Expert Advice

Content Marketing For Tech: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Give the technology industry credit, they have embraced content marketing to a degree few others can match. But in this business, there are no trophies for participation.

What a Distributed Computing Veteran Can Teach Student Founders

This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Sagan, former CEO of Akamai Technologies, and current XIR at General Catalyst, where he advises founders and entrepreneurs...

Top Tax Tips Every Startup Needs to Know

Tax Compliance can be a pain. It’s not convenient for startup founders to think about taxes. Valuable time taken away from beating at your craft can be costly.

Four Reasons Broadway and Andrew Square in South Boston are becoming tech hot spots

Tech companies and startups are now looking “outside the box” for office space, and scouring urban neighborhoods for rent value and Innovation District potential in the Broadway and Andrew Square areas of South Boston...

The 5 People Every Startup Needs to Succeed

You’ve got a great idea for a product or service. You have a well-crafted business plan. You might even have – gasp! – a round of funding from a venture capitalist...

[Not] Bluffing your way to a syndicate

Entrepreneurs don’t realize how transparent their bluffs are. Every single week a team tells me a variation of “you only have a week to present a term sheet because other firms are closing in fast.” 

The Venture Narrative

Entrepreneurs who tell stories well can explain complex ideas, attract amazing talent, close customers, create partners, and raise financing with relative ease. Those that can’t struggle at every turn.

7 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in VC Pitches & How to Fix Them

With plenty of resources available for entrepreneurs about how to craft an effective pitch deck for raising seed-stage capital from VCs, often what’s left out are some of the tactical components of an initial meeting.

6 Lead Generation Strategies from Fast-Growing Startups

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on lead generation strategies with the incredibly knowledgeable Tim Paige, Conversion Educator at LeadPages.

Startup Office Space: View from the Real Estate Professionals

Last week I touched on the challenges that can arise for startups when it comes to office space. This week I asked experts in the space to provide their insight and how specifically they can help you in your next search or renovation...

The Pavlovian Theory of Brand Engagement

I recently watched an episode of The Big Bang theory, one of my favorite shows, where Sheldon begins to modify Penny’s behavior by feeding her chocolate each time she does something he wants her to do.

Things Will Never Be The Same: The Growing Necessity of Paid Social

As social lovers and marketers, we all knew there would come a time when our favorite social platforms would find themselves answering to their investors. That’s just the way it is.

Marketing Technology: Where To Invest For Your Small Business

Whether you’ve just founded your company or you’re looking to grow more awareness, building up your online presence is an important step in your marketing efforts.

What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 5/5: Putting it all together

Throughout this series we’ve deconstructed the dimensions that comprise product management. Here we’ll put those back together, to see how you can employ the 3^3 framework to help you in your day-to-day endeavors.

Five expert business and legal insights aimed at college students

Five Useful Tips for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs. At Founders Workbench, we talk to a lot of entrepreneurs who have plans to start their own business.

5 Ways the Internet of Things Could Change Our Lives

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the movement towards having almost every electronic product we use connected through the Internet. With an estimated worldwide market of $7.1 trillion for 2020, it has been the center of attention recently in the digital world.

Process Is King

Software development is often unpredictable. Changes in the infrastructure or libraries we depend on happen. Bugs come up. Milestones slip by. To be able to deal with all of those changes, we need a proper process in place that will help us deal with unforeseen problems and give us the confidence to upgrade any part of our system at any time.

7 Ways Creative Professionals & Content Producers Can Break into Boston’s Tech Scene

“Just create great content.”  You hear this all the time today in support of different ideas and philosophies that comprise the modern marketing world, and really the business world in general.

Programmatic Thinking

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “programmatic” was first used in the late 19th century.  Despite its long tenure in our lexicon, the word was an obscure one until recently.  If you aren’t familiar with it yet, if it hasn’t permeated your corner of the business universe, just wait.

What does a Product Manager Do? Part 4/5: Context

In Part 2 of this series, we explored the range of responsibilities a Product Manager can take on. Now, we’ll examine how those activities will change, based on where the product (or company), is in its lifecycle, based on the three main stages...

3 Quick Ways To Make Your App More Lucrative And Loveable

Move over Princess and Prince Charming, a new type of love is sweeping the globe – and although it is a little unorthodox, this love is still founded on principles of compatibility, happiness, and exclusivity.

The Five Most Important Productivity Tools For Freelancers

Almost every day I’m asked what tools I use to stay organized, track my time, and collaborate with clients. I find the tools I use so valuable to my everyday work flow that I’d like to talk a bit about them here.

Developing a Better YouTube Strategy

Most of the companies I come across on YouTube are using the patented "video dumping ground strategy." Someone in the company—maybe even you—is tasked with uploading every new website video and TV ad.

Advice: For Entrepreneurs From Angel Investors

We’re running a series of “Advice” pieces. For our next run of advice we’ve reached out to some super successful angel investors and asked that they too offer up some knowledge to help budding entrepreneurs in their quest to build a company and raise capital.

Pitching Your Current Investors

It catches many founders by surprise, but one of the hardest pitches to a venture capital firm is actually the pitch to your current investors.

What does a Product Manager do? Part 3/5: Customer

In the last part of this series we looked at the range of responsibilities Product Managers can cover. Next, in the 3^3 model, we’ll examine how those responsibilities are adjusted, based on the type of customer you are serving.

Advice: For the Entrepreneur by the Entrepreneur

VentureFizz is all about Entrepreneurship. Wanting to provide advice for budding entrepreneurs, we reached out to a few successful entrepreneurs and asked them:  “What advice would you give an up & coming entrepreneur?”

What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day.

How Do You Know You Have a Good Sales Team?

If someone asks you whether you have a good sales team or not, what objective criteria or sales metrics could you use to say that you do?

What Does a Product Manager Do? (Part 1/5): Intro

When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management...