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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.

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


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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. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m often asked what it takes to switch and get real satisfaction from this lifestyle.

How To Turn A Great Idea Into An Action Plan


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. You’ve probably gone further than just a basic concept — whether that means getting product details down or making plans for when you eventually make it a reality. You know your idea is more than just a pipe dream, and you’re ready to put it into action.

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.

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.

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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Ideas For Rebalancing Your Marketing Campaign During This Current Pandemic  


by Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of “ The CEO’s Guide to Marketing: The Book Every Marketer Should Read Before Their Boss Does “. When an unexpected event of national or global scale dramatically changes the marketing environment, such as what’s happening now with the coronavirus, how should marketers respond? How do you get your best salespeople in front of clients and prospects when events are cancelled, travel is restricted and most people are working from home?

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. They’ve created a program called Feed the Frontlines Boulder that lets the community donate meals from local restaurants to health workers on the frontlines.

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! If you still have your job with the COVID-19 pandemic going on, you probably have many new regulations in place to keep you, your associates and your customers safe. If you work from home, you are dealing with a new schedule where you stay at home and have more calls, videos, webinars, and online options.

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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. In fact, in my experience, cultures are very hard to change, so if you don’t get it right the first time, the road ahead will forever be difficult. The Art of War” culture as an analogy for business doesn’t always work anymore.

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


by Bill Higgs , author of “ Culture Code Champions: 7 Steps To Scale & Succeed In Your Business “ In the uncertain times that the coronavirus produced, business leaders were forced to face the fact that employees might not be available every day to do their jobs – either because of their own health concerns or because they were scrambling to make childcare arrangements because of school closings.

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. The three crises are (1) a health crisis (Covid-19) that has generated a (2) financial crisis, each of which has generated massive societal disruption which will generate a (3) mental health crisis.

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. You’re being bombarded by advice for what to do ( including mine ), and trying to figure out how to make sense of it all and how to apply it to your own business. I’ve started four companies, and my latest is Techstars. I’ve seen past crises, cycles, and downturns as an investor and as a founder.

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. In my role as an advisor to entrepreneurs, I often see struggling businesses trying to be too many things for too many people, resulting in customer confusion, initiatives executed poorly, and high costs, few customers, and slow growth all around.

10 Silicon Valley Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know


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? The following are some of the most interesting facts about America’s most popular technology hub. It Started with a Garage. I know. You’re sensing a pattern here. Microsoft? Disney? Harley Davidson?

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. Colorado Governor Polis #DoingMyPartCO Presentation – 03-27-2020 from Brad Feld. The basic message is that unless it is absolutely necessary for you, please stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Marketing During a Pandemic

This is going to be BIG.

Let’s establish two things right off the bat: One, the Coronavirus Pandemic is a global tragedy that has already cost us far too many lives and create economic devastation. Two, if you are lucky, you are still being paid to do a job—a job that, for founders, marketers and sales teams, means connecting with customers during a terrible health crisis and a recession. What’s a company to do with their marketing?

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

How To Build A Solid Foundation For Your New Business


A new business will require a strong foundation to ensure future success. From your website and business plan to your online marketing efforts, it’s advisable to have many of these business elements in place early on. If you’re thinking about starting a business or have recently jumped into the world of entrepreneurship, check out these ways from members of the online small business community to get your business up and running. Build A Startup Business Plan.

VC Funding in 2020: What Investors Look for in Startups


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. Moreso, there is a lot of competition with investors doing all they can to determine the viability of a business before putting their money into it.

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. What are you supposed to do? . Now more than ever, the answer is business planning , which right now, you might call it your emergency plan, contingency plan, disaster plan, or whatever. .

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. The session was recorded, and you can view it here: But below is the TLDR highlights of the discussion. . What is the VC funding environment like right now?

When You Should Take Out A Business Loan


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. However, there are always situations that are better, when loans are a very good idea. Examples of such situations are presented below. Expanding Physical Location.

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? How much should they be cutting back on marketing and other expenses? What can they negotiate with their landlord? What are the federal programs that might support their business through this?

Security tips for work from home

Version One Ventures

With many companies moving to work from home (WFH) over the past few weeks, our portfolio company Kobalt (which provides security as a service for small-and mid-sized companies) has been getting a lot of calls from organizations that have had suffered incidents related to remote work.

9 Shopify Apps to Win More Ecommerce Sales


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. While ecommerce conversion rates have increased in recent years, that increase isn’t all about on-site optimization.

Common Investing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them


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. Below we highlight some of the most common investing mistakes and advice for preventing them. Buying When Everyone Else Is. The media will often cover a particular stock when it performs well, thereby encouraging more people to jump and invest in shares.

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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.

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. But you want to make sure you focus on creating a good foundation for your business from the start. This won’t just set you up for future success.

Founder Goes Full-throttle With the Concept of Data Leadership


After years of working in data, Anthony J. Algmin realized there was something missing to the overall approach when solving data-related issues. Because of this, he developed the concept of Data Leadership and has successfully gone full-throttle into the concept with his company and the first-ever book on the topic. We had a chance to interview Anthony and asked about his story, how he started his business and the future of Algmin Data Leadership. Tell us your story.

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


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. Surveys suggest that as many as 45% of American workers have a side hustle. Among them, 30% say they need the side hustle to cover their expenses, while 34% use it to generate disposable income.

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. Create a dedicated work space distinct from high traffic or personal areas. Make sure that it’s uncluttered, professional and comfortable. You will also want to have good lighting and A/V accessories.

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. So I’m offering two thought experiments on possible natural and technological disasters. Two aren’t just possible, but probable. Scenario 1: Floods in China.

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. You need to understand the impact of reduced sales on your cash, what your cash flow will look like in the next 3, 6, 12-months, and how you can impact your cash quickly. . On April 3, join Palo Alto Software CEO, Sabrina Parsons for this free cash flow forecasting webinar.

The Benefits Of Alternative Education For At-Risk Students


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. It’s never been more important to work towards a positive educational future for children who are considered at-risk or have special needs.

Humility, Not Guilt

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Over the past few days, I have talked to many business owners whose business is either stable, or even growing. Many express a sense of guilt over their current success. I get it. The news is full of small businesses failing, and yet they are lucky enough to have a business that is doing okay. […]. The post Humility, Not Guilt appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall. Business Model Ethics and Values business model coronavirus small business