Sat.Nov 04, 2017 - Fri.Nov 10, 2017

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.

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.

Brittleness comes from “One Thing”

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.

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

8 Creativity Traits That Will Improve Your Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new venture is all about being creative, not just in the initial solution, but in tackling the daily challenges of every new and innovative business. In my role as business advisor, I find too many people still looking for the right answers in the back of the book.

[INTERVIEW] North Aware Founder And Creator Of The Smart Parka, Jamil Khan


Trust a techie to reinvent how we do winter. That’s what former software engineer Jamil Khan has done with his new company, North Aware , in manufacturing its Smart Parka. North Aware’s Smart Parka is a high-tech coat that has everything covered: Your hands and neck, with built in gloves and scarf.

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.

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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.

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.

3 Business Apps To Improve Operations And Workflow

YFS Magazine

What if you could free up more time, get more done, and create more–in less time? Would that make life and business easier? Of course, it would. Back Office Grow back office managing workflow productivity project management time management

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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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.

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Streamline Your Sales Process With These Five Proven Techniques


by Lewis Robinson. A lot of startups fail within the first few months due to some commonly acknowledged culprits – picking a bad time to scale, running out of operating capital, lack of a steady customer base, high customer acquisition cost, and low to nonexistent repeat business.

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6 Ways To Ensure Your Website Is Holiday-Ready

YFS Magazine

Now is the time to get the ball rolling for the holiday selling season. Here’s what you can do to get your website holiday-ready. Grow Marketing & Sales company website holiday business tips holiday marketing tips holiday selling tips marketing online marketing

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How We’re Building and Launching a New Product, Step-by-Step

Up and Running

Starting a business and launching new products is a ton of work. From figuring out what exactly your customers need to nailing down your company name, you’ll encounter hurdle after hurdle. Here at Palo Alto Software, we’re going through this process right now. And, yes, it’s a bunch of work.

6 Ways Of Thinking To Put Your Innovation Into Orbit

Startup Professionals Musings

Real innovation in the business world is still rare.

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.

Public Relations Trends And Future Outlook

YFS Magazine

The PR landscape has changed drastically. Here's an inside look at the current state of the PR industry, trends, and the future scope. Grow Marketing & Sales PR public relations publicity

Top 5 Traits That Make Veterans Great Entrepreneurs­­

Up and Running

For many years, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were successful at starting and growing small businesses. In fact, almost 50 percent of veterans owned a business after World War II. But today, veteran entrepreneurship is on the decline.

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Niche marketing works. Here’s how.


Close. How many of us throw away marketing dollars because our paid efforts reach an audience that is much larger than the target or niche audience we need to reach?

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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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.

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 can a clean office save you money?

The Startup Magazine

Germs are everywhere in the office – the average work desk can be up to 100 times less hygienic than your kitchen table, and 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat.

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How Social Influencers Can Help Startups


A startup can be as big or as small as it gets, but it can always do with a little help. From budgeting for advertising and marketing, to sourcing warehouse space, every single amount needs to be thought of carefully and spent judiciously.

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.

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.”

"The Startup Way" is Headed to London

Startup Lessons Learned

“A remarkably useful playbook that every business, government, and nonprofit needs to ignite the spark of innovation and fuel the fire of change.”

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.

How Your Cost-Cutting Strategy Can Double as a Growth Strategy

The Startup Magazine

As a business owner, it’s natural to worry about the impact of regulation, taxes, geopolitical issues, and exchange rate volatility on your business. In fact, most CEOs agree that global growth will be on a downward trend.

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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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They Wanted To Eliminate Gender Bias In Technical Hiring But Ended Up Losing All Their Female Candidates.

Hunter Walker

One of our most recent seed investments recently posed a question to me. They had designed a technical hiring process to try and eliminate gender bias but were losing all the women midway through their funnel when a take-home project was introduced. What was going wrong?

5 Tips For Creating A Black Friday Email Marketing Campaign


Year after year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday amass billions in sales. In 2016, Cyber Monday sales increased 12.1% to $3.45 billion , breaking records in the process.

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Growing Your Small Business – The Most Effective Strategies

The Startup Magazine

The entrepreneur who starts off with a goal such as ‘I want to make enough money to manage’ probably won’t last long. It’s a worthy goal, of course, but to have a sustainable business, there needs to be growth prospects. Businesses, like people, need to evolve and grow if they want to thrive.

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.

Design a Successful Product: 6 Product Design Best Practices from Kickstarter

crowdSPRING Blog

Many people wonder if it’s possible to design their own products. The truth is that product design used to be very expensive, time consuming, and fraught with many pitfalls. Even today, most entrepreneurs and small businesses face many challenges when trying to design their own products.

Your Mobile Office: An Enhanced Workplace


The modernity in professionalism came with the invention of the computer, which is a culmination of office software that gives access to nearly all office equipment. It is a library, has stationery, writing pad, storage and much more.

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