Fast Company 3.19.14
When I ask Ben Horowitz where he gets his understanding of business, he answers cheerfully: "Pain. I would make a mistake," the Andreessen Horowitz partner says, "and it would just cause a horrific consequence." Like when Horowitz was chief executive of Loudcloud, the online storage startup that gave cloud computing its name. It was early 2000, the peak days of the dot-com boom.
Last week, NAB Show introduced the first 10 startups participating in SPROCKIT, a year-round startup program now in its second year with more influencers, participants, and visionaries than ever before. The program brings together disruptive startups with industry leaders to collaborate, innovate, and accelerate solutions to problems currently facing the media and entertainment industry.
Every year a lots of people start business in a hope to survive only initially. But unfortunately most of them fails. Despite of favoring market and opportunities they loose it all. Reasons? Inadequate information, getting the right pitch, get into the debt initially and many more.
Humanity is facing new, enormous pressures that threaten our ability to create a thriving global economy. Two mega challenges in particular -- extreme weather (driven by climate change) and intense pressure on resources -- are raising the cost of “business as usual” and forcing deep changes or what I’m calling a “big pivot” in how we operate. The stakes are high and multitrillion dollar markets in buildings, transportation, energy, water, consumer products and finance are all in play.
I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else.
Young Upstarts 3.27.14
As author John Steinbeck said “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” And when it comes to business in Texas, you don’t mess about. Here are 6 unmistakably Texas-style business lessons – unwritten codes of behavior that everyone notices and no one forgets – to stand the test of time.
Under 30 CEO 3.26.14
So you’ve decided to become an entrepreneur. Great! You probably already have plans to become the next Silicon Valley giant, giving Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin a run for their money. Maybe you want to build the next WhatsApp you can sell to Facebook for a mind-boggling $19 billion. Maybe you just want to be really, really, rich.
Rocket Lawyer aims to provide legal help for startups.Its easy-to-use technology would help you do more on your own, and backed it up with a network of Rocket Lawyer On Call attorneys who are ready to help when you need it. LegalZoom lets you set up your corporation online for a relatively low cost. They can also file trademarks for you. This site can save you a bundle of money and time when you need to get the legal paperwork done.
So, you might have heard of this thing called SXSW (South by Southwest). For those of you who have never been or have yet to hear about one of the biggest annual festivals/conferences in the world (even larger than the world rodeo championship in Slovakia!), it’s quite a poppin’ time.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained is often the philosophy of very successful entrepreneurs. Calculated risk takes courage and intelligence, but it also requires an ability to welcome the uncertainty that comes along with it. Risks often don’t pay off and almost always don’t work out the way you might have originally imagined, so being able to flow with the way your business is changing is an important skill to master.
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. What is one way you ensure that remote meetings are effective and engaging?
Who doesn't want to work at Google? Pretty much no one, according to a new survey of undergraduates. Melissa Korn joins the News Hub to explain what makes Google so appealing to today's young workforce, and which other companies are hot on it's heels.
In a previous piece, I discussed what early stage entrepreneurs needed to know in order to secure angel investment attention in 2014. For the fortunate few who were successful in landing a coveted “yes” to taking an actual meeting, there is usually little time left to prepare for the most important part of the funding process – the investor presentation.
Entrepreneur Sky 3.26.14
Social media is an important part of both our personal life and worklife. Social media is extremely important when it comes to customer engagement and growth hacking for startups. Social Media can be a full time job and can require a lot of memorization and thinking. This is why it is always handy to have an efficient social media checklist to make your startup life much easier. In this checklist we’ll go through all the main requirements necessary for social media.
Next week, my company S.W. Basics, a Brooklyn-based natural products company that makes an all-natural and sustainable skincare line is traveling to pitch Target executives. Yes, Target – a huge deal for a company at any stage or size.
Fundable, a business crowdfunding platform, announced it’s pick-up or LaunchRock earlier this month. LaunchRock is a tool that helps startups create their launch pages to help spread awareness and gain users. Recently, it has begun expanding its services to help build relationships for startups in other ways.
SXSW has always been a great place to see the latest in tech from around the world. However, brands and marketers have begun to make more of a presence year after year. SXSW 2014 may be over, but you can still see the SlideShare below to see David Berkowitz’s take on this year’s festivities, and the effect brands had on the festival and conferences.
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