Sat.Mar 28, 2020 - Fri.Apr 03, 2020

Enterprise Software: Emergency Apps and Empathy

deal architect

I was talking to a vendor exec last week and I mentioned the agility and innovation I am seeing in various sectors - agile manufacturing, re-jigged supply chains, reshaped shopping experiences, last-mile delivery, telework, telemedicine, teleschool- as we are fighting. Industry Commentary

5 Steps To Get Ahead With The Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

According to Gallup surveys , job satisfaction for employees is at an all-time low. Only 13 percent of workers are fully engaged in their job. The sad part is that is seems to be getting worse, rather than better. One obvious alternative is to become an entrepreneur.

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How To Turn A Great Idea Into An Action Plan

YoungUpstarts

by Greg DeLine, president and CEO of DeLine Holdings. If you’re serious about becoming an entrepreneur, chances are good that you already have a killer idea in mind.

How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It’s been updated with new information about the U.S. Paycheck Protection program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive. We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

The Most Transformative C-Level Exec: COVID-19

deal architect

I heard someone recently say we have seen more digital transformation in the last month than we had in the last decade. Matthew Price, CEO of Cloudflare summarized it nicely for Jim Cramer of CNBC "while the real heroes of

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10 Startup Practices With A Proven Record Of Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs seem to prefer to fail their way to the top, rather than do some research and learn from the successes and mistakes of others. It seems to be part of the “fail fast, fail often” mantra often heard in Silicon Valley.

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Feed the Frontlines Boulder

Feld Thoughts

A creative group of Boulder entrepreneurs, led by Vikas Reddy and Kyle Judah and inspired by San Franciso entrepreneurs/investors Frank Barbieri and Ryan Sarver have created and put into action a program that supports both frontline health workers and local independent restaurants.

NextView Partners Discuss the State of the Market In a Covid-19 World

View from Seed

Last week we held a virtual “Lunch and Learn” with Melody and Lee where they had a discussion about what they’re seeing in the market in a covid-19 world, made some predictions about where we are headed in the next couple of weeks to months, and took some questions about the state of VC funding.

8 Brand Models To Attract Your Perfect Fit Customer

Startup Professionals Musings

Attracting the right customers is the key to success in business, whether you have a new startup or a mature enterprise.

Is Your Company’s Bench Deep Enough During Difficult Times?

YoungUpstarts

The Three Crises

Feld Thoughts

While everyone I know feels the weight of being in the midst of the Covid crisis, we are actually dealing with the overlap of three linked crises. Understanding this, and putting it in historical context, has been helpful to me as I process real-time inputs and prioritize my activities.

Hard Decisions Require Empathy

Both Sides of the Table

In the past two weeks we have entered perhaps to most surreal experience in any of our lives. I think intuitively many of us believe it may be a more lasting impact than just “60 days at home,” which is why we almost have a nervous laughter when we call (Zoom!) somebody we haven’t spoken to since before the crisis and acknowledge how bizarre we all feel right now.

7 Key Culture Elements That Drive Value In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to set the culture you need for a thriving business, as well as thriving employees, customers, partners, and vendors.

10 Silicon Valley Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley – a fantastic moniker that conjures lots of images, right? That’s because, in real life, it’s also a fantastic place. And entrepreneurs and business people agree! But just how interesting is this place outside of its fancy reputation and name?

Citizens of Colorado – Stay At Home #DoingMyPart

Feld Thoughts

Governor Jared Polis had an excellent and extremely data-driven press conference yesterday to provide quantitive support for his stay at home order (among other things.) The presentation is embedded and worth paging through.

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

David Cohen

March 30, 2020. Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago. A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family.

COVID-19 Positive Points!

Rembrandt Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed all of our lives in very different ways, very quickly! Unfortunately, this is not an April Fool’s joke!

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When You Should Take Out A Business Loan

YoungUpstarts

There are great reasons to take out a business loan and situations in which this should not be considered. At the end of the day, you go into debt so you have to be very careful. Nowadays, it is very easy to take out a loan, even with bad credit thanks to services like LetMeBank.

How To Write Magnetic Content That Resonates With Your Audience

YFS Magazine

When you change your approach to content development, you create a package that’s both valuable and one of a kind –– just like you. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

VC Funding in 2020: What Investors Look for in Startups

ReadWriteStart

Venture capital investment is one of the top places startups look out for when seeking funding for their business alongside other popular options like angel investing and crowdfunding.

Meet your COVID-19 CFO

VC Adventure

A lot of companies are struggling to figure out how to respond to the economic crisis that was precipitated by COVID-19. Should they cut staff or should they furlough them (and what’s the difference)? Should they ask people to take a pay cut?

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Common Investing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

YoungUpstarts

Investing is a great way to boost your wealth for the long term; however, if not done right, you may end up making careless mistakes that could cost you. Thankfully many of these costly investing errors can be avoided just by being more aware.

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In a Crisis, Planning Matters More than Ever

Up and Running

The effects of the coronavirus on your business is likely all you’ve been able to think about over the last few weeks. Your sales have plunged, or worse, your business is now closed during the shutdown. It’s a full-blown crisis, fueled by a pandemic, with macroeconomic indicators.

5 Critical Mistakes New Business Owners Make

The Startup Magazine

There’s no doubt that starting a business is exciting. You finally get to have full control over your work and create your own hours. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to answer to anyone. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and not be aware of the startup challenges.

Investing in Downturns

VC Adventure

TBH, I haven’t been thinking much about new investments at the moment. I’ve been asked many times how I think the Covid-19 crisis will change investor behavior and fundraising for startups.

Side Hustling… Which Kind Should You Have: Hobby Hustle, Side Ride, Or Gateway Gig?

YoungUpstarts

by Dr. Todd Saxton and Dr. Kim Saxton , co-authors of “ The Titanic Effect: Successfully Navigating the Uncertainties that Sink Most Startups “ . Side hustles are quite the rage right now, in part enabled by technology and the gig economy.

9 Shopify Apps to Win More Ecommerce Sales

ConversionXL

With over 4,000 apps on the Shopify app store—and 3–5 added every day—it’s impossible for store owners to keep up with the changing app landscape. But that doesn’t mean there’s no pressure to keep up.

Founder Goes Full-throttle With the Concept of Data Leadership

Hearpreneur

After years of working in data, Anthony J. Algmin realized there was something missing to the overall approach when solving data-related issues.

Tips For Working from Home From The Foundry Network

VC Adventure

Over the past week I’ve been gathering work-from-home tips from Foundry Group portfolio companies. Here are some of the best suggestions – from WFH veterans as well as some newbies quickly getting up to speed. I highlighted a few that I thought were particularly good ones. Work Space.

The Benefits Of Alternative Education For At-Risk Students

YoungUpstarts

There is significant data to illustrate the importance of providing the right kind of educational opportunities to at-risk and special needs children. Sadly, students from lower income families are often less likely to have adequate access to nutritional food, safe housing and suitable healthcare.

The Pros and Cons of Founding a Startup During a Recession

ReadWriteStart

With the economy in an inevitable tailspin toward the first recession in over a decade, there remains ample click bait apocalyptic article titles touting the economy’s inevitable downfall.

Securing the Supply Chain – COVID-19 series

Start Up Blog

If there is one thing we’ve realised it’s how interconnected and physical our world really is. Digital can only substitute so much. With 70 years of unimpeded global growth and globalisation we’ve all become a little complacent.

COVID-19 Strategy: How to Forecast Cash Flow in a Crisis

Up and Running

Cash flow management in a crisis is absolutely vital. It can mean the difference between surviving this crisis and closing your doors.

Why Employers Should Consider Combat Boots A Bonus

YoungUpstarts

by John Ramirez USA CSM (Ret.), Dean of Operations, College of Doctoral Studies at University of Phoenix. Your new hire may not be wearing combat boots. But employers would be wise to look for them on a resume when making hiring decisions. With unemployment rates reaching historic lows, U.S.

Why Entrepreneurs Must Learn to Love Paperwork  

The Startup Magazine

Entrepreneurship is the dream of many people who want to bring big ideas to life and turn startup ventures into massive industry powerhouses. But it’s also about business paperwork.

Alternative tech job boards during Covid-19

VC Cafe

Startups are getting hit hard by the economic price of Covid-19. As the New York Times reported yesterday , many companies have started laying off people already. Social distancing means that in many cases, this happens via video conferencing.