Sat.Nov 02, 2019 - Fri.Nov 08, 2019

The Ultimate Guide To Implementing Efficient Business Processes

YFS Magazine

If your business isn't organized, your bottom line is suffering, and the consequences of disorganization spread quickly. This productivity roadmap is a game changer. Editor Picks Grow Operations business systems process management productivity project management workflow workflow management

What is Public Relations, and Why Do You Need It, Anyway?

Rembrandt Communications

PR Can Give You a Huge, Competitive Advantage! Many people think “PR” means press release, but it is much more than that. It relates to everything that goes on with public relations. This includes all of the communications you have with all of your internal and external customers. PR relates to sending the right message out at the right time via the right media venues. It also provides third-party credibility you can’t obtain in any other way.

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Building Something vs. Proving Something

View from Seed

One of the biggest rookie mistakes I see among founders pursuing seed rounds is that they’ve spent too much time building something vs. proving something. Increasingly, seed rounds occur after some sort of pre-seed or at least some period of bootstrapping. During this time, the founding team has probably invested at least some money and a lot of time and energy in moving their company from a concept to something with a bit more meat.

Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace

Grasshopper Herder

Lessons from the head of DHL’s Startup Lab on the importance of learning from our mistakes, and nurturing an innovation ecosystem that lets us make them. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement Innovation Product Management

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.

6 Ways Of Telling Your Story That Draws People To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits. Naturally, these are important, but real winning content has to start with a story that excites people’s imagination, and pulls them in emotionally.

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Grace Under Fire: How To Manage Yourself During Stressful, Busy Times

YoungUpstarts

by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ There’s no question about it: Today’s workplace can be stressful. The long work hours, the endless flow of information, the competing demands on our attention — all of these factors can make us feel perpetually overwhelmed and out of control if not managed well. The conditions that lead to stress are not “bad” They’re just reality.

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Looking for opportunities in femtech

Version One Ventures

I recently froze my eggs. I was actually surprised by how much energy, effort and time was involved. It’s not as straightforward as taking a “fertility test” today and then deciding to freeze your eggs tomorrow. The entire process demands months of preparation – from getting your body to optimal health to coordinating with care providers, pharmacies, etc. I’d like to do an AMA on Twitter sometime on what the whole process was like for anyone who is curious.

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10 Ways To Enhance The Legacy You Leave From Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader waits too long before really working on the legacy that he wants to leave to society and his family.

Maximizing Your Digital Marketing Channel Mix

YoungUpstarts

by Adriana Lynch , CMO at Chief Outsiders. Going digital” with your marketing mix has never been more essential. Most advertisers continue to increase their digital marketing spend in 2019 as billions of consumers are using online social media as a jumping off point into purchase decisions. With more money flowing into digital marketing, the digital channel mix continues to grow in complexity.

Denouement

View from Seed

Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was.

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The Big List Of Business Tools: 30 Apps And Resources You Should Be Using

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is an adventure of creativity, self-education, and personal development—a passionate labor of love. Now imagine layering on power-ups. Editor Picks Grow Technology apps business tools productivity sponsored

10 Ways To Trample And Smother Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in any business these days requires a constant flow of new and innovative solutions, to keep up with changes in the market, competition, and to attract new customers. Yet in my role as a small business advisor, I still see a singular focus on achieving repeatable processes and “cookie-cutter” manufacturing. I don’t believe these two objectives have to be mutually exclusive.

How To Quiet The Ego And Lead With Humility

YoungUpstarts

by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ Great leadership is not always about being “right.” ” In fact, it rarely is. The leader’s job is to bring out the best in employees and to engage them in working together to do what’s best for the company. This cannot happen when a leader is too attached to their own ideas or convinced that they are the smartest person in the room.

Startup Benchmarks

VC Cafe

All Good to Great companies began the process of finding a path to greatness by confronting the brutal facts about the reality of their business. When you start with an honest and diligent effort to determine the truth of your situation, the right decisions often become self-evident.” — Jim Collins , author of Good to Great. I joked the other day that some of the best fairytales are written in Excel.

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3 Ways To Reignite Your Passion When You’ve Lost Motivation

YFS Magazine

If you find yourself frustrated, stressed, and feeling the effects of burn-out – it's time to regain the excitement and motivation that once energized you. Lead health and wellness motivation personal development workplace wellness

6 Steps To Move From Inspiration To Business Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and occasional investor, I get approached regularly by people who have a dream or a new business idea, and are looking for support and money to make it a reality. They are usually short on specifics required for execution , so I have to tell them that the idea is the easy part – and the real challenge is execution, even if someone gives you the money.

Tips For Starting A Small Business

YoungUpstarts

Anyone can become an excellent entrepreneur, there are no limits. You do not even necessarily have to own a college degree, a fortune, or even previous business experience in order to start something that can become a huge success. However, you need a solid plan, a lot of patience, as well as the drive to see it through. Make no mistake, you will not become rich overnight! Starting point.

What’s The Important Thing, that is powerful enough to override all your deficiencies?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Do you feel the crushing weight of the disadvantages facing every new company? No brand, no features, no customers, no money, no distribution, no search engine rankings, no efficient advertising, no incredible executive team, no NPS, no strategy. How do the successful startups rise above all that? Do they solve all those problems at once, or at least quickly?

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Marketing To Millennials And Gen Z? Here’s What You Should Know

YFS Magazine

As an entrepreneur, you need to make sure your marketing is effective. The best way to do this is to know your target audience well. Grow Marketing & Sales gen y gen z marketing millennials online marketing

How To Change The Course Of Your Business Gracefully

Startup Professionals Musings

You will be pivoting your business in your lifetime, whether you are a new startup, or a mature company like Motorola or IBM. You can count on it and plan for it, or you wait for the next survival crisis brought your way by this rapidly changing world. You can even give it a more elegant name, like “market-focused reinvention,” but it won’t be graceful if you don’t take the lead. Pivoting” is changing a fundamental part of your business model.

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3 Reasons You Should Never Let Your Employer Choose Where To Invest Your 401(k)

YoungUpstarts

by Pamela Yellen, founder of Bank On Yourself. Among employers offering 401(k) retirement plans today, 90 percent automatically put employees’ money into a Target Date Fund (TDF). And according to a report from MarketWatch, as of 2018 more than half of all 401(k) accounts had fully 100 percent of their assets in TDFs.

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How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies

ReadWriteStart

As an entrepreneur, you have probably heard or read the “maxim” that only 10% of startups are successful, but is this true? And if so, what strategies can you apply with your company so that it is not part of the failures of statistics? How can you avoid being part of the 90% of failed companies? The failure figures — avoid being part of 90 percent. There has been a general idea that almost all entrepreneurial companies fail to be successful.

5 Mindful Practices To Overcome Failure

YFS Magazine

If you are playing the mental blame game and constantly dwelling on your business failures, consider these mindfulness practices – so you can move forward. Lead health and wellness mental health personal development

One Reason Superhuman Is So Much More Effective For Me Than Gmail

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been a Superhuman email fan for a while. I decided a week ago to go try Gmail and see if I still liked Superhuman so much better. After about two hours, I went back to Superhuman. Several days later, I tried Gmail again, deciding that I was just grumpy for some reason. I bounced back to Superhuman within an hour. This time I sat and thought about why I liked Superhuman so much better. It took a little while for it to come to me, but when it did it was painfully obvious.

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Is Your Website Good Enough?

YoungUpstarts

In the modern world we live in, every business needs a website. Whilst word of mouth reviews are still useful in business, people need to be able to look up a company and find all of the information they need online quickly and efficiently. Whether you’re a life coach, lawyer or you’ve created a start-up, your website should be vibrant, informative and easy to use. So, is your website good enough? It’s informative.

How Much Do SaaS Companies Spend on Their MVPs?

ConversionXL

Eric Ries once described the minimum viable product (MVP) as a version of a new product that allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort: Instead of spending years perfecting our technology, we build a minimum viable product, an early product that is terrible, full of bugs, and crash-your-computer-yes-really stability problems. Then we ship it to customers way before it’s ready. And we charge money for it.

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3 Qualities To Look For In A High-Performance Business Mentor

YFS Magazine

Make sure your mentor can deliver and has truly mastered their craft to a point where they can help you on your road to success. Lead business mentor mentorship personal development

Quickly Unpacking Google’s Acquisition Of Fitbit

Haystack

Usually these M&A posts involve a private startup being purchased, but this past week, we witnessed a different type of deal — Google acquired Fitbit, which had been a public company for nearly four years. Fitbit was started in a previous startup era, raised about $65M in venture capital, went public in 2015, and reached heights of over a $4B market cap. 1/ High End And Low End Disruption – Fitbit ended up owning nearly one quarter of the wearables market.

Step By Step Guide To Secure Your Income By The Age Of 55

YoungUpstarts

You are diligently working over the years to earn enough money so that you can support your family in the day to day expenses. However, looking towards the future, you aim to secure and strengthen your family’s financial position furthermore, to give them a good quality of life , before you finally decide to hang your boots.

Looking for Mentors for Entrepreneurs for All – Longmont, Colorado

Feld Thoughts

Earlier this year Amy and I, along with a number of other local friends, supported the rollout of a new organization in Longmont called Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll). EforAll is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-resourced individuals pursue their dream of starting a business. They believe everyone should have the opportunity, resources, and support they need to successfully start their business.

No, It’s Not “Like a Startup Within a Big Company”

Hunter Walker

Pushing this into a blog post because my tweets are on rolling 30 day autodelete. And since a “blog post” should have some value-add over just pictures of tweets: Ex-MSFT exec Steven Sinofsky turned me onto this thread from Textio cofounder Jensen Harris. There’s no such thing as a “startup inside of a big company.” This misnomer actively misleads both big company employees working in such teams as well as people toiling in actual startups.

Denouement

Agile VC

Reading Time: 5 minutes. Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was.

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[Interview] Rhonda Scharf, Author Of “Alexa Is Stealing Your Job”

YoungUpstarts

Artificial intelligence is taking over. Ask Alexa to call a client or confirm your schedule for the day, and she does just that immediately. Ask her a question, give her a command, or just share a joke together, and she becomes your new best employee. A conversation with Alexa can nix the need for millions of front-line workers and has forever changed the workplace.

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Technologies They Most Look Forward To

Hearpreneur

It’s amazing how new technology keeps coming up. As a business owner, you have to keep up with these technological improvements and perhaps adopt some to improve on efficiency. They help improve productivity of your team and automating processes in your business. It also saves you valuable time and helps keep track of activities happening around you. We asked entrepreneurs and business owners about the technologies they most look forward to and here are the responses. #1- 1- R+.

Tealium iQ: What Can It Do? And How Does It Compare?

ConversionXL

When most people think about tag management, they think about Google Tag Manager (GTM) , Adobe Launch, and Adobe DTM. And, usually, companies are using the tag manager provided by their chosen web and/or app analytics vendor. This article highlights what a vendor-agnostic tag manager product, Tealium iQ , brings to the table. Tealium iQ is a feature-rich product that also has a unique angle to tag management compared to the market-dominating products.

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Eran Eyal Explains Why People are Switching to Online Shopping

The Startup Magazine

Just 10% of all shopping dollars are spent online, leaving online retailers with a huge opportunity to grow sales, particularly in the grocery segment, where just 3% of sales are made online. Much of the heavy lifting for future sales growth has already been done, as the market for online shopping continues to grow by leaps and bounds. A record 259 million Americans made an online purchase in 2018, with 16% of them doing so at least once a week on average.