Sat.Mar 16, 2019 - Fri.Mar 22, 2019

How to Test and Optimize Your New Business’s Customer Journey

Up and Running

If your business is up and running, you’re probably starting to think about how to grow your revenue and build a successful and sustainable enterprise for the long-term.

Idea Generation Fails, or, How to Hose Your Next Ideation Session

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Idea Generation Fails. How to Hose Your Next Idea Generation Project*. If you want to improve , get the training. This post is a self-explanatory graphic for the most part.

Never ask anyone to be your lead investor

David Cohen

Let me explain why you should never ask anyone to be your lead investor. First, if you’re talking to a venture capital firm that writes large checks (>50% of the round size you’re seeking), just ask them to commit to investing. Let them know they’re wanted.

10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge.

Birth of An Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

In the past 24 hours, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails with positive feedback about my 81st birthday tribute to my dad and the Storyworth history I posted on how we ended up in Dallas. I woke up this morning to another Storyworth history from him, this time titled Birth Of An Entrepreneur: Brad Feld. I read it and loved it, especially since it reflected so significantly on how integral he was to the entrepreneurial path I ended up on.

Conversations with ASUG

deal architect

Merriam-Webster defines ecology as a "branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments". If ecologists were to study today's software vendors they would be fascinated not just by how the core organism functions but by the.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin


Brandon Seigel is targeting his business talent toward helping health practitioners in private practice, and at the same time filling a niche he recognized when helping a family member shore up a practice that was in a tailspin.

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Happy 81st Birthday Dad

Feld Thoughts

My dad turns 81 today. He’s one of my best friends. He loves the color green. And, a few of my other friends have a birthday today (happy birthday Dave.). Lots of people don’t realize that I grew up in Texas (did you know that 33.3% of the Foundry Group partners are from Texas?)

Oracle Applications: a new chapter?

deal architect

Steve Miranda, EVP, Applications Product Development at Oracle briefed analysts about this week's co-located Modern Business Experience (MBX) and Modern Customer Experience (MCX) in Las Vegas. He also blogged about it: "we are bringing together marketing, sales, and service with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Entrepreneurial Essentials – The Foundations Of A Successful Startup


So you have a great business idea, you’ve done your research and due diligence, you know your market and you are good at what you do. What could go wrong?

5 Keys To Relying On Intuition In Business Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay With all the progress in analytical tools and big data available, many people feel there is no place in business today for intuition and gut instincts.

A Robot, A Puppy, and An Arduino

Feld Thoughts

Happy National Arduino Day from Misty Robotics. The post A Robot, A Puppy, and An Arduino appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Investments arduino misty puppies


SAP Nation 3.0: Early Book Reviews

deal architect

I got very nice feedback from tech executives I respect who had seen early copies of the book "Don't be fooled by the title - the book is not just about SAP. It is about drama in enterprise computing. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation, the book

4 Tips For Small Business Online Marketing


Not sure how to launch or improve your small business’s online marketing? Should your business include social media buzzwords in your communication strategy? What type of content is the most alluring?

5 Investor Types Who Will Test Your Negotiating Style

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Every entrepreneur seeking funding loves the challenge of getting customers and investors excited, but dreads the thought of negotiating the terms of a deal with potential investors.

How To Deal With People Asking For Intros To Me

Feld Thoughts

I got the following note from a friend this morning. Over the past 6 to 12 months, I seem to be getting more requests from individuals in the City-1, City-2, and City-3 asking for introductions to you. Curious as to your preference in how to handle some of these. Many words on the web have been written about double opt-in email intros. This is the best and simplest way when you know the person asking for the intro and think the intro would be a good one.

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Here comes the sun.and the book

deal architect

It is a glorious Spring day and I heard the Beatles this morning - this song cheers me up no matter what time of the year. Then I got an email from Amazon "Congratulations, the paperback edition of your book. SAP Nation, the book

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Entrepreneur With Street Smarts Not Learned In Business School


9 Simple Approaches To Creating A Sure-Fire Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Jisc As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree. I believe the best entrepreneurs start by finding a large opportunity, and only then use good ideas to capitalize on that opportunity. The best opportunities are recognized from painful needs, plus a growing population of customers with money to spend.

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Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are underwriting the Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships through our Anchor Point Foundation. Eric Norlin, who runs Gluecon has had a simple goal around diversity at the Gluecon for many years. The goal is quite simple: to create as diverse and welcoming a conference environment as we can. The diversity scholarships are one approach to this. The Gluecon code of conduct is another.

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What’s the Difference? Venture Capitalist vs. Angel Investor

The Startup Magazine

Most entrepreneurs are aware that securing investments in their companies could be essential to the short-term growth and long-term success of their venture. It can often be confusing to know which investment type might work best for an entrepreneur and business.

[Infographic] Essential Business Leadership Characteristics


Managers and executives shoulder an impressive amount of responsibility for their company, which is matched by their impressive paychecks. Top executives make upward of $100,400 a year. ( 1 ) Not all leaders are equal in value, though.

How to Build a Restaurant Sales Forecast

Up and Running

This article is part of our Restaurant Business Startup Guide —a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your restaurant business! With restaurants, as with most businesses, there is no single right way to do a sales forecast.

Do You Love Your Job?

Feld Thoughts

My dad’s posts over the past two days put me in a reflective mood about work. I’ve been working hard around computers and entrepreneurship since the summer between my senior year in high school and my freshman year at MIT. That first real job was as the first employee of Petcom, a company started by a husband and wife team that grew to about 20 people before the oil and gas market for software evaporated in 1985.

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Startup Feature: Football, Tennis, and Rugby Sports and Safety Surfaces

The Startup Magazine

The sports facilities services can give the right thought in UK. so the specialists can carry various projects from all over the country. It is one of the ways which gives the right deal to get experiences.

Employment Gaps Raise Red Flags, But They Can Be Overcome


by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. Throughout the course of a career, working professionals may experience brief or extended gaps of unemployment between positions.

How to Write Better B2B Case Studies: 2 Lessons from Psychology


Third-party endorsement is powerful. As marketers, we know that customers are our best salespeople. Their reviews and testimonials build credibility and trust. Congrats if you’re among the 73% of marketers who publish customer case studies to win hearts, minds, and pockets.

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OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital


OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to accelerate its development and market expansion. It plans to hire more employees in the areas of engineering, data science, product and design.

Trading Precious Metals Online

The Startup Magazine

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to trade in precious metals online. Online brokers make it nice and simple for residential investors to buy and sell gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals. How to Trade.

How To Start A New Business


by Amanda Bowman of crowdspring. It’s not easy to start a new business. About two-thirds of businesses with employees survive 2 years and only about half survive five years. Businesses that survive and thrive have an unfair advantage.

High Tolerance for Stress, Low Tolerance for Frustration: Your Questions, Kinda Answered

Hunter Walker

Expanding a brief quip into a blog post might go against every law of internet nature, which suggests most content is improved by brevity. But something I suggested over the weekend raised enough follow-up that I committed to sharing more.

The Smartest Most Unsympathetic Guys in the Room: Tech's Responsibility Going Forward

This is going to be BIG.

I'm a bit tired of tweeting, donating, protesting, etc. to end gun violence--so I'll take a different tact in the wake of the Christchurch shooting. If you're an investor, employee, or just user of a large media distribution network, please ask the hard questions about the responsibilities of those platforms to prevent the spread of hate and violence--again and again until these platforms take their role seriously.

Importance of Finance to Your Business

The Startup Magazine

Finance is one of the very subtle sectors of a business that can make or break entrepreneurs. Ideally, all companies need finances for daily operations. This is what makes the concept of finance very important as an area for all organizations to cover.

6 Great Ways To Make Money Using Just A Laptop


by Hasib Howlader , director of Hudson Weir . If you’re an entrepreneur, after a side business or looking to go self-employed, all you need to make money is your laptop.

Exceptional Leaders Learn Faster To Lead Further

YFS Magazine

In today's marketplace change seems to happen at lightning speed, making it essential for leaders to learn faster and apply knowledge systematically. Lead leadership learning personal development

ConsenSys Founder Believes Blockchain Technology can Help Produce Ethical Journalism


By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News In 2011, Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, read Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper on Bitcoin. And it clicked for me,” he said. “We

Forensic Accounting: When Do You Need It

The Startup Magazine

The need for forensic accounting is fast growing in this day and age. Private individuals, as well as big corporations, rely on forensic accountants when they need to resort to court action to address their problems.