Sat.Aug 12, 2017 - Fri.Aug 18, 2017

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.

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.

What Do Boards Actually Do?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible things to mostly altruistic founders.

Book: Option B

Feld Thoughts

I read Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy a few weeks ago. It’s a must read for every human on this planet. Some of you know that I’m a huge fan of Adam Grant. His book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success is a key inspiration for the #GiveFirst moment, my own personal philosophy, and my upcoming book #GiveFirst: A New Philosophy for Business which should be out in 2018.

8 Reasons Business Plans Fail That No One Wants to Talk About

Up and Running

As a full-time editor and academic mentor at an academic writing service, I have read hundreds of business plans over the years. To help students and startups, I have compiled a list of reasons business plans are rejected or given a low grade.

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11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

Many board meetings are bored meetings. Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs.

Top Coworking Benefits And How To Select A Space

YFS Magazine

If you work from home, consider keeping a coworking space on the side. Here’s why I like coworking and what to look for when considering one. Grow Operations coworking home office Office Space shared office space work

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.

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.

Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year

Both Sides of the Table

It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.

5 Reasons Online Stores Fail – And How To Avoid Them

YFS Magazine

E-Commerce isn't as easy as it seems. Learn the most common reasons why online businesses fail and what you can do to avoid the same fate. Grow Marketing & Sales e-commerce ecommerce tips marketing online business online startups

What Are The Limits of Tolerance?

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had an emotionally challenging morning so far. I woke up too early and was deeply agitated. I tried to get rolling, couldn’t, and went back to bed. But I wasn’t able to fall asleep and my brain kept cycling on all the political chaos and societal hatred that is going on.

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.

How to Master Entrepreneurship Without Breaking a Sweat

Up and Running

“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” ― Robert L. Schwartz.

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How To Become A More Confident Girlboss

YFS Magazine

Confidence is often the weakest link for women. Here are six ways you can become more confident as a female entrepreneur. Lead confidence health and wellness leadership personal development

How Startups Can Get Started With Influencer Marketing [Traction #46: Samantha Howe, Grove]

View from Seed

Today, Samantha Howe of Grove Collaborative shares her in-depth knowledge of a massive trend in marketing: working with influencers. You’ll hear how to get started, approach influencer in your space, and measure impact. Jay and Samantha also rant against some of the less effective but common tactics permeating this approach to marketing. Channel Links: Apple Podcast , SoundCloud , Stitcher , Google Play. Follow Samantha on Twitter:

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.

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.

4 Smart Ways To Do Business In Multiple Countries

YFS Magazine

Doing business in multiple countries can be a challenge. But don’t hesitate to expand internationally just because there are obstacles in your path. Grow Operations business operations Global Business International Business market expansion

Russia: Economy Gains Momentum


New Russia numbers rolling in from Focus Economics. Economically I am fascinated by the emerging modern Russia, despite the political noise that dominates the headlines.

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.

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 Tips To Launch A Booming eBay Business

YFS Magazine

With over $19.8 billion successfully closed transactions – in Q2 2016 alone, eBay is a large and vibrant marketplace where sellers can earn big bucks. Plan ebay ebay business eCommerce online business online marketplaces

Back From My Blogging Break

Feld Thoughts

I took the last two weeks off from blogging. It was a nice vacation. While I try to blog every day, I don’t have a daily ritual like Fred Wilson does. Fred and I have talked about this a few times – for him, it is meditation, discipline, and ritual. I’ll let him say it in his own words. “But I’ve come to realize that the daily post, and its quality or lack thereof, is not really the thing.

Female Founders: Two Women Disrupt Shower Head Industry

The Startup Magazine

Two girls with a love for beauty and wellness are helping consumers rethink their daily shower by sharing information on shower water quality, and raising awareness on the importance of water conservation. Vitaclean HQ is a lifestyle product with a sustainability twist.

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


How To Create An Innovation Initiative For Your Business

YFS Magazine

The right innovation portfolio can ensure you protect and expand existing business while also maximizing the likelihood of success years into the future. Lead business growth strategy innovation leadership

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.

Simple Ways To Keep Your Customers Happy


​by Judy Lees , AYC Web Solutions. If you’re a business owner unfamiliar with CRM, it’s time to get to know what it means and how it will help you drive your business forward with greater chance of success. CRM is simply customer relationship management.

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.

How To Raise Money For A Boutique Startup Fund

YFS Magazine

Raising money for a boutique startup fund was new for me. Here are four lessons that can make fundraising less challenging. Finance Grow business incubator investors money startup fund venture capital

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.

How To Recognize Talent


by Soulaima Gourani , founder and CEO of Tradeconductor. Millions of U.S dollars are wasted on “talent spotting” and “talent management.” ” We are wasting our energy on talents who are not really talents at all.

5 actually useful tips on how to grow your startup

The Next Web

How many startups launched last year? How many of them succeeded? Some data suggests that up to 95 percent of startups fail, but it’s difficult to exactly pinpoint why it happens.

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3 Preparations That Should Be Part Of Your Damage Plan

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As a business owner, you understand that the potential for property damage exists. You have an emergency plan for handling natural disasters like an earthquake, but there are other situations you might not be fully prepared for: fire, parking lot damage, or having adequate food storage.