Sat.Dec 29, 2018 - Fri.Jan 04, 2019

Looking Ahead, Predictions For 2019


Alright, here we go. My predictions for 2019. I am not great at these “looking ahead” posts. We all know the unknown will happen. Looking at my post last year, it wasn’t that great — and my take on crypto was proven wrong. Ok, let’s move on…for 2019’s prediction, I tried to keep it simple and cook up big questions that are on most peoples’ minds, and offer my two cents on them.

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Doubling down on your strengths

Spencer Fry

As I do every year between Christmas and New Years, I spend quiet time reflecting on the past year of Podia while planning the coming year. It’s really the only time when I can do some really deep thinking. As I sat down with my notepad this year, and after lots of internal thinking, note taking and writing, I kept coming back to this idea of "doubling down on your strengths" and when it’s time to do that.

An Old Style Of Leadership Is Winning In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called “servant” leadership.

What’s Your Frame of Reference for a Downturn?

Feld Thoughts

A lot of people are predicting that 2018 was the peak and the beginning of a downturn / recession / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I’m not a predictor so I have no idea.

10 Higher Education Trends To Watch For In 2019


by Danny Iny, author of “ Leveraged Learning: How the Disruption of Education Helps Lifelong Learners, and Experts with Something to Teach “ The way America prepares its young people for the workforce is shifting.

A key word for 2019 - authenticity

deal architect

Happy New Year to all my readers! I have spent the last month extracting from hundreds of pages of transcripts of my interviews for SAP Nation 3.0. I am struck by the frank comments from so many customers about SAP, Industry Commentary

4 Keys To Consciously Making Your Team More Creative

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know are individually very innovative, but a successful startup can’t be a one-man show (for long). That means they need to build an innovative team, which is not a skill that most people are born with.

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Don’t Leave It To HR: Why You Must Take An Active Role In Building Your Team


by David Disiere , founder and CEO of QEO Insurance Group. For those of us who are hardwired with a competitive nature and are driven to succeed, entrepreneurship can be addictive.

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5 Things Successful Leaders Must Leave Behind To Move Forward

YFS Magazine

If you're unsure what to leave behind in order to take your leadership skills to the next level here' a look at five areas to consider. Lead leadership personal development

5 Strategies For Business Growth Many People Forget

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of constant market evolution and new technology, there is no such thing as a static business that is self-sustaining. The traditional approach of implementing stable and repeatable processes, so that your business can run itself, no longer works.

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Welcome to 2019

Feld Thoughts

Three of my colleagues at USV have first day of the new year posts up this morning that inspired me. Two are macro-related (Fred’s and Albert’s) but one is personal (Bethany’s). Take a look at all three – they are a good way to get ready for what is to come. Fred: What Is Going To Happen In 2019 Albert: Staying Optimistic: Happy New Year! Bethany: New Year, new mantra. Fred’s punchline is “It is going to be a doozy” and I agree.

Why Education Is Essential for Success


While you do not need to acquire multiple degrees throughout your life to become a success, there is no doubt that education helps many people to secure a rewarding career.

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Reading List: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read In 2019

YFS Magazine

Every year I revisit the classics and add a few noteworthy books to my list. Here's a look at five books I'll be reading this year. Lead audiobooks business books entrepreneurship books personal development

5 Phases of Leadership Growth Lead To Company Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea how dramatically your own role has to evolve as you develop a solution, start a business, and expect it to scale into a successful self-managed company.

Dear Apple: Please Sync My Dock

Feld Thoughts

Someone mentioned that Apple stock is having a difficult time right now, along with their Q4 performance, China strategy, and “let’s just raise the price on iPhones to make up for lower demand” strategy. I’m not really interested in Apple stock (I don’t own any.) I’m more concerned with the Apple Dock. My MacOS Dock to be more specific. Here’s the one from my laptop. Here’s the one from my desktop, which is in a room about 25 feet away.

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Confronting A Radically New B2B Marketplace: The Storytelling Secret That Will Rock Your Result


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Turns Out, Sometimes You Need A Swift Kick To Pursue Your Dreams

YFS Magazine

History is replete with setbacks, comebacks and people who started at the bottom only to claw their way to the top of their respective fields. Lead leadership personal development startup lessons

How The Best Entrepreneurs Do Better Than Anyone Else

Startup Professionals Musings

At some point in their life, hopefully everyone strives to be the best in their chosen profession. Most people think that being the best requires more intelligence, more training, and more experience. In reality, in business or even in sports, the evidence is conclusive that it is as much about how you think, as what you do. I saw this illustrated a while back in the classic sports book, “ Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else ”, by Jon Gordon.

5 Essentials for Starting a Business in 2019

Up and Running

Is 2019 the year that you finally start your own small business or startup? There are a lot of good reasons to consider starting your company this year. You can do it. You don’t necessarily need a degree in business or finance to be successful.

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How To Stay Safe If Your Company Gets Sued


No one plans to get sued. But sometimes, the unexpected happens. There are a lot of reasons for this and the response to a lawsuit is going to depend upon the nature of the claim made against your business.

Female Founders Breaking Barriers in the Bodywork Industry

The Startup Magazine

Massage and bodywork promise relaxation, but at a high price. For the consumer, cost constraints often turn an important resource for wellbeing and self-care into an occasional luxury.

12 Marketing Hacks To Improve Landing Page Conversions

YFS Magazine

Does your online marketing deliver real results? Often times landing pages that are designed for lead generation fall short. Grow Marketing & Sales conversion optimization landing pages marketing online marketing

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2019


It’s a new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their New Year’s Resolutions around their business.

5 Problems Entrepreneurs Face In The First Year


Entrepreneurship isn’t for the squeamish, cautious, or faint-hearted. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that will quickly squash anyone who isn’t up for the challenge. And while great successes can be enjoyed, they typically don’t happen right away.

The Best Slideshow Videos for Content Marketing

The Startup Magazine

Contrary to what many people believe, slideshows aren’t just useful as presentations. In fact, they can actually make for convincing video content. All you really need to do is set it to a voiceover narration or some background music. Source: Pixabay.

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Fertility Health, It’s Not Just About Women

Hunter Walker

If you are a man and intend to procreate at any time in your life, you should get your sperm checked out. It’s non-invasive and quite easy (some might even say pleasurable).


Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2018


It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below.

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What Every Startup Needs To Succeed


No matter the industry that you are operating in, every startup business will need a few things in order to succeed. This will, of course, include excellent products or services but there are also a few other assets that are required in today’s technologically advanced age.

11 Entrepreneurs Reveal the Businesses They Are Starting in 2019


As we wrap up 2018, there are those business ideas you’ve been longing to start and 2019 is the year to implement them. This could be a home-based business, franchise option or whatever option looks attractive to you.

Entrepreneurship in Sound Production: Side Hustle Tips

The Startup Magazine

Any music producer, be it a professional or an amateur understands the need of having good sound quality and some go to great lengths to achieve this goal. When making music in your company, or as a side hustle, the quality of the sound can determine the kind of music you produce.

4 Essential Methods of Session Stitching in Google Analytics


With a single click, a user can destroy Google Analytics data: Moving from an AMP page to the main site or the main site to a payment processor can turn one visit into multiple sessions, mucking up source data along the way.

The Best-Ever Culture Decks: Learn From Netflix, GoDaddy, LinkedIn, And Other Rock Stars


by Bretton Putter , author of “ Culture Decks Decoded: Transform your culture into a visible, conscious and tangible asset “ 21 st -century business has had its watershed moments. One gamechanger: when Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, published the Netflix culture deck online in 2009.

How a Buyer (or User) Persona Can Improve Your Business

Up and Running

This article is part of our Business Startup Guide , a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! Here’s the simple truth of business: Without customers to buy your products, you’re not going to make any money.

5 Tips to Setting up Marketing Goals

The Startup Magazine

Marketing is getting indispensable in business today, and several entities engage. What do you wish to achieve from marketing? You ought to answer this question from the onset. Marketing is an intensive initiative considering the costs involved.

Our Top Posts from 2018

Version One Ventures

Happy new year! Each week we like share our thoughts on a range of topics from vertical markets to general startup advice and our reflections on investing. We’re proud to say that we wrote a blog post every week in 2018 – and we’ve done that now for the past three years. In case you didn’t catch each and every post, here’s a look back at some of our favourite and most read pieces from 2018. Running a Startup. The risks of scaling too fast too soon”.

Does My Startup Need Public Liability Insurance?


Each startup is unique, so the kind of insurance you will need for it depends greatly on the type of business you’re intending to run. You must take into account the risks you face, as not taking the time to understand insurance can lead to serious financial consequences for new business.

10 online tracking tools every small business and startup should start using now

Our Own Start-up

Tracking your webmetrics, social media followers, leads, conversions and impressions is essential to record the growth or fall.