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Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups


It’s that time of year when we’re all staring down the end of the December, wondering where the months have gone. This is also the time when a lot of entrepreneurs wrestle with their plans for the next year, asking themselves: Where should I bet big? Are the growth targets right? How am I going to pay for all these. Read more >. The post Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog

Playing Your Role

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Investing in many different companies, with different founders, different cultures, and different missions requires the ability to adapt to each and every one. I like to think about it as playing a role in a play. Even though I am the same person, with the same fundamental beliefs, I end up playing very different roles in the companies I invest in and work with.

Mental Fitness, the NFL, Active Minds, and the Competitive Workplace

Feld Thoughts

There aren’t many similarities between the workplace of an NFL football player and that of a tech entrepreneur. My body doesn’t get pounded each week. Decisive critical thinking and typing speed are valued more than the last time I ran 40 yards in under five seconds.

6 Reasons Startups Need All Angels Plus Crowd Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”).

So You Want to Start a Cannabis Business: Advice for the Absolute Beginner

Up and Running

Interested in starting a business in the cannabis industry? I can’t blame you—business is booming and there’s the potential to make huge profits as this sector continues to grow exponentially.

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The Subscription Economy May Be Revolutionary—But It’s Not Without Risks

Up and Running

When I started in the financial services industry in 2003, getting to meetings when I was on the road was pretty straightforward—I took a cab. Just like executives had for more than seventy-five years.

6 Essential Mobile Marketing Strategies For Small Businesses

YFS Magazine

Mobile continues to disrupt the way people engage with brands. Mobile marketers should focus on these 6 strategies. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing mobile mobile marketing

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Ending My Service On Non-Profit Boards

Feld Thoughts

I’ve decided to stop serving on non-profit boards. I used to have a rule that I’d only serve on three non-profit boards at a time. I let this get out of control and found myself on eight non-profit boards with a commitment to join a ninth one. During our Q4 vacation last month, Amy and I talked a lot about this. I realized that I wasn’t enjoying the non-profit board service, even though I deeply enjoy my personal engagement and support of the organizations I’m on the boards of.


An Ideal Startup Team Excels At Whole-Brain Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, with full attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers.

Full Steam Ahead - Wall Street Hits Record Highs


"Wall Street closed at record highs amid sustained optimism about the likelihood of lower corporate tax rates as the Republican tax bill moved closer to passage" The Dow Jones Industrial Average.DJI rose 140.46 points, or 0.57 percent, to 24,792.2, the S&P 500.SPX gained 14.35 points, or 0.54

“Customer First” Healthcare

The subject of the “consumerization of healthcare” has been around for many years.

Book: Am I Being Too Subtle?

Feld Thoughts

While I enjoy a good biography of a historical figure, I love autobiographies of living people. They are hit or miss – either awesome or awful. Sam Zell’s autobiography Am I Being Too Subtle? was awesome.

5 Steps To Reduce Due Diligence Investment Failures

Startup Professionals Musings

In my activities as an angel investor, and my work with new ventures seeking investment, I find the “due diligence” stage to be fraught with the most risk. Usually this stage only really starts after an investor has expressed serious interest, or already informally agreed to invest.

CPI - Consumer Price Index - 12 Month


CPI - Consumer Price Index - 12 Month Energy prices are up 16.4% which is driving the price increase in energy. From the BLS: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX – NOVEMBER 2017 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S.

Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2017


We publish a lot of well-researched content. Among all the new posts that were published in 2017, here are the ones that got the most attention. Starting from the 10th and moving to the number 1 spot. #10 10 How to Avoid Being Deceived By Data.

Defy Colorado – Feb 8th With Me and Governor Hickenlooper

Feld Thoughts

As we start spinning up Defy Ventures in Colorado, we are doing a Business Coaching Day at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway, Colorado. It’s one of our first Defy Colorado events and Governor Hickenlooper will be joining us for the day.

Businesses With A Higher Purpose Also Increase Profit

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.

5 Essential Tips For Doing Business In China

YFS Magazine

In the past two years, I have been to more than 30 Chinese cities. Here's what you need to know in order to successfully do business in China. Culture china company culture Global Business global talk global trade

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Why Reviews Are More Important Than Ever for Local Search

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Reviews Are More Important Than Ever for Local Search written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Automagically Upgraded To HTTPS By Pantheon

Feld Thoughts

Use of HTTPS (which stands for HTTP Secure) has grown from 13% of the top one million websites to 19% in the past year. With major media sites such as joining the movement, now over half of all web requests are served securely to the browser. Two years after the launch of Let’s Encrypt , this is fantastic progress.

Apps aren’t dead, they’ve just evolved

The Next Web

I’m sure you haven’t been able to escape the media’s endless gloomy predictions about the fate of the app. We’ve been told that new apps are a waste of money. Growth rates are sluggish. Nobody is downloading apps anymore (beyond the few we can’t live without like WhatsApp and Facebook).

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UK VCs growing faster than European counterparts

The Equity Kicker

One fear I heard expressed a lot post Brexit is that the London will lose it’s place as the dominant startup centre in Europe. These fears were compounded by programmes from France, Germany and other governments to get UK companies to relocate. It appears these campaigns have had little impact.

6 Compelling 2018 Book Cover Design Trends Every Author Should Know

crowdSPRING Blog

Contrary to the belief that ebooks are taking over the world, print and the written word are most decidedly not dead yet. In fact, in 2016 ebook sales fell for the second year in a row as printed book sales increased.

2017 Flyover

deal architect

Facebook generates an annual collation of “memories” for every member. I looked at mine and felt it was too shallow. Google Search summarizes the most common queries across its user base at the end of each year in video below

Facebook will make a ton of money from its influencer features — but it’s also good for your brand

The Next Web

By now you may either know an influencer, or have heard of influencer marketing. You may even be following a few and have seen them promote products which may have at one point piqued your curiosity and even helped you trust their recommendations more… or stop following them because you’re annoyed.

Students Who Want To Become Entrepreneurs


4 Lifestyle Changes That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Who doesn’t want to be a better entrepreneur? The more efficient you are, the more productive you can be, which inevitably leads to more cash flow. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, more cash flow is at the top of your list. You’d do just about anything to get it. As with everything in life, there are multiple facets to achieving success as an entrepreneur. Staying up to date on the latest techniques and technology is only part of the equation.

Silicon Hills News’ Unveils 12 Startups and Tech Advocates Featured in its 2018 Austin Tech Calendar


Silicon Hills News’ 2019 Austin Tech Calendar Party took place last Thursday at The Zebra, an insurance comparison marketplace startup, in downtown Austin. It was a wonderful evening and the event was a smashing success. This is the fourth time Silicon Hills News’ has created a tech calendar shining a spotlight on Austin’s most innovative […].

7 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Spend Their Holidays


Entrepreneurs and business owners are always juggling a lot of things and when time comes for a holiday sometimes entrepreneurs like to take a break or sometimes they like to catch up on certain projects. Just like everyone has a unique business, their approach to holidays is also unique.

How To Combine Your College Life With Business Aspirations


You’re young, talented, and bursting with ideas. There’s just one problem: you’re also at college, and like all good college students, that’s taking up a lot of your time.

3 Ways to Establish Yourself as an Authority in Your Industry

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

In the world of business, people want to work with the best of the best. That means that, if you want to bring clients to your new business, you need to establish yourself as the go-to authority for your industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re financial advisor or a music teacher; if you can show people you know what you’re talking about, they’re more likely to bring their business to you. So how can you establish yourself as an authority in your industry? Here are 3 tips. Have a Blog.

Startup Growth Strategy: How to Pursue Multiple Market Opportunities

Where to Play

The post Startup Growth Strategy: How to Pursue Multiple Market Opportunities appeared first on Market Opportunity Navigator. Start-ups must focus sharply. Everybody knows that!

How your startup can design a product without breaking the bank

The Next Web

Have you ever wished to take an idea and turn into a product? But are constrained by limited resources? Well, worry not, this post is all about how you can design and build a product without burning up all your resources.

4 Ways To Make Visitors Love Your Website


Most people use the web to find the products and services they need. Back in 2012, 85% of consumers were using the internet to find local businesses. It’s safe to assume that an even higher percentage are searching for local establishments online.