5 Eye Opening Traits of High Performing Marketing Orgs

Exclusive Research from Salesforce

Salesforce recently completed new research identifying the key traits of high performing marketing organizations, and the results are eye opening. The data from over 7,000 marketers around the world provides a roadmap to becoming a high performing marketing organization, and the findings are surprising! The most surprising discovery is, marketing tactics don’t matter. The data […]

[VIDEO] Inside Indiana Tech: Tech Momentum, Challenges and Opportunities, Venture Funding

Tech Town Hall with Gerry Dick from Inside INdiana Business

If you have followed the Indy tech scene, you will recognize the name Gerry Dick who helps shine the spotlight on Indiana businesses through his Inside INdiana Business broadcasts. I have long admired Gerry’s ability to highlight others and encourage the ecosystem. As part of a special broadcast, I was able to join the IIB […]

Building the Midwest: Money. Liquidity. Talent?

This is a guest post by Nick Cromydas. A funny thing seems to be happening locally in the Midwest startup ecosystem. Raising money no longer seems to be the biggest challenge for early-stage companies. What?! Crazy, right? It’s a big change from what I remember five years ago. Back then, if you wanted to get […]

The Secret Ingredient to Building Effective Relationships

The Power of Mutual Perspective

A wise man once said to “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It seems increasingly rare to find leaders who harness this mindset. Seeking to understand others first is not anyone’s natural tendency. I think this is why it stands out so much when we experience it. In the VC world, we often […]

How to Succeed as a CMO Today

Evolution of the Modern CMO

In 2006, I took my first role as a CMO of a B2B software company. I can remember the reaction of my friends and peers like it was yesterday. A neighbor asked how I became a Chief Medical Officer (a different kind of CMO) so quickly, and I think the rest thought I had simply […]

5 Key Factors to Create An Active Startup Ecosystem Flywheel

This Blog Post has been Adapted from its Original Publication in October 2015 One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role with Hyde Park Venture Partners is getting to see some of the most dynamic tech ecosystems around the country. As a firm we focus on high growth, recurring revenue type businesses – usually […]

4 Ways to Ignite Your Workforce

Unlock the Power of Your Company’s Greatest Asset

I love hearing details about a company’s growth story when they pitch to me. But, revenue alone certainly doesn’t provide a clear picture of everything that is happening. The tell-tale sign of organizational health is the quality of employee engagement. Success in this area takes a group effort. Of course, the CEO and other key […]

Making the Most of Coffee Meetings

Ever since IBM acquired Xtify, I have been flooded with requests to “have” coffee. Whether deserved or not, an exit to a sought-after acquirer makes you a pseudo-oracle.  I am usually flattered, often assent, but too frequently disappointed.  Some people just don’t know how to prepare for coffee. In an age of ubiquitous Starbucks and […]

Buying Software Should Not Require Magic

Some things just don’t make sense, but somehow, we tend to accept them at face value. It’s amazing to me that we can get far more detailed, credible, and real-time reviews on where to go to dinner tonight than I can for a CRM or HR software platform, yet companies spend billions of dollars each […]