2024

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Gordon Bell R.I.P.

Steve Blank

Gordon Bell passed on this month. I was a latecomer in Gordon Bell’s life. But he made a lasting impact on mine. The first time I laid eyes on Gordon Bell was in 1984 outside a restaurant in a Boston suburb when he pulled up in a Porsche. I was the head of Marketing for MIPS Computer , a RISC chip startup. The entire company (all of five of us) were out visiting the east coast to meet Prime Computer who would become our first major customer.

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Requests for Startups in 2024

VC Cafe

Most startups equate the process of fundraising to dating – founders have to typically kiss a lot of frogs until the find the right fit. Investors are typically focused on stage, geo and in some cases sector , but there are always exceptions so it’s hard for startup founders to assess who might be interested to embark on their journey. In addition, founders thinking about starting a company can be overwhelmed by choice, as there are so many problems to tackle with technology, but it

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6 Top Tools for Remote HR Management: Streamline Your Processes

The Startup Magazine

In the ever-changing world of work, remote arrangements have become commonplace. Approximately 56% of businesses globally presently provide remote working alternatives, with 16% operating entirely remotely. This transition poses significant challenges, especially for human resources departments. Traditional approaches struggle to meet the needs of remote work.

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How to Objectively Measure the "Fundability" of Your Startup

This is going to be BIG.

Sorry, you can’t. The decision to fund a company is a combination of a lot of human factors—an assessment of one group of humans by another group of humans, fraught with apples-to-oranges comparisons. Yet, everyone’s got an opinion about how a company measures up, especially the founder. ( If you want mine, I’m doing a little consulting now. ) So, how do you know what truth is?

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Every startup and innovation project exists within an ecosystem that either helps or hurts that project. As innovation managers, we need to keep a pulse of that ecosystem and make sure we're helping those innovation projects we're managing every step of the way. 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

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19 Entrepreneurs List Their Favorite Technology Innovation

Hearpreneur

Technology innovation is driving advancements in various industries, shaping our world today. From AI and machine learning to biotechnology, technology is revolutionizing our lives. Innovations like blockchain, virtual reality, and cloud computing are transforming business and communication. Entrepreneurs embrace these innovations to unlock possibilities, making them a cornerstone of modern entrepreneurship.

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Monumental funding secured for robots to lay bricks

ReadWriteStart

An Amsterdam-based startup has secured $25 million in funding in its mission to transform the construction industry, led by robots laying bricks! Monumental is working to blend human knowledge with the capability of artificial intelligence to deliver solutions to build walls for house building and other construction projects. It is not a new concept, although it may come as news to many, with the thought of a robot squad being deployed on sites representing a challenge as much as new opportuniti

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The Top 5 Episodes of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast in 2023

Duct Tape Marketing

The Top 5 Episodes of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast in 2023 written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing 2023 was a year of remarkable growth for the marketing industry. With a rapidly changing landscape, it’s never been a more exciting time to be an entrepreneur. I was able to visit with many phenomenal guests on the show this year.

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Revisiting the Craft Beer Metaphor for the VC Industry

View from Seed

When we started NextView back in 2012, we often used the metaphor of the beer industry to describe the evolution of the VC business. In a nutshell, the argument was that all industries go from being a cottage industry to one that is industrialized. A few big players emerge that compete on scale and scope, much like AB Inbev in the beer industry and the megafunds in venture.

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Following The Herd Isn’t A Smart Investment Strategy – Here’s 3 Reasons Why

YoungUpstarts

Following the herd mentality is a recipe for disaster in the investment world. Prioritize research, build conviction, and learn to anticipate the market instead. The post Following The Herd Isn’t A Smart Investment Strategy – Here’s 3 Reasons Why appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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Peerbagh founder and board chair Vatsala Kakroo passes away

Brandanew

With profound grief, we would like to inform you that Peerbagh’s founder and board chair, Vatsala Kakroo (38) passed away on May 7th, 2024 at 5:35 am after an intense period of an untimely cancer diagnosis. She fought bravely but ultimately transitioned peacefully with her family around her. In 2021, Vatsala Kakroo founded the Everything […] The post Peerbagh founder and board chair Vatsala Kakroo passes away appeared first on Peerbagh.

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Apple Vision Pro – Tech in the Search of a Market

Steve Blank

A version of this article previously appeared in Fortune. If you haven’t been paying attention Apple has started shipping its Apple Vision Pro , its take on a headset that combines Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The product is an amazing technical tour de force. But the product/market fit of this first iteration is a swing and a miss.

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Financial Modeling – Top Down or Bottom Up?

Gust

Yielding 10x growth or more, known as “hockey-stick growth,” remains the goal for many investors. But only one percent of startups become unicorns; in fact, most VC-backed companies don’t reach their expected rate of return. “That means 95% of founders—or more—are gonna have a bad time,” explains Rand Fishkin, the author of Lost and Founder, and co-founder of Moz and more recently of SparkToro.

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The Best Project Management Framework for Startups

The Startup Magazine

A path filled with innovation and potential awaits you as you navigate the startup landscape. In the midst of all the fun, though, the requirement of good project management starts to stand out. For new businesses trying to overcome obstacles, choosing the right project management framework may be the difference between success and failure. In this investigation, we uncover five critical factors to think about when deciding on the finest project management framework for startups.

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But There's So Much Content Out There!

This is going to be BIG.

I’m very lucky. I know a lot of really smart, interesting people. That’s why I find myself telling a lot of people that I’d love it if they shared their thoughts more often in public. I don’t much care whether they do it in writing, or a newsletter, a podcast or on LinkedIn—but I feel like I every time I interact with them, I learn something or I’m inspired to think about things in a different way.

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Techstars is evolving and growing

David Cohen

Recently, this post about our evolution came out from Techstars. Of course, as Chairman, I know of, and strongly support, the strategic changes that are happening at Techstars. We are strengthening our ability to invest in more startups and their founders than any other company in the world. And helping founders be successful has always been our goal.

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Avoid Burnout: Redesigning the Workplace for Employee Well-Being

Mike Michalowicz

The need to prioritize employee well-being has become more critical than ever. Non-stop connectivity, increased workloads, and the challenges posed by remote or hybrid work setups have significantly elevated the risk of burnout among your team. Recognizing and addressing these challenges is not just a responsibility to check off your task list – it’s an essential investment in the success and longevity of any organization.

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Experts share top tips for AI governance for mission-driven organizations

Board Effect

As generative AI becomes more widely accepted, many leaders in the nonprofit and charity sector are no longer asking whether they should use it, but rather where else they can use it. After all, as a transformative technology that can be employed inexpensively, artificial intelligence has enormous appeal to leaders looking at limits both in budget and staff and volunteer time.

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Gated vs.Ungated Content: What Works Best in Today’s Market?

Duct Tape Marketing

Gated vs.Ungated Content: What Works Best in Today’s Market? written by Tosin Jerugba read more at Duct Tape Marketing The Duct Tape Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interviewed Jonathan Gandolf, the founder and CEO of The Juice, a B2B content platform aimed at solving marketers’ biggest pain points in distribution, reach, and audience engagement.

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Cybersecurity startups face market challenges

ReadWriteStart

Startups in the cybersecurity sector are facing a daunting market environment , contending with decreased valuations and increasing pressure to sell while competing for vital funding and collaborations. In a progressively saturated market, these startups need to reevaluate their strategies and wisely distribute resources to remain competitive and sustainable amidst the demands of investors and well-established competitors.

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Managing Inventory: Maximise Cash Flow With These 7 Best Practices

YoungUpstarts

Many leaders understand the importance of cash for their businesses, but fail to pay attention to how inventory impacts cash flow. The post Managing Inventory: Maximise Cash Flow With These 7 Best Practices appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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Ben Guo

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends.

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Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition – 2023 Wrap Up

Steve Blank

We just wrapped up the third year of our Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition class –part of Stanford’s Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation. Joe Felter , Mike Brown and I teach the class to: Give our students an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities for the United States in its enduring strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China, Russia and other rivals.

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The Misleading Attractiveness of S Corp Elections

Gust

Investors prefer investing in Delaware C Corps which don’t allow founders to take personal tax losses for early expenses. Many founders are tempted to make an S-Corp election which allows a pass-through tax treatment similar to an LLC. While that could be a small short term gain in the early days, it can jeopardize a much larger tax free gain in the future ($10M+).

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Tips for Transitioning to a Paperless Dental Office With Electronic Forms

The Startup Magazine

Are you aware that the healthcare industry today generates vast volumes of data on health information, prescriptions, and other related documents? This has led to a move away from paper-based systems to electronic ones. The healthcare industry is evolving, and dentistry is not an exception. The time has come for your dental practice to ditch the endless paperwork and transition to a paperless office with electronic forms.

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Austin Mourns the Loss of Lori Hawkins, Pioneering Tech Journalist and Pillar of the City’s Innovation Story

SiliconHills

When Lori Hawkins joined the Austin American Statesman in 1994 to cover technology, the city looked vastly different from what it does today. Dell was just ten years old at the time. It was the dawn of the information age, an economy built on computers, software, and the commercial Internet.

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Remagine Ventures call for startups

VC Cafe

Calling Israeli startup founders in Interactive Entertainment, AI & Gaming! With the rapid advancement of generative AI, we’re seeing content creation, distribution and monetisation being disrupted faster than ever before. Whether it’s text, images, audio, video or even music, new tools are democratising creativity, enabling new opportunities for startups.

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A BIG All In Thank You!

Mike Michalowicz

What? Thank you, thank you, thank you! Just one day since the All In book launch, and the response has been incredible! I’m thrilled to see so many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of my special bonuses, too! If you haven’t checked them out yet, it’s not too late! Visit [link] to see what’s up for grabs. From exclusive coaching sessions to personalized videos, these bonuses are designed to complement your business journey and beyond.

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Decisions

OnlyOnce

Happy Leap Day! One of the better books I’ve read in the last 6 months is James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones , which provides a great framework around habits. It’s worth a read, whether you’re talking about business habits/routines or personal ones. This isn’t a book review, but quickly while I have you – here’s a summary of his “laws”: HOW TO CREATE A GOOD HABIT The 1st Law: Make I

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Navigating Failure: The Science of Failing Well in Entrepreneurship

Duct Tape Marketing

Navigating Failure: The Science of Failing Well in Entrepreneurship written by Tosin Jerugba read more at Duct Tape Marketing The Duct Tape Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interviewed Amy Edmondson, the Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School. Renowned for her research on psychological safety and author of several acclaimed books, including The Fearless Organization, and the Science of Failing Well &

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Elon Musk’s new startup xAI seeks to raise $6 billion to challenge OpenAI

ReadWriteStart

With several investors handing sizable checks to startups to profit from what has attracted Silicon Valley’s attention in the past year — the race to create more and better AI has been escalating. Today, the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk ‘s “artificial intelligence start-up xAI is in talks to raise up to $6 billion.” The start-up is seeking money from wealthy holding funds in the Middle East and has held discussions with family offices in Hong Kong, according t

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8 Strategies To Capitalize On Your Startup’s Data

YoungUpstarts

Howard S. Friedman and Akshay Swaminathan shares strategies for capitalizing the value of your business data - at startup and beyond. The post 8 Strategies To Capitalize On Your Startup’s Data appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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Rob Cheung

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends.

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11 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting ready to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality.

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Your board should protect you!

Berkonomics

All other board functions are secondary. Even venture capitalists who sit on boards where they have significant investments often forget this point. They write in their investment documents that they will occupy a seat on the board for as long as they are invested in the company, thinking of this as a protection for their investment and tool for them to influence growth.

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The Biggest Challenges Of Hiring A Remote Team

The Startup Magazine

A growing number of companies are hiring remote employees. A remote workforce can have many benefits including: Access to a wider range of candidates who don’t have to live in commuting distance Costs saved due to reduced office space needs Happier employees as a result of no commute and flexible working hour options Of course, hiring a remote workforce does come with its challenges.

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30 Takeaways from Futurist Amy Webb’s Talk at SXSW 2024

SiliconHills

At SXSW, Amy Webb’s talk emphasized the significance of identifying and responding to fundamental technological trends, especially those related to AI, the interconnectedness of devices, and biotech.