Sat.Mar 25, 2017 - Fri.Mar 31, 2017

Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together

Steve Blank

When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems.

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6 Ways To Attract A Flock Of Angels To Your Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.” More startups may fail for that reason, but a close second is the difficulty of raising money.

The Growth Marketing Process: How to Shake Your Growth Hack Addiction


Sean Ellis coined the term “growth hacking” way back in 2010. Since then, the term has taken on a life of its own.

When One Month Of Real Time Is Three Months of Company Time

Feld Thoughts

Most of us learned about dog years as children. Unfortunately, the adage that one human year = 7 dog years is not entirely correct, as dogs mature much faster than humans and the aging process depends on the size of the dogs. But the general idea works. Recently, I was in a board meeting at a company that had increased its revenue by a factor of four in 2016. We were discussing two things: (1) the 2017 budget and (2) all the things that broke in 2016 that we needed to fix in 2017.

Elon Musk Just Announced a New Company That's Truly Creepy

Inc Startups

Try wrapping your head around this


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How to Balance Cash Flow in a Seasonal Business

Up and Running

When you’re considering the importance of cash flow, it’s necessary to look at cash flow for a seasonal business.

Bringing Transparency to Startup Data: Our Data Repository Project

Version One Ventures

Two months ago, I first introduced my vision to create a startup data repository. Since then, I’ve chatted with many of you who share the desire to democratize access to information on startups and bring transparency to what’s been a traditionally private ecosystem.

7 Rules For Turning Business Conflicts Into Win-Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are not prepared for conflict, or actively avoid it. Their vision, passion, and focus are so strong that they can’t imagine someone disagreeing, much less fighting them to the death.

How To Break The Multitasking Habit That Science Says Is Damaging Your Brain

Inc Startups

Many of you know the science behind why multitasking is not only a mental impossibility but even bad for you. It's still hard to break the habit of thinking you are better off for trying, so here are some practical tips to help you


Why Supply Chain Integration Is Crucial In The Industry 4.0 Era


By Dr. Karen M. Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. Local Motors is a carmaker with a difference. Rather than following the traditional vehicle design process, the Arizona-based micro-multinational instead crowd-sources its car designs from an online community.

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The Coming Ubiquity of Voice Tech [Traction Podcast #38: Adam Marchick, VoiceLabs]

View from Seed

Adam Marchick, CEO of VoiceLabs, sees the disruptive force on the horizon that is voice technology. Whether it’s voice-based apps or voice inputs and outputs, all of us in tech should be watching this trend, and Adam is at the forefront of it. Adam has led a remarkable career, spanning six different startups and seven-plus years as an investor.

A Question About Risk That Founders Forget to Ask VCs

Hunter Walker

Here’s a question I recommend founders ask Seed or Series A VCs during their fundraising: “What’s a risk you’re more comfortable with than the average VC?” ” In four years and hundreds (1,000?) of pitch meetings, I’m not sure it’s been asked of me. But I think it’s a good question ¯_(ツ)_/¯. At the early stages, EVERY company still has significant risks associated with it.

“What’s exercise?” a question about the future of work

Start Up Blog

Let’s imagine you somehow got your hands on a working DeLorean – and took a trip back to the not-too-distant past of the pre-industrialised world. And when you arrived, you sat down with someone and asked them this simple question over a semi-dirty glass of water at their kitchen table.

Demand Validation: How to Find Out If Customers Want to Buy Your Product

Up and Running

Before you start your business, it’s essential that you make sure that customers are interested in buying your product. Taking this one step will save you weeks (or possibly even months) of lost time, and potentially save you thousands of dollars.

The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire

Feld Thoughts

I’m on the receiving end of a lot of reference calls. I try to be thoughtful and direct in my responses, but I’m increasingly annoyed by the generic nature of the questions. Over time, I’ve developed an approach to doing reference checks, and they actively avoid asking any of the following questions. How did you get to know Person X? What is your relationship to Person X? What were Person X’s different roles? How does Person X rank concerning leadership ability?

Why Your Business Needs A Web Design Style Guide

YFS Magazine

If you rely on your brand image and reputation, there is nothing more important than having a web design style guide in place to protect that image online. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing personal website web design web development

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

Inc Startups

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it


Develop A Personal Brand On LinkedIn: 7 Tips For Success


Creating a strong personal brand on LinkedIn can do a lot for your work prospects and really be a strong addition. These 7 tips will help you make the most of the network: 1. Headline. As others “get to know you” on LinkedIn, one of the first things they will look at is your headline.

Resilience is the Only Sustainable Edge in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

If you haven’t had a setback in business, you are probably risk averse and doomed to mediocrity. The business leaders who create real technology paradigm shifts, or have changed the world of commerce, don’t advertise their failures, but they still feel them.

7 Powerful Tips To Instantly Motivate Your Employees

YFS Magazine

As long as you have the right people in place and motivate them, business will soar. Motivate your employees with these 7 tips. Grow Human Capital company culture employee motivation leadership motivation

LinkedIn May Pull Some of Your Critical Data after Friday

Inc Startups

Free services may seem a smart money-saver, but you operate at the whim of the provider

3 Secrets To Becoming A Professional Travel Blogger

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

While airline companies are occupied checking their aircraft parts and supplies to prepare for the peak season, travelers are busy checking flight schedules and other travel deals. These are just normal routines in the travel industry. Are they significant for travel bloggers?

6 Reasons Why The Google Leaders Were An Exception

Startup Professionals Musings

I tell entrepreneurs that Google was an “exception” to all the investment and startup rules, but I’ve always wondered what it takes to be an exception. Since every business is built by unique individuals, I’m totally convinced that exceptional people are the key to an exceptional company.

Top 5 Challenges Female Entrepreneurs Must Overcome

YFS Magazine

Female entrepreneurs are launching businesses at an astonishing rate. Here’s a look at five challenges we need to overcome in order to thrive. Lead female entrepreneurs gender gap women entrepreneurs women in business

How to Become the Most Persuasive Person In the Room

Inc Startups

How to persuade your coworkers to get the job done efficiently and in your best interest


Good Survey Questions: Master the Art of the Ask


“Surveys are the most dangerous research tool,” says Erika Hall , author of Just Enough Research. “If If you write bad survey questions, you get bad data at scale with no chance of recovery.”. With people’s attention spans getting shorter, there is growing pressure to make surveys lean.

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The Business Blockchain: the future of authenticity and trust on the web

David Cohen

I recently read The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar, which provides a really strong description of the practical applications of this important new technology. This goes way beyond bitcoin. William anticipates a future with thousands, possibly millions, of blockchains that will enable frictionless value exchange and disrupt traditional business models.

Everything is Data, Part II – Get Those Expenses In


Everything is Data, Part II – Get Those Expenses In. My friend and former colleague Angela Baldonero (used to run our People Team at Return Path , now is COO of super cool startup Procurify ), used to say about her job as head of HR, “Everything is Data.”

You Have 53 Mondays in a Year. Here's How Top Entrepreneurs Use Them

Inc Startups

Working on the business is as important as working in the business

How To Boost Productivity with Online Forms


by Ashley Walsh, VP of Marketing for Formstack. Guess what? None of us are as productive at work as we think we are. In fact, when we think we are being the most productive by multitasking, we’re actually making it worse.

Don’t even think of naming your business until you read this

The Next Web

I’ve learned a lot from the development of NameLayer, and I’m ready to divulge every trick in my arsenal. In this guide, I provide realistic solutions to the frustrations encountered when naming a company. Plus, I’ll have some fun analyzing both good and bad company names.

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It’s Time To Overhaul Your Elevator Pitch — Here’s How

YFS Magazine

For many of us, our attention span powers down after the generic, "Hello, my name is Jane. Glad to meet you. What type of business are you in?" spiel. Lead business networking elevator pitch marketing networking professional networking

To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees

Inc Startups

No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much farther

China turns to western NC trees for wood flooring and furniture

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

ROBBINSVILLE — The rumor in the timbering parts of the mountains began a few years back: The Chinese are buying up the lumber mills

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