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The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors.

Bias Documentary

Feld Thoughts

One of the philanthropic activities that Amy and I have been doing is helping fund documentaries around issues that we care about. A breakout documentary from 2015 was CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.

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Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

Both Sides of the Table

It’s easy to find yourself caught in the trap of just GSD (getting s**t done) and not stepping back to be thoughtful about whether you’d benefit from doing fewer things but doing those things truly well.

10 Keys To A Killer-First-Impression Website Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart people only visit and buy from credible and memorable websites. In the past, if your startup had a website presence, the company was credible by definition. In today’s world, a website is necessary but not sufficient for credibility.

Should I Quit My Job to Start My Own Business? 9 Questions You Need to Ask

Up and Running

For many, the hardest part of starting a business isn’t coming up with the idea or choosing the right name. Deciding when the time is right to start a business is often the biggest challenge. How do you know when to take the plunge? Should you go all in, all at once—or take it more slowly?

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7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Business Plan

YFS Magazine

A business plan is a very important business tool to have as an entrepreneur. When you write your business plan, avoid making these 7 common mistakes. This article 7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Business Plan appeared first in YFS Magazine.

Five Best Chat Programs For Your Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you work with a small business team, you know the importance of communication. Oftentimes, you quickly need to get an idea across to someone who’s not in the room.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon

Feld Thoughts

Early this morning I saw an email from Dave that pointed me at a giant bundle of happiness. Bryan Cranston Will Bring Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams to Series. So – let’s go through all the parts of awesomeness of this. First, Philip K. Dick is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. One summer, about five or so years ago, I bought every PKD book I could find in paperback (almost all of them.) I started reading them from first to last.

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The coming changes to your house

Start Up Blog

It’s easy to forget that the places we live in are a direct reflection of our current technology. We’ve all come a long way since we lived in cave 76 ( That was for all the Mel Brookes fans) , and we generally are living in houses built on top of the shoulders of giants.

8 Key Ingredients to a Profitable Consulting Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the guidance you see for entrepreneurs is aimed at those who are selling a product (Apple, Tesla, Xiaomi), or selling a service (Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat).

Healthy Eating Tips While Traveling For Business

YFS Magazine

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle on-the-go is hard. However, you don't have to wreck your healthy eating plans just because it's not convenient. This article Healthy Eating Tips While Traveling For Business appeared first in YFS Magazine.

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Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. You have defined your audience personas, created an editorial calendar and spent hours researching and writing the perfect content for your customers.

How to Drive Product Growth with Behavioral Personas

ConversionXL

Retention is the key to building a great business. When your core product experience brings your users back time and time again, you gain some incredible advantages. You spend less on acquisition, learn from your users faster, and start building a community through word of mouth and referrals.

8 Ways Ownership Thinking Will Make You An A-Player

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges in changing your lifestyle from an employee to starting your own business, is focusing on the right ownership elements, versus having a boss who sets the business goals, and provides performance feedback.

Is Visualization The Key To Getting What You Want?

YFS Magazine

The key to achieving what you want—whether it’s more customers or increased business confidence—may lie in your ability to visualize it. This article Is Visualization The Key To Getting What You Want? appeared first in YFS Magazine. Editor Picks Lead personal development success visualization

The 90s called: They want you to reengineer again with Deloitte and SAP

deal architect

Michael Hammer was a rock star in the 90s with his reengineering books and his booming voice and entertaining speaking style. While at Gartner, Deloitte invited me to a workshop at Hammer’s consulting firm. I gladly accepted, then could.

Microsoft's CEO Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees After They Committed an Epic Fail

Inc Startups

You can learn a lot about effective leadership from just a few, short sentences

7 Lessons On How To Avoid A Quick Business Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Most budding entrepreneurs don’t realize that nine out of ten startups fail within 24 months. They only see and remember the recent new entrants in the billion dollar valuation club, including Uber, Airbnb, and Snapchat.

Must Have Homepage Elements

Duct Tape Marketing

Must Have Homepage Elements written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Not to pick on web designers, but in today’s business world, you need to be thinking about so much more than just design when it comes to building out your website.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From 3 Costly Business Mistakes

YFS Magazine

Here are three cautionary tales; business mistakes worth learning from to ensure your business isn't met with the same fate. This article What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From 3 Costly Business Mistakes appeared first in YFS Magazine.

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Mark Cuban Says This Will Soon Be the Most Sought-After Job Skill

Inc Startups

The billionaire investor predicts one crushing reality of automation

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Establishing Trust as a VC

This is going to be BIG.

There are a lot of relationships that would be a little weird if they hadn't become commonplace--the kind of thing where someone raised by wolves might not adjust to so easily. A waiter requests money from you at the end of a meal, a doctor looks into your open mouth, and demanding strangers get into your car if it's yellow and has a number on the roof. One relationship that isn't so commonplace is having a venture capital investor--especially for the first time.

Five Tips for Better Mobile Customer Engagement

Up and Running

It isn’t time to stop thinking about customers engaging with your business through a computer, but it’s definitely time to focus on mobile as your first priority. New numbers by StatCounter show that as of November 2016, 51.3 percent of all website visitors came through mobile.

Video Of The Week: Mark Cuban At Upfront Summit

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I posted the discussion my partner Andy and I did at the Upfront Summit last week. There were other great conversations at the Upfront Summit. This discussion with Mark Cuban was great.

4 Things You Should Do at the End of Every Meeting

Inc Startups

If you're tired of meetings that are unproductive wastes of time, do these four things at the end of your sit-downs and actually get things done

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Certain Affinity Moves to New Building, Plans to Double in Size

SiliconHills

Max Hoberman grew up in Austin, graduated from the LBJ High School, now called the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy of Austin. Then he went on to get a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communications. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career as a game developer […] The post Certain Affinity Moves to New Building, Plans to Double in Size appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Australia, We Hear You!

David Cohen

I recently spent a week in Australia. One of the things I often say when I travel to speak to startup communities around the world is: “We can’t hear you!” ” My point is that I want them to be loud and proud about what’s going on there. Often I hear them lamenting about not enough capital, not enough startups, not enough success, or whatever. I challenge them to start acting like what they want to become–to start talking about their greatness.

The true power of referral marketing and how you can use it today to grow your small business fast

Duct Tape Marketing

The true power of referral marketing and how you can use it today to grow your small business fast written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Referral marketing, also known as word-of-mouth marketing, is one of the oldest (and still most effective!) marketing strategies out there.

36 Books to Read If You Want to Become a Billionaire

Inc Startups

The essentials of a success mindset, starting up, developing product, and become a great leader

San Antonio-based Xenex Raises $38 Million More

SiliconHills

Xenex Disinfection Services, which makes a germ zapping robot for hospitals, just announced it has raised an additional $38 million. The San Antonio-based company, founded in 2009, has raised $94 million to date. Originally founded in Austin by Brain Cruver, Julie Stachowiak and Mark Stibich, the company moved its headquarters and manufacturing operations to San […] The post San Antonio-based Xenex Raises $38 Million More appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

“Understanding Social Platforms,” now summarized in a presentation deck

Version One Ventures

Two months ago, we published our second eBook, Understanding Social Platforms. In it, we discuss the dynamics of each social platform type: messaging, private networks, public networks, enterprise networks, and communities. We also cover important topics for social platform businesses like metrics, exits, valuations, and our outlook for future opportunities in social.

NC company carved out of $418M contract for warplane; U.S. Rep. Ted Budd tries to halt sale

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

IOMAX USA Inc., based in Mooresville, modifies crop dusters into surveillance planes fortified with such weapons as Hellfire missiles. The United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia use them to protect their borders. Now Kenya wants to buy some

The Newest Drink On Starbucks's Secret Menu Might Remind You Of Childhood (Or A Rough Night Out)

Inc Startups

Some restaurants have certain items that only the in-crowd knows about

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Questions To Ask Before Conducting An Ideation Workshop

YoungUpstarts

by Diane Longmoor, Director of User Experience and a Partner at Fell Swoop. So, your organization is about to design a new product, feature or service: a design ideation workshop is a great way to generate lots of ideas early in the process, bring your project team along and set direction.