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7 Steps To Finding Investors Aligned With Your Values

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from new business owners and startups is about the pain and difficulty raising capital. The “venture capital” model is the only option they know, where they feel they get no mercy, giving up equity and control.

Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors

Steve Blank

This article first appeared on the Harvard Business Review blog. Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years. He radically transformed the company from a classic conglomerate that did everything to one that focused on its core industrial businesses. He sold off slower-growth, low-tech, and nonindustrial businesses — financial services, media, entertainment, plastics, and appliances. He doubled GE’s investment in R&D.

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Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

Feld Thoughts

The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together. Amy and I have been supporters of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since we started our relationship in 1990. So has my partner Seth and his wife Greeley, who is currently a trustee on the TNC Colorado board.

The Definitive Guide to Connected Manufacturing

deal architect

Plex has a neat publication for the new world of Advanced Manufacturing (see many examples in the resurgence that Greenville, SC is showing as a factory town) and where we are seeing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Plex calls it Connected.

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5 Keys To Keeping Your Office Positive And Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all of the time.

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The moment of integrity

David Cohen

I was on a panel at FounderCon last week with Noah Pittard from Cooley and Service Provider Capital. Something Noah said on that panel was so insightful that it really stuck with me.

8 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Up and Running

This article is part of our “ Business Startup Guide ”—a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! People often ask us for a list of steps they can use to start their own business. From business type to business model to physical location, there are so many variables!

The NBN is bigger than the internet as we know it

Start Up Blog

The number of people who want slower internet in Australia is exactly zero. The speed we need data transfers to occur at is much fast than our politicians think.

5 Strategies For Making Winning Business Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

I often hear the popular notion that successful entrepreneurs are built from a single heroic insight or a single innovation. This is just plain wrong. The business world is a symphony of players and elements that only works when everything interconnects harmoniously.

14 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


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.

How To Ask For What You Want In Business – And Get It

YFS Magazine

I’ve had to get comfortable and learn how to ask for what I want – because it's rarely given. This is how you earn a seat at the table. Lead leadership Negotiation personal development

Finding The Way Things Are through Product Management

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

How Consumer Borrowing Patterns Change During Christmas


With the Christmas season fast-approaching, busy shoppers are on the streets and Internet shopping sites look for deals, presents and ways to soak up the festivities.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 1

deal architect

My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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9 Sources Of Inspiration To Make Your Idea A Winner

Startup Professionals Musings

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the inspiration to drive a great business is a lot harder to find. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I often get asked for next sure-fire idea.

Amazing Opportunities in Product Management

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below…. Product Manager @ Investors In People (London) Keywords: agile development, product manager, UX/UI [link].

Customer Success: The Secret Ingredient For Engagement 


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ In today’s competitive market, customer engagement (or lack thereof) could determine whether your company sinks or swims.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Advocates for More Women in Leadership Positions


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News The same leadership traits in men like decisiveness and ambition are often criticized in women, said Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Take those same traits and apply them to women of color and the discrimination is even worse, Sandberg said. Women of color have all the […]. The post Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Advocates for More Women in Leadership Positions appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

10 Quotes That You Won’t Hear From An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

The New Generation Of Entrepreneurs | Iris Lapinski, Apps for Good | BoS Europe 2016

Business of Software Blog

Iris Lapinski, Founder & CEO, Apps for Good. Iris runs CDI Apps for Good, an award-winning technology education movement where young people in schools learn to create apps that solve problems they care about and change their world.

How To Build An SEO Strategy To Dominate Search Results


by Mark Woodcock, founder of Bigfoot Digital. If you want to rank well on Google, get to the top spot for specific industry terms related to your business and increase conversions, then you’re in the right place. First and foremost, you need to determine the correct SEO strategy for your business.

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Salesforce: why so much hype?

deal architect

They come in threes, don’t they? In the last week, I have read three pieces which have my hype antenna buzzing about Salesforce IDC in an annual study commissioned by Salesforce says the ecosystem of customers and partners will drive. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Berlin’s Silicon ‘Allee’ vs. Silicon Valley: Which is better for your startup?

The Next Web

As the general manager of Europe for a global marketplace serving startups, entrepreneurs and freelance designers from around the world, I often find myself in debate over which city will be seen as the new business hub of the EU.

The First Rule of Leadership

Ben's Blog

I don’t want you to be me. you should just be you. Chance The Rapper, “ Wanna Be Cool “ In 1993, the professional basketball player Charles Barkley famously said: “I am not a role model. Just because I dunk …

The High School Handbook For Young Entrepreneurs


by Joe Edgar, CEO of TenantCloud. The tortoise and the hare is a great bedtime story, but also proffers some advice to every young business owner and entrepreneur alike. The egotistical rabbit takes on a race of which they consider themselves to be the best and take no mind of their opponent.

What Every Entrepreneur Needs To Succeed

The Startup Magazine

Running your own company is a challenging job. You’re faced with constant obstacles and are always being asked to make important decisions. There’s a lot of pressure on you when you’re the boss to move the company forward in a positive direction and be a good leader.

I love to be wrong when doubting would-be entrepreneurs

Jeff Hilimire

I talk to people who aspire to be entrepreneurs all the time. It’s hard to step off the ledge into entrepreneurship. There’s a tremendous amount of risk and uncertainty that comes with starting your own company. There are two things I tell people who talk to me about their interest in starting a company: #1 – It’s not smart. If you believe in things like statistics and math, that is. The math says that 95% of startups fail, never making it past a few years.

When Companies End Remote Work, This is What They're Really Saying (Hint: It's About Trust)

Inc Startups

Too often, companies see remote work as a tax on collaboration. Here's why they're wrong. Innovate


Changes To Card Payments: What Independent Businesses Need To Know


by Mark Latham, Product and Innovation Director of Handepay . The Government recently announced that retailers will be banned from charging fees for credit or debit card payments from January 2018. This comes as Visa revealed that it now takes all contactless transactions online as of last month.

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7 Ways to PR your Personal Brand on a Budget

Duct Tape Marketing

7 Ways to PR your Personal Brand on a Budget written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. A personal brand is an essential business tool today. We work online, shop online, socialize online.

2017 SaaS Survey Infographic

For Entrepreneurs

The third annual forEntrepreneurs SaaS Survey Infographic shares top highlights from this year’s SaaS Survey results! You can find the full 2017 survey results here: Part 1 shares growth rates, go-to-market trends and cost structure Part 2 covers application delivery methods, operational costs, gross margins, contract terms, churn rates, capital requirements and accounting methods. To download the. SaaS Metrics SaaS Sales and Marketing Startup Help

Elon Musk Had a Very Interesting Response to Reports That Tesla Just Fired 2 Percent of Its Workforce

Inc Startups

In Tesla's recent third-quarter earnings call, CEO Elon Musk addressed recent negative reports about the company's mass firing.


3 Tips For Creating A Crave-Worthy Blended Customer Experience


by Darshan Mehta, founder and CEO of iResearch. From tikka masala macaroni and cheese to garlic-kimchi pizza , “Frankenstein” food combinations are all the rage. But new takes on old dishes are just one example of the cultural blending that today’s consumers crave.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 2

deal architect

My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Industry Commentary

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