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Friday Fun-isms: “Avoid Swiss Army Knives”

View from Seed

An inevitable question that founders face is “how is your product different?” Whether it’s asked explicitly or not, most investors that you speak to have probably seen or heard of a company that does something pretty similar to yours.

As An Entrepreneur, Are You Ready To Meet The Press?

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions

Grasshopper Herder

Interviewing strangers is a science as much as an art. Learning how questions actually work can give you fresh insight into the customer discovery process. The post How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Tariffs and Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

If the majority of your understanding of how tariffs work is from Twitter, CNN, or Fox News, I encourage you to go read Trump’s China Tariffs Hit America’s Poor and Working Class the Hardest. And, if you think China is paying the U.S. directly for the tariffs, well, no … We have a lot of hardware companies in our portfolio so I’ve been living in the world of “what to do about tariffs” for several quarters.

My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Want To Do Business With Baby Boomers? You’ll Find Them On Social Media

YoungUpstarts

by Jonathan Musgrave, owner and chief digital marketer of Steep Digital Marketing. Forget those jokes about Baby Boomers and their supposed struggles grasping today’s technology.

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Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

Change Your Management Style To Meet Today’s Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Change is hard. But these days it’s required and inevitable.

Transforming Film To Digital – A Big Business Opportunity

YoungUpstarts

Today, we are living in the Information Age. It is symbolized by a digital transformation of universal scale. In this activity, modern technologies are utilized to turn traditional, analog content into digital format.

CSbyAll: An Interactive, Crowdsourced Timeline of the CS Education and Diversity in Tech Movement

Feld Thoughts

The modern computer science education movement, commonly referred to as Computer Science for All or #CSforALL , has been gaining momentum nationwide since 2004 and is poised to be the most significant upgrade to the US education system in history. History is recorded and codified through the journalism, social media, and public policy, and tends to emphasize the voices of those already in the public eye.

Announcing Projector?—?A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

Both Sides of the Table

Announcing Projector?—?A A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years A few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien , the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way.

6 Marketing Tips To Attract Customers To Your Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by jardenberg Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. Yet it is the one element that too many entrepreneurs focus on only as an afterthought.

5 Basic Tips To Master Marketing Messages In 2019

YoungUpstarts

by Jennifer Warren of GoodFirms. Content is the cornerstone of online businesses these days. Simply put, content attracts traffic, leads and ultimately conversions.

Book: Everything Is F *d

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, I started my day by finishing A People’s History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation and ended my day by finishing Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope.

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Entrepreneur 101: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss

The Startup Magazine

Have you always thought about being your own boss? Being in business for yourself is your chance to do what you love for a living, make higher wages, and then enjoy retirement. Image by Igor Link from Pixabay. But being your own boss isn’t easy.

5 Keys To Expanding Your Thinking And Raising Results

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Good Free Photos It’s time for more entrepreneurs to reset their focus, and shift their thinking to completely different ways of doing things.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Increase Your Business’ ROI

YoungUpstarts

by David Kosmayer, CEO and Founder of Bookmark.com. With endless technology available at the touch of a finger, it’s never been easier to run your own business. However, to be successful, you need to know how to set yourself apart from your competitors and increase your return on investment.

Book: The Moment of Lift

Feld Thoughts

I had surgery recently and a few friends, including Chris Moody and Sarah Ahn, gave me some books as gifts. They knew I’d be spending a lot of time on the couch either napping or reading, so my pile of infinite books to read became more abundant with a few good ones including The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. While I’ve met Melinda’s husband Bill a few times, but I’ve never spent any time with Melinda.

This Is How Founders Achieve Product-Market Fit

YFS Magazine

To get a better grasp on the practical application of product-market fit, let's take a look at how founders achieved it rather quickly for their startups. Plan product development product market fit starting a business

Hypergiant Aims to Dominate the AI Industry on Earth and in Space

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK, publisher of Silicon Hills News At Hypergiant’s Austin headquarters, Ben Lamm, CEO, and Co-founder takes to the conference room’s whiteboard to explain its structure and expansion plans.

Top Tips For Leveraging Video To Build A Brand

YoungUpstarts

by Pamela Webber, Chief Operating Officer at 99designs. When was the last time you watched a video on your laptop or phone? Chances are it was today, or at least in the past couple of days.

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How to Start Your Own Successful Virtual Assistant Business

The Startup Magazine

Online jobs are starting to become obvious options for people who need to stay at home. One of the best choices out there is being a virtual assistant (VA). When you do it right, being a virtual assistant can be an excellent career move.

Coffee Lovers: This Is How You Upgrade Your Morning Brew

YFS Magazine

Coffee is a natural antioxidant, it's delicious, and allows you to say “dirty bean water” in public. Give your morning brew an upgrade with these tips. Lifestyle coffee fitness health and wellness lifestyle

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The Austin Technology Incubator Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

SiliconHills

When the Austin Technology Incubator launched in 1989, Austin was a much different city. Austin had one of the highest commercial vacancy rates in the country. Its economy struggled to recover after the Savings and Loan Crisis. The technology industry was in its infancy.

Why Moving Your Small Business Online Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

YoungUpstarts

Making a success of your small business isn’t something you accomplish all at once. If you’re serious about keeping your company growing and prosperous on an ongoing basis, it’s important to keep your business knowledge current and continue to embrace change as it comes.

Gaining Exposure: The Essential Guide for Start-Ups

The Startup Magazine

If you’re thinking about going into business as a startup, it is incredibly important that you consider how to get exposure before you go into business. This will increase the potential customers’ knowledge and perception of your brand, which will likely convert into sales for your business.

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How To Survive Your First Year In Business As A Consultant

YFS Magazine

Here's an inside look at best practices for staying successful (and sane!) as you get your consulting practice off the ground. Launch business coach business consultants consulting starting a business

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How to Protect Your Startup’s Website From Malware and Cyber Attacks

Up and Running

Congratulations! Now that you officially have a website , what started as a seed of an idea has grown into a full-fledged business—and the possibilities are endless.

The Importance Of LinkedIn In The Modern World

YoungUpstarts

In an increasingly online world, it is natural for selective processes to be done through tools and web sites. For a professional who wants to stand out and be always remembered in his area of ??business,

6 tips to bridge cultural differences in marketing communication

The Startup Magazine

Your products and services are successful in your home country. There’s nothing stopping you to enter foreign markets. If it works here, your neighbors must love it too! But then results disappoint. What went wrong?

26 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated

Hearpreneur

When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

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What does a Head of People do? Learning from Ada’s Chelsea MacDonald

Version One Ventures

Over the past few months, we have been running a series of posts where we profile one of the many incredible operators in our network. These operators are generous enough to share their expertise and wisdom, and we are lucky to do deep dives into unique topics. We’ve already learned about marketplaces from Bala Subramaniam , Head of Fulfillment at Instacart. And Sin-Mei Tsai , VP of Engineering at Shippo, discussed code quality.

How Learning A Marketing Degree Can Help You In Business

YoungUpstarts

When you talk about business, studying a marketing degree will make a difference between a short-term and successful long-term business. It opens a lot of doors in the corporate world, from a newbie employee until you become your boss by starting a business.

6 Things to Consider Before Applying For a Startup Loan

The Startup Magazine

Most people can’t afford to buy a home or startup a business unless they take out a loan. Besides that, loans are also needed when an emergency happens. Loans therefore come in handy when you really need liquid cash or capital for the first business purchases.

Stop Apologizing: Widen Your Focus to Grow in Business and in Life

Up and Running

Life can be crazy and hectic sometimes. The thing is, finding the right ways to learn while developing your expertise (and yes, adulting and doing life and family) can feel mind-boggling. I’m beginning to realize that information and industry knowledge can feel so siloed.

Secrets of Financial Applications: Traits of Fintech Apps

ReadWriteStart

Technology for financial services came about as a response to the challenge of making finance more straightforward and more accessible. Now, people are demanding that their transactions be fast, easy and secure — globalization has required to work at a broader, more rapid speed.

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