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Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups

Gust

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

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”).

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.

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

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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.

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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

Chaganomics

"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

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.

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

Chaganomics

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.

“Customer First” Healthcare

abovethecrowd.com

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

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.

Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2017

ConversionXL

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.

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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Feld.com 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 NYTimes.com 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 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.

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

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.

Students Who Want To Become Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

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).

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

SiliconHills

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

Hearpreneur

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

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.

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!

Sean “Diddy” Combs says he'd like to buy the Carolina Panthers; "I want in," Steph Curry responds

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Sean “Diddy” Combs says he'd like to buy the Carolina Panthers in a tweet sent Sunday night

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4 Ways To Make Visitors Love Your Website

YoungUpstarts

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.

Monday Motivation – The Secret to Victory

Hearpreneur

This motivational video is for entrepreneurs and business owners to star their week off on the right foot. The one way to be great is to learn from the greats. This podcast features some of the greats in sports that speak about how they achieved Victory. Make defeat your fuel.

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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.

Davidson County authorities: Man took key out of vehicle ignition before wreck

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

LEXINGTON — A 20-year-old Welcome father of two is facing multiple charges in connection to a vehicle accident that he allegedly caused

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