October, 2016

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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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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


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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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.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

This is a line my friend Jerry Colonna uses when something like the AT&T – Time Warner deal occurs. rose $7.31 1/4 to 45.06 1/4 on the NYSE.

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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.

Data is an Input and a Filter into the Product Development Process

Instigator Blog

Recently I spoke at CrunchConf in Budapest. It was a great experience. The conference is fantastic for people interested in data (e.g. data analysts, scientists, product managers, etc.) Lean Analytics

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.

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.

A Lesson in Leadership: 2 Football Coaches, 2 Player Mistakes and 2 Very Different Reactions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How can you build someone up when it counts the most? lesson from last night's NFL game

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.

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.

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.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 43: Dakin Sloss and Ajeet Singh

Steve Blank

In large companies innovators have to work twice as hard – they spend time fighting the system. In a startup, your ideas turn into reality really, really fast. startup founder needs to never lose sight of the vision, but be extremely adaptable to pretty much everything else. Lots of people have visions. Most Most are hallucinations.

I Learned the Secrets of Being Likable From a Cocktail Waitress Named Debbie

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

She was the real deal

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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

Condé Nast Plans to Go Big in Austin


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Condé Nast is going to “go big” in Austin, said Robert Sauerberg, the company’s CEO. Austin

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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.

A Positive Business Strategy Is Key To Success Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Certainly that has been the strategy of many companies, and has worked in the past, but today’s customers and workers are looking for more.

Are These Bad Habits Keeping You From Being A Successful Entrepreneur?

YFS Magazine

Even people born with entrepreneurship in their blood have bad habits they have to unlearn in order to be truly successful.

A 23-Minute Morning Ritual That Will Transform Your Whole Day

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author of 'The Happiness Advantage,' teaches us the perfect way to start our day


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.

How startups can use open source software to compete against the big guys

The Next Web

Although established giants like Microsoft have proprietary software and systems, much of today’s internet is built on open source software.

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.

Some Business People Talk While Smarter Ones Listen

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I certainly recognize the need for talking to make an investment case, close a sale, or communicate with your team.

GE Aviation Launches a Digital Collaboration Center in Austin


GE Aviation is in Austin. It is the first in the U.S. In the past year, GE opened similar centers in Dubai, Shanghai and Paris. Austin

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4 Fun Hobbies That Will Make You Way Smarter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You can start enjoying these hobbies in just minutes a day, but mastering them will take much longer


3 Simple Ways to Make Your Business Appear More Professional

Up and Running

You’ve developed a solid and trusted business offline, but you’re not sure where to begin online. Social media pages, websites, business email, oh my!

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.

Boulder Meeting on 10/26: Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO of the Carson J Spencer Foundation (which Amy and I support) is having a meetup on 10/26 about Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Entrepreneurs. If this topic is important to you, I encourage you to attend. Announcements

How An Entrepreneur Can Win In This Age Of Disruption

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high.

Getting Value from Your Angel Investors

Rob Go

Nearly all seed rounds we are a part of include angel investors. But I think much of the time, it’s a bit of a two way street.