Sat.Sep 23, 2017 - Fri.Sep 29, 2017

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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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.

4 Trends Pushing Fashion Startups Forward


In recent years, we’ve seen serious changes in the fashion industry, including the rise of athleisure, broader plus-size offerings, and increased options for women with religious restrictions on their clothing.

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.

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“Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder.

Hunter Walker

It’s in a founder’s natural disposition to want to convince people of their point of view.

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.

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.

Fintech Companies Redesigning The Financial World


by Caroline Capitani, VP of Business Innovation of ilegra. Our relationship with money, whether physical or virtual, is being reinvented by revolutionary startups called fintechs.

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.

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.

Positive Trends in Product Management

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. > > What trends do you see in product management? positive trends? any negative trends? Agile and lean organization product managers are getting good at dealing with ambiguity and are open to unknown situations.

[Interview] Ed Rempel, Certified Financial Planner, Founder Of Unconventional Wisdom


From Ed Rempel’s perspective, there’s way too much conventional wisdom out there when it comes to financial and investment matters, and way too many people both spout it and buy into it.

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IFS extends its vertical focus

deal architect

Readers know I think the software market is at a pivot point. We have plenty of hr, financial and basic CRM functionality, but very little in the way of industry specific functionality. I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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.

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.

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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Iris Plans Lands $5.1 Million to Take the Pain out of Managing Long-Term Illness


By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News For Dr. Stephen Bekanich, treating long-term illnesses early on with advance care planning is a personal mission. Dr. Bekanich’s grandmother had metastatic breast cancer and his grandfather had dementia. Even as a physician I felt ill prepared to be able to take them through this,” Dr. Bekanich […]. The post Iris Plans Lands $5.1 Million to Take the Pain out of Managing Long-Term Illness appeared first on SiliconHills.

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.

Cloud, Digital: a Continental Divide?

deal architect

DSAG, the SAP user group for German speaking Europe, shared results of a recent survey involving more than 500 decision-makers from IT and various business units. Reading it I was struck by similarities and differences between how the US and. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Good Loving’s Gone Bad


7 Tips for Building Your Lean Team

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Misti Yang, Writer for Lean Startup Co. Think big. Start small. Scale fast.” This is the mantra of Lean teams described by Eric Ries in his upcoming book, The Startup Way. Whether you’re struggling in an actual startup or trying to build an internal one at an established organization, a Lean team approach can maximize efficiency and results in uncertain times.

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Why working on your business is more valuable than working in it

The Startup Magazine

By Mike Wessinger. No entrepreneur starts a business they’re lukewarm about, because building and running a business is hard—and often risky—work. The last time the Government of Canada released data on the number of businesses entering and exiting the marketplace in a given year was in 2013.

Sketchnotes from Business of Software Conference USA 2017

Business of Software Blog

Sketchnotes from Business of Software Conference USA 2017. Lianna Patch at Punchline Copy not only did a Lightning Talk at Business of Software Conference USA last week, she took some pretty cool sketchnotes of the talks when she wasn’t preparing to give her own.

It’s time for digital organics – Algorithms are the MSG of the modern age

Start Up Blog

Increasingly, our lives are shaped by secrets companies keep. The corporate secret de jour is algorithms. These secret algorithms are designed to do two things: Make us like the product more. Improve the profit of the company via the algorithm. Objective 1 is only ever designed to facilitate objective 2.) No doubt you’ve heard the. Continue reading → The post It’s time for digital organics – Algorithms are the MSG of the modern age appeared first on Steve Sammartino.

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.

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?

Health systems plod ahead with statewide Medicaid plans

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

A coalition of 11 health care systems in North Carolina is trying to establish a firm foundation for a statewide not-for-profit plan to provide health care through Medicaid

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

Want To Boost Yourself On Media? Avoid These 11 Fatal Mistakes


by Paul Blanchard, author of founder and principal consultant of Right Angles and author of “ Fast PR: Give Yourself a Huge Media Boost “ Here’s the surprise about PR: getting great media coverage is as much about knowing what not to do than it is about knowing what to do.

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Three rules for VC-entrepreneur engagement

Version One Ventures

Recently, someone asked me about my principles for engaging with my portfolio entrepreneurs. The question was a good trigger to think about what drives my interactions with entrepreneurs and how my relationships have evolved over time. Three guiding principles provide the foundation for all my communications and engagement with entrepreneurs: 1. Listen and ask questions (because I don’t have all of the answers). Like many investors, I came to VC after being an entrepreneur.

Design Origami – visual mapping of user experience

Business of Software Blog

I must admit I didn’t get what design origami was at first. I had visions of artful but frustrating paper folding. It turned out to be an excellent tool to help visualize the customer experience of a conference attendee.

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

4 Reasons Bosses Should Encourage Meditation At Work


by Barbara Cox, Ph.D. of Dr Cox Consulting. The co-worker two cubicles down who appears to be nodding off may not be indulging an afternoon nap after all. Instead, he or she could be in a state of meditation, and the bosses likely are happy about that – or at least they should be.