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Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

Tim, Ryan, and team have created a phenomenal company that is built on two trends that have picked up massive speed in the past few years: (1) Agile and (2) SaaS.  In 2003 – while Agile was known – it was largely limited to ISVs and a few leading IT organizations.  We weren’t the first investor in Rally. 

Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Steve Blank. Types of Pivots.

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SEOmoz Acquires Followerwonk – A Perfect Small Acquisition

Feld Thoughts

The acquisition closed about six weeks ago and the Followerwonk product has been fully integrated into SEOmoz. think it’s incredibly powerful to accelerate the growth of a company via targeted acquisitions. Another recent example from my world just to see what I mean is Rally Software’s acquisition of Agile Advantage.

Building It Is Not Enough: 5 Practical Tips On User Acquisition


Finding scalable acquisition channels is a time consuming and strategic effort. Every, and I mean every, acquisition channel costs money.

Rally Software Acquires Agile iPhone Product

Feld Thoughts

I love when companies I’m an investor in use acquisitions to build out their product line.  In April Rally Software did one when they acquired AgileZen ; yesterday they announced that Rally Software has acquired the ScrumAway iPhone app from Blue Hole Software. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile iphone rally

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Putting lean principles into NGA’s acquisition practices. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a great example. Lessons Learned.

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

Best practices in software development started to move to agile development in the early 2000’s. Here’s how. Waterfall Development.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

This is a first step to a more agile, responsive and resilient, approach to national security in the 21 st century. Turn off your audio. Skynet.

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Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank

Capital is returned to these investors through liquidity events (originally public offerings, but today mostly acquisitions). Lessons Learned.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

Fourth , would the same Lean Startup methodology (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) used in the Lean LaunchPad and NSF I-Corps class work here? There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo. Sign up here. An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Result: Hell yes. The Educator/Sponsor Class.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

Tech IPOs were a receding memory, and mergers and acquisitions became the only path to liquidity for startups. Carpe Diem. Breathtaking Scale.

Rally Acquires AgileZen

Feld Thoughts

If you are an Agile software development shop, or follow ALM, Rally just added Kanban to the mix. This is the second acquisition Rally has made – the other was 6th Sense Analytics which they acquired at the beginning of 2009. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile agilezen kanban rally and We’ve joined Rally Software.

How Kevin O’Connor, and FindTheBest Got Lean

Steve Blank

Thousands, then millions of new customers were coming to the site through SEO, just like we’d guessed with our customer acquisition hypothesis.

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Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

KPI’s and processes are the root cause of corporations’ inability to be agile and responsive innovators. —-. The question is – why?

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

And when we do make bets, they’re small bets on incremental products or acquisitions that simply add to the bottom line.”. More agile competitors are starting to eat into our business. I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. —-. That’s now changed.

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10 Leadership Elements That Maximize Business Value

Startup Professionals Musings

In the investment community, these leadership elements are often called “goodwill.” Strategic proficiency. Execution leadership. Marty Zwilling.

Buy a machine or buy the parts (creating vs. acquiring)

Eric Friedman

In the world of web startups,  you can hire individuals and try to make the team hum, or you can buy an agile group that you know can perform. Acquisitions Eric Friedman TechnologyLast week I read a great post by Bryce Roberts of OATV called A Perfect Storm for Acqihires. And it’s only going to get louder. lets call it $10MM.

The Mission Model Canvas – An Adapted Business Model Canvas for Mission-Driven Organizations

Steve Blank

In other words, how can we adapt the Business Model Canvas when the metrics of success for an organization is not revenue? —-. Funding? Mandates?

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder


I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. Plan for past the initial MVP.

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Citrix cloud product is based on the open source CloudStack that came out of their acquisition a few years back. million developers.

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The End of Hyperscale Envy

Lightspeed Venture Partners

To understand why the Avi product makes so much sense, you first need to understand the problem.

Building Great Founding Teams

Steve Blank

Key attributes of an entrepreneur on a founding team are passion, determination, resilience, tenacity, agility and curiosity. Lessons Learned.

Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank

Here’s the story of one such team; Jonathan Wylie, Lakshmi Shivalingaiah and the Evoke team. Here’s how that happened. Not quite…. Out of the Building.

Many Startup Cultures Cannot Match The Market Pace

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge during this phase is to stay innovative and agile. Consider MySpace and Webvan. Geographic expansion. Product-line expansion.

Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Steve Blank

Innovation in an existing company is not just the sum of great technology, key acquisitions, or smart people. The result of an innovation culture is a large company with a unified purpose that can move with speed, agility and passion. One of the interesting innovation challenges I’ve encountered centers on a company’s culture.

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. View the live stream….

It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

Teams use the Lean Startup toolkit: the Business Model Canvas + Customer Development process + Agile Engineering. We think we can do better.

From 160 Hours to 10: A Tale of Agile Business Practices

Software By Rob

Agile Development, meet Agile Business. Join nearly 6,000 startup entrepreneurs by subscribing to my RSS feed. So we tossed it.

Why Companies Stop Innovating

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Unlike with startups, larger companies'' emphasis on execution often stifles innovation. The question is: Why? This is a big idea. What Does this Mean?

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

Doing so meant they would have to take risks for IP acquisition and customer/market risks outside their experience or comfort zone. Epilogue.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Millennials

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You need that energy and drive to stay agile and competitive. Millennials can be both energizing and challenging. Here Inc. colleagues. 1.

3 Emerging Themes From SXSW 2014: They're Not What You Think

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The acquisition spree should continue (but with a twist). Here are three: 1. Companies are learning how to apply big data.

Why Every Product Manager Needs to Know Big Data

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. View the live stream….

The Five Clocks Startups Live By


This clock measures agility rather than Graham’s straight-line speed.  A startup can out-innovate more established competitors, rapidly identify and correct problems, iterate products and pivot business models. But an agile startup is noticeable, and when successful founders look back, they are drawn to stories about agility.

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Selling the Product: Connecting to Stakeholder Value

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. View the live stream….

Why You Should Use Remarketing Tactics to Grow Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

The period of time you allow for payback determines how aggressive you can be with your cost per acquisition. What is remarketing?

Helsinki's Tribe Studios acquired by Palringo


With the second Helsinki-based acquisition announcement for the day, Tribe Studios announces it's been picked up by Palringo , the U.S.

Selling the Product: Connecting to Stakeholder Value

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. View the live stream….

Designing Your Products to Solve for "Jobs to Be Done"

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. View the live stream….

Bringing Lean Startup to Life at GE

Startup Lessons Learned

In a career that has moved from GE to NBC Universal and back to GE, she has brought technological innovation and agile business techniques to two of the US’s biggest legacy corporations. Guest post by Sarah Milstein, co-host of The Lean Startup Conference. So his eyebrows jumped when I said that GE is the largest company we know of.