The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

InfoChachkie

Before beginning customer success stories or case studies with a new client, I ask a LOT of questions of my marketing contacts - well before ever talking to one of their happy customers. How are they different from the competition? 2- The goals for their case studies.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

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Bio Roundup: Obamacare Persists, FDA Approves, Vertex Wows & More

Xconomy

But as of this writing, McConnell will allow a vote next week to start open debate, much less tightly controlled than the secretive BCRA that went nowhere. The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major hit this week from Senate GOP holdouts who said the Better Care Reconciliation Act either tore down Medicaid too much or left too much of the ACA in place. A straight-up repeal, floated by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, was also shot down.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

Berkonomics

Included in a business plan are financials, competitive landscape, marketing plans, and projected sales to name a few. Studies found that people who write plans are more likely to put their goals in action and increases your likelihood of success. By JJ Richa.

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The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

Both Sides of the Table

These people are like the friend in college who always tempted you by telling you about the latest party when you were at the library studying. It’s hard enough building a valuable product or service in competitive global markets without spending time on unproductive tasks.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

InfoChachkie

Most men in the 1940's and 50's did not know how to use a keyboard and thus could not write code. One of these bright lights is Santa Barbara-based HG Data - developers of the world's largest competitive-intelligence database. <Note:

Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

Both Sides of the Table

The starting point of product IS marketing, which is what a lot of young entrepreneurs that never studied business don’t realize. You might write a piece now and then that catches fire but there is nothing repeatable that would be useful for a business. Simply write a great book?

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re raising a round where a new lead investor would invest $5 million the VC fund must have no less than $100 million and if you’re looking for them to write $15–20 million as the lead their fund realistically should be at least $400 million.

Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

Startup Professionals Musings

If you don’t have the time to write things down, or your writing skills leave something to be desired, don’t be afraid to get some help. No executive I know writes all his own contracts, but every smart one owns every one that is written for him, and understands every element.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

InfoChachkie

"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. Bill’s advice reflects Microsoft’s hardnosed culture, which encourages internal competition and a ruthless pursuit of the truth.

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How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

The questions that a VC mulls before writing a check are precisely the questions you should be asking yourself. If you figure out how to scale a video product inside of Facebook really, really, quickly they’re likely to allow it to happen for a while so they can study the positive & negative impacts on user experiences. Competition. If you want to succeed you need to study the competitors. But not to study what else is happening in a market is wrong.

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The Most Interesting Online Video Trend

Both Sides of the Table

For those who still don’t know the origins, the Harlem Shake started as a small skit from a YouTuber named Filthy Frank (10 million views as of this writing) on January 30, 2013. Study the video game industry. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

Both Sides of the Table

I must admit I discuss this very frequently with portfolio companies but hadn’t thought to write about it. If you’re a start who’s looking to sign small deals with teams that are several levels down in an organization, the concept of exclusivity will seldom come up because your buyer is looking to solve his or her immediate business unit problem with your software or solution and probably isn’t deeply concerned with besting the competition.

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

Both Sides of the Table

There have been many studies done on the topic including looking at twins raised in separate families. There have been studies of adopted children to their natural parents versus the parents that raised them. I have also seen studies on “birth order.&#. Nature vs. Nurture.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

Both Sides of the Table

Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. He teamed up with his wife, Amy Batchelor , to write about about the impact that entrepreneurship has on relationships and what to do about it. Men are generally chest beaters and competitive.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

InfoChachkie

Also, you mentioned an interesting rails session that you attended last month about security, and we've been studying Google's web app security guidelines. Most importantly, it just doesn't feel right to us to hold positions in competitive companies.

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What Startup Owners Need to Know About Employee Medical Benefits

Tech Zulu Event

These two developments represent the potential for major disruption in employer-sponsored medical benefit programs over the next decade or so, according to several studies. Even so, employers will need to keep their plans competitive in order to discourage marketplace health plan shopping.

If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

Both Sides of the Table

This started as a post in which I was going to write out tips to personal branding and became in stead an essay of my own branding journey. Initially I thought it was too long of a name for a blog.When I looked at the competition it as AVC.com and Feld.com.

Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art

Startup Professionals Musings

After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check. Sustainable competitive advantage.

6 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Startup Bandwagon

Tech Zulu Event

Now, you’re handling payroll and doing writing as well. You may even discover that you enjoy writing more than crunching numbers. Piaw Na, who spent over six years at Google, writes on Quora that she recommends fresh grads to join a startup instead of big companies.

7 Strategies For Anticipating Future Customer Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

I was happy to see a real focus on preparing for tomorrow highlighted in a new book, “ Start a Successful Business ,” by Colleen DeBaise, who has made a career of studying and writing about entrepreneur challenges.

Makers Making The Sci-Fi Tricorder A Reality With VOXearch

socalTECH

A number of teams have recently been looking to turn that vision into reality, as a result of the Qualcomm Tricorder Prize , a $10M competition being run by the X Prize Foundation to create a real life Tricorder. We caught up with one of the local teams competing in that competition, VOXearch (www.voxearch.com), to learn more about the prize as well as their specific approach to the competition. Mike Outmesguine: Right now, it''s a competition, so there are deadlines.

The Best Entrepreneurs Learn To Stay Ahead Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Either they are never really ready to commit, study an opportunity until it has passed, or fail with tools and techniques from a bygone business era. The act of communicating and writing enhances learning.

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Tech Zulu Event

Through simple design, extensive sensing mechanism research, and behavioral science principles, Moving Analytics is carving out its own innovative niche in a heavily competitive space by providing a simple solution for highly sedentary people. How is Movn different than your competition?

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8 Learning Principles Enhance Entrepreneur Survival

Startup Professionals Musings

Either they are never really ready to start, study an opportunity until it has passed, or fail with tools and techniques from a bygone business era. The act of communicating and writing enhances learning.

RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel

InfoChachkie

9) In Getting The Band Back Together , I write about the power of serial Founding teams. Who do you view as your biggest competition? There’s lots more info including videos, case studies and more at www.ringrevenue.com.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

" Study entrepreneurship, but major in something else. If offered at your college, don’t forget the practical business skills like “Critical Thinking”, “Business Writing” and even “Dress for Success.” Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.

Understanding the Dreaded Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check. Sustainable competitive advantage.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

" Study entrepreneurship, but major in something else. If offered at your college, don’t forget the practical business skills like “Critical Thinking”, “Business Writing” and even “Dress for Success.” Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.

Interview with Noah Auerhahn, Extrabux

socalTECH

We talked with Noah about how the company grew out of a business plan competition at the University of Southern California, his recent funding from the Maverick Angels, as well as how the firm hopes to stand out among a crowded list of comparison shopping sites. We wrote up a business plan, and won a USC business plan competition, which allowed us to get funding from the University and raise venture capital we needed to begin development on the plan.

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An Entrepreneur Platform To Put You Above the Crowd

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the most recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, there were approximately 514,000 new businesses created per month in the US in 2012. People are more distracted than ever, and competition has never been greater.

Start With a Business Blog as Your Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Let me be clear – a product or consulting startup today without a blog, even with a static website, risks not being competitive in cost and time to reach and hold that critical mass of online customers. An informal writing style is generally recommended.

DreamSwapp | Remember Your Dream & Achieve It

Tech Zulu Event

We have a configurable alarm that reminds people to write down their dream when they wake up. Competition? Dream Writer is the app that people can only write down their dreams without any features. How unique are you from the competition?

7 Recommendations For Building Your Brand With A Blog

Startup Professionals Musings

Let me be clear – a product or consulting startup today without a blog, even with a static website, risks not being competitive in cost and time to reach and hold that critical mass of online customers. An informal writing style is generally recommended.

What Does a Startup Have To Do To Get Noticed?

Startup Professionals Musings

According to a recent study done by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, there were 565,000 new businesses created per month in 2010 in the US alone, which is a 15-year high. Be visible online and to traditional media, volunteer to lead, write guest posts for others, be responsive, give stuff away, and provide many ways to communicate. People are more distracted than ever, and competition has never been greater. The space for startups is more crowded than ever.

Get a Technical Degree But Entrepreneurial Spirit

Startup Professionals Musings

" Study entrepreneurship, but major in something else. If offered at your college, don’t forget the practical business skills like “Critical Thinking”, “Business Writing” and even “Dress for Success.” Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.

Stephanie Spong – Venture Capital Executive Interview

Startup Professionals Musings

Her academic credentials include an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a BA degree, cum laude, in Economics and Asian Studies from Brigham Young University.

7 Keys To Utilizing A Blog To Drive Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Let me be clear – a product or consulting startup today without a blog, even with a static website, risks not being competitive in cost and time to reach and hold that critical mass of online customers. An informal writing style is generally recommended.

8 Attributes Shared By Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Brown, who has been studying and writing about business leaders for many years for Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Inc. Find and sell your unique competitive advantages. If you don’t highlight your competitive advantages , no one else will.

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

Tech Zulu Event

As of writing, my twin and I serve as the Co-CEOs and Co-Presidents at LAGbook. Students have to register with their matriculation numbers, and supply upon registration, their course of study, faculty, department, mode of entry, year of entry etc.

8 Entrepreneur Principles For Managing Your Destiny

Startup Professionals Musings

Brown, who has been studying and writing about business leaders for many years for Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Inc. Find and sell your unique competitive advantages. If you don’t highlight your competitive advantages , no one else will.

8 Elements Of A Mindset For Success In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Brown, who has been studying and writing about business leaders for many years for Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Inc. Find and sell your unique competitive advantages. If you don’t highlight your competitive advantages , no one else will.

Improve Your Future By Thinking Like An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Brown, who has been studying and writing about business leaders for many years for Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Inc. Find and sell your unique competitive advantages. If you don’t highlight your competitive advantages , no one else will.