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5 Ways To Build Startup Resilience And Avoid Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the characteristics that every good investor looks for in an aspiring entrepreneur is resilience , or the ability to learn from and bounce back after a failure. You don’t have to have previous startup problems to show resilience – everyone should have a story of tackling a tough challenge with minimal success, but using the failure to move on and achieve an objective.

New Normal: A conversation with Brad Feld of Foundry Group

deal architect

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 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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How To Earn Money While Attending College


To earn good grades is your priority as a college student. During this time, you’re expected to spend most of your days attending classes and submitting academic requirements to your professors. College can be challenging, but being able to earn money on your own can make the experience less stressful and more rewarding. Earning money while attending college is very beneficial as this allows you to improve your time management and networking skills.

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Our Voting System at NextView (aka How We Make Decisions)

View from Seed

As summer moves into fall there is always a surge in new investment activity. This year will likely be even more pronounced since many companies delayed seeking funding during the beginning of the pandemic, and are now thinking about approaching investors. During this time, founders are often confused about the opaque world of decision-making within VC firms. I thought I’d share a piece of NextView’s decision-making criteria – our voting system.

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.

7 Ways Every Entrepreneur Should Evaluate A New Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, one of the most common requests I get is for an evaluation of a next startup idea. I try to explain that even the most innovative idea will fail if it is not a good fit for you at this time, so the question I ask them is “why you now” rather than “ why this solution now ?” The right person can make any idea a business success, and the wrong one will always struggle.

There’s No Downside to Trying Therapy

Feld Thoughts

I got a note from someone who recently saw my Techstars mental health video. He said that could relate to how I describe depression as the “absence of joy.” ” He went on to write me a long, thoughtful, and brave note about his experience with depression. One thing stood out to me was a statement near the end: “I can’t convince myself to “speak to someone” because it feels wrong if I am paying them. It doesn’t feel whole.

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Thrive In A Crisis With the Right Content

Rembrandt Communications

How do you use content in a crisis? The right words can help you thrive instead of just survive. During this pandemic, did you realize that there were many things you could have done to prepare in advance? Don’t worry. You are not alone. The good news is that you’ve learned a valuable lesson. Now, you can prepare for the future, and one of the key tools to use is copywriting. By writing appropriate content at the right time, you can help your business get through tough times and even thrive.

7 Success Factors When Your People Are The Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

The critical success factors for a product business are well known, starting with selling every unit with a gross margin of 50 percent or more, building a patent and other intellectual property, and continuous product improvement. If your forte is a service, like consulting or web site design, it’s harder to find guidance on what will get you funded, and how you can scale your business.

The Entrepreneur’s Marketing Roadmap: Affiliate Channel Strategies Explained

YFS Magazine

What is affiliate marketing and why does it matter to an emerging entrepreneur? . Grow Marketing & Sales affiliate marketing affiliate marketing programs marketing recommended

Entrepreneurs: Is It Time To Pivot? A Trustworthy Financial Adviser Can Help


by Wayne Titus, author of “ The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being “ Some of the most compelling stories of the coronavirus pandemic include the those of entrepreneurs who saw a new opportunity and jumped in with both feet. Brewery owners stopped brewing beer and started brewing hand sanitizer. Automobile manufacturers went from producing cars and trucks to making ventilators. Even nail salons, unable to do manicures and pedicures, switched to making and donating masks.

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24 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Industries That Are Ripe For Disruption


Is your industry ready for a change? The decision on which industry one should venture in is often determined by factors such as advancement in technology and availability of capital. The prevailing trends may favor some industry while others prove to be more profitable over time. We asked entrepreneurs and business owners about the industries that are ripe for disruption and here are the response; #1- The hemp extraction. Photo Credit: Dr. Jon Thompson.

10 Strategies For Success Long-Term As Well As Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Every one of you has had to deal with the conflicting requirements of optimizing your business in the short term versus the long term. In the short term you need customers to find you at any price, and in the longer term you need revenue, profit, and return loyalty. Even a million users on your social media site won’t pay the bills until you sell some advertising or a premium service.

Never Take Money From A VC: Part 1

Feld Thoughts

My partner Chris Moody decided to be a vlogger and has started a new video series. I suggested he hang out on TikTok but he prefers trying to get famous on Youtube. So far he has 57 Views but 102 Subscribers. I find that fascinating. Enjoy! The post Never Take Money From A VC: Part 1 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital moody

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How Startups Can Win With Virtual Internship Programs


by Kristy Campbell, COO of Rev1 Ventures. In the face of continued economic uncertainty, startups must look at all avenues for growth. One that may have been dismissed during COVID-19 is offering internships to college students and recent graduates. Internship programs lead to collaboration that can move companies forward, while developing the next wave of entrepreneurs.

30 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. Each story is different though the reasons may be the same. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each and brand.

7 Ways Getting In Bed With The Enemy Can Be Win-Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Generally they are so focused on killing competitors that they fail to see the positive potential of a strategic partnership or some other type of collaborative relationship. Sometimes you have to put aside the emotion and the passion, and just look at what is best for your business.

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Book: Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change

Feld Thoughts

Saturday is reading, running, resting, and playing with Amy day. Digital sabbath. I was tired from the week and slept for ten hours. I also took a 90-minute nap in the afternoon. I had a good, albeit short (4 loops) run in the morning. I ran ten loops this morning, so getting back in the groove after a week of not feeling great. My book was John Lewis’ Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.

Cancel Culture And Small Businesses: Are You Ready For A PR Nightmare?


by Edward Segal, author of “ Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals and Other Emergencies “ Small businesses must often confront and deal with controversial issues that can threaten their image, reputation, profits, and relations with customers and the public. These issues have recently included the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, racial inequality, social injustice, and the impact of COVID-19.

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How to Get All Your Ad Data into Google Analytics


Not long ago, it was common for marketers and web analysts to spend the bulk of their day staring at Excel spreadsheets, manually collecting and organizing ad spend data across dozens of sources. You had to go to each advertising account and export statistics on advertising campaigns, such as ad impressions, clicks, and costs, then export data from the web analytics system, and, finally, combine all the data manually. Not an optimal use of time.

Setting Up A New Manufacturing Business: 5 Things To Know

The Startup Magazine

Being an entrepreneur and setting up your own manufacturing business is a very exciting opportunity. Even after we have narrowed down on the best product for manufacturing, there are many other challenges once needs to pay attention to. Do you know some of the fundamentals when it comes to setting up a new manufacturing business? Are you aware of some areas you would need to focus on, which are more important than others are when setting up your factory?

Naya Clinics Founder Talks Marriage Therapy For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Sam Nabil has discovered three common warning signs that indicate a happy relationship may soon be on the brink of collapse. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle marriage therapy recommended relationships

Is It Too Late To Pandemic-Proof Your Business? 


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 “. There are lessons to be learned from this current marketing environment. Not even the best prepared businesses could have planned for the economic fallout that is taking place during this pandemic. How should business owners and marketers respond? Is it too late to make effective changes to your marketing plan?

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Price Intelligence for Startups: What Is It? Why Do You Need It? How to Get Started?


Finding a sweet spot between “too low” and “too high” prices can be quite tricky. That’s why price intelligence exists: It can help retailers come up with the correct pricing strategy to beat the competition and build value for their products. Here is price intelligence for startups. What is price intelligence? Do you need it? How to get started with your price intelligence. In this article, we will take a look at this marketing approach and how you can develop a pricing intelligence system.

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The Benefits of Offering Your Employees Corporate Housing When It’s Time to Relocate

The Startup Magazine

Making relocation packages attractive to prospective candidates is one of the most important parts of ensuring success. One of the best ways to achieve this is by offering corporate housing to those who are being given the opportunity to relocate, since this makes life much easier for them when a major move is proposed.

Announcing our investment in Uniswap, the leading decentralized crypto exchange

Version One Ventures

We are very pleased to announce our investment in Uniswap , the leading decentralized crypto exchange. We participated in the $11m Series A raise, alongside our friends at a16z, USV and Paradigm. Exchanges have been the most important piece of infrastructure when it comes to building out crypto networks. The first generation of exchanges were centralized in nature and our portfolio company Coinbase emerged as the clear winner in that space.

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How Small Businesses Can Adapt To Working From Home


The covid-19 pandemic prompted huge numbers of workers to try their hands at working from home – and many small businesses are looking to allow workers to continue the practice even after the virus has gone away. Most workers report that being allowed to work from home has improved their lives. It means less time spent travelling from place to place, and more flexibility in fitting working life around personal life. So how can small businesses adapt to this new way of doing things?

Silicon Valley VC Firm Breyer Capital Opens an Austin Office


Breyer Capital has announced plans to open a new office in Austin. The Silicon Valley-based venture capital and private equity firm, founded in 2006, is already an investor in Austin-based OJO Labs and Swivel. “I I personally will be spending significant time in the city, investing in new opportunities and working alongside longtime friends and colleagues,” […]. The post Silicon Valley VC Firm Breyer Capital Opens an Austin Office appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How Can I Start a Career in Healthcare Accounting?

The Startup Magazine

You love money and numbers but you also want to help people by working in healthcare. Consider combining your two passions with a job in healthcare accounting. Do you want a job that is lucrative, rewarding, and has great potential for upward movement? Then, yes, you should look at healthcare accounting as a career choice. The simple fact is that healthcare jobs are only continuing to grow. And as they grow, healthcare accounting jobs grow with the rest of them.

From Seed to Series A

Reid Hoffman

The term “early-stage” covers a lot of territory in venture investing, from incubating a brand-new idea, to investing in a Series A.

No, Six Sigma Isn’t A Cure-All. Here Are 5 Reasons Why.


by Mark C. DeLuzio, author of “ Flatlined: Why Lean Transformations Fail and What to Do About It “ What’s the key to transforming an enterprise? Going all-in. As a leader, you must adopt one proven set of business principles as the solution and fully commit to them. If that solution is Lean — and I recommend that it is — you can’t also be riding the Six Sigma train (or any of the other tools that get confused with Lean).

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Three questions your business must answer.

Duct Tape Marketing

Three questions your business must answer. written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Straight to the point – here are the three questions: Do you get me? Can I trust you? Did you keep your promise? Now, of course, the tricky part is that no one actually comes out and asks you these questions, but answering them, in often subtle ways, is the key to any successful relationship – business or personal. Think of these questions as relationship stages. Stages of a relationship.

Tips To Choose A Franchise

The Startup Magazine

So, you’ve decided to open up a franchise business, but which franchise should you choose to get into? Love Money mentions that franchising is the simplest method for starting a new business. However, as with every new business idea, you need to do your research or else you risk running afoul of existing companies in the industry.

Creating Opportunity from Regret

Mike Michalowicz

?. Ok. Time to get real. We have all been there. We all have something (or somethings) we regret. Ok Mike. Real fun blog, Buddy. Hear me out. What if we could make that regret – a success? Ah ha! The world may be feeling a bit heavy for you right now. But take pause and take a look around. There may never be a better time for you to reconcile a regret and find ways to apply those lessons to new opportunities. These days, I am taking my regrets, and OWNING those pesky little beasts.

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Interview: Margaret Curlew, “Mompreneur” And Real Estate Investor, Toronto, Ontario


Margaret Curlew, Ph.D., is a specialist in income generation and wealth-building. She mentors individuals in their pursuit of financial independence. Her new book is “ Mom To Millionaire: Finding the Path to Financial Peace “ Curlew recently spoke with YoungUpstarts and shared her insights on achieving financial success. Here is some of our conversation: In what ways have the strategies for generating wealth changed in recent years? Things have changed so much in recent years.

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How to Nail Your First 90 Days as a CX Director


Your new boss read that customer experience (CX) improvements can deliver billions in additional revenue. So HR hot-footed it onto LinkedIn and recruited you to make this a reality. As if expectations like that weren’t enough, you might have heard that one in four CX employees are predicted to lose their jobs this year–if you can’t prove value, you don’t get a paycheck. . Have you bitten off more than you can chew? Don’t panic just yet.

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How To Manage Your Team While Social Distancing

The Startup Magazine

Social distancing is now the norm for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, The Guardian notes that small companies may face severe restrictions due to social distancing. Companies such as a tanning salon or a beauty parlor are faced with a lot of uphill challenges just to keep staff and customers safe. To effectively manage remote workers during the social distancing era requires understanding the problems and approaching them proactively.