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.

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.

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.

The "Glo-ver" phase in enterprise apps

deal architect

I don't mean to pick on NetSuite but it is one of the oldest cloud apps vendors - born as it was in 1998. Over 21 years, you would think it would have a fuller global footprint. Especially since it. Cloud Computing, SaaS Global and Vertical extensions Industry Commentary

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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.

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.

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

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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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.

30 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Warehouse Mess, Unnecessary Stress: Get Your Workplace in Order

The Startup Magazine

Nothing impedes warehouse success like unorganised space. The addition of equipment and products is an essential part of any warehouse, but when it contributes to cramped space, you have to look at the big picture: it is making it less efficient and at the same time less of a safe workplace.

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.

Hypergiant Strikes Big Partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and Opens an Office in Washington, D.C.


Hypergiant Industries, the artificial intelligence startup in Austin, announced a big partnership Tuesday with Booz Allen Hamilton, a huge government contractor.

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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Building Secure Online Infrastructure For Your Business

The Startup Magazine

A digital presence is essentially non-negotiable for any new business, and statistics show that small size enterprise is viewed as an opportunity by criminals.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell


by Paul Smith , author of “ The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell “ Good leaders ask, “How do I tell better stories?” Great leaders ask, “What stories do I need to tell?”. Does that mean how you tell a leadership story doesn’t matter? Of course not.

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?

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.

Ways to Save Money on Your Google AdWords Campaign

The Startup Magazine

Nothing can bring you as much targeted traffic as a well-run PPC campaign. Google AdWords is the go-to platform for this purpose as it is highly customizable and allows you to be completely in charge of every ad. Image source:

Are You Following These Email Marketing Growth Hacks?


by Prince Kapoor. Business and growth go adjacent to each other – correction – business and growth need to go adjacent to each other. As someone rightly said, if you are not growing, you are not steady, and believe me that is as good as descending.

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Austin’s ScaleFactor Raises $60 Million in Additional Funding


Just a few years ago, ScaleFactor graduated from the 2017 Austin TechStars program and raised a few million dollars. On Thursday, the Austin-based company announced it has raised $60 million in a Series C round of funding, just seven months after closing its $30 million Series B round. To date, the company has raised a […]. The post Austin’s ScaleFactor Raises $60 Million in Additional Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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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