Sat.Jan 04, 2020 - Fri.Jan 10, 2020

Innovation Season

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My innovation blog, New Florence will celebrate its 15th birthday this March. It will have clocked over 6,500 posts. I recently looked at various patterns on that blog. Innovation stories and news ebb and flow from different industries and geographies. Industry Commentary Innovative Business Uses of Technology

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Enhance Their Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Most new entrepreneurs don’t anticipate the learning burden of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top.

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Which Markets Are the Most And Least Served by Seed Investors?

View from Seed

About a year ago, my partner David Beisel talked about how seed fundraising is no longer a local game , and that the best entrepreneurs seek out the best investors for them outside of their home market.

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Traditional Public Relations Can Be The Key to Business Success

Rembrandt Communications

Do you use these basic PR activities for successful results? Social media, text messaging, blogs, podcasts, videos… the list of digital communication tools is constantly growing.

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.

How To Survive The Loss Of A Main Customer


by Zain Jaffer, serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Zain Ventures. Running a small business can come with a slew of challenges. Among the list: the loss of a major client. In many cases, this scenario is inevitable and difficult to prevent.

8 New Ways To Focus On Customers For Trust And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I find that I often have to remind them that the world of customers has changed since they started their last business.

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Present From The Head Of The Table

Feld Thoughts

I’ve noticed a degradation in presentation styles when displaying slides on a screen. This is starting to become a pet peeve of mine, so feel free to ignore me or tell me to get over myself if you disagree with this advice.

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What Value Does A Business Coach Add To Your Startup?


As a business person who is contemplating bringing in a business coach , you’re probably wondering how he or she will add value to your operations. If it’s any consolation, you aren’t alone. Many entrepreneurs often wonder about the same thing.

8 Key Business Elements Set Startup Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round.

4 Unique Growth Tactics for 2020


Marketing tactics change constantly. Each year new tactics become more impactful, and old ones fade into obscurity. Sticking to the same tactics is stale for your current customers and potential customers, too.

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16 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Make Bold Decisions


Entrepreneurship and decision making go hand-in-hand. Some decisions like firing employees require boldness which is not always a walk in the park. The decisions you make can make or break the future of a business hence due diligence is necessary before making bold decisions.

4 Significant Categories Of Trophies And Awards You Should Know


Besides serving as evidence of achievement, there is no other better way of celebrating courage, victory, and skill than through a trophy. There are several things you need to know about the different types of awards.

5 Strategies Recommended For Successful Bootstrapping

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I often hear the desire to run their own company, to avoid having someone else telling them how to run the business. They then ask me to help them find investors who can provide the funding they need.

Frog in a Blender

Feld Thoughts

The phrase “frog in a blender” was in my head all afternoon. Earlier in the day, one of my partners described a situation as the cliche-ish “ boil a frog slowly ” and I responded with “We’d all be better off if we just put the frog in a blender.”

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25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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Why Workplace Drama Harms Your Company (And How To Shut It Down)


by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ From time to time, most of us have experienced or even contributed to workplace drama.

5 Startup Financial Questions Every Investor Will Ask

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think that financial modeling for a new business is arcane magic, limited in value to financial wizards and professional investors, then you have been listening to the wrong advisors.

What I Wish I’d Known About Networking From Day One

YFS Magazine

I never thought I’d be telling anyone how attending hundreds of networking events has enriched both my career and personal life exponentially. Editor Picks Lead networking networking events professional networking recommended

All Startups Should Consider Expanding In Multiple Geographies

Feld Thoughts

My post The Future Of Work Is Distributed received some good comments. More interesting was the number of direct emails I received back with detailed information about “remote-first” companies and how they did things. There was a distinction in some of these emails between “remote-first” and “multiple geographies.”

Your SMS Marketing Guide


Usage of mobile phones is increasing at a great pace and people tend to spend a major part of their day on mobile phones. SMS refers to the service of sending messages to communicate. Businesses are nowadays implementing their marketing strategies in messages as well.

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How Founders and CEOs Can Raise Early Checks (With Pavel Cherkashin)


I’m excited to speak with Pavel Cherkashin in today’s episode of the How To CEO podcast! Pavel is a co-founder and managing partner at Mindrock Capital. Pavel is also a managing partner at GVA Capital. I spoke with him about what founders and CEOs need to know about raising early checks.

3 Tips To Salvage Your Cash Flow

YFS Magazine

When you have poor cash flow, it only takes one disaster to leave your company in dire straights. Avoid this by learning proven cash flow management tips. Finance Grow cash flow cash flow management money

A Marketer’s Guide to Kaggle for Analytics and Data Science


Kaggle , the Google-acquired data science platform, started as a virtual meeting point for machine-learning geeks to compete on predictive accuracy scores.

10 Factors To Know About Before Writing A Will


Do you have a will prepared? While you may not want to think about the end, it is important to plan ahead to ensure your loved ones receive your possessions and property. This is your last wish you can grant; you can decide who you pass on your property to.

Visual Merchandising: Online Startups Cannot Afford to OverlookVisual Merchandising: Online Startups Cannot Afford to Overlook


Into the realm of visual merchandising, we are going to see how this vital and exciting marketing technique can propel sales in the fashion business. Retail stores have long been using visual merchandising as an effective way to provide customers with a unique experience of purchasing products.

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7 Cybersecurity Resolutions To Protect Your Business In The New Year

YFS Magazine

Most companies do not believe they are ready for a cyber-attack. Protect your business from potential risks in a few simple steps. Grow Technology cybersecurity technology VPN

Recapping Q4 2019

Version One Ventures

Happy New Year! Here at Version One, we are very excited for 2020, but before we kick off a new year, we want to recap some of the highlights from last quarter. Q4 2019 was a busy quarter for us, and here’s some select news on the Version One family. Let’s ride the momentum into 2020!

A Guide To Starting A Business In Los Angeles


Los Angeles is a fantastic location to open up a business. Due to the location and the large number of people in the area, any business has the opportunity to succeed here. However, without the proper knowledge, starting up a business can be an exhausting process.

Building the Helium Mesh Network in the Mid-Atlantic

Feld Thoughts

As you might have seen in an earlier post, Foundry Group is helping to bring the Helium Network to Boulder. Another Helium fan – James Fayal – reached out to me about his effort to do the same in his hometown of Baltimore, as well as DC and Philly. I’m hopeful that some of the readers of this blog live in Baltimore, DC, or Philadelphia and are interested in participating in the Helium rollout. If you fit this description, fill out the Mid-Atlantic Application.

The Business World Is Full Of Endless Possibilities

YFS Magazine

Business exists to provide value, drive revenue, and forge fruitful trade relationships. Individuals who do well in these areas will lead the way. Lead business education recommended

IoT: Bridging the Performance Promise Gap – Female Founder Series

The Startup Magazine

As part of our ongoing Female Founders series , The Startup Magazine asked Terry Foudray, CEO and co-founder of IoT solutions provider, RUMBLE, for her views on the continued digitization of our physical world.

3 Proactive Measures Against Employee Lawsuits


Employment laws vary across the world, but the overall goals of protecting employers and employees are generally the same. Lawsuits are a common threat to businesses that fail to take care of their employees and provide a safe, equal opportunity working environment.

Monday Motivation: In 2020 – I Dare You To Be Different! (Motivational Video)


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. In a world full of conformity, I dare you to stand firm. I dare you to follow your intuition. Open your eyes, see through the BS. Make things happen, go get it. Sacrifices for your goals.

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3 Psychology Hacks That Will Elevate Your Business and Attract Customers

Up and Running

Imagine having the power to predict how people think, feel, and act. If you built a customer experience around these expected outcomes, your business would instantly become a booming success. . While this superpower is yet to be fully uncovered, the field of psychology has come close.

Account-Based Marketing (ABM): Everything You Need To Know

The Startup Magazine

Account-based marketing (ABM) is receiving serious attention nowadays. Market research teams, bloggers, and vendors are fueling a resurgence in ABM’s popularity.

What Every Co-Working Space Needs And Most Lack


Co-working spaces haven’t always been as popular as they are now. Until the early part of the previous decade, few might’ve given the concept the time of day. Today we happily pool a private cab ride and give up our precious garage space for others to rent.

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