Sat.Dec 16, 2017 - Fri.Dec 22, 2017

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”).

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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

2017 Flyover

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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

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Book: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Feld Thoughts

This book was a delight. I started reading it earlier this year, caught up quickly (I started in July), and then mostly read a page each day when I was in the bathroom in the morning.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide For Dealing With Adversity

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business owner in this age of rapid technological change, with the surge of worldwide competitors, setbacks and adversity are virtually guaranteed.

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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.

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.

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.

What People Think Entrepreneurs Do Vs. What It Really Entails

YFS Magazine

While there is obviously a lot of truth to some of the glamorized notions of entrepreneurship, the hardships of are often overlooked. Lead leadership personal development starting a business startup advice

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.

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.

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.

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The Star Wars Jobs economy

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Lots of people sat through the credits at the end of The Last Jedi waiting for a post-credit scene or for bloopers. Margaret and I did to see all the job titles that went into making the movie. It is. Silicon Collar


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.


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.

17 Secrets To Keeping And Engaging Top Talent


by Brent Proulx, Talent Plus Leadership and Management Consultant. There is nothing more important for the long-term health and success of your business than to ensure you have the right employees to help you succeed.

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

Mobile 159 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.

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.

Financing Your Startup


Starting a business sometimes seems as simple as launching a website and creating a Facebook page. Without the right funding, most businesses run out of money quickly. Determining how to finance your business is an important decision with big consequences.

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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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.

3 IT Bottlenecks You Can Start Tackling Today


by Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack. Success in the IT department depends on a number of factors — with process efficiency near the top of the list. If your workflows are disorganized and congested, you are going to struggle.

Several more real costs of taking outsider investments.


Close. Let’s talk about the reality of taking money from professional investors. It is not the first time we’ve covered this general subject nor the last. But this time, we concentrate upon governance changes.

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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.

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.

The 5 Most Impactful BoSTalks of 2017


There are over 170 published talks from Business of Software Conferences available to watch right now. That’s a lot of talks. Tens of Thousands of hours worth of Business of Software talks were watched this year. New talks, old talks, short talks, long talks.

How To Keep Your Office Cool And Comfortable

The Startup Magazine

As spring turns into summer, the temperature outside naturally starts to rise. This can make your office hot and uncomfortable unless you take steps to keep it cool.

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.

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6 Compelling 2018 Book Cover Design Trends Every Author Should Know

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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.

5 Ways To Integrate HR And Technology In 2018


by Jessica Thiefels, owner of Honest Body Fitness. Technology makes a lot of things in business more efficient and engaging, especially HR, where you can lost in stacks of papers for days if you don’t stay on top of organization.

Finding A Reputable Overseas Manufacturer

The Startup Magazine

Launching a new business that manufactures and sells products is a major undertaking. One of the most difficult parts of the process is finding a company that can make the products for you.

Going door-to-door as teenage evangelist taught me the secret of entrepreneurship

The Next Web

You can learn useful entrepreneurial skills in all sorts of odd places. My training ground was the streets of Sweden, going door to door as a teenage evangelist. What I learned there was resilience, persistence, and self-belief.

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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 […].