Sat.Aug 05, 2017 - Fri.Aug 11, 2017

Why Meritocracy Doesn’t Work

Grasshopper Herder

The anti-diversity manifesto written by a mystery Googler has put a spotlight on diversity efforts in the tech industry. Anti-diversity proponents say that meritocracy justifies the lack of diversity in tech. But the real question is: Does meritocracy work?

6 Situations Where A Business Plan Does Not Add Value

Startup Professionals Musings

Writing a business plan is hard work, so I get lots of pushback from prospective new venture founders that it’s just a waste of their valuable time in this rapidly changing environment. They all claim to have the plan in their head, and writing it down will only slow down their success.

You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview story. It’s worth a listen. Listen to the entire interview here : Or listen to just parts of the interview: 3:29 Entrepreneurs make their own luck.

A Public Record

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that is because I used to post multiple times a day. Now I can barely find the time to write once a day. Anyway, posting your thoughts and investment ideas every day creates a public record.

5 Habits That Kill Your Productivity

YFS Magazine

You may have picked up a few habits that make productivity an uphill battle. Here's a list of 5 common habits to break asap and boost your productivity. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development productivity

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5 Fears All Entrepreneurs Must Conquer

YFS Magazine

What are you afraid of? Here are 5 common entrepreneurship fears you'll need to manage if you want to turn your business dreams into a reality. Lead fear in business health and wellness personal development

7 Keys To Building Good Habits And Happiness At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Are you one of those people who believe that happiness at work is an oxymoron? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink your perspective, and perhaps start enjoying work for a change.

6 Traits to Look for When Choosing a Business Partner

Up and Running

When you’re passionate about something and deeply committed to seeing it succeed, it can be hard to share control. However, you’ve probably already realized that when it comes to launching your new business, the “if you want it done right, do it yourself” approach can only get you so far.

15 Entrepreneurs Reveal What Entrepreneurship Means to Them


Being an entrepreneur is a source of pride. It also evidences an individual with a huge amount of discipline and focus to be able to build a business a lot of times from just an idea. It is the ambition of an entrepreneur that built the most profitable and successful companies.

7 Tips To Transform Boredom Into Productivity

YFS Magazine

Challenging business tasks can leave you feeling stuck. So, here's a look at 7 tips to help transform boredom into productive solutions. Lead managing workflow personal development productivity time management

7 Ways To Take The Lead In Building A Personal Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of information overload, success is all about building a brand that stands out above the competition. Whether you are focused on your professional career, or starting your own company, YOU are the first or only brand that anyone will see and remember.

How to Use Your Business Plan to Create an Awesome Company Name

Up and Running

Everyone knows that a business name is important. It is the single most used aspect of your future brand. Ideally, yours will be mentioned by reporters, shared by referrals, and hopefully remembered by customers when the need for your solution arises.

How To Measure Your Content Marketing For Better Results

Rembrandt Communications

Discover content marketing strategy, SEO , B2B copywriting, and PR tips here from Melanie Rembrandt. 3 Steps to Make the Most of Your Copywriting Now! Are you measuring your content marketing results? If not, you waste time and effort.

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What I Learned Working For The Family Business

YFS Magazine

I'd always looked up to my parents, but had no idea that the business would be the thing that stuck with me. Here's a look at 5 essential lessons I learned. Lead business lessons family business startup advice startup lessons

7 Tips On Following The Triple Bottom Line To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s always been tough to start a new business, even when the bottom line was just making a profit to stay alive. A few years ago, a second focus of sustainability (“green”) was added as a requirement for respectability. Now I almost always hear a third mandate - social responsibility.

Founders Should Set Aside More Equity for Their Team & “Split the Pain” With Investors

Hunter Walker

As you can see, Weekend VC Twitter gets pretty wild and crazy!!!! But employee option pool is important enough that I wanted to briefly expand upon my comment above.

The #1 Mistake That Entrepreneurs Continue To Make And How To Avoid It


by Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of BELAY. Entrepreneurs are an interesting bunch.

Diversity And Inclusion Are Critical To Startup Success

YFS Magazine

Diversity and inclusion are equally important in the workplace –especially for startups. The world is becoming more diverse. Can you keep up? Company Culture company culture diversity workplace trends

5 User Pitfalls to Avoid

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Parmelee, Digital Strategy Consultant. As Marc Wendell described in a Product Mentor video, the foundation of success in both product management and user experience (UX) is solving a problem for a specific user.

9 Ways to Supercharge Your Email Click-Through Rates


You already know by now that high email open rates are useless if click-through rates (CTRs) are low. You need people to click the links in your email to end up on your website. Click-through rates are a much better indicator of email engagement and success than only open rates for that reason.

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Seven Tips To Become A Successful Business Owner


by Ron Ben-Zeev, CEO and President of World Housing Solution Inc. Starting a business can be a scary and daunting task, making it hard for those starting out to know if they have made the right decision. While it is challenging, it can also have amazing rewards.

How To Attract Venture Capital In 5 Smart Steps

YFS Magazine

Venture capital funding is an elusive beast. So, here's a look at 5 sure-fire ways to prime the pump and attract VC funding. Finance Grow investors money raising capital venture capital

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

Here at The Startup Magazine , we don’t typically “do” press releases, but occasionally an item comes to us that warrants including it in the magazine.

Regualtions Nightmare: EU’s MiFID II


While this is only in Europe, many have been talking about it. Personally there is no way I would pay for research if we traded at a firm as well. To a degree this is avoidable, as shown below. JPM will absorb the costs and make them a soft dollar sale product.

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Server Rooms And The Importance Of Staying Cool


Professionals working with computers are constantly aware of the challenges associated with maintaining these servers and keeping them cool at all times. Sometimes even the most experienced professionals have a hard time.

How to win the SEO game when you don’t have time to play it

The Next Web

SEO — or search engine optimization — is, like many things, too often taken for granted. The subtle nuances of SEO are often ignored with businesses all over the world incorrectly choosing to ignore SEO opportunities on a regular basis.

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18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Quote


André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

SEC Staff Publishes Report on Access to Capital and Market Liquidity


From the SEC: The report includes a survey and analysis of recent academic literature, as well as original analyses drawn from publicly available databases and non-public regulatory filings. The report examines the issuance of debt, equity, and asset-backed securities, as well as activity and liquidity in U.S. Treasuries, corporate bonds, single-name credit default swaps, and bond funds.

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Five Key Tasks A Small Business Owner Should Never Delegate — And What Tasks They Should


by Rich Allen, author of “ The Ultimate Business Tune Up: A Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners “. One of the key challenges facing Small Business Owners (SBOs) is what to delegate and what to manage.

The 2017 State of Conversion Optimization Report


In this 2017 State of the Conversion Optimization Report, we gave a 26 question survey to 333 people who work in the optimization space. We partnered with Sentient Ascend , the AI optimization software company, for the survey AI, and we learned a ton of interesting things about the CRO space.

5 reasons why developing a writing routine could help you be a better entrepreneur

The Next Web

When you’re a startup founder or an entrepreneur, you work under so much pressure and have so many different issues to deal with, the thought of adding an extra activity to your plate can be daunting.

Russia Done With USD


In response to the U.S. Russia sanctions Russia has made an announcement regarding changes for international payments and about settling their payments in USD. Russia will speed up work on reducing its dependence on U.S. payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to U.S. sanctions, RIA new agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday. "We We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S.

5 Steps To Successful Team Coordination


Teamwork. It’s one of the oldest buzzwords in the business. Every business owner dreams of assembling an unstoppable team of skilled, driven individuals and driving them to excel. But the reality is often much more challenging.

The 2017 State of Conversion Optimization Report


In this 2017 State of the Conversion Optimization Report, we gave a 26 question survey to 333 people who work in the optimization space. We partnered with Sentient Ascend , the AI optimization software company, for the survey AI, and we learned a ton of interesting things about the CRO space.