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How to Convince Investors You’re the Future not the Past

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in VentureBeat. I just had a coffee with Mei and Bill, two passionate students who are on fire about their new startup idea. It’s past the “napkin-sketch” stage with a rough minimum viable product and about 100 users.

6 Awesome Tools To Make Your Startup Smarter In 2020


by Gaurav Gupta , Founder of Square Boat. Startups are all the rage these days with innovative minds coming up with novel ideas and transforming them into reality. But wanting to materialize a product or service and sustaining its operations are two different things.

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6 Keys To Maximizing Your Own Leadership Performance

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs in business, one of the biggest failures I see is a lack of self-leadership. You can’t lead a business to success, if you can’t lead yourself.

Job vs. Startup

VC Cafe

Last week, I spoke to a group of students at London Business School about what makes Israel a unique startup ecosystem and our approach to venture at Remagine Ventures. The students had some great questions about venture capital, Israel and entrepreneurship, but one struck me in particular.

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.

Pre-Seed Rounds Aren’t Going Away, But Pre-Seed Funds Are

View from Seed

Over the past few years, “pre-seed” as a distinct category has emerged within the early stage fundraising landscape. To some degree the best way to describe a pre-seed round is that you know it when you see it, as the definition is squishy… but most pre-seed rounds are characterized as relatively small ($750K or less), early in company formation (pre-product), and typically followed by a larger “seed” round ($1M-$3M) within 12 months.

The disconnect between software buyers and vendors - about the role of SIs

deal architect

In the case studies I wrote for SAP Nation 3.0 I noticed two common threads A) Customers were using SIs cautiously - the last set of experiences with SIs and outsources has made them wary. A couple even thanked me. Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

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5 Simple Steps To Attract More Customers With Social Media

YFS Magazine

There is a much smarter way to use social media to help build your business. Here's how. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing social media social media marketing

Pandere Shoes, Anchorage Startups, and Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Pandere Shoes is an Alaskan founded and women-owned startup that creates expandable footwear that accommodates a host of conditions such as edema, diabetes, and neuropathy. . I met the co-founder Laura Oden when I was in Anchorage last month to speak at the Accelerate Alaska event.

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Five Strategies To Grow Your Business And Get More Clients


by Maureen Gharrity, CEO and founder of Finding Your Way Coaching. Growing your business, or trying to get new clients, can be hard. It doesn’t always have to be. The strategies that work to bring in more business are not necessarily what you may think or what you default to.

How Starting A Business Fits Into Every Career Today

Startup Professionals Musings

With the cost of starting an online business today at an all-time low, I can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t have a web site and an LLC to mitigate liability and minimize taxes.

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The Dyslexic Advantage

Version One Ventures

I know many people that are dyslexic: entrepreneurs, close friends, family members. And almost all of them have suffered from the general perception that dyslexia is a learning disability.

SaaS CRO: What You’re Not Testing (But Should)


Think back to the last experiment you ran for your SaaS company. What were you trying to learn or improve? Maybe you wanted to increase email captures or free-trial leads. . Now try to think of the last time you experimented with something other than your acquisition strategy.

Self-Awareness And Coachability: The Two Most Important Leadership Traits


by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ I remember an interesting conversation I had with a venture capitalist. We were discussing the qualities he looks for when thinking of buying a company.

10 Insights For Locating The Perfect Business Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Most people don’t know that billionaire Mark Zuckerberg , for example, gives real credit to the inspiring mentorship of Steve Jobs for Mark’s Facebook success.

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3 Clever Ways To Build Authentic Business Relationships

YFS Magazine

Profitable business relationships are built on trust, respect, and connection. Lead client relations personal development relationships

Measurement Protocol 101: Improve Your Google Analytics Data


Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager have limitations. Often, these limitations are outside your control (e.g., technical aspects of a website that can’t be changed).

Consulting Sucks (Sometimes): 15 Ugly Truths To Ponder Before You Take The Leap


by Elaine Biech, author of “ The New Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond “ The gig economy is roaring right along, and that means consulting work is more popular than it’s ever been. And the truth is there are many great benefits to becoming a consultant.

7 Secrets to Leading Others and Enjoying Your Legacy

Startup Professionals Musings

By default, every one of you who owns a business or manages a team has the title of leader, but in my consulting experience, I find that just having the title doesn’t make most of us a leader.

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Free Up the World’s Best Entrepreneurs to Keep Inventing


Thomas Edison wasn’t just known for his startup, the Edison Company. He was known as an inventor — and a prolific one at that. He contributed to innovations, including the phonograph, the light bulb, the motion picture camera, and others.

It’s Time To Upgrade Your Money Mindset

YFS Magazine

Ultimately, money is a tool that is waiting to be used. The real power is inside of you. Use it to create a successful pathway to success. Finance Grow business finance mindset money personal development

How B2B Brands Can Generate More Website Traffic


Getting businesses to visit your website is very different from encouraging the general public to visit web pages. B2B marketing has some crossover with B2C marketing, but when it comes to traffic generation, the tactics for those companies that target other businesses are significantly different.

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6 Ways to Increase Holiday Sales and Engage Your Customers

Up and Running

’ Tis the season for businesses across the world to see the bottom line on their income statements (profit and loss, or P&L) go from red to black!

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Tips for Aspiring CEOs from People Hacker, Dr. Mark Goulston


In this episode of the How To CEO podcast, I was privileged to speak with sought-after leadership expert Dr. Mark Goulston. Whenever I talk to Mark, I always gain a world of insight and inspiration all within a few short minutes. This podcast episode was no exception.

NPS Survey Tips: How To Turn Passive Customers Into Promoters

YFS Magazine

If asked, could you identify your biggest fans and most enthusiastic brand evangelists? Running an NPS survey will help you do just that and more. Grow Marketing & Sales customer satisfaction marketing net promoter score online surveys

8 Simple Strategies To Self-Soothe And Stop Work Overwhelm


by Judith Orloff, M.D., author of “ Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People “. Are you experiencing work overwhelm? Or even full-blown burnout? You’re not alone.

Notion the all in one workplace scratchpad

VC Cafe

I love trying new products. I enjoy the process of trying new products like a kid opening a birthday present. Perhaps it’s the product manager in me that gets a kick out of figuring out how do they do onboarding? what features are available? How does the design make me feel?

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Monday Motivation: Morning Motivation: Get Motivated in 60 Seconds


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Plan your day out the night before to activate your subconscious mind. Write down and review your goals every morning. Positive affirmations.

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Don’t Give Up On Social Media Marketing Until You Try These Methods

YFS Magazine

Even if you don't follow the latest trends, cultivating a social media presence could spur the growth your company needs. Grow Marketing & Sales online marketing social media social media marketing

4 Reasons To Add Personalized Video Marketing In Your Marketing Plan


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then just imagine the impact of a video. The marketing industry has understood the significance of conveying story through a video; that’s why video marketing is spreading its wings everywhere.

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Are you a cost or convenience innovator?

A Crowded Space

I like making up new frameworks to try to clarify my thoughts and try to explain observations in the startup ecosystem. While I was taking a shower this morning before my kids woke up (prime thinking time), I started thinking about convenience and cost. Cost is pretty obvious.

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Hair and Beauty Salon Sample Business Plan

Up and Running

Looking for a free, downloadable hair and beauty salon sample business plan to help you create a business plan of your own? Bplans has you covered. . Keep in mind that you don’t need to find a sample business plan that exactly matches your business.

5 Factors to Consider Before Beginning Your Startup Journey

The Startup Magazine

Deciding to start your own business is anxiety-inducing, yet admirable and rewarding. Aside from the idea of being your own boss and the freedom to work passionately, there are other points you should first consider as you commence your startup journey. Photo by: Alex Talmon.

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A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide On How To Establish Low Cost Shipping


With over half a billion small businesses opening their doors every year and eCommerce increasingly becoming a retail juggernaut, one industry has benefited tremendously. Shippers.

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LoudCrowd Lands Funding to Help Brands Incentivize Customers to Share Products on Social Media


Brands have worked with influencers to sell products through social media for a long time. But it’s been more difficult for them to engage with regular customers who might like their products. And that’s where LoudCrowd saw an opportunity.

Jules Pieri Advice For Fathers of Daughters

Feld Thoughts

At the Authors and Innovators event, the last panel included a discussion about diversity, with a particular focus on gender diversity. The actual segment was titled Success through Strategic Innovation but it was awesome to watch it evolve into a gender diversity conversation. One of the panelists was Jules Pieri , who is the founder/CEO of The Grommet. I’ve known Jules for a while and loved her book How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses.

Skills You Need in Your Startup Business

The Startup Magazine

A startup business is composed of ambition, talent and drive. This article focuses on that middle quality – the one that requires a certain set of skills and knowledge in order to succeed.

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