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Where will you be 4YFN (4 Years From Now)?

Where will you be 4YFN (4 Years From Now)?

Events
Recently, I was talking with Aline Noizet about this year's must-attend events and top of her list was 4YFN. 4YFN (4 Years From Now) is the innovation platform of MWC, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and launch new ventures together. So of course, we caught up with Pere Duran, 4YFN Event Series Director to get the inside scoop on next month's conference. BARCELONA, 25-27 FEBRUARY 2019   European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences 4YFN has been around for more than 4 years, What has changed since you started? This is the 6th edition of 4YFN and this year will be our biggest and best show. Having started with just 2,300 delegates in 2014, we are now expecting to welcome more than 21,000 international attendees and more…
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Venture Profiles – Antonino Saccà, Milan

Venture Profiles – Antonino Saccà, Milan

Venture Profiles
Next week we will be in Berlin for Tech Invest Europe. To get ready, we had a chance to sit down with Antonino Saccà, CEO of Milan's Hephaestus Venture. Hephaestus Ventures is a private equity fund supporting the growth of Corporate Venture Capital through the creation of an accelerator in Milan called HV Labs to support the creation of new products and services and the expansion abroad of Italian Companies towards Brazil, United States,China, South Africa, Russia and India, United Kingdom and Germany. We support Senior Managers in their process of Digital Transformation to create Spin-Off of the projects of Open Innovation of the Corporates from which they come from in these verticals: FinTech, Energy, Smart Mobility, Digital Health. What did you work on in 2018? I did scouting of startups and Investors.…
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Startup Tech Events Europe Feb 2019

Startup Tech Events Europe Feb 2019

Events
Startup System EU  offers this European Innovation Conference calendar as a resource to help make connections between startups, investors and innovators. Our goal is to bring together startups and innovation professionals to learn about cutting-edge innovations and foster dynamic conversation addressing how technology is transforming Europe. JAN-MAR | APR-JUN | JUL-SEP | OCT-DEC European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences Feel free to email updates, corrections or add conference dates. ISPO Munich 2019 – The largest trade fair for sports business more than 2,800 exhibitors will be presenting their latest sports products from segments such as Snowsports, Outdoor, Health & Fitness, Urban and Teamsports at the Messe München exhibition grounds. Look forward to four days full of impulses and rich contacts. Munich, Germany; Feb 3-6, 2019 HRD Summit – the most senior gathering of HR Directors on the globe. The 2019 Summit…
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Do You Need a Business Plan?

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Business Tips
Very early in my career, I sought advice from a seasoned business owner. “Do I really need a written plan?” I asked impatiently, being inexperienced. He scoffed, “Why spend six months writing a plan? Go start a business NOW!” That was great advice, exactly what I wanted to hear. So off I went, and despite myself, I was a modest success. But in hindsight, I now realize I could have been spectacular rather than modest.   If you’re an organized sole-proprietor, I imagine you can do just fine without destroying half a forest to memorialize your every proprietary insight. However, if you plan to seek funding, hire employees or otherwise engage in activities to facilitate growth - you’ll find you really need someplace other than your head as a repository…
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When Outcomes Matter

When Outcomes Matter

Business Executive Coach
Many of us launched our careers in the "Boom" years.  Talent was in short supply and advancing was a given for motivated individuals.  And then things changed.  Instead of worrying about keeping their top performers happy, companies focused on survival.  Now, there is hiring freezes, and thousands of over-qualified resumes swamp HR departments for any open position. In this tough economic environment outcomes matter.  Today's companies focus on the bottom line and expect their executives to bring their best to the table.  Add to this that business is facing changes it has never experienced before.  Navigating these turbulent waters is about leadership. If you want to succeed, if you want to get ahead - you need to lead the change created by an ever-changing economic environment - outsourcing,  technological developments…
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Embracing Change

Embracing Change

Business Executive Coach
Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end . . . --Semisonic Have you ever stayed at a job too long? Held onto a bad relationship with Mr. Wrong? We, humans, hate change and will even endure some pretty horrific things just to avoid change. And it’s not until you’ve undergone some major change, which you dreaded, that you begin to wonder what took you so long to change? Change doesn’t just happen - you have to have a purpose. Visualize the Change Thinking about change, then it is important to have a focus. Why are you looking to change? Many folks that I know that have embraced changes, such as quitting smoking, have done so with a purpose. My friend Margo quit because as she put it “I…
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Startup Business Review

Startup Business Review

Clients and Partners
Startup Business Review - helps businesses to increase sales and find new investment. Using the Business Ecosystem Plan (BEP) methodology we can help you clearly define your stakeholder value propositions, business models and go to market strategies. The entire process can be achieved in as little as 9 weeks for a fixed price – and comes with a 100% money back guarantee. Whether you are talking to customer, teams, or investors – the SER Team will help you with crystal clear communication. Recently, we sat down with our good friend and SER Team Troy Norcross to discuss fundraising, Brexit and the European Startup Ecosystem. How will Brexit impact the European Startup Scene (since London is such a big startup community)? Brexit was a pretty big shock to the London startup scene.…
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Startup Business Review

Startup Business Review

Entreprenuers
Recently, I was sitting on a panel that was tasked with deciding the recipient of 1 million euro grant to grow their businesses. I was one of five and we all came from investor business backgrounds. We were provided the respective business plans in advance and each came to the table with our respective questions and concerns. Each company was provided 10 minutes to present the projects followed by a 20 minute Q&A. One of the companies was represented by the founder/CEO, while the other chose to send the lead project manager of the research team. Neither presentation did. Much to move the needle and offered little beyond the business plan already submitted. Both presentations focused heavily on their respective technologies and were light on the business details of execution.…
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Does Your Business Have a Work Out Partner?

Does Your Business Have a Work Out Partner?

Business Executive Coach
When I launched my business, I had an "office" in a walk-in closet off my living room. The view wasn't so great. Back then my "enterprise" consisted of me and the cat. I would often venture out to Starbucks for a little human interaction. I knew all the baristas on a first name basis. Studies have shown that we are more likely to stick with an exercise program if we have a workout partner. Someone to be accountable to, to encourage you, someone to share goals with, or simply someone to laugh with over the misfortune of the day. And yet many of us go it alone when we launch our businesses? Why not find another business owner to be your workout buddy - you don't have to walk into…
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Understanding OODA Loops

Understanding OODA Loops

Planning & Strategy
Often overused and broad-reaching, the term strategic planning has become yet another one of those vague buzz phrases that get tossed about with little to no real understanding of what it means.  “I’ve developed an Internet strategy that will make us millions.” Simply electing to sell widgets on the Internet does not a business strategy make.  What is the market?  Who are your competitors?  Who will buy your product?  These types of questions along with much more provide the foundation for developing a solid strategic plan. A successful business strategy is a combination of art and science. It turns a dynamic situation to your advantage to achieve your goals.  A business strategy must include a set of (frequently interdependent) decisions and actions that define a company self-vision in the competitive…
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