Sat.Apr 08, 2017 - Fri.Apr 14, 2017

Bezos Annual Letter

Feld Thoughts

I just sent this note out to our CEO list. I was going to write a different post today about The Founder Wellness Pact: How Accelerators are Addressing Depression Among Founders but I’m going to save it for next week. After sending this note out, I decided it was the clearest thing I could add to your world today going into the weekend. . Jeff Bezos’ annual letter is now up there with Warren Buffett’s annual letter as must reads for me.

7 Tips On Maximizing Social Media Returns At Low Cost

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur today, and not using social media to promote your business, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. But, contrary to what most people preach, it isn’t entirely free.

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The wrong question: Is now the right time to start a company?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The answer is always yes. But it’s the wrong question. I started Smart Bear in a recession (2002) and it went great. I’ve been explaining for eight years why recessions are a great time to start a company.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

Both Sides of the Table

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity achieve extraordinary results. As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. We are over-intro’d and at the same time under-resourced in terms of staff to handle the barrage of in-bound requests.

Colorado Global EIR 2017 Applications

Feld Thoughts

The 2017 applications for the Colorado Global EIR are now open through April 15, 2017. The Colorado Global EIR program is a way for experienced international entrepreneurs to receive an H-1B visa, allowing them to work in Boulder. They must commit to working 20 hours per week at CU Boulder (supporting cross-campus entrepreneurial activities), and of course, will be paid for doing so.

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Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur


Zeynep Young is a serial entrepreneur who just became a venture capital partner with Next Coast Ventures. In this Ideas to Invoices podcast, Young discusses what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and what she looks for when making an investment. Previously, Young founded and served as CEO of Double Line Partners, an educational […] The post Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur appeared first on SiliconHills.

8 Keys To Moving An Idea From A Product To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Many aspiring entrepreneurs are jealous of inventors, thinking that new inventions are the key to new ventures. In my experience advising startups, I have found that the invention is usually the easy part, and the hard part is turning the invention into a business.

Embracing Digital Disruption in the Business World

The Startup Magazine

Technology has become so disruptive in the business world that sometimes its exact purpose can be forgotten. . From marketing to product development, to new software tools and communications, the list is almost endless as to the digital transformations taking place.

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How To Build Great Working Relationships With Employees

YFS Magazine

People work better when they feel supported and appreciated. Here's a look at 5 ways to create a positive and meaningful relationship with your team. Lead company cuture leadership relationships workplace development workplace productivity

6 Reasons Your Business Fails to Meet Your Strategic Goals (and What to Do About It)

Up and Running

Starting out, it was just you, four walls, and maybe a cash register. Strategic goals were the least of your concerns. On opening day , you were already in the hole a few thousand, maybe a lot more. Money needed to pour in, quickly, or you would be belly up in a matter of a few months.

7 Keys To Loving What You Do And Doing What You Love

Startup Professionals Musings

Is it possible to be successful in business and not fulfilled?

7 Strategies of Digital Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The average entrepreneur these days has much more to think about and is quite a bit busier than 40 years ago. There was a time where you simply opened your doors and the local public was excited about the opportunity to go into the new store.

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Galvanize Austin’s Mission is to Change Lives


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News At Galvanize Austin’s one year anniversary party on Friday, Jim Deters, the company’s CEO and founder, lauded the company’s accomplishments and how it has changed lives. The way you change the world is you democratize access for entrepreneurs to have employable skill sets,” Deters said. […] The post Galvanize Austin’s Mission is to Change Lives appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Is Social Media Hurting Your Business?

YFS Magazine

Does social media help our hurt your business? Here are five tips to make social media work for your business and not be the death of it. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing productivity social media social media marketing

8 Principles For Building A Competitive Core Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Many new business owners I know have learned the hard way that you can never be everything for everyone. As a startup, you need to use your limited resources to excel at a few core things for your best customers, in order to stand out and get the momentum going.

Is there a right time of year to raise a seed round?

This is going to be BIG.

It's hard to answer that question, because even if you look at fundraising data, you don't always know a) when the round was actually closed vs. just announced or filed and b) you don't know when fundraising actually started. Maybe it was wrapped up in a week or maybe it took six months.

San Antonio-based Harland Clarke Acquires RetailMeNot for $630 million


San Antonio-based Harland Clarke announced Monday it has acquired RetailMeNot for $11.60 per share or $600 million. Harland Clarke, a payment solutions and marketing services company, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire RetailMeNot, which trades on the NASDAQ market under the sybmol SALE. The combined company creates a large multi-channel media network with tens […] The post San Antonio-based Harland Clarke Acquires RetailMeNot for $630 million appeared first on SiliconHills.

How Social Media Can Bring The Right Customers For Your Business Using Word Of Mouth

Duct Tape Marketing

How Social Media Can Bring The Right Customers For Your Business Using Word Of Mouth written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Word-of-mouth has been both King of Advertising and a marketer’s best friend for ages – and I mean literally, ages.

Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I’ve come to realize that many – most – entrepreneurs suck at reading pitch meetings. Frequently what I hear from a company CEO is completely uncorrelated to what I hear from the VC they were pitching.

"Collaboration" Creates Mediocrity Not Excellence, According to Science

Inc Startups

From from a productivity panacea, a collaborative culture will drive your top performers away.

Austin-based ClearDATA Raises $12 Million in VC Funding


Austin-based ClearDATA announced Thursday that it has raised $12 million in venture capital funding. The company plans to use the funds to expand its healthcare-exclusive, HIPAA-compliant cloud. Investors include Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, Excel Venture Management, Heritage Group, HLM Venture Partners, and Flare Capital Partners. Previously, ClearDATA raised $25 million.

Life Is The Bucket

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting up in Amy’s office on a beautiful Tuesday morning listening to the Liz Wright station Pandora. Amy is downstairs doing something with the dogs. I just cried for a few minutes after reading Ted Rheingold’s post As I Lay Dying. When I got to the final section, which he calls “Now,” I read it three times. “I’ve gained some powerful emotional powers (super powers) in what I’ve been calling my second life.

Five Business Lessons From A Home Construction Project


by Bob Renner, cofounder of Liaison Technologies. I’m a tech CEO who recently completed a large home remodeling job, and I learned something unexpected along the way: Managing a construction project is a lot like running a business.

It Took Jeff Bezos Only Three Words to Drop the Best Advice You'll Hear Today

Inc Startups

It's a great lesson for the workplace. And outside of it.


What Every Startup Should Know About Non-Disclosure Agreements

YFS Magazine

NDAs can play a critical role in the development of your idea. But it is important to be intelligent and thoughtful about how you use NDAs. Business Law Grow business agreements non disclosure agreement

How to Build a High Performing Growth Team


As technology continues to make data-driven marketing easier to implement and control, one thing remains constant: it’s all about the effectiveness of your team.

The Pros And Cons Of Digital Learning


A recent report from by the CMI and Oxford Strategic Consulting highlighted how attitudes to online learning have started to shift in the workforce.

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7 Things Great Bosses Always Tell Their Employees Every Day

Inc Startups

Leaders have the power to get their people super motivated -- or not.

TaskUs Expands to San Antonio and Plans to Hire 500 Employees


TaskUs, based in Santa Monica, Calif., announced plans to expand its San Antonio office to accommodate up to 500 employees. The company, which provides outsourced customer service jobs for companies, has leased two floors or 32,000 square feet in the Finesilver Building, an old uniform factory. The company has 60 employees in San Antonio right […] The post TaskUs Expands to San Antonio and Plans to Hire 500 Employees appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin San Antonio

Why I Care About Problem Size More Than Market Size

Hunter Walker

For seed investors, overfocusing on TAM (total addressable market) can be a trap. It causes founders to think that displaying a generic sizable dollar stat (“$150 billion is spent on Education annually”) is sufficient versus really spending time understanding important characteristics about the problem they’re solving. Namely, Is the problem large? Is the problem urgent? Is the problem valuable? One of three and you don’t have a business.


David Cohen

Remember factoring out from math class, where you had to simplify an equation by finding the common factors? Startups often start out as a fairly simple equation. But over time, as your organization grows, it becomes more complex. As you scale, your business model gets complex.

11 Habits of Remarkably Happy People

Inc Startups

Being happy isn't just better for your emotional well-being--it also makes you more successful. The Inc.


AMD Acquires Austin-based Nitero


AMD, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., announced this week it has acquired Austin-based Nitero, which makes chips to stream virtual reality and augmented reality content to wireless headsets. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nitero, founded in 2009, had raised $4.71 million in two rounds from two investors, according to its Crunchbase profile. […] The post AMD Acquires Austin-based Nitero appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How To Develop A Winning Mobile Advertising Strategy

YFS Magazine

Media consumption is moving to mobile. If you want to make the most out of a small advertising budget, consider mobile advertising. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing mobile mobile advertising mobile marketing