January, 2017

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The Three Machines

Feld Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. But it might.

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What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past , today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains.

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6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

They have the required passion, perseverance, and work ethic. What they don’t have by default are the skills required, or the relationships.

Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country.

Hello, 2017

Instigator Blog

2016 was one heck of a year. It started with a fairly big shakeup professionally. didn’t end up taking much time off; instead I started meeting with lots of people and looking for my next adventure. In July, 2016 I announced the launch of my new startup, Highline BETA. Over the second half of […]. Personal Development

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6 Elements Of Every Message Stand Out Above The Text

Startup Professionals Musings

Effective communication is an absolute requirement for successfully starting a business, but it doesn’t come naturally to many entrepreneurs. Empathy.

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

This week we are doing what we said we’ll do – scale the class nationally: Hacking for Defense at Georgetown:  Began Wednesday, January 11.

This Remarkable Flight Attendant Showed Exactly How Airlines Can Improve Their Customer Service

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

She could have said nothing. She said everything

Look what we did

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“What  we created,” I always respond. It’s not false humility. didn’t  create this. “I was the seed. Essays

Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

Feld Thoughts

Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. Both of these are foundational issues.

52 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Share Each business has a story. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

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Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. Patents.

Five of the Best Austin Startups that Launched in 2016


It also wants to make that data easy to use to solve problems. It bills itself as a “social network for data people.” Austin

Beware this New Gmail Scam that is Tricking Even Tech-Savvy Users

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here is what you need to know in order to stay safe from a new, sophisticated phishing attack


Hurricane Oracle

deal architect

Three presentations really stood out during the Oracle Cloud analyst day in NYC this week.

Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

Feld Thoughts

At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from  Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.” ” I’m a huge fan and supporter of immigration, especially around entrepreneurship. Ponder that.

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Business Travel Tips (For Women): 14 Tips From Experienced Travellers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Traveling all the time for business is incredibly rewarding but it can also be quite exhausting. You never know when there might be a delay. Business

10 Ways To Keep The Road Ahead In 2017 A Happy One

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to another challenging new year ahead! Stay rooted in the present. Keep expectations realistic. Keep your expectations reasonable.

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms.

You Like Eating Strawberries? Here's The Bad News

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We'll try for some good news, too


A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Marketing Strategy

Up and Running

Mobile marketing is the promotion of one’s business on mobile and smartphone devices through websites, apps, and social media. Look into geofencing.

Origin Stories

Feld Thoughts

I love origin stories. Some of them glorify entrepreneurship in a way that makes them challenging to parse, as the struggles of our heroines and heroes gets romanticized in a way that tastes sugary sweet. But, when they are written in first person, unedited, on a blog, they are often delicious in a tasty and fulfilling way. Take your pick.

4 Skills Every Project Manager Needs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being a project matter is tough, yet rewarding work. Everyone has a set of soft skills unique to their personality. Blog & Grow

7 Personal Work Principles Drive Your Business Luck

Startup Professionals Musings

Others argue that the harder they work, the luckier they get. Make your habit one of under-promising and over-delivering.

What every entrepreneur should know about doing business in Bangkok

The Next Web

Paul Srivorakul is a Thai-American serial entrepreneur. Paul graduated from UC Berkeley and started his career working in sales for Ask Jeeves Inc.

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12 Things That Can Really Influence What People Think of You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression


The Application Vendor is dead. Long live the Application Vendor!

deal architect

I have just come back from a round the world trip with frequent reminders of Great Britain's wide influence - Victoria Harbour, Raffles Hotel, Brabourne Stadium, Kipling's Kim in bookstores among others. You could almost visualize the rise and fall. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Dealing With The Pessimist In the Room.

Feld Thoughts

My wife Amy sent this HBR article – How to Handle the Pessimist on Your Team – to me. It’s almost a decade old but seems timeless. I’m an optimist. ” Pessimists are useful to counter balance my optimistic view point. But endless pessimism does tire me, especially when it is only used to put up objections.

Meet Amy Ingram

Jeff Hilimire

Amy Ingram is my assistant. She schedules my meetings and reminds me about appointments I have. And, most impressively, she’s a robot. Random

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8 Ways to Market to Customer Emotion as Well as Logic

Startup Professionals Musings

The average business person fights a customer culture shift, rather than looking for it. Believe it or not, nearly half of U.S.

Do You Really Need To Blog Everyday To Get Results?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you want to get your blog noticed by Google and the other search engines, do you really have to blog everyday? And they were reasonably successful.

7 Things the Smartest Leaders Do at the Start of Every Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Get a jump on 2017 by putting these things into regular practice to boost your leadership capacity and grow your business

11 Tips for Creating a Long-Term Strategic Plan

Up and Running

Strategic planning is a management tool that guides your business to better performance and long-term success. Define your company vision.

Announcing Techstars AngelList Funds for Mentors and Alumni

Feld Thoughts

A key ingredient of Techstars accelerator programs is our experienced and engaged mentor community. Mentors embrace the Techstars “Give First” philosophy by offering founders their time, advice, and connections. We treat mentorship seriously – you can read about it in our Mentor Manifesto and my blog series on the mentor manifesto.