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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 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

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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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.

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.

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?

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Share Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

With the era of digitalization and going cashless dawning upon the world, most people already know the basic of password security. But, along with the growing awareness, hackers’ and fraudsters’ tricks and techniques are advancing too.

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

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.

"Collaboration" Creates Mediocrity Not Excellence, According to Science

Inc Startups

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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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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.


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.

10 Habits of the Most Confident People

Inc Startups

Your success is directly correlated to your confidence. Here's ten ways to develop a strong and confident mindset.

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.

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

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 Controversial United Airlines Flight Was Not Overbooked And Why That Matters

Inc Startups

Controversial United Airlines Flight Was Not Overbooked Legal Right To Refuse Service To The Doctor They Dragged Off The Plane David Dao. Secrets of the Inspired Traveler


Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting

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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.

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

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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

7 Things Great Bosses Always Tell Their Employees Every Day

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

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.

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Michele Skelding Joins SkylesBayne as President and CEO


Michele Skelding is joining Austin-based real estate firm SkylesBayne as president and chief executive officer. Skelding, who resigned in December from her role as senior vice president of global technology and innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, will lead SkylesBayne, a commercial real estate firm specializing in office, industrial and medical tenant representation. […] The post Michele Skelding Joins SkylesBayne as President and CEO appeared first on SiliconHills.

Machines as colleagues: implications for HCM executives

deal architect

I presented themes from my book Silicon Collar at the IHRIM conference in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. Automation technologies (robotics, AI, drones, autonomous vehicles, wearables, etc.) are changing the nature of work in every industry. The book looked. Silicon Collar

Why the War for Talent is Unwinnable Unless You Do This

Inc Startups

It's now too easy to change jobs. As a result companies focus too much on the tactics of managing high volumes of applicants rather than the strategy of attracting top people. How to Hire the Best

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.

I’m loving Soundwall

David Cohen

It’s art. It’s a speaker. It’s a conversation piece. With Soundwall you can stream music to an interactive flat-panel speaker that also happens to be a beautiful piece of artwork. It’s really cool to have art that surprises people, and everyone always wants to talk about it. The sound is incredible thanks to Distributed Mode Loading technology, and you can choose from a wide variety of artwork , or even create your own custom design.