August, 2017

Founder Friendly

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate ourselves and our firms to the entrepreneurs who will decide who gets to invest in their companies and who does not.

Introducing NextView III and Our Focus on the Everyday Economy

View from Seed

What will the future hold? It’s a question every VC asks themselves and the entrepreneurs they invest in. Some conclude that certain sectors or technologies — like AI, blockchain, VR — will define the next decade.

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Working Outside the Tech Bubble

Steve Blank

Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble. —– We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class.

Why Meritocracy Doesn’t Work

Grasshopper Herder

The anti-diversity manifesto written by a mystery Googler has put a spotlight on diversity efforts in the tech industry. Anti-diversity proponents say that meritocracy justifies the lack of diversity in tech. But the real question is: Does meritocracy work?

How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Up and Running

I’ve had a 30-year love-hate relationship with mission statements. I’ve read thousands. I love it when a mission statement defines a business so well that it feels like strategy —which does happen—and I hate it when a mission statement is generic, stale, and completely useless.

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You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview story. It’s worth a listen. Listen to the entire interview here : Or listen to just parts of the interview: 3:29 Entrepreneurs make their own luck.

Evolving our investment strategy

The Equity Kicker

This is a long post (1,900 words). For those of you who are time poor here’s the tltr: Forward Partners operates a focused investment strategy because it helps us make better investment decisions and provide better support to our companies.

6 Traits to Look for When Choosing a Business Partner

Up and Running

When you’re passionate about something and deeply committed to seeing it succeed, it can be hard to share control. However, you’ve probably already realized that when it comes to launching your new business, the “if you want it done right, do it yourself” approach can only get you so far.

Stop Thinking And Acting Local: Small Businesses Seeking Growth Should See Themselves As Global Enterprises

YoungUpstarts

By Dr. Karen M. Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. Billionaire Bill Gates once said that to win big, sometimes you need to take big risks [1].

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

Here at The Startup Magazine , we don’t typically “do” press releases, but occasionally an item comes to us that warrants including it in the magazine.

7 Reasons To Start A New Focus On Inbound Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business I know is intimately familiar with outbound marketing, or pushing your message out to customers through email, newspaper, and television advertising. Only a few really understand the process and value of inbound marketing, for pulling customers to your brand.

Announcing K9 Ventures III, L.P. – A $42M technology-focused Pre-Seed fund

K9 Ventures

42: The Answer to the ultimate fund size? Those of you who have read or watched the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are aware of the pop culture meme around the number 42. Yes, 42: The answer to life, the Universe, and everything.

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What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck?

Gust

So you’ve developed a game-changing product, formed a business with a killer team, quit your job, and are rolling the product out to market. Your business is the next unicorn, and all is good in the world. Fantastic. Now only one thing is inhibiting your company’s growth: you have no money. For many founders of high-growth startups, bootstrapping has limits. Read more >. The post What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded

Up and Running

While there’s a certain cachet that comes with being able to say you raised a round of funding for your startup, realize that it’s a lot of hard work to actually secure venture capital (VC) funding , and there are reasons you might not want to.

The #1 Mistake That Entrepreneurs Continue To Make And How To Avoid It

YoungUpstarts

by Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of BELAY. Entrepreneurs are an interesting bunch.

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.

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7 Tips On Following The Triple Bottom Line To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s always been tough to start a new business, even when the bottom line was just making a profit to stay alive. A few years ago, a second focus of sustainability (“green”) was added as a requirement for respectability. Now I almost always hear a third mandate - social responsibility.

A more realistic, less alarmist Oxford study on automation and jobs

deal architect

In my book, Silicon Collar and in several blogs I have critiqued the 2013 study by two Oxford researchers which reached this alarmist conclusion about the impact of modern day machines on jobs: “According to our estimates, about 47% of. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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How to win the SEO game when you don’t have time to play it

The Next Web

SEO — or search engine optimization — is, like many things, too often taken for granted. The subtle nuances of SEO are often ignored with businesses all over the world incorrectly choosing to ignore SEO opportunities on a regular basis.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

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Use These Two Methods To Create Constructive Competition For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. One of the best ways for your business to increase savings is to foster competition.

Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Inc Startups

Greater happiness can be found in unexpected ways. Science says so.

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

eCommerce Link Building Guide For Startups

The Startup Magazine

Learn how to build a foundation of authority for your startup eCommerce website using tried and true white-hat link building tactics. About the Tactic. Links are integral to your success with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Oracle Cloud Apps 13: A pivot point?

deal architect

Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13 – its bi-annual cloud applications release – announced this week solidifies the company’s position as the industry’s broadest suite – across ERP, HCM, CRM and SCM domains. Oracle has been at work on this for. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Quote

Hearpreneur

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.

An Open Approach To Big Data – Driving Transformative Change In The Pharmaceuticals Sector

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Bissell and Calvin Hoon, Talend. Big pharma has long focused on the lucrative business of drug development, supported by armies of sales people deployed to persuade physicians to choose its medicines. But emerging digital technologies are reshaping the landscape.

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Stephen Curry Reacted to Under Armour CEO's Resignation From Trump Council With Deft Intelligence (and All in Emojis)

Inc Startups

Sometimes, a CEO needs to know his superstars back him.

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7 Keys To Building Good Habits And Happiness At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Are you one of those people who believe that happiness at work is an oxymoron? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink your perspective, and perhaps start enjoying work for a change.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. What I also often find is inexperience.

3 Tips for a Strong Startup Company Culture

Up and Running

At BarBend , we like to think we know a thing or two about building strong, healthy bodies—and as a newer business, we’re also interested in creating a strong and healthy company culture.

The Rise of Intelligent Assistants

VC Cafe

I embarked on a 30 day blogging challenge to restore my childlike curiosity for writing (more about it here ). Please sign up to my newsletter to receive the latest updates. This is day nine. Today I’d like to cover Intelligent Assistants.

Debunking The Biggest Myths Of Hiring: Four Faulty Beliefs That Could Be Hindering Your Company’s Selection Process 

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Wintrip, author of “ High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant “ There’s a shortage of skilled workers across all industries in the country.

Blockchain Is Now Aiming To Disrupt Social Networks In A Major Way

Inc Startups

Recent news of Bitcoin going over $4300 helped highlight an Ethereum based platform aiming to disrupt social networks. Technology