October, 2016

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Venture Deals – Third Edition

Feld Thoughts

The third edition of  Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist  is going to print and pre-orders are up on Amazon.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand.

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

After a decade on the job I’ve started to speak more openly when newer industry colleagues now ask me what I’ve learned. Nothing fancier.

Selling

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I think selling is the hardest part of investing. Buying is, of course, critical to generating strong investment performance. Figuring out what to buy and when to buy it is what most people think of when they think of investing. But your returns will have as much to do with selling as buying. And buying is a fairly rational decision.

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No wait, of course THAT is the single most important SaaS metric

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

If it cannot be fixed, it means the business is a failure even if other metrics are stellar. Once you’re scaling (i.e. Essays

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How to Find and Close Angel Investors from a Standing Start

View from Seed

Whether an entrepreneur is raising a smaller (pre-)seed round entirely from individuals or she has a seed-stage or larger VC firm involved in (leading) the seed syndicate, it’s somewhere between necessary and optimal to have multiple individual angel investors involved. First and foremost, angels can provide capital. Affinity by personal background.

The Hard Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. We had both been successful VCs in other firms and we had a thesis that the second wave of the Internet was upon us and that large networks were going to get built in this phase. The term “web 2.0” And then a few others did. But we did.

7 Accepted Startup Principles Violated By Steve Jobs

Startup Professionals Musings

Even Steve Jobs struck out several times with this approach. Nurture business relationships with key industry players.

How to Build A Massive Community on Instagram For Your Brand

Brandanew

When utilized in the most proper manner, a large community on Instagram for your brand can be a highly-effective visual advertising channel. Gingham.

Mental Fitness

Feld Thoughts

After a 30 day hard reset (also known as sabbatical ) I felt like this was an important re-entry topic as I fling myself back into the fray. Several years ago I got tired of the phrase “Work Life Balance” (and its various permutations – Work/Life Balance and Work-Life Balance.) And there it was.

The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank

Alexander and I often collaborate on new ideas for corporate innovation.  Here’s his guest post on what bad habits to avoid inside of a company.

“You Don’t Look Like a Founder”

Instigator Blog

WTF does that even mean? It means: You’re not a young white guy. And it’s total b t. Heather Anne Carson, co-founder @ Repable recently posted this on Facebook: (She didn’t ask me to write this.) Oy. It’s not surprising that guys feel / think this way (but saying it out loud really demonstrates a whole […].

NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Applications are open for New York’s seventh annual FinTech Innovation Lab , a 12-week program that I have blogged about a bunch here on AVC. This proram is for early and growth stage companies that have developed cutting edge technology products targeted at financial services customers. For a complete list of focus areas , click here.

How Entrepreneurs Select And Nurture Top Performers

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? Marty Zwilling.

How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

Both Sides of the Table

hadn’t cried this much maybe since childhood. wasn’t verklempt — I wept. hadn’t felt this human since the day my two sons were born. How could I not?

Suicide, Cancer, and Community

Feld Thoughts

At the end of the day yesterday I gave a talk at the opening of Galvanize Boulder. After, during the Q&A, someone brought up depression and I went on a long ramble about my own struggles over the years, how I’ve grown and developed, how it has impacted me, and what I do today to work on my mental fitness. We ate and caught up on the day.

There are 145 Entrepreneurship Courses at Stanford

Steve Blank

Stanford is an incubator with dorms. Download the full text file with links to the courses here.

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About HR And Startup Culture

YFS Magazine



It is enough of a struggle to grow a company. Grow Human Capital company culture hiring employees HR human resources

Care and Feeding

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Young companies are a bit like children. They require care and feeding. The feeding part comes naturally to investors. Because that is what we do. We invest capital into young companies in hope of generating large returns on those investments. The caring part comes harder to investors. At least it did to this investor. Giving a s**t.

8 Steps In Securing A Bank Loan To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A common question I get is “How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?” That’s why Angel investors are so sought after by entrepreneurs.

Speaking Gigs, Training, Discounts, Free Tickets and More

Instigator Blog

I don’t normally post about speaking engagements, conferences or training sessions that I’m conducting, but there are a bunch of upcoming events that I hope interest people. Along with that, I have discounts and free tickets to give away–so why not do it all at once?!?! 1. Business

Techstars in Kansas City

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday Techstars announced the launch of Techstars Kansas City. This is a city-based horizontal accelerator similar to the ones we have in Boulder, Boston, Seattle, Austin, New York City, London and Berlin. Applications open in January 2017 and the program will run in July 2017. have a long history with Kansas City.

2016 Social Media Trends And Statistics That Were Crazy!

Brandanew

Social Media has become an essential part of everyone’s life, it is addictive! From business to personal communication it immerses us all. Start HERE.

What if there isn’t another 10x?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

What if Dropbox is just an awesome file-sharing and backup service but not a universal key/value storage API? Does it always remain the right question?

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LinkedIn Marketing: A Small Business Guide

Up and Running

If you’ve looked for a job in the past five years, you’ve probably made sure to spruce up your LinkedIn profile. The different types of LinkedIn pages.

11 Ways To Start Pulling Customers To Your Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditional marketing says you have to “push” your message out to customers, over and over again, to get you remembered. Refresh it often.

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The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank

Alexander and I often collaborate on new ideas for corporate innovation.  Here’s his guest post on what bad habits to avoid inside of a company.

We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress

Feld Thoughts

As we come to the end of a particularly noisy and contentious election cycle, a thought echoes over and over in my mind – we need more entrepreneurs in Congress. As I continue to believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the key drivers to our economic future, it’s frustrating to hear such little cogent discussion around it.

It took Sheryl Sandberg Exactly 2 Sentences to Give the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's one of the quickest ways to grow as a person

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What Are App Coins?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week Coin Center published a primer on app coins. It is very good. particularly like this part: Open platforms have proved difficult to create because it has been historically difficult to monetize them even if they become successful—by nature they are public goods.

Instagram Marketing: A Small Business Guide

Up and Running

Instagram is arguably growing as the most powerful social media platform around. By 2019, Instagram’s audience is projected to make up 55.8

Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

believe their competitive advantage is their top on-site leadership, exclusivity, and connections to investors. Marty Zwilling.

There are 145 Entrepreneurship Courses at Stanford

Steve Blank

Stanford is an incubator with dorms. Download the full text file with links to the courses here. link].

Mentors 13/18: Guide, Don’t Control

Feld Thoughts

It’s been a while since I wrote a post deconstructing the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. The last one I wrote was number 12 of 18:  Know What You Don’t Know. Say I Don’t Know When You Don’t Know. Throughout Techstars, we tell the founders that “it’s your company.” As CEOs, they are used to being in control.