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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It sure feels like the long awaited headwinds have arrived and the tailwinds are behind us for now. friend sent me this chart today.

What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

View from Seed

This is the first of several blog posts discussing pre-seed rounds. ” I’ll also address why they’ve become fairly common.

Your Truth vs. The Truth

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking about what “truth” means lately. It started me down a path where I began separating types of truth.

Content Marketing for Startups

47 Hats

Time and time again I’ve watched this story play out. brilliant developer builds software to scratch their own itch, fill the gap, change the world. They toil away nights, weekends, before they go off to their day jobs, every spare minute because their driven to build that software. And then they finish. They have to — eww!

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” have this “How much should I raise?”

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Should this startup exist? Converting 5W’s into existential justification

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In American grade-school, we learn the “Five Ws” interrogatives: Who, What, When, Where, Why. And How. Who → Why you? What → Why this?

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


“It was running fine.” User experience is suffering and it’s the worst possible time with the product taking off. So, why does this happen?

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Valuation Part I: Peeling the Onion, or How Top Investors Value the Startups They Invest In


Early-stage technology company valuations are generally a crap-shoot. Bill Payne did a great post about this in October 2011. Read more >.

Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. London and Beijing crack the top ten.

The State of NYC Seed: Startup Trends & VC Data [REPORT]

View from Seed

At NextView, we’ve never been higher on NYC tech. Since joining NextView, we’ve talked often and excitedly about the New York startup ecosystem.

Computer Science For All

Feld Thoughts

This morning, President Obama and the White House made an awesome announcement of a new initiative called Computer Science for All. NCWIT, U.S.

Seduced By Growth, But Terminal Scale Still Matters

Agile VC

We’re off to a fresh start here at the beginning of 2016. What happened? realignment of valuations by late stage investors?

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years.

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?

10 Amazing Books On Blogging You Must Read


It’s new month and time to make it count. If Blogging is one part creative writing and one part astute marketing skills. You Volume 1).

10 Actions That Will Transform You From Good To Great

Startup Professionals Musings

This leading by example is easy to say, but not so easy to put into action. Be accountable for your actions. Promote resilience. Drive innovation.

How to measure the accuracy of forecasts

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“There’s a 30% chance of rain today.” ” And then it didn’t rain. So, was the forecast accurate? Or what if it did rain.

4 Neuromarketing Strategies You Can Implement Today


As entrepreneurs, we are constantly selling ideas, products and services. However, selling is not something in which we all excel. People love gifts.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Work Truck Solutions’ Kathryn Schifferle


Kathryn Schifferle, Founder and CEO of Work Truck Solutions, turned being a woman in work trucks into an oversubscribed $2.1 million round.

Biggest Technology Change In The Next Five Years

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Upfront Summit is happening here in LA over the next two days. ” Here are the answers in a short two minute video. VC & Technology

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.”

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

Context Matters When Building a Great Product

Instigator Blog

What are your users doing right before they use your product? What about right after? These are important questions that can help you build a better product. It’s not enough to understand the pain or problem your product solves; you also have to understand the circumstances in which it helps. What time of day is […]. Product Management

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

What is the True Sentiment of VCs? ” and you can see that the balance of caution vs. optimism is 82% to 18%. There is reason for despondency.

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

There are many reasons to found a startup. There are many reasons to work at a startup. But there’s only one reason your company got funded.  Period.

10 Proven Books To Help You Be A Better Storyteller


They say that writers are born, not made. You have to have a way with words and you have to be born with it. However, this is only the half-truth.

6 Ways Startups Are Fooled By Prior Business Models

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail. But I’m not convinced that it’s as simple as that.

Darwinian company growth doesn’t always select the best companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“Survival of the fittest” is not the same thing as “survival of the best,” though not apparent at first glance. Sound weird? Essays

6 Ways Neuromarketing Encourages You To Buy More


Traditional marketing is obsolete. To develop an effective marketing strategy you must understand how the brains of consumers make decisions.

From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?


With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in.

Best Seed Pitch Ever

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read yesterday evening that our portfolio company Twilio , which priced its IPO last night, is going to live code from the NYSE this morning. That brought a powerful flashback to the first time I met Jeff Lawson , founder and CEO of Twilio. It was 2008 in our old offices on the 14th floor of the building we still work in. VC & Technology

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You Can’t Judge Market Size by This Slide

View from Seed

Honestly, this is often too simple and retrospective a question to suffice as a starting point for diligence, but that’s a topic for another post. Slapping billions or tens of billions of dollars with a title and maybe an asterisk-attributed source on a slide will either be glossed over or, in some cases, actually be detrimental. An Existing Market.

Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder.

Responsibility, Accountability and Levelling Up

Instigator Blog

In hierarchical organizations, levelling up is fairly clear–it means moving up the ladder from one position to the next. Those interested in doing so have a clearer path (although it’s not easy) to more responsibility. Hierarchies with lots of levels have all sorts of issues, but they do make levelling up more obvious. Scaling Startups

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