Sat.Jul 13, 2019 - Fri.Jul 19, 2019

Raising a Series A Away From Home

View from Seed

This is a post about raising a Series A from an investor that is not based in your home city. Let me preface this by saying that if all things were equal, you would probably prefer to have a local series A investor.

Urban Entrepreneurs: Lyneir Richardson on how startups can hire diverse thought teams and thrive


‘’Diversity Hiring’’ series features world diversity and inclusion leaders and their thoughts on diversity recruitment, cultural diversity and equality.

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9 Elements Of Every New Venture That Investors Expect

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs are always looking for a shortcut in getting their venture story and plan across to investors, and closing on the funding they need.

Common Mistakes Startups Need To Avoid


Running your own startup is a unique experience that prepares you like no other for an entrepreneur career path. Startup businesses are often the trailblazers of our times, daring to venture into niche industries and come up with new concepts.

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.

Deja Vu all over again

deal architect

I was in India last week and visited with a couple of outsourcing firms. In my travels, I got reminders of several due diligence visits I had helped clients with from 2003 to 2010. The Renaissance in Powai reminded me. Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Outsourcing (other vendors

Do distributed teams need new tools?

Version One Ventures

A question I have been pondering for some time now, especially since a lot of our portfolio companies are now distributed organizations …. This tweet sparked a lot of thoughtful reaction and discussion. Here’s where things have landed at the moment: .

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Finding Flow


by Rajshree Patel, author of “ The Power of Vital Force: Fuel Your Energy, Purpose, and Performance with Ancient Secrets of Breath and Meditation “ Being connected to vital force also fuels success on a practical, everyday level by fueling productivity and high performance, as I experienced so powerfully after my first workshop.

Friday Funism: JDCC

View from Seed

Like other investors, we at NextView have a number of frameworks which we use to evaluate decisions on making new investments. All early stage venture firms essentially look at some weighting of team, market, product, and traction.

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SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 12 - Manifest Destiny?

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. This is the final batch I am excerpting. The book is. SAP Nation, the book


Use Key Strategic Elements To Avoid Business Plateaus

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges I find for new business owners is for them to move from working in the business to working on the business.

[Interview] William Ammerman, Author Of ‘The Invisible Brand: Marketing In The Age Of Automation, Big Data, And Machine Learning’


How you market your business is undergoing dramatic change. Sophisticated computer algorithms can test billions of targeted messages, measure the results, and rework how you attract and retain customers ? all in fractions of a second.

5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises


Though enterprises see the appeal of using blockchain , companies often don’t want to take on the challenge of working with their business partners to create a new blockchain solution.

5 Things We Learned from Analyzing 28,304 Experiments


How do CRO professionals run experiments in 2019? We analyzed 28,304 experiments, picked randomly from our customers.

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10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time business advisor and angel investor, I’m a believer that “two heads are better than one” in building a new business. Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader.

Why All-In-One Is Fast Becoming The Standard In CRM


by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage. The conversation around CRM (customer relationship management) is always shifting.

Your Pitch to VCs is More Than a Deck


Pitch decks are underestimated and overestimated. Some founders dismiss the deck as pure “show” and cobble together a few slides for their venture capital (VC) audience. But I suspect that most founders spend tens of hours perfecting their deck.

Marketing Project Management: A Reliable, Reusable Framework


Lurking beneath every goal are dangerous assumptions. The longer those assumptions remain unexamined, the greater the risk. – Jake Knapp, Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 days. Imagine this scenario.

What the 5 Stages of Grief Teach Us About Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

Getting After-Hours Cleaning Services For Your Business? Follow These Tips


Getting after-hours cleaning is a high-stakes business decision. It grants a certain commercial and office cleaning team access to your property at night and without supervision. While you are not around, these people may commit theft, arson, vandalism or any kind of crime within your business space.

Get Ready To Announce Your New Product Launch

Rembrandt Communications

Tips For a Successful Product Launch. As a Chief Product Officer for a B2B, promotion may not be top-of-mind when you are in the conception and development stage. But, this is a good time to talk to your public relations’ (PR) team members.

How To Become The CEO Of Your Business (And Work Yourself Out Of A Job)

YFS Magazine

It’s possible for you to become the CEO of your business, where your business can make money and survive, even when you aren’t there. Here's how! Grow Human Capital hiring employees hiring freelancers HR human capital human resources scale your business scaling

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Sign-Up Forms: 14 Ways to Increase Conversions


Growing your mailing list and generating leads should be a focus of your marketing. If HubSpot didn’t have 215,000 blog subscribers, they wouldn’t have a business. Too many businesses don’t give sign-up forms enough attention.

Tech Industry Hiring In Canada Continues To Grow


The tech job landscape across Canada has continued to grow. In 2018, Canada had a record-low unemployment rate and as a result we are seeing more companies, startups and online-based businesses dedicated to serving the niche-jobs industry.

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Discover These Effective Strategies in Lead Generation

The Startup Magazine

A dependable source of new leads for your website, product, and service can set you up for success in more ways than one. Lead generation ideas and strategies you decide to pursue today could make a difference in the future of your company.

How To Build A Strong Communication Culture In Your Business

YFS Magazine

Effective communication is essential for every leader who wants to lead well. Here are a few tips from author Diana Peterson-More on how to get started. Company Culture Grow communication company culture leadership

Financial modeling for early stage startups

Eric Friedman

Many early stage investors look for financial models for 3+ years from founders to make an investment. Entrepreneurs often don’t have this information, don’t know how to put it together for the first time, and often are confused by the request. Like most posts, this request/conversation has come up enough to turn it into my thoughts + the best resources I have to help founders. I have also backed businesses without this info based on other factors and don’t always think its required.

How To Enhance Your Social Strategy In 2019


Your social media accounts may already be a hive of activity, but these platforms are challenging because it is so very easy to be ‘Insta-famous’ one day and then completely forgotten the next.

Side Hustle : Things to Know About InboxDollars

The Startup Magazine

So you’re looking to make a bit of extra cash, are you? We’re guessing that’s why you’re an entrepreneur looking for a side hustle. There are a lot of websites out there which claim they’ll pay you to fill out surveys or something of the sort, but too many of them are scams.

How To Create High-Quality Content That Drives Traffic To Your Website

YFS Magazine

How do you create exceptional content that drives traffic to your website? Here are six proven and powerful ways to create content that delivers results. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

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How to Reduce Shrinkage: Loss Prevention for Small Businesses

Up and Running

Shrinkage—or loss of inventory due to employee theft, error, shoplifting, or fraud—is an issue no small business owner can afford to ignore. In fact, a 2018 survey from The National Retail Federation found that shrinkage accounts for 1.33 percent of retail losses every year.

What Buying Habits Tell Marketers About Each Generation


by Gui Costin , author of “ Millennials Are Not Aliens: …but they are 80 Million Americans Who Are Changing How We Buy, Sell, Vacation, Invest, and Just About Everything Else “ Each generation has unique experiences, lifestyles, and demographics that influence their buying behaviors, financial experts say.

Visualizing Ideas

Mike Michalowicz

“What? I’m sorry were you saying something? I wasn’t listening.

How to Create A Business Website in 6 Easy Steps

crowdSPRING Blog

Whether you’re starting a new business or growing an existing business, you need a website. Today’s consumers expect businesses to have websites. They consider a website to be a sign of a reputable business.

Make All the Asks

This is going to be BIG.

“I didn’t want to bother you.” “I I didn’t want to impose.” “I I didn’t want to show up with my hand out.” “I I feel like if you were interested, you would have said something already.” “I I wasn’t sure if it was ok to ask.” “I I haven’t spoken to that person in a while—it might be too random now.” Do any of these lines sound familiar? Too often, I meet founders that need something, and feel awkward about asking for it for a variety of reasons.

What Do Teams Want From A Good Leader?


When you hire employees to work for you, being a good leader can make a huge amount of difference when it comes to your company’s profit, reputation, and productivity levels.

Leveraging Expired Domains for SEO

The Startup Magazine

Yup, expired domains can give an SEO head start. The fact that someone owned a domain (now expired) before you can imply a couple of things. For starters, it means that you’ll be getting some links, and if they aren’t spammy, then you’re in luck!

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