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9 Ways To Show Your Team You Care During The Holidays

YFS Magazine

The holidays are a great time to strengthen your company culture. Here are nine festive ways to reward your team's hard work and inspire for the year ahead. Company Culture Grow company culture employee appreciation holiday workforce development

7 Tips For Building Millennials Into Next-Gen Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them nearly ten years ago. They started out as that spoiled generation of kids, born between about 1982 and 2004, who had everything, and could care less about business. Today they are in every business, and will likely comprise 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. Their success is now vital to our success.

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Scaling Your Company During A Good Economy


by Uday Tank. It is the goal and dream of every business to grow and expand. But not every business is ready for expansion. Does it sound strange? Yes, not every business is ready for expansion. Now, here is a question for you. If the number of daily orders you get triples in number, can you still maintain your turnaround time easily? If the answer is an honest yes, then thumbs up to you. Your business may be ready for expansion. It means your business is scalable.

Five Nuggets on Motivation, Grit, Culture and Strategy

VC Cafe

“Sometimes an organization doesn’t need a solution; it just needs clarity.” Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things. We live in a time where information is everywhere, “data” is important, but “insights” are rare. How do we process and file all the information we consume from blog posts, podcasts, videos, articles, social media, etc?

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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.

Small Business Saturday: How to Jump-Start Your Holiday Sales

Up and Running

Back in 2010, American Express designated the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday ® to encourage people to “Shop Small,” or to support local businesses between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. . If you’re a small business owner, you’re hoping for an increase in foot traffic to your brick and mortar stores on Small Business Saturday—you want to bring in new customers, as well as your loyal regulars. It’s a real opportunity for you to connect with a different, new customer base.

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A Culture Of Purpose In Business Leads To Doing Well

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories.

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Lux Capital on How Technology Evolves

Feld Thoughts

My partner Lindel pointed me at the Lux Capital 2019 Annual Dinner Talk. I watched it the other day and thought it was one of the best examples of a VC think piece that I’ve seen in a long time. Lux ‘s premise is that technology evolves out of the infinite arms race between deception and its detection. It touches on many contemporary ideas about truth and lies and the use of data in the pursuit of outcomes based on humans’ perceptions of truth and lies.

28 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. It could be a made up word you dream of one night and feel it has the right ring to it. Even still there are some people who study foreign words for the perfect meaning behind their chosen business.

8 Work Trends Driven By New Ventures And Competition

Startup Professionals Musings

The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how business employees interact with customers, but also how they interact with each other, and with their company. I am happy to see reports that young companies are leading the way in these trends, on both the customer and the employee side. Both are required to stay competitive.

The Heartfelt Holiday: Nine Ways To Show Your Employees You Care This Holiday Season


by Deb Boelkes, author of “ The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture “ As the holiday season approaches, leaders are starting to look for ways to show their teams they care. Yes, that’s what bonuses are for. But cash gifts aside, there are plenty of other ways to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work, creativity, and dedication during the season of giving.

Want to Know a Secret? Your Customers Do.


The carefully evasive proposal included intriguing tidbits: Jeff Bezos laughed when Mr. Kamen assembled an It for him [.] The proposal also included proclamations from tech-world celebrities like Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, that the device might change urban life and could be as significant as the development of the personal computer. The New York Times, January 2001. Dean Kamen’s code name for the project was “Ginger.” That was all most people knew. But few could wait to learn more.

The Dystopian Future

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been watching The Handmade’s Tale. Simultaneously, I’ve been listening to the book on Audible while running. Last night I said, “The Hulu adaptation of the book is really good.” ” And then we both grimaced, as we’ve each commented many times over the past week about how incredibly bleak the show is. A different dystopia is coming to our TVs soon.

6 Hard Questions That Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I challenge them to think beyond what I call linear extensions to a current trend, such as another “easier-to-use” app for smartphones, a new dating site for pets, or another niche social network. In my experience, these startups usually find the field crowded with competitors , making it hard to get any attention, and most drift into obscurity.

The Psychology Behind Product Placement


With the pressure from online sales, the retail space needs to work at its best to keep the attention of the customer. You need to keep the consumer browsing happily through your area, finding the products they desire with ease. The study of retail product placement is big business. Even though there is a science behind the arrangement of your products, most would tell you that it is more art than anything.

Want to Know a Secret? Your Customers Do.


The carefully evasive proposal included intriguing tidbits: Jeff Bezos laughed when Mr. Kamen assembled an It for him [.] The proposal also included proclamations from tech-world celebrities like Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, that the device might change urban life and could be as significant as the development of the personal computer. The New York Times, January 2001. Dean Kamen’s code name for the project was “Ginger.” That was all most people knew. But few could wait to learn more.

3 Services That Streamline Your Business

The Startup Magazine

Today’s small and medium-sized businesses run on efficiency just as much as they do market share, and after a half-century of technological revolution, it’s no wonder they are looking for lower-overhead options for technology infrastructure than the traditional mainframe or corporate phone suit can offer.

10 Steps From A Closet Freak To A New Venture Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Every culture and community puts pressure on its members to follow the norms. Even young people who start out wanting to be different are called “freaks,” and most are slowly bent back into the norm by the time they “grow up.” Maybe that’s why so many entrepreneurs struggle with building a disruptive new business, where breaks from the norm are the key to success. I suspect that there are really a lot of “grown-up closet freaks” out there who could be great entrepreneurs.

Five Tech Solutions For Client Retention And Communication For Freelancers


Remote work and freelancing are professional roles that involve an incredible amount of effort, tech-savvy, and time management. Entrepreneurs and freelancers generally struggle with this balance more than companies that hire dedicated salespeople to oversee client relationships. Something shared by every remote professional is the need to retain current clients and develop relationships with new clients without restricting the time that he or she spends on productive work.

Start-up Founder Focuses on Management Level Recruitment


With his decade long experience, Jamie Ceglarz decided to take recruiting of top-talent to another level by starting his own venture. His focus is on ‘business’ roles where he leverages on his network to build a great client experience. We had a chance to interview Jamie and asked about his start-up, how he started his business and the future of Guild Talent. Tell us your story. Why did you start your business?

10 Key Skills You Need to Have as an Entrepreneur

The Startup Magazine

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to know what you’re doing. Having the right startup skills, expertise, and experience behind you can help you stand out from the crowd. Whether it be knowing how to problem solve, or being able to communicate effectively, here are 10 key skills you need to have as an entrepreneur. Business Knowledge. First and foremost, every entrepreneur needs to have solid business knowledge.

Entertainment as the new Oil

VC Cafe

Oil is the ultimate benchmark for sizing the world’s leading industries. In recent years, headlines have quipped that “data is the new oil” or “information is the new oil”. In last week’s The Economist, the gist of the lead story is that entertainment – an industry that has been associated with flailing newspaper subscriptions and, relatedly, a sector struggling given the rise of technology – is in fact, the “new oil” for the contemporary epoch.

How To Grow Your Business In 4 Simple Steps


You made the brave decision to leave your 9-5 and start your own business. Good for you. Many people talk about becoming an entrepreneur and starting their own business from scratch but not that many people actually follow through with their dream. Of course, it probably took you a lot of money, time and effort to get where you are today; to have an established business with a loyal customer base. However, arguably the hardest part is still to come. Growing your business.

What Is a Vision Statement and Why Is it Important?

Board Effect

Every new business or organization begins with an idea. Behind the idea is a vision of what the organization could be if they have the right structure, the right leadership, adequate funding, and a group of people that believe in the vision.

4 VoIP Features Your Service Business Will Benefit From

The Startup Magazine

By 2020, more than 80 percent of businesses are expected to be on the cloud. But while uploading sensitive data onto the web might face some controversy, there’s another major cloud tool that businesses should be utilizing, if they aren’t already. Cloud-based VoIP phone systems offer a number of solutions to help businesses, and particularly those in the service industry, improve their workflow. Photo by Mike from Pexels.

3 Key Business Plan Components That Forever 21 Fatally Missed

Up and Running

Forever 21, the fast-fashion revolutionizer, first gained the attention of every teenage girl for one big reason: product-market fit. . The fashion giant understood two big things; young people have the need to constantly keep up with the latest fashion trends, and lack the income to support their ever-changing wardrobe. There was a gaping hole within the fashion industry, and this is exactly where Forever 21 built its empire. .

How To Communicate Your Digital Marketing Message


It doesn’t matter whether you are offering a product or service, there is a lot to think about in terms of digital marketing. There are a lot of different digital marketing techniques and strategies for a business use, some of which will work better than others depending on the specific industry and business type. Regardless of the marketing approach that you are taking, it is vital to communicate your message well. Here’s How To Successfully Communicate Your Marketing Message.

The Benefits of a Mastermind Group

Mike Michalowicz

I believe no man is an island. So I offer this tip – if you’re an entrepreneur, you need to be in a mastermind. Belonging to a mastermind group is one of the most powerful tools to help you increase profitability in your business. What is a mastermind group? If you aren’t familiar, a mastermind is a group in which entrepreneurs can mentor each other and help each other grow their businesses. It can be an important catalyst for grown and in shaping your business.

2 Powerful Business Backstories You’ll Find Fascinating

The Startup Magazine

One element of branding that many businesses fail to exploit efficiently is their own backstory – if they have an ‘About Us’ or ‘Company History’ page, it either reads like a self-obsessed CV from the CEO or a timeline that’s little more than a snoresome series of incidents. Not every brand emerges from a ‘Eureka!’

How crisis communication can help a business to overcome problems

Our Own Start-up

How you communicate this can make all the difference to your business. Growth Strategies crisis communication crisis management how crisis communication can help how to communicate crisis how to handle a crisis

Here’s How You Can Convert Online Visitors Into Customers


Online businesses are making their presence felt. Today, almost all of the businesses you might find have an online presence of some sort. Simply put, if your business doesn’t have an online presence, then you might not be able to expand your consumer base. . Once you have a website in place, you need to create engaging content. Now, having a website and uploading content on it is not enough. You need to create content that ends up engaging your users.

Austin’s Shotgun Seltzer Lands $1 Million Investment From Unorthodox Ventures


Shotgun Seltzer, Austin’s first craft spiked seltzer, announced recently that it has received a $1 million investment from Unorthodox Ventures. It is the second investment since Unorthodox Ventures moved to Austin. The firm, founded by Carey Smith, founder of Big Ass Fans, has also invested and acquired GoFish Cam. Austin-based Shotgun Seltzer launch in July […].

Deep Dive: Analytics and Security on a Real Ecommerce Platform

The Startup Magazine

Today’s online retail space is a dynamic and fast-changing space that businesses can really capitalize on, but only if they have the latest tools. Online retailers are increasingly turning to subscription sales models to get a reliable strain of long-term revenue for the business. When your digitally native vertical business selects its ecommerce platform, it’s essential to get the best analytics and security: data is what enables you to plan smartly, and security is what lets you proceed safely.

How to Write a Restaurant Business Plan + Example Templates

Up and Running

If you’re starting a restaurant, you already know that it’s a risky business. Restaurants are notoriously difficult to run well, and often require lots of capital to get off the ground. Plus, all the equipment and renovations to a space mean you’ll probably need to spend a good amount of cash before your doors are open and you get your first customer.

Extremely Effective Marketing Tactics For Startups


The vast majority of startups and small businesses are forced to operate with tightly restricted budgets, which makes marketing solutions rather challenging. However, marketing needs cannot be overlooked as startups are also faced with a sea of competitors who are able to afford large marketing budgets. This means that the best approach is to identify the most effective marketing tactics to ensure your business will be able to take advantage of an impressive return on the investment.

Monday Motivation: Stand For Something or You Will Follow Everything!


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Stand for what is right. Be brave enough to stand for what you believe in. Set standards based on what you you believe is right. Stand for something more than money and achievement. The post Monday Motivation: Stand For Something or You Will Follow Everything! appeared first on Hearpreneur. Inspiration Monday Inspiration monday motivation

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Have Big Banks Forgotten About Small Businesses?

The Startup Magazine

If you’re an entrepreneur, the big banks are more than happy to keep your money in a small business account. But, where are they when you really need them? They say the best way to get a bank loan is to show them that you don’t really need one. This statement rings especially true if you’ve ever applied for a small business loan. Many small business owners won’t even ask the bank for help because they know it’s not worth their while. Here’s why. Stringent Lending Criteria.