Sat.Sep 16, 2017 - Fri.Sep 22, 2017

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating losses, driven by headcount, where the monthly expenses are larger, often much larger, than revenues. These losses are known in the industry vernacular as “burn rates” – how much cash you burn on a monthly basis.

Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice

Steve Blank

Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.

Seattle Screenings of For Here or To Go?

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been big supporters of a movie about immigration called For Here or To Go? With our friends at Boundless , we are sponsoring a week of screenings in Seattle.

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

Both Sides of the Table

In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

Worry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” ” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the saying and came to understand that bull markets require an uneasy feeling. Worrying is a fundamental characteristic of most investors I know. Greed and fear are the two opposing elements of market forces.

8 Attributes Of The Most Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

All Entertainment in the Next Decade Is Digital Entertainment

View from Seed

Certain areas of the Everyday Economy , such as home and food , have been largely insulated from the internet and other technological forces. But one aspect of our daily lives has already changed dramatically since the dawn of the internet: How we are entertained. We now take for granted technologies that fairly recently seemed like far-off predictions, such as affordable and ubiquitous broadband along with smartphone penetration.

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Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

Both Sides of the Table

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In this podcast, my partner Andy talks a lot about USV’s investment process. It’s a good interview. VC & Technology

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That Was The Vacation I Needed

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just spent a week of vacation off the grid in Aspen. I ran, read, and hung out. I had a fantasy about writing, but didn’t get to it. We watched Narcos Season 3, ate at a bunch of Aspen’s restaurants, and had an Amy pre-birthday dinner with our friends Dave and Maureen.

Design An Office Space That Boosts Productivity And Happiness

YFS Magazine

Create an office space that conveys your culture. In turn, your team will feel better about coming to work and produce even better results. Workspaces home office home office ideas Office Space office space design workspaces

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Tips On How To Approach Tough Decisions In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same.

Business Advice Podcasts: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Tune In

Up and Running

Every so often, a new innovation in shareable media changes the game. It starts slowly at first—everything from printed type to television began small—but eventually, it becomes the gold standard for information sharing and entertainment.

Engage in Boulder’s Upcoming Local Election

Feld Thoughts

Boulder has local elections every odd year. That means we are having a local election this year , with mail-in balloting starting on 10/16/17 and ending on 11/7/17. Because it’s on an odd-year cycle, turnout has historically been relatively low (under 50%). As a result, a very small number of votes can have a big impact on the election results. This is especially important for the city council election.

7 Reasons Why Most Tech Startups Fail

YFS Magazine

It takes more than a cool idea to make it in today’s startup world. For every success story, there are dozens of failed attempts. Grow Technology starting a business tech entrepreneurs tech startups technology

8 Coaching Myths To Avoid In Building Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Business productivity is all about having the right people, even though I’m bombarded daily with online tools and mobile apps that promise to solve every problem with automation and data.

Ethanol Outlook September 2017

Chaganomics

Ethanol prices remained relatively unchanged over the past month, as increasing production in the U.S. and Brazil kept a tab on demand-induced upward price pressures. The spot price registered on 8 September was USD 1.64 per gallon. The price was 0.6%

I’m Not Buying An iPhone 8

Feld Thoughts

For starters, let’s look at some Golden Retriever puppies instead. I watched most of the Apple announcement last week (I was on vacation and hanging out waiting for Amy, so I just plopped down on the floor and watched Special Events on the Apple TV channel.) I fell asleep for a few minutes part way through it. I turned it off about halfway through the iPhone X announcement. I’ve been an Apple user for many years now.

Why Every Business Should Integrate PR And SEO

YFS Magazine

Today, PR and SEO are two sides of the same coin. One depends on the other to spread content, drive branding, and of course, keep Google happy. Grow Marketing & Sales digital marketing PR public relations publicity seo seo content

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6 Funding Sources For Good Causes, Without Angels

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money.

18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Part of Running a Business

Hearpreneur

Being an entrepreneur or business owner has its share of ups and downs. While the downs can be pretty low the ups always seem to triumph for a true entrepreneur at heart. Milestones are what entrepreneurs and business owners work towards.

How to Fund Your Startup Without Losing Control

Up and Running

Capital investments are like gasoline on a startup business’s metaphorical fire. They allow you to hire more people, purchase new technology, and establish new business connections, among many other benefits. If you’re like most startup CEOs, your startup has been your personal fiefdom and baby.

4 Questions Critical To Strong Customer Support

YFS Magazine

The power of customer relationships shouldn't be underestimated, especially if you value customer loyalty, positive reviews and word-of-mouth advertising. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer satisfaction customer success

How to solve the “Search Gap”: Decluttering your media storage

The Startup Magazine

We can all relate to rummaging through drawers or stacks of papers, looking for that one elusive item we need but just can’t remember where we placed. And as technology has evolved, so have our storage troubles.

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

4 Fundamentals Of Good Financial Management For Startups

YoungUpstarts

by David Tattersall, Head of Client Relations at Handpicked Accountants.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised.

Fake Cues: Why The Next Photo Innovation May Be Helping You Tell a Lie

Hunter Walker

I want to share something which might be a bit unsettling – whenever I’m looking at you, I’m judging. Whether it’s in person or a static photo. I just can’t help it. It’s how I’m wired. By the way, it’s how you’re wired too.

On Being Positive

Eric Friedman

At the beginning of last year I jokingly said that one of my resolutions was to try to always be positive with startups I hear about. Fast forward to a year+ later and I am still sticking with this resolution – staying positive in a sea of what can sometimes seem like endless negativity.

10 Ways To Use Social Media Listening As A Successful Marketing Tool

YoungUpstarts

by Uzair Khan, VP of Sales & Marketing at Enterprise Monkey. Wondering what your audience is glued to while you are busy using traditional advertising, core campaigning, and doing paid marketing for your products?

Future Proofing Product Management Skills

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. > > What new skill should I be honing right now to get ready for the future? Get great at doing research and customer development.

6 Tips for Converting One-Time Customers into Recurring Ones

Duct Tape Marketing

6 Tips for Converting One-Time Customers into Recurring Ones written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”. Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author.

The Markets Ignore Inputs But Over Time, Not The Means

Hunter Walker

When asked for advice about a career in tech my feedback varies based on the individual’s goals but always ends with “…you can recover from any failure except one where you ruined your reputation.”

Why Your Tiny Startup Needs A Business Plan

YoungUpstarts

by Bob Adams, serial entrepreneur and founder of BusinessTown.com. You might be thinking that a business plan doesn’t make any sense for your small new enterprise. After all you are not planning on trying to get even a bank loan, let alone venture capital.

Announcing: CXL Live 2018

ConversionXL

I’m proud to announce our 4th annual CXL Live conference! CXL Live 2018 takes place March 28-30 in Austin, TX (the conversion capital of the world)! We have an amazing line-up this year! Almost all the speakers are in-house practitioners with deep expertise in their field.

Tackling the Sales Aspect of Being an Entrepreneur

Duct Tape Marketing

Tackling the Sales Aspect of Being an Entrepreneur written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jim Brown. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jim Brown, founder and host of SalesTuners.

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