Sat.Sep 12, 2020 - Fri.Sep 18, 2020

Burning Platform: A new series on hot Enterprise topics with Brian Sommer

deal architect

Brian Sommer and I go back nearly 30 years. We ran parallel Software Intelligence units at Andersen (now Accenture) and PwC (that unit is now part of IBM) and competed. The competition was tough at a professional level, but respectful.

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7 Types Of People Who Get Results With Minimal Motion

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

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Our Scoring System at NextView (aka How We Evaluate Companies)

View from Seed

A few weeks ago, I published a post on how we make decisions and vote at NextView. Usually when we record our votes, we also score each company based on five attributes. This isn’t used as a “scorecard” where companies need to clear a certain quantitative bar to get through our process.

Want To Increase Your Ecommerce Conversion Rates? Use Video


You’ve done everything right for your ecommerce store. Your blog is getting traffic, your social media has lots of followers and you know your product is good and helpful to your customers. Yet, conversions are stagnant. No matter what tweaks you’ve tried, the number just doesn’t budge.

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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.

New Normal: A conversation with Mark Galloway of GrandPad

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

7 Keys To Being Willing To Risk Your Neck In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Willingness to take a risk is the hallmark of a serious entrepreneur. That’s why one of the first questions that potential investors ask is “How much of your own money, and friends and family, have you put into the new business?” If you won’t risk yours, you won’t get investors to risk theirs.

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5 Steps To Building A Remote Work Environment That Sustains Over Time


by Larry English, author of “ Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture with Virtual Teams “ When COVID-19 began, work-from-home seemed like a blessed stopgap — a way out of working in potentially health- and life-compromising environments, and a way to (partially) manage kids who had nowhere to go during the day.

New Normal: A conversation with Darren Roos of IFS

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up

A Fearless Leader’s Mindset Will Conquer Any Obstacle

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high. Anyone can build a new web site, or publish a smartphone app for a few thousand dollars, but getting market penetration requires a lot more.

Announcing our investment in Patch, a platform for negative emissions

Version One Ventures

Few launches have been as timely. Over the past month, those of us on the west coast have been dealing with forest fires… if anyone ever doubted climate change, let us be the first to tell you that the orange, fiery, smokey skies and the ash raining down from it are all very real.

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Outsourcing – How External Help Can Grow Your Business And Expand Your Services


In the modern connected world, more and more businesses are outsourcing to help with company growth. Faster networks and a proliferation of mobile devices has made remote working easier than ever, and the demand for freelancers has never been higher.

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New Normal: A conversation with Kevin Parikh of Avasant

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

8 Strategies To Satisfy Investors You Are Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

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Wix announces new venture arm

VC Cafe

Global Corporate Venture-backed funding fell 30% in Q2 2020 , reviving the sector’s stigma of ‘tourist capital’ which disappears in the low season.

The First Steps To Opening Your Fashion Boutique


Opening your own fashion boutique is exciting. However, the steps you must take can seem overwhelming and daunting at first. While hard work and effort are involved, it is possible to start a successful fashion boutique. Create Your Vision.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


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.

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6 Ways To Make Customers Remember You As Exceptional

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Today, in this age of pervasive social media and two-way communication, the focus needs to get beyond demographics into personalities.

Le Bijou Hotelier Madeleine Hubner Talks Success And Hard-Won Lessons

YFS Magazine

Madeleine Hubner advises young people to never shy away from the hard stuff, learn the lessons, and succeed in a big way. People Success Profiles hotel business hotelier recommended startup lessons

3 Marketing Automation Myths Debunked And 11 Platforms You Should Know


Have the knowledge you need and don’t be fooled by these common marketing automation myths. Marketing automation is a valuable tool for companies of all sizes and across all industries. It allows you to eliminate the manual aspect of your day-to-day activities and free up much needed time. .

10 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Favorite Business or Entrepreneur Turnaround Story


Poor performance in business doesn’t always imply the failure of a business. It can be an improving point for a business or mark its upward trajectory.

Dan Lok Explains Venture Capital Funding and How to Secure It

The Startup Magazine

Many companies need venture capital funding, including startups. The process of getting venture capital funding may be difficult, but it pays off in a cash infusion for your business which may be able to make the difference between failure and success.

The Real Story Of America Is About Small

VC Adventure

Below is an article I co-authored with Elizabeth MacBride of Times of Entrepreneurship (it was cross posted there on the ToE site yesterday). It’s a good companion piece to the OpEd we wrote for CNBC earlier this week.

Start Up A Business


Do you consider bringing your entrepreneurial dream to life? Then read on, and you will get the best advice for building a healthy and well-run business from scratch. It can be scary to think about becoming self-employed. Keep the spirit up and jump into it – but do your homework properly.

How To Create Connections, Deliver Smiles, And Inspire Your Community

YFS Magazine

Creating a community outreach effort during difficult times can provide precisely the invaluable payback your business needs. Grow Marketing & Sales cause marketing community building instagram pandemic recommended social media social media marketing

Career Opportunities after ITIL Foundation Course

The Startup Magazine

ITIL or Information Technology Infrastructure Library is a framework used to manage the IT service delivery process all across the world.

A digital goodie bag

VC Cafe

I’ve always been a fan of startup resources lists and had a dedicated page on VC Cafe since the blog’s inception in 2005. While some things change slowly, maintaining the list current proved tricky as time went by.

Trading Places: The Start-Ups And Newcomers Worth Watching 


The common saying goes that the first year of running a business can be one of the hardest.

Four Ways Business Leaders Can Be More Productive

YFS Magazine

Does the day seem to end before it even begins? Here's a look at four productivity tips to help you reclaim your day. Lead productivity recommended

What Are The Advantages Of Digital Marketing?

The Startup Magazine

More than ever, digital marketing is offering huge advantages to businesses around the world. COVID-19 has taught us all that the internet is used now more than ever. With people stuck in lockdowns and quarantine, more people than ever are enjoying the chance to indulge in online shopping, too.

10 Things that 3 Customer-Centric Brands Get Right


Like any popular business term, “customer centricity” is often abused by businesses that shoehorn it into their core values. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t cut it. It’s actually better not to claim customer centricity if you can’t get people across your business to really care about your customers.

4 Office Security Solutions For Small Businesses


Many small businesses are now choosing to set up a home office and work from home. While this often saves time and money, if proper security measures are not put in place, it can open up the business to certain security risks.

3 Smart Ways Entrepreneurs Can Get A Better Night’s Sleep

YFS Magazine

If you feel chronically tired and unable to conduct your daly activities for more than 2 or 3 weeks, you may have a sleep problem. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle recommended

7 tips to design a winning strategy for digital marketing

The Startup Magazine

Want to rate your marketing plan on social media? If you think you are the only one who is stressed out about planning a profitable digital marketing strategy, you are wrong. It’s not as easy as it used to be since social media came along.

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A Copy Testing Methodology for the Digital Age


It takes one wrong word to put your foot in your mouth. We’ve all done it and, in the process, squandered an opportunity to impress someone (or some crowd). With copy, you have a chance to slip up on every homepage , product page , or ad. Copy is a bridge between your product and your customers.

6 Ways To Incentivize Your Employees For All Budgets


Money is not always the answer when incentivizing your employees. In fact, monetary stimuli aren’t that effective at oiling your workforce’s engine than you think. True, cash can impact employee performance, but there’s no direct causation between the two.

It’s not trendy if it’s appropriating

NZ Entrepreneur

Appropriation of indigenous cultures is not a new issue, but examples of appropriation are increasing at an alarming rate, and the issue needs to be addressed. For example, if you walk down the wine aisle at your local supermarket, you will notice a significant number of M?ori ori brands.