August, 2016

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Formlabs $35 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

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

In Defense Of Bubbles

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is nothing the tech media and the broader press likes to ask me about more than bubbles. “Is Snapchat a bubble?” ” “Is Uber a bubble?” ” “Is Facebook a bubble?” ” “Is seed investing a bubble?” ” “Is growth investing a bubble?” ” And on and on and on.

The Most Important Book I Read This Summer

Both Sides of the Table

I love reading non-fiction as a way to challenge myself to understand topics that stretch my understanding of the world around me. And there is was.

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Join a select cross-disciplinary class that takes real problems from the U.S. The U.S. Department of State is working on all of them. The U.S.

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Magic Graph: How Much Seed Capital Should You Raise?

View from Seed

When thinking about how much seed capital to raise, we need a more sophisticated lens than just the old rule of thumb of “18 months of runway.”

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The Perfect Amount of Time to Work Each Day

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. Let go of this relic and try a new, more productive approach

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Be Real-World Smart: A Beginner's Advanced Google Analytics Guide

Occam's Razor

Being book smart is good. Hence, I have been obsessed with encouraging you to get actual data to learn from. Merci!) Awesome, right? Let's go!

Strategies to Increase Your Construction Business Revenue

Up and Running

In the construction industry, there are a number of ways to increase your profit margins, even when you are new to the business. Clair Inc., Clair.

Avoid New Venture Shortcuts That Scare Away Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

At these stages, it’s all about you, and your ability to communicate and execute effectively. Investors expect a good value proposition in every pitch.

Glowforge’s $22 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

We just led a $22 million financing in Glowforge. I’ll start with the punchline – lasers are super cool. Oh, and lasers are super cool.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Winning a medal at the Olympics is a big deal for athletes all around the world. Obviously a gold medal is better but silver and bronze are pretty awesome too. In startup land, it works out pretty similarly. If you look at web search, Google won the gold medal and has a $550bn market cap to show for it. You can do well with silver and bronze.

How This Woman Went From Homelessness to Running a Multimillion-Dollar Venture Fund

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Backstage Capital has collected investments from a who's who of tech executives to fund companies from female, minority and LGBT entrepreneurs

15 Entrepreneurs Share What Makes Their Business Unique

Hearpreneur

Share In the current generation of business being unique is a top priority to getting noticed. promo can only be described as unique.

12 sci-fi technologies already changing the way we live

The Next Web

So what cutting-edge technology can we expect to experience in our lives in the near future, and what will be developed next?

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Congratulations! Marty Zwilling.

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.

Stealth Startup Magic Leap Officially Opens its Austin Office

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few years ago, Michael Klug left his job as co-founder and chief technology officer at Zebra Imaging.

These 31 Life Hacks Can Improve Your Life in Just a Month

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A 31-day personal development plan -- many hacks backed by science -- to live a successful life. It has worked for me, I know it will for you too

Repurposing Content Through Visual Reimagination

crowdSPRING Blog

As any content marketer will tell you, diligent strategy execution and time can yield a treasure trove of promotional material for your use.

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

Steve Blank

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo. On September 7 th – 9 th we are holding our first Hacking for Defense & Diplomacy – class for Educators and Sponsors , training educators how to teach these classes in their universities and sponsors how to select problem sets and manage their teams. Sign up here.

10 Principles For Sustainable Innovation In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup investor in this age of the entrepreneur, I see many more startups, but innovation is still hard to find. Brands. No risk, no innovation.

First Seven Jobs

Feld Thoughts

I’m going to play follow the leader this morning and blog my #firstsevenjobs on the back of Fred Wilson’s  Fun Friday: First Seven Jobs  post. I saw this meme go around last week while I was doubled up in the bathroom in Australia and thought it was cute but had no energy to participate. As a bonus, we occasionally washed windows.

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Bplans Quiz: Are You Entrepreneur Material?

Up and Running

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Let us know on Twitter!

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To win at being the best company, you must first win over your best employees

5 Ways to Tackle the Tricky Business of Measuring Branding and Marketing ROI

crowdSPRING Blog

It’s no longer just about creative swagger and assumptions regarding your audience. We It’s enough to make ya giddy. Of course not.

Put on your running clothes

Jeff Hilimire

I did it again. Honestly, I had every intention of running this morning. Everything was lined up. even woke up a few minutes before my alarm. Random

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How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Spending more of your time working doesn’t always mean you’ll be successful. That is one of the highest averages in the world.

Reason for Reform: Join the Movement for Immigration Reform

Feld Thoughts

As an investor, I’m always looking for the next great American company. Who will create tomorrow’s Twitter, Facebook, or Google? Today it is just as likely to be someone born in Beijing or Jaipur as it is to be someone from Boston or Boulder. In 2016, you no longer have to be in Silicon Valley to launch a successful startup.

10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Work Done in Your Home Office

Up and Running

Want to spend a couple of hours in a coffee shop? No problem. Want to work in your pajamas? Well, who’s going to stop you? Set work hours.

5 Simple Things, That Require No Skill or Training, That Will Improve Your Leadership Today

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

5 Simple Things, That Require No Skill or Training, That Will Improve Your Leadership Today. Follow this simple tips and improve your leadership

Battle Royale: Evaluating the Marketing and Branding Efforts of Clinton and Trump

crowdSPRING Blog

If you’re a fan of the musical  Hamilton,  you know elections weren’t always this polarizing. Where do all those dollars go? Seriously.

The art of responding with a gif

Jeff Hilimire

I love sending memes and gifs as message responses to people. meme can invoke just the right sentiment while also delivering a laugh. Deal with it.

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Are You Getting Your Fair Share Of Startup Equity?

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Martin Zwilling.

It’s All About The Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

I’m in Minneapolis with my partner Seth. We had a meeting at Best Buy headquarters, met with a gang from the Mayo Clinic who drove up from Rochester, spent the afternoon at the Techstars Retail Accelerator  which is at Target headquarters, and had dinner with Revolar. It’s two full days of immersion in the Minneapolis startup community.