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Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been one of the largest supporters of innovation in the U.S. Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions. The result will be defense innovation with speed and urgency. —-.

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Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls

Grasshopper Herder

Guest Blogger Valerie Vacante writes, "Avoid these three common pitfalls when pursuing corporate innovation.". The post Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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On The Road Again

Feld Thoughts

I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. Rule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel.

7 New Initiatives To Fearlessly Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than it is now, nor more difficult. Every opportunity is global, but so is the competition.

What Is a SWOT Analysis?

Up and Running

This article is part of our “ Business Planning Guide “ —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Conducting a SWOT analysis of your business is a lot more fun than it sounds.

I Built My Startup To A $15M Valuation – While Living In A Van

YFS Magazine

Over a course of two years, I bootstrapped a startup to a $15M valuation – while living in a van. After that experience my sense of reality was redefined. Editor Picks Lifestyle digital nomad lifestyle location independent personal development starting a business startup advice

Profiles on 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates

Feld Thoughts

On October 19th, Engage Boulder is hosting a breakfast with me from 7:30am to 9:30am to discuss the past, present, and future of Boulder. I’ve lived and worked here since 1995 so I’ve seen, and be involved in, a lot of the evolution of our city over this period of time. I’m hoping to have a thoughtful and open conversation about a lot of the issues that are coming up around our local election. If you are interested, please join us.

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What Is a Business Model? Business Models Explained

Up and Running

Airbnb is a well-known example of the marketplace business model. Understanding the problem you are solving for your customers is undoubtedly the biggest challenge you’ll face when you’re starting a business. Customers need to want what you are selling and your product needs to solve a real problem.

5 Smart Ways To Increase Your Website Traffic

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at five ways you can create better content, grow your personal brand and effectively promote it to audiences around the world. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing online marketing

Marathon #25: Run Crazy Horse in South Dakota

Feld Thoughts

I finished marathon #25 today and checked South Dakota off the list. I ran it with ten friends (nine of us did the marathon, two did the half) who were all part of my Chorus team that I started in June.

7 Leadership Actions To Win In This New World Of Work

Startup Professionals Musings

We are living in a new generation of business, where customers drive the experience, and highly engaged employees are required to keep up with customer expectations. Traditional business leadership practices, including autocratic, reactive, and narcissistic, aren’t working.

Do You Know How Your Business Is Doing and Where It’s Going?

Up and Running

I think it’s safe to say that most new business owners don’t jump into their entrepreneurial dream because they are financial experts or are particularly excited about spending a lot of time knee deep in their business’s financial reports.

10 Tips To Be A Better Public Speaker

YoungUpstarts

by Topher Morrison, author of “ The Book on Public Speaking “ If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, chances are you have had to face the microphone and give a speech at one time or another. Maybe it was a keynote, or perhaps a more formal lecture.

Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination. We’re living through the transformation from digital to virtual, and Softbank leading today’s investment of $164 million in Mapbox accelerates this even faster. I’ve posted about the massive founder crush my partners and I have on Eric Gundersen, the CEO of Mapbox.

10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur would love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but most have no idea what really sets these guys apart from all the rest. Conventional wisdom has them looking for a painful problem, a very large opportunity, and minimal competitive barriers to entry.

Why Every Small Business Needs A Virtual Phone System

YFS Magazine

Stay accessible, productive and efficient at any time, in any place, in a highly mobile world. Here's why virtual phone systems have become the norm. Back Office Grow Technology back office business tools cloud based apps communications technology virtual phone system

Welcoming Melody Koh to the NextView Team

View from Seed

We are very excited today to announce that Melody Koh is joining NextView as a Venture Partner based in our New York office. For those of you who don’t know Melody, she was an early member of the team at Blue Apron, joining the company as their first PM and eventually going on to lead their product, design, and analytics teams. Melody was instrumental to the hyper-growth phase of Blue Apron.

Twitter Needs a Public Police Blotter

Hunter Walker

Twitter’s general policy is to not comment on the actions taken against a specific account deemed to be in violation of its Terms of Service.

8 Weak Change Signals That Can Have Explosive Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

When the economy tanks as it did in the last recession, that’s a strong signal that things have to change, and it’s hard to miss. But most of us in business have to deal most of the time with weak signals, or change that is happening in a far more subtle way.

Entrepreneurs Should Stop Lying To Investors – And Themselves

YFS Magazine

I use to think that transparency was overrated — not because I didn’t want to be open, but because I didn’t believe much value could come from it. Lead investors leadership personal development

Outlooks Worsens in Venezuela

Chaganomics

What would Bolivar do? In August of this year Fortune reported: Venezuela's real-world bolívar is now worth considerably less than the fantasy currency in the video game World of Warcraft. According to Focus Economics, little has changed and the situation is slated to get worse.

Using Dual Process Theory for Higher Conversions

ConversionXL

Designing your website requires a studied understanding of human behavior if you want to increase your conversions. Using psychological tactics in your design to appeal to potential customers can help do this, but you must first know how users’ decisions are made.

Embrace Artificial Intelligence & Move Your Startup Forward

YoungUpstarts

by David Kosmayer, CEO and Founder of Bookmark. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time but it’s only in recent years that people have begun to understand how pervasive it’s become.

Digital Analytics + Marketing Career Advice: Your Now, Next, Long Plan

Occam's Razor

The rapid pace of innovation and the constantly exploding collection of possibilities is a major contributor to the fun we all have in digital jobs. There is never a boring moment, there is never time when you can’t do something faster or smarter.

48in48 Atlanta 2017 – 3rd time’s a charm!

Jeff Hilimire

Once again, we did it! For the 3rd straight year we pulled off a 48in48 event in Atlanta, and it just keeps getting better. Over 300 volunteers came and donated their weekend to the cause (to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours), providing over $1.5

How to Embrace Online Review Sites

Up and Running

Online review sites are a great opportunity to gather feedback and information from your customers. While some would argue that these sites are mostly used as a place for consumers to complain about their negative experiences with local businesses, that’s almost always not the case.

James Clear: How The Master Of Habitual Self Improvement Became A Writer And Uses His Blog To Reach Over A Million People Per Month

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] There are a few people online who I genuinely appreciate as writers. James Clear is one of them. James is one of the only bloggers I know who does extensive research for his content and includes footnotes.

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A Few Reasons To Use Video Production Services In Your Internet Marketing Campaign

YoungUpstarts

Without any doubt, marketing is one of the crucial elements of business success. Every experienced marketer and business owner knows that poor or inadequate marketing efforts can affect the sales and vice versa.

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How to Optimize Your Event Marketing Campaigns: Before, During and After Events

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Optimize Your Event Marketing Campaigns: Before, During and After Events written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Frost and Sullivan report that the live events industry is worth around $512 billion.

10 Coupon Tips For Beginners To Get On-board With

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The business world is flourishing and buying patterns have greatly changed over the past couple of years. The famous brands always seek for the ways to provide leverage to their customers. One of these ways is offering discount coupon deals on various items.

Data Centers – On-Premise, Cloud, or Hybrid – What’s Best for Your Company

The Startup Magazine

Whether you are a startup, a small- to mid-sized business, or a large corporation, data management can make you cringe. It is no secret that security is priority one, with hacked-data stories populating the news seemingly each week.

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Do This, Not That Email Marketing Edition

YoungUpstarts

by Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft and co-author of “ Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy “ Email marketing is one of the oldest and most effective methods of digital marketing.

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3 reasons why top-down approach to product strategy are a bad idea

The Next Web

Many of the tech companies I’ve worked for have employed a top-down approach to product strategy. This typically entails a small number of leaders within the organization — usually from the C-suite — dictating the entire product roadmap.

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6 Fantastic Apps for a More Balanced Work-Home Life

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Modern life means that people can work anytime and anywhere. As a result, the lines dividing personal life and work have thinned. Consequently, people face an increasing level of stress as they try to manage their roles.

Why English Isn't Enough

Babbling VC

As I've had to answer this question so many times at this point, I thought I'd just save myself the time in the future and make a blogpost out of it. If you are going to apply to work for us at Liquid Labs, you have to speak German.

How To Build Your Personal Brand – 8 Tips

YoungUpstarts

by Pamela Webber, Chief Marketing Officer at 99designs .

Workday and the Age of Intelligence

deal architect

Mike McNamara is CEO of a remarkable $ 25 bn a year company that many people do not know much about. Flex is contract manufacturer for a wide range of products from automobiles to medical devices. Its design and shop. Cloud Computing, SaaS