November, 2017

Location, Location, Location

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally. The younger the startup business, the more that is true.

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Brittleness comes from “One Thing”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’re tired of hearing how small software companies usually fail. The data show that the two most common causes are: (1) Product isn’t useful to enough people, and (2) Problems with the team.

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6 Lessons From Navy SEALs For New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

You have to be extra tough mentally to start a new business venture.

Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors

Steve Blank

This article first appeared on the Harvard Business Review blog. Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years. He radically transformed the company from a classic conglomerate that did everything to one that focused on its core industrial businesses. He sold off slower-growth, low-tech, and nonindustrial businesses — financial services, media, entertainment, plastics, and appliances. He doubled GE’s investment in R&D.

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What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.

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8 Creativity Traits That Will Improve Your Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new venture is all about being creative, not just in the initial solution, but in tackling the daily challenges of every new and innovative business. In my role as business advisor, I find too many people still looking for the right answers in the back of the book.

Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

Feld Thoughts

The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together. Amy and I have been supporters of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since we started our relationship in 1990. So has my partner Seth and his wife Greeley, who is currently a trustee on the TNC Colorado board.

Want To Accelerate Small Business Growth? Then Turn To The Cloud.


by Zakir Ahmed, General Manager of Asia at Oracle NetSuite. Started by a young entrepreneurial couple, Haresh and Dolly Balani, Treknology 3 set up its first small bicycle concept store in Singapore almost 30 years ago.

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A disturbing item in my morning tech news feed.

47 Hats

It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week. For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot bigger than “shares” As founder/CEO Henry Ward points out in this post , the opportunity is to build the ownership graph: If you drill far enough into the ownership graph, through the pensions and real-estate trusts and all the shared ownership vehicles, you eventually get to a person.

The moment of integrity

David Cohen

I was on a panel at FounderCon last week with Noah Pittard from Cooley and Service Provider Capital. Something Noah said on that panel was so insightful that it really stuck with me.

How To Get A Response To Your Cold Email

YFS Magazine

When you write cold emails with the intention of getting a response, you are helping your future email deliverability. Here's how to get started. Grow Marketing & Sales cold emails communiations email communication email etiquette email marketing

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Top 5 Traits That Make Veterans Great Entrepreneurs­­

Up and Running

For many years, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were successful at starting and growing small businesses. In fact, almost 50 percent of veterans owned a business after World War II. But today, veteran entrepreneurship is on the decline.

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Why Your Next Startup Should Be In Insurance


by Celina Kirchner, full-stack attorney at Michelman & Robinson, LLP. Yep, you read that title right. Insurance is the next big industry due for a disruption. And with that I know just what your thinking: insurance = SNORE.

8 Ways That Creating A New Business Helps Your Career

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the many professionals still trapped between jobs by circumstances outside your control, or are about to dump the loser job you have now, you should be actively defining and starting your own business, in parallel with looking for that ideal job.

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My Advice for StartUps Looking to do Business in China

The Startup Magazine

I run a consultancy where I advise organisations on commissioning artists – often within new build projects but also exhibitions and cultural strategy across the UK and China. Businesses are often curious about how to work with artists.

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Opcity Moves Into New Headquarters in Southeast Austin Amid Major Expansion


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Opcity’s staff moved this week into new headquarters at the Bergstrom Tech Center in Southeast Austin. The high-tech company occupies 50,000 square feet in Building 312, a two-story, glass and brick building built in 1985 for Lockheed Martin. “We We wanted a big home for our headquarters,” said […]. The post Opcity Moves Into New Headquarters in Southeast Austin Amid Major Expansion appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite 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.

No Shelf Life: Why Selling Insurance May Be Right for You

Up and Running

They say that some people are born entrepreneurs. While this is certainly true, there are also lots of us who know we have the drive and skills to run our own business if we could just decide on the right product or service to offer.

Why Most Partnerships Fail! And Steps to Prevent Failure…


by Soulaima Gourani , founder and CEO of Tradeconductor. Are you or your company going into strategic partnerships with other people or companies?

7 Keys To Market Growth - Think Global, But Act Local

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 1

deal architect

My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Tiff’s Treats Lands $25 Million in Funding


Austin’s homegrown fresh baked cookie delivery company, Tiff’s Treats just closed on $25 million in funding to accelerate its national expansion. Tiff’s Treats, started by former University of Texas at Austin students Leon and Tiffany Chen in 1999, now has more than 700 employees at 34 stores in Texas and Atlanta. They will soon open […]. The post Tiff’s Treats Lands $25 Million in Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Thinkers50 2017 Ranking: Spot the BoS Speakers

Business of Software Blog

The Biennial Thinkers50 2017 ranking was announced last night, and we were not at all surprised to see some familiar faces make the top 50. The Thinkers50 identify, rank, and share the leading management ideas of the moment.

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Agile in the Real World

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Addi Regev, lead a conversation around “Agile in the Real World”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

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Referrals 101: Five Easy Tips To Help You Network And Discover Top Talent


by Scott Wintrip, author of “ High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant “. Word of mouth is a powerful and often overlooked way to find great talent and fill open positions in your small business.

9 Sources Of Inspiration To Make Your Idea A Winner

Startup Professionals Musings

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the inspiration to drive a great business is a lot harder to find. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I often get asked for next sure-fire idea.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 3

deal architect

My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Industry Commentary

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Rollick Outdoor Lands $5.6 Million in Funding to Market Motorcycles, RVs, Boats and More Online


Rollick Outdoor announced Wednesday that it has raised $5.6 million in seed stage funding. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to build an online marketing platform aimed at RV and boat retailers. It is launching in select markets including central Texas this year. It plans to use the funds to hire sales and […]. The post Rollick Outdoor Lands $5.6 Million in Funding to Market Motorcycles, RVs, Boats and More Online appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Business of Software Blog

The Startup Way. Our London event with Eric Ries, November 15th, 6-9pm , will sell out today. He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation.

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48in48 NYC 2017 in Pictures

Jeff Hilimire

We just finished our 7th overall (!!!) and 2nd in New York City 48in48 event – where we build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours with 100+ volunteers – and it was incredible! Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort since Adam and I started it in 2015.

This National Entrepreneurship Month, Listen And Learn With These Bestselling Audiobooks


by Christine Correia, Are you brimming with bright ideas, but unsure of how to proceed next? You are not alone. Often times, entrepreneurs excel at innovation and creativity, but fall short on leadership and organizational skills.

6 Strategies To Optimize Self-Leadership For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs in business, one of the biggest failures I see is a lack of self-leadership. You can’t lead a business to success, if you can’t lead yourself.

20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Growthink Blog

Below are our top 20 reasons why you need a business plan. Reference our proven business plan template to most quickly and easily complete your plan. To prove that you’re serious about your business.