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Diversity is an Innovation Metric

Grasshopper Herder

Diversity is a hot topic, but what is not often discussed is the fact that diverse teams are more innovative. Read more about why diversity is an innovation metric. The post Diversity is an Innovation Metric appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Home Is Where the Innovation Is

View from Seed

If a man from 1987 stepped into a time machine and emerged in 2017, he would find the modern world fantastically different in many ways. Mobile computing means that he has the world’s information and entertainment at his literal fingertips.

Effective Networking

Feld Thoughts

Adam Grant has a superb essay in the New York Times this weekend titled Networking is Overrated. I enjoy Adam’s writing immensely (his book Give and Take is a huge inspiration for my upcoming book #GiveFirst). Early in the essay, he has a strong lead in. “It’s true that networking can help you accomplish great things. But this obscures the opposite truth: Accomplishing great things helps you develop a network.” ” He finishes the essay with a great punch line.

5 Reasons Every Smart Business Owner Seeks A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Advice is cheap. As a new business owner, you don’t have to take any advice you hear, but failing to listen and learn from someone’s prior experience can cost you a fortune. As a long-time mentor and business advisor, I find it ironic that many look only to friends for advice.

For Entrepreneurs, Mindset Is Everything

YFS Magazine

The struggle to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit is something every founder struggles with throughout the lifetime of their business. Lead health and wellness leadership mindset personal development

How to value your SaaS company

VC Adventure

If you read my blog regularly you know I love (LOVE) metrics. So no surprise that when River Cities Capital released an overview of SaaS operating and valuation benchmarks, I hung on every juicy detail. It’s chocked full of them – I’d highly recommend your reading the full report.

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People Are The Price of Admission

Feld Thoughts

In my post recently titled Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter? several people commented on some variation of “people” as the key to everything. I don’t view people as differentiation. I view them as the price of admission. Amy just walked by, read this over my shoulder, and said: “I don’t know what that means.”

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Why Every Entrepreneur Should Take A Sabbatical

YFS Magazine

When you love what you do, it seems like you wouldn’t want to step away from it. However, if you don’t take a break, you will burn out. Editor Picks Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development sabbatical

Why Taking Time Off Is Time Well Spent

Up and Running

When you’re just trying to get your business off the ground, having fun isn’t always a top priority. You’re more focused on your business plan , go-to-market strategy, financials, and—perhaps most importantly—time management.

Force Friday

Feld Thoughts

Welcome to Force Friday, one of my favorite days of the year. I still fondly remember watching Star Wars with my dad when I was 11. As I walked out of the theater, I asked him if we could buy another ticket right then and watch it again.

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8 Principles For Keeping Customers With You For Life

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver memorable experiences to their customers.

6 Ways To Prioritize Parenthood And Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Soon after I gave birth to my son, I remember telling my friends I wanted to start a freelance business. They all raised a wry eyebrow. Lifestyle dadpreneur family business lifestyle mompreneur parentpreneurs

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5 Affordable Ways to Strengthen Your Team

Up and Running

Every small business owner knows how important a solid gang of employees can be. A close-knit team that knows how to work together can make your company a joy to run and a financial success.

18 Top A/B Testing Tools Reviewed by CRO Experts

ConversionXL

At this point in time, the field is flooded with solutions. Finding a proper A/B testing tool isn’t the problem anymore. Now, the problem is choosing the right one.

7 Leadership Metaphors To Motivate Business Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

6 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Chatbots

YFS Magazine

Chatbots do not just impact your bottom line. They will also impact the perception your customers have of your business. Grow Technology artificial intelligence chatbots technology

Tips for Writing a Successful Business Plan for a Daycare Center

Up and Running

Working out a business plan for your daycare center can be a challenge. There are many expenses you must calculate—more than you’d think! Projected enrollment growth and market demand can also be tricky to estimate.

Startup Opportunities 2 – Audible Edition

Feld Thoughts

The Audible version of Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job, 2nd Edition is available for pre-order and will be on out on 9/19. My co-author, Sean Wise , read it using his deliciously dulcet voice. Jason and I also finished the Audible recording of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, 3rd Edition and expect to see it up on Audible in 60 days. More when it’s out.

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8 Steps From A Control Freak To Effective Delegator

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

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3 Smart Steps To Start A Business Overseas

YFS Magazine

New entrepreneurs who want to find new areas of opportunity can do so by looking outside of the U.S. Here's a practical look at where to begin. Grow Operations Global Business International Business market expansion

4 Ways Your Hosting Can Make or Break Your Ecommerce Website

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

In 2017, ecommerce sales growth is expected to grow by 8 to 12%. Those are pretty big numbers for any sector, and it's no wonder that more and more entrepreneurs are hopping on-board, launching their own businesses and ecommerce websites to cash in on changing consumer behavior.

How to Make More Money Off Of Your Content Right Now

Rembrandt Communications

Discover content marketing strategy, SEO , B2B copywriting, and PR tips here from Melanie Rembrandt. Does Your Current Content Boost Sales to the Max or are you Missing Opportunities? You write content including blogs, social media posts, newsletters, emails, and more each month.

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A Short, But Important, Checklist Of Startup Business Wisdom

YoungUpstarts

by Les Trachtman, author of “ Don’t F**k It Up: How Founders and Their Successors Can Avoid the Clichés That Inhibit Growth “ Money. There is lots of it available in the market. VCs and PEs have more capital than they are capable of managing well.

Change: Damned if you do, damned more if you don’t

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Top workplace complaints: 1) The way things are 2) Change. — Andrew Annett (@akannett) June 1, 2015. This plays out in many important ways: Customers demand an improved UX , but they don’t want to learn a new UX. Team members want consistency but don’t want policies. Developers want to be more efficient but don’t want to change how they work. Strategy is ineffective if it’s constantly in flux, but a strategy that remains unchanged in the presence of new information is incorrect.

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Keeping it Together: Managing a Network Across Multiple Locations

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CBTS. All opinions are 100% mine. For SMBs with multiple locations, structuring an efficient, secure network can be a nightmare.

The Artificial Intelligence Opportunity: A Camel to Cars Moment

Occam's Razor

Over the last couple years, I’ve spent an increasing amount of time diving into the possibilities Deep Learning (DL) offers in terms of what we can do with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Some of these possibilities have already been realized (more on this later in the post).

LLC vs. S Corp: What’s The Best Setup For Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

by Tricia Hussung. Entrepreneurship enables business professionals to work on their own terms and create impactful, solution-based products and services. However, entrepreneurs face many decisions that can determine whether or not their business is sustainable in the long term.

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The Worst Nightmare of Any Product Manager

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Liel Aharon (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Felix Sargent]. At the end of 2015 I was in the worst nightmare of any Product Manager. I had a strong roadmap, clear goals and a vision for the product.

How to Stay Sane While Working from Home

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Working from home means no more commuting or spending hours away from home in a stressful environment. It also means you’ll have to take charge of your work life and create the type of life you really want. When you work from home, you have the flexibility to make your day look however you want.

The Scrappy Entrepreneur’s Guide to Usability Testing

ConversionXL

Usability testing is important, but when you’re juggling tons of other tasks – acquisition, hiring, and whatever other fires you need to put out daily – it can be thrown on the back-burner. “I I don’t have the luxury of focusing on UX right now,” you may say to yourself.

Creating Effective Digital Habits For Yourself And Your Company

YoungUpstarts

by Terri R. Kurtzberg and Jennifer L. Gibbs, co-authors of “ Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus “ As an entrepreneur, you will likely end up with two completely different jobs. One is to produce or offer something that the world values and thus create a line of revenue.

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18 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

How To Boost Facebook Engagement With One Easy Step

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You run a successful business. You get good results and good engagement on all your social channels. It seems like you’re doing everything right and getting the results you want. Now, what if I told you that you could be doing even better?

Women entrepreneurs, now is the time to pursue your startup ideas

The Next Web

In entrepreneurship, female founders are still few and far between. However, they certainly are on the rise. According to a study done by Kaufman, female entrepreneurship saw the biggest increase in the past 20 years.

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Overcoming The Biggest Barriers In Digital Marketing

YoungUpstarts

by Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft. So you started a company, but does that make you a marketing expert? Probably not. If you’re like many small businesses, you have a love-hate relationship with marketing.

The Psychology of Design: Why Your Business Must Understand How Design Influences Customer Behavior

crowdSPRING Blog

Design can be an incredibly powerful tool when you understand how psychology influence’s people’s behavior. Science has proven that people respond differently to shapes, colors, patterns, and other design elements.

What Happens to Your Business If You Can’t Work?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you’ve just started a business, or you’re running a small one, your work is crucial to the success of that business. You’ll be managing all the high-level tasks, including making decisions, staying on top of sales and cash flow, and providing direction for the future of the business.