Perhaps you're ready for a change? Here's a quick look at 7 smart options. Finance Grow Accounting accounting software bookkeeping finances money

Helpful Tips For Workaholics – How To Focus On Your Health And Maintain Work-Life Balance


The word workaholic has a positive connotation; someone who is dedicated and always wants to be the best at their work. But the situation can make you go either way. You can be a workaholic who gives priority to only work, without giving importance to other aspects of life.

How to Start Your Own Business While You’re Still Employed

Up and Running

“I quit!”. Don’t those two magic words sound like music to your ears if you have been dreaming of starting a company? You bet.

How to Start Your Own Rental Dumpster Business

The Startup Magazine

Waste disposal is actually one of the most common things that every person in the world does and having your own rental dumpster business can become a hit especially if you have all the knowledge on how to start your own rental dumpster business.

The Story Behind My Investment In


A few years ago, during a YC cohort (before Demo Day), a few sources told me about a SaaS founder in the batch who was on a mission. Once I hear a name or company a few times in a short period, I begin to investigate. Within a few days, I got connected to Oleg from, and he immediately put me to work. Oleg is a learning machine. In the very early days of the company, Oleg immediately demonstrated to me an intense desire to learn, to listen, and to sharpen his craft.

3 Ways To Have The Advantage In Business


In today’s climate, businesses need to have an edge over their competitors if they are to succeed. The business world is very aggressive and every advantage you have will help. Learn From Your Competitors. Do not be afraid of competitors; instead, use them as a learning tool.