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Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great

Up and Running

I’ve seen hundreds of startups pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists, and most of them—at best— are just okay. There have been plenty of pretty good ones that hit all the key components of a pitch , but only a handful of those took it a step further and were truly great.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?


Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

New Florence innovation catalog: 14 years, 6000 posts

deal architect

The New Florence innovation blog is celebrating two milestones in March. I started the blog in 2005 because enterprise tech was going through an innovation lull and I found inspiration in profiling progress in healthtech, cleantech, consumer tech and STEM


7 Action Items Build A Sustainable Innovation Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business founder knows the need for a culture that promotes continuous innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one that creates sustainable value across all functions in the business. Yet most don’t really know how to create that environment, or assess when they have achieved it.

Eight Reasons Why Your Subscription Model Customers May Be Jumping Ship


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ Everyone knows that retention is crucial for subscription-based companies.

S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T.

Grasshopper Herder

Yet another Experiment Template? Use this SIMPLE template to overcome the hardest part of running experiments.getting started. The post S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T. appeared first on Lean Startup User Experience & Research Experiment Design & Template Generative Market Research lean startup

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10 Ways To Improvise, Thrive And Survive In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you have to improvise and adapt quickly to survive and thrive in the face of the unpredictable challenges of the market. But this improvisation a not a comedy, although there are some distinct correlations, in relation to reacting, adapting, and communicating.

Companies Typically Underinvest In Managers. Here Are 12 Ways To Invest In Yourself. 


by David Deacon, author of “ The Self Determined Manager: A Manifesto for Exceptional People Managers “. We all know managers do crucial work. They shape culture, improve employee performance, drive creativity and innovation.

Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

View from Seed

Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.

Polishing brand ERP

deal architect

Kudos to Cindy Jutras for her study "Real Facts About ERP Implementation". Her survey showed that two-thirds of respondents graded their ERP implementation as "successful" or "very successful." The survey found 31% thought their ERP project was at least a. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors) Offshoring (other vendors) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Businesses Without A Website Are The “Walking Dead”

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, if your startup does not have an Internet home base up and running, you are not ready for business or potential investors.

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Pros Vs. Cons Of Affiliate Marketing


We live in a world where people can avoid the hassles of commuting to work by getting into passive income streams. Affiliate marketing is one such way to generate income passively.

Pure Barre Franchisee Says Hire These 3 Personality Types For Your Member-Based Business

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. When you employ The Natural, The Friend and The Achiever to take care of your membership base, your business wins. Here’s why. Human Capital company culture franchising hiring employees HR membership model

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Oracle and SAP: Quit sniping, start leading!!!

deal architect

In the Steven Spielberg movie, President Lincoln on the cusp of victory in the Civil War, is clearly grateful to Lieutenant-General Ulysses Grant and clasps his hand with both of his. However, he also says "We've made it possible for. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

Do You Know A “Downer” Who Is Killing Your Business?

Startup Professionals Musings

A “downer” is defined here as someone who seems to dwell on the negatives of every business challenge, and loves to highlight bad news or potential problems. No matter how smart or experienced this person may otherwise be, things must change or they will kill your startup.

6 Ways To Make Payment Easy For Your Online Customers


If you’re running an online business such as an e-commerce store, it is essential to give payment processing consideration as much as the shopping experience.

The Ones That Got Away: 5 Business Apps You’ll Regret Not Trying

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Today, instead of reminiscing over what you may have missed out on, these five business apps are tools that you will regret not trying. Grow Technology business apps mobile apps productivity apps technology

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Karma can be a real b h

deal architect

I am reading Tom Peters' The Excellence Dividend. It keeps reminding me of his 1982 classic The Search for Excellence and how much it influenced my writing style. My focus has always been on present and future excellence. My New. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Do’s and Don’ts For Entrepreneur Business Networking

Startup Professionals Musings

I often recommend business networking as the most effective way for a startup founder to find investors, advisors, and even key executive candidates. But what if you are an introvert, or new to this game, and don’t know where or how to start?

Best Practices To Maximize Cold Email Responses


by Lucy Literado, VP of Marketing at Reply. Cold email is a massively popular way of reaching out to potential customers and clients. It costs very little but can bring great results. However, because of its popularity, it’s getting harder to stand out from all the other emails.

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Paid Search Advertising: 18 Tips To Create Effective Google Ads Copy

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day which makes the online search behemoth a prime location to find new customers. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online marketing pay per click advertising search engine marketing

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6 Marketing Ideas to Try in 2019

The Startup Magazine

Effective marketing may be the key to an outstanding year for your business. If you’re using social media, email, and video without success…the problem might be how you’re using it. How can you change a few things to make this year better? Here are six ideas to up your marketing game.

7 Tips For February Sales Growth (Without Spending a Fortune)

Rembrandt Communications

It’s February. How are sales going? You may be ready to boost sales and experience success like never before. The only problem is… you have a very tiny budget for marketing and advertising. Well, don’t let that stand in your way! There are many things you can do to skyrocket sales right now.

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How To Find A Business Attorney In 5 Steps


A small business is any company that employs fewer than 500 employees or falls beneath an industry-specific annual receipts cap. While this makes for quite a broad pool of organizations, most small businesses are significantly smaller than this, employing no more than a few dozen employees at most.

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Conversation Marketing: ‘Speak Human’ and Change the Game

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Nobody starts out automatically caring about your products or services. They care about how you can make a difference in their lives. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales conversational marketing marketing

Five Questions With Jeff Berman (Public Defender Turned Kardashian App Builder)

Hunter Walker

I met Jeff Berman during my YouTube years. He was an exec at MySpace and we were probably talking about a host of different partnership-type ideas that I don’t believe went very far. Fortunate for me, the collaboration of our friendship has been more enduring.

Here are the 5 hottest startups in Norway

The Next Web

A country of never-ending sunsets, northern lights, and home to over 50 thousand islands and fjords, Norway has always been a haven for nature enthusiasts. But now it’s also becoming a haven for techies. Norway is home to one of the fastest growing startup ecosystems in the Nordics.

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The SMB Guide To CRM In 2019


by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage. The New Year to-do list for an SMB owner can be daunting. No doubt you’re thinking about myriad administrative and organizational needs relating to accounting and finance, staffing, your product and service roadmap for the year and more.

Networking Is Good For Business, Experts Reveal How To Do It Well

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. On days when you just can’t muster another networking event and suffer from the FOMO of it all, consider these expert tips. Lead business networking networking events personal development professional networking

Why Drop shipping is a Lucrative E-commerce Business

The Startup Magazine

As an online entrepreneur, your goal is to make a profit. To make supernormal profits, you need to engage in a business that requires low investment, and this is where drop shipping comes into play. In this type of business, you don’t have to keep any goods in your inventory.

6 Simple Tricks to Avoid Late Paying Customers

Up and Running

This article is part of our Business Startup Guide —a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! More than 30 percent of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed by Sage say late payments are impacting staff pay, company investments, and supplier relationships.

How To Avoid Failure In The Forex Market


The global forex market is worth trillions of dollars. It is one of the biggest financial markets all across the world. Popularity of forex is expanding tremendously. More and more professionals are getting into this field given its lucrative nature.

6 Ways To Retain Employees When Payroll Is Tight

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. Many small businesses struggle with the revolving door of employee turnover at a high cost. Here are six ways to remedy the situation. Grow Human Capital employee retention employee turnover HR human resources

Solving teething problems in startups

The Startup Magazine

Hitches, challenges, failures, disappointment; these are many more are part and parcel of the human experience that extends to business problems. While optimism is welcomed, hurdles, ditches, and roadblocks are something all start-ups will face.

The State of Marketing Training in 2019 [Original Research]


companies spend billions on training each year. What about marketing departments? How much do they spend? What are they getting out of it? And what are they struggling to solve? We surveyed 462 marketing leaders—CMOs, VPs of Marketing, Marketing Directors—to find out.

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How To Set Up A Competitive Sales Compensation Plan


A good sales compensation plan is essential to the success of your organisation. A well-designed sales compensation plan will motivate your team to succeed. It is key to recruiting, hiring, and retaining top sales talent.

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