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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.

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.

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating losses, driven by headcount, where the monthly expenses are larger, often much larger, than revenues. These losses are known in the industry vernacular as “burn rates” – how much cash you burn on a monthly basis.

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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.

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

Tips On How To Approach Tough Decisions In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same.

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. […].

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.

Techbikers Copenhagen to Berlin 2017 – Mission Accomplished!

VC Cafe

Trying to sum up the ride will have to wait for another post. Instead, I’d love to share some of the thoughts that riders shared after the ride (I kept them anonymous for privacy). One can meet. This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the website and more! Tech for Good Techbikers charity Copenhagen to Berlin Cycling Education Room to read tech for good

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8 Coaching Myths To Avoid In Building Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Business productivity is all about having the right people, even though I’m bombarded daily with online tools and mobile apps that promise to solve every problem with automation and data.

Google Unveils its new Office in Downtown Austin

SiliconHills

BY LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News From the outside, 500 W. 2nd street might look like any new skyscraper in downtown Austin. But inside, it’s got that Google flair with scooters in the lobby, a swing, balance boards, a ceiling made of recycled canoes, an Airstream trailer food truck, outdoor movie theater, dog […]. The post Google Unveils its new Office in Downtown Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Working Remotely in Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Rishi Kumar, lead a conversation around “Working Remotely”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

Business Advice Podcasts: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Tune In

Up and Running

Every so often, a new innovation in shareable media changes the game. It starts slowly at first—everything from printed type to television began small—but eventually, it becomes the gold standard for information sharing and entertainment.

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6 Funding Sources For Good Causes, Without Angels

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money.

Sputnik ATX Launches an Incubator/Accelerator in Austin Aimed at Helping Startups Scale

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Sputnik ATX is one of Austin’s newest startup incubators and accelerators. “We’re We’re in a bit of a stealth mode right now,” said Oksana Malysheva, President, and CEO of Linden Education Partners and CEO of Sputnik ATX. Sputnik ATX, which fashions itself after a Y-Combinator incubation model, will […]. The post Sputnik ATX Launches an Incubator/Accelerator in Austin Aimed at Helping Startups Scale appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Future Proofing Product Management Skills

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. > > What new skill should I be honing right now to get ready for the future? Get great at doing research and customer development.

Everything you need to know about ICOs

The Next Web

If you are in the startup ecosystem — or just a casual reader of tech sites — I’m sure that the majority of the fundraising stories you must have heard in past few months had a new term attached to them — ICO.

18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Part of Running a Business

Hearpreneur

Being an entrepreneur or business owner has its share of ups and downs. While the downs can be pretty low the ups always seem to triumph for a true entrepreneur at heart. Milestones are what entrepreneurs and business owners work towards.

Andrea Kalmans, Principal of Lontra Ventures, Talks Tech Investing on Ideas to Invoices

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News Andrea Kalmans, a principal with Lontra Ventures, is a force in the Austin and San Antonio technology community. She spends her time mentoring entrepreneurs and working with technology startups. In this episode of Ideas to Invoices, Kalmans, an angel investor, discusses how she has seen Austin change […]. The post Andrea Kalmans, Principal of Lontra Ventures, Talks Tech Investing on Ideas to Invoices appeared first on SiliconHills.

The pessimists are usually right…

Jeff Hilimire

…but its the optimists who change the world. Someone important said that, and it struck me as incredibly accurate. The world is full of pessimists. They usually try to hide this fact by calling themselves other things (“realist” is the one I hear the most.). Being an optimist does not mean being ignorant of the risks. Being an optimist means knowing the risks but believing that you can overcome them. That there’s a chance you can be successful. That you believe.

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Don’t start your business in a tech hub city

The Next Web

We often make assumptions about a tech company’s culture based on where it’s from. Valley startups are perceived differently from those in London, which are seen as different again from those founded in Amsterdam, Berlin or Paris.

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It's Time to Stop Handing Out Business Cards. 3 Things You Should Be Doing Instead

Inc Startups

Before smartphones business cards made sense. Now they're just extra baggage for everyone to lug around conferences and networking events. Marketing

Tackling the Sales Aspect of Being an Entrepreneur

Duct Tape Marketing

Tackling the Sales Aspect of Being an Entrepreneur written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jim Brown. Podcast Transcript. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jim Brown, founder and host of SalesTuners.

10 Ways To Use Social Media Listening As A Successful Marketing Tool

YoungUpstarts

by Uzair Khan, VP of Sales & Marketing at Enterprise Monkey. Wondering what your audience is glued to while you are busy using traditional advertising, core campaigning, and doing paid marketing for your products?

Forward Partners Code of Ethics Regarding Sexual Harassment

The Equity Kicker

Earlier in the year, there were a significant number of victims who came forward to share stories of sexual harassment by investors. Some of those investors were prominent VCs. At Forward Partners we were really saddened by the reports – clearly, any abuse of an asymmetrical power relationship for sexual gain is wrong. Doctors have been held to a high standard in this regard for as long as I can remember and investors should be no different.

Forget About Salaries and Perks. This Is What the Best Bosses Do to Hire Superstar Employees

Inc Startups

When I learned this from one of my top employees, I was surprised. How to Hire the Best

The Innovation Imperative

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The Innovation Imperative… growing innovation culture and capacity. If you want an organization to survive, you must innovate. But innovation is more than survival, it’s the heart beat of an organization.

The 7 Most Frequently Underestimated Startup Costs

YoungUpstarts

The launch of a new company can cost between hundreds and millions of dollars, but what’s essential isn’t the amount of money you invest, but how you plan for and accommodate expenses.

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The Fundamentals of Leading a Global Business Team

The Startup Magazine

The availability of technical tools and a dynamic office presence in the modern era are especially conducive to leading global business teams. In the recent past, multinational companies could only have dreamed about having team members on different continents work together in real time.

6 Books Every Online Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Inc Startups

Sometimes reading a book is the best way to learn. Business Books

Monday Morning Motivation – 12 Habits of Millionaires

Hearpreneur

This is a little bit of unique motivational post for entrepreneurs and business owners to start your week off on the right foot. Here’s 12 habits to adopt, many of which will make you a successful entrepreneur as well: Have a budget. Be proactive. Read a lot. Be curious. Pursue your curiosity.