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Roadblocks vs. Speed bumps

Software By Rob

I co-host a podcast that focuses on bootstrapping software startups.

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Improv for Business

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Improv is a Swiss Army Knife for Problem Solving. I just completed another workshop for high level executives in the use of Improv for Problem Solving. Most of the group were skeptical at the start.

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How To Lead Generation Z In A ‘Praise-Junkie’ Workplace

YFS Magazine

Every CEO and business leader can follow these simple principles to celebrate their twenty-something employees in a way that creates value. Grow Human Capital generation z HR human capital human resources leadership workplace trends

Zoho's strikingly different global path

deal architect

I have heard Zoho talk about doing business in UAE and Nigeria. That is so different from other cloud vendors which tend to mostly focus on N. America and Europe. Over the last decade, their US revenues have steadily declined. Cloud Computing, SaaS Globalization and Technology

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

5 Reasons Business Leaders Are Short On Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a business professional or owner today, success is more and more about relationships. People relationships are the key to career growth, more than results, and customer relationships build brands, rather than the other way around.

U.C. Santa Cruz Commencement Speech – 2019

Steve Blank

I was honored to give the commencement speech at the University of California Santa Cruz, right down the road from the ranch.

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Stant: RPA in a Manufacturing setting

deal architect

When you think of automation on the shop floor you think robotics, IoT and AR/VR. On the other hand, when you talk to executives in white collar industries about automation, the conversation usually drifts to bots. Most SIs now have

5 Key Attributes That Foretell New Venture Survival

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage.

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.


For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed.

How AI And Big Data Are Changing Century-Old Media Companies


by William Ammerman, author of “ The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning “ In the early days of the internet, the news was always free.

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The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

VC Cafe

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of. This is a content summary only.

5 Elements Of Innovation That Are Not Product Related

Startup Professionals Musings

Having a breakthrough idea or technology alone does not assure business success. “ If we build it, they will come ” may have worked as a movie theme for Kevin Costner, but as an investor, I tell entrepreneurs a great solution is not enough.

Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups


A technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

Five Simple Rules To Achieve Anything You Want In Life


History has taught us that anyone can achieve anything they want in life, no matter how grand or little. Although the possibility of such an event might seem utterly ludicrous and entirely fictitious, it is incredibly true.


The IFS-Acumatica-EQT "powerhouse"?

deal architect

Part of me is excited by the announcement that EQT, the private equity investor in IFS is also buying Acumatica. I have been saying for a while even after two decades of cloud applications, there are shockingly few operational applications. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

How To Be A Business Leader As Well As Thought Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves.

Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years


Growing and maturing a company are two different operations, yet they share a common goal: to stay in business for the long run. As the number of new companies multiplies all over the globe, competition grows fierce.

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Why Businesses Must Grasp Millennial Thinking Or Face Economic Calamity


by Gui Costin , author of “ Millennials Are Not Aliens: …but they are 80 Million Americans Who Are Changing How We Buy, Sell, Vacation, Invest, and Just About Everything Else “ When it comes to shopping and buying, the Millennial generation appears to play by its own rules.

Video Hosting Platforms: Which Is Best for Your Business?


Google “video hosting platforms,” and you’ll get about 50 million results, along with several paid ads. How do you choose the platform that suits your needs? There’s no single answer.

7 Societal Changes That Invite New Venture Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

If every entrepreneur could predict the future, starting the right new business would be easy. Since my experience and interests have been primarily with technology, I’ve been watching those trends for a long time, and I see rapid change, but predicting impact is a challenge.

Balancing the upside and downside of data sharing

Version One Ventures

This year we have seen privacy become top of mind for the general public, the media and “big tech.” The business model of Google and Facebook (collect as much data as possible about users for highly targeted advertising) is under attack.

Why Startups Love The One-Two Of Engaging, Affordable Quiz Marketing


by Boris Pfeiffer , CEO and Founder of Riddle. Attracting new customers to grow any online business can be tough. But for small businesses, like startups, carrying out an effective marketing strategy is critical to their very survival.

Here’s What I Learned From Guest Lecturing At A University

YFS Magazine

It was soul food of the highest order, and I recommend it to anyone with a story to tell and knowledge, experience, and wisdom to share. Grow Marketing & Sales communication public speaking speaking tips

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Friday Fun-isms: I’ve Seen This Movie Before

View from Seed

NextView Ventures has been around now for nearly a decade, having invested in over eighty seed stage companies along the way. On top of that, all four partners here spent meaningful time at other venture firms previously in our careers. So as a result, collectively we’ve been intimately involved with hundreds of startups and nearly a thousand financings (including follow-ons).

B2B Websites: 10 Best Practices for UX and Design


Best practices are starting points: If you have no data, start with these. They are not what you should end up with, but they’re often where optimization begins. That’s an important distinction.

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4 Marketing Strategies For Law Firms Struggling In The Digital World


Have you been dedicating time to creating an online presence in the digital world, only to realize you’re in over your head? It seems straight forward at first.

Pitching VCs? 7 Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

YFS Magazine

Venture capitalists and angel investors are pitched by a lot of startups, every day and regularly say no. Give them a reason to say yes. Finance Grow angel investors investing investment pitch raising venture capital venture capital

Online Entrepreneurs: 7 Simple Social Media Marketing Tips

The Startup Magazine

Thanks to the expansion of the Internet in this day in age, social media has become an integral component of everyday life. The number of social media users grows every day. The reason is the fact that people around the world use them for both fun and business.

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

Up and Running

How does your business assess its financial strength? No doubt you refer to your income statement (also called profit and loss statement or P&L) and your bank account for the basics. .

Why You Should Buy Used Industrial Equipment


Instead of buying new industrial equipment a lot of businesses and people prefer to buy used ones. Honestly speaking, there are myriads of reasons to buy used industrial equipment. Do you want to find out why sometimes it is best to buy used equipment than new ones? If so, then keep on reading.

Top 5 Cities For Remote Entrepreneurs And Digital Nomads

YFS Magazine

One of the main reasons many entrepreneurs start their businesses is for locational flexibility. Yet, it can be hard to determine where to go. Culture Lifestyle digital nomad global travel lifestyle remote working

We Make the Future We Invest In

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few years, you’ve seen me write about Glowforge, the 3D laser printer that made history with their crowdfunding campaign back in 2015. Glowforge launched that very campaign at a jam-packed World New York Maker Faire, where folks lined up for hours to get a glimpse at the shiny new machine. Over the next 30 days, they sold $28 million worth of pre-orders to an insatiable crowd of makers. More recently, Glowforge was named Make magazine’s 2019 Editor’s Choice for a laser cutter.

Cash Flow Crunch? Consider Invoice Factoring for Your Small Business

The Startup Magazine

Small businesses owners are the unspoken heroes of the American economy. These entrepreneurs and risk takers set out to change the landscape of an industry or do what they love.

This Is What Every Leaflet Should Include


When you are looking to market your product or service, you can achieve much with a highly targeted, well-designed leaflet. They are relatively cheap to produce and can quickly reach a broad audience. However, to be successful, a leaflet should include some essential ingredients.

Lean Startup Conference Speaker Andy Rachleff on his 35 years in Silicon Valley, Wealthfront and telling stories

Startup Lessons Learned

Andy Rachleff co-founded the venture capital firm Benchmark Capital in 1995. In 2005, he retired to focus on giving back, beginning by teaching technology entrepreneurship courses at Stanford, becoming a trustee at the University of Pennsylvania (which he attended undergrad), and funding cancer research with his wife. Then in 2008, he had a revelation from his experience on the Penn endowment board about how to democratize investing advice and “accidentally” founded a new company to do it.

NZ product standards? What you need to know

NZ Entrepreneur

Have a prototype up your sleeve or an importing opportunity on your mind? If so, there are various product standards you should know about to enable your product to be sold in New Zealand.