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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.

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Preview for The Weight Of Gold

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are financially supporting a new movie about mental health, depression, and suicide called The Weight of Gold. Jeremy Bloom (Olympic skier, pro-football player, CEO of Integrate, and awesome human) introduced me to the creator of the film Brett Rapkin.


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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Draft of Cat Hoke’s Upcoming Book – Second Chance

Feld Thoughts

I just finished the near-final draft of Cat Hoke’s upcoming book Second Chance. It is incredibly powerful on multiple levels. I’ve gotten to know Cat reasonably well over the past year. I first heard of her through the Techstars Foundation , where we gave her organization – Defy Ventures – one of our very first grants. I first met her a few months later in my office.

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

5 Ways To Turn Your Business Into A Brand


The concept of branding is not something that popularized only recently. It’s been existent for decades, if not centuries. However, even today a large number of businesses don’t realize its true significance, let along try to create one of their own.

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?

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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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!

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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.

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.

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

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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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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Creating Financial Freedom: Lessons From Successful Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

Financial freedom. What does it mean to you? Is it not having the burden of a loan and credit-card debt? Not trading your time for money? Or simply not having to worry about your finances in general? To me, it’s all those things and much more. Financial freedom gives you options in your life.

What It Really Takes To Attract And Retain Top Talent

YFS Magazine

Top talent is hard to attract and even harder to keep. If you want to bring high-caliber employees to your organization, follow these five tips. Company Culture Grow Human Capital company culture employee recruitment hiring employees hiring new employees hiring tips HR human capital

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Venture Deals on Audible

Feld Thoughts

The third edition of Venture Deals is now available on Audible. It’s the unabridged version read by me and my partner/co-author Jason Mendelson with guest appearances by Matt Blumberg. We’ve been getting requests for an unabridged audio version of Venture Deals since we first came out with the book in 2012. We like to think that it has now aged like a good wine.

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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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How to Make Product Pages That Sell

Up and Running

Product descriptions are meant to convince customers to buy things, right? But if a shopper can’t find your product description, it will never work its magic. That’s why you need to make sure that your product descriptions pop up higher in the search rankings. But how do you do that?

5 On-Page SEO Tips To Boost Site Traffic And Performance

YFS Magazine

Pay close attention to on-page SEO. If your website is not optimized then SEO performance (and sales) will suffer. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online marketing organic search search engine optimization seo

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How-to Guide to Persuasive Writing


Persuasive writing skills are among the few things in life that can give you massive returns. If you want to know how you can become better at writing persuasively, keep reading. I have analyzed examples of masterful copy, and identified the 3 core elements they all have in common.

4 Ways To Find Tranquility In Stressful Times


by Jane Bernard, author of “ Lucid Living: in The Virtual Age “ Americans have experienced tense times lately as Mother Nature unleashed her fury with a series of hurricanes that pummeled Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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.

How Much Does App Development Cost?

YFS Magazine

Launching an app can feel like a huge risk, but doing your research and finding a great app development team to work with can produce amazing results. Grow Technology mobile app development mobile apps technology

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Are you ready to take on an office lease?


Rent your first office with caution. . Several years ago, I became involved with a Southeast Asian company looking to expand into the United States.

Why Most Partnerships Fail! And Steps to Prevent Failure…


by Soulaima Gourani , founder and CEO of Tradeconductor. Are you or your company going into strategic partnerships with other people or companies?

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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.

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.

Milking the kush cow – how to benefit from the weed boom from afar

The Next Web

Unless you have been living in an underground bunker for the last five years, you must have caught a whiff of the legal marijuana industry booming in the 29 US states where consumption has been decriminalized. Marijuana retail sales across the US accounted to $6.5

5 Ways Stock Art Is Killing Your Small Business Brand


by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Your brand should be like a fingerprint – completely unique and associated with your business only. Everything about your brand, from your business name to your logo to your web design, should support and communicate your brand’s unique identity.

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Side Business: Side Hustle Interview with Chris Guillebeau

The Startup Magazine

This is the third in a series of articles in The Startup Magazine discussing side businesses and some great advice on side business income opportunities.

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.

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