Sat.Apr 06, 2019 - Fri.Apr 12, 2019

Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review. VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company.

Why diverse teams make better business decisions

The Next Web

Probably one of the most well-known brand fails in the past few years was Pepsi’s 2017 ad featuring Kendall Jenner.

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The Five Keys to Effective Board Meeting Agendas

Board Effect

If you’re going to take time out of your day to attend a meeting, whether it’s a formal meeting or an informal meeting, you’ll want it to be as productive as possible. Meetings that lack a solid structure can easily get off track and amount to a lot of talk with no action.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades.

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3 Ways To Ensure Your Start-Up Takes Off


We all know that starting a business is hard work, and growing it is even harder. Every step has to be thoroughly thought out, because if you miss even one, it could mean everything. New businesses are started all the time, but only a few of them last beyond five years.

Tom Bogan – The Importance of Being Agile

deal architect

Tom Bogan is CEO of Adaptive Insights, a company whose business planning cloud automates previously manual planning tasks—for finance, sales, and workforce planning—and supplements those capabilities with enterprise-scale reporting and analytics. Tom joined Adaptive Insights when it was at $40

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Formlabs Form 3, 3L, and Digital Factory

Feld Thoughts

Formlabs Digital Factory is happening on May 7th, 2019. If you are into 3D printers, this is shaping up to be a key event of 2019. The speaker list is epic and one you don’t want to miss.

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3 Tips for Navigating Stakeholder Relationships Every New C-Suite Executive Needs To Know


by Alisa Marie Beyer, CEO, LemonTree Partners. Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted into the C-suite executive position of your dreams, and you’re undoubtedly proud and excited. You’re also undoubtedly busy. New executives always have a lot on their plates.

Rob Enslin, turnaround artist

deal architect

SAP briefed me, under NDA, on Friday night about Rob Enslin leaving. At that time, I was also staring at a fairly hostile email from another vendor exec in response to a request they become more open in their analyst. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

Both Sides of the Table

I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical finances, budgets, forecasts and future projections.

10 Wins From Driving Multiple Concurrent New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by watsonsinelgin With the cost of entry at an all-time low, and the odds of success equally low, more and more entrepreneurs are starting multiple companies concurrently.

Do You Believe In My Words?


by Dannie De Novo, author of “ Get in a Good Mood & Stay There “ As a coach on the principles of success and personal awareness, I am often asked what the secret to success really is. Is it hard work? Is it persistence? Is it talent? Well, yes… and no.

SAP Nation 3.0 excerpts: Chapter 4 A Massive Pivot

deal architect

My new book is now available to buy here in print version, and in the Kindle eBook version. As with my earlier books, I am excerpting roughly 10% of the 400 page book in a series of posts on my. SAP Nation, the book


How to tell the difference between a good interviewer and a good hire

View from Seed

The last thing you want to do is go through all the time and energy of finding and hiring a new employee only to find out, after you’ve extended the offer, that they’re not a good fit. It happens all of the time.

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7 Lessons From A Long-Time Mentor On Value And Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by World Economic Forum As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

5 Small Village Franchise Business Ideas


Thinking about business opportunities, all we can dream about is of a good place in big city areas with tons of facilities and huge crowds to make maximum profits. But, in reality, business opportunities are not just restricted to big city areas.

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SuiteWorld Redux

deal architect

Oracle sent me the video of the product session at SuiteWorld which could not be webcast live when I wrote the post Unfair to NetSuite? Of the 7 webcast keynotes I watched at Oracle MBX/MCX and at SuiteWorld this was. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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3 Ways that Social Media Marketing can help your business

The Startup Magazine

Marketing is an extremely important part of any business, as it is the department which helps to get the word out into the community about your products. The marketing team can also help land your business on its feet.

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

Entrepreneurs: Don’t Make This Costly Financial Planning Mistake


by Wayne Titus, author of “ The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being “ As an entrepreneur, even if you’ve hired the right adviser to make your wealth grow, you are not done managing that wealth.

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New, Small Business PR Academy Arrives!

Rembrandt Communications

News: Small Business PR Academy Opens for Pre-Registration. Entrepreneurs to get competitive edge via DIY public relations at Entrepreneurs can now pre-register for the new, Small Business PR Academy from Rembrandt Communications at

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How To Attain Complete Financial Freedom

The Startup Magazine

Financial freedom is basically taking full ownership of all your finances. It means having a dependable cash flow system that will allow you to live however you desire to live.

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Zoho Plans to Go Big in Austin but Also Wants to Keep Things Weird


By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Zoho wants to keep things weird in Austin. The software company officially announced this week at its annual Zoholics conference that it is moving its headquarters from Pleasanton, Calif. to a 368-acre campus near the Austin airport. “I

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Business and Education: How Nanodegrees Are Changing Things


Nanodegrees are the new face of education and career training. While a four-year-degree can never hurt, businesses are more interested in your on the job skills than whether or not you finished all your gen ed classes.

Why SWOT Analysis Belongs in Your Business Plan

Up and Running

Why add a SWOT analysis into your business plan and the strategic planning process? I believe in it because the SWOT phase was vital to my planning process as I grew Palo Alto Software from zero to over $5 million in annual sales.

5 Ways To Use A Content Writing Service To Grow Your Start Up Business

The Startup Magazine

Are you interested in starting a new business? Most people have at least thought about it at some point or another. There are plenty of good business ideas out there. Just remember that some are going to be more fruitful than others.

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6 PPC Tactics for Account-Based Marketing Campaigns


PPC campaigns continue to become increasingly well-targeted. More and more companies are using tactics like single-keyword ad groups ( SKAGs ) and single-product ad groups ( SPAGs ). While those tactics may have differentiated your campaigns in the past, they no longer do (or won’t soon).

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How Small Businesses Can Leverage Big Data


Business intelligence (BI) technology is typically associated with larger companies with access to high end software and huge amounts of data, but BI is on the cusp of something new. With more affordable technology, this type of analysis is increasingly available to SMBs.

Valuation: Is Your Small Business as Priceless as You Think?

Up and Running

After spending years building your small business , it can be hard to quantify the time and energy you’ve poured into it and the sacrifices you’ve made to get where you are now.

4 Things To Know About Property Valuation In Real Estate

The Startup Magazine

Knowing the value of real estate is important as it helps determine several things, such as sales listings, financing, property insurance, and taxation.

Standardizing “Tribal Knowledge”: It’s Time for Your Company to Grow Up


After spending more than 20 years in Silicon Valley fighting my way through every conceivable obstacle, misstart, and product disaster, I’ve learned that knowledge can be an organization’s greatest asset.

One-To-One Meetings: The Key To High Performance Coaching


by Bill Eckstrom and Sarah Wirth, authors of “ The Coaching Effect: What Great Leaders Do to Increase Sales, Enhance Performance, and Sustain Growth “ Nothing elevates performance more than coaching. This is what our decades of research has taught us.

Form Analytics: What You Can Track and How to Track It


You spend plenty of marketing dollars trying to get someone to your form. But how much goes to waste at that stage? According to data from Formisimo, roughly two-thirds of those who start filling out a form never complete it. If you’re not tracking form analytics, you don’t know.

Does Scrum Apply To All Types Of Projects?

The Startup Magazine

It’s a regular question googled in relation to the adaption of scrum methodology, and still people are confused whether to implement it in their projects. All of us know in software companies that scrum is the most significant agile methodology for handling software projects.


How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency Without Outside Funding

Up and Running

It’s easier to start a digital marketing agency without funding than people might think. In this post, I will cover starting your business on your own—with aspirations of becoming an agency.

Secrets To Take Your Online Business To The Next Level


In this digital era, taking an online business to the next level needs a lot of efforts, determination and right use of the latest technology. Moreover, helping your business survive through tough times is not a simple thing to do.

There Are Two Types Of Entrepreneurs – Both Can Benefit From An Aligned Hustle

YFS Magazine

There are two types of entrepreneurs and both can grow their businesses in an intentional way. Here are three tips to living richly for both camps. Lead entrepreneurial mindset mindset personal development