Sat.Feb 29, 2020 - Fri.Mar 06, 2020

5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing I have learned the hard way in business is that implementing new ideas is usually much more difficult than conceiving the idea in the first place. That’s why I caution my aspiring entrepreneur clients against proclaiming to investors that they are a great “idea” person.

The Midas List Then and Now

View from Seed

In a few months, we are likely to see the annual Forbes Midas list of top performing early stage VC investors.

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You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

Steve Blank

If you’re a busy startup founder, you’re likely delegating the task of scheduling key meetings about things you want/need to your admin. This is a mistake. That’s because the dialog you have in setting up the meeting is actually the first part of your meeting, not some clerical task.

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7 Ways To Fearlessly Engage With People And Have A Great Time Doing It


by Kazuhiro Hosoya. Ten years ago, I put an audience of 5,000 people to sleep with my presentation at a business conference. That was the beginning of my passion of creating authentic connection with others.

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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.

7 Ways To Use An Advisory Board To Accelerate Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as an angel investor to startups, I’m struck by the broad variety of advisor strategies I see in investor presentations and business plans that cross my desk. Some entrepreneurs are “lone rangers,” never mentioning any outside guidance, while others tout dozens of advisors.

Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Both Sides of the Table

I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room.

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Effective Marketing Ideas To Gain More Customers


Whether you’re starting your own online retail business, or a more established looking to keep up in the always shifting landscape of online marketing, there are no silver-bullet marketing techniques, despite what marketing experts may tell you.

7 Ways To Hire Your Way To Failure In A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Business success is all about having the best team, yet the average entrepreneur has little prior experience with hiring people and building top-notch teams.

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Are You Having Trouble Concentrating?

Feld Thoughts

Covid-19. Presidential Primaries. Gyrations in the Stock Market. Global Pandemic. Trisolarians arriving in their droplet to exterminate us. It’s pretty intense out there right now. Somewhere. But not in my backyard where my dogs roam around.

Multi-generational HCM

deal architect

Dan Patrick, the sports talk host; Home Depot and the recently announced union between Kronos and Ultimate Software inspire this post. I have heard Dan tell the world his Sleep Number bed setting. I have heard people share their What. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

Are You A Necessity Entrepreneur? Ask These 7 Questions


by Troy R. Underwood, author of “ How to Launch Your Side Hustle: Start and Scale a Business with Minimal Capital “ Congratulations. You’ve come up with a brilliant business idea, and you’re ready to get started as a brand-new entrepreneur. But do you have the grit to persevere?

7 Business Experimentation Myths That Are Outdated

Startup Professionals Musings

In my work with you as an entrepreneur or small business owner, I find that most understand the need try out new business models and product innovations, but trust their intuition rather than running a disciplined business experiment first.

Sunday Morning Reading on Covid-19

Feld Thoughts

Apparently everyone in the US is now talking about the threat of the coronavirus, which really should be referred to as Covid-19 since there are hundreds of different types of coronaviruses. My guess is the 10% drop in the Dow woke people up. Or maybe it is because of the first known cases in the US.


How Much Does a Press Release Cost (Really)?

Rembrandt Communications

You know you need to send out a press release, but how much is it? If you’ve never done public relations or pursued any kind of publicity before, the first thing you probably think you need to do is send out a press release.

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4 Ways Young Upstarts Can Secure Finance


No matter how good or promising your young upstart business is, without the required time, skills, knowledge and equipment, it is unlikely to ever really get off the ground.

7 Startup Risks That Come With Other People’s Money

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the myths I often hear as an advisor to many entrepreneurs is that their lifestyle would somehow be better if they could more easily find other people’s money to build their startup.

10 Jack Welch Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

YFS Magazine

Business requires leaders with guts and an unyielding spirit who create real value. Welch was such a leader and succeeded where others failed. Lead business quotes inspiration jack welch leadership

Hysteria and Complex Systems

Feld Thoughts

I was at a dinner event last night in Denver where, predictably, coronavirus (which I’ve been trying to call Covid-19, but everyone seems to default back to coronavirus) came up.

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[Interview] PSB Academy: Up-Skilling In A New Learning Economy


Last November, the fourth edition of the JobsCentral Learning Training & Education Development (T.E.D) Awards celebrated 15 winners who are industry leaders in skills development in Singapore.

4 Creative Ways to Raise Brand Awareness

The Startup Magazine

Whether you have a loyal base of customers already, or you’re starting with a clean slate on launch day, generating leads and finding your target market is no small feat.You have to identify your customers ASAP in order to keep your business up and running.

6 Ways To Get More Done In Less Time

YFS Magazine

Before you burn out, lose money, over-promise, and underperform, use practical productivity strategies that work to get more done in less time. Lead personal development personal growth productivity recommended

The Amazing Molly Seidel

Feld Thoughts

Her first Marathon. Second place in the Olympic Trials. She’s now heading to the Olympics as part of Team USA. I don’t know Molly. I first heard about her yesterday when watching a video of the US Olympic Marathon Trials. As I watched her run, I could see both joy and grit on her face.

Startup Marketing: Construction Marketing Strategy Hacks To Boost Sales


by Daniel Quindemil, Founder of I AM Builders. Everyone is always looking for the next big thing. Using a variety of proven marketing strategies, contractors can explode their construction businesses and reach more potential clients than ever before.

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Data Discrepancies in Google Analytics: What Can Go Wrong, Why, & How to Fix It


Google Analytics shows 104 conversions. Your CRM shows 123 new leads. Heap reports 97. And so on. It’s easy to get frustrated by data discrepancies. Which source do you trust? How much variance is okay? Dan McGaw suggests 5%.).

How To Work From Anywhere And Maintain Your Productivity

YFS Magazine

Need to keep your 'work from anywhere' momentum going? Here's some expert advice that will help you maintain your productivity while working remotely. Lead personal development personal growth productivity recommended

Andrew Chung and 1955 Capital, a New Fund to Bridge China, U.S.

The Startup Magazine

1955 Capital is a firm with an admittedly straightforward mission: They aim to invest in all the most disruptive technologies from the developed world, all in an effort to solve the planet’s greatest challenges at the same exact time.

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Small Business Startup Advice: What You Need To Know About Bankruptcy


As you are working on your small business startup, it is very likely that the last thing you want to be thinking about is the potential for bankruptcy. After all, bankruptcy is very often associated with failure and you don’t want to cloud your vision with thoughts about potential collapse.

Regulatory arbitrage in crypto

Version One Ventures

Almost six years ago Marc Andreessen spelled out the playbook for creating the next Silicon Valley: Don’t copy the Valley but “figure out what domain is (or could be) specific to a specific region—and then removing the regulatory hurdles for that particular domain”.

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When, Where And How To Finance Your Manufacturing Business

YFS Magazine

In the manufacturing world, there are many moving parts––each requiring capital. Here's where you will likely need funding and how to get it. Finance Grow business loans manufacturing

6 Retirement Strategies for Small Business Owners

The Startup Magazine

Small business owners work hard to keep their businesses churning profits, but unfortunately, a large majority of business owners are woefully underprepared for retirement.

10 Benefits Of Using The Best Facebook Video Ads For Your Marketing Campaigns


Many people like to use the best Facebook video ads in their marketing campaigns because they know that there are a lot of people using Facebook round the clock. If you are a business owner, you shouldn’t ignore the power of Facebook video ads in bringing in sales for you.

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SXSW is On Track to Happen in Austin


The show will go on. South by Southwest is not cancelled. There’s no evidence to suggest cancelling SXSW makes the community safer,” Mayor Steve Adler said during a press conference Wednesday morning. If that changes, the city, county and a health advisory panel will take action, Adler said.

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5 Easy Ways To Boost Sales Team Performance

YFS Magazine

If you want your business to grow, it is your job to make sure your sales team performs beyond expectations every single month. Grow Marketing & Sales sales sales training selling tips

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The Positive Effects of Online Marketing on Businesses

The Startup Magazine

When looking into the positives of online marketing, there are quite a few that you can see as a result depending on what methods of online marketing you are using. Your campaigns can vary and range, from social media, online marketing, to search engine optimization.

How Payroll Funding Works: An Alternative Way To Help Finance Your Small Business


One of the challenges that many small businesses and startups encounter is seeking sufficient funds to allow the venture to grow and thrive.

"Journalism is built on a foundation of trust and truth. While I have friends who are also sources, those friends know I wear two hats" — Five Questions w Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva

Hunter Walker

Kia Kokalitcheva is a San Francisco-based technology and business reporter at Axios. She covers tech, Silicon Valley, and venture capital.