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How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

A shorter version of this post first appeared on the HBR blog. — I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.”

7 Cultural Myths That Can Destroy Your Moral Compass

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as well as setting the right ethical tone.

Is Passion Enough to Make Your Business Succeed?

Up and Running

To succeed as a small business owner and an entrepreneur, you need passion. That’s what led me to start my business, BlueVine , four years ago. BlueVine, which is based in Redwood City, California, offers online working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses in many industries.

Wrike: The All-In-One Project Management Solution


Wrike is a versatile project management software that enables multifunctional teams to collaborate and effectively achieve their aims from a single location.

Bob Wright’s Why Buddhism is True

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

One of the delights of the past couple years has been becoming friends with Robert (Bob) Wright. For a long time and from afar, I’ve been stimulated by his writing and thinking.

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7 Things You Need To Know To Create An Effective Business Card


by Amanda Bowman of crowdspring. Business cards have been a part of any entrepreneur’s self-promotion toolkit for a long time. The Chinese handed out calling cards in the 15th century to let people know they planned to visit.

7 Effective Approaches For Navigating Office Politics

Startup Professionals Musings

Running a business would be so much easier if we didn’t have to deal with office politics. Every business professional not only have to deal with their own office politics, but also with those in their customer offices, vendors, and partners.

Oracles momentum

deal architect

I tend to not listen to vendor quarterly earnings calls. I get much better value from briefings at industry analyst events and from customer feedback. I also find it irritating that executives brag and beat up on competitors on these. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The Great Retail Reinvention: How the Internet Is Reshaping the Way We Buy Clothing

View from Seed

Apparel is currently one of the most fascinating categories within the Everyday Economy. It’s a $1T+ global industry undergoing tectonic shifts. We are currently seeing the most rapid collapse of retail since the Great Recession, due to the internet changing consumer demand and purchasing patterns. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen widespread store closures or bankruptcies from apparel retailers, including: True Religion. JC Penny. Macy’s.

Make New Product Features Stick

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Parmelee, Digital Strategy Consultant. As you study the people who use your product or might use it, patterns start to emerge. A marketer or market researcher may view patterns in terms of demographics and buying activity.

7 Action Items For Introverts Starting New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers, and a myriad of other support people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a social butterfly to succeed, or introverts need not apply.

Want To Be Successful In Business? Leave Your Office

YFS Magazine

In order to be a successful entrepreneur, the best thing you can do is leave your office. Here's a look at when you should alter your surroundings–and why. Plan customer validation mvp Product Launch success technology

How Online Training Can Help Even Seasoned Employees


by Sean Gordon, CEO of Hirenami . Employee training is usually associated with new hires. However, even the most seasoned employees can benefit from training. Many companies are seeing the value of training veteran employees and for good reasons.

28 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes 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.

MassChallenge Texas Launches with Plans to Work With up to 100 Startups


MassChallenge, a global network of network of startup accelerators, announced Wednesday plans to launch its new program in the Austin and San Antonio region. The Austin-based nonprofit accelerator will work with up to 100 startups that will compete for up to $500,000 in equity-free cash awards. The MassChallenge Texas accelerator program is “supported by a […]. The post MassChallenge Texas Launches with Plans to Work With up to 100 Startups appeared first on SiliconHills.

Israel’s Machine Intelligence Startup Landscape 2017

VC Cafe

In previous posts, VC Cafe covered promising Machine Intelligence startups in Israel, emerging clusters for Machine Intelligence around the world and the speed at which they are getting funded and. This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the website and more!

Dividing Founder Equity in the Very Beginning

Andrew Payne

I’ve probably had a thousand or more discussions about startup equity: figuring out how much to offer, negotiating, or advising others. It’s a very tricky topic: in part because it’s nearly impossible to compare ownership between two companies with completely different contexts. One-percent of startup A may have a vastly different potential value than 1% of startup B. In practice, most equity grants within a company are driven by broad calibrations with existing employees.

Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital

Version One Ventures

These days not a single meeting with a fellow VC goes by without talking about Blockchain and how to invest in this space. We are all a bit puzzled by how quickly this market has evolved. With a combined market cap of all crypto currencies now topping $170b , crypto has become more than a third of an Amazon or a Facebook. It has 10 times the market cap of SNAP, the most prominent IPO of 2017.

Partners of the RealCo Seed Fund Program in San Antonio talk Entrepreneurship on Ideas to Invoices


The RealCo Seed Fund Program, founded in January at Geekdom, is helping business to business startups succeed. “We We are vested in their success,” said Teresa Evans, a partner in the RealCo Seed Fund Program. The goal is to help the companies scale and get to a point where they can raise a Series A round […]. The post Partners of the RealCo Seed Fund Program in San Antonio talk Entrepreneurship on Ideas to Invoices appeared first on SiliconHills. Ideas to Invoices Podcast San Antonio

Five Essentials For Your Business Success

The Startup Magazine

If given a choice, most people would like to own their own business, be their own boss and build their dream rather than working for someone else’s dream; what holds them back is not having the know-how (a business plan), which creates doubt and fosters fear of failure.

4 Ways To Improve B2B Client Relationships

YFS Magazine

Customer happiness isn’t easy. Most people think a great personality and a smile makes great service, but there’s more to it. Customer Service Grow client management client relations customer satisfaction

Work Like You Mean It: Why I backed Wethos to change the future of work.

This is going to be BIG.

If economists tried to measure the cost of the malaise that the election of 2016 left, we'd undoubtedly see billions, if not more, lost in worker productivity. At the same time, I don't think I've ever seen more political engagement in my lifetime--and not just political engagement, but all sorts of action around causes they care about. These two realities are linked. If you're not doing something to positively affect the world around you, you've likely been overcome by a lack of motivation.

A Skills Gap Exists Between What Colleges are Teaching and What the Technology Industry Needs


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News A huge gap exists between what colleges are teaching students and what a company like Apple needs, an Apple executive said Thursday. “I I don’t consider myself an expert on education technique, what makes great curriculum or any of that. I’m sort of like a big user of […]. The post A Skills Gap Exists Between What Colleges are Teaching and What the Technology Industry Needs appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Does Drupal Suffice For Your Enterprise Needs?


by Vidhatanand Sharma, Chief Engagement Officer at OpenSense Labs. The internet is rife with opinionated and polarised content over the ‘Best CMS’ of today’s times. In today’s world what drives the demand of the market are the complexity of technologies.

Secrets to Finishing What You Start

Duct Tape Marketing

Secrets to Finishing What You Start written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jon Acuff. Podcast Transcript. Turns out that the secret to finishing what you start is a lot about how you actually start.

10 Negatives That Still Make Going Public A High Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate of 15 years ago.

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Why Must You Pay Sales People Commissions?

Ben's Blog

“I’d be a billionaire if I could get a dollar for all the b t I hear today” – Big Sean, The One. I felt a little odd writing that title. It’s a little like asking “Why should you give engineers …

This documentary is required viewing for any entrepreneur

Jeff Hilimire

Head nod to Dagger CEO, Mike Popowski , for telling me about this 4-part HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones. It’s the incredible story of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which resulted in the $3 billion sale of Beats to Apple.

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Scared of Entrepreneurship? 6 Ways to Fight Your Fears

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Our age is the age of the entrepreneur. Do you want in too? Taking a leap of faith and becoming a full-time, successful entrepreneur can seem like a daunting prospect, but there are many smart ways to control your fears.

What you need to know to be an effective virtual leader

The Next Web

In the world of global business, it’s likely you’re going to have to learn how to master the art of digital leadership at some point — whether that’s to manage an entire team of displaced freelancers, to communicate with other offices, or to outsource specific roles.

Insights on Engagement

Duct Tape Marketing

Insights on Engagement written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Karen Steele. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Karen Steele, VP of Corporate Marketing for Marketo.

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Today’s Digital Transformation


by Bill Lewis, co-founder at Temasys Communications. Today, change is happening at an alarming and unprecedented pace, and this pace will only accelerate. What is opening up for the unwary, or uneducated, is a digital chasm into which the unprepared will fall.

Lease – Dont Buy – How To Grow Your Startup More Cost Effectively

The Startup Magazine

As a startup, one of your key considerations will be how to properly administer funds within your budget. Seeking to save money where possible will allow you to make the most of what you have in the bank. Leasing is one route you can take to avoid the high cost of newer vehicles.

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5 Entrepreneurs Celebrate Summer Business Accomplishments


Summer is over. While many were going on vacations and traveling, business was still being completed for many entrepreneurs and business owners.