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Amid the countless books and articles offering entrepreneurial advice, I find that the most valuable nuggets come straight from founders, drawing on their own rich experiences.
That’s why I’m happy to be part of the recently launched video lecture series titled “Oracle Innovate: Lessons from Entrepreneurs.” The series, created by Oracle’s Global Startup Ecosystem program and Oracle Academy, features stories and advice from veteran founders designed to inspire other entrepreneurs—whether they’re budding founders in universities or leading early-stage startups or scale-ups ready for hypergrowth.
Below, in no particular order, are six nuggets of wisdom from me and five of those veteran founders. (Check out the three video clips as well.)
1. Write a personal mission statement: I challenge founders—really, everyone—to think about innovation as it applies to your personal life. Every company should have a strategic mission statement, of course, but do you have a personal one?
As a founder, your business’s ability to innovate and succeed is very closely tied to your personal brand. Countless times my personal mission statement has helped me overcome adversities. At my last startup, Vitrue, our three largest customers fired us within a month and we were coming dangerously close to running out of money. To say it was dire straits would be an understatement.
Relying on my personal mission statement, however, I “put my humility first and ego second” and accepted the truth as it was. So often a founder’s ego stubbornly blinds him or her to the truth. I also leaned on my promise to “follow and pursue my passion and not settle”—and never give up. So we changed the entire business, navigating difficult decisions and turbulent times.
That pivot ultimately led to a meeting with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg that changed everything. It would have been much easier to give up, but my mission statement didn’t let me quit. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to write your own.
2. Develop the skill of failure: Entrepreneurs need many skills to succeed, but the ability to handle failure well is the one that stands out most, according to Efrat Rapoport, founder and CEO of Bonobo.ai and an alumna of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem.
Learning to embrace failure is hard; it doesn’t come naturally. But it’s vital for startup life. Rapoport encourages entrepreneurs to put themselves out of their comfort zones, not only at work but also with a new hobby or challenge. For her, that was learning to write songs. It helped her get comfortable with failing and develop the courage to learn and grow from it.
As Rapoport reminds us: “Failure is a temporary state until you achieve.” Get up every time you get knocked down and keep striving to get better.
3. Focus on the problem, not the solution: As founders, our default is to focus on our solution. We’re so excited about the cool product or service we’ve developed.
“But no one is going to care about your solution until they care about the problem first,” observes Josh Baer, founder of Capital Factory in Austin, Texas.
Baer is right on. Every potential customer has pain points. Once you’ve identified the problem and connected on it, you now have an engaged audience to hear your solution. Focus first on the problem. Then sell the solution.
4. Choose your investors on the ‘What else?’ principle: The pressures of raising financial capital can make a founder focus only on the dollar amount. But there’s so much more to this equation.
Michael Marchand, chief customer officer at Dell Technologies, advises startup leaders to choose their investors on the “What else?” principle. You are entering into a relationship with a venture capitalist. What are the firm’s principals bringing to the table besides money? Can they offer connections to valuable partners and expert talent? Can they offer exposure? Think hard about their values and behaviors as well as their resources. What else can they do to help your business succeed?
5. Get everyone to sell: Veteran digital entrepreneur Sam Decker requires all of his executives, even the CTO, to go out on sales trips. “The more that executives with high-level titles can access other executives, the more they’ll drive revenue and help their companies be successful,” Decker says.
Revenue often is the only metric that matters to VCs, and the more high-level sales touches you have, the better chances you’ll have to grow it.
6. Seek out similar corporates: Stefan Rehm, founder of Intelipost and an alumnus of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, advises founders to work with larger companies that are most similar to their business. And avoid those that aren’t similar.
For Intelipost, a developer of supply chain management software, working with Oracle fit its business model and objectives naturally. The more similar your larger partner is, the more opportunities and resources it will introduce you to. Time is one of a startup’s most valuable resources. So choose your partners wisely so as not to waste it.
Emphasizing strong momentum in the “two strategic products that will determine our future,” Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said during Oracle’s first-quarter earnings call that the company is “well on its way” to becoming the world’s largest cloud application vendor and is poised to gain share in the cloud infrastructure segment “very, very rapidly.”
ERP (enterprise resource planning), which encompasses applications that manage financial, inventory, and other core business processes, is the largest segment of the enterprise application market. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said in Oracle’s first-quarter earnings press release that the company has nearly 5,500 customers for its Fusion cloud ERP services and more than 15,000 for its Oracle NetSuite cloud ERP services.
Hurd said during the earnings call that some customers are buying Oracle’s cloud ERP products to replace their SAP on-premises ERP software or the cloud-based financial software of Workday, a relative newcomer to that segment.
Hurd cited a dozen or so cloud ERP customer wins in the first quarter, including Airbnb, Legg Mason (both are replacing Workday financials), FedEx (whose TNT unit in Europe is replacing its SAP ERP with Oracle Cloud ERP), Academy Sports, Federal Home Loan Mortgage, Highmark Health, Noble, Saudi Telecom, and the state of Nebraska. Several of Oracle’s new cloud ERP customers are also buying Oracle’s cloud-based human capital management (HCM) and/or supply chain management applications, Hurd noted.
“Once you win ERP financials, the opportunity to then gain HCM and supply chain management is significant,” he said.
The other strategic product that Ellison emphasized is the new Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, with data warehouse and transaction-processing database offerings that are optimized to run on the company’s second-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Oracle Database is already the world’s most popular and technically advanced database, Ellison said. And as an autonomous cloud service, Oracle Database is now self-managing and self-patching, so it not only performs substantially better than comparable Amazon Web Services products, he said, but it’s also more reliable, more secure, and much less expensive to operate.
As Oracle’s tens of thousands of database customers start migrating their workloads and shifting their licenses to Oracle Cloud, “we think these compelling advantages will allow us to compete very effectively against Amazon in the infrastructure business,” Ellison said. “Today, we may be behind Amazon in infrastructure market share, but we are way ahead of Amazon in cloud infrastructure technology. We think that will allow us to gain market share in infrastructure in the cloud very, very rapidly.”
The Broader Numbers
For its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended August 31, Oracle reported that its operating income rose 1% from the year-earlier quarter, to $2.8 billion, on 1% higher total revenue of $9.2 billion. Oracle’s cloud services and license support revenue rose 3% in the quarter, to $6.6 billion. (All of those are GAAP numbers.)
Drilling down into cloud product categories, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said that revenue for the company’s cloud ERP business grew in the 30%-plus range and that the cloud revenue of its vertical industry business units grew in the 40%-plus range (and is now larger than those units’ on-premises software license revenue). (Those percentages reflect non-GAAP numbers.)
Catz said Oracle’s operating cash flow during the last four quarters was a record $15.5 billion.
With just a few weeks until Oracle OpenWorld, we have some exciting announcements to share about the content and, of course, the entertainment.
Schedule Builder is Live
Back by popular demand, we've launched the tool that enables you to build a custom schedule for Oracle OpenWorld and Code One. You'll need to log in using the email and password you used when you registered. From there, you'll have the ability to add sessions you plan to attend. Please note that the system does not allow for conflicts, so you'll have to be selective.
Need some ideas for what sessions to attend? Last week our Oracle OpenWorld speakers took to Twitter to talk about their presentations at this year's event. Take a look at what they shared, and if you feel inspired, tell us what you are looking forward to using hashtag #SeeYouAtOpenWorld!
With more than 350 customer case studies in the Session Catalog, we highly recommend you add some of these to your schedule. Browse this content under the "Real Stories, Real Customers" filter. We're fortunate to have blue-chip customers from brands such as FedEx, American Airlines, Dropbox, and Gap Inc. on the roster. Of course we're not just focusing on enterprise stories—we've got a vibrant program for SMBS, too. Be sure to check that out here, and, while you're at it, read up on 5 reasons SMBs should attend Oracle OpenWorld.
Because you'll spend four full days learning and focused on the cloud, we thought it was only fair to plan some fun under the stars. Please join us the Wednesday of Oracle OpenWorld at CloudFest.18. We're excited to return to AT&T Park and to celebrate with performers Beck, Portugal. The Man, and Bleachers. The night begins at 6:30 pm and will end late. Don't worry, we'll have plenty of food and refreshments to go around. CloudFest is one of the best parts of Oracle OpenWorld. Whether you know every word to every song, or you're just there to soak in the scene, it's a night you can't miss.
If you haven't already secured lodging for Oracle OpenWorld or Code One, now would be a good time to do so. Our negotiated rates with nearby San Francisco hotels end this Friday. Be sure to lock in a hotel before the rates go up!
We can't wait to see you next month in San Francisco. Check back soon for even more exciting updates. If you haven't registered yet, you can still save $200 on the conference price if you sign up before October 20.
The Oracle OpenWorld Team
Jim Czuprynski, an experienced database architect and published author on database troubleshooting, has spent a month hammering on the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. His insights are worth noting, not only because Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison has called the new “self-driving” technology one of the “most important things we’ve ever done,” but also because the leap to autonomous computing has many DBAs worried about losing their jobs.
Czuprynski’s three-word summary of the new cloud software: “No more knobs.”
Czuprynski’s longer assessment is that Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse delivers on its broad promise of automating much of the manual work that has long gone into creating and running a data warehouse. Specifically, it virtually eliminates human errors; it’s continually updated and patched; it can be scaled up and down so that customers pay only for what they use, and it frees up IT pros to create new functions rather than just maintain and monitor databases.
Oracle now offers both an autonomous transaction processing database and an autonomous data warehouse as cloud services.
“Fewer knobs to turn isn’t a bad thing. The fact that there’s less for you to screw up is good,” says Czuprynski, whose books include Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Testing Tools and Techniques for Performance and Scalability and PDB Me to Oracle Cloud Pocket Solutions Guide: A Lazy DBA's Guide to Mastering Multitenant Features on Oracle Cloud. Even more important than eliminating human error, he says, DBAs “can now focus on the things that they never had time to work on. They can help developers build better apps. We can finally get the DBA out of the back room and get you to the forefront of design.”
DBAs are worried about what this transition means for their jobs. Czuprynski, whose day job is Oracle enterprise architect at ViON Corporation, understands that fear. But he maintains that DBAs who have been embracing new database technologies, such as visual interfaces and advanced monitoring tools, will see the opportunity in taking the next step of automating the database maintenance work.
“A lot of DBAs are scared of autonomous,” Czuprynski says. “But I see it as a force multiplier.” Czuprynski will present two sessions at Oracle OpenWorld, October 22 to 25 in San Francisco, including: “A Start-to-Finish Case Study of Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud.” Czuprynski and his co-presenters will go into detail about their experience with Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, but here are a few likes and dislikes from Czuprynski after his initial test drive.
A DBA shouldn’t have to spend much time monitoring Oracle’s autonomous data warehouse, but there is plenty of information to reassure IT teams that the data warehouse is performing well and has sufficient resources, he says. It has a nice interface showing how much CPU and I/O are being used, with interfaces to drill down into more performance data. “It’s a bit more minimal than what’s available with Oracle Enterprise Manager or other third-party performance monitoring tools, but it’s more than enough,” Czuprynski says, since the point is that you no longer need an experienced pro monitoring these controls.
When you do want to drill down into an SQL query, you can get a report on that query with one click as the data warehouse is running (see screen shot above). Since Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse is cloud-based, the infrastructure can automatically adjust to meet changing workload demands, letting DBAs focus more on the front-end work of data architecture and building better systems and queries, Czuprynski says.
With the infrastructure automated, “if an SQL statement is still not performing, maybe it’s because the SQL statement sucks,” he says. Improving SQL statements is a better way for database pros to spend their brain cycles than managing storage, or worrying about making changes that might make a single query run faster now, but have a deleterious effect on a dozen other queries later. “And one big problem with turning knobs to hopefully improve performance is that a lot of times, the DBA forgets to turn the knob back to its original setting once the crisis has been addressed,” Czuprynski says.
Czuprynski notes that DBAs will have to sort out the best approach for loading their data. One way is using SQL Loader, which can be invoked via command-line scripts or through Oracle’s free GUI SQL Developer tool. “It does take additional storage space to retain the SQL Loader input files, but that can be easily overcome by using Oracle Cloud-based storage, which is relatively cheap for retaining files while they’re being loaded,” he says. Another option is Data Pump, though Czuprynski says the syntax for performing data imports requires pretty close attention to detail when specifying the exported source file names. Oracle also has recently added the option to leverage GoldenGate for synchronizing data between a source database and the destination Autonomous database, but Czuprynski hasn’t evaluated that option yet; however, he expects that GoldenGate will be more useful for the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud than for Autonomous Data Warehouse.
Overall, Czuprynski urges DBAs to embrace automation and try Oracle’s autonomous database technology. Czuprynski, who has taught more than 2,000 DBAs in his prior career as an Oracle University instructor, emphasizes that those classes focused a lot on how to best tune databases and data warehouses for top performance—some of the very work that Oracle’s autonomous tools will replace.
“When you really look at what it’s doing, it’s everything I tried to teach my students in the Oracle Database Performance and Tuning course that they were supposed to do, but maybe didn’t have the time or bandwidth to do,” he says. Now, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse essentially handles all those things for you. It takes care of that grunt work, so you can move on to more valuable work.
Explaindio Player – what is it? ExplaindioPlayer is the first video player on our market which solves problem with autoplay youtube videos after recent changes to Chrome and Safari It is new generation of Video Player which allows to “control” viewers.
It has all major features great players have, plus has many unique features including also ability to auto-play videos with audio as muted video with “Click for sound” (animated for attention). Click restarts video from the beginning. With Eplaindio Player you will be able to autoplay videos even in chrome and safari browsers without viewers missing the most important part of video audio.
On September 25th Youtube is making the massive change that can be devastating for everybody who sells or generate leads with videos but I have the solutions for you. Here is cut from YouTube announcement :
Following the change, the channel avatar and video title will always display before playback begins [cut] The avatar being displayed is new behavior that will be consistent across all embedded players. These changes will become effective on or after September 25, 2018
Do you realize how dreadful it is for sales and leads generating videos, especially in combination with Chrome and Safari no longer auto-playing videos with audio? It means that your videos will have initial look and feel of cats & dogs or other entertainment videos if not autoplayed, so nobody will take you seriously, and it will make you look like amateur on top.
The initial look and feel sets the mindset for the rest of video, and the last thing you want is viewer to subconsciously expect entertainment instead sales or leads generation video. Businesses spend hundreds of dollar over and over gain just on video intro for the reason.
There is a huge massive intro animations industry, there are massively popular apps focusing on making intros, and there are tens of thousands of freelancers making those video intros. It is because marketing is all about perception and mindset which is set in a first few seconds on the video.
When video is autoplayed, that dreadful mindset and perception destroyer – channel avatar and title, will not appear because video is already playing. Explaindio Player fixes all that for you.
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How many visitors do you think NeilPatel.com generates each month?
Maybe a million… maybe 2 million?
I bet you’re going to guess 1,866,913.
If that’s what you guessed, you are wrong. This blog actually generated 2,530,346 visitors. 1,866,913 is the number that came from search engines.
So, what’s the secret to my ever-growing Google traffic?
Sure, I have optimized my on-page SEO, I’ve built links, written tons of blog post… I’ve done all of the stuff that most of my competition has done. But doing the same stuff as your competition isn’t enough.
My secret sauce is that I optimize for user signals.
Last week, I broke down some of the user signals Google looks at, as well as providing benchmarks to aim for if you don’t want to be penalized by Google.
If you aren’t familiar with user signals, check the article I linked to above.
So, how do you optimize for user signals?
Well, I know everyone has different types of websites, so I thought I would share the process I use to optimize NeilPatel.com.
Are you showing people what they want?
Google Analytics is an amazing tool. I’m so addicted to it that I log in at least 3 or 4 times a day. Heck, I even log in on weekends.
But here’s the thing, it only tells you half the story. It gives you numbers, but it doesn’t help you visualize what people are doing and what they aren’t.
For example, here is what my main blog page looked like according to Crazy Egg:
What’s wrong with the image?
Everyone is going to the blog to learn more about marketing. Above the fold, I have a box that showcases an SEO Analyzer. But there is one big issue: it’s barely clicked compared to the drop-down that lets you filter the blog content.
The SEO Analyzer had 128 clicks versus 359 clicks to the content filtering option.
Because you didn’t care for it as much, I removed it from the main blog page. And now when you head to the blog page you can see the filtering options above the fold.
I am looking to see what you click on and what you don’t. Simple as that.
If I keep showing you something you aren’t clicking on, I am wasting the opportunity to present you with something you do want to see. Which means I either need to adjust it or delete it.
Now, let me show you my current homepage:
Go ahead, take a guess…
Well, looking at the image you’ll notice there are tons of hot spots in the footer. That’s where the navigation is. With there being all of the clicks on the navigation, I should consider adding a navigation menu bar in the header.
Are you getting the hang of how to make your website more user-friendly? Well, let’s try another one.
Here’s an element in the sidebar of my blog posts:
That element only has 1 click. That’s terrible considering that the blog post generated 10,016 visits. And to top it off, that click came from a repeat visitor.
My goal is to convert more first-time visitors into leads, which makes up the majority of my visitors, but they are the lowest percentage of my leads.
So, what did I do? I deleted that element and you no longer see it in my sidebar.
Are you optimizing for mobile?
Let’s face it, more people are visiting your site using mobile devices than laptops or traditional computers.
If that’s not the case, it is just a matter of time.
So, have you optimized your site for mobile? And no, I’m not just talking about having a responsive design because everyone is doing that these days.
If you look at the image above, you’ll notice that I removed the image of myself and a few other elements. This helps make the loading experience faster and it helps focus people’s attention on the most important elements.
Similar to the desktop version, my mobile homepage has a 24% conversion rate. When my mobile version included a picture of me above the fold, my conversion rate dropped to 17%… hence there is no picture of me. 😉
Now, I want you to look at the mobile version of my main blog page and compare it to my homepage.
Do you see an issue? The blog page generates a lot of clicks on the 3 bars at the top… that’s my navigation menu. My developer accidentally removed that from the mobile homepage, hence the contact button in the footer of the homepage gets too many clicks.
Hopefully, that gets fixed in the next day or two as that could be negatively impacting my mobile rankings.
On top of optimizing the mobile experience, you need to ensure your website loads fast. It doesn’t matter if people are using LTE or 4G, sometimes people have terrible reception. And when they do, your website will load slow.
By optimizing it for speed, you’ll reduce the number of people who just bounce away from your site.
If you want a faster load time, follow this.
And don’t just optimize your site for speed once and forget about it. As you make changes to your site, your pagespeed score will drop, which means you’ll have to continually do it.
For example, you’ll notice I have been making a lot of change to NeilPatel.com (at least that is what the heatmaps above show). As I am making those changes, sometimes it affects my pagespeed score negatively. That means I have to go back and optimize my load time again.
Are you focusing on helping all of your users?
Not every person who visits your website is the same.
For example, a small percentage of the people who visit NeilPatel.com work at large corporations that are publicly traded and are worth billions of dollars.
And a much larger percentage of my visitors own small and medium-sized businesses. These people are trying to figure out how to grow their traffic and revenue without spending an arm and a leg.
And the largest percentage of my visitors don’t have a website and they are trying to figure out how to get started for free.
In a nutshell, I have three groups of people who visit my website. The first group tends to turn into consulting leads for my agency, but they make up the smallest portion of my traffic.
One could say that I should only focus on helping them and ignore everyone else. But I can’t do that for a few reasons…
- I started off with having practically no money and people helped me out when I couldn’t afford to pay them. I love paying it forward and helping people who can’t afford my services because I have been there, and I know what it’s like.
- If I only focused on the large companies, who would link to my website and promote my content? You can bet that Microsoft isn’t going to link to me on a regular basis. If you want to generate social shares and backlinks you have to focus on the masses.
- Little is the new big… if you can please the masses, they will make noise and the big players will eventually hear about you. So, don’t just treat people with deep pockets kindly, treat everyone the same and truly care about your visitors.
Once you figure out the types of people coming to your website (and if you are unsure just survey them), go above and beyond to help them out. Create different experiences for each group.
On NeilPatel.com, I’ve learned that people who work at large corporations are busy and they want to listen to marketing advice on the run. For that reason, I have the Marketing School podcast.
And a lot of beginners wanted me to break down my steps over video, so they can more easily replicate my tactics. For that reason, I create new videos 3 times per week giving marketing and business advice.
Many of you want to attend the conferences that I speak at, but can’t afford to buy a ticket. For those people, I create weekly webinars that are similar to the speeches I give at conferences.
And best of all, I know the majority of you find it hard to follow along with all of these tips as it can be overwhelming. So, I created Ubersuggest to help you out.
In other words, I try to go above and beyond for all of my visitors.
Yes, it is a lot of work, but if you want to dominate an industry it won’t happen overnight. Expect to put in a lot of time and energy.
Are you taking feedback from people?
You are going to get feedback. Whether it is in the form of email or comments, people will give you feedback.
It’s up to you if you want to listen… but if a lot of people are telling you the same thing you should consider it.
For example, I get a ton of comments on YouTube from people asking me to create videos in Hindi.
Now, I am not only working on adding Hindi subtitles to my videos, but I am also working on translating my blog content to Hindi.
I’m not doing these to make more money… I’m not doing this to become popular… I’m just trying to do this to help out more people.
It’s the same reason why I have Spanish, Portuguese, and German versions of this website. I had enough requests where I pulled the trigger even though I am not focusing on generating income in those areas.
But here is the thing that most people don’t tell you about business. If you just focus on helping people and solving their problems, you’ll notice that your income will go up over time.
Businesses make money not because their goal is to make money… they make money because they are solving a problem and helping people out.
Another piece of feedback I have been getting recently is that my blog is too hard to read on mobile devices.
For that reason, I’ve assigned a task to one of my developers to fix this.
Traffic generation is a business. It’s not a hobby. It’s competitive, and it’s difficult to see short-term gains.
If you want to rank at the top of Google, you can’t treat your website as a hobby. You have to treat it like a business.
And similar to any business, you won’t succeed unless you pay attention to the needs of your customers. That means you have to listen to them. Figure out what they want and provide it.
That’s what Google is trying to do. They are trying to rank sites that people love at the top of their search engine. If you want to be one of those sites, then start paying attention to your visitors.
Show them what they want and go above and beyond so that they will fall in love with your website instead of your competition.
If you aren’t sure if you are making the right changes, monitor your brand queries. The more people that are searching for your brand terms on Google is a big leading indicator that people are happy with your website.
Just look at NeilPatel.com, I get over 40,000 visitors a month from people Googling variations of my name:
And I generate over 70,000 visits a month just from people searching for my free tool, Ubersuggest.
That’s how I’m continually able to make my traffic grow. Yes, I do pay attention to what Google loves, but more importantly, I pay attention to your needs and wants.
Are you going to start optimizing your website for user signals?
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