Sat.Aug 03, 2019 - Fri.Aug 09, 2019

The Importance of Diversity on Boards

Board Effect

For a long time, boardrooms were commonly jovial, affable places where board directors were like-minded and knew each other well. An agreeable atmosphere is certainly nice, but it can cause some unintentional problems.

Stay Hungry: Helping Startups Commit to Improvement


Let’s say a startup has defied the odds and survived its first several years. The entrepreneur has found a niche market, launched a product, secured funding, and continued to assemble an effective team. The business is moving forward.

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7 Ways Small Companies Can Out-Innovate Big Corporations

Up and Running

Innovation has the power to drive even the smallest businesses to success, but is it enough to help them take on the biggest corporations? It’s not an easy question to answer, yet all we need to do is remember that plenty of companies running the world today started as small enterprises.

Friday Fun-ism: “Smiling Killer”

View from Seed

One of my favorite descriptions we use half in jest is that a founder seems like a “smiling killer” This is a compliment, I promise. This means that the founder strikes a very delicate balance that is very hard to pull off. First, the founder just seems like a great person. She is kind, charismatic, engaging, and seems genuinely great to work with. These are super valuable skills because the job of the CEO is largely about working with people.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

6 Keys To Marketing That Many Entrepreneurs Overlook

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

Does your board give you good advice?


This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. Having served on more than forty boards, I’ve seen such a variety of good and bad advice that my stories could fill a book. (oh, oh, wait.

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Focus On Being The Best You Can Be   


by Dean Karrel, author of “ Mastering the Basics: Simple Lessons for Achieving Success in Business “ On occasion, we can all feel a little intimidated by work colleagues who may have more senior titles than us or have an MBA or other advanced degrees.

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7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

How to Develop a Clearly Defined Cloud Strategy


Cloud adoption is picking up steam and for a good reason. There are myriad advantages to running a business in the cloud and fewer risks than ever before. According to a LogicMonitor survey, 83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by 2020.

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Cognizant and the healthcare vertical

deal architect

I had a chance to talk to Larry Bridge, SVP Healthcare Strategy at Cognizant about the sector and how healthcare vertical solutions have evolved in his 30+ year career. Every industry is unique, but it would seem the healthcare vertical

3 Ways To Build Philanthropy Into Your Culture


by Jason McCann , founder and CEO of VARIDESK. Before we became known for standing, we believed in standing for something. When startups are still in the infant stage, it’s hard to envision the day when philanthropy becomes part of the equation.

10 Business Areas Where Data Is The Key To The Future

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

Trueface raises $3.7M to turn camera data into actionable insights


Today, we have millions of cameras deployed throughout various industries, organizations, and global borders around the world. However, with each of these individual cameras monitoring continuously and collecting vast amounts of data points, what good is it if not actionable or context applied?

Charting return multiples over time

Version One Ventures

Last week I blogged about the return multiples for our Fund I and how they perfectly illustrate just how much the power law drives VC return. Alex Norman from AngelList asked how these return multiples have changed over time and what insights could be won from that data.

13 Important Branding Lessons From The Top 4 e-Commerce Giants


by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Simply showing up online with a business website isn’t enough to guarantee success. E-Commerce giants Apple, eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy seem to have cracked the code. Together, they brought in total revenues of over $275 billion in 2018.

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8 Keys To Enjoying Work, And Enhancing Your Career

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, one of the most frustrating things I see is the number of employees who are unhappy at work. Business owners don’t like it, the new generations think promotions will solve it, and productivity levels continue to suffer.

How To Take Care Of Your People

YFS Magazine

Many founders and CEOs struggle with knowing how to develop and lead the people within their business. Here are six simple ways to start. Lead company culture leadership servant leadership team development workplace development

What Every CIO Needs to Know From Their PR Team

Rembrandt Communications

Talked to Your PR and Marketing Teams, Lately? You’re in charge of all tech innovation at your B2B, and as the CIO, you are probably analytical and love statistics. Therefore, you probably don’t deal with the “creative, right-brain-oriented” communications people at your organization very often.

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What Finance Options Are Ideal For Young Entrepreneurs?


The biggest obstacle facing young entrepreneurs – or, in fact, entrepreneurs of any age – is often that they don’t have the funding to turn their business idea into a reality. There are always upfront costs to manage as well as ongoing expenses which require a pool of resources.

7 Common Causes Of Failure To Communicate in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

B2B Influencer Marketing: 4 Strategies that Move the Needle


Influencer marketing has been around long enough to generate great case studies—and skepticism. That’s especially true for B2B marketers. An Instagram model gushing over a new fashion product seems infinitely remote from strategies they might deploy.

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4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans Early


Paying back small business loans (SBL) has become a nightmare for so many entrepreneurs in this millennial age. The research by Main Street Lender on over 10,000 business loan applicants in the U.S disclosed that about 64 percent of applicants were unable to secure any type of financing.

5 Podcasts Every Startup Owner Needs To Listen To


We all know starting a business has its shares of obstacles and hardships, but luckily we live in an age where there are plenty of resources available at the tips of our fingers.

Easy Ways To Have More Fun At Work

The Startup Magazine

You spend more time at your place of work than you do at home, yet you have less control over the environment in your workplace. So why not have some fun at work to make it worth the long hours. Image by Henning Westerkamp from Pixabay.

6 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Industries That Are Ripe For Disruption


Is your industry ready for a change? The decision on which industry one should venture in is often determined by factors such as advancement in technology and availability of capital. The prevailing trends may favor some industry while others prove to be more profitable over time.

The Best and Worst Political Branding of the 2020 Democratic Primary Race

crowdSPRING Blog

The presidential election season is upon us. Whether you’re ready or not, there’s a flood of new political candidates clamoring for your vote. In fact, at most recent count, there are 24 candidates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s hard to keep up.

Tips And Tricks For Marketing A Small Business


It is said that 50% of new businesses in the US fail in the first 12 months and that half of those left will not be in business after three years. There are two main reasons given for this. One is a lack of funding and the other is not enough effective marketing.

Build an Efficient Business You Can Be Proud of Using QMS Solution

The Startup Magazine

Starting a small or medium-sized business is a dream come true for many. When that happens, you want the business to pick up and run quickly. You even dream of having bottom-line results in less than a few months, sometimes within a few days or less.

Workplace Harassment Is About Respect: You Either Have It Or You Don’t

YFS Magazine

Harassment is one of the most important safety issues in the workplace today. It's something we can't continue to ignore or minimize. Grow Human Capital HR human capital human resources workplace development workplace harassment workplace safety

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes New Restaurant Owners Make

Up and Running

Every new restaurant business owner is bound to make mistakes. Some will be costly, but if you can keep your sense of humor and learn from those mistakes, your business (and your attitude) will benefit in the long run. .

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Successful Startup Staffing Strategies: It’s Easy When You Know How


Starting a new business is not as easy as you might think. And launching a startup can be even more challenging. It’s one thing to have a great idea – for instance – but we don’t all have the skills to make it successful.

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3 Ways to Optimize Your Computer’s Speed

The Startup Magazine

If you’re trying to get your computer to work as fast as possible, then there are a few things to do to ensure that it’s running at peak condition. Computers are expensive pieces of technology, and it only makes sense to expect your computer to perform as well as possible.

Board Meeting Agenda Format and Template

Board Effect

It’s a rare meeting where the board of directors has enough time to accomplish everything that it needs to. Having an established and focused board meeting agenda helps the board maximize accuracy, efficiency, and productivity.

How to Survive “The Amazon Effect” as a Small Ecommerce Business Owner

Up and Running

You’ve just bought something that looked perfect online and you can’t wait to get it in your hands. Take a moment to pause and think about that last bit: How long would you actually be willing to wait to get your item?

Creating An Identity: 5 Reasons Why Branding Is Important For Your Business


When starting your business from the ground up, branding is going to be one of the most important things you should put your energy into. Many small businesses forget this and think that they can leave it until the last minute.

How to Write a Sales Commission Agreement 

The Startup Magazine

The contract between a company and a salesperson is at the center of creating success or stagnation for both parties. As company owner, you will be writing your sales rep agreement for the most part. Here are some of the most important things that you need to consider. Source: Pixabay.

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