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6 Keys To Sizing Your Market For A New Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are so enamored with their product vision that they believe their own hype, and are convinced that the market for their solution is so huge that no one will ask them for independent market research data.

A demo - how quaint!

deal architect

Rootstock gave me a demo this week of their Low-Code, Business-Driven Cloud ERP software release. I have extracted below 3 minutes from an hour-long Zoom session. This press release describes five areas where "citizen developers" can increase their productivity using. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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How Gold Investment Saved My Small Business


by Alan Jenkins, founder and CEO of Quadrant2Design.

Teaching Lean Innovation in the Pandemic

Steve Blank

Remote education in the pandemic has been hard for everyone. Hard for students having to deal with a variety of remote instructional methods. Hard for parents with K through 12 students at home trying to keep up with remote learning, and hard for instructors trying to master new barely functional tools and technology while trying to keep students engaged gazing at them through Hollywood Squares -style boxes.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

5 Keys To Negotiating Your Fair Share Of Any Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology, or money. So the first question I usually get is what percent of the company or equity is that person worth? Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want.

Enterprise tech learns that small is beautiful

deal architect

SAP Nation 3.0, which was published last year, took me 6 months longer than I had planned. When I looked at the first draft, it was dominated by S/4HANA. I told Stacey Fish, who was helping me navigate SAP I. Cloud Computing, SaaS New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

“I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that. But Kamala Harris was picked to be the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. That means she’ll be the first female Vice President of the United States, the first female Black Vice President and the first Indian-American Vice President. I don’t take this for granted, be ready for a fight.

5 Keys To Reducing Startup Risk By Building On Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business which builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There are many levels of innovation that go beyond copying someone else’s idea, but stop short of pushing the leading edge (bleeding edge). Many of the major business successes started this way. McDonalds didn’t invent the fast food model – they simply improved on the cookie-cutter White Castle process.

The Energy Revolution is (Finally) Here

Version One Ventures

It’s been exciting to see so much renewed investor interest in climate tech and clean energy startups. As Peter Thiel documented in detail, the last wave of late 2000s cleantech VC excitement ended in a trough of despair as many of the more well-funded companies went bust (with the notable exception of a few big winners like Tesla, SunRun, and Opower).

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COVID-19 And Payments: How Merchant Solutions Can Help Businesses Meet Customer Demand


by Doug Mearkle , Head of U.S. Merchant Services Sales, TD Bank. The coronavirus pandemic has strongly impacted small businesses’ operations, as many have had to temporarily close their doors, limit hours or transition to delivery or e-commerce to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers. During this time, one concern that has gained momentum is how businesses process point of sale transactions that minimize contact with cash, checks and even handling credit cards.

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The Sameness

Feld Thoughts

It’s Monday. Again. I have 30 Zoom meetings on my calendar this week (yes – I counted). It’s a light week for Zoom meetings since I have four board meetings this week, which each takes up a big block of time, limiting the total number of Zoom meetings for the week. Did I say that it’s Monday? My Whoop recovery score is yellow again. It’s yellow almost every day. I get plenty of sleep, but it’s still yellow. Sometimes it’s red.

7 Keys To Being Viewed As Indispensable By Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience at all levels within large organizations as well as small ones, the team members valued the most, and usually promoted first, are the ones seen by others as indispensable or “goto” people. The challenge we all face is how to be one of these, without overworking, while still getting the right things done. What do these people know and do that you can’t do or learn?

Female Founder Interview: Jeannette Collazo and IT Project Management

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. We interviewed Ms. Jeannette Collazo, CEO of Lurdez Consulting Group , which offers IT project management advisory and services. Jeannette has more than 25 years of experience successfully leading IT programs for Fortune 500 companies. Her belief in the need for educating upcoming IT project managers in better relational skills led to her writing of T.E.A.M.:

7 Reasons Why Video Marketing Is Essential To Boost Your Business


Businesses must respond to what the market demands. In today’s digital era, video is the most preferred form of content in the world. Over 500 minutes’ worth of videos is uploaded per minute on YouTube alone. With that said, there are still many new influencers entering the YouTube ecosystem and are finding success. If you want to elevate the status of your business, you can’t afford to miss out on harnessing the power of videos.

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Laptops for the Justice Reskill Program

Feld Thoughts

Aaron Clark is leading a program called Justice Reskill. They need 20 laptops for the participants in the program. Justice Reskill is a reskilling platform that teaches both technical and essential skills to justice-involved individuals. The first cohort-based directed learning experience launches Saturday, August 15, 2020, with the Second Chance Center of Aurora Colorado, led by Mr. Hassan Latif.

8 Ways To Stay Competitive In Today’s Technical World

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are feeling deeper and deeper in the hole. Even if they realize that they need real technical strength at the top, they are not sure how to attract and select the talent and expertise they really need. Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? The right answer for a good business partner today is neither of the above.

A Simple Hack to Succeed in a Challenge

Mike Michalowicz

?. When things get challenging, what is the main quality you have that gets you through? For me, it’s adaptability. It’s integral and a catalyst to make positive changes and to grow. For instance, maybe it means switching up your routine anticipated run to a HIIT workout. Ahem, cough, cough, watch the video.) I still worked out, and hard. However, I achieved it by adapting to the challenge. If you don’t adapt to change, you won’t move. If you won’t move, you’ll get left behind.

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How The Covid-19 Pandemic Boosted Adoption Of Emerging Technologies In Southeast Asia


by Shaun Djie, Co-Founder & COO of Digix. The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of uncertainty and panic, but also a period of opportunity and evolution. Southeast Asia is at an intersection of change where many traditional industries are forced to adapt to the new normal, beckoning a new digital industrial revolution.

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Supporting Grid110 – South LA

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I, through our Anchor Point Foundation , are supporting the Grid110 – South LA program. Austin Clements was one of the Black VCs I reached out to after George Floyd was murdered with the question, “What are two things you are involved in that I can support with time, money, and influence?” ” I knew Austin from his time at TenOneTen Ventures (we are an LP) and I reconnected with him when he joined the Kauffman Fellows Program (Class 25).

Naturally Austin and SKU Host a Virtual Happy Hour Showcasing Austin Beverages and Snacks


The novel coronavirus pandemic has created a whole lot of changes, making people adapt faster than a coyote chasing a roadrunner across the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. It has also given rise to the quarantine cocktail party on Zoom.

How to Write a Bakery Business Plan

Up and Running

Delicious food has always been your passion. You love flaky dough, rising loaves, and fruity fillings. And now you want to bring your passion to other people by opening a bakery. But now you may be asking yourself, is it really necessary to write a business plan for your bakery? Well, yes. Your business plan will be instrumental in securing funding. But even if you’re not looking for funding, writing a business plan will help you successfully open your bakery.

No Visitors To Your Website? Try This Effective Website Design Strategy.


Countless websites are struggling with their website traffic. Can you imagine the number of competitors that you have to deal with to get noticed by your niche? These days, having a website isn’t enough. A website needs to have regular visitors to be considered a successful website. The good thing is that you have different strategies that you can implement to attract visitors.

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Masks, Distancing, Thinking, and Diversity

Feld Thoughts

I got a lot of interesting and helpful feedback from yesterday’s post on The Sameness. To everyone who emailed me or commented, thank you. It felt good to write it out, and was extremely helpful to me to ponder the responses and suggestions. I continue to be baffled by the US response to masks. Every time I write something about it, I get responses about why masks don’t work, how to talk about them differently, political comments, and some cheering.

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10 Steps To Create An Effective Workplace Safety Program

YFS Magazine

Here's alook at ten OSHA-recommended steps which can help business leaders create an effective workplace safety program. Grow Operations OSHA recommended workplace safety workplace trends

Why Your Website is The Key To Business Success

The Startup Magazine

Having a website is an incredibly important part of your business marketing strategy, and has been for many years. A website gives you an online base of operations, almost like your company headquarters. Website design factors heavily on the impression you have on customers, prospects, and investors. A well-designed website serves as a source of traffic for both new and existing customers.

How To Make Extra Cash To Fund Your Startup Business


Starting a business from scratch isn’t always easy, especially if you have to fund it yourself. You might consider borrowing money from your friends or the bank. However, before you do that, you should try saving up some yourself. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can make some extra cash to fund your startup business. Sound interesting? Then let’s get right into it. Do some online surveys. Did you know that you can earn money for completing 2-3-minute surveys ?

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Email Deliverability: Get into More Inboxes, More Often


There are few things worse as a marketer than putting a ton of time and effort into your email campaigns only to see them perform poorly. While the usual suspects of content , design , and campaign strategy make a difference, none of that matters unless your email actually makes it to your subscriber’s inbox.

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Health Is Wealth: Boost Your Wellness With Smart Probiotics

YFS Magazine

Covid-19 attacks your immune system, so you should take every opportunity to fortify your health –– especially when it comes to gut health. Lifestyle health and wellness pandemic recommended


4 Ways to Protect Your Business Against a Ransomware Attack

The Startup Magazine

Ransomware is a multi-million-dollar crime operation that poses a great threat to a lot of online businesses. Ransomware has been so beneficial for hackers, that they have completely given up on other methods and shifted their entire focus toward conning businesses and people by stealing their credit card information and bank account credentials. As ransomware has become so much popular, businesses need to do so much more to protect themselves against this very real threat.

6 Practical Ways To Save Money


Whether you’ve been working for a few months, years, or decades, it can be hard to save money. For most people, wage increases aren’t matching inflation , making it hard for people to save. Although the rising costs of goods may make it challenging, there are effective ways you can improve your financial health and start saving money without changing jobs or getting a raise. Comparison Shopping.

Thriving or Surviving or Diving in Quarantine?

This is going to be BIG.

While we don’t have kids yet, we’re of the age where a lot of our friends do—and the back to school situation is on everyone’s mind. Is your school open? Are you sending them? How did your kids do with distance learning? What struck me is the stories of how different personalities of kids have done in quarantine—and adults are no different. Some are absolutely thriving—super focused, avoiding distraction. Others are kind of lost.

Using UV Technology, Sanitary Waste Management Startup, PadCare Labs develops two products to combat coronavirus

Our Own Start-up

UVSATHI and UVHANDY are two products that are developed recently by the startup. News Startups PadCare Labs Padcare Labs Coronavirus Padcare Labs Covid 19 PadCare Labs UVHANDY PadCare Labs UVSATHI

What Is a Title Search in Real Estate? The Complete Guide

The Startup Magazine

Are you wondering what title searches are in real estate? If yes, you should check out this informative guide for business owners. The title insurance industry, which is already valued at $15 billion , is projected to grow further within the year. Given the dynamics involving property and even home buying and title deeds, the title insurance industry’s growth doesn’t come as a surprise.

How To Build A Great Business Plan – Checklist 2020


by Nemanja Zunic, founder and CEO of IdeaBuddy. “A goal without a plan is just a wish!” ” . Every successful business idea had a strategically written business plan. To provide direction of business development or just to attract investors, a business plan is a roadmap toward a company’s success. . But where to start with writing a great business plan? Start with high motivation, and don’t be afraid of the struggle ahead.

Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic? (Update through July, 2020)

David Cohen

Back in April of this year I wrote “ Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic? with the goal of sharing the Techstars view of how things have been changing over the events of the first half of 2020. Here’s an update to that data through the end of June, 2020. Remember, the graphs show when the activity starts (comes across our virtual “desk” at Techstars for the first time). I’ll continue to try to update and share it as we get more information.

How to Get Your Company to Really Care about Your Customers


Never-ending to-do lists, department priorities, and bosses who require you to switch focus to action on their “big new idea” at the drop of a hat. That’s the day-to-day reality for most people in any business. Then, you turn up to people’s desks like an unwelcome door-to-door salesperson, trying to convince them of the virtues of customer-centricity. You’re not just adding more to their plate but also to think about new ways of working—ways that may conflict with their current priorities.