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7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

The Second Quartile

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. A few investments produce the vast majority of the returns while many investments return nothing. Managing a portfolio with power law dynamics is a challenge. At USV, we tend to make 20-25 investments per early stage fund. The best four to five investments per fund will usually produce greater than 80% of the total returns of a fund (the top quartile).

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Ready To Bootstrap Your Business? Follow These 6 Tips

YFS Magazine

I knew I wanted to bootstrap my business. I achieved success without raising money or selling my soul (a.k.a. equity) to investors. Here’s how you can too. Finance Grow bootstrapping investors money raising capital raising money

10 Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Search Firm

Startup Professionals Musings

I started out in business as a techy geek, so I understand why technologists starting a new venture spend so much effort getting the product just right. Yet I’ve learned over time that building the business is all about having the right team members.

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6 Guidelines On How And When To Use Non-Disclosures

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I often have to deal with people who are convinced that they must get me to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before they begin talks about their new venture.

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29 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

How to Use Facebook Live to Raise Money For Your Nonprofit


You already know that Facebook Live lets any nonprofit live-stream fundraising events, breaking news, impact stories, and more, directly from their Facebook Page. But did you know that Facebook lets nonprofits add a donate button to their Facebook Live broadcast?

How Entrepreneurs Can Balance Work and Family

The Startup Magazine

With business and entrepreneurship, there is always a temptation to work in seamless ways without clear boundaries between work and social life. A focus on one part may work to the disadvantage of the other and hence produce an unhealthy situation.

7 Techniques For Avoiding Entrepreneurial Blind Spots

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur has blind spots which limit their effectiveness and success, but due to ego, over-confidence, or deferential subordinates, many live totally in the dark.

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26 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Major Accomplishments in 2017


The end of every year is the opportunity reflect on a 365 day journey. 2017 was a bad year for some and for some it was a great year. Many businesses were launched and others were closed. Pivots were made and goals were shattered.

Putting The Year In The Review Mirror

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m planning on posting it at some point this coming week, maybe as soon as tomorrow as a Christmas gift to the AVC community. That’s a precursor to a larger effort of looking back on 2017 that will result in a What Happened post on New Year’s Eve followed by a What Will Happen post on New Year’s Day.

Sustaining Innovation vs. Disruptive Innovation

The Startup Magazine

“Innovation is widely regarded as the single most important ingredient in today’s economy,” according to entrepreneur Faisal Hoque at Fast Company. Innovation not only impacts global economies and business models, but the quality of life of people.

5 Steps To Effective Marketing With Converged Media

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and startups often ask if they should select only social media for marketing, or stick with digital media, or just count on traditional media. The answer is yes to all, and the challenge is how to choose how much of each, and how to integrate them for maximum impact and the least cost.

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10 of The Most Popular TED Ed Lessons to Share with Your Students


December 26, 2017 Here is a collection of some of the most popular TED Ed lessons we published this year. The talks cover different topics from self-development and motivation to how-to guides more. Repost

How to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

Are you looking to raise venture capital ? You need a good idea – and an excellent business plan. Business planning and raising venture capital go hand-in-hand. A business plan is required for attracting venture capital.

How SEO Is the Ultimate Weapon for StartUp Marketing

The Startup Magazine

What is the SEO process anyway? If you have a website, its success depends on the number of its visitors. It also relies on whether it helps the business realized its goals. For instance, you may create a site to sell your products online.

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Dollar General Creating 400 New Jobs In Texas

Startup Professionals Musings

The company’s new distribution center in Longview, TX will serve approximately 1,000 Dollar General retail locations in Texas and the southeast. Read: Dollar General Creating 400 New Jobs In Texas at Corporate Real Estate Daily News Featured Logistics & Distribution Retail Texas Distribution Center Dollar General Economic Development Expansion Gregg County Site Selection

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Why Financial Professionals Need to Have Knowledge of Big Data

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The role of a financial professional has evolved leaps and bounds over the last decade due to the changing nature of the business. Initially, the key expectation from a finance manager was to check accounts to analyse variance between historical performance and forecasted performance. In doing so one could certainly answer the question about how vast the variance was, but even upon investigation could not get to the root cause of the variance.

Techniques to Rethink your Instructional Design Strategies


Check this blog for techniques that’ll help you get your instructional design on track. eLearning Design instructional design strategies

If diversity were a product, it would be considered a failure

The Next Web

Imagine this. You’ve created an awesome product that has the potential to disrupt an industry and make a lot of money. You deliver a rock-solid pitch to investors. They say they love your product. It has the potential to deliver 10x returns.

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Product Review – Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac

The Startup Magazine

Businesses today produce and utilize videos for a variety of different reasons, including for marketing or training. In most businesses that use digital products or produce them, one way to record the footage that is needed for videos is to do so directly from your screen.

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Just Start!

Babbling VC

It may seem like this is a typical year end post aiming to get people to set goals and resolutions for the New Year. It is not. It simply happens to be coming at a time when you will be seeing a ton of such posts.

Monday Motivation – Watch This Before New Years


We want wish you a happy holidays. This motivational video helps you close out the year and start the new year on the right foot. Make a resolution everyday of your life because you only get one at bat. It’s religion. Not tactics. Progress = Happiness. I have to take control of this process.

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How to accurately value your startup for your next funding round

The Next Web

Valuing and deciding how much equity to give away of a company that you’ve, no doubt, put your heart and soul into is always going to be a gnarly issue. Unfortunately there is no single answer but here are a few tips that can help you to navigate this notoriously tricky territory.

Trying to Break Into the World of Forex Trading? 4 Helpful Tips

The Startup Magazine

Finding the right way to invest your money is not nearly as easy as you may think. The world of investments is filled with options, which is why you have to do your homework when attempting to find the right fit for your needs.

A Handy Visual Outlining The 7 Steps to Doing Online Research


December 29, 2017 Here is another of our popular posts of 2017. This is a poster outlining the the different steps involved in doing digitally based research. The poster features the 7 phases more. Repost


Evolutionary Biology: Movies are Slow Humans. YouTube are Fast Guppies.

Hunter Walker

When Wired claims YouTube is the world’s best film school available , I would agree, but suggest they’re actually thinking too narrowly in their explanation.

Big companies were increasingly obsessed with co-working spaces in 2017

The Next Web

Everyone is aware of the stuffiness in corporate office spaces where cubicles separate you from others, sometimes the person you need to talk to is on another floor, and your supervisor or manager is positioned behind a closed door.

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Software For Startup Computers: Essentials For Your Employees

The Startup Magazine

Every business would be nothing without its employees. But people who work for startups are even more valuable, particularly during the first couple of years.

Do You Love Making Connections and Thinking About Networks?

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I recently co-founded Village Global, a new early stage venture firm. We’re hiring ! Here’s one position we’re actively recruiting for. It’s a unique role. Please email if you’re interested.

How to Create Local Content for Local SEO

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Create Local Content for Local SEO written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Pre-internet days, it didn’t take a lot for local businesses to notify a prospect that they are located in the same city.

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Job hoppers, you’re (probably) playing a losing game

The Next Web

Employees at big tech companies tend to frequently switch jobs, a recent Business Insider article noted. People working for Uber stick around just over a year. Employees at Airbnb, Twitter, Snap, and Apple stay almost two years on average.

Questions to ask your DUI lawyer

The Startup Magazine

So you’ve made a poor choice and you’ve ended up with a DUI. You aren’t alone, nearly 200 Canadians out of every 100,000 face a DUI charge at some point in their life.