$100,000 Artificial Intelligence Investment Challenge at Defense Innovation Summit

Capital Factory is pleased to announce the $100,000 Artificial Intelligence Challenge focused on AI startups whose solutions address the four AI “initial thrusts” articulated by the Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force*. The launch of the AI Task Force allows the Army to better connect with the broader artificial intelligence community and focus their efforts in this dynamic field. Artificial intelligence capabilities are relevant to all services and each of the Army’s cross-functional team...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Defense, Startup, Austin, Fundraising, Innovation, Army, Carnegie Mellon University, Booz Allen Hamilton, U S Army, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Capital Factory, Austin Startups, Artificial-intelligence, CFT

Going Green to Stay Out of the Red: How to Avoid EHS Violations in Small Business

Small businesses have many things to keep track of, from tax codes, to office space regulations, to permits and other legalities. One thing that is vitally important for small businesses, but which often gets overlooked, is the importance of following Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) regulations. Many small businesses struggle to keep up with these […]
Tags: Sales, Business Operations, Environment Health and Safety EHS

M&A Quarterly News In The Technology, Media and Telecom Industry Sector

The report below gives a good overview of the third quarter M&A activity in the Technology, Media and Telecom Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Technology, Media and Telecom sector for Q2 2019 included 306 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet. One of the notable middle market transactions in the sector was announced in April when Lear Corp acquired Xevo, Inc., a portfolio company of MMV Financial, Inc., Intel Cap...
Tags: Business, US, Mergers, Mergers and Acquisitions, Lear Corp, FactSet, Technology/Media, Dan Vermeire, Entire Technology Media and Telecom, Bellevue WA, Corporate Finance Associates, Technology Media and Telecom, Technology Media and Telecom Industry Sector, Acquistitions, Merger-and-acquisition, Mergers-acquisitions

A Plan for Ad Agency New Business in 3 Simple Steps

Having a written marketing plan makes new business easier and much more consistent. Most agencies have no plan for new business. They can’t express what they are selling or who they are selling it to. For you to state that you want to “take your agency to the next level” is not a strategy, it’s a goal. A strategy is not your agency’s mission statement. Your marketing strategy is a plan of execution. Goals, objectives and mission statements are all fine. But, you must have an executable pla...
Tags: Europe, Business, Strategy, Canada, Nashville, Birmingham, Best Practices, Marketing Plan, Michael Gass, New Business Tips, Ad Agency New Business, Positioning, ANYBODY Develop, Stanley Judd Author Think RichClick, Public Relations Social Media Direct Mail Digital

What Is Social Proof and Why Your Business Can Die Without It

When is the last time you didn’t care or want to know if a product or service you liked was recommended by others?  Chances are, the answer is never. Humans are social creatures. From the beginning of time, we’ve told and sought out stories about common experiences. We crave social proof. What Is Social Proof? According to Wikipedia, social proof is: a psychological and social phenomenon wherein people copy the actions of others in an attempt to undertake behavior in a given situation. Social...
Tags: Small Business, Wikipedia, Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Public Relations, Marketing and branding

What’s the Return on Investment?

Have you ever stopped and ask yourself what the return on investment is for your clients who work with you? It’s an important thing to quantify. Think about it, behind almost every objection, the ultimate question a prospect is asking …Read More »
Tags: Sales, Selling, Client relationships, Return On Investment, Client Communication, Sales Success, Sales Quota, The Sales Leader, Observations from the real World, Client Loyalty, Pipeline Management, Client Attraction, Client Success

Discount to Value Invest New York Conference 2019

Value Invest New York December 3rd 2019 The Times Center    $700 discount using code: marketfolly-sept19 Expires September 30th The conference speaker line-up includes Joel Greenblatt, Alex Roepers, Tom Russo, Michael Mauboussin, C.T. Fitzpatrick, Richard Chilton, David Samra and many others - see the full speaker line-up below or on the Value Invest New York website.As a partner offer, the organizers have offered MarketFolly readers a $700 discount on a ti...
Tags: London, Finance, The Times Center, London Value Investor Conference, Discounts For Readers, Value Invest New York Conference, Value Invest New York, Richard Chilton David Samra

Google siphoning personal data to advertisers, new evidence suggests

Google is using a “surreptitious mechanism” to leak personal data to advertisers, according to new evidence presented to the Irish Data Protection Commission as part of an ongoing investigation. The evidence, sourced by Brave, a competing web browser to Google’s Chrome, “gives the Irish DPC concrete proof that Google’s ad system did broadcast personal data” belonging to Johnny Ryan, the chief policy officer at Brave. Google is accused of using hidden web pages that scrape personal data, which is...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Ecommerce, Eu, Commission, European Parliament, Adtech, Gdpr, Privacy/security, Netbiz, Ryan, DoubleClick, DPC, Johnny Ryan, Euractiv, Ravi Naik

The Passing of Two of My Childhood Business Heroes

Two of my childhood business heroes, T. Boone Pickens and H. Ross Perot, died this year. Perot passed away this summer at age 89 and Pickens passed away yesterday at age 91. As I was typing this, I thought maybe I’d call them T and H. But, growing up they were referred to as “T Boone” and “Perot.” I didn’t know either of them personally, but they loomed large over the business community in Dallas where I grew up (from 1969 – 1983.) Over time, I had a number of second-degree connections to eac...
Tags: Trends, Personal, Dallas, Heroes, Dallas Morning News, Boone, Boston Globe, Walton, Charlie, Ross Perot, Feld, Perot, Pickens, Ken Follett, Wall Street Journal the New York Times, Boone Pickens

Buying a new House? Here are 10 additional expenses you should be ready for!

Are you planning to buy a house? If yes then, you would have planned your investments and saving in line with the “Cost of the house”, you are looking for. But, when we buy a house, there are so many other events/costs which comes during or after buying the house which we do not plan […] The post Buying a new House? Here are 10 additional expenses you should be ready for! appeared first on Jagoinvestor.
Tags: Real Estate, Finance, Beginner Level, How to - Guide

5 Ways to Deal with a Job that Sucks

Guest post from Steve Farber: A buddy of mine has a step-daughter who works three or four 12-hour shifts each week as a clerk in a hospital emergency room. She’s a single mom with three kids, all still at home, all still outgrowing their shoes every other week, and all seemingly capable of eating Walmart’s entire grocery section in a single sitting. She took the job in part because it paid a couple of bucks an hour more than her previous job and because she liked the idea of helping people who...
Tags: Leadership, Careers, Walmart, San Diego, Dan McCarthy, Steve Farber, Todd Sattersten, Extreme Leadership Inc, McGraw Hill Sept, Radical Leap, Jack Covert

Heidi Roizen on meaningful work & relationships

“The true path to happiness is to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships,” Heidi Rozen says. She brings these two elements together as a VC working with entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better. Her humane take on being a “mentor capitalist” is deeply Give First.  Heidi Roizen has called herself a recovering entrepreneur. Wendy Lea has called Heidi “the epitome of Give First.” Both of these are true, and go a long way toward describing the deeply humane perspe...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Podcast, Brad Feld, Heidi, Wendy Lea, Heidi Roizen, About Techstars, Give First, Give First Podcast, Heidi Rozen, Tommy Orange Zoox

Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

Two years ago, we raised our first impact fund, closing just under $7M in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested.  In addition to investments made through our Techstars Impact Accelerator (Austin, TX), Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (Denver, CO) and Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars (Atlanta, GA), this fund participates in Seed and Series A deals of impac...
Tags: Startups, Mexico, Singapore, Nigeria, Blog, United States, Announcements, Faa, TechStars, Un Sustainable Development Goals, Ghana, Accelerators, Seattle Wa, Austin TX, Impact, TechStars Seattle

What Grumps & Grouches Can Remind Us To Be

Curmudgeon, bellyacher, and old biddy are but a few of the unflattering terms people use to describe those who have the strength and spirit (lots of it, sometimes) to call out pretense, bad behavior, hypocrisy, or the pitfalls of conventional thinking. Some cross patches live to annoy. Picture the sourpuss who snarls and bites because he’s motivated by malice, the malcontent who sees arguing as a competitive sport, or the family spitfire who delights in disrupting holiday dinners with her dissen...
Tags: Leadership, People, Perspective, Personal Development, Big Picture, Aristotle, Larry, Greater Good, Frances Hesselbein, Open-minded, Fran Lebowitz, Jon Winokur, Open Mindset

21 Best Selling Novels of the 21st Century [Infographic]

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have written one of the best selling novels of the 21st century? Well, there’s still time… A couple of weeks ago I asked: Is it really possible to write a best selling novel to order? To break down its constituent parts and use them as a kind of writing-a-blockbuster-by-numbers? Also, […] The post 21 Best Selling Novels of the 21st Century [Infographic] appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Fiction, Freelance, How to Write a Novel

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.

AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS on September 11, 2001 and on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Major General James Mattis needed to connect with every member of the 1st Marine Division. He writes, “I limited myself to one page they could carry with them, a message reconciling ferocity toward the foe with abiding concern for the innocents caught on the battlefield.” He signs off with a phrase he made the motto of 1st Marines: "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy." It was adapted from a remark attri...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Iraq, Leaders, Saddam Hussein, Saddam, James Mattis, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Marine Air

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