Sat.Dec 23, 2017 - Fri.Dec 29, 2017

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).

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.

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Parody


Funny. humor privacy surveillance


Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

Up and Running

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight.

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.

More Trending

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.

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.

NDA 137

A Cold Reboot

Feld Thoughts

I’m on day 8 of a cold, which in retrospect has been possibly the harshest cold I’ve ever had. I felt worse when I had salmonella poisoning in Adelaide in 2016 and I remember a childhood flu over the holidays that had me throwing up for days. But, on Friday, when I had some existential dread , I realized I was really sick and crawled back in bed for the rest of the day. I woke up this morning still sick but feeling on the mend.

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.

Global 134

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.

2017 Year In Review: Business Ups And Downs, Cryptocurrencies, Europe, A Solar Startup And More by Yaro Starak

[ Download MP3 | Transcript Coming Soon | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] As we head towards the new year, now is a great time to look back over 2017 and review results. In response to a great suggestion from Mani, a member of our Laptop Lifestyle Academy and.

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.

Media 130

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.

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.

SEO 79

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.

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

Texas 93

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

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.

Web 108

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.

SEO 75

Why Link Building is the New Networking

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Link Building is the New Networking written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch About Link Building. Despite what you may have heard, link building is not some technical SEO-type of under-the-hood tactic.

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

How to DIY a Stunning Visual Brand for All Your Online Platforms (No Photoshop Required)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You can recognize the Nike swoosh on the shoes of your neighbor as he jogs past you. When you need a caffeine boost, you get an espresso shot from the café with the green mermaid and white crown. The apple logo on the back of an iPhone is easily identified. According to developmental molecular biologist John Medina, “If you hear a piece of information, three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%.” The impact of visual brands is undeniable.

Green 68

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.

Audio 67

A Systematic Approach to Creating Meaningful Goals

Duct Tape Marketing

A Systematic Approach to Creating Meaningful Goals written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Colin Gray. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Colin Gray.

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.

Web 95

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.

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.

Transcript of A Systematic Approach to Creating Meaningful Goals

Duct Tape Marketing

Transcript of A Systematic Approach to Creating Meaningful Goals written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript. John Jantsch: Everybody loves to set new goals for the New Year.

Email 69

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.

4 Ways in which Cloud Hosting can help Small and Medium sized Businesses

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

With the growing trend of many businesses moving online, scalability is one of the key factors to consider when you look for website hosting. Although there are several hosting services Cloud Hosting is highly scalable, seamless and terminates the need for physical hardware infrastructure. However, the biggest advantage of Cloud Hosting is that it allows the SMBs to focus on building their business and the whole management is taken care of by the cloud hosting provider.

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.