September, 2017

Worry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” ” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the saying and came to understand that bull markets require an uneasy feeling. Worrying is a fundamental characteristic of most investors I know. Greed and fear are the two opposing elements of market forces.

Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice

Steve Blank

Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.

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10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

Feld Thoughts

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood. A few weeks ago, after reading the New York Times Sunday Review article The Book That Made Us Feminists , I asked Amy for several recommendations for books that were foundational to the feminist movement. I purchased all that she suggested and added them to my infinite list of books to read.

The Great Retail Reinvention: How the Internet Is Reshaping the Way We Buy Clothing

View from Seed

Apparel is currently one of the most fascinating categories within the Everyday Economy. It’s a $1T+ global industry undergoing tectonic shifts. We are currently seeing the most rapid collapse of retail since the Great Recession, due to the internet changing consumer demand and purchasing patterns. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen widespread store closures or bankruptcies from apparel retailers, including: True Religion. JC Penny. Macy’s.

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8 Attributes Of The Most Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

Last Chance to Sign Up For The Fall 2017 Venture Deals Course

Feld Thoughts

Kauffman Fellows and Techstars are running another cycle of the Venture Deals course with me and Jason Mendelson. Signups close tomorrow as the course runs from 9/24/17 – 11/13/17. The course is free to everyone. The seven-week course, which is about five hours of work each week, has the following agenda. Week 1 – Introduction of key players/Form or join a team. Week 2 – Fundraising/Finding the Right VC. Week 3 – Capitalization Tables/Convertible Debt.

Procore Technologies is Booming in Austin, Along with the Construction Industry it Serves

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News This is a sponsored post In 2013, Procore Technologies launched in Austin with two guys working out of a roughly 2,200 square foot house, built in the 1930s. But they didn’t have the whole house. They had 120 square feet. “We

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does. But better safe than sorry. So I’m going to write some thoughts about how to survive it. I told Harry my personal story of having 90% of our net worth go up in smoke in the dot com bubble and crash.

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Wrike: The All-In-One Project Management Solution

YoungUpstarts

Wrike is a versatile project management software that enables multifunctional teams to collaborate and effectively achieve their aims from a single location.

7 Cultural Myths That Can Destroy Your Moral Compass

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as well as setting the right ethical tone.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised.

Is Passion Enough to Make Your Business Succeed?

Up and Running

To succeed as a small business owner and an entrepreneur, you need passion. That’s what led me to start my business, BlueVine , four years ago. BlueVine, which is based in Redwood City, California, offers online working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses in many industries.

Bob Wright’s Why Buddhism is True

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

One of the delights of the past couple years has been becoming friends with Robert (Bob) Wright. For a long time and from afar, I’ve been stimulated by his writing and thinking.

The Hustle Hoax

Start Up Blog

I came across this article recently discussing the Startup Hustle Bubble which is occurring in many entrepreneurial circles. The title said that working 9-5 is for losers. I tend to agree, but in the opposite direction than many of the Silicon Valley disciples espouse.

How To Hook Your Audience’s Attention At A Networking Event

YoungUpstarts

Startup Marketing Should Skip Traditional Advertising

Startup Professionals Musings

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

Seeds and Pre-Seeds: History is Repeating Itself

Rob Go

As the atomization of seed has become more mature, it is increasingly clear that history is repeating itself. What I mean is that the things that played when seed VC became institutionalized is beginning to happen in the pre-seed market.

9 Of My Most Powerful Email Campaigns For Making Automatic Sales

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

In my last article I explained how I took six months ‘off’ from my business, specifically to see if the systems I put in place would keep sales coming in without me doing launches or creating new products. The end result was very exciting, over $150,000 in revenue from the.

9 Business Communication Skills Every Professional Should Master

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Communication is a critical element in all aspects of life including the workplace. Some business communication skills are necessary for the success of any business. Any professional who masters these communication skills will be able to work smart and deliver the intended results.

Rimini Street: The next chapter

deal architect

People still think of Rimini as a cut rate, third party maintenance provider for on-premise Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft software. That was Rimini 1.0. In a talk series I did with them last year, I saw Rimini 2.0. Because. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

What Businesses Need To Know In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Tan, CEO of Sift Science. Online businesses everywhere are going to be dealing with the effects of the recent Equifax breach. It’s a tough truth to swallow, but these large-scale data breaches have become a fact of life – and it’s not just the breached business that pays the price.

10 Steps To Scaling Your Startup Toward A Fortune 500

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

This Is The Difference Between A Wantrepreneur And An Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

If you want to keep it real and prove to the world you aren’t another wantrepreneur, here's what you need to know and do now! Lead leadership personal development success advice wantrepreneur

How to Create an Elevator Speech (With Examples)

Up and Running

An elevator speech is a 30- to 60-second answer to the question, “So, what do you do?” It’s a quick summary of your business and its value proposition. A great elevator speech will spark interest in your business and hopefully lead to a deeper conversation.

How to Start the Process of Moving Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Making the move to a bigger business space or to move across state lines is a huge step for any business; it means you’re growing and you need more room or a bigger community. But now that you’ve chosen the area and have found a space that fits your needs, are you prepared to make the move?

Oracles momentum

deal architect

I tend to not listen to vendor quarterly earnings calls. I get much better value from briefings at industry analyst events and from customer feedback. I also find it irritating that executives brag and beat up on competitors on these. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Enjoy Every Day

Feld Thoughts

Ted Rheingold just passed away. He was an amazing guy beloved by many. Endlessly joyful, inspiring, and loving. His autoresponder (typos and all) is one for the books, and like great poetry, worth reading over and over. My cancer (ccRCC, metastic) has gotten the upper hand and I’ll be. putting all my resources into managing it. In my stread, please keep these very important messages in place: * be good to each other. enjoy evert day. wanting is suffering. *

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7 Ways To Be The New Venture Leader Investors Seek

Startup Professionals Musings

In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).”

Want To Be Successful In Business? Leave Your Office

YFS Magazine

In order to be a successful entrepreneur, the best thing you can do is leave your office. Here's a look at when you should alter your surroundings–and why. Plan customer validation mvp Product Launch success technology

[INTERVIEW] Zakaria Hersi, Founder Of Orten.io

YoungUpstarts

Zakaria Hersi is one of those fortunate people who has been able to stitch his vocation and avocation together seamlessly in his quest to achieve success – on his terms.

Next Coast Ventures Adds Two Technology Venture Partners and its First Entrepreneur in Residence

SiliconHills

Next Coast Ventures announced Wednesday that it is has added two technology venture partners and its first entrepreneur in residence. The Austin-based venture capital firm has added Paul Rogers and Jim Dunham as Technology Venture Partners, which will serve as mentors to the firm’s tech entrepreneurs in its portfolio and advisers to the fund’s leadership. […].

Accounting Tips for Homepreneurs

The Startup Magazine

Home based entrepreneurs have it easier in some ways than their counterparts who jump straight into premises and staff hiring. In other ways, however, it’s harder to maintain focus and discipline with bookkeeping when you’re one of the many homepreneurs and running a business from home.

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