Sat.Feb 11, 2017 - Fri.Feb 17, 2017

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally whereas today 50% of our dollars are invested in LA.

10 Personality Types That Shouldn’t Be Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

People who get stressed managing their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. Small businesses require multi-tasking, work prioritization, and decision-making, with no assistants or help from specialists. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

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Alexa, Techstars, and Cooper

Feld Thoughts

Recently, Amazon’s Alexa team and Techstars launched The Alexa Accelerator , powered by Techstars , Last week, a bunch of fun skills have been integrated into Alexa. I thought I’d give some a try.

Top Startup Mistake: Unrealistic Forecasts

Up and Running

True story: I sat down for lunch with a friend, a Sand Hill Drive venture capitalist. When I asked the standard “How are you,” he answered: “If I see another hockey stick forecast this week, I’m going to throw something at somebody.”.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

BuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

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29 Entrepreneurs Discuss Why They Love Their Business

Hearpreneur

Share Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any job they have had.

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5 Success Practices of Ultra-Effective Business Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

It takes an effective team to attract and serve a community in business these days.

Happy Valentines Day 2017

Feld Thoughts

To all the lovers and soulmates out there, today is a great day to reflect on your partnership. Amy and I have been together for over 26 years and she’s sitting next to me as I type this.

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5 Online Business Ideas For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Here is a look at 5 compelling, easy-to-start online business ideas that often have a short learning curve and require very little capital. This article 5 Online Business Ideas For Aspiring Entrepreneurs appeared first in YFS Magazine. Plan business ideas online business starting a business

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be eating the world. Don’t take my word for it – in the roundup of venture capital predictions for 2017 , I found it to be the top recurring theme. Some examples: AI will be the new mobile.

6 Reasons Your Business Needs A Website At Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, if your startup does not have an Internet home base up and running, you are not ready for business or potential investors.

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The Power Of A Digital Sabbath

Feld Thoughts

I’m doing a little better than I was on Friday morning when I wrote the post Generosity Burnout. Just writing the post put me in an appropriate frame of mind to reflect on things on Saturday. I took a digital sabbath , something I’ve been doing on 90% of the Saturdays since I first tried it in March, 2013 in the middle of a deep depressive episode. I’m not religious but I know many successful people who take a full day off once a week.

Do Less And Delegate More: How Leaders Learn To Let Go

YFS Magazine

As a leader, you’ll never help your business reach its highest potential if you’re drowning in daily minutiae. Try a few of these tips and learn to let go. This article Do Less And Delegate More: How Leaders Learn To Let Go appeared first in YFS Magazine.

Conversion Rate Optimization: How to Actually Convert the Traffic on Your Site?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Everyone has heard the saying that ‘content is king’ Unfortunately there’s often a disconnect between creating incredible content on a blog or landing page and then converting the traffic you get from it.

7 Rules For Maintaining A Creative Business Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Within the startup realm, there is a big difference between having an innovative product versus an innovative business. Some startups have a new technology, but stick to a tried-and-true business model. Others take an existing product, and give it new life with a creative business model.

What’s FinTech, And What Does It Mean For Your Business?

YoungUpstarts

by Andriy Skoropad, co-founder & CEO at Perfectial. You know PayPal, have heard of Bitcoin and, probably, even stumbled upon the term FinTech a few times. But have you a clear understanding of what exactly does this word stand for?

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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Restaurant Business Plan

Up and Running

If you’re serious about opening a restaurant, you’ll have to draft up a formal and accurate business plan to pitch to banks, investors, and even potential employees. I won’t lie—writing a formal business plan isn’t exactly a breeze.

Modern Inventors: Making Everyday Items More Useful

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The future never comes bundled into little packages that the world can tear open and access immediate transformation. Growth is a lengthy process that requires years of development.

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Design Your Office Space To Boost Productivity And Creativity

YFS Magazine

Workspaces are tools that should enhance your company. Craft the right office space for your style, but don’t be afraid to leave it once in a while. This article Design Your Office Space To Boost Productivity And Creativity appeared first in YFS Magazine.

3 tech founders on scaling multi-million dollar businesses

The Next Web

Creating a startup may be one of the most difficult things you ever attempt, but scaling the venture to a mass market is even harder. As your brand grows, unless you’re fully prepared to scale it properly, everything will become chaotic.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Public Speaking From Donald Trump

YoungUpstarts

by Mike Smerklo, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Next Coast Ventures. Don’t scroll past this post just yet! Let me be clear: I am not here to make a political statement or endorsement.

13 Things the Smartest Leaders Say to Motivate Their Employees

Inc Startups

Motivation isn't something you force out of people through fear or intimidation. Serve others well by inspiring them and speaking to their hearts

This could be mutually assured destruction in SAP world

deal architect

One of the most toxic contractual terms in SAP world is that of “indirect access” where users exchange information with the SAP software in dialog or prompt mode. The issue is not with licensed users who access the software using. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

uShip Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital Funding

SiliconHills

uShip, the online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, Wednesday announced it has closed on a $25 million round of funding. DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics companies owned by Deutsche Bahn AG, led the Series D round. To date, Austin-based uShip has raised $50 million with previous rounds led by Benchmark […] The post uShip Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Nine Ways to Get New Mileage From Worn Out Content

Duct Tape Marketing

Nine Ways to Get New Mileage From Worn Out Content written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. People don’t have enough time to continue to create the amount of content they need to attract visitors and convert them into leads. I get it.

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7 Life Lessons You Must Learn Before It's Too Late

Inc Startups

It's important to cherish every moment you've been blessed with

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Book Review: What to Do When Machines Do Everything

deal architect

Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring, thought leaders at Cognizant are back with a follow up to their last book, Code Halos. The title of the new book is gloomy but the book (they sent me a review copy). Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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How To Hire Your First Employee

YoungUpstarts

by Anand Srinivasan, founder of LeadJoint.com . The number of independent workers has been on the fall over the past few decades. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 15 million self-employed people in the country. That is nearly 10.1%

Video Of The Week: Generational Change In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A couple weeks ago my partner Andy and I talked about generational change in a VC firm in a conversation moderated by our longtime investor Lindel Eakman. I blogged a bit about generational change prior to that conversation. Here is the video of that conversation: VC & Technology

5 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

Inc Startups

Get your brain in shape with a little mental strength training

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Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. She epitomizes “give first” and cares deeply about the founders she works with as well as developing the Boston ecosystem.

Biggest Product Regret

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

How Teens Must Adapt To Growing Up In The Gig Economy

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Bennett, Founder and CEO of Skratch. Today’s generation of teens will be more prepared for the future work environment than the generations before them because of the accelerating gig economy.

Ending Your Emails With This 1 Word Vastly Improves the Response Rate

Inc Startups

The art of effective emailing begins with how you end

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