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Startups Should Focus On Their Net Profit Score Not Potential Promoters

InfoChachkie

As crazy as this scenario sounds, it is very similar to the “scoring process” companies engage in when they track Net Promoter Scores. However, rather than obsessing on a single metric, entrepreneurs should focus on improving their Net Profit Score.

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10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

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Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market. ” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. Isn’t the Overall Market Just Booming Now? .

6 Critical Marketing Metrics To Nail Today’s Buyers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques. Carlos Hidalgo demand generation entrepreneur leads marketing

6 Demand Generation Metrics To Quantify Marketing ROI

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques. Carlos Hidalgo demand generation entrepreneur metrics pipeline ROI

10 Qualities That Will Make You An Entrepreneur Idol

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

InfoChachkie

Hint: He was an entrepreneur. The same is true of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is so highly valued in the Western World that some people try to convince themselves that they are an entrepreneur, when in fact they would be better off at a Big Dumb Company (“BDC”). These would-be entrepreneurs are best classified as Wantrepreneurs, as discussed in Entrepreneurial Enterviewing. Most of these instant entrepreneurs were in it for one reason – quick money.

10 Entrepreneur Qualities That Tag You as Fabulous

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra, like Simon Cowell is searching for on the X-Factor , that you can’t quite put your finger on. entrepreneur startup business

Boomers Lead and Drive the New Wave of Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

First of all, the Boomer demographic is currently the single largest, mainstream pool of experienced talent in the market today (76 million people strong). entrepreneurs demographics startups investors business boomers

Entrepreneurs Need to Find the Best ‘Curators’

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur is flooded with information from all directions, but despite their best efforts to absorb it, they likely miss the information really needed to start a business. and books for entrepreneurs like “Think and Grow Rich.”

Xconomy Special Report: 12 San Diego Tech Startup to Watch in 2017

Xconomy

Other companies also demonstrated why they made our 2016 list of companies to watch: Classy recently raised $30 million for software-as-a-service that helps nonprofits run crowdfunding campaigns and raise donations online; Seismic raised $40 million in May to advance its software for updated corporate sales and marketing material; GovX, with revenue up nearly 40 percent over last year, raised $3.8 I widened my net this year.

What’s the minimum information to give your investors?

Berkonomics

On the other side, entrepreneurs and CEO’s usually have a natural fear of giving too much information to us investors after the initial investment is received. This could include the need for audited financials, monthly financial and narrative reporting and more.

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10 Negatives That Still Make Going Public A High Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Smart entrepreneurs are just now starting to look at this option again, due to its unpredictability and the challenges of running a public company.

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What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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But VC is an “illiquid asset&# so funds didn’t disappear quickly - In 2000/01 the stock market quickly adjusted punishing investors in the NASDAQ and in individual public technology stocks. What accelerated this was the collapse of the public stock markets.

Another personal story: Timing is everything in a sale.

Berkonomics

After presenting a “state of the company” report at a national meeting of resellers for a company where I sat on the board, I was approached by one of the audience members, complimenting my presentation and stating, “I have a problem. Our entrepreneur balked at the boldness of that statement.

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What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

A great recent example of this was a successful group of entrepreneurs who had created a company that will do $10-12 million in revenue at their system integration business (read: services business) in 2011 after having done $5 million or so in 2010 and $2-3 million in 2009.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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Gross Burn vs. Net Burn. Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it by Michael Woolf that is worth any startup founder reading to get a sense of perspective on the reality warp that is startup world during a frothy market such as 1997-1999, 2005-2007 or 2012-2014. Net burn is the amount of money you are losing per month. The answer is more complex than just Gross vs. Net Burn.

Taking Your Startup Public Is Fraught With Negatives

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Smart entrepreneurs now avoid this option like the plague, due to its unpredictability and the challenges of running a public company. entrepreneur IPO m&a startup Stock Exchange

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How to Profit: “Thank You Metrics” – Community First, Money Second

Tech Zulu Event

Live, right there in front of us, he opened his private admin dashboard with the stats from AppSumo and revealed what marketing campaigns failed, how much those cost as well as which ones succeeded and how much revenue those brought in. I am a raving fan of AppSumo.com.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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The speaks to the continued confidence in the venture capital markets and as I had predicted some time ago the VC markets right now are a great place to invest – especially relative to other places to put one’s money.

10 Realities Today Cause Startups To Bypass An IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Smart entrepreneurs are just now starting to look at this option again, due to its unpredictability and the challenges of running a public company.

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10 Reasons Why IPO Is No Longer A Good Startup Exit

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of someday taking their startup public, and making it a multi-national powerhouse. In my view, the key reasons that IPOs have lost their luster from an entrepreneur and investor perspective include the following: The US IPO process seems broken.

Test Your Business Model Against These 10 Elements

Startup Professionals Musings

I expect that should seem intuitive to all entrepreneurs, but every investor I know has many stories about startup funding requests with major business model elements missing. The most common failures are solutions looking for a problem, lack of a defined market, and giving away the product.

Is Your Startup Growing Too Quickly For Cash Flow?

Startup Professionals Musings

In the new business world, many entrepreneurs are so excited with large initial orders that they don’t anticipate the cash flow challenges that can quickly kill their startup. Sales volumes are still ramping up while marketing expenses are at max.

10 Steps To Be A Startup Founder With The X-Factor

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra, like Simon Cowell is searching for on the X-Factor , that you can’t quite put your finger on.

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Business 2015 - Optimism, But Upgrade Your Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

A November 2014 report by Kiplinger asserts that economic momentum is back on track. Many are planning to be more aggressive in grabbing market share from competitors, and you should, too. 2015 business optimism entrepreneur strategy

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Ten Questions to Ensure a Viable Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

I expect that should seem intuitive to all entrepreneurs, but every investor I know has many stories about startup funding requests with major business model elements missing. The most common failures are solutions looking for a problem, lack of a defined market, and giving away the product.

10 Cash-Flow Surprises That Could Kill Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I will outline here ten key principles and disciplines that every entrepreneur must understand and practice to minimize surprises and failures in this area: Failure to document cash flow projections is a disaster. Sales volumes are still ramping up while marketing expenses are at max.

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This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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It was especially fun for me because we got the chance to talk about the VC industry and how entrepreneurs should think about the VC industry in addition to discussing deals. the funding and market coverage. But LivingSocial is reportedly doing around $180,000 per day in gross revenue.

Public Company Executives Rarely Adapt To A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Similarly, acquiring a larger footprint of direct reports is often a sign of success at large businesses. At a small company, if you''re constantly demanding more support, you risk turning your net impact into overhead-creep rather than value creation.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

TrueCar, an LA-based company, sells more cars now than any physical dealer in the country and recently went public and has a $1 billion market cap. While the costs of starting a tech company have plummeted it still does take money to hire a team, launch products and market oneself.

Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

InfoChachkie

In his premier film appearance in the blaxploitation send-up “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Chris Rock inadvertently addresses a key pricing challenge faced by most entrepreneurs. Experienced entrepreneurs know this is simply not true.

Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers

Startup Professionals Musings

First of all, the Boomer demographic is currently the single largest, mainstream pool of experienced talent in the market today (76 million people strong). entrepreneurs advisors funding startups baby boomers business

Startups Need the Eight P’s for Successful Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Bockerstette, Main Street Venture Fund As I outlined last week, trophy angel investors are always looking for trophy entrepreneurs. In many areas, not enough entrepreneurs meet the criteria, so it’s still a buyer’s market. By Joseph A.

Timing is everything in a sale of a business.

Berkonomics

After presenting a “state of the company” report at a national meeting of resellers for a company where I sat on the board, I was approached by one of the audience members, complimenting my presentation and stating, “I have a problem.

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7 Reasons Big-Company Executives Fail in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Similarly, acquiring a larger footprint of direct reports is often a sign of success at large businesses. At a small company, if you're constantly demanding more support, you risk turning your net impact into overhead creep rather than value creation.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

Tech Coast Venture Network

Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money. Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. Meet angels via the entrepreneurs they’ve funded.

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Boomers are Looking for Another Bite at the Apple

Startup Professionals Musings

First of all, the Boomer demographic is currently the single largest, mainstream pool of experienced talent in the market today (76 million people strong). News & World Report , people over 40 were key players in 86.6% Tags: entrepreneurs startups business

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

is the second largest designated market area (DMA) in the country, so youre starting with a natural talent pool of very interesting people, and also, a market from which to sell your goods and services into. before which is second-time entrepreneurs.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

Loading… Markets. Markets. Loading… Market Data. Tech entrepreneurs and executives from Silicon Valley are moving south and buying up luxury homes in the Los Angeles area. In March of last year, Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook, paid $10.9

Interview with Wil Schroter, Fundable

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That's the idea behind a new startup, Fundable , headed by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter , which allows you to use rewards -- product, company schwag, an even equity -- as a tool to get your startup to the next stage.

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Big-Company Executives Rarely Survive in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Similarly, acquiring a larger footprint of direct reports is often a sign of success at large businesses. At a small company, if you're constantly demanding more support, you risk turning your net impact into overhead creep rather than value creation.