Sat.Jul 06, 2019 - Fri.Jul 12, 2019

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

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Running a startup consumes a ton of time. Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities.

Less Multi-Tasking, More Meditation: A New Model For Start-up Leadership

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Heinrich, Founder and CEO of Oh My Green. More often than not, the words “start up culture” conjure up a very specific image in people’s minds: late nights at the office, lots of coffee and Red Bull, pizza boxes under the desks.

Applied Venture and the inexorable rise of value-add VC

The Equity Kicker

When I started in venture capital in the late 1990s VCs were regularly lambasted for taking long summer holidays and spending too much time on the golf course. I remember one enterprising journalist judging VCs on the basis of how much their handicaps had gone down. Low handicaps weren’t good! During this time, cash was scarce and VCs were firmly in control. Most investors thought of their job as picking good companies and making sure governance was strong.

7 Wise Leadership Strategies When Smart is Not Enough

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I have met are smart, but many are not always wise.

Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools

Grasshopper Herder

Don’t get buried in the tools and platforms -- know how your resources, time frames, risks, and options work together to create a viable innovation portfolio map. The post Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Metrics & Innovation Accounting Startup Tool

Is Artificial Intelligence Still Relevant for Startups?

ReadWriteStart

If artificial intelligence confuses you, think about what happens when it’s not leveraged properly. For context, consider the London-based VC firm MMC who found that about 40% of European AI startups don’t use AI in any tangible way.

Why Gross Profit Is More Important Than Revenue

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about gross profit (and gross margin ) lately. Yeah, I know I can be riveting, but stay with me. When I was in Boston a while ago (it was very cold, so it must have been January), I had a wide-ranging conversation with Eric Paley. This was before the IPO Summer of 2019 when all conventional valuation metrics have entered the land of “suspension of disbelief” which is short-term good and long-term well-we-will-see-…-eventually.

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How The Workplace Divides, Not Unites, Women 

YoungUpstarts

by Joy L. Wiggins, PhD and Kami J. Anderson, PhD, co-authors of “ From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace “ Hostility between working women is trending.

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SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 12 - From Sea to Shining Sea

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. Over the next week I will excerpt the final batch. SAP Nation, the book

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Spotlight on Novos, the training platform for gamers

VC Cafe

We sat with Or Briga and Shai Arnon, co-founders of Novos, for a chat on the world of E-Sports, best practices in coaching and what it takes to find product market fit in this market. Continue. This is a content summary only.

8 Ways To Learn From Your Team And Succeed Together

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas.

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Six Ways A Strong Brand Makes Your Company Money

YoungUpstarts

by Lindsay Pedersen, author of “ Forging An Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide “ Many company owners go about their business without thinking much about brand.

For Startups, a SaaS Solution is an HR Killer App

ReadWriteStart

For today’s startups, there are several things required to succeed. The first and the most important thing is a great idea. The second and only marginally less important thing is an ability to operate efficiently and at speed.

How to Use Google Data Studio for Client Reporting

ConversionXL

“Getting great results” and “creating great reports” are very different skill sets. If you’re like most marketers, you’d rather sharpen your subject-matter expertise than spend time in PowerPoint.

10 Challenging Insights From New Venture Innovators

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business.

3 Digital Marketing Trends For 2019

YoungUpstarts

One of the most unpredictable things about marketing in 2019 is trends. Irony-stuck? Be with me here. A tactic that used to work a month ago may become totally void by the end of today. And it won’t even be a surprise.

Millennials Are Using Everyday Skills to Benefit Businesses And The Workforce At Large

YFS Magazine

A growing number of millennials are discovering ways to make use of everyday skills through entrepreneurship and within the workforce at large. Grow Human Capital human capital human resources millennials workforce development

Friday Fun-isms: Handoffs

View from Seed

Given our high-conviction, hands-on strategy and NextView, we tend to take an approach where each one of our investments has a very clear lead partner within the firm. This is the person who ends up being the primary point of contact for a founder and is the one that drives the majority of the due diligence and day to day management of the investment. This is pretty typical for many institutional funds.

How To Ensure Results From All Business Conversations

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always “too busy,” but never seems to get the business done and the team moving.

10 Apple Watch Apps That Help Startups To Grow

YoungUpstarts

by Pete McCain, startup mentor at AppVelocity. There is so much buzz pouring about Apple’s innovations. The company like Apple has always managed to be in the headlines. According to the latest report from TechCrunch , “Apple Watch gets its own App Store.”

SaaS Content Marketing: 5 Proven Strategies to Earn Links

ConversionXL

Links to blog posts or long-form resources increase their search visibility and build awareness. They also help sites rank for bottom-of-funnel terms—a rising tide lifts all boats. Some content marketers have it “easy,” working in highly visual industries (e.g. food, fashion) with wide appeal.

Our Investment in Otis

View from Seed

On Tuesday, one of our most recent portfolio companies, Otis, came out of stealth and announced its public launch. Otis is founded by Michael Karnjanaprakorn, and is focused on creating a marketplace that enables fractional ownership of culturally relevant assets. That sentence is quite a mouthful :), so I wanted to share a bit more about why we were excited by the team and concept and were the first investors to join them on this journey.

Mistakes University Students and Graduates Make in Their Jobs

ReadWriteStart

Finding the first job after the graduation is the most time consuming and stressful task. Despite of knowledge and skills, it becomes difficult to climb up the ladder of the career. Choosing the right career is important as it will impact you the whole life.

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Outsourcing Your PowerPoint Work? Consider This…

YoungUpstarts

by Lyndon Nicholson, founder and lead consultant at F5 Presentations. One thing I know to be true is that all new businesses will have to give a presentation at some point.

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I Traded In My Corporate Ambitions To Become A Freelancer – Here’s What I Learned

YFS Magazine

Now, I have no intention to tell you how to live your life. Instead, I want to show you that a different path is possible. Plan business lessons freelancing solopreneur starting a business

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How to Increase Ecommerce Conversion Rates

ConversionXL

If you run an ecommerce shop, you’re always trying to boost your sales. Here’s how to increase the conversion rate of your ecommerce site. What’s a good ecommerce conversion rate? Don’t worry about “average” ecommerce conversion rates.

The importance of checking in

Version One Ventures

Last week was a rough week. I can be a pretty open book when it comes to my personal and professional life (though I’m not going to delve into the details here). As I shared what I went through, the kindness and encouragement from family, friends, and colleagues helped tremendously. I proactively sought support from those closest to me. But every other connection spun out from an unrelated call or conversation.

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How Introverted Entrepreneurs Can Build A Strong Personal Brand

YoungUpstarts

by Manish Dudharejia, President and Founder of E2M Solutions Inc. Introverts have an abundance of skills they can bring to any business table, but standing out in a crowd is something most would rather avoid.

The Single Biggest Branding Mistake I’ve Seen Companies Make

YFS Magazine

Smart brand strategy is built on a foundation of empathy for your customer. Here are a few insights on what empathy looks like—and what it doesn't. Grow Marketing & Sales brand identity brand image brand strategy branding personal branding

Overcoming Fear When Starting Your Own Business

The Startup Magazine

It’s not uncommon for budding entrepreneurs to be racked with anxiety before plunging into uncharted waters. Entrepreneurship is a daunting undertaking of vast unknowns, but with some grit and resilience, anyone can conquer this giant. Source: Pixabay.

Pledge 1% Today

Feld Thoughts

Over the years, I’ve written about my belief in the importance of giving back to your communities and #givefirst. In this spirit, one of the key organizations my partners at Foundry Group have helped create and nurture is Pledge 1%. In 2007, we were a founding member in the predecessor organization to Pledge 1%, called Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (or EFCO). EFCO started as an experiment here in Boulder, not unlike Techstars and Startup Week / Weekend that got their start in our backyard.

How To Start Your Own Small Business In 7 Easy Steps

YoungUpstarts

More people than ever before are swapping their traditional forms of employment to go it alone and start up their own business. It has become a very popular employment move in the last few years, and now there are currently 28 million small businesses in the US today.

Here’s Why Entrepreneurs Dread The Sales Follow-Up

YFS Magazine

Following up is a significant part of the sales process. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can be persistent without being annoying. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling personal selling sales sales leads selling tips

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Today’s Inspired Leader – Authors Define Leadership

The Startup Magazine

The word leader brings to many people’s minds characteristics of intellectual strength, decisiveness and focused commitment. The authors of the new book Today’s Inspired Leader published by Fig Factor Media , demonstrate their own personal stories and statements about defining leadership.

Fund81 Podcast Interview on Mental Health in Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Kraus, Sue Heilbronner, and the work they do through MergeLane. Recently Elizabeth started a platform for the next generation of venture capitalists called Fund81. It includes a podcast , which has both a public section for everyone and a private section for the Fund81 members.

How To Eliminate Business Debt

YoungUpstarts

There may be no worse feeling than being crushed by the burden of debt, especially when the amount involved seems hefty. However, have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in a business debt – which is an entirely different situation? Aside from the heightened feeling of how you are going to pay up, there is also the fear of losing your business altogether. Business debt, unlike personal debt, are sometimes inevitable and you just cannot hide from them.

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How To Grow Your Brand Organically Using Facebook (With Zero Investment)

YFS Magazine

Starting a business is exciting, but becoming a known expert and landing ideal clients is not always easy – which can quickly curb your enthusiasm. Grow Marketing & Sales facebook marketing marketing social media marketing