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Co-Founders as “Work Spouses”

// Zack Mansfield

December 16, 2014 - I could tell by the brief hesitation that my friend and client wasn’t sure whether to say what was on his mind or not. He is the CEO of a fast-growing company, and while we had just finalized a new deal together we didn’t know each other that well. There was a pause, a quick sip of his water and a glance across the table to his co-founder before he finally blurted it out.
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Leadership In Depth Path to Execution Part II: The Practices of Execution

// Thomas L. Steding, Ph.D.

December 16, 2014 - This article is co-authored by Howard Teich, Ph.D.
In Part I of this series, we discussed “the hidden to be revealed,” comprising those deeper and often unrecognized leadership factors that rule outcome and inhibit execution. We also described a three-layer model for identifying those factors, along with the four archetypal dimensions of the underlying Mindset Layer. And we identified creative collaboration as the central organizing principle for driving team performance.
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Three Questions Every Small Business Should Ask Their Accountant

// David Ehrenberg

December 16, 2014 - You need help managing your small business finances. You need a professional partner who understands small businesses and can offer you strategic financial advice, help you to manage growth, ensure you’re in compliance, uncover potential business issues, and keep you on track. You need a strategic financial partner who is in close contact, asking questions and ensuring that they understand your business intimately.
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Venture Investments Update Q3 2014

// Wiley Becker

December 2, 2014 - With $9.9B invested in 1,023 US venture-backed companies in Q3 2014 according to the MoneyTreeTM Report, capital raised year to date has already exceeded the total for 2013. While this represents a rolling four quarter increase of 5% in dollars invested, the number of deals is actually down by 1%. The increase in dollars invested was caused by an increase in average deal size, driven again by several very large rounds this quarter.
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In Healthcare, Follow the Results

// Tom Brennan

December 1, 2014 - I recently spent a day at a healthcare conference focused on technology’s innovative applications, and the value they bring to healthcare. A common theme—besides translating between the latest buzzword-compliant healthcare and technology themes—was the old line, “follow the money.”

 

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SaaS: Early Innings, $1 Trillion Game

// Anthony P. Lee

December 1, 2014 - In our work as software investors, we think a lot about where we are in the adoption cycle for the current generation of software-as-a-service (SaaS). We know quantitatively and qualitatively that the opportunity to bring productivity and enterprise functions to the cloud is huge, but at the same time, we worry about investing into a valuation bubble or over-funded market. Here in Silicon Valley, SaaS boosters love to say that “we’re just in the early innings of SaaS.” But how do we know that? And how long is the game going to be? Now that we’re deep into the baseball postseason, let me try to put some perspective, and a few data points, around these questions.
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