Sat.Aug 19, 2017 - Fri.Aug 25, 2017

I hate MVPs. So do your customers. Make it SLC instead.

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Product teams have been repeating the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) mantra for a decade now, without re-evaluating whether it’s the right way to maximize learning while pleasing the customer. Well, it’s not the best system. It’s selfish and it hurts customers.

Saying No 100 Times A Day

Feld Thoughts

Given my role in the world, I say no a lot. I get hundreds of unsolicited emails a day, often asking me to get together, invest, or look at something. Lots of VCs and execs who I know simply ignore and don’t respond to these emails. I’ve always tried to at least respond to them unless they are clearly a mass email.

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5 Principles For Working With Someone You Don’t Like

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing is certain in any business – not everyone you have to deal with will be like you, or will like you (and vice versa). These people may include one of your business partners, an investor, a key vendor, or even one of your best customers.

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How To Run A Business, Raise A Child (And Stay Sane)

YFS Magazine

Raising a child and building a business reminds me that I’m fortunate enough to be involved in shaping more than one miracle. Lifestyle dadpreneur family business health and wellness lifestyle parent entrepreneurs parentpreneurs

How a Design Startup Scaled and Gained International Credibility

Up and Running

I co-founded Designhill in 2014 with my brother Rahul. I knew that a platform that focused exclusively on graphic design was needed both for freelance designers (like myself), and for people looking for quality, affordable design solutions.

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It Can All Change In A Day

Feld Thoughts

On July 28th, my partner Jason told me that Matt Bencke, the co-founder and CEO of Mighty AI , had suddenly gotten a serious cancer diagnosis. While Jason was on Matt’s board, I had spent plenty of time with him and, as one would expect, was shocked. I immediately sent Matt a note that said: I will keep confidential, but I wanted to send you love and good karma. You are a special person. I’ll be thinking good thoughts and sending you positive energy multiple times a day.

8 Ways The Maker Movement Turns Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

In case you haven’t noticed it, the rapid evolution of do-it-yourself (DIY) facilities for developers, including 3-D printers, SketchUp and makerspaces such as TechShop , have scaled down the cost of prototypes and hardware design by an order of magnitude.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Business


Artificial intelligence is increasingly making inroads into different areas of our lives. Many of the current and proposed uses for artificial intelligence are things that only a short time ago would have sounded right at home in speculative science fiction.

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All Human Beings Have Equal Value

Feld Thoughts

Arnold Schwarzenegger says it brilliantly. The post All Human Beings Have Equal Value appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Government equal rights hate human

8 Keys To Raising Your Level Of Employee Engagement

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, one of the most disheartening things I see in business today is a serious lack of engagement at all levels, consistent with Gallup’s most recent global engagement survey , finding only 13 percent of workers fully engaged in their job.

How to Prevent Cash Flow Problems

Up and Running

In simple terms, your cash flow is a measure of what you’ve got coming in and what you’ve got going out. On that basis, it’s all too easy to assume that if the former figure is higher than the latter, then all is well. However, you also need to consider when each payment will be received or made.

How To Manage A Remote Team Across Time Zones

YFS Magazine

A series of early decisions helped us build a team that isn’t slowed down by the oceans and continents between us. Here's how we did it. Grow Operations business operations Global Business remote employees remote team remote working virtual workforce

The Link Between Infinite Computing and Machine Learning

Feld Thoughts

At the Formlabs Digital Factory event in June, Carl Bass used the phrase Infinite Computing in his keynote. I’d heard it before, but I liked it in this context and it finally sparked a set of thoughts which felt worthy of a rant. For 50 years, computer scientists have been talking about AI. However, in the past few years, a remarkable acceleration of a subset of AI (or a superset, depending on your point of view) now called machine learning has taken over as the hot new thing.

10 Common Dilemmas That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle.

6 Customer Journey Mapping Examples: How UX Pros Do It


Customer journey mapping is a widely used and impactful technique that can help you make better product, marketing, UX, and merchandising decisions.

Student Startups: How To Launch Your Business While In College


When we look at successful startups we often focus on how the company has been successful with their end products or services but we often ignore what the founders went through and did to be successful.

4 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Stay On Top of the Latest Trends

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As fast as the business world is moving these days, it can feel impossible to stay up to date on the latest trends – especially when you’re a solo practitioner or small business owner. What you need is a plan of attack for staying current.

Recognizing and Reducing Fear Makes Leadership Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

4 Useful Ways To Eliminate Barriers To Purchase

YFS Magazine

Selling is largely the process of identifying and eliminating barriers to purchase: anything that prevents customers from buying what you offer. Grow Marketing & Sales content marketing customer journey marketing sales sellingtips

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Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

From myths to memes, the unicorn has always represented the highly elusive ideal: a beautiful creature so rarely seen, every sighting is both a privilege and an unforgettable event, as well as a sign of good fortune to come.

What Is The Economic Impact of Refugees?


Good points for review. A whole new economic division. Refugees arrive and the government must spend to support the refugees, thereby providing a shot in the arm of local economies due to an increase in spending.

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Startups – Beware The Changing Palo Alto Investment Model


by Germán Montoya is the Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. Venture Capitalism is changing. Almost synonymous with this startup-focused era, the once indomitable VC investor sector is changing and adapting to deal with the changing nature of entrepreneurship.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Trade Show

YFS Magazine

When you attend or exhibit at a trade show it is a significant and valuable marketing investment. Here's how to get the most out of it. Grow Marketing & Sales event marketing exhibitions marketing trade show marketing trade shows

“My editors value impact stories” – Recode’s Jason Del Rey on Evaluating His Success

Hunter Walker

I think his colleague Peter Kafka introduced us? Or at least that’s my best guess for how Recode’s Jason Del Rey and I started hanging out a few years back. Jason rocks the Commerce beat but his reporting chops are only the start of my admiration.

Why energy will be free in under 10 years

Start Up Blog

It’s easy to forget how many things we used to pay for that we now get to use and consume for free. Energy is very close to becoming one of them. The global economy is very quickly transforming to an all electric economy. Yes, for both your house and your car. Very soon we’ll only.

Innovation With Purpose

The Startup Magazine

Innovation is a widely used term, and as with many other words, its meaning keeps evolving. Lately it has become more of a proxy for developing a new high-tech thing. But what is innovation really for? Early Influences.

This Millennial Couple Is Growth Hacking Charleston’s Tech Ecosystem

YFS Magazine

When Jake and Belinda Hare founded Launchpeer a few years ago, they weren’t sure if they could make it. Today, they are leading the way for startups. People Success Profiles couplepreneurs couplepreneurship growth hacking success stories technology

5 Tips To Make Investors Beg You To Take Their Money

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

So, your basement business moved into an official shared workspace. You hired your first small team, and you’re ready to pitch your big vision to a prominent investor. There’s only one problem – you don’t know where to start.

Master These 3 Things and Your SEO Plan Will Come Together

Duct Tape Marketing

Master These 3 Things and Your SEO Plan Will Come Together written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Let’s de-mystify search engine optimization.

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Ending Fear To Create Success


by Kendrick Mercer, author of “ Whole Self: A Concise History of the Birth & Evolution of Human Consciousness “ Let’s say you have a brilliant idea for a startup.

Texas Guadaloop and 512 Hyperloop Compete this Weekend at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition II


Earlier this month, in the basement of the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall at the University of Texas at Austin campus, James McGinness worked with his team to put the final touches on a transportation pod for Texas Guadaloop.

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This is how I eat apples and tie my shoes

Jeff Hilimire

I’ve been eating apples and tying my shoes like this for years, thought I’d share :). The post This is how I eat apples and tie my shoes appeared first on Begin the Begin. Random


5 Phrases To Banish From Your Copywriting (And What To Replace Them With)

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Phrases To Banish From Your Copywriting (And What To Replace Them With) written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As marketers, we’re all doing two things: Writing with the intent to sell something.

6 Office Essentials You Can Use For Marketing


Custom marketing materials demonstrate a sense of professionalism and essentially attract new clients, but not all businesses consider them to be an important investment.

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Conference Call Quality

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Conference calls are a necessary evil for most entrepreneurs. Email is a remarkably efficient mode of communication, but it lacks the conversational nature of a conference call.

Organization in a decentralized world – how will decentralized platforms be managed?

Version One Ventures

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the decentralized Internet and cryptocurrencies. Technological advancements plus tokens are shaking up traditional business models, enabling organizations to emerge outside the form of traditional companies that we know of today. There’s great promise to build large scale platforms to run open source projects among other things. But how exactly will these platforms be organized?

North Korea and U.S. Relations: The Same As The Past 65 Years


&&& Right now it is common knowledge that the U.S. has a nuclear reactive POTUS - but the chance we will go to war is slim. There is a chance NK has nukes, or at least is in the later stages of nuke development. However, diplomatically the U.S. has not changed on the fundamental opinions of keeping the peace on the Korean peninsula. There is a clear permanent government and leadership in U.S., and the ever changing presidents will never affect that.