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How To Change Your Perspective And Create Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

In today’s fast moving world of business startups, learning trumps knowing every time. What established businesses know through experience keeps them from looking for the new and innovative ways to do what they do better, cheaper, and faster.

Enterprise Software: Emergency Apps and Empathy

deal architect

I was talking to a vendor exec last week and I mentioned the agility and innovation I am seeing in various sectors - agile manufacturing, re-jigged supply chains, reshaped shopping experiences, last-mile delivery, telework, telemedicine, teleschool- as we are fighting. Industry Commentary

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How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It’s been updated with new information about the U.S. Paycheck Protection program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive. We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim.

NextView Partners Discuss the State of the Market In a Covid-19 World

View from Seed

Last week we held a virtual “Lunch and Learn” with Melody and Lee where they had a discussion about what they’re seeing in the market in a covid-19 world, made some predictions about where we are headed in the next couple of weeks to months, and took some questions about the state of VC funding.


Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

8 Brand Models To Attract Your Perfect Fit Customer

Startup Professionals Musings

Attracting the right customers is the key to success in business, whether you have a new startup or a mature enterprise.

The Most Transformative C-Level Exec: COVID-19

deal architect

I heard someone recently say we have seen more digital transformation in the last month than we had in the last decade. Matthew Price, CEO of Cloudflare summarized it nicely for Jim Cramer of CNBC "while the real heroes of


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Feed the Frontlines Boulder

Feld Thoughts

A creative group of Boulder entrepreneurs, led by Vikas Reddy and Kyle Judah and inspired by San Franciso entrepreneurs/investors Frank Barbieri and Ryan Sarver have created and put into action a program that supports both frontline health workers and local independent restaurants.

7 Key Culture Elements That Drive Value In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to set the culture you need for a thriving business, as well as thriving employees, customers, partners, and vendors.

10 Silicon Valley Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know


Silicon Valley – a fantastic moniker that conjures lots of images, right? That’s because, in real life, it’s also a fantastic place. And entrepreneurs and business people agree! But just how interesting is this place outside of its fancy reputation and name?

Hard Decisions Require Empathy

Both Sides of the Table

In the past two weeks we have entered perhaps to most surreal experience in any of our lives. I think intuitively many of us believe it may be a more lasting impact than just “60 days at home,” which is why we almost have a nervous laughter when we call (Zoom!) somebody we haven’t spoken to since before the crisis and acknowledge how bizarre we all feel right now.

The Pros and Cons of Founding a Startup During a Recession


With the economy in an inevitable tailspin toward the first recession in over a decade, there remains ample click bait apocalyptic article titles touting the economy’s inevitable downfall.

10 Startup Practices With A Proven Record Of Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs seem to prefer to fail their way to the top, rather than do some research and learn from the successes and mistakes of others. It seems to be part of the “fail fast, fail often” mantra often heard in Silicon Valley.

When You Should Take Out A Business Loan


There are great reasons to take out a business loan and situations in which this should not be considered. At the end of the day, you go into debt so you have to be very careful. Nowadays, it is very easy to take out a loan, even with bad credit thanks to services like LetMeBank.

The Three Crises

Feld Thoughts

While everyone I know feels the weight of being in the midst of the Covid crisis, we are actually dealing with the overlap of three linked crises. Understanding this, and putting it in historical context, has been helpful to me as I process real-time inputs and prioritize my activities.

How To Write Magnetic Content That Resonates With Your Audience

YFS Magazine

When you change your approach to content development, you create a package that’s both valuable and one of a kind –– just like you. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

Marketing During a Pandemic

This is going to be BIG.

Let’s establish two things right off the bat: One, the Coronavirus Pandemic is a global tragedy that has already cost us far too many lives and create economic devastation. Two, if you are lucky, you are still being paid to do a job—a job that, for founders, marketers and sales teams, means connecting with customers during a terrible health crisis and a recession. What’s a company to do with their marketing?

Is Life Insurance Required For Your SBA Loan Approval?


When applying for a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA), you have to meet some basic qualifications. For example, you need excellent credit , $5 million or less in annual revenue, and a net worth equal to or less than $15 million.

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Citizens of Colorado – Stay At Home #DoingMyPart

Feld Thoughts

Governor Jared Polis had an excellent and extremely data-driven press conference yesterday to provide quantitive support for his stay at home order (among other things.) The presentation is embedded and worth paging through.

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

David Cohen

March 30, 2020. Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago. A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family.

VC Funding in 2020: What Investors Look for in Startups


Venture capital investment is one of the top places startups look out for when seeking funding for their business alongside other popular options like angel investing and crowdfunding.

Common Investing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them


Investing is a great way to boost your wealth for the long term; however, if not done right, you may end up making careless mistakes that could cost you. Thankfully many of these costly investing errors can be avoided just by being more aware.

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How to Calculate Lifetime Value for Subscription Ecommerce


Subscriptions are an increasingly common way to buy products online, whether consumables like coffee and energy supplements, or personalized lifestyle boxes and fashion.

Tips For Working from Home From The Foundry Network

VC Adventure

Over the past week I’ve been gathering work-from-home tips from Foundry Group portfolio companies. Here are some of the best suggestions – from WFH veterans as well as some newbies quickly getting up to speed. I highlighted a few that I thought were particularly good ones. Work Space.

The Future of Work: 3 Ways To Embrace Remote Working

YFS Magazine

To leverage the benefits of the changing work landscape, employees and companies should establish the following guidelines. Lifestyle Workspaces flexible working lifestyle recommended remote working working at home

Side Hustling… Which Kind Should You Have: Hobby Hustle, Side Ride, Or Gateway Gig?


by Dr. Todd Saxton and Dr. Kim Saxton , co-authors of “ The Titanic Effect: Successfully Navigating the Uncertainties that Sink Most Startups “ . Side hustles are quite the rage right now, in part enabled by technology and the gig economy.

9 Shopify Apps to Win More Ecommerce Sales


With over 4,000 apps on the Shopify app store—and 3–5 added every day—it’s impossible for store owners to keep up with the changing app landscape. But that doesn’t mean there’s no pressure to keep up.

Security tips for work from home

Version One Ventures

With many companies moving to work from home (WFH) over the past few weeks, our portfolio company Kobalt (which provides security as a service for small-and mid-sized companies) has been getting a lot of calls from organizations that have had suffered incidents related to remote work.

Why Many Small Businesses are Switching to Online Faxing

The Startup Magazine

If you go into the offices of one of the millions of small businesses in the USA, there is a good chance you’ll see a fax machine. For decades, these machines have been responsible for sending and sharing documents and allowing for easy communication.

Effective New Ways To Get Instagram Followers In 2020


Do you want to increase the followers of your company page on Instagram ? And do you want to increase your following count as soon as possible then try using tool like Activeig to bring more likes, views, followers and comments. In this article, we will show you ways to achieve your goal organically.

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Helpful Habits and Hacks for Working from Home

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The word from Washington (and the word from here in Tennessee, too) is that we better get settled in to working from home for a while longer. Even though I’ve been doing quite a bit of working from home over the years, it is an adjustment to be only working from home. So, I reached […].

Have you fallen into the buggy whip trap?


Surely, you’ve heard the buggy whip analogy. A business making those necessary items ignored the signs of progress and found itself without a market. Perhaps that happened to sword smiths upon the invention of the rifle, and certainly to the makers of cassette tapes upon the dawn of the CD.


Why You Should Start a Business During Retirement

The Startup Magazine

Most people dream about starting their own business at some point in their life. Turning passions into income can often seem like a pipedream when you’ve got the commitment of a job. With bills to pay and mouths to feed, financial stability is essential, and often a reliable job is the safer option.

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Why Employers Should Consider Combat Boots A Bonus


by John Ramirez USA CSM (Ret.), Dean of Operations, College of Doctoral Studies at University of Phoenix. Your new hire may not be wearing combat boots. But employers would be wise to look for them on a resume when making hiring decisions. With unemployment rates reaching historic lows, U.S.

Humility, Not Guilt

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Over the past few days, I have talked to many business owners whose business is either stable, or even growing. Many express a sense of guilt over their current success. I get it.

Founder Goes Full-throttle With the Concept of Data Leadership


After years of working in data, Anthony J. Algmin realized there was something missing to the overall approach when solving data-related issues.

5 Critical Mistakes New Business Owners Make

The Startup Magazine

There’s no doubt that starting a business is exciting. You finally get to have full control over your work and create your own hours. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to answer to anyone. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and not be aware of the startup challenges.