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What Top Performers at Startups and Large Organizations Have in Common…More Than You Would Think

Startup Lessons Learned

While doing research for his extraordinary new book, Great at Work , Morten Hansen studied more than 5,000 managers and employees in corporate America to identify the key practices that explain why some perform better than others.

This Is A Really Good Place To Be Right Now

Feld Thoughts

As I was meditating this morning, the thought “this is a really good place to be right now” came to the front of my mind. As is my way when I meditate, I noted that I’d had the thought, placed it on a leaf, set it on the virtual river flowing in front of me, and let it drift away.

USV Manager Bootcamp

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our USV Portfolio Network Team built a new offering last year called the USV Manager Bootcamp. The idea is to offer management training classes to our portfolio companies that are too small to be able to offer those classes themselves.

B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach

Grasshopper Herder

Have you thought about using Lean Startup to improve your sales process? The founder of Shipitwise reveals how he used lean principles to improve B2B sales. The post B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach appeared first on Customer Development Lean Startup B2B Evaluative Market Experiment Startup Tool

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5 Key Decision Points Highlight Great Venture Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs are convinced that the strength of their initial idea somehow defines them as a leader, as well as the success potential of their derivative business. In my experience, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

Innovators podcast @ Stanford

Steve Blank

A fun interview at Stanford about some old things and new ones. link]. Founders. 2:15: Founders and dysfunctional families. 3:55: Operating in chaos. 7:18: Mentorship is a two-way street. 11:50: Founders are artists. 14:03: Failure=experience. 17:27: Rules for raising a family if you’re a founder. Startups. 19:25: Startups are not smaller versions of large companies. 22:03: How I-Corps and H4X were born. 26:25: Your idea is not a company.

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Audio Of The Week: A16Z’s Alex Rampell

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I found this wide ranging interview quite interesting. Alex has been an entrepreneur and is now an investor. He is operating at the intersection of traditional fintech and crypto, which is a place USV also often occupies. USV TEAM POSTS: Bethany Marz Crystal — January 26, 2018 The Lisa Frank Sticker Experiment Albert Wenger — January 26, 2018 Mycroft: Open Consumer Voice Platform. crypto entrepreneurship hacking finance VC & Technology

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5 Solution Differentiation Moves That Customers Love

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur believes that their product or service is memorable, and that every customer will quickly see the advantage over competitors. Yet true product differentiation in the eye of the customer is rarely achieved.

Outsourcing Is A No-Brainer For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Understand your hourly wage, explore your options, and soon you can outsource your way to more time, more money, and a more valuable company. Back Office Grow back office managing workflow outsourcing productivity

Why We Invested in Attentive

View from Seed

Five years ago, TapCommerce CEO & Co-Founder Brian Long had a vision of helping brands deliver customers, revenue, and ROI across mobile devices. A lot has changed since then, but one industry megatrend has remained constant: consumers’ radical adoption of mobile commerce and retailers’ desire to reach them on these devices.

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Like Minds…Leaders Take Action

Feld Thoughts

Tomorrow night I’m the keynote speaker at the AllHealth Network event Like Minds…Leaders Take Action. I will be discussing the challenges of entrepreneurs around mental health issues and how the stigma associated with it creates an additional layer of difficulty.

8 Lessons From Military Strategy For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well.

4 Smart Ways Take Your Business From Good to Great

YFS Magazine

It wasn’t until I asked myself if I was successful that I was able to realize all the great things our company could still accomplish. Grow Operations business lessons company culture growth strategy innovation

A Low-Volume, High-Conviction, High-Support Investor

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My friend Mark Mullen and his partner Jim Andelman are announcing a new VC firm in Southern California today. They call themselves Bonfire Ventures. I love how they describe themselves as “a low-volume, high-conviction, high-support investor.” ” That is who you want at your side when you are starting a business. There are a number of those types of firms out there, USV is one, Bonfire is another, and there are plenty more.

Adele and Everything After

Feld Thoughts

Long Haul Films is the video production company that does our videos like Bored Meetings , Worst of Times , and I’m a VC. We are huge fans of Melissa and Tom. They have a new documentary coming out called Adele and Everything After. It is an award-winning documentary about Marty, a woman with an untreatable heart condition that made her pass out every day, and Adele, one of the world’s first cardiac alert service dogs.

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Avoid Competitor Bashing In Your Pitch To Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

5 Machine Learning Trends That Will Impact Business In 2018

YFS Magazine

Here are five machine learning trends that will continue to define business in 2018 and beyond. Grow Technology artificial intelligence machine learning technology

How to Form a LLC

Up and Running

You have a number of different options when it comes to structuring your business. You might want to consider a limited liability company, or an LLC, because in some ways you get the best of both worlds: You get the benefit of personal liability protection, as you would with a corporation.

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Egypt Outlook Improves


The economy continues to gather strength heading into the new calendar year, although it remains fragile, as evidenced by December’s PMI which sank back into pessimistic territory.

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Janesville – A Story About the Rest of America

Steve Blank

I just read book – Janesville – that reminded me again of life outside the bubble. Janesville, tells the story of laid-off factory workers of a General Motors factory that’s never going to reopen. It’s a story about a Midwest town and the type of people I knew and worked alongside.

4 Ways To Improve Social Media Security And Protect Your Brand

YFS Magazine

With ever-increasing returns on investment in the social media space, what could go wrong? In a word: everything. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online marketing social media social media marketing

8 Ways To Nurture New Venture Stock Into A Goldmine

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ll never forget that great sense of excitement I felt when I incorporated my first business, and realized that I was now the proud owner of 10 million shares of common stock. Of course, initially these founder’s shares were worth essentially nothing, but it doesn’t take much of an imagination to grasp the possibilities. It’s great motivation for every entrepreneur to get that value up quickly.

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Opioid Overdose Death Rates and All Drug Overdose Death Rates per 100,000 Population


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6 Tips For Starting A Business On A Budget


by Lewis Robinson. Starting a business on a budget is a formidable challenge, but it certainly is possible. It’s much easier when you don’t require lots of space or expensive equipment. Even so, there are some strategies you can employ to avoid breaking the bank.

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How To Manage A Remote Team In Multiple Offices

YFS Magazine

Do you manage a remote team? If so, you know they are only as productive as your ability to manage them. And let’s face it, losing track of your remote team or managing them ineffectively is pretty easy to do.

7 Ways to do Drip Marketing for SaaS


It’s no secret that email is the most effective acquisition channels for any marketer. In fact, according to Campaign Monitor , for every $1 spent, email marketing generates $38 in ROI. But with all the noise today, it’s getting harder to get noticed.

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Crude Oil Outlook


Brent: The upward trend in Brent Crude Oil prices that started in mid-2017 remained intact at the outset of 2018, driven by strong fundamentals. Oil prices hit an over three-year high on 11 January. On 12 January, prices traded at USD 70.3 per barrel, which was up 8.3% from the same day in December.

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USV Is Hiring Two Analysts

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It’s that time again. USV is hiring two analysts, each for a two year rotation. The hiring process is similar to what we have done in the past, but the role is a bit different. We are adopting more of an apprenticeship model: For this analyst cycle, we are changing things up a bit by transforming the program into more of an apprenticeship. What does that mean? You will work mostly with two partners at the firm, one of whom will be primarily responsible for your training.

3 Creative Ways Facebook Messenger Can Grow Your Business

YFS Magazine

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to using Facebook Messenger to market your business. Here's a look at three creative ways to get started. Grow Marketing & Sales facebook facebook marketing marketing online marketing social media social media marketing

Integrated Live Chat Boosts Ecommerce Sales

Startup Life

Last year, I worked with a salesman who repeated the same motto on a daily basis: ‘people buy from people’. At first, I thought he was talking nonsense. I thought it was just an obvious fact, rather than a subtle truth. In short, I’d missed the point.

2018 Grammy Awards Sh*tshow


I am not conservative, but watching the Grammys last night made me feel wildly conservative. The production seemed unplanned, bloated and over budget for the sake of being over budget. Hillary Clinton's cameo.that was the best part of the 3.5 hour sh*tshow.

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Smarter Immigration

deal architect

President Trump spent plenty of time on immigration in his State of the Union speech this week. I wish he had spent more time on each of the four pillars he identified and two policy changes he announced – we. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

What Denver Should Do When Amazon Doesn’t Choose It For HQ2

Feld Thoughts

Ian Hathaway, my co-author for my next book – Startup Communities 2: The Next Generation – has a great blog post up titled The Amazon Bounce Back. Colorado, specifically Denver, is in the final 20 cities bidding on Amazon’s HQ2. This open bid process is an absolutely brilliant move by Amazon for a variety of reasons. Enormous branding : Everyone, everywhere, is talking about Amazon. Amazon Amazon Amazon. We love Amazon.

Content Marketing is About Customers, Not Keywords

Duct Tape Marketing

Content Marketing is About Customers, Not Keywords written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch About Content Marketing for Small Business.

Get your Startup’s Headline right.

47 Hats

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our startups that’s impossible to see them as a stranger does. A stranger visiting your site knows literally next to nothing about you. They probably got there via Google when they were searching for a solution to a particular problem, be it invoicing for freelance work, teaching their children Italian or dealing with contaminated medical waste. You startup is just another link to them, another tab out of the 20+ tabs they opened from Google.

Neuroscience Secrets That Can Supercharge Your Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

Marketers and business owners who understand human behavior and motivation have an unfair advantage over their competitors. As we wrote in How to Use Science To Improve Your Marketing: Smart businesses apply science to marketing.

Five Must-Have Tools For Virtual Businesses


We live in an online world. The Internet has evolved from a useful tool to a necessary component of everyday life, whether personal or professional. That’s why so many entrepreneurs no longer have a traditional office to host their business operations.