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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.

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.

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

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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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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How to Get Better Results with Online Learning


Learning stuff online is the new standard for learning. It’s not just “how to tie a tie” how-to videos, it’s also learning hard skills. In fact, according to a recent report 59% of employed data scientists learned skills on their own or via a MOOC.

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.

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

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!

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.

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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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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[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.

6 Ways Of Thinking To Put Your Innovation Into Orbit

Startup Professionals Musings

Real innovation in the business world is still rare.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week. For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot bigger than “shares” As founder/CEO Henry Ward points out in this post , the opportunity is to build the ownership graph: If you drill far enough into the ownership graph, through the pensions and real-estate trusts and all the shared ownership vehicles, you eventually get to a person.

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 Pains That Come with Brand Growing and How to Avoid Them

Duct Tape Marketing

6 Pains That Come with Brand Growing and How to Avoid Them written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. While everyone wants to venture into an entrepreneurial career, only a brave brand endure the growing pains and get to reap its much-praised benefits.

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?

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

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.

A Comprehensive Guide on How and Why to Use Google Search Console

Duct Tape Marketing

A Comprehensive Guide on How and Why to Use Google Search Console written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

The Quarterlife User Manual

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

My friend Rob Montz created a 10 minute mini-documentary called The Quarterlife User Manual. Contains fantastic advice on careers and life delivered in an engaging format. It’s very much consistent with The Startup of You. Cal Newport, Jon Haidt, and I are featured, among others. Careers

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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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.

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 ).

FBI agent robbed after drinking with exotic dancers at Charlotte hotel

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Gun, a $6,000 Rolex and some cash were stolen

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.