2022 will be MASSIVELY different!

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Welcome back. Hope you had a relaxing break and are ready for a hectic, very different 2022. Actually, “very different year” has been our annual guiding principle and reflects Deal Architect’s business model. Every year our revenue stream varies and. Industry Commentary

The Quantum Technology Ecosystem – Explained

Steve Blank

If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics. Richard Feynman. IBM Quantum Computer. Tens of billions of public and private capital are being invested in Quantum technologies.


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6 Success Mistakes Often Made By Serial Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As you know, growing a business is hard, especially the first time. Unfortunately, every new initiative is different, so don’t get too smug if you have had some success, and can’t wait to repeat it again.

Nine Reasons Why Your Company Should Create A Mentoring Program in 2022


According to Bert Thornton and Dr. Sherry Hartnett, a mentoring program might just become your secret weapon in navigating uncertain, chaotic times and coming out on top. Here are nine ways mentoring can help you meet the challenges of 2022.

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.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(source). We had been flying for four hours, but both gas gauges still read “full.”

Love Your Communication Results

Rembrandt Communications

Is Cupid’s arrow missing your customers right now? Valentine’s Day is near, but you may not feel the love… especially when you look at the financial statements for your business. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to make some communication changes for better results!

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The Semiconductor Ecosystem – Explained

Steve Blank

The last year has seen a ton written about the semiconductor industry: chip shortages, the CHIPS Act , our dependence on Taiwan and TSMC , China, etc. But despite all this talk about chips and semiconductors, few understand how the industry is structured.

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning– Explained

Steve Blank

Artificial Intelligence is a once-in-a lifetime commercial and defense game changer. download a PDF of this article here ). Hundreds of billions in public and private capital is being invested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning companies.

Analyst Cam: Empower – Digitizing the journey from linear to circular econo

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As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ) as part of my Analyst Cam series. This time it is Wilhelm Myrer, Founder and CEO of Empower.eco, an Oslo, Norway based.

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6 Qualities Of The Best People To Nurture Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it.

10 Attributes Of The Perfect Partner For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time business advisor and angel investor, I’m a believer that “two heads are better than one” in building a new business. Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader.

5 Ways To Expand Your Thinking For Your Next Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

With all the upheaval and uncertainty these days, I find many entrepreneurs and business owners are reluctant to pursue new dreams , waiting for the world to stabilize and risks to go away. As a long-time business advisor, I see things just the opposite.

5 Phases Of Every Startup That Regulate Your Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up.

How Writing Became A Survival Mechanism, Then A Million Dollar Business


Mike Shreeve, founder of Peaceful Profits shares how he went from sleeping in the streets to writing his way to a million dollar business. The post How Writing Became A Survival Mechanism, Then A Million Dollar Business appeared first on Young Upstarts.

7 Ways To Keep Your Business Working Like A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

For all of you whose business has survived for a few years, have you noticed how your thinking has changed ? Instead of sizing up new opportunities and actively courting every new customer, you start worrying about cutting costs, repeatable processes , and overtaking known competitors.

Say Goodbye to Old Communications

Rembrandt Communications

Do you share communications across all of your departments, or does everyone does their own thing? Where are you reading this right now? . Today, people work from their homes, in actual brick-and-mortar offices, on the road and more… all over the world.

7 Keys To A Long-Term Career View As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Is it possible to be successful in business and not fulfilled?

4 Key Traits Of Radical And Profound Business Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves.

Cram Down – A Test of Character for VCs and Founders

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in TechCrunch. Cram downs are back – and I’m keeping a list. At the turn of the century after the dotcom crash, startup valuations plummeted, burn rates were unsustainable, and startups were quickly running out of cash.

Analyst Cam: Salesforce – Industry Solutions  

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As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ) as part of my Analyst Cam series. This time it is Jujhar Singh, EVP and GM, Salesforce Industries. He presents an update.

Insights For Business Leaders Who Manage By Autocracy

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

How To Prevent Gaps in An Innovative Startup Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the classic bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

6 Strategies For Luring Investors To Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.” More startups may fail for that reason, but a close second is the difficulty of raising money.

6 Essential Elements For Kickstarting Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. Yet it is the one element that too many entrepreneurs focus on only as an afterthought.

Inspiring SaaS PR Campaigns


Creating SAAS PR campaigns that are inspired by other successful ones is always a smart idea that can bring businesses a lot of success. The post Inspiring SaaS PR Campaigns appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others MailChimp SaaS Slack software-as-a-service SurveyMonkey

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7 Keys To Keeping Your Business Agile And Competitive

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current pandemic appearing to scale down, many of you running businesses are looking forward to things getting back to the way they used to be.

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10 Strategies For Staying Cool Under Pressure At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business professional needs to stay cool under pressure, to be a top performer, and for the sake of their own health. Yet everyone has a melting point – a critical threshold where pressure causes them to respond irrationally.

5 Key Points Of Focus For Every Scalable New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

7 Goodwill Factors Will Raise Your Business Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

When it’s time to sell your company, or get new investors, valuation is the key parameter to success or disappointment.

What’s Plan B? – The Small, the Agile, and the Many

Steve Blank

This post previously appeared in the Proceedings of the Naval Institute. One of the most audacious and bold manifestos for the future of Naval innovation has just been posted by the Rear Admiral who heads up the Office of Naval Research.

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Sapphire Preview: Next-Gen SAP

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It’s been a wild decade so far - COVID, accelerated climate change focus, now a Russian-triggered energy crisis. Throw in supply chain issues, mass resignations, diversity and other crises, and Churchill’s famous quote “never let a good crisis go to. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Insights From Founders Who Have Been There Before

Startup Professionals Musings

When you have been on the startup firing line, you quickly learn that any insight from experts and entrepreneurs who have been there before you can make the difference between failure and success. Yet, many new entrepreneurs brazenly assume they are bulletproof, and march blindly into the fray.

5 Tips For Startups Looking For A Great Solution Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas. I’m often approached by people with a “million dollar idea,” but I haven’t seen anyone pay that for one yet.

8 Keys To A Multi-Generation Team Culture That Works

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a whole new world out there in the workplace. Millennials want work that matters, and don’t care for hierarchies. Boomers are coming back to work, but because of their experience, they may be insulted by constant feedback.

7 Barriers To Communication In Business Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

Why The Resale Market Has Become Fashion’s Biggest Trend That’s Here To Stay


The new generation has flocked to secondhand as conscious consumers are growing increasingly concerned about the harmful environmental effects of fast fashion. The post Why The Resale Market Has Become Fashion’s Biggest Trend That’s Here To Stay appeared first on Young Upstarts.