Sat.Apr 22, 2017 - Fri.Apr 28, 2017

Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact


Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim.

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Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random.

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5 Public Speaking Opportunities To Make Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …

Feld Thoughts

At 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.”

What Do Pepsi and Shea Moisture’s Recent Issues Teach Us About Brand Authenticity?


Pepsi was recently in a soup as it tried to hop on to the activist bandwagon and released what critics called a ‘tone deaf’ advert with Kendall Jenner. It appeared to solve police brutality issues, trivializing the black lives matter movement with a can of Pepsi.

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What Does the Nordstrom Brand Gain Out of Fake Mud Jeans?


If you’ve not been living under a rock (pun intended), then you probably know that Nordstrom created a social media stir by listing a pair of jeans. A pair of jeans isn’t something shocking for the multi-brand retailer, but this is one covered with fake mud.

My Talk At MIT

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to give the first annual Georges Doriot Lecture at MIT. I traveled up to MIT on April 13th and gave this talk. I really enjoyed doing it and I want to thank MIT for doing it. VC & Technology

7 Key Steps From a Million Dollar Idea To a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience as a startup investor, and feedback from like-minded friends, we all get pitches for at least ten startup ideas for every one new business plan. New business founders need to remember that investors fund business implementations, not ideas.

True Stories of the NCIS with Oblong Mezzanine

Feld Thoughts

If you are an NCIS fan, you are probably excited about the upcoming 48 Hours: NCIS which premieres on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10pm ET/PT. I like NCIS, but I’m especially excited about Oblong’s Mezzanine product being a central part of the show.

Can Your Business Run Without You? If Not, Read This

YFS Magazine

Businesses can be sometimes overwhelming, and that's why it's best to give it a little breathing space. Start delegating—and make money on your terms. Back Office Grow delegation lifestyle outsourcing productivity workflow

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Could You Be A Business Coach, Or Do You Need One?

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know some peers in business who could use some coaching to unleash their potential and optimize performance, but would you know how to do the job if they asked you for help?

4 Steps to Turn Tweets Into Customers

Up and Running

What many small business owners don’t know about using Twitter is how they can take the conversations already happening on the social media platform to get more customers in the door.

How To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Public Speaking

YFS Magazine

With increased mindfulness, you can take mistakes in stride, rather than taking them as a reflection of your inadequacies as a public speaker. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle mindfulness personal development public speaking

We Value Conversion More Than We Value Trust: Wading Into The Unroll.Me Discussion

Hunter Walker

Well, @Unrollme probably having a more interesting Sunday than they expected — Unroll.UsFrom2017 (@hunterwalk) April 23, 2017. So the moment I read Mike Isaac’s TK profile it jumped out that was going to have a problem on their hands.

6 Cases Where Quick-To-Market Beats Market Research

Startup Professionals Musings

I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from premature execution often associated with the ready-fire-aim quick-to-market approach. Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages.

How To Be A Great Leader


by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Many people confuse leadership and management. They are not the same. As you build and lead your teams, how can you ensure that you don’t suck as a leader? During my career, I’ve worked with a few remarkable leaders and managers.

5 Useful Online Time Tracking Apps For Small Businesses

YFS Magazine

What is the best time tracking system for a small business? Here's a look at 5 automatic time-tracking tools to boost team productivity. Back Office Grow back office business apps business operations online time tracking productivity

3 Tips on How to Recruit Your First Remote Team

Up and Running

If you’ve never recruited for a remote team, you’re probably wondering if the recruitment process looks different than the traditional hiring process. The answer? Yes, it does. However, this shouldn’t worry you.

How to Optimize Out of Stock Product Pages


What happens when ecommerce sites run out of stock? Cue crowds of angry (would-be) customers and the burning of a big pile of money. Ok, it might not be that bad, but it’s certainly never good. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to mitigate the negative impact.

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Home-Based Businesses – A Look Back In Time To 1985 And Beyond


by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “. This month I celebrated my 32 nd year in business. How cool is that?

10 Simple iPhone Hacks To Make Life Easier

YFS Magazine

10 simple iPhone hacks that will make your life easier; whether it’s daily planning, shopping, scheduling meetings or even to simplify parking payments. Grow Technology lifestyle productivity productivity apps technology

Seed Investing & Dark Dealflow: You Lose 100% Of The Deals You Don’t See

Hunter Walker

Folks outside of seed stage venture often think “winning” deals is the most important part of being a great investor, but I’d argue it’s “seeing” the best opportunities that’s actually the strongest indicator of future fund success.

The Beginner’s Guide to Google Optimize


Chances are, you’ve heard of Google Optimize by now. It’s Google’s solution for A/B testing and personalization. It launched in beta last year, which left optimizers around the world waiting in line to try it out.

7 Ways to Grow Your Startup With Video

Up and Running

Video is one of the best tools to leverage right now to accelerate your business growth. Cisco expects video content to account for around 80 percent of the internet traffic by 2020. Clearly, video is not a fad. If you haven’t started to get serious about it yet, the time to take action is right now.

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How To Write A Job Listing That Attracts Top-Notch Employees

YFS Magazine

Recruiting new employees is no easy task. Here are some proven best practices to keep in mind before you post your next job listing. Grow Human Capital hiring new employees hiring tips HR human capital human resources

Four Years of Homebrew: Notes From Our 2017 Annual Investor Meeting

Hunter Walker

“The days are long but the years are short” applies to parenting and venture firms. Satya and I raised Homebrew’s first fund Q1 2013 and now, four years later, we held our 4th annual meeting last week, just days before our official birthday (anniversary of fund close).

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How to Build and Structure a Conversion Optimization Team


The initial phase of establishing an optimization practice at any organization is an exciting time. Big wins often accompany putting companies and careers on an upward trajectory.

Why And How Your B2B eCommerce Start-up Should Work On Having A Strong Sales Team


In the world of e-commerce, online sales are the bread and butter for firms of any size. Any aspiring start-up company wishing to survive in the competitive e-commerce industry must establish itself fast, and make its presence known.

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5 Fun Office Hacks To Re-Engineer Team Productivity

YFS Magazine

Startups are re-engineering productivity. Here are 5 methods to promote business growth through a positive, relaxed work culture. Company Culture Grow company culture productivity productivity tips

From Nigeria to Google’s Startup Grind: How this high school student is disrupting education

The Next Web

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with 17-year old Femi Adebogun, the co-founder and CEO of Testify Software Solutions. Femi and I talked about his education and the problems he faced in the system-much along the lines of feeling lost or disengaged.

Success Begins at the Top Line. 7 Steps to More Revenue.

Small Business Force

Regardless of whether you’re an entrepreneur just starting out, or have been in business for years, your ultimate success will be dictated by how well you drive sales. Revenue is the top line of your P&L and for a good reason. You have no business without it and the customers it represents.

Why A Content Development Strategy Is Important For Your Website


If you have a small business, you may have noticed that some of your competitors’ sites are ranking higher than yours despite your best SEO efforts.

What Every Marketer Can Learn From The Gaming Industry

YFS Magazine

The gaming industry is one of the most profitable entertainment businesses in the world. Here's what marketers can learn from it. Grow Marketing & Sales branding digital marketing gaming marketing online marketing