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. Go beyond loyalty expectations, and you can turn loyal customers into passionate advocates who actively recommend your company to others. Lasting change requires a sincere examination and adjustment of the goals and priorities that have led companies astray in the first place. Brands are people first.

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.

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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 Clutter.io

Can your employees recruit from a customer or supplier?

Berkonomics

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.” I will never deal with your company again!” The recruitment traps.

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

YoungUpstarts

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. Given that reality, it is imperative for S-Corp – along with other passthrough entities, such as limited liability companies and partnerships – to carefully consider the plusses and minuses of both scenarios.

California’s New Privacy Act Puts the Crunch on Small Businesses

The Startup Magazine

Consumers should feel better about their privacy and the stringent rules that hold companies responsible for protecting their personal information. And most of the big tech enterprise companies should be fine, too.

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

Hippoland

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. Most people wonder how Dave McClure can be all over the world and help his companies? 500 is actually much more akin to a holding company with different businesses , because we have multiple arms that have different revenue streams.

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. Go beyond loyalty expectations, and you can turn loyal customers into passionate advocates who actively recommend your company to others. Lasting change requires a sincere examination and adjustment of the goals and priorities that have led companies astray in the first place. Brands are people first.

SEC Fines and Libra Woes

thebarefootvc

This past week, two companies within the token ecosystem announced settlements with the SEC. Neither of the companies who settled admitted fault, but both have paid fines. While regulation is certainly here for crypto, the SEC appears to be making good on its claim that it wants to support innovation while holding companies to current laws. The SEC has been pursuing enforcement action for the past couple of years in wake of the ICO boom and bust of 2017.

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

Startup Professionals Musings

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

How Brand Safety Can Make or Break Your Brand

The Startup Magazine

It is a world where if your brand is even associated—without you knowing—the entire company can come crumbling down. This is where brand safety really comes into play for companies. Because at the end of the day, consumers hold companies accountable for their marketing and can easily lose their trust in you for being associated with other brands in the wrong way. Welcome to 2020—the decade where your brand and what it represents has never been more important.

4 Ways Team Activities Can Boost Your Company Culture

YoungUpstarts

by Dusty Wunderlich , founder and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings. Company culture is an elusive ideal. Even once you’ve managed to establish an idea of what you want your company’s culture to be, it’s easy for that idea to turn stale without applying consistent, creative work to maintain it. Our company’s leaders had an unusual source of inspiration for improving the lives of our employees: reality TV.

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

ConversionXL

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.

5 Ways To Cut Back On Employee Health Care Costs

YoungUpstarts

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. While some medical expenses are unavoidable, your employees owe it to themselves and to the company, if the company is providing health care insurance or savings accounts, to be as healthy as can be. by Brian Denten, Marketing Associate for WorkZone.

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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. Go beyond loyalty expectations, and you can turn loyal customers into passionate advocates who actively recommend your company to others. Lasting change requires a sincere examination and adjustment of the goals and priorities that have led companies astray in the first place. Brands are people first.

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

Tips For Going Green For St. Patrick’s Day

YoungUpstarts

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. Global warming is our reality, and planet Earth’s resources are being consumed by a swelling population. Waste is piling up. Join the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and wear something green – and consider the following tips to make sure your business is green too: 1.

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[ADV] Secured Trading In Admiral Markets

YoungUpstarts

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. Founded in the year 2001 under the Admiral Markets trademark, the company expanded its range and reach to become the leading service providers in online currency trading. It is a global holding company, the subsidiaries of which provide facilities for trading currencies, stocks, metals, etc.

Taking A Chance On Life

YoungUpstarts

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. Expanding and adding to that firm, Thompson created a financial services holding company that operated in several states plus Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and England.

How Finding Your Purpose Can Build Your Business

YoungUpstarts

If they’re lucky, companies — like individuals — are able to step back, evaluate their role in the world, and define their very existence. By implementing this objective through your company’s offering, you can add value to the community and establish the service your company provides the public. My company is an intellectual property holding company, but it ultimately aims to accelerate and regulate the utilization of regenerative technology.

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

Gust

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

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. A lot of companies, like Lodsys above, buy up software patents that are over-broad, and hold startups hostage, after the fact, through royalties and litigation.

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. .

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

YoungUpstarts

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. The key to spotting and eliminating these inefficiencies lies in monitoring your company’s progress and identifying potential issues early. by Tim Edwards , CEO of NSR.

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. He previously founded N&N Investments LLC, a real estate investment holding company; and is a program leader and fellow of the Startup Leadership Program. . 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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Avoid the recruiting boomerang.

Berkonomics

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.” You should be clear from the start that no one at your company may offer a job to any current employee of a stakeholder – a customer, a partner in development or in distribution, or of a supplier. Let me tell you the story from one of my companies that recently learned about the recruiting boomerang the hard way.

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. Cap tables list a company’s authorized and outstanding shares, the parties to which those shares have been assigned, and the various metrics relevant to managing them. But companies and their executives aren’t the only parties interested in the upkeep of a neat and accurate cap table.

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). While the terms AI and ML get thrown around readily, the companies that truly apply Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Deep Learning have the potential to address problems that were unsolvable before.

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.

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. Sure we provide benefits and hold company retreats, but they were most appreciative of the information that allowed them to be the agents of their own financial wellbeing. – David Hassell, 15Five. What perks do you offer your employees to keep them happy and to create a positive company culture?

15 Famous Companies That Started As Something Much Different

YoungUpstarts

These 15 famous companies did just that, all changing in dramatic ways to become totally different than their former selves. Multinational conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway is best known for its control investor, Warren Buffett, who has grown the company by investing not just in stocks, but in entire companies. But it was established back in 1839 as the Valley Falls Company, a textile manufacturer. Wrigley Company.

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. Michael was the lead research analyst for the IPOs of Internet companies like UUNET, Yahoo!, eBay, DoubleClick, Webex, Real Networks, Exodus, Equinix, amongst many other pioneering companies, as well as covering companies like America Online and Netscape.

I‘ve founded and run marketing agencies for 20 years, I’m running one now, and yet I hate the agency industry. Here’s what I’m doing about it.

Jeff Hilimire

There are real reasons that agencies are difficult companies to run. Additionally, at an agency it’s hard to feel like there is a real purpose to what you’re doing, because in a sense you’re helping other companies fulfill their purpose. Parent-company structures.

Invest in Israel Newsletter October 2011 Edition

VC Cafe

is acquiring digital-video networking company BigBand Networks Inc. The Cerro del Aguila power station, located in Tayacaja Province in central Peru, in March signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Peru’s government-owned electricity company, which will come into effect when the power station is completed in the second half of 2015. Israel Corporation is Israel’s largest holding company.

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.

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

Gust

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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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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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. Recently, hair company Clairol promoted their “Mist Stick” to the German market. If a local employee has a vested interest in the company, they are arguably more inclined to assist with introductions than they are likely to hire a translator.

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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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5 Core Values For The Workplace

YoungUpstarts

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. Perseverance presupposes confidence, and few companies can match Xerox for its sense of confidence and determination. In the future, companies won’t be able to exit and enter businesses as quickly as in the last decade. By Robert L.

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

YoungUpstarts

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. Perseverance presupposes confidence, and few companies can match Xerox for its sense of confidence and determination. In the future, companies won’t be able to exit and enter businesses as quickly as in the last decade. By Robert L.