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Announcing NextView’s Everyday Economy Accelerator

View from Seed

We at NextView Ventures are sensitive to the challenges which all startups face during these times brought upon us by the current Coronavirus crisis. As we have discussed elsewhere, the world of early stage investing is shifting from FOMO ( F ear O f M issing O ut) to FOLD (Fear Of Looking Dumb). Even though some of the most transformative tech companies are built during difficult economic periods, the aperture of VC funds tends to narrow during these times.

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10 Keys To Enabling Your Startup For Unicorn Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors will tell you that they love to put money into startups that are scalable, and ready to become the next unicorn. But what does that really mean? Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost. Ready to scale is when you have a proven product and a proven business model, about to expand to new geographies and markets.

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Retail 4.0 – Tips If Your Retail Business Is Struggling

YoungUpstarts

It’s true that right now is a tough time to be in the retail industry. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of the United States is in a lockdown and many businesses have had to close. If you’re a retail company that gains the majority of your business from people walking into your storefront and walking out with your product, then this puts you into a tough spot. However, there is a bright light at the end of this tunnel.

My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

Both Sides of the Table

Several years ago I made an appearance in a burgeoning new podcast called “20 Minute VC,” which by now needs no introduction. Harry was gracious enough to invite me back so this past week we recorded an episode discussing the current market environment. Please download the episode here , if for no other reason than to make Harry happy :) but I’ve also included some quick notes below including a few notes I didn’t share in the podcast (and vice versa by the way?—?if

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.

What Lessons Will Our Children Learn From COVID19. And Will They Be Useful Ones?

Hunter Walker

I’ve mostly resisted the online tech conversations around “COVID will change [X] forever,” although I do especially love the ones which are basically tells for the individual’s true id (“i think post-COVID, polyamory is going to be really popular”). BUT I have dived deeply into the parenting conversations around “what is this doing to our kids?” ” Obviously – as with all things with child-rearing – there’s no consensus.

10 Stumbling Blocks To Innovative Business Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who think the most creatively, not only in their initial product or service, but more importantly all through the stages of growth from startup to maturity. But even the best of them can easily slip into some bad decision habits that limit or hurt their business, due to natural human tendencies and the pressures of business challenges.

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Entrepreneurs Are More Important Than Ever

Feld Thoughts

A wave of entrepreneurship around the world was unleashed coming out of the Global Financial crisis in 2010. Today, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship are more important than ever. Techstars has been extremely active around content, community, and engagement around how entrepreneurs can help with Covid-19 as well as how they can navigate the challenges to their business. Some things that are coming up include: A public AMA that David Cohen and I are doing on 4/27 at 3pm MT.

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PPP Funding Fail: 80 Percent Of Applicants Are Still Waiting For Assistance

YFS Magazine

As corporations drained the Payment Protection Program (PPP) dry, many small businesses who desperately needed funding are left behind. Economy economy pandemic paycheck protection program

5 Keys to Results in the Current Marketing Revolution

Startup Professionals Musings

Most small businesses I advise still rely on traditional advertising models, assuming they can create enough media “noise” to get customers attention and sway them. You don’t realize that person-to-person noise now dominates all channels through social media, effectively hiding business marketing messages. You now need a personal context in your marketing to get results. For example, the company GoPro makes cameras, yet now rarely ever talks about cameras in its marketing.

Keep Your Business Healthy During The Coronavirus Crisis

YoungUpstarts

by Art Saxby, CEO, Founder and Principal of Chief Outsiders. While much of today’s information about the Coronavirus is centered on what companies are currently doing for themselves and for their people, not that much has been written on how to weather the storm and come out shining on the other side.

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Out of the Crisis

Startup Lessons Learned

Over the past few weeks, I have recorded a series of conversations with people leading the way out of this mess. They range from prominent CEOs and investors to scientists and builders. Many of them I have had the privilege of working directly with on relief efforts, and their example is what has kept me going in dark times - and inspired me to take action. I wanted to share the conversations with you, in the hopes that you will do the same.

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5 Reasons To Give Your Brand A Refresh During COVID-19 Closures

YFS Magazine

Millions of companies around the nation are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many things business owners could do during this time. Branding Grow branding pandemic slow business periods

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10 Keys To Being A Thought Leader Across Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur “wannabes” never get past the idea stage, or strike out randomly in many directions, hoping that their passion will convince people to follow them and make their business grow. There are many systems for business out there, but all of them need a way to keep score on progress and impact.

Technical Signs Of A Well-Managed Business

YoungUpstarts

Modern businesses rely on technology to support their operations. Recent studies concluded that over 80% of business-related information and other resources are now stored in the cloud. The availability of cloud infrastructure through services like AWS and GCP means even home businesses can leverage the power of cloud computing to streamline business processes. As businesses rely on technology more, the demand for tech proficiency and the effective implementation of solutions grows as well.

Names Matter: Exposure Alerting vs. Digital Contact Tracing

Feld Thoughts

Most people, unless you work either for government or an infectious disease “organization” (non-profit, hospital, health care system) probably had not heard the phrase “contact tracing” until a month or so ago. I now hear and see the phrase “contact tracing” everywhere. About a month ago, as I started working on Covid-related stuff, the phrase came up regularly on the private side as a partial solution to the problem of “opening things back up.”

The Rise of Empathy in Digital Marketing

YFS Magazine

During this time of fear and uncertainty, it's time to connect on a deeper level and demonstrate that you understand and care about your customers. Grow Marketing & Sales content marketing digital marketing empathetic entrepreneurship marketing pandemic

9 Strategies To Promote Your Image As A Communicator

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business professional and entrepreneur believes they are good communicators, but how do they know? It’s really the perception of the recipients that counts, and poor communicators are almost always poor listeners, so they don’t hear the shortcomings. Warren Buffet once told a class of business students that better communication could boost their value by fifty percent.

Law Basics: When Do You Need The Help Of A Trademark Attorney?

YoungUpstarts

A registered trademark can increase the offline and online visibility and presence of your business. At the same time, establishing your trademark in your market niche can increase your sales volume and improve your profit margin. Familiarizing yourself with the trademark facts and basics is important. If you do not have the resources to do this, get the help of a trademark lawyer about establishing a legally protected trademark for your business.

28 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet. It could be a made-up word you dream of one night and feel it has the right ring to it. Even still there are some people who study foreign words for the perfect meaning behind their chosen business.

Post Covid Possibilities – COVID-19 series

Start Up Blog

At time like these no one has all the answers as to what’s next. What is useful however, is asking a lot of questions. The art of scenario planning and being ready for a number of plausible trajectories and future realities. So I’ve bunched them into the of categories Data, The Economy, Work and Society. So here it is – Post Covid Possibilities from the Sammatron. Consider, discuss and debate.

Need a Win, Like, Now? Here’s What to Do.

ConversionXL

What happens when a marketing generalist asks a team of CRO experts for ideas on “low-hanging fruit” or “quick wins”? My humbling aside, the CXL Agency team did indulge my request—to a degree. Many conversion optimization efforts fall toward one end of the time-to-value and time-to-implement axes. Some, invariably, end up in the top-right quadrant: If you’re looking for wins this quarter, ones that will endure in future quarters, too, here’s what to do—and what to avoid.

These 3 People Can Ruin Your Business Or Help It Flourish

YoungUpstarts

by Domenic Aversa , author of “ Corporate Undertaker: Business Lessons from the Dead and Dying ”. I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of companies on the brink, and here’s what I’ve learned: weak companies have weak advisors. These three people can either ruin your business or help it flourish: your accountant, your lawyer, and your banker. What makes them weak? It’s not how much they charge you per hour or where their office is located.

In The COVID-19 Era, Digital Technology Will Call The Shots

YFS Magazine

Large economic potential is linked to digitization—and much of it yet to be captured. Grow Technology digital economy digital trends pandemic recommended technology

Extending and Expanding Aid – Some Policy Ideas

VC Adventure

I was recently asked to put together some ideas for consideration for the next economic package that congress is currently working through and which I hope will both extend existing programs put in place to dampen the blow of the economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 but also extend that aid to critical areas of the economy that aren’t yet being supported by current programs.

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10 Reasons You Don’t Qualify for an SBA Disaster Loan

Up and Running

Maintaining your business through the coronavirus crisis has likely led you to cut costs, revise your sales projections, and potentially seek out a loan to help you stay afloat. Luckily, the SBA has created a separate COVID-19 Disaster Loan, with less stringent eligibility criteria and a streamlined application process to hopefully make more funds available for more businesses. .

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How To Start A Dog Boarding Business: A Step-By-Step Guide

YoungUpstarts

Did you know that Americans spent about $95 billion on their pets last year? Pets have become a part of our families and we spoil them and treat them like kids, sometimes even better. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of this and start a dog boarding business. You can serve families and their pets by having a space that people can depend on. Read on to learn how you can start a dog boarding business. Start with a Business Plan. Your business always starts off with a business plan.

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Give a Great Startup Founder and Entrepreneur Media Interview

ReadWriteStart

It’s always on the checklist for a business and startup founder — get media attention. And of course, you want that attention – it will put eyeballs on your product, which may lead to users, which can bring money, potential investors , and all the other wonderful things that can come from matching the right product with the right audience. But once you land that interview opportunity – what next? How do you actually talk to the media?

Founder Interview: Michel Ruiz on Augmented Reality and Building the KaviAR Tech Startup

The Startup Magazine

Here’s more from The Startup Magazine Founder Interview series. We interviewed Michel Ruiz, CEO and co-founder of KaviAR Tech , an augmented reality software startup headquartered in Paris. With a 30-year history of leadership and innovation in marketing, entrepreneurship and technology, Michel’s vision is to solve problems and increase clients’ business success with the use of augmented reality.

Three Steps to Survival

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Sadly, many small businesses will fail over the coming weeks. To increase their company’s chance of survival, there are three critical steps that small business owners must take. Continue to Slow Down the Outflow The first step is to continue to find ways to slow down the outflow of cash. You’ve probably made some initial […]. The post Three Steps to Survival appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.

How To Choose The Right Bitcoin Trading Platform: 5 Things You Need To Check

YoungUpstarts

Selecting the right Bitcoin Trading Platform or Cryptocurrency Exchange can be a challenging task. If you select the right one, you can ensure some handsome returns on your investments. If you choose the wrong one, you stand the risk of losing your money and peace of mind. If you have decided on investing in the lucrative field of Bitcoins, you might want to know how to pick out the right platform. You might also want to enquire about why some platforms are considered better than others are.

10 lessons from Syte on building an inside sales machine to survive the crisis [guest post]

VC Cafe

By Lihi Pinto-Fryman, co-founder and CRO and Gal Aga, VP of Sales at Syte.ai , a visual search startup and Remagine Ventures portfolio company. Working from home, banning travel, and limiting the movement of people. Social distancing measures are in place for an indefinite period, and sales teams have to quickly adapt to reach customers and prospects solely through virtual meetings and channels. Inside sales is a method that primarily sells remotely, rather than meeting in person.

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How To Pick The Translation Service Your Startup Needs

The Startup Magazine

According to the US Small Business Administration, startups and small businesses numbered around 30.2 million in the United States in 2018. That number accounts for about 90% of the total number of businesses in the United States. For most of these businesses, there’s usually staffing problems due to limited resources, which means one has to source for alternative services at the best price. One such outstanding service would be finding the most suitable translation company.

Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics

David Cohen

Conversation: Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics. COVID-19 is impacting everything — even elections. I’ve always been genuinely puzzled why so many people are against online and mobile voting. We protect our money online and zip secure wire transfers around the world every day using online tools. We store super sensitive business information online. The census is conducted online. But for some reason we can’t have people vote online?

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4 Vital Tips To Become A Successful Real Estate Agent

YoungUpstarts

Real estate is one of the most unpredictable businesses in the world, but, despite its volatility, many investors spend their invaluable capital in real estate because of the potential profits it can generate. Real estate has always been competitive as clients always seemed to be lesser than the realtors, and with the advent of social media and the internet, this competition has intensified manifold.

BTC + DeFi = FTW

Version One Ventures

I recently shared some thoughts about DeFi in light of recent market turmoil. While I remain extremely bullish on p2p finance in the long run, I believe there are at least 3 major questions to answer in the short term: 1) what blockchain/layer is most appropriate for DeFi scalability, 2) what use cases can DeFi power beyond speculation, and 3) how can we bring Bitcoin’s superior collateral security and liquidity to the DeFi ecosystem? Today I will explore this final question. .

Health and Safety: A Fundamental Business Foundation

The Startup Magazine

Whatever type of business you want to start, there are a lot of things to consider. Apart from your staff complement, office space, payroll and other practical considerations, there are some which might seem hidden to first-time business owners : those elements which have to do with legislation, regulation and compliance in your given industry. Even in the world of tech, there are aspects that you need to examine, key among them being your business health and safety.