Crafting the story for stealth-mode startups

By Tim Lord   |   May 20, 2019

In 2012, Shaku Selvakumar  took the kind of step that entrepreneurs live for: She stepped out of a successful marketing career at IBM to help guide the growth of a stealth-mode startup.

That startup, CognitiveScale, took a hint from its own name: Shaku started as employee number five; the headcount now is over 150.

I spoke with Shaku about the insights that experience yielded, in going from an established enterprise to a nimble startup.

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DeLaune Wins Three Communicator Awards

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By Amy Valentine   |   May 13, 2019

World-renowned International Competition Receives 6,000 Entries Annually

AUSTIN, TX—DeLaune and Associates, an Austin-based digital marketing firm specializing in technology, has won three awards in the 2019 Communicator Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

DeLaune was awarded three awards of distinction for two e-books and a stand-alone infographic produced for IBM, Atos, and Siemens:

IBM—The essential buyer’s guide to data capture and automation (e-book)

Atos—Internet of Things Infographic (Individual infographic)

Siemens—Reliable Power (e-book)

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our work,” said Renee DeLaune,

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Austin: A hubstantial data security center

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By Tim Lord   |   March 21, 2019

 

The Austin American-Statesman says that whether Austin is fit to be called a cybersecurity hub depends on who you ask. We think that Austin’s clearly arrived on that front already—partly because of the kind of companies and organizations the paper highlights, including Jask, SailPoint, and the U.S. Army’s Futures Command HQ, and partly because of the security ventures, subsidiaries, and infrastructure elements the article glosses over.

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Digital marketing assets: In-house or outsource?

By Tim Lord   |   March 12, 2019

At DeLaune, we specialize in creating benefit-driven digital marketing assets, and we pride ourselves on it. We’d be happy to help you craft a new infographic, a buyer’s guide, or a series of in-depth white papers.

But every organization has a different set of needs. So it makes sense to ask: Are you keeping the right parts of your message creation in-house? Are you taking advantage of outside teams when it makes the most sense?

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Specialization sparks partnership: What does that mean for your digital marketing assets?

By Renee DeLaune   |   March 6, 2019

Partnership can mean very different things in today’s business world, from a one-time collaboration to design a crucial component, to long-term, cheek-by-jowl collaboration across projects and products.

Becoming best of breed doesn’t mean being the biggest

There’s one kind of partnership, though, that’s made a big difference in the way certain products are marketed and deployed—especially high-value, high-involvement products like business technology. That’s the relationship of a vendor, such as a hardware and software company,

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Digital marketing assets: Got Blogs? (Need help?)

school of sharks circling
By Tim Lord   |   March 1, 2019

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”

  • Alvy Singer, Annie Hall

A blog is a lot like a relationship—and it is one, in fact, even if it might seem awfully one-sided at times. What’s more, it’s a relationship that comes with a commitment problem,

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Confusion, ignorance, stupidity or fraud?

By Tim Lord   |   February 8, 2019

Imagine what would happen if you lost your most important work password—and everything it protected—with no chance of retrieval. Your data? Just “poof”—gone! How much would it cost your company? What if it were well over $100 million? Because that’s what just happened to Canadian crypto-currency exchange QuadrigaCX with the apparent death of its CEO, Gerald Cotten. A high price to pay for poor security practices.

A sad lesson

It’s clear that no one in the company instituted proper Identity Governance Administration (IGA) practices.

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Keeping private data private: Sometimes, it’s harder than rocket science

By Tim Lord   |   February 7, 2019

In late December of last year, the news emerged that on October 23rd, NASA had discovered a data breach that may have exposed personal data (such as Social Security numbers) associated with current and former NASA employees.

How does such a thing happen? The folks at NASA are smart and hardworking; they know how to make systems about as bullet-proof and reliable as any ever devised, and they’re no pushovers about IT security,

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Building digital marketing assets: Truths, Lies and Confusion

By Ernie Wood   |   February 5, 2019

What is the biggest lie of all time? There are a lot of jokes about this. But I’ve often wondered whether the big lie might be a statement that’s usually not on the list:

“Build it and they will come.”

It made for a great movie. But in marketing and selling your company’s products, not so much—especially if you fail to emphasize the user benefits within your digital marketing assets.

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Digital marketing asset risks: Churn, churn, churn  

By Amy Valentine   |   January 30, 2019

Friction.” “The game of telephone.” “Paralysis by analysis.” In a business context, they can all amount to the same things: frustration and delay.

For any marketing project involving more than one person—which is another way of saying for any and every project—it’s all too easy to get caught up in the churn. Creating digital marketing assets is no exception.

How to work more efficiently with your team

At DeLaune,

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