December, 2017

The Early Stage Slump

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” [link]. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017. And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. The data is pretty clear.

10 Questions That Matter for Your Brand


No matter if you’re working on your personal or business brand, here are questions that matter. You need to answer these to find your story. Every time you’re thinking of building something unique or world-changing, ask yourself these questions. Your long-term vision depends on it.


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10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today

Startup Professionals Musings

I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs.

How Startups Actually Grow

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We’ve all seen the growth curve on the left – all successful startups strive for a version of one. But in reality, the notion of a smooth growth curve actually masks how most successful companies truly grow.

How To Remain Productive When You Feel Like Giving Up by Yaro Starak

Like most people, some mornings I wake up and feel less than enthusiastic about working. Sometimes, this feeling doesn’t stem from laziness or apathy, it’s a stronger power, a sense of futility and helplessness. I know a lot of people look to my story of success as a source of.

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VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”

The Equity Kicker

This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge ) shows that to get the 3-5x return that most venture capitalists target 10% of their portfolio need to return 10x+.

Cash-back App Dosh Gets $4.9 Million More in Funding


Austin-based Dosh, a cash-back app, just raised $4.9 million in venture funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has raised $18.4 million to date in seed-stage funding and is preparing to raise more money early next year for a Series A round, according to a spokeswoman. Goodwater Capital led […]. The post Cash-back App Dosh Gets $4.9 Million More in Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Tone down your AI expectations

deal architect

We have had many previous hype cycles around AI. As I wrote in Silicon Collar : “Since the 1950s! That is when Alan Turing defined his famous test to measure a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to that. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar


How Fresh Graduates Can Build A Tech Career


by Nikhita Elizabeth Cyriac, Head of Talent Acquisition, ThoughtWorks. Encouraging and supporting a career in tech continues to be a key focus in Singapore, with the government announcing a $120m fund to prepare and develop Singapore talent for 30,000 new ICT jobs by 2020.

So, your boss’s boss walks into your office and changes your roadmap…

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jessica Waite (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Radhika Nayak]. So, your boss’s boss walks into your office and changes your roadmap…. No, this is not a bad joke. As a product manager you prep, plan and execute.

19 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

To Raise a Venture Round These Days, You Need To Be a Little Crazy

Hunter Walker

None of our portfolio companies seeking additional dollars in 2017 had a “standard” venture fundraise. You know, the one where you advise the company “plan to take 2-3 months to get one or more term sheets and then another month to close.” ” Zero.

Five Tech Events to Attend in San Antonio in December


Things are getting jolly in San Antonio for the tech industry for the month of December. Codeup is having a Demo Day. Capital Factory is taking a road trip to Geekdom and Joshua Baer is hosting an Intro to Fundraising in Texas panel. There’s Tech Bloc’s holiday party and Bunker Labs’ San Antonio ribbon cutting […]. The post Five Tech Events to Attend in San Antonio in December appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

Decision Making

Babbling VC

There is a problem in most organisations that teams want to generally be in agreement when making decisions. I think this is a mistake. I was pleasantly surprised when recently reading a Jeff Bezos investor letter where he specifically alluded to this issue.



by Bill Lewis, co-founder at Temasys Communications.

How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors

For Entrepreneurs

I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently mis-executed. I get the sense they are often included as a formality in an attempt to get VCs to check a mental box and continue on hearing about other. Getting Funded Startup Help Business Model Funding SaaS TAM TAM slide Total Addressable Market Venture capital

Adopting Kai

Jeff Hilimire

On this blog, I mostly write about my entrepreneurial journey. But today, I’m excited to share an article that my wife had published on a terrific adoption blog! In the article, she talks about adopting our youngest child, Kai, from China, and the medical conditions that he (and we) deal with on a daily basis. It’s wonderfully written (if I do say so myself) and I wanted to share with you in case adoption is somewhere in your path. Plus, I wanted to brag :).

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Katie Couric Just Broke Her Silence on Matt Lauer--and Taught a Major Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

Faced with a harsh accusation, the world-famous journalist responded with class, self-respect, and extraordinary emotional intelligence.


Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Engineers are becoming the new farmers, according to Robyn Metcalfe, founder, and director of Food+City at the University of Texas at Austin. In a movement Metcalfe labels “Fab to Table,” she sees a food revolution going on right now that will lead to more personalized food products […]. The post Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Ideas to Invoices Podcast

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10 Strategies For Leaders To Drive Disruptive Change

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution.

3 Key Steps To Successful Customer Onboarding And Technology Adoption


by Allison Yount, Director of Customer Success at Scout RFP. Customer happiness is the lifeblood of any business — after all, happy customers mean lower churn rates, increased word-of-mouth marketing, a boost for internal morale, and so much more.

10 Tips for Successfully Re-Launching Your Website

Duct Tape Marketing

10 Tips for Successfully Re-Launching Your Website written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. An outdated website sends a message that you aren’t up on the latest trends. There comes a time when every business needs to revamp and re-launch for maximum impact.

Dragon Army’s Purpose is to Inspire Happiness

Jeff Hilimire

How about this for bold: I’m on a journey to create the world’s best company. . Not the biggest. Not the most profitable. Not the most famous. The best. To me, “best” means a company that creates a positive force in the world. A company that enables people to be the very best versions of themselves. A company that has a heart for helping the community. A company that makes decisions based on morality and a clean conscience.

The 70-20-10 Rule

Inc Startups

A simple principle for managing scarce resources. Innovate

12 of the Best Austin Tech Events to Attend in December


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin is shining brightly in the month of December with all kinds of great events to put knowledge into your noggin. But it’s also a time to have fun and celebrate our successes, which is why we invite you to our 2018 Austin Tech Calendar Party on […]. The post 12 of the Best Austin Tech Events to Attend in December appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Buying Your Way Into Entrepreneurship: What You Need to Know

Up and Running

Entrepreneurship. Startup. These are buzzwords for many Americans that aspire to start a business of their own—and there are indeed many. In fact, the 2016 Kaufman Index on Startup Activity reported that 550,000 new businesses are started every month in America.

Quick Ways To Make Money Whilst Studying At University


When you’re busy studying away at university, finding efficient but quick ways to make a little money can be difficult. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.

The Future of Workin an automated world

deal architect

This time, last year I felt very lonely. In writing Silicon Collar, I was one of the few voices who is not pessimistic about automation killing masses of jobs. I kept getting asked, how can you ignore the rapid pace. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar


This is what leaders should strive to create

Jeff Hilimire

~ from the book Everybody Matters. I’m on a mission with Dragon Army to create a company that exists to create as much fulfillment, value, and happiness in our team members as possible.


Employees Trust Bosses That Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits

Inc Startups

Countless studies have confirmed that trust is the one human behavior you cannot afford not to have for your business to profit.

DivInc Spotlights Austin’s Diverse Tech Founders at its Third Demo Day


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin’s rare snow and ice storm didn’t stop the tech community from turning out at DivInc’s Demo Day at Google’s Austin downtown office Friday night. The night shined a spotlight on women and minority tech founders who are launching startups in Austin. “It’s It’s about startups. It is […]. The post DivInc Spotlights Austin’s Diverse Tech Founders at its Third Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Introducing TNW X: Your ultimate tech ecosystem matchmaker

The Next Web

TNW has always been about promoting innovation. Be it through our media platform, or our conference, if there’s a red thread that runs throughout all our endeavors, it’s the idea that innovation and technology will lead to a better society.

Six Ways To End The Last Quarter Strong To Meet Revenue Goals


by Angela Leavitt, founder of Mojo Marketing. The end of the year is approaching but many businesses have yet to meet their end-of-year revenue goals. If you’re like many business owners or sales leaders, you may be sweating.

5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

VC Cafe

In my last post, I covered 5 tech trends that shaped 2017 including the proliferation of AI, Blockchain and crypto currencies the growing dominance of GAFAM, etc. Below, I cover the trends that. This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the website and more! In my last post, I covered 5 tech trends that shaped 2017 including the proliferation of AI, Blockchain and crypto currencies the growing dominance of GAFAM, etc.