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Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy

Steve Blank

When you’re up to your neck in alligators, don’t forget the goal was to drain the swamp. I love teaching because I learn something new every class. This time it was, “Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy.”.

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Win More With Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

An all-too-common question I get from startups and small businesses is “Which is the right social media platform for my business?” Is it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or one of the other 200 active platforms vying for attention these days?

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Don’t Play Hurt

Feld Thoughts

I heard a great line from a CEO recently: “I don’t want to play hurt.” ” I loved that line. In my world, some companies beat their Q416 numbers. Others made their Q416 numbers. Some missed their Q416 numbers. That’s life. Any VC who says otherwise (e.g. “All my companies are killing it”) is either full of s**t or doesn’t have very many investments.

19 Email Etiquette Mistakes You Need to Stop Right Now

Inc Startups

Break these poor etiquette habits to get the results you want from your email communication, including respect

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7 Steps to Launch Your Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America today. Increasing numbers of people are opening their own small businesses in an attempt to gain economic freedom and command their own destiny. Unfortunately, statistics show that ninety-five percent of new businesses don’t last past ten years.

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16 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Got Into Entrepreneurship

Hearpreneur

Share Being an entrepreneur is the road rarely traveled. It’s certainly not an easy road. There are twists and turns and ups and downs. Everyone who decides to start a business or an entrepreneurial venture does it for their own specific reason.

10 Ways For Business Leaders to Improve Their Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Being a successful business leader requires continuous improvement in your leadership skills, as well as your products and processes.

Immigration Fundraiser: For Here or To Go

Feld Thoughts

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about a documentary Amy and I were helping fund called For Here or To Go. The movie is about a set of Indian software developers in the US on H1-B visas.

6 Ways To Become A More Resilient Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Although quite simple, these six tips can make a profound impact on your approach to life, and ultimately boost your resilience. This article 6 Ways To Become A More Resilient Entrepreneur appeared first in YFS Magazine. Lead health and wellness lifestyle personal development

3 Examples Of Creative Branding (From Silicon Valley Giants)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When it comes to marketing, there is a lot of noise and competition. With so many similar brands, how can you get your brand to stand out? When it comes to branding, you learn from some of the best tech startups in Silicon Valley and follow in their footsteps.

7 Ways to Set Team Goals (That Actually Work)

Up and Running

We’re big fans of goal setting here at Palo Alto Software. We set goals for the company as a whole, and by specific team as well. We even set additional personal development goals, using the OKR (“objectives and key results”) goal-setting technique.

Film: American Muslim Storytellers

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, our Monthly Match for the National Immigration Law Center raised over $47,000, For everyone who contributed, thank you! In the emails I got, one stood out. It pointed me at an Indiegogo campaign for a documentary done by American Muslim Storytellers.

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Go From Good To Great This Year

YFS Magazine

Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, says only a few make that leap. If you heed of these transformational changes, you can become one of the few. This article 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Go From Good To Great This Year appeared first in YFS Magazine. Lead leadership personal development success

Why Good Marketing Campaign Costs Continue To Rise

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing.

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The 10 Traits of Mentally Tough People

Inc Startups

And four things they do to make themselves even tougher

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Avoiding analysis paralysis: Why entrepreneurs shouldn’t sweat the small stuff

The Next Web

A wise person once said that the devil is in the details. I don’t pretend to understand exactly what he meant (I’m not much of a theologian), but I know a few things about business, and in that context the statement makes a lot of sense.

The Biggest Skill You Need to Run a Business (It’s Not What You Think)

Up and Running

I hold an MBA from London Business School and there’s no doubt it’s a valuable degree to have under one’s belt. I guess to some extent I have to say that; how else would I justify the exorbitant tuition fees? Still, I learned a lot during that year.

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[Interview] Amanda Mills, Founder Of Amanda Mills Los Angeles

YoungUpstarts

Lifestyle curator is one of those terms that we hear a lot these days, but what does it really mean? For Amanda Mills, the mind and face behind the Amanda Mills Los Angeles (AMLA) lifestyle brand, it is a term she takes great pride in.

12 Books Publicly Recommended by Elon Musk

Inc Startups

Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, growth: Elon Musk has got them all down. Read what he reads to learn how to get there too

7 PPC mistakes that’ll burn through your marketing budget

The Next Web

As a startup, your marketing budget is probably a bit tighter than you’d like it to be. It probably feels like you can’t let a single penny go to waste — and for good reason!

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5 Key Steps In Being A Role Model For Accountability

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s easy to say to people on your team that they must be accountable for their actions, but it’s not so easy to tell them how to do it. It’s even harder to give them the mindset of wanting to be accountable.

Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX

SiliconHills

In Austin, new entrepreneurs often struggle to get cash, especially that early investment to fuel their startups from inception to billion dollar ventures. Austin is also known for bootstrapping. But lately, a number of venture capital firms have launched big funds here and others from Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston have offices here or regularly […] The post Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Announcing my next book, The Startup Way

Startup Lessons Learned

In the five years since I published The Lean Startup , I've worked with organizations of varieties and sizes I never imagined would be interested in the ideas I wrote about in that book. And what I've learned is that lean isn't just for five-person startups: it's for everyone--especially everyone who wants to thrive in the quickly changing world we now live in, where the only guarantee is that we don't know what's coming next.

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7 Ways To Spot If An Interviewee Is Right For Your Team

YoungUpstarts

by Phil White, Managing Director at Novell Coffee. Whether you’re sitting in the hot seat or interviewing your next prospective staff member, interviews can be tough.

How Data-Driven Marketers Are Using Psychographics

ConversionXL

Are you sold on the idea that it’s beneficial to understand your customer? Hope so. If not, it’s guess work. When you know who your customer is, where they are, what they love and what they hate, you can market to them much more effectively.

This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life

Inc Startups

When it comes to happiness, success, and fulfillment, research says this dwarfs everything - and it's not about wealth, technology, or leadership

Asking Acquaintances About Mutual Friends

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

All business is people business ultimately, and so improving your ability to size someone up should be a relentless priority — it is for me, anyway.

Once An Upstart, Always An Upstart

YoungUpstarts

by Kathy Kolbe, co-author of the new book “ Business is Business: Reality Checks for Family-Owned Companies “ Being an upstart is a state of mind. It’s how you attack the world – both the opportunities and the obstacles in it. You don’t learn to be an upstart.

How to Make Sure Your Website is Ready: A Prelaunch Checklist

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There are countless factors to consider when building a website – the layout needs to be just so, the copy impeccable and all the technical building blocks in place. The success of your online project depends on how well all the separate elements come together, so covering all bases is a must.

5 Steps for Turning an Idea Into a Reality Today

Inc Startups

How to turn your business ideas into a reality, and create a profitable company

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Workdays milestone quarter

deal architect

I don’t usually write about earnings announcements, but Workday’s $436.7 million Q4 which summed up a $ 1.57 billion year deserves attention. A few years ago, I would have said Workday needed a bunch of industry applications, not just its. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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A Basic Guide To Beginning A Haulage Business

YoungUpstarts

The haulage industry has changed a lot over the last 30 years from primarily transporting raw materials such as metals and coal. Today, there is an increased demand for consumer goods which has forced the haulage industry to turn to the transportation of these goods.

Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm founded in 2005, is raising a $100 million Silverton Partners V fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based venture capital firm lists Adam Chibib, Michael Dodd, Morgan Flagler and Kip McClanahan as its general partners. Bill Wood, Silverton Partners’ founder, was not listed […] The post Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund appeared first on SiliconHills.

9 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Employees Happy

Inc Startups

One of the best things you can do for the bottom line is to foster an appreciative relationship with your employees. Here's how to make it happen