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The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

“Winter is coming.”. This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?”.

The positive impact of COVID-19

deal architect

Somebody once told me I could make a brown paper bag sound interesting. Not sure if that was a compliment but I do find interesting aspects to most anything. While there is so much doom and gloom around the coronavirus. Industry Commentary


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7 Keys For Moving A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I have too often seen technical entrepreneurs get a product or service off the ground with ease, but then struggle mightily when their business reaches a couple of million in annual sales, or the employee count grows beyond a handful.

Machine Learning Is Your Secret Weapon For Customer Acquisition


by Chad Ruff, Chief Technology Officer at Swiftpage. If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead when it comes to customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Take Spring Break At Home For Two Weeks Starting Now

Feld Thoughts

By this point, I expect everyone who reads this blog is extremely familiar with the phrases “flatten the curve” and “social distancing.” ” If not, read Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now right now.

The Passion Play

deal architect

It is the start of the new decade. Which means the beautiful town of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany will be hosting its 42nd once-a-decade Passion Play this summer. It is also the 15th anniversary of both my blogs, Deal Architect. Industry Commentary

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Methods Of Transaction In International Trade


It is very important to have the safest transactions in international trading. To be a successful trader you need to have appealing terms that attract audiences. The same thing goes with the trading business transaction. Getting full payment is what every trader desires.

Action Today for CFO’s

Steve Blank

Jeff Epstein is on the board of Shutterstock, Twilio, Kaiser Permanente, and was the CFO of Oracle, DoubleClick, Nielsen and King World and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He teaches the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford with me. And the minute he talks about financing I shut up and take notes. He sent this message to the CFOs of his companies yesterday. Read it along with yesterdays survival strategy advice to CEOs.).

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Poetry: Pandemic

Feld Thoughts

Following is a poem titled Pandemic written by Lynn Ungar on 3/11/20. Thanks to Joanna Rupp at the University of Chicago for sending it to me. I like to read poetry out loud. It slows me down enough to relish the words.

8 Personal Strategies For Winning With Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience in both startups and large companies, trusted relationships are more the key to success than a great business model, how smart you are, or how much money you have.

Important Productivity Apps And How They Help Small Businesses Achieve Growth


by Atman Rathod, co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. It is no brainer to say that businesses today need to go digital to remain productive.

Four Reasons Business Leaders Should Never Stop Learning

YFS Magazine

Continual learning sounds great, but how do you make it happen? Here's how small business owners can prioritize ongoing education. Lead online courses online learning personal development personal growth recommended

#LeadBoldly to #StoptheSpread of COVID-19

Feld Thoughts

A coalition of 250 CEOs and leaders (and growing by the hour) are asking our fellow business and civic leaders around America to #LeadBoldly and #StoptheSpread of COVID-19.

6 Reasons Your Hockey Stick Growth Curve Can Go Flat

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve.

Best Tips For Working Virtually – Setting Up Your Business To Work From Home


by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “ As more and more look to work from home given the present state of things, it’s important to know some ways to implement it.

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How To Manage Your Online Presence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

YFS Magazine

The last few weeks, and especially the last few days have been downright scary. I've felt all of the emotions and feelings humanly possible. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online business pandemic

Covid-19 Podcasts About Crises and Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

Over the past week, I’ve done a handful of podcasts to help entrepreneurs, leaders, and employees at startups to help think through how to respond in a crisis. I’ve requested that anything I do right now on this front is made public, so if anyone is interested, they can watch them.

5 Forces That Kill Momentum For Business First-Movers

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your strategy as a business leader to be a first-mover or a follower?

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Startups: How To Maintain Employee Motivation


Congratulations! You have turned your idea into a business, and it is now off the ground. The office and all other necessary amenities are all set up, the staff agency has already done hires for you, and it is time to get into business.

Pandemic: How To Lead During Incredibly Difficult Times

YFS Magazine

For leaders, the question is not if you will face times of worry, stress, and setbacks, it is how will you lead during these times. Lead leadership pandemic

Providing Frontline Support to Boulder County Caregivers

Feld Thoughts

As the world shifts underneath us around Covid-19, Amy and I have focused our immediate philanthropic efforts on our local community in Boulder County. If you have the ability to contribute anything philanthropically, helping locally will make a huge difference right now.

Look for the Small Business Silver Lining

Rembrandt Communications

How are you doing? With all the COVID-19 news, you may be feeling some anxiety and a bit negative right now. However, things do not have to be all doom and gloom for you or your business. That’s why I’m sending you a few insights to help you and your business through this difficult time!

How To Enhance Creativity As A Web Designer


Creativity is one of the main components of being a successful web designer. As a designer, you must possess the ability to create numerous websites serving varying purposes in a unique way.

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Take Decisive Action to Stem Covid-19 NOW

VC Adventure

It’s hard to keep track of all the data around the current status and potential spread of Covid-19. The data are overwhelming, there is a lot of disinformation spreading , and the data and advice from various public and private sources are changing almost hourly.

Please Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home

Feld Thoughts

Patrick’s Day (tomorrow – 3/17) has always been a big holiday for us because it’s also my dad’s birthday. This year we are celebrating it remotely.

Marketing and Growth Lessons for Uncertain Times


“Rare is the business that has a formal disaster plan, let alone one that covers a global Black Swan event.” Tim Stewart, trsdigital. An article on growth and marketing in the middle of a crisis—the current one or any other—can seem tone deaf. But nothing gets better if we stand still.

6 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs To Solve Problems Creatively


by Angela Civitella, founder of INTINDE. Face it, we all have to tap into our problem-solving skills in every aspect of our lives. It’s important for our private life, and an important skill to have in our work life, too. So, let’s start with the basics: What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

Accounting for Covid-19

Mike Michalowicz

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Happy 82nd Birthday Dad

Feld Thoughts

Earlier this evening we celebrated my dad’s 82nd birthday using the appropriate COVID-19 social distancing approach. Patrick’s day has always been a special day for my family because of my dad’s birthday.

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And so it goes…

The Entrepreneurial Mind

I am writing this from my back porch. It looks like I will be spending a lot of time out here over the coming weeks. The coronavirus is rampaging across our country, our state, and my community. Mrs. C. and I are safe and healthy. We have decided to hunker down and “self isolate.”

Digital Payment Options Every Small Business (Startup) Should Consider


If you’re opening a store of any kind today, you know it’s practically impossible to do business without offering digital payments. The process of integrating payment options can seem very confusing to new merchants, so we made a comprehensive guide to help you launch your business.

How to Work Remotely and Maintain Company Culture

Mike Michalowicz

In the last week Covid-19 has ramped up significantly in the US. At the very least, your normal daily routine is changing. For many of you, temporary laws have established, forcing you and your employees to work remotely and altering the landscape of your business.

5 Ways To Protect your inheritance from taxes

The Startup Magazine

Taxes are everywhere. Governments need a lot of money, and these sums are impossible to imagine for the average citizen. If you haven’t started thinking about it, just take a look at one of the multiple inheritance tax calculators available on the Internet.

Decision making in uncertain times

VC Adventure

Making decisions for your business can be hard even in normal circumstances. Right now, in this time of great uncertainty and high emotional stress it’s even harder.

Workplace Diversity Versus Workplace Discrimination: Understanding The Difference


. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou. There is often a fine line between workplace diversity and workplace discrimination.

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A Tip for Adjusting Your Business During Covid-19 – Course vs. Concern

Mike Michalowicz

Presently, we are dealing with a health scare as well as the fear that we may go into a recession. You, like many of us, are trying to figure out the best course of action to navigate through this uncharted territory.