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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.”

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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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.

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

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How to Analyze Your A/B Test Results with Google Analytics (Updated)


A/B testing tools like Optimizely or VWO make testing easy, and that’s about it. They’re tools to run tests, and not exactly designed for post-test analysis.

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Learn From Amazon: How to Tap Into Underserved Markets

Up and Running

Retail stores are closing in large numbers. Despite the fact that, according to at least one study Gen Z shows a preference for shopping in stores some of the time, at least 22 brands are closing locations in 2017. At the same time though, dollar stores are on the rise. What does this tell you?

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.

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.

CMO Shares How To Make Marketing Work Smarter, Not Harder

YFS Magazine

Having participated in the launch of numerous startups, I’ve seen many founders spend too much on marketing. Here's how to make your budget work smarter. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing marketing tips online marketing

Leading Indicators of Customer Churn, And What to Do About It


You’ve been acquiring a ton of customers lately for your SaaS company. On the surface, this seems awesome. More customers, more money. So you throw your energy into your customer funnel. However, soon after sign up, they seem to fly right out the back door. Why is this happening?

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.

Should I Open a Franchise or Start a Business?

Up and Running

The feelings of ownership and fulfillment that come with entrepreneurship are only beaten by the rewards that pay out if your venture succeeds! But there are drawbacks, too—namely a lot of work and risk.

When Client Relationships Go South

YFS Magazine

When I think back to a recent dispute with a client, I realize how important it is to navigate client confrontations with a plan. Customer Service Grow client management client relations

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.

10 Steps To Scaling Your Startup Toward A Fortune 500

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

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.

5 Questions To Ask Before You Launch A PR Campaign

YFS Magazine

The Snuggie, Airbnb, Soylent and even Donald Trump arguably have something in common: epic timing. When it comes to PR, here's how to ace yours. Grow Marketing & Sales media coverage PR public relations publicity

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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.

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Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Rembrandt Communications

Discover content marketing strategy, SEO , B2B copywriting, and PR tips here from Melanie Rembrandt. 3 Key Tips to Remember at All Times As you start and grow your business, it can be overwhelming. You wear many different hats and deal with numerous types of personalities, issues, deadlines, budgets, and more. It can be a whirlwind of activity… with little sleep. But as you run around trying to make your […]. The post Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

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The Most Important Startup Question

For Entrepreneurs

Because of the huge overload of topics clamoring for a startup CEO’s attention, it can be really hard to figure out where to focus. As anyone involved with startups will tell you, focus is key to success. I believe there is one question that should dominate startup founders’ thinking, as it brings all aspects of. Startup Help

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.

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.

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!

Thinking About Bodega

Hunter Walker

As investors, we hope to help founders see around corners in order to assess and predict outcomes. Startups, especially early stage startups, are in the weird position of simultaneously trying to reduce known risks while embracing new risks. Today, one of our portfolio companies launched and was met with a strong, unexpected reaction, one I didn’t anticipate.

Creative industries need to start trusting their remote employees

The Next Web

In my 25 years in creative industries, the way we have worked has never felt right. Like some kind of industrial revolution hangover — a time when work was boring, uncomfortable and dangerous — it appears people still need to be coerced with carrots and sticks into being productive.

Considering Starting A Business Or Staying In School – What’s The Smarter Move?


by Blair Thomas , co-founder of Are you facing the problem of whether to continue your studies or start your business? This is a serious issue that many young people are struggling with these days.

Learn From Amazon: How to Tap Into Underserved Markets

Up and Running

Retail stores are closing in large numbers. Despite the fact that, according to at least one study Gen Z shows a preference for shopping in stores some of the time, at least 22 brands are closing locations in 2017. At the same time though, dollar stores are on the rise. What does this tell you?

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.

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in Product Management

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Advice. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

Why Some People Use A VPS To Trade Forex


VPS extends to “virtual private server.” ” This article is regarding why some forex dealers utilize a VPS for their trading purposes. Forex merchants that need to be fruitful would dependably pay some idea to the devices that they use to bear on the trade.

CEO Inspires Employees One Email at a Time


Some believe that e-mail is dead. This is largely because they receive so many spam messages and unsolicited e-mails. However e-mailing is certainly not dead and just like any platform or medium, it all depends on how it’s used and leveraged.

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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.

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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.

5 Top Tips To Keeping Your Small Business Afloat


Whether you’re trying to turn your favorite hobby into a career or simply like the idea of being your own boss, starting a small business can be hard, especially for someone young.