January, 2020

7 Key Strategies To Ensure Long-Term Customer Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience working with entrepreneurs, once they feel they have a winning formula for their business, they are often hesitant to change or update it. They forget that adapting their company and themselves as their customers evolve is the key to long-term survival.

Microsoft Retail vertical - it's like navigating an unfamiliar retail store

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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft kicked off NRF 2020 Vision, the annual retail industry mega event in New York yesterday. He had some great sound bites "There’s death, there’s taxes and there’s ever-increasing online advertising spend. There’s not much we. Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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Which Markets Are the Most And Least Served by Seed Investors?

View from Seed

About a year ago, my partner David Beisel talked about how seed fundraising is no longer a local game , and that the best entrepreneurs seek out the best investors for them outside of their home market.

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How To Survive The Loss Of A Main Customer

YoungUpstarts

by Zain Jaffer, serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Zain Ventures. Running a small business can come with a slew of challenges. Among the list: the loss of a major client. In many cases, this scenario is inevitable and difficult to prevent.

Traditional Public Relations Can Be The Key to Business Success

Rembrandt Communications

Do you use these basic PR activities for successful results? Social media, text messaging, blogs, podcasts, videos… the list of digital communication tools is constantly growing.

Starmazon or Amabucks

Feld Thoughts

Why doesn’t Amazon acquire Starbucks? Starbucks has one thing Amazon doesn’t have – over 30,000 physical locations. Sure, Amazon owns Whole Foods, which has about 350 physical locations, but they are large food distribution facilities (e.g.

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10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Enhance Their Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Most new entrepreneurs don’t anticipate the learning burden of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top.

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Being A Pro

View from Seed

One of the fun books I read last year was “Paper Tiger” by Tom Coyne. I love to play golf, and Tom did what many golfers dream about – he devoted 100% of his life for 2 years to get as good as he possibly can and tried to make it on a pro tour. The book is a light-hearted, enjoyable read. But one thing that stuck out to me was his description of playing in mini-tour events in Florida.

10 Ways To Identify Opportunists, Time Wasters, & B *s

YoungUpstarts

by Jack Colton, founder of SilentRich.com. Normally we can keep our guard up against obvious e-mail scams and get rich schemes. We’re smart after all.

5 Quick And Effective Marketing Tactics To Grow Your SMB In 2020

YFS Magazine

Take a closer look at these proven marketing and branding opportunities to learn how each tactic works and why it makes sense for your business. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing tips online marketing

Present From The Head Of The Table

Feld Thoughts

I’ve noticed a degradation in presentation styles when displaying slides on a screen. This is starting to become a pet peeve of mine, so feel free to ignore me or tell me to get over myself if you disagree with this advice.

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10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Assure Happiness In 2020

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to another challenging new year ahead! You’ve probably already made your resolutions for 2020, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your chosen business lifestyle.

Innovation Season

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My innovation blog, New Florence will celebrate its 15th birthday this March. It will have clocked over 6,500 posts. I recently looked at various patterns on that blog. Innovation stories and news ebb and flow from different industries and geographies. Industry Commentary Innovative Business Uses of Technology

How to Scale Organic Traffic (Without Writing a Million Blog Posts)

ConversionXL

In-house SEOs and consultants alike are routinely challenged to find new opportunities to expand organic traffic. But the classic approach of researching new keywords then writing articles for those that match your domain strength doesn’t work for all sites. Take Quora, for example.

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Workplace Safety- 4 Tips To Keep Your Office Safe

YoungUpstarts

When you run a business, it’s your job to ensure your employees are taken care of. Health and safety should be a main focus for the business, particularly workplace safety. If you’re looking to make your office a safer place to work, below you’ll discover 4 tips that can help.

What Is Customer Service?

YFS Magazine

Examine your systems and processes to ensure they are focused on providing what matters most to your customers. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer satisfaction

Simply Begin Again

Feld Thoughts

Public Service Announcement: According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the American Astronomical Society, and the US Naval Observatory, today is not the beginning of a new decade. Rather, that would be 1/1/21. If you write software, you’ll recognize that it’s a classic fencepost error. If you are a philosophy major like Amy, you’ll tell me that a decade is “any ten year period of time, starting whenever you want it to.” ” Regardless, happy Julien New Year.

8 New Ways To Focus On Customers For Trust And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I find that I often have to remind them that the world of customers has changed since they started their last business.

2020s - Embracing Complexity in Enterprise Tech

deal architect

I wrote couple of weeks ago about missed opportunities in the 2010s in enterprise software and in outsourcing. That backlog did not disappear - it has created even more opportunity for this decade. However, as I caught up on my

16 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Make Bold Decisions

Hearpreneur

Entrepreneurship and decision making go hand-in-hand. Some decisions like firing employees require boldness which is not always a walk in the park. The decisions you make can make or break the future of a business hence due diligence is necessary before making bold decisions.

2 Real Time-Saving Hacks That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

The internet is full of articles about hacks; life hacks, time-saving hacks and more. However, if you are in business, these 2 tips could transform your working day, reduce stress and increase your productivity dramatically. Speed-reading.

5 Life and Business Resolutions Worth Keeping In 2020

YFS Magazine

If you're considering priorities for the year and need a fresh dose of inspiration, keep these resolutions in mind. Lead goal setting leadership New Year Resolutions personal development personal growth

The Future Of Work Is Distributed

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been a remote worker for 24 years. While I have an office in Boulder, I’m physically in my office for a small amount of time. For many years, this was a function of travel. My investments have always been geographically distributed across the US and I spent the majority of my time between Monday and Friday on the road. I learned how to work in hotel rooms, in other people’s offices, in conference rooms, at coffee shops, and in houses (mine and friends.)

8 Key Business Elements Set Startup Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round.

The Easiest Way to Bring Diversity to Venture Capital: Raise the SEC's LP Count Limit

This is going to be BIG.

Raising a venture capital fund is hard enough. You’re going around to a bunch of people trying to convince them that you have what it takes to pick the big winners in a sea of aspirational companies that are destined for the scrap heap.

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26 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated

Hearpreneur

When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

Cash Crunch? 5 Unconventional Ways To Fund Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

by Daniel Pigg , director of business engagement and an instructor at Indiana State University. Would you bet money on an inexperienced horse? Few people would. Yet despite an unproven track record, first-time entrepreneurs consistently seek funding.

3 Undeniable Truths About Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart or the uninspired. Plan Entrepreneurship entrepreneurship culture recommended starting a business startup lessons

Frog in a Blender

Feld Thoughts

The phrase “frog in a blender” was in my head all afternoon. Earlier in the day, one of my partners described a situation as the cliche-ish “ boil a frog slowly ” and I responded with “We’d all be better off if we just put the frog in a blender.”

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5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today.

4 Unique Growth Tactics for 2020

ReadWriteStart

Marketing tactics change constantly. Each year new tactics become more impactful, and old ones fade into obscurity. Sticking to the same tactics is stale for your current customers and potential customers, too.

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15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Are Bold in Business

Hearpreneur

You’ve probably heard that you have to be bold to be a successful business owner. You have to be daring enough that means you’re willing to take the risks and make firm decisions.

Setting Yourself Up For Success: Tips For Small Business Owners

YoungUpstarts

Did you know that only about half of all small businesses are still open at the 5-year mark? About 80% make it through the first year, but after that, success rates decline sharply.

What I Wish I’d Known About Networking From Day One

YFS Magazine

I never thought I’d be telling anyone how attending hundreds of networking events has enriched both my career and personal life exponentially. Editor Picks Lead networking networking events professional networking recommended

My January Holiday Vacation Reading

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I didn’t feel like taking a Christmas or New Year’s vacation this year so we just hung around Boulder, worked, and did our thing. We then decamped to Mexico last week for warmth, sun, beach, and books.

10 Goodwill Elements To Raise Your Business Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Valuing a business based on assets and financial performance is a well-understood process, but every investor knows the real value goes well beyond these parameters, either higher or lower.

Why We Shouldn’t Be In Love With Startups 

ReadWriteStart

We all love a good story, especially those that involve rags-to-riches path. We love the zero-to-unicorn stories of Microsoft, Facebook and Uber.