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Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does. But better safe than sorry. So I’m going to write some thoughts about how to survive it. I told Harry my personal story of having 90% of our net worth go up in smoke in the dot com bubble and crash.

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Mesmerizing 30 Day Timelapse At Sea

Feld Thoughts

This is worth the full ten minutes. Sit back, relax, and be amazed. The post Mesmerizing 30 Day Timelapse At Sea appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Things I Like


10 Strategies For Managing The Stress Of A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends. Having too much on your plate can turn your dream into a nightmare.

Strategic Activities for a Company Retreat

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I am planning a company retreat. What are some great questions we can work on as a company? cc @RNeivert @robwalling @asmartbear. — James Kennedy (@JamesKennedy) July 15, 2017. I happened to be sitting on the tarmac, delayed.

You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Brad Feld has a great post about the emotional toll of the collapse of the internet bubble. Near the end, he writes: When I reflect on my relationship with Seth, Jason, and Ryan much of the intense loyalty between us was forged in the period during and after the debacle that was the collapse of the Internet bubble. Some of my lifelong friendships, with people like Len Fassler, Dave Jilk, Jenny Lawton, Will Herman, Ilana Katz, and Warren Katz were solidified by the intensity of this time frame.

Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

Feld Thoughts

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood. A few weeks ago, after reading the New York Times Sunday Review article The Book That Made Us Feminists , I asked Amy for several recommendations for books that were foundational to the feminist movement. I purchased all that she suggested and added them to my infinite list of books to read.

7 Steps To Building The Right Team For Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most new entrepreneurs work alone in developing their idea or a solution to a problem, but ultimately realize that starting and growing a business requires more.

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5 Ways To Unleash The Full Potential Of Your Team

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People are the life blood of your business. Therefore, creating a culture that taps into their potential should be a priority. Company Culture Grow company culture employee appreciation employee engagement workplace development

Emotional Lessons From the Collapse of the Internet Bubble

Feld Thoughts

My friend Dave Jilk recently shared the following Robert Frost poem with me. Lodged. by Robert Frost. The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ ’ They so smote the garden bed. That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. That perfectly describes how 2001 felt to me. We now have at least one generation of VCs and entrepreneurs who didn’t experience the collapse of the Internet bubble.

8 Steps To Build Winning Self-Confidence In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my years of mentoring entrepreneurs, a problem I have seen too often is low self-esteem, and over-compensating through arrogance and ego. These entrepreneurs find it hard to respect customers or team members, and their ventures usually fail.

An Essay On Bitcoin Pricing


The concept of bitcoin is really fantastic. Groups of people join together sharing power and computer power and by virtue of the blockchain and its characteristics, you create more coins.

8 Proven Marketing Strategies That Work

YFS Magazine

Over the years, I have seen many businesses succeed and fail at marketing. Here are several marketing strategies that always work. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing strategies marketing tips

Feminist Literature That I’m Reading

Feld Thoughts

In response to my post Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape several people asked me for the feminist literature reading list that Amy had put together for me. Following are the other ten books that I’m working my way through this fall. Sexual Politics by Kate Millet. Sisterhood is Forever by Robin Morgan. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.

10 Business Skills That Require Remedial Training

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken.

Build the Ultimate In-Store Customer Experience With These 5 Tips

Up and Running

Even though shopping online has never been more popular, you may be surprised to hear that many customers still prefer to shop in good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores.

5 Brilliant Ways Marketers Cultivate Creativity

YFS Magazine

Creativity: Is it something innate? Can creativity be learned? The following five tips have helped me cultivate creativity amongst my teams. Grow Marketing & Sales creativity innovation marketing

Motivational Hacks From 4 Successful Entrepreneurs


Making money is the yardstick of success in Western culture. And for better or worse we seldom hear about inspirational people whose achievements measure well against different expectations.

It’s Time For A New Way Of Thinking About Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create.

Give the Best Elevator Pitch Ever With a 3,000-Year-Old Technique

Up and Running

You’re riding in an elevator with just one other passenger and the guy looks familiar somehow. He smiles and you smile and he says something like, “Hey did you drop this?”

4 Lessons Glennon Doyle Taught Me About Impact And Community

YFS Magazine

If you want to create a highly engaged community to support you and your work at every turn, take a few lessons from Glennon's playbook. Lead branding community building community development glennon doyle leadership personal branding personal development success advice

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

Top 10 Budget Friendly Marketing Methods For Your Startup


If you’ve just launched a startup, it’s unlikely that you will have a huge budget to spend on marketing to increase awareness of your brand. You may find yourself struggling to develop an effective marketing strategy within the limitations of your tiny budget.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Optimization


It’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole of metrics for your business. When it comes to getting the most out of your website performance, only certain metrics are what you can consider key performance indicators. The trick is figuring out which ones. What are key performance indicators?

Document Business Processes With These 6 Online Tools

YFS Magazine

Successful businesses execute standard processes consistently. Here's a look at six tools designed to boost workflow, productivity and overall performance. Back Office Grow back office business process management business systems managing workflow process management productivity workflow

How to Boost Sales by 2018

Rembrandt Communications

Discover content marketing strategy, SEO , B2B copywriting, and PR tips here from Melanie Rembrandt. 2017 Only Has 3 Months Left. How did your business do? It’s almost October and the end of 2017 looms. If you haven’t reached your goals for this year, don’t despair.

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Cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio (Should we be worried?)


The C.A.P.E. ratio is above 30 today, compared with an average of 16.8 since 1881. It has been above 30 in only two other periods: in 1929, when it reached 33, and between 1997 and 2002, when it soared as high as 44.

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6 Smart Tips To Keep Employees Motivated

The Startup Magazine

We are seeing a continued struggle in the economy as the end of 2017 looms into view. More and more managers are experiencing difficulty in motivating their employees. This is particularly the case since employees are seeing a cut back on their perks so that lower costs can be achieved.

4 CryptoCurrencies Besides Bitcoin You Need To Keep An Eye On


Technology has changed almost everything in the modern world – and now it’s changing the concept of money too.

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A Look at Your Risks as a Small Business: Why You Need Insurance

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s unfortunate that the concept of insurance creates images of rather negative events in our minds – often we either focus on the expenses associated with the policy, or we envision bad events that can have serious consequences.

Bank of Japan Owns 60% of Japan ETFs


The Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor Haruhiko Kuroda kept the interest rates and asset buying program intact in the recent policy meeting. The BOJ maintained a negative 0.1% interest rate, which was widely anticipated by the markets.

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5 Most Important Landing Page A/B Tests to Optimize Your Facebook Ad Campaigns

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Most Important Landing Page A/B Tests to Optimize Your Facebook Ad Campaigns written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. What if you have impressions and clicks on your Facebook ad campaigns but no conversions? This is where most marketers get stuck.

Rest Your Weary Fingers — Voice Activation Is Coming To A CRM Near You


by John Oechsle, CEO of Swiftpage. We spend a lot of time talking to our gadgets these days. Whether we’re seeking directions from Siri or weather updates from Alexa, speech is quickly becoming a preferred means of communicating with technology.

The 6 Untold Reasons Why Businesses Fail

Growthink Blog

I originally wrote this article years ago (which is why there are many old comments at the bottom). But I just updated it (even though 99% of what I wrote years ago is still 100% valid today).

‘Throw It Against The Wall And See What Sticks’ Is Not A Strategic Plan

YFS Magazine

The online world is so crowded that new ideas require thoughtful strategy, execution and time. If you want to succeed you'll need a plan. Plan business planning business plans starting a business

In Product Management, soft skills lead to hard lessons

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jince Kuruvilla (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Rishi Kumar]. Regret, sorrow, disappointment – not all team check-ins and spec reviews end like this, but for a while, most of mine did.

What Does It Take To Start Your Own Business? The Nine-Step Process


If, like millions of Americans, your dream is to start a business, then you will require a few skills. Starting a business requires technical expertise, motivation, and determination. Here are nine steps to help you get your business from the ground on the right foot. Step 1: Identify An Opportunity.

It Takes Only Five Words to Create Added Value for Your Customers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Delivering value to customers is important for entrepreneurs. While willing to make a purchase, your customer has to derive some value from what you are offering them. However, what is customer value and how do you deliver it?