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The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out?

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The 7 Business Slides for Startups

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You’re an early stage entrepreneur building a Web-based subscription business. You have your board meeting coming up soon, or you’re sitting down with your close advisors. What information should you provide? How should you focus the discussion? I’d suggest 7 business slides to help frame the conversation. The 7 slides: 1. trial ? Sales/marketing.

How Much Should A Startup Founder/CEO Pay Herself?

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This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog –  OnStartups. The lower the CEO salary, the more likely it is to succeed. million.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. From angels only to micro VC with angels to multiple VCs and all the blends in between. Have a lead investor.  Multiple VCs. Boston NYC Startup

Boston Mobile Madness

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At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston.   Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment.  Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs.  Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel. 

Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

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This was orginally posted at OnStartups. What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.  Our Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through acquisitions, investments, and partnerships.   Specifically our

Clovr at Finnovate

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Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

Early Stage Adventures

Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here.  I saw the demo last week and was impressed. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long. Digital media Investments NYC Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

Early Stage Adventures

Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

Early Stage Adventures

Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr at Finnovate

Early Stage Adventures

Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching. What do you think?

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching. What do you think?

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston.   Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment.  Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs.  Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel. 

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. From angels only to micro VC with angels to multiple VCs and all the blends in between. Have a lead investor.  Multiple VCs. Boston NYC Startup

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

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Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program.  If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

Early Stage Adventures

Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program.  If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

Early Stage Adventures

Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here.  I saw the demo last week and was impressed. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long. Digital media Investments NYC Portfolio

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Great Opportunity at Carbonite

Early Stage Adventures

Carbonite is looking for a social media specialist who will run the day to day social media operations. See: [link]. Great company and awesome job. Boston Investments Portfolio

Understanding VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw Joe Fernandez ‘ tweet a few days ago and thought “he is making an important point.” ” too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc’s like they’re heroes and their blog posts are scripture. — Joe Fernandez (@JoeFernandez) August 19, 2016. VCs are not heroes. We are just one part of the startup ecosystem.

Your Truth vs. The Truth

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking about what “truth” means lately. It started me down a path where I began separating types of truth.

Formlabs $35 Million Financing

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We just led a $35 million financing at Formlabs. In case you were wondering, lasers are super cool. In the fall of 2012, Formlabs did a $2.95

Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Results.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

Feld Thoughts

On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. We finally will have a startup visa! talked about the Startup Visa at conferences.

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Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

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I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It sure feels like the long awaited headwinds have arrived and the tailwinds are behind us for now. friend sent me this chart today.

What Happened In 2015

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last year in my What Just Happened post, I said: the social media phase of the Internet ended. But it is not yet clear what that thing is.

Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. London and Beijing crack the top ten.

The 2% Change

Feld Thoughts

Here’s something actionable for you on a Monday morning. If you want to improve your business, in addition to all the other things you are doing, focus on changing thing by 2%. For example, raise your prices 2%. Eliminate 2% of your variable costs. Focus on the bottom 2% of your team and ask yourself if you really want them on your team.

Best Seed Pitch Ever

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read yesterday evening that our portfolio company Twilio , which priced its IPO last night, is going to live code from the NYSE this morning. That brought a powerful flashback to the first time I met Jeff Lawson , founder and CEO of Twilio. It was 2008 in our old offices on the 14th floor of the building we still work in. VC & Technology

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Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

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The post is aimed at CEOs of startups who have at least 15 employees. If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. While it’s trendy to outsource your accounting to a third party, once you hit a certain size it’s dangerous.

The Fight Between The Future And The Past

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At dinner last night with Amy and friends we ended up in a long conversation about what’s going on in the world right now.

Frameworks Round 1

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You are viewing the first round of web application framework benchmarks. We have left this first round intact as a historical record. Higher is better.

Working Hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies.

Unscramble Your Biases

Feld Thoughts

And, as you read though the list below of my experiences / viewpoints, you’ll quickly see how the biases can create a chaotic mind-mess.

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

Feld Thoughts

When we invested in FullContact in 2012, they were a small team with a big vision to create  One Address Book To Rule Them All.

Work Hard. Be Kind.

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His message is simple: Work Hard. Be Kind. Having worked with Chris for many years, it’s a great summary of how he lives his life. Be Kind.

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Your non-linear problem of 90% utilization

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Does it feel like everyone is working very hard, all the time, and yet not accomplishing as much as everyone would like? Maybe this is why. Essays