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Working Outside the Tech Bubble

Steve Blank

Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble. —– We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class.

Founder Friendly

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate ourselves and our firms to the entrepreneurs who will decide who gets to invest in their companies and who does not.

What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck?


So you’ve developed a game-changing product, formed a business with a killer team, quit your job, and are rolling the product out to market. Your business is the next unicorn, and all is good in the world. Fantastic. Now only one thing is inhibiting your company’s growth: you have no money. For many founders of high-growth startups, bootstrapping has limits. Read more >. The post What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

3 Tips for a Strong Startup Company Culture

Up and Running

At BarBend , we like to think we know a thing or two about building strong, healthy bodies—and as a newer business, we’re also interested in creating a strong and healthy company culture.

8 Steps To A Positive Mindset And Business Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Many business executives and entrepreneurs I know are convinced that business success is all about having the right solution for the right price. These are indeed important, but we all know people who have failed, despite having a great solution, or have succeeded with a mediocre solution.

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10 Key Business Domains With ‘Big Data’ Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

Stop Thinking And Acting Local: Small Businesses Seeking Growth Should See Themselves As Global Enterprises


By Dr. Karen M. Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. Billionaire Bill Gates once said that to win big, sometimes you need to take big risks [1].

Building Great Product Teams

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

Announcing K9 Ventures III, L.P. – A $42M technology-focused Pre-Seed fund

K9 Ventures

42: The Answer to the ultimate fund size? Those of you who have read or watched the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are aware of the pop culture meme around the number 42. Yes, 42: The answer to life, the Universe, and everything.

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

Measure Like Tesla: A Fresh Take on Stale Business Metrics

Up and Running

Harvard Business Review recently published an article on how using the same old business metrics can result in missed opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Understanding Complexity in Product Management with Cynefin

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

How to Measure Content Marketing ROI: A Simple 4 Step Process


Knowing how to measure content marketing ROI, like measuring optimization ROI , is hard. And complicated. Or is it? Andy Crestodina, founder of Orbit Media Studios , and I did some digging to figure out the easiest way to measure content returns.

6 Pragmatic Marketing Tips To Ramp-Up Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

Five Ways To Find, Nurture, And Reward Your Superusers (And Make More Of Them) 


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ The fastest growing businesses today have a powerful secret weapon: superusers.

Assume good intent

David Cohen

There’s a phrase that I’ve been using more and more with startups that I’m working with closely. That phrase is “assume good intent.” ” I first heard this phrase in my office at Techstars and i’ve found it useful, so I wanted to share it.

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

Inc Startups

A lot of people are good at what they do. Creativity


A more realistic, less alarmist Oxford study on automation and jobs

deal architect

In my book, Silicon Collar and in several blogs I have critiqued the 2013 study by two Oxford researchers which reached this alarmist conclusion about the impact of modern day machines on jobs: “According to our estimates, about 47% of. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar


Use These Two Methods To Create Constructive Competition For Your Business


by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. One of the best ways for your business to increase savings is to foster competition.

5 Steps To A Compelling Story For Business Proposals

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are proposing a merger or acquisition, or simply seeking an investor for your business, the process is the same. You have to put together a convincing story of a win-win opportunity for both sides.

Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Inc Startups

Greater happiness can be found in unexpected ways. Science says so.


Why is it important to retain staff?

The Startup Magazine

It’s important to retain your staff when running a business, and it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. Losing staff members is not only disruptive, but it’s also costly and time-consuming to find new staff and train them.

5 Copywriting Tips That Will Explode Your Sales

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Copywriting Tips That Will Explode Your Sales written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Regardless of size and stature, all businesses have one thing in common: they all rely on words to sell.

Polygraph Media is Disrupting the Advertising Industry through Data and Analytics


Chris Treadaway doesn’t chain smoke or drink cocktails all day at his office at WeWork at the Domain. But he is living a Modern-Day version of Mad Men, the AMC TV series that dramatized the lives of ad men in the 1960s at a fictional New York advertising agency. Today, Treadaway is involved in the […]. The post Polygraph Media is Disrupting the Advertising Industry through Data and Analytics appeared first on SiliconHills.

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.


Holiday Hacks for Founders

VC Cafe

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How To Write Content That Boosts Your Bottom Line

Duct Tape Marketing

How To Write Content That Boosts Your Bottom Line written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. What is the greatest marketing challenge in the digital age? For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, it lies in creating content profitably and sustainably over the long haul.

5 Essential Tips For Entrepreneurs Opening A Small Business


by Eddie Navarrette, founder of FE Design & Consulting. Opening a business can be an intimidating endeavor. From creating a viable concept to implementing cost-effective processes to ensure continual progress, building a business takes time, strategy and the right kind of advice.

Here's What Hackers Don't Want You to Know

Inc Startups

Hackers are constantly refining their techniques. Technology

4 Powerful Ways To Slay The Self-Doubt That Sabotages You

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Every entrepreneur has doubts about their ability to make it big, be a success, and change the world, but self-doubt is the troll under the bridge that will keep you from even trying. In his inspirational book The Light in the Heart , Roy T.

How to Create Ridiculously Good Content

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Create Ridiculously Good Content written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Ann Handley. Podcast Transcript.

Top Project Management Courses For Beginners


The market is expanding and as a result of that, the numbers of project managers who are capable of dealing with their work strategically and also execute them successfully are finding themselves overburdened with work.

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Blockchain Is Now Aiming To Disrupt Social Networks In A Major Way

Inc Startups

Recent news of Bitcoin going over $4300 helped highlight an Ethereum based platform aiming to disrupt social networks. Technology

11 Startups Join DivInc’s Latest Accelerator Program


In 2016, Preston James, Ashley Jennings, and Dana Callender founded DivInc to bring greater entrepreneurial diversity to Austin’s technology industry. The 12-week accelerator program, based at Capital Factory, has graduated two cohorts so far and made a big impact on providing women and minorities with greater access to mentors, funding, partnerships and the overall inner […]. The post 11 Startups Join DivInc’s Latest Accelerator Program appeared first on SiliconHills.