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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 26, 2020

  • 1.31.2020

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Constraints Don’t Have to Be Constraining 
If someone gave you $5 of seed money, what would you do with it? A business school professor has seen some very interesting ideas over the years, but has found that the students who earned the most money didn’t use the $5 at all. This HBR article discusses how the existence of a constraint can limit the ways in which you approach a task, and how breaking those constraints can lead to better outcomes for everyone.

As Tech Startups Catch DoD’s Eye, Big Investors are Watching
Investors have historically steered clear of technology startups in the defense space, but that’s starting to change. With increasing interest from the Department of Defense in attracting commercial startups, businesses are looking for creative solutions to hard problems, and venture capitalists are seeing that the government can be a big customer. This article from Defense News talks about current developments in the defense technology space, with predictions for future trends.

Opinion: Why Founders Shouldn’t Worry About Founder-Market Fit
Entrepreneurship is full of buzzwords, and one of the more recent ones is “founder-market fit”, or an innate advantage that sets a founder apart from the competition. However, how important is this fit? At least one founder thinks it’s getting too much attention, and in this article in TechWorld, shares her experience starting businesses in industries where she had no prior experience.

How to Communicate to Your Clients That You’re Raising Your Prices
When you’ve been in business for a while, you’ll probably have to raise your prices. But how do you tell your clients, who you don’t want to lose, that they are going to have to pay more? This can be a difficult conversation, but this Forbes article provides three suggestions that can make the conversation easier, and maybe even strengthen your relationship with those clients you’re dreading talking to.

CCPA is a Win for Consumers, but Businesses Must Now Step Up on CX
In the wake of GDPR adoption in in Europe, California has stepped up with its own privacy act: the CCPA. Because it’s still so early in the US’s move towards data privacy laws, a lot of attention has been given to what California is doing, and whether it will make a good model for other states to follow. This article by Forbes gives one opinion on why CCPA is an important step for consumers and businesses, as well as a quick guide on the differences from GDPR.

Links compiled by Meghan Muncey.