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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’re tired of hearing how small software companies usually fail. The data show that the two most common causes are: (1) Product isn’t useful to enough people, and (2) Problems with the team.

Quantitative Investing in Shampoo

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Andy wrote a blog post on with this title today. I like the title so much that I want to feature the post on AVC today too. I have been a skeptic about data-driven venture capital investing for a long time. However, I do think CPG is a sector where this could work very well. Can a machine help you invest in shampoo? Coffee? Another consumer product?

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6 Lessons From Navy SEALs For New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

You have to be extra tough mentally to start a new business venture.

Want To Accelerate Small Business Growth? Then Turn To The Cloud.


by Zakir Ahmed, General Manager of Asia at Oracle NetSuite. Started by a young entrepreneurial couple, Haresh and Dolly Balani, Treknology 3 set up its first small bicycle concept store in Singapore almost 30 years ago.

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Start making better product decisions: A framework to go with your Agile Process

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Alex Hsu (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Addi Regev]. Why do I need a framework? A research conducted by Alpha UX found that 25% of Product Manager surveyed wished for a clearer product roadmap and strategy. This was second only to increase in salary!

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Product Management Perspectives & Insights from One of the Best

The Product Guy

Check out the full-length conversation, unique perspectives, and product management insights with Chris Butler, The Best Product Person of 2016. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. tweet ).

Outside The Box Investors: 7 Ways To Fund Your Business


by Jenny Kassan, author of “ Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul “ Startups are part of the American Dream, and small businesses play a key role in economic growth.

7 Keys To Market Growth - Think Global, But Act Local

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 3

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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Rollick Outdoor Lands $5.6 Million in Funding to Market Motorcycles, RVs, Boats and More Online


Rollick Outdoor announced Wednesday that it has raised $5.6 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to build an online marketing platform aimed at RV and boat retailers. It is launching in select markets including central Texas this year. It plans to use the funds to hire sales and […]. The post Rollick Outdoor Lands $5.6 Million in Funding to Market Motorcycles, RVs, Boats and More Online appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

5 Reasons Your Product Isn’t Selling — Yet


by Jessica Thiefels, owner of Honest Body Fitness. Whether you’ve been selling your product for years or just a few months, seeing a slow stream of sales, or no sales at all, is disheartening. You start questioning yourself and your product: What did I do wrong? Should I change it?

Entrepreneurs Can Access 17,000 Online Classes For Free — Start With Our Top 10 Picks

YFS Magazine

Invest in your career. Invest in your passions. Try over 17,000 online classes. Redeem two whole months of Skillshare Premium membership for free. Editor Picks Lead online classes online courses online learning personal development skillshare sponsored

Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Business of Software Blog

The Startup Way. Our London event with Eric Ries, November 15th, 6-9pm , will sell out today. He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation.

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Six Tech Events in San Antonio to Attend This Week


San Antonio’s tech scene is on fire this week. The big event is Tech Bloc’s Rally@Rackspace on Thursday at Rackspace’s headquarters. It kicks off at 5 p.m. with a pre-program reception featuring food trucks, music, retro-gaming competitions, a Cosplay contest and complimentary drinks and event T-shirts. Then the main event takes place at the Rackspace […]. The post Six Tech Events in San Antonio to Attend This Week appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

Why The Best Young Entrepreneurs Are Purpose-Driven


by Zach Mercurio, author of “ The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose ”. You’ve heard it all before. Good entrepreneurs have discipline. They are risk-takers, adaptable, persistent, and self-motivated.

48in48 NYC 2017 in Pictures

Jeff Hilimire

We just finished our 7th overall (!!!) and 2nd in New York City 48in48 event – where we build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours with 100+ volunteers – and it was incredible! Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort since Adam and I started it in 2015.

3 Key Success Factors Drive Business Strategies Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Your business can’t be all things to all people, and excel at anything. Every entrepreneur and every business needs a strategy to keep them focused. In fact, in this new world of pervasive interactivity, it’s time to rethink even how to develop a strategy.

Serial Entrepreneur Jan Ryan Advocates for Austin’s Creative Economy on Ideas to Invoices


Jan Ryan is a well-known advocate for women in tech in the Austin community. She founded Women@Austin in 2013 after identifying a need for women to promote themselves and their companies in Austin. In October, Ryan joined the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in the new position of Director […]. The post Serial Entrepreneur Jan Ryan Advocates for Austin’s Creative Economy on Ideas to Invoices appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Ideas to Invoices Podcast

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10 Ways To Promote Your Small Business For Free


by Brian Sutter, Director of Marketing, Wasp Barcode Technologies. There are plenty of ways to promote your small business for free. The tactics listed here are tried and true winners. They’re proven to work by tens of thousands of small businesses. Oh yeah – and they’re all free.

20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Growthink Blog

Below are our top 20 reasons why you need a business plan. Reference our proven business plan template to most quickly and easily complete your plan. To prove that you’re serious about your business.

6 Ways Of Thinking To Put Your Innovation Into Orbit

Startup Professionals Musings

Real innovation in the business world is still rare.

InnoTech Austin to Spotlight Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology and More on Nov. 16th


In 2003, Austin’s tech industry looked much different than it does today. The dot com crash had led to many Internet startups failing and even established companies like Intel halted expansion plans here. But despite the upheaval in the industry, Sean Lowery, executive director of InnoTech Austin, saw the city’s potential for a rebirth of […]. The post InnoTech Austin to Spotlight Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology and More on Nov. 16th appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Productivity Hack: Read One Chapter of a Book to Get 90% of the Value

Hunter Walker

Here’s a fairly reliable productivity hack if you’ve picked up the latest self-help, management theory or sweeping sociological interpretation of our times: only read the second chapter because it routinely contains 90% of the book’s value.

How to Segment A/B Test Results to Find Gold


You run an A/B test , and it’s a winner. Or maybe it’s flat (no difference in performance between variations). Does it mean that the treatments that you tested didn’t resonate with anyone? Probably not.

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7 Things You Must Know Before Starting A Food Truck Business


If you’re looking for a great way to break into the food industry, starting your own food truck business is a great option. Food trucks offer all different types of cuisine, and there’s a huge market for food trucks in cities across the country.

WeWork’s Cofounder Miguel McKelvey to Speak at SXSW 2018


WeWork Cofounder and Chief Culture Officer Miguel McKelvey will be a speaker at South by Southwest Interactive 2018. McKelvey cofounded WeWork in 2010 with Adam Neumann in New York City. WeWork is a privately held company with more than 3,000 employees. It has more than 160,000 members worldwide and it currently has 170 locations in […]. The post WeWork’s Cofounder Miguel McKelvey to Speak at SXSW 2018 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How to Create a Financial Contingency Plan for Your Business

Up and Running

Financial contingency planning is a must—not just for established small businesses, but also for businesses in the earliest stages of formation.

Who will be the Stripe for insurance?

Version One Ventures

A few years ago, we began to see SaaS companies integrate payment processing into their software. This push to integrate payments was due to a couple of factors. First, it offers a better user experience – why send somebody off-platform to pay for a product or settle an invoice? Next, adding payments to a platform is very profitable, since the SaaS company gets a cut of the payment revenue. And lastly, products like Stripe and Braintree make it so much easier to add payments to your service.

How To Prepare Your Business For A Natural Disaster


by Jesse Wood, CEO of eFileCabinet. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, flood, or earthquake, natural disasters can strike at any time and with very little warning.

I walked into an Amazon Book Store and this is what I saw

Jeff Hilimire

This past weekend I was in New York for our 2nd 48in48 event there ( here’s what that looked like ), and while Adam and I were taking our kids to the Empire State Building, we had our first Amazon Book Store sighting. Its nuts that Amazon basically destroyed the brick-and-mortar book stores, and now is opening them almost like a slap in the face to the entire industry. We HAD to go in. And, I hate to admit this, I kind of loved it.

How Becoming a Dad Helped Me Become a VC

Hunter Walker

“Don’t stop asking me what it’s like to be a mom and an executive, just start asking dads the same question.”

How to Negotiate a Higher Job Offer In Just 1 Simple Sentence

Inc Startups

Like the offer, but want more money or better benefits? This tactic is surprisingly effective. Innovate


7 tips for first-time startup investors

The Next Web

Have you considered investing in early stage startups? But you don’t know how to do it? There are questions you need to think about: How much do you invest? Where do you find startups? How do you balance your portfolio? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, don’t worry, you are not alone.

7 Business Directory Best Practices For Better Visibility & Engagement


Unlike the old-fashioned paper Yellow Pages, today’s online directories are part of a rather fragmented market. In fact, only a handful of them are even on consumers’ radars. But to grow a strong online presence for your business, building a solid directory profile can be critical.