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The Strategy And Appeal Of Successful Brand Partnerships

YFS Magazine

Developing a strong brand partnership at the local level can give your business a real boost in brand equity. Follow these world-class examples. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales brand equity brand lessons brand strategy branding

How Management Styles Are Affecting The Retention Crisis


by Michael McCloy of Maximillion GPS Adventures. Whether you are running an organisation or managing a team, you always look for people who are committed, diligent, feel satisfied at work and are willing to stick around. But here’s the bummer. You can never recruit such employees because they are already ‘committed’ to someone else’s goals. Which leaves you with people you already have and a bunch of newbies that require a lot of training.

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6 Technology Trends Will Spawn Countless New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

A tidal wave of valuable data is surging from the Internet and connected devices today, and the volume is growing exponentially each year. It’s enough to drown any business which tries to fight it or ignore it, and it’s an opportunity to ride higher and faster than even the successes of Google and Facebook, for those startups that use it as their driving force.

Local Business: Why Offline Marketing Still Matters

YFS Magazine

Local businesses can forge strong, real-world connections with their communities, using proven and affordable offline marketing strategies. Grow Marketing & Sales local business local marketing marketing offline marketing

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.

22 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality.

5 Steps For Organizing Your Paperless Office


by Farica Chang, Principal of Anderson Archival. As your company expands, safeguarding important legal and business documents becomes crucial for the well-being of your company. This process includes preserving and documenting the start, growth, and general history of your company, as well as day-to-day documentation important to work flow. Whether from serious natural disasters, crime, or cybercrime, all companies are vulnerable to some sort of data breach or loss, so it’s best to be prepared.

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Salesforce's vertical journey

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As part of my series of posts on vertical solutions, I had an excellent briefing this week from Neeracha Taychakhoonavudh, EVP of Industries at Salesforce. I am also impressed at the wide range of sessions by industry that are being. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

10 Key Strategies For Innovation Leadership By Design

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I strongly believe that continuous innovation and design thinking are the keys to long-term viability and success. A recent survey of design professionals shows strong agreement, but 92 percent expressed some lack of confidence in their organization’s design vision. They are always on the lookout for ways to prepare current and future design leaders.

Key Reasons Women Entrepreneurs Should Consider Writing A Book


Women entrepreneurs usually encounter gender barriers as opposed to men in their attempts to achieve industrial advancements. Potential business collaborators have always overlooked women entrepreneurs and snagged them of significant opportunities.

Constellation Research event: Expansive, respectful vibe

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Let's face it - industry events are increasingly formulaic. Most vendor conferences are predictable - keynotes and product futures, rock bands, large partner booths. Most research firm events tend to be siloed around their category definitions and what currently excites. Industry Commentary

Why the Gig Economy is Coming for Architects, Engineers


It’s official: The gig economy is coming to construction. While other industries have been quick to adapt to freelance employment, architects and engineers within the construction sector have lagged behind — and that is beginning to change. Here’s why the gig economy is coming for architects and engineers. The majority of all workers will be freelance within the next ten years. The construction industry is set to shift with the rise and rise of the gig economy.

Why You Need Tools And Analytics For Employee Metrics

Startup Professionals Musings

Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people. Employees are still too often thought of as a commodity, to be acquired “just in time” for the lowest cost, and managed as a disposable asset. All this despite continuing evidence that the right people make a business succeed, rather than the other way around.

[Interview] Colin D Ellis, International Speaker, Bestselling Author And Organizational Culture Change Consultant


Colin D Ellis is a renowned culture change and project management expert who works with organizations around the world to help them transform how they get things done. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he’s the author of four books, including his most recent, “ Culture Fix: How to Create a Great Place to Work “ We chat with Colin on workplace culture and organizational change. Describe your professional background and how it led you to your current position.

I will see Josh's five and raise him ten!

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Josh Greenbaum has a fascinating post - how Microsoft and SAP plan to take over the enterprise software market. There is much in there I agree with. All the recent executive changes - Jen, Christian, Bill, Bob - are exciting. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

Laser Engraved Personalized Chocolates

Feld Thoughts

I love chocolate. I love lasers. So it would be logical that I’d love chocolates that are engraved with personalized messages with lasers. I met Jennifer, the founder of Noteworthy Chocolates , in Boston at the Authors & Innovators event. She handed me some chocolates engraved with “Authors & Innovators” we talked a while and she sent me a long story about how she figured out how to laser engrave chocolates.

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When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business. I still have to tell some entrepreneurs that even with the best idea, they have to move to Silicon Valley to find the investors they need, or they need to move to the U.S. get the attention of the market they choose.

Embracing Discomfort: Why Allowing Yourself To Be Unsettled Makes You A Better Leader


by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ Disruption is inevitable in business. Marketplaces shift. Customer needs evolve. New technology emerges. Employees come and go. It’s far better for your company to disrupt itself than to let the marketplace force changes on you. If you wait and a competitor takes all the business, it will be too late.

A vertical that is growing.well, like a weed

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I have been imploring software vendors to globalize and verticalize their applications for a while now - after two decades of cloud apps, less than 20% of the grid of applications across countries and operational processes is filled. I have. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Through the Looking Glass: Chapter 2

Feld Thoughts

Personal robots and replicators and instrumented humans. I like to invest in areas predicted by the mountains of science fiction I read. . Today, I’m delighted to report that another science fiction dream is becoming real. Take a look at this insane video of the Looking Glass 8K Immersive Display , which is the world’s largest and highest resolution holographic display. Foundry invested in the Looking Glass team in 2017. Since then they’ve shipped thousands of desktop holographic developer kits.

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10 Ways To Be More Adept At Seeing Around The Corner

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution. They consistently take bold steps to stay ahead of the curve, often contrary to conventional wisdom.

How Robotics Have Changed The Manufacturing Industry


Technology has completely transformed many industries in recent times, but none more so than manufacturing. The rise of robotics has forever changed this industry and made it quicker and easier than ever for companies to mass-produce goods. Assembly. This has largely been achieved through the use of automation with robots and machines now being able to handle just about any industrial task with accuracy as precise as 0.02

10 Takeaways for Israeli founders considering the UK

VC Cafe

This week brought together a few different parts of my personal and professional life. On Monday, Kevin Baxpehler and I hosted the UK Israel Business investor delegation to Tel Aviv, and today I spent the morning with the 8200 EISP startup delegation to London where I was joined by Kirsten Connell (Cylon Lab, Managing Director) Simon Menashy (MMC Ventures, General Partner).

Four Work-Life Productivity Strategies For Solopreneurs

YFS Magazine

Remember why you started your business in the first place – perhaps to give yourself more autonomy and freedom with your time, not the other way around. Editor Picks Lead personal development productivity solopreneur solopreneurship

What 15 CEOs Learned Building Top Agencies


I asked more than a dozen successful agency CEOs to share how they’ve navigated critical moments—getting started, landing (and keeping) clients, scaling teams, and marketing their agency. Spoiler alert: It all comes down to people. Professional networks are the starting point (and growth engine). The familiar name of an agency CEO is a proxy for trust. Scaling a people-intensive business requires hiring and retaining exceptional talent.

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Branding + Positioning = Influencing


by Divya Parekh , Influence Architect and author of “ Expert To Influencer: How To Position Yourself For Meaningful Impact “ Becoming an “Influencer” is the desired goal for many professionals, regardless of their industry or interests. Except in rare cases, it takes a systematic process to achieve the purpose of being an influencer where a person has a tribe of followers who eagerly wait to see what he or she has to say next.

You’re Probably Asking the Wrong People For Career Advice

Hunter Walker

“Hey, I want to pick your brain about a new opportunity I’m considering. Can you grab a coffee next week?” ” My recoil when receiving these emails isn’t because I don’t want to help – I love aiding talented folks find the roles and cultures in which they can thrive! Rather it’s attributable to my concern they’re asking the wrong people for advice. And this may cause them to make a poor decision. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash.

How To Design Your Office Space For Optimal Productivity

YFS Magazine

A well-designed office space plays an important role in company culture, workflow, and overall productivity. Here are a few fresh ideas. Workspaces office design productivity workspaces

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Happy 13th Anniversary Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Techstars was born 13 years ago. There’s a delicious article in the Denver Post that was the launch article of the first accelerator in Boulder titled How TechStars was born from 5/18/07. The photo is fun. Some of my favorite lines from the article include: Jared Polis, Brad Feld, David Cohen and David Brown are the “professors” – the founders of an organization called TechStars, created to mentor 10 startup companies for the summer. The inaugural session kicks off Monday. “I

The Value of Integrating Marketing Automation With Email Marketing


by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage. Email marketing is one of the strongest and most efficient ways to reach your customers. In fact, the average person checks their email about 15 times per day. With an estimated 293.6 billion emails anticipated to be sent worldwide in 2019, it’s safe to assume that your customers are getting their fair share of email communication. So, how can your small or midsized business (SMB) make sure your email marketing stands out?

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Announcing our investment in Scanwell Health: making healthcare more accessible with accurate, at-home medical testing

Version One Ventures

Last week, I shared that I am looking for opportunities in femtech , and in the post, I wrote: In the future (and we’re starting to see this happen now), tests will be taken in the home with results delivered immediately: imagine something like a pregnancy test or glucose test strip in the home but to diagnose common ailments like UTIs, STDs, strep, etc.

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6 Ways To Measure Brand Equity (And Build It)

YFS Magazine

Without an understanding of your brand's current equity, you can struggle to set metrics for improvement. Here's how to measure brand equity and build it. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales brand brand development brand equity brand strategy branding

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When’s the Right Time to Leave the App Store?


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference used to be the stuff of legend. We waited with bated breath for groundbreaking innovation. But… this year’s WWDC didn’t feature the significant product launches of yesteryear. Instead, the crowds watched the unveiling of Apple Arcade – the games subscription service. On the one hand, it indicates the growing importance ‘services’ business hold is for Apple.

[Interview] Dr. Chuck Bamford, Author, Educator, And Founder Of Bamford Associates, LLC


Chuck Bamford is a business strategy expert, providing battle-tested methods for executives to put winning strategy in place in their own organizations and to stand out in their own industries. He was previously a professor at Texas Christian University, University of Richmond and Tulane University, and continues as an adjunct professor while leading his consulting business. His latest book is “ The Strategy Mindset 2.0:

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Shirt Competition: Brad Feld vs. Warren Katz

Feld Thoughts

For almost 30 years, I’ve shared a huge number of life experiences with Warren Katz. Yesterday, I did a breakfast AMA at Cooley’s office near La Jolla with the Techstars MDs and PMs from the western half of the US. At the end of the hour, we were presented with the above video from Warren as the final word on a question that is on everyone at Techstars’ mind. I suppose if I used Facebook, I’d post this there. But I don’t, so it lives here for all of posterity.

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How To Make A Good Impression At Your First Professional Conference

YFS Magazine

Nervous about attending your first conference? Here's a look at the ins and outs of successfully representing your company. Lead conferences entrepreneurship conferences industry events networking networking events professional networking