Sat.May 06, 2017 - Fri.May 12, 2017

Venture Deals Online Course – 2017

Feld Thoughts

The Venture Deals Online Course for this spring starts this Sunday May 14, 2017 and runs through July 3, 2017. The Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars are co-hosting the course. It’s free – all you need to do is sign up. This is the fifth time we are running the course.

Framework Benchmarks Round 14

TechEmpower

Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation. —-. Even though I live just up the coast, I’ve never had the opportunity to start a talk by saying “Go Banana Slugs.”. I’m honored for the opportunity to speak here today. We’re standing 15 air miles away from the epicenter of technology innovation. The home of some of the most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world.

Startup Mistake #1: the anonymous startup.

47 Hats

If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com , a habit-building saas going for $12/year.

The Journey From $1m MRR to $2m MRR

Feld Thoughts

There’s a long-standing cliche concerning SaaS companies that once you get to $10m in ARR you are unkillable. As Jason Lemkin says in his post from early 2013: Inevitability in SaaS comes around $10m in ARR, plus or minus. Once you hit this point, you have a brand, you have a fully baked team, you have a robust product, and you have a self-generating stream of new leads and new business. Will you get from $10m ARR to $100M ARR? I don’t know. Is an IPO in your future? Not sure.

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Helping To End The Stigma Around Mental Health By Talking About It

Feld Thoughts

I’m super lucky. I get to work with many incredibly brave and insightful people. One of them is Chris Heivly who is now working at Techstars with me and a few others on a new set of products around the concept of startup communities. May is mental health month.

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7 Steps Toward Implementing A Breakthrough In Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

“If you build it, they will come.” It's a line from an old movie "Field of Dreams" which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service.

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The Rise Of The Mobile Web And App Domination

YFS Magazine

Consumers and businesses, alike, will benefit from the rise of the mobile web. Is your business ready to capitalize on it? Grow Technology mobile app mobile app development mobile apps mobile trends technology

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting Competitive Analysis

ConversionXL

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ” —Napoleon Bonaparte. When your competitors make mistakes, it makes winning so much easier. But what if it’s you who is making a mistake, while your competitors are off to the races?

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Sonos + Alexa Strategy

Feld Thoughts

We all know that Sonos is finally working on an Alexa integration. As I sit here listening to Atom Heart Mother on my Alexa (via “Alexa, play Pink Floyd’s album Atom Heart Mother”), I so badly want it to play throughout my house on our Sonos, rather than just on my desk via Alexa. As more hardware companies start paying attention to revenue attach, following the lead of companies like Dropbox, Ring, and Peloton, there’s an obvious place for Sonos to do this.

5 Steps To Startup Success Recommended By Many Gurus

Startup Professionals Musings

I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

Healthy Eating Habits Will Change Your Life And Your Business

YFS Magazine

Eating well doesn’t just affect your body. Choose your food wisely, and you’ll start to reap the rewards in your business too. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle

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The Complete Guide to Writing Product Descriptions That Convert

ConversionXL

Most product descriptions are awful. Or worse, non-existent. Product copy and product descriptions seems like such minor parts of a website in the grand scheme of conversion optimization , so many brands brush it off.

Boulder Screening of For Here or To Go

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are executive producers of the movie “For Here or To Go?” ” We’ve decided to fund the screening of it in Boulder. It will be showing at. It will be showing at The Boedecker Theater at The Dairy Center for the Arts on May 28th at 4:30pm.

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Lessons From The Military On Winning Funding Battles

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time.

7 Powerful Ways To Create A Positive Life

YFS Magazine

It all comes down to your perception, how you understand and interpret life. Here are 7 tips that can help you attract more positive energy into your life. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development

Macroview: Euro

Chaganomics

With the French elections in the clear America can sit tight. As you see it is May 10th and the news is already on South Korea and James Comey. Politics is ever moving and changing, and political turmoil takes adaptation, but the missed issue in France has set a tone for the rest of 2017.

The Right Way To Raise Future Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

6 Initiatives To Get Ready For The Changes Ahead

Startup Professionals Musings

Change is about the only thing constant in the world of startups. Despite their own focus on changing the world, they often forget that they too have to change rapidly and often as the market evolves. Too many find that out too late, and are left chasing a rabbit that is long gone.

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4 Practical Ways To Improve Your Online Courses And Training

YFS Magazine

Online education comes with many benefits, but one of the greatest objections to e-courses and employee training is "but what about the practical training?". Grow Marketing & Sales employee training online courses online learning online training product development

Venture Deals Interview on Game Change Network

Ask The VC

With the publication of the third edition of Venture Deals , we have done some interviews around the book. I thought this one with Chicke Fitzgerald on The Game Changer Network was particularly good. Enjoy! Media interview

Got a Startup? Want BizSpark? Let’s talk.

47 Hats

If you’re building a startup using some or all of Microsoft’s stack and you’re interested in Microsoft BizSpark , drop me a line. I’ve got (as of now) 20 invite codes to give out to aspiring young startups who want to go that route. See the requirements first, and make sure it’s clear from your site’s home page you’re a startup, not a consultant/development shop, and you’ll get in.

Copywriting & UX: Why Copywriters Need Wireframes

ConversionXL

Copywriting and UX go hand-in-hand. Think about it. Design and copy add up to equal the user experience, right? If either element falls short, so does the overall UX. So, it just makes sense that copywriters should have an understanding of UX and design basics. That starts with wireframes.

The Best Leaders Have This In Common

YFS Magazine

The Mad Men era has long since passed. So I’m here to tell you: get over yourself. Gone are the days when leaders are expected to never, ever do this. Lead leadership personal development

5 Lessons Learned Launching a Startup With No Plan, No Cash, and No MBA

Up and Running

In the summer of 2009, my wife and I caught the entrepreneurial bug and started a company without any prior business experience. We’d never hired anyone. We’d never had anyone pay us for a product or a service. We didn’t know anything about small business accounting or finance.

Productivity Tips For Small Business Owners

YoungUpstarts

by Ana Grasic , cofounder of WeGrowth. Starting your own business takes a lot of courage and determination, but it can also be very rewarding. That’s why the majority of small business owners will tell you that they would do it all over again, even though it is hard work.

Why You Shouldn’t Loan Money to Someone Who Thanks God

Hunter Walker

Crunching data from Prosper, the peer to peer lending site, researchers correlated default rates with words most likely to appear in a loan application.

How To Fast Track Sales With Smart Brand Messaging

YFS Magazine

Have you ever heard the saying, “Dig your well before you’re thirsty?” This is how you will get found by your ideal customers. Grow Marketing & Sales brand messaging branding content marketing marketing

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13 Ways to Ensure You Always Hire the Right Person

Up and Running

Here at Palo Alto Software , we take hiring pretty seriously. I should know—we just wrapped up a lengthy hiring process within the marketing department. After months of searching, dozens of interviews, and sifting through countless resumes, we finally hired a new managing editor for Bplans.

[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market

YoungUpstarts

Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto.

Why we need to stop using the word Job

Start Up Blog

Today the federal budget is being released in Australia. And before any of the policies emerge, I can tell you what the proposed objective of every single one of them will be: Jobs & Growth.

7 Ways To Empower Your Employees To Cut Costs

YFS Magazine

For entrepreneurs, reducing cost is about more than saving pocket change. It is essential to survival. Here's how to get started. Finance Grow business expenses business finance cost saving tips money operational costs

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6 Tactics to Take Your Business from Cash-Starved to Healthy Growth.

Small Business Force

Many small businesses operate in a mode where they are always dealing with day-to-day business crises or issues, that, often, leave them in a cash bind.

Why the Practices Of Great Leadership Stay the Same As The World Changes Around Them

YoungUpstarts

by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, coauthors of “ The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations “ What do leaders do when they are performing at their best? It’s an interesting question.