The R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Feld Thoughts

R/GA is part of Interpublic Group of Companies, one of four global ad holding companies, and is the most award-winning agency in the digital world today. Yesterday, Techstars launched another accelerator, this time focused entirely on connected devices. The newest accelerator, based in New York City, is called the R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator.

How To Focus On Relationships To Maximize Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank. Overall, your customers now have near-instantaneous power to hold companies and brands accountable for their words and actions.

My next journey: fund and empower 10,000 entrepreneurs per year


My leeeeeeetle unicorn company that I had envisioned starting would take at least 5 years to create has nothing on funding and helping 50k entrepreneurs in the same timeframe which would likely spawn 100+ unicorns based on 500′s track record to date.

5 Signals To Evaluate To Test The Value Of Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank. Overall, your customers now have near-instantaneous power to hold companies and brands accountable for their words and actions.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

Both Sides of the Table

We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. market share today and are stuck with high real-estate costs, shitty customer service, bad value propositions and no ability to respond to competition because they have effectively become real-estate holding companies that store stuff for cashflow. This morning

With New 21 Percent Corporate Tax Rate, S-Corps Are Taking A Second Look At C-Corp Status


In fact, in crunching the numbers, our research reveals that commercial enterprises, such as manufacturers, distributors, and service companies, may actually end up with a larger tax liability after switching to C-Corp status. Also ask yourself: How long do you plan on holding your company?

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents


The bad news is that patent trolls (non-producing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the recent mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS developers.

Customer Relationships Now Drive Brand Perceptions

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank. Overall, your customers now have near-instantaneous power to hold companies and brands accountable for their words and actions.

Cap Tables Explained: Guide to Understanding Cap Tables

Board Effect

Capitalization tables—”cap tables” for those who don’t have time for extra syllables—map the balance of power in a company. In simplest terms, they track how ownership of a company is divided. Companies may use equity as an incentive when recruiting executives and board members.

Quickly Unpacking Microsoft’s Acquisition Of GitHub


Not yet profitable but invaluable to developers worldwide, the decade-old company bootstrapped, differentiated from formidable competitors GitLab and Atlassian’s BitBucket, weathered leadership upheavals, and eventually ingested lots of venture capital which helped them weather the challenges they faced. Word here is that GitHub will be afforded a similar situation within Microsoft, operating as a wholly-owned company yet still retaining its structure. Satya strikes again.

Software Patents Have Become a Startup Nightmare

Startup Professionals Musings

The bad news is that patent trolls (non-practicing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the continuing mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS developers.

9 Common Things that Stunt Business Growth (and What to Do about Them)


A major benefit of working in a digital-growth consultancy is that you see businesses across all industries and lifecycle stages try to grow their companies. I see good actions that really help a company grow but also common elements that hinder growth.

4 Ways Team Activities Can Boost Your Company Culture


by Dusty Wunderlich , founder and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings. Company culture is an elusive ideal. Our company’s leaders had an unusual source of inspiration for improving the lives of our employees: reality TV.

Software Patents are Becoming a Tax on Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

This patent holding company is charging infringement and demanding royalties from every app developer for the iPhone and Android, for a feature most agree has been in apps for many years.

5 Ways To Cut Back On Employee Health Care Costs


Hold company-wide sports games in your down time on a regular basis. Even holding a formal dance can be a fun way to socialize and exercise with employees and their friends and family. by Brian Denten, Marketing Associate for WorkZone.

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 20: Nayeem Hussain and Will Zell

Steve Blank

Your product and company vision needs to match your appetite for funding. Will Zell , co-founder and CEO of Nikola Labs wireless power company. We were portraying the company as a vent company. . Steve : And they wanted a bigger business than just a vent company.

When Products People Love Die in the Cloud

This is going to be BIG.

You bought a version that you liked and you could use it for as long as you liked regardless of what happened to the underlying company. When the company dies, the software dies. Today, one of my portfolio companies, Editorially , announced that it was shutting down. A holding company that could be the Land of Misfit toys for webapps? My dad, after a 20 year career as a New York City firefighter, went back to school and became an accountant.

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[ADV] Secured Trading In Admiral Markets


About the company. Admiral Markets is a globally recognized Forex trading platform for company meant to make currency trading all around the world more convenient and accessible. Some of the major products dealt by the company are-.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Investors will ask management what their “AI strategy” is before investing and will be wary of companies that don’t have one (Fred Wilson, USV). Many large companies will be built (Michael Wolfe, Point Nine Capital). the company raised a strong $3.3M

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Avoid the recruiting boomerang.


One of your employees is approached by an employee of a customer or of a supplier, stating that “It sure would be great to work in your company.” Let me tell you the story from one of my companies that recently learned about the recruiting boomerang the hard way.

Tips For Going Green For St. Patrick’s Day


When holding company events where food will be served, try to use reusable dishes, silverware and glasses. By Liam Supple, Product Marketing Manager, SingleFeed. There’s never been a better time to go green.

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Taking A Chance On Life


After years owning and operating my own companies, I found myself at age sixty-four in a senior executive position with a manufacturing and distribution company, doing work I liked and making a contribution. There’s an expert somewhere in the company for that.

How Finding Your Purpose Can Build Your Business


If they’re lucky, companies — like individuals — are able to step back, evaluate their role in the world, and define their very existence. My company is an intellectual property holding company, but it ultimately aims to accelerate and regulate the utilization of regenerative technology.

15 Surprising Perks Employees Love

Up and Running

When you have lunch in the office people work harder, longer, and become better friends with everyone in the company. – John Rampton, Hostt. What perks do you offer your employees to keep them happy and to create a positive company culture?

Yahoo! vs Facebook: Lame Lawsuit, Good Timing ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

holds a patent ( USPTO #7747648 ) which essentially details a system of modeling people, places, and objects within a website. The threat of disrupting a strategic inflection maximizes the power a plaintiff holds, since the defendant may be more motivated to settle regardless of the merits. And whatever esteem the broader tech world might still hold for Yahoo! It feels sad and desperate from a company that was great a long time ago. .

IP 100

3 Inefficient Operations To Clean Up In Preparation For A 2014 Boom


My own company grew from 12 employees to 60 in the span of four years, and without a thorough training program, we would have been crushed. Yet as your company grows, the need for expertise in each area grows with it, and key figures shouldn’t be stretched across multiple roles.

A Startup’s First Steps: What’s In A Name?


Historically, most bricks-and-mortar businesses were named after their founders, and large corporations often have a publicly traded parent company that holds all of the stock in many operating units that have familiar or famous names (e.g., AMR as holding company for American Airlines). Even technology companies followed this tradition in the early years; for every IBM, Intel or Microsoft there was a Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard or Wang.

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3 Compelling Product Packaging Design Strategies To Turn Millennials and Gen Z Into Zealous Advocates

crowdSPRING Blog

Method is a well-known company whose sparse, clean packaging echoes its commitment to eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Both generations factor environmental issues into their purchasing decisions and both hold companies accountable for harming the environment.

How Investors Are Increasing Their Returns Through Collaboration and Technology

David Teten

With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Mr. Parekh serves on various advisory boards of start-up internet companies.

Invest in Israel Newsletter October 2011 Edition

VC Cafe

is acquiring digital-video networking company BigBand Networks Inc. Israel Corporation is Israel’s largest holding company. Its core holdings are fertilizers and specialty chemicals, energy, shipping and transportation.

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Breaking Through the Barrier – Interview with Jack Hayhow

Life Beyond Code

Jack’s new book is all about growing companies and what they do differently. Rajesh: So, why are so few companies able to achieve significant growth? Owners of growing companies consistently do things differently than owners of companies that are languishing.

Going Global: 8 Things to Consider If You Want to Expand Your Business

Up and Running

The infrastructure, minimum capital investment required to set up a company, local workforce, available customer base, and type of company you’re looking to create can all play an important role. Today, the world is remarkably small.

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15 Famous Companies That Started As Something Much Different


These 15 famous companies did just that, all changing in dramatic ways to become totally different than their former selves. But it was established back in 1839 as the Valley Falls Company, a textile manufacturer. The company was purchased by United Technologies Corporation for $18.4

The Demise of the Mad Men

Seeing Both Sides

Advertising innovation is coming from technology-driven giants -- like Google, Microsoft and now even Apple -- as well as start-up companies that are nibbling away at the value-chain, including many of our own portfolio companies (e.g., Although many of these technology-driven companies are partnering with the major advertising agencies today, the agency CEOs at my dinner with very bearish on what the future held for the agencies and whether they would survive the New World Order.

We Still Don't "Get" China

Seeing Both Sides

Somewhat to the chagrin of the rest of the family, Tom left America for China 20 years ago to be an executive for advertising agency JWT (one of the WPP holding companies). confess to being proud of my family and so when someone in the clan writes a book, I read it with great pleasure. My brother-in-law, William Landay , recently released his third book, the crime thriller Defending Jacob , to great critical reviews and it has become a NY Times Bestseller.

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How to Start a Luxury Day Spa

Up and Running

While there are a number of chain spas, none of them hold a dominant position in the industry. Depending on the location of your spa, you may also want to consider offering services designed to appeal to corporate clients looking for fun ways to hold company events.

BoardSpring- A New Effort Promoting Board Governance Best Practices in Venture-Backed Companies

Pascal's View

Russell Garland reported in today’s VentureWire that “ Jarrett Collins, a managing director of NeoCarta Ventures, which is winding down, has launched BoardSpring to help directors of venture-backed companies learn about best practices. BoardSpring is a members-only website for executives, investors and outside individuals who serve on the boards of venture-backed companies, or work closely with them, such as chief financial officers.

The Big Start Business Plan Competition for UAE Students

Campus Entrepreneurship

When the business goes live, the successful student/s will hold the CEO position and an agreed structured shareholding in the company. Al Tamimi Investments is a dynamic, diversified holding company based in Dubai. Just learned about The Big Start Business Plan Competition for students in the United Arab Emirates. The competition is supported by Al Tamimi Investments.

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Why is Dragon Army so laser-focused on mobile?

Jeff Hilimire

I don’t have to report up to a holding company or a private equity company. I get this question all the time from friends and peers in the industry, “Why only focus on mobile? Why not have a specialty in mobile, but allow Dragon Army to do other areas of digital marketing, like social media and web development?” ” It’s a fair question. We could grow faster if we did more than just mobile, for sure. And I’m nothing if not focused on growth.

5 Core Values For The Workplace


I know companies — strong organizations — centered on these values. Once a company starts to condone lying as a matter of course, it is headed for serious trouble. In the future, companies won’t be able to exit and enter businesses as quickly as in the last decade.