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.

8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018


8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018. Executive Assistants never seem to rest, let alone take time away from work to focus on themselves. That’s why these Executive Assistant conferences are perfect for all those powerhouses who love to work eight days a week.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 to Respond to an OSHA Inspection

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Whether an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of your workplace is triggered by a workplace injury, a formal complaint or a programmed, wall-to-wall inspection, being prepared for it will help limit exposure and defend against any citations that may be issued.

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.

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.

A fun conversation on the Tech Talk Y’all podcast

Jeff Hilimire

I was honored to be asked back to guest host the Tech Talk Y’all podcast with Adam Walker ( Sanjay was out,) and once again we had a great time. We talked about, among other things: • Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles. This crazy new system can detect motion anywhere in your home using nothing but Wi-Fi. REVIEW: Nest’s new $499 home security system is simple to install and made me feel a lot safer.

Coworking Is Not About Workspace — It’s About Feeling Less Lonely

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Marion Barraud for hbr. Working remotely has many benefits: flexible hours, no commute, and autonomy and control over how you work, to name just a few. But as any remote worker will tell you, there are also considerable challenges. According to a variety of studies , isolation and loneliness are among the biggest complaints. Working remotely means missing out on the human interaction and social aspects that being in an office provides.

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.

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.

7 reasons why I love the Pixel 2

Jeff Hilimire

I’ve had all the phones. The first iPhone, the second, the third…most of the S versions…and I’ve had many Android phones, including the Nexus phones back in the day and most recently the Samsung S8. The Pixel 2 from Google blows them all away. Now, to be fair, I have not used the iPhone X which I’m sure is fantastic and just as good as the Pixel 2 if you want an Apple device. But for Google/Android fans, it doesn’t get any better than the Pixel 2.

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

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.

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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.

Learning Design Thinking By Design Doing

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

?. via GIPHY. I was invited by the organising team of the Society for Technical Communication’s India chapter conference to introduce the concepts of Design thinking to the participants.

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

Looking Back at 2017: What a Year!

Inc Startups

With less than a week left to serve as PRSA’s chair, it’s fitting to take a look back at this whirlwind of a year! Like most of us, I’m guessing that you’re grappling with how quickly the time has flown by. My year was nothing short of magical as your #Chaironthego.

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.

The Ultimate Guide to HR Software in 2018

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

HR software solutions are used to assist all types of organizations in managing their most crucial asset – their people. For this reason, the HR software market is predicted to grow up to $9.2 billion by 2020. HR software solutions are cloud-based solutions with improved security and mobility streamline recruiting, onboarding, performance tracking, payroll processing, overall administering, and much more.

HR Software in 2018: What’s the Scoop?

Growthink Blog

Most savvy companies have already implemented an HRIS , but of course the world of HR software is ever-evolving. With a new year on the horizon, we can expect to see some shifting trends in the way that HR software is used and the functionality that’s offered. While we’re not fortune tellers, the following are a few things that we predict for 2018 based on emerging trends and new technology. Virtual Reality Training Programs.

New habits

Inc Startups

I bought a CD yesterday. That didn't used to be news. I used to buy a CD every week, week after week, year after year. It adds up. Hi-rez streaming changed that habit for me, but it took about a year before the itch (mostly) subsided.

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.

Happy Birthday Co-Lab Test

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

There have been over 5000 Co-Lab tests in the 4 years from its inception in September 2013. 100%Open devised the test to aid one of the tough tests for business collaboration – the collaborators’ relationships.


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.

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.

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.

Houston Investor Murthy Reflects on Tech’s High & Low Points in 2017

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

A series of events this year—from the Equifax data breach to the foreign use of social media to influence the U.S. presidential election—has prompted some to question the utopian promise of innovation, especially when it comes to Web companies and cybersecurity.

The ultimate, way too extensive guide to hiring the perfect co-founder

The Next Web

If you’re reading this, you probably know that finding a co-founder can be tricky business. Some entrepreneurs are lucky enough to start their company with somebody they knew beforehand.

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.

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