November, 2018

A Great Example of A Professor’s Involvement With A Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

I received a Silicon Flatirons email from Phil Weiser this morning in his role as Silicon Flatirons Founder and Executive Director. My partners and I, especially Jason Mendelson, have been very involved with Silicon Flatirons over the past decade. I have a chapter in Startup Communities that uses CU Boulder – and specifically Silicon Flatirons – as an example of a much better way than the traditional approach (circa 2012) for a university to engage with the startup community.

6 Steps To Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Today, in this age of pervasive social media and two-way communication, the focus needs to get beyond demographics into personalities.

How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows

Steve Blank

I know a change is going to come. If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change. I’ve seen these transitions as an investor, board member and CEO.

The Future of Work: a Rural Sourcing perspective

deal architect

There are lots of trends converging to influence the workforce and workplace of tomorrow. I have written about new job titles as automation influences every profession, new co-working sites, the demography in booming small towns. I thought it would be

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Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?

Berkonomics

So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature. Here’s a thought for you to recall later when and if the event happens. Remember those who got you there.

Techpreneur and Developer Behind World’s First AI-Powered Design Tool for Presentations

Hearpreneur

Artificial intelligence is a game changer and will continue to influence how we do things. San Francisco-based Beautiful.AI , a first-of-its-kind tool that applies artificial intelligence to automate the design process, has just released new product features to help SMBs create modern, clean and professionally designed slides in minutes. New features include: animation, audio, auto-advance, Easy come, easy go (back) and Revision History.

Unintended Consequences of the Upcoming Drone Apocolypse

Feld Thoughts

On Monday, I wrote a post titled Look Up and Don’t Give Up that included the 2:48-second video of a mama bear and her cub struggling across a steep cliff covered with snow. 20+ million people have also looked at it and, I expect, found inspiration from it as I did.

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Designing the Ideal Board Meeting – The Board Meeting

VC Adventure

This is the 4th post in my Designing the Ideal Board Meetin g series. I hope this series so far has helped you think a bit differently about how you approach the lead-up to your board meetings.

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SAP and Qualtrics: Experiences matter, but how much?

deal architect

My daughter, Rita is about to embark on what she calls a Gap Quarter. I don’t want to steal her thunder as she plans to blog about it but it is a play on a Gap Year and what us

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When Is An Idea Just An Idea?

YoungUpstarts

by Georgianna W. Oliver, founder of tour24. Entrepreneurs are funny people. They are problem solvers, and are everywhere in every walk-of-life! They are engineers, computer scientists, doctors, detectives, teachers, parents, politicians, and even your barista or Uber driver.

Start With an Initial Assessment

Up and Running

Get all your ducks in a row with an initial assessment of your business opportunity. This article is part of our Business Planning Guide —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Start your business planning with a quick assessment.

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Nobody Reads Powerpoints

Babbling VC

Bear with me as many generalisations are to follow. . . via GIPHY. Nobody reads Powerpoints anyway!" I heard this from a business acquaintance recently and was initially taken aback by that comment.

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5 Barriers To Wise Delegation In Business Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

I often wonder how many more startups would succeed if their founders could master the art and science of delegation. It seems inherent in the mind of most first-time entrepreneurs that it was their idea, and they must do all the work themselves to make it happen.

Seth Levine’s Designing the Ideal Board Meeting Blog Series

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine is writing a blog series on Designing the Ideal Board Meeting. Seth and I have each attended over 27,367 board meetings. Ok, I don’t know the actual number, but it’s a lot. We’ve both been on good boards and bad boards. Boards that have helped companies and boards that have sunk companies. Boards that know how to resolve conflict and boards that have multiple passive-aggressive actors engaged in a complex dance that serves no one, especially the company.

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Plex: The Past, Present and Future of Manufacturing

deal architect

Plex hosted its annual Future of Manufacturing Roundtable in Michigan last week. I was actually as excited about the past and present of manufacturing I saw during the visit. They hosted a dinner at a Birmingham restaurant which used to

7 Mistakes That Turn Your Seminar Into A Nightmare

YoungUpstarts

by Diane DiResta, CEO of DiResta Communications. It’s not enough to be a confident speaker and subject matter expert. It’s what happens behind the scenes long before the audience ever arrives that will impact the outcome. It’s all about the logistics.

Top 3 Startup Winner: Happenstance

The Startup Magazine

At this year’s FUND Conference in Chicago, Illinois, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders.

A Slow, Painless Death

Babbling VC

We're so misled by what we often read in blogs and press stories or see on TV shows. One way or another, we tend to react to drama and they who produce content feed on this. In reality, there is often very little drama or noise when things go terribly wrong.

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8 Ways To Ensure Team Accountability In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

Look Up and Don’t Give Up

Feld Thoughts

This is how I think about my work and my marathon running. We could all learn a lesson from this baby bear: Look up & don’t give up. pic.twitter.com/nm0McSYeqY. — IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) November 3, 2018. My spirit animal is a bear. Generally, I think of myself as a big polar bear, but I’m going to spend the day relating to my little friend. And, when the day is done, I’m going to go run into the woods.

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Vertical Software: One Industry which has bucked the trend

deal architect

Readers know I have been hounding software vendors on why they are not investing in vertical functionality. After two decades of cloud computing we have very few choices in books of record for industry after industry – utility billing, retail.

Six Reasons Why Startups Fail And How To Avoid Them

YoungUpstarts

by Arsalan Sajid, startup community manager at Cloudways. After spending a good amount of time researching about the benefits of having a startup, you are ready to open your own startup. WAIT! I have got a shocking statistic for you, startup enthusiasts.

Top 3 Startup Winner: Digs

The Startup Magazine

At this year’s FUND Conference in Chicago, Illinois, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders.

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How to Start a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Business

Up and Running

Image via TechCrunch. What’s a non-emergency medical transportation business? NEMT services help people get to pre-scheduled healthcare appointments, including doctor visits, rehab, clinical testing, follow-up exams, and more.

Early Adopters Are Not Enough To Assure Your Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind.

23 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come 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.

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Not your Dad's SAP

deal architect

It’s been the longest research phase of any of my 7 books but I hope to deliver the first draft of the manuscript for SAP Nation 3.0 to my editor in early January. As I work my way through over. SAP Nation Book

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Why Cloud-Based Desktops Can Be Safer Than The One You’re Sitting At

YoungUpstarts

by Robin Hau , founder and CEO of SimplyClouds. According to RightScale’s 2018 “State of the Cloud Report,” a staggering 96 percent of respondents report some reliance on the cloud.

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3 SEO Hacks To Make Ranking #1 On Google Much Easier

YFS Magazine

When it comes to SEO, your goal is to get your company website to the top of the search engine results pages. Hack your way to the top with these tips. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online marketing search engine marketing search engine optimization seo

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Cut Your Startup Customer Support Costs

The Startup Magazine

As a startup, the one thing you are unlikely to have an abundance of is cash. Therefore, you have to spend on only what you absolutely need. Many startups fail not because they have an unviable business idea but because they run into cash flow challenges.

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7 Skills Every Startup Team Needs To Get Things Done

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

25 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.

WebSummit Presentations

For Entrepreneurs

I presented on two topics at WebSummit 2018 in Lisbon on November 6th. The slides and videos of those two presentations can be found below.

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All About Patents: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

YoungUpstarts

by Solomon Ali, Co-Founder of Revolutionary Concepts. What entrepreneur looking to hit it big isn’t searching for that next “patentable” idea? Your appetite has probably been whetted just reading that first sentence.

Is Your Intellectual Property Protected?

YFS Magazine

In case your IP is stolen or used without your permission, there are a number of paths that you can take. Here's what every entrepreneur needs to know. Business Law Grow copyright Intellectual Property ip theft patents trademarks

Making Your Startup’s First Trade Show a Success

The Startup Magazine

There comes a time in every start-up’s existence where it must pack up in the office for a few days and head to its first trade show.

Boost Your New Venture By Teaming With An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators.