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5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup


With multibillion-dollar tech companies and growth startups making headlines left and right, it’s natural to want to get a piece of the action. Ant Financial, for example, recently closed a ridiculous Series C funding round of $14 billion — one of the largest VC funding rounds in history.

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Effective Marketing Today Begins With A Conversation

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to small businesses and startups, I still find many who think marketing is still primarily broadcasting your message to as many customers as possible, hitting them again and again, until it sticks.

How To Grow Your Brand Using Social Media


Before social media, it could take a lot of time and effort to be able to get your business noticed. Social media has given the online marketplace numerous individual platforms for advertising and marketing.

A Great Example of A Professor’s Involvement With A Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

I received a Silicon Flatirons email from Phil Weiser this morning in his role as Silicon Flatirons Founder and Executive Director. My partners and I, especially Jason Mendelson, have been very involved with Silicon Flatirons over the past decade. I have a chapter in Startup Communities that uses CU Boulder – and specifically Silicon Flatirons – as an example of a much better way than the traditional approach (circa 2012) for a university to engage with the startup community.

An Interview with Author and Lean Startup Conference 2018 Speaker Giff Constable

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the speakers at this year’s Lean Startup Conference , which kicks off on November 14th in Las Vegas, is Giff Constable. Giff is a repeat entrepreneur whose companies include Neo, a product innovation consulting firm where he worked with organizations like the Mayo Clinic and Time, Inc.

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Tech Marathoners: Rob Enslin

deal architect

This continues a series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world has. Tech Marathoners series

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Pioneer In Skirts Sizzle Trailer

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are proud executive producers of the upcoming movie Pioneer In Skirts. It has been part of our activity supporting independent documentaries about gender diversity, especially in science and tech.

Designing the Ideal Board Meeting – The Board Meeting

VC Adventure

This is the 4th post in my Designing the Ideal Board Meetin g series. I hope this series so far has helped you think a bit differently about how you approach the lead-up to your board meetings.

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The past, present and future of Work

deal architect

I was at a Cognizant event last week where they introduced 21 jobs they are predicting for the next decade. Last year, they had announced their first batch of 21 jobs. See here for details. The day before, Mark Hurd. Silicon Collar


Driven to Distraction – the future of car safety

Steve Blank

If you haven’t gotten a new car in a while you may not have noticed that the future of the dashboard looks like this: That’s it. A single screen replacing all the dashboard gauges, knobs and switches. But behind that screen is an increasing level of automation that hides a ton of complexity.

Disagree and Commit

Feld Thoughts

One of my favorite Bezo-isms is “Disagree and Commit.” ” I’ve seen it in articles a handful of times recently as the adulation around Amazon and Bezos’ management reaches a fever pitch.

Techpreneur and Developer Behind World’s First AI-Powered Design Tool for Presentations


Artificial intelligence is a game changer and will continue to influence how we do things. San Francisco-based Beautiful.AI , a first-of-its-kind tool that applies artificial intelligence to automate the design process, has just released new product features to help SMBs create modern, clean and professionally designed slides in minutes. New features include: animation, audio, auto-advance, Easy come, easy go (back) and Revision History.

Tech Marathoners: Rob Enslin - Part 2

deal architect

We ran Part 1 of the interview with Rob Enslin yesterday. Part 2 below continues with how he sees tech and its impact today compared to his perspective in past decades. He also talks about his leadership style and his

5 Key Elements Of A Winning Business Strategy Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Does your business have a visible positive strategy, or do your customers and employees still see your primary focus as closing more sales and killing competitors?

Full-Throttle Lifestyle: The Joy Of Being A Family Woman In Business


by Judith Nowlin, Chief Growth Officer with Babyscripts. Just the other day, on the flight home from a four-day roadshow, I found myself in conversation with my seatmate.

A Slow, Painless Death

Babbling VC

We're so misled by what we often read in blogs and press stories or see on TV shows. One way or another, we tend to react to drama and they who produce content feed on this. In reality, there is often very little drama or noise when things go terribly wrong.

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IBM Red Hat: Reading the tea leaves

deal architect

I have certain core IT values. I like customers to buy versus build systems. Have long been a buy cheerleader. But in return, I expect vendors to build not buy. So, I have never been a fan of big. Cloud Computing, SaaS Silicon Collar

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Make Yourself A Key Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners I know are humble, and they don’t have an inflated sense of self.

Humility: The X-Factor


by Jeremy Dale, author of “ The Punk Rock of Business: Applying a Punk Rock Attitude in the Modern Business Era “ “People will walk through fire for a leader that’s true and human.” ” – Patrick Lencioni.

Meet Our Newest Investment: Properly

View from Seed

A home is arguably the most important asset both financially and emotionally for a family. As a result, the unnecessarily complex and manual process one experiences today with traditional real estate brokers and agents can cause selling that home to be an emotional and stressful experience.

Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?


So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature. Here’s a thought for you to recall later when and if the event happens. Remember those who got you there.

Innovation and Venture Capital in New Jersey

Feld Thoughts

If you are a fan of Startup Communities , there’s a lot going on around new initiatives on this front. Ian Hathaway and I are hard at work on a book called The Startup Community Way, which is modeled after Eric Ries’ evolution of The Lean Startup to his recent book The Startup Way.

5 Ways To Make Machine Learning Work For Your Small Online Store


by Manish Dudharejia, President and Founder of E2M Solutions Inc. Being a small-to-medium sized online business is not easy. You often have to compete with national and international e-commerce organizations with better resources and more manpower.

11 Essential Business Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YFS Magazine

Select the business metrics that really matter depending on your particular industry, monitor them consistently, and improve results over time. Finance Grow business metrics financial metrics

Help! My marketing planning is a mess

The Startup Magazine

Startup marketers are worried. They have no time for ‘the fun part’. Marketing planning organisation consumes more time than marketing planning itself. They lose time in Excel, causing them to lose control of all marketing management tasks. Source: Pexels. Create an overview.

Why Partnerships Are Your Secret Weapon to Building Referrals

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Partnerships Are Your Secret Weapon to Building Referrals written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Generating referrals is the key to securing your business’s long-term success, and it can feel like a pretty massive undertaking.

The 5 Most Important Things A Business Leader Should Know


by Roe Patterson, CEO of Basic Energy Services and author of “ Crude Blessings ” I regularly get asked how I have accomplished so much at a young age. I don’t feel that young. I’m 44 and feel like I’m 75 in CEO years. But I see their point.

Five Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job And Startup

YFS Magazine

So, you’re sick of your 9 to 5 and you've come up with an amazing business idea. Here's a look at five things you should do first. Plan business idea map minimum viable product starting a business

Why the Future for Entrepreneurs is Organizational Leadership

The Startup Magazine

Entrepreneurs often focus on developing innovative ideas and creating startups. However, organizational leadership is a key skill that every entrepreneur needs to manage a successful company that grows over time.

18 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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What Is Video Animation?


Video Animation is a concept whereby a chain of images or pictures is put together in a frame to create an illusion of non-stop motion. A classic example of video animation is cartoons on the TV.

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Four Reasons Why Company Retreats Are Good For Business

YFS Magazine

Company retreats allow your team to come together strategically and leverage group intelligence to cultivate communication, commitment, and excellence. Company Culture Grow business retreats company culture leadership retreats

Startup Opportunity: CBD Vaping Oil

The Startup Magazine

Owing to the personal testimonials and recent research surrounding CBD, the market for CBD oil has grown considerably. The CBD business has potential for those looking for a startup idea. Source: Stock Photo.

AI Power: Introducing Currant

K9 Ventures

The home is getting smarter. We hear that every day and we’re constantly exposed to new devices that all help to bring this home of the future to us. From smart doorbells, to smart door locks, to smart light bulbs and more.