Sat.Dec 08, 2018 - Fri.Dec 14, 2018

So you just raised your B round, now what?

Version One Ventures

In case you missed our posts from the previous weeks, we have been summarizing what founders should focus on at each stage of their startup’s journey. Priorities and strategies change as a company grows – starting with finding product-market fit after a seed round to figuring out distribution between Series A and Series B. And that brings us to the B Round. After raising your B Round, it’s all about building the organization. We have found that this is usually the toughest phase for founders.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing.

What Is Your 2019 Won’t Do List?

Feld Thoughts

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are endless things to do. Tasks, to do lists, new initiatives, new projects, and P1s. Leaders spend a lot of time planning, especially in the context of “we have to grow more, do more, and get bigger.” ” Lately, I’ve been suggesting to a few of the CEOs who I work with to make a “2019 Won’t Do List.” ” While this is a high-level list of things not to do, it can be on multiple dimensions.

7 Keys To Business Relationships That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. Customers buy from people, not companies. Employees rally for a great leader, not a brand. As an entrepreneur, you need relationships to succeed. That means relationships with team members, investors, customers, and vendors.

5 Social Media Trends To Watch In 2019

YoungUpstarts

by Rachel Strella, founder of Strella Social Media. As 2018 nears its conclusion, business owners and marketers should be thinking about what they can do to make their companies more successful in the New Year.

How to Create a Marketing Campaign that Stands Out

ConversionXL

Plenty of us have witnessed a marketing campaign gone wrong. Remember that recent Pepsi commercial featuring Kendall Jenner trying to settle a Black Lives Matter protest with a can of Pepsi? I just remember thinking (as I gagged), “How did that actually make it to market?!”.

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7 Practices Reduce Risk In Even The Smallest Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In the last few years, I’ve heard more and more about a new type of small business, called a “micro-business” (or micro-enterprise). These are usually characterized as owner-operated, with five employees or less, and less than $250,000 in sales.

When To Hire A Video Production Company

YoungUpstarts

In a world where videos are the primary vehicle for information and marketing, just getting a video out is not enough.

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The 2018 State of Conversion Optimization Report

ConversionXL

To assess the State of the Conversion Optimization Industry in 2018, we gave a 26 question survey to 701 people who work in the optimization space.

Foundry Group Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Feld Thoughts

Inspired by our friends at Techstars and their Techstars Holiday Guide , we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our direct and partner fund portfolio companies this holiday season.

8 Guiding Principles For Pursuing A Winning Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur has an idea for transforming a market with innovative new technology, or transforming society with a new process. But unfortunately, most of these ideas fail at the execution level, or are not truly innovative.

Losing More Business Than You’re Winning? Try This.

YoungUpstarts

by Laurie Richards , co-author of “ Ready, Set, Go! “ Why do so many new business pitches fail, and what can business owners do about it?

Easy Ways To Cut Costs On Your Small Business

The Startup Magazine

In order to make your small business a success and have it last a long time, you need to manage your finances effectively. In the beginning, you will need to pay for a lot of things and this can add up to quite a lot of money.

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The Moment Your Realize You Aren’t Comfortable With What Your Wrote

Feld Thoughts

I just spent the last 30 minutes writing a blog post around a simple phrase that I like. I built out my thought process around it, used a handful of examples, and then filled in some additional ideas. I was proofreading it when I decided to go try to find the original source of the phrase. The first page of Google’s results surprised me. There was nothing on the phrase I liked, but there was a wall of vitriol and controversy around a phrase that is close but had a few different words in it.

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5 Lessons For New Venture Founders From Great Chefs

Startup Professionals Musings

I realized a while back that creating a new company for the first time is a lot like whipping up a great dinner entrée for the first time – you need a recipe, even though it may look simple. You know the basic ingredients, and you can visualize the results you want.

Smart Hiring Practices For Any Startup

YoungUpstarts

Getting a startup off the ground is no small feat. To make a fledgling business thrive, entrepreneurs need a combination of smarts, ingenuity and risk-assessment abilities.

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A Manager’s Guide To Effective Meetings

The Startup Magazine

As a manager, it’s important to maintain communication with your employees. Though it may be tempting to fire off an email every time you have news to share, there are certain advantages that come from conducting staff meetings.

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Feld Thoughts

It’s the second week of December, which is about the time that all of the predictions for 2019 start occurring. Last week’s announcements of the confidential S-1 filing of Lyft, Uber, and Slack helped prime the pump for some of these. By the way, did anyone other than me think it was a strange turn of events that companies are now announcing their confidential S-1 filing? Fred Wilson’s post Thinking Ahead To 2019 is worth reading.

8 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Business Crises Ahead

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs see their new venture as a fun adventure, until the pressures of a cash flow crisis, or a manufacturing quality problem, or a major customer satisfaction problem hits.

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Do You Have A Mission That Matters? 3 Key Tips For Creating Truly Inspiring Business Mission And Vision Statements

YoungUpstarts

by Ken Burke, author of “ Intelligent Selling: The Art & Science of Selling Online “ Your vision and mission statements are the heartbeat of your entire business. Your business was likely born out of an audacious dream. Vision and Mission statements invite others to share that dream.

Choosing the Right Startup Team

The Startup Magazine

The startup team serves as the foundation of any new business. Therefore, it’s crucial for all entrepreneurs to understand how to build one with skill and discernment. Here are some helpful tips for anyone seeking insight into this vital aspect of the enterprise-building process. Source: Pexels.

Google Analytics 360: The Features Worth $150k a Year

ConversionXL

For many, Google Analytics 360 is a black box. Marketing and sales collateral from Google is spartan, and common refrains about key features—like unsampled data—seem unworthy of a six-figure bill for most sites.

Top 9 Myth Busters to Trigger Your Social Media Engagement

ReadWriteStart

As business marketers, we are all bored of those clichéd tips. Almost all of them have ceased to work for increasing the social media engagement for our brand. However, we do want something that can trigger our social media engagement.

Exhibitions And Gift Fairs: Everything A Small Business Owner Needs To Know

YoungUpstarts

When you run a small business, chances are that you operate mainly from one set location. If you run a brick and mortar store, you will sell goods to customers who walk through your doors, browse your stock and displays, and hand over cash or pay by card on a face to face basis.

The Mindful Entrepreneur: Three Strategies for Success

The Startup Magazine

To start a company is to believe in yourself. It takes a great deal of self-confidence to swallow the risk and forego a job with a salary. We entrepreneurs all believe in our own potential to create a company that will last.

NETWORKING: The Intro vs The Vouch (and why the difference matters a whole lot)

Hunter Walker

My tweets autodelete after 30 days, so when one starts a good discussion, I try to expand/archive it here. . NETWORKING: The Intro vs The Vouch. So the “intro w/o vouch” is a double-opt in that looks something like “hey, I know you were looking to hire a BizDev lead.

Apple to Expand in North Austin with a $1 Billion Campus with 5,000 More Jobs

SiliconHills

Apple Thursday announced a new $1 billion campus in North Austin with 5,000 additional jobs. Apple also reports the 133-acre campus, which is less than a mile from its existing facilities, could grow to 15,000 employees and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

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What We Can Learn From Successful Dating Startups

YoungUpstarts

Dating startups are always a bit risky investment because most apps that hit the market rarely offer something really game-changing. While the classic approach introduced by Tinder still works for some less explored niches, it’s unlikely that a Tinder-like app will attract a lot of users.

Can online learning take your startup to the next level?

The Startup Magazine

One of the essential things a startup owner has to do is read and research widely. The information they gain helps to steer them in the right direction in regards to finding more clients for their business. Previously, people could only find reading material in physical educational institutions.

12 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Look Forward To in 2019

Hearpreneur

Every new year brings with it a new form of excitement and anticipation. The reason is that every new year brings about a “newness” for lack of a better term when we are able to start fresh and erase those things that we did bad or things we have been thinking about doing.

How To Use SEO To Build Your Brand

YFS Magazine

SEO encompasses all the methods you can use to ensure the visibility of your website on search engines. Here's how to build an SEO-friendly brand. Uncategorized branding digital marketing search engine optimization seo

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Outlook For Property Investment Remains High Despite The UK’s Uncertain Future

YoungUpstarts

There is a strong consensus that the outlook is positive for investing in the UK , despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations. CEO of Market Financial Solutions, Paresh Raja, said there is still uncertainty surrounding the UK’s leave from the EU.

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Benefits of Using VoIP Technology in a Startup Business

The Startup Magazine

Today, there are few things so challenging and exciting as running your own business. But, with a great idea, it also come a great responsibility.

Running conversion optimization experiments the right way with Chad Sanderson

ConversionXL

Learn how to run conversion optimization experiments the right way.

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