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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.

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.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holidays and a Reminder to Slow Down and Smell the Coffee


Playing the word association game for 2017, we came up with an interesting list: Unpredictable. Erratic. Millennials. Refugees. Stories (naturally). Politics. Trump (right, relates to “erratic”). Invention. Nationalism. Misconduct. Wacky. Media. Celebrations.

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“Customer First” Healthcare

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

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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.

The Ultimate 2018 Ecommerce Checklist: 31 Experts Prioritize 19 Growth Tactics to Implement Now

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Immediately following Cyber Five of 2017, I sent an email out to a bunch of ecommerce experts and multi-million dollar ecommerce store owners. I wanted to: See how they did over Cyber Five – obviously! Get a feel for where their heads were at.

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.

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).

Friends, what’s your side hustle?

Jeff Hilimire

If you are side hustling or you have plans to ramp up a side hustle, I really want to know what (and if you’re willing to share, why). Oh, and according to the Google, a side hustle is: A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.


3 Ways Your Healthcare Website Can Make Patients’ Lives Easier

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

After exploring the initial phases of searching for a medical solution, we’ve finally reached the final decision-making stage. At this point in the online journey, a patient or caregiver has done their homework. 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.

Want to Lose Weight and Get In Better Shape? Science Says There's 1 Thing You Must Do First

Inc Startups

Diet and nutrition plans are great -- as long as they're based on what will really work for YOU. Work-Life Balance


My Operating System: How I stay productive and get things done

Jeff Hilimire

The #1 thing I get asked isn’t how to create a startup. Or how to raise money from angels and VCs. Or how to start an agency. Or even, how did you come up with the name Dragon Army ( I didn’t )? No, the question I get asked the most is: How do you do so much?! Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, I don’t work more hours than anyone else. But I can see how it might appear that I do.

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.

The 5 Most Impactful BoSTalks of 2017

Business of Software Blog

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.

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Chick-fil-A Opened on a Sunday and It's a Brilliant Lesson for Any Business

Inc Startups

Whether you love Chick-fil-A or hate them, the company continues to teach lessons for us all to learn.


Dear blog reader: Who are you?

Jeff Hilimire

Hey friends! As we round out the year, I want to get a better handle on who’s reading this blog. Please take a moment and let me know! How would you identify yourself? answer all that apply). Entrepreneur. Not an entrepreneur, but hope to be one day! I work in a large corporation. I work in a small business. I'm a digital marketing professional. None of the above. Submit. The post Dear blog reader: Who are you? appeared first on Begin the Begin. Random

Asking Engineers the Right Questions

The Equity Kicker

In our extensive study of the Columbia space shuttle accident , Amy Edmondson, Richard Bohmer, and I examined the culture and leadership at NASA. Specifically, we analyzed the forces that made it difficult for engineers such as Rodney Rocha to speak up regarding their safety concerns, and we looked at how leaders did not ask probing questions to elicit dissenting views.

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

20 Female Founded Startups That Grew Like Crazy in 2017

Inc Startups

Women entrepreneurs have quietly been accomplishing amazing things this year. Startup

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.

Lightning Talk – Life In A Van | Tim Dobson, Formisimo | BoS Europe 2017

Business of Software Blog

Tim Dobson, Senior Account Manager, Formisimo. Tim Dobson is a homeowner and drives a Mercedes. An undeniably true statement. However… He lives in a van. Voluntarily. In an attempt to escape the trappings of the life of being young and employed in technology, Tim moved out of his house and into a Mercedes Sprinter – his new Minimum Liveable Product. Having spent 2 years living in a van, Tim talks about the process of scaling his MLP, and whether shipping Van 2.0 is feasible.

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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.

Why Great Leaders Do These 5 Things in Every Meeting

Inc Startups

When your schedule is packed with back-to-back meetings, you have to use every chance to set yourself apart.


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!

Why So Defensive?

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

By Tibor Shanto. While sales people would have you believe they are a confident lot, able to get others to see their view and follow them with comfort. But when you watch them in play, on the sales field with the buyer, their behaviour comes across quiet differently.

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.

Aldi's Heartwarming Tweet Will Make You Love the Discount Supermarket Chain So Much More

Inc Startups

Aldi gets in the holiday giving spirit. Innovate


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.

Getting into that Christmas swing?

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Never resist good old traditions. Always dare to create new ones. Merry Christmas and a sparkling New Year! from your team @exago. The post Getting into that Christmas swing? appeared first on Exago. Blog Exago Christmas

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.

These 9 Email Habits Are Undercutting Your Authority

Inc Startups

The good news is the fixes are easy. The Inc.

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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.