7 Winning Business Writing Pointers For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. In the competitive realm of business, you only get one chance to make a great first impression.

7 Writing Rules Eliminate Any Failure To Communicate

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. In the competitive realm of business, you only get one chance to make a great first impression.

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Modern Entrepreneurs Need To Learn How To Write

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. In the competitive realm of business, you only get one chance to make a great first impression.

Performance competition is a good thing

TechEmpower

As Ben Adams writes in his article detailing the achievement , that is 23 times better than prior to the start of optimization work within the framework! We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team.

XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition

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Diamandis which seeks to spur innovative solutions to the world's problems, has awarded $15M in the Global Learning XPRIZE , the prize which challenged innovators to create a way to enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. xprize learning competition kitkit onebillion school education educational software swahiliMarina Del Rey-based XPRIZE , the organization led by Dr. Peter H.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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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.

5 Ways Writing a Book Will Kick-Start Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition, the discipline of producing it, like writing a business plan, will help you immensely in understanding the key elements that drive you and your business. Successful businesses require the best people to deliver your vision and services one step better than the competition.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

It was a pleasure to write them myself. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

InfoChachkie

How are they different from the competition? You might also want to highlight certain capabilities that the competition doesn't have, speed of delivery or implementation, or responsive customer support. A customer story can't just be interesting or results-oriented.

Wpromote Launches Scholarship For Students In Digital Marketing

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Wpromote said that entrants will be asked to write a blog post on any topic of their choice about the field of digital marketing, which will determine the winners of those three scholarships; the winners will be featured on Wpromote's digital marketing blog. wpromote scholarship digital marketing high school student education contest competition

Framework Benchmarks Round 16

TechEmpower

Most importantly, the community has been contributing some amazing test implementations and demonstrating the fun and utility of some good-natured performance competition. Mostly so that we can use the opportunity to write a blog entry and generate hype!)

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

socalTECH

There are a lot of other competition shows and reality show, which are much more predatory and cut-throat, and it's nice for our entrepreneurs to not only get a real investment, but get great feedback. As an entrepreneur, there is so much competition for so few dollars, so having a finance background and also having done something entrepreneurial really helps me provide balance to the show. Anyone can write a check, but not everyone can provide intellectual capital.

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Do you want to control your business destiny?

Berkonomics

This moment is not to be spoiled by such mundane warnings from advisors or consultants to plan carefully, research the market and competition, and execute the plan with tenacity and enthusiasm. Write your own Hollywood script.

Reduce five risks: Increase your valuation

Berkonomics

This risk can be mitigated by finding a customer willing to purchase as soon as a proven model is completed, and willing to state this in writing. And fifth: Competitive risk. . Why five risks?

Best Alternatives to the Amazon Affiliate Program

Tech.Co

Jeff Bezos didn't get to be the world's richest man by writing a lot of checks, and one recent way to keep Amazon's profits healthy has been to cut its affiliate commissions scheme.

Timing and why we’re all VCs

TechCrunch LA

Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. Start writing down predictions about people, companies, and markets. Mithril is struggling to compete against ferocious competition in the growth-stage equity market.

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

TechCrunch LA

Both services are entering a highly competitive and increasingly fragmented entertainment landscape with many big studios building moats around their content in the form of exclusive subscription-based streaming services. Michael Scott is simultaneously writing a pilot for linear television.

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.

Berkonomics

You’ll have less competition. Competition is good, but – if there are hundreds of businesses out there that already have gotten to and penetrated this niche – you’re going to find it hard to get through the marketing noise. Close.

Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. But the realist in me knew I couldn’t write daily nor could I convince you to think to check out my blog with regularity.

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

TechCrunch LA

“If big companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition,” Sirinivasan writes. If big companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition. “I don’t think at the end of the day venture capital is worrying about competition from these big platform companies.

Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

Berkonomics

This risk can be mitigated by finding a customer willing to purchase as soon as a proven model is completed, and willing to state this in writing. And fifth: Competitive risk. . Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

10 Popular Business Strategies That Most Often Fail

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe the old adage that you don’t know what you don’t know until you try to write it down. The discipline of writing down your plan is the best way to make sure you understand how to transform your idea into a business, and how to communicate it.

Above all, consider the corporate gate keeper.

Berkonomics

Dropping that name will often immediately draw a response if the decision maker is curious or particularly competitive. Let me reinforce this: never reveal competitive information to gain access or advantage.

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Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I hope to publish that deck and a full write up in the next 10 days in partnership with Dan Primack at Fortune (if my write up doesn’t suck, I guess ;-)). Of course the concentration of capital in growth firms and the intense competition to fund the best deals leads to some risks.

How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

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Defy Ventures runs business plan competitions and has people like us who attend and give business advice and feedback. Catherine (Cat) Hoke founded the program in 2010 and launched the business plan competition in 2012. I will write about that as soon as Caroline is ready.

5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Then, he'll need to patent it and create a plan to show opportunity, competition, and financial projections. One thing I have learned the hard way in business is that implementing new ideas is usually much more difficult than conceiving the idea in the first place.

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Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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This is the norm and unless you have a hugely competitive round it’s not worth fighting. This is not true in the majority of cases but rather when you have competition in your round and feel confident in using your leverage.

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

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Whenever you write your deck and send it out I think you should actually think to yourself, “my competitors are probably going to read this one day and this will be forwarded widely” and if your response isn’t “so what!” Summary: Send the Deck Pitch decks are sales & marketing decks and like in any sales activity, any great sales person assumes his or her competition will eventually get their deck. Competition isn’t won or lost by your marketing decks?—?it’s

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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With perfect information and too much competition you pay up or they walk right down the street and get it from somebody else.” I’ve seen many a VC firm argue that “if we give them $10 million then they will massively pull away from competition and we crowd out the market.”

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

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This can include: Fund raising, product development choices, sales, marketing effectiveness, competition, business development, M&A … whatever. You can write this as a narrative in 3–5 key bullet points.

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Putting an End to the Dark Ages of Local Businesses

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She entered you reservation by writing in a time slot in a paper calendar and you were in. and there was certainly less competition from everybody pitching local merchant solutions.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. eCommerce is an enormously competitive search term.

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

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I thought I’d write a post about how to talk about valuation at a startup and give you some sense of what might be on the mind of the person considering funding you. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

How to use PR Firms at Startups

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Obviously you should have somebody that helps you research journalists, gets you meetings, pitches stories, helps prep you for interviews & helps make sure your writing is cogent. Whether we like to admit it or not, PR drives behavior with customers, investors, employees and competition.

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Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. The funding rounds will also build customer confidence and they’ll help journalists feel air cover in writing your more important pieces when you brag about customers, traction, revenue or whatever.

6 Marketing Tips To Attract Customers To Your Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

A couple of years ago, I saw a classic primer on the key elements of great online content that I like, in “ Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition ,” by Michael Stelzner, founder of SocialMediaExaminer.com. Then write it down.

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7 Ways To Hire Your Way To Failure In A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

I recommend a thirty to ninety-day trial period, defined in writing, where either party can terminate the relationship without recourse. You need the very best to maintain a competitive edge, and get the satisfaction you want for you and your team members.

Understanding the Herd Mentality of VCs and How not to Let it Psyche You Out

Both Sides of the Table

I remind founders that the no’s come early because it’s super easy to qualify out a deal that you know is unlikely due to stage, focus, geography, competitive deal you’ve done or even just the fact that you’re too busy right now.

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

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It’s building a product that is substantially differentiated, and, as Bill Gross, one of the most prolific tech entrepreneurs of our era says, “ It needs to be 10x better than the competition ” (because if you shoot for that then in competitive markets you might achieve 3x.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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The VC market has right-sized (returned back to mid 90′s levels & less competition). Just 3 years ago there was talk of institutional investors “not being able to write small enough checks.”

Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

Both Sides of the Table

How to get your Series A mojo back The rest of the outline I’ll write as a series to come back to this blog if you want to read more. … Fund raising. It definitely has a “d” in it, as in it’s really not fun, raising.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. But at the end of the year you write your own ticket if you’re talented because now you have experience and it cost you less than your law school loans!

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SBIR Source Launches New Research Tool

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The company said its data can be used by startups and small tech companies looking for R&D grants, to write more targeted proposals and to understand the competition and needs of Federal agencies. Los Angeles-based SBIR Source , which maintains an online database of grant opportunities from the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, said this morning that it has launched a new product, GrantIQ.