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Leadership is More Than a Memo

Steve Blank

I just read Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley. It was both eye-opening and cringe-worthy. The book explores the role of gender in the tech industry – at startups and venture capital firms – and the interaction between men and women in the two.

Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

I read Emily Chang’s book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley the day it came out. Yes – I stayed up until after midnight (way past my bedtime) reading it. It’s powerful.

[Podcast] The Business of Authentic Storytelling Through Art


Grateful to have been interviewed by Andrea Catherine, the host of the Fearless Self-Love Podcast. You can listen to the episode on iTunes or the link below. I’ve copied the show notes to help navigate as you listen.

The VC/Company Relationship

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now. Capital was hard to come by, VCs commanded terms that would be laughed at today, and once they had made the investment, VCs acted as if they owned the Company (they sometimes did). The VC/Company relationship was a lot more like the current PE business than the current VC business. Back then VCs thought their customers were their Limited Partners.

Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers

Grasshopper Herder

Reverse mentoring involves the pairing of employees from different generations who can offer unique experiences and perspectives to their partner. The post Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers appeared first on Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Innovation Mentor

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How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Up and Running

Image via WOCinTechChat. I know what it’s like to pitch to investors—both angels and venture capitalists. I’ve raised close to $1 million from angel investors for my previous technology startups.

Framework Benchmarks Hardware Update


We have retired the hardware environment provided by Server Central for our Web Framework Benchmarks project. We want to sincerely thank Server Central for having provided servers from their lab environment to our project. Their contribution allowed us to continue testing on physical hardware with 10-gigabit Ethernet. Ten-gigabit Ethernet gives the highest-performing frameworks opportunity to shine.

AMA for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

“Technologies that have revolutionized so many sectors of the economy have the potential to transform the way we do conservation. We’re at the front end of a new ‘nature-tech’ revolution and nature stands to win big from it.”

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Russian Economics: An Overview


Pertinent to cover Russia since Putin has won. OVERVIEW | Incoming data suggests that Russia’s economic recovery was broadly steady in recent months, although growth likely remained lackluster.

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Three Startups Win Food+City Challenge Prizes at SXSW


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News For the first time, Food+City held its annual Challenge Prize competition at South by Southwest. And judges awarded three $10,000 cash prizes to the winner of each of three sessions on Tuesday. Altogether 14 startups competed as finalists from the U.S.,

Why We Do What We Do

Babbling VC

A recent discussion with my wife triggered the idea to write this blog post. We were discussing careers and she was explaining to me how much she liked Simon Sinek 's "Start with Why" and the concepts behind it.

How Social Entrepreneurship Is Changing Businesses

Up and Running

Outdoor gear brand Patagonia has built their brand around a focus on environmental and social consciousness. Source.).

Jason Returns to the 313 for Startup Grind Detroit on April 5th

Feld Thoughts

As many of you know, my partner Jason is from Detroit. The 313. The Motor City. The D! He’s going back home for a special event and I encourage anyone near Detroit to go hang with him. In case you don’t know about Jason, prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Jason was a co-founder of SRS Acquiom and a Managing Director and General Counsel for Mobius Venture Capital. Prior to this, Jason was an attorney with Cooley. Early in his career, Jason was a software engineer at Accenture.

Your Startup Idea Sucks Until You Validate It – Follow 6 Simple Steps

YFS Magazine

Launching a startup idea without validation is like roasting an expensive, 20-pound organic turkey for a dinner party, only to find out the guests are vegans. Plan business idea customer feedback customer validation startup ideas

Don’t Make These Influencer Marketing Mistakes


Thinking about emailing influencers to ask them for backlinks or tweets? Most people are terrible at it. The post Don’t Make These Influencer Marketing Mistakes appeared first on CXL. The Pe:p Show

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How to Start Your First Business: Your 5-Step Plan

The Startup Magazine

If you are tired of the mundane 9 to 5 and want to take your life into your own hands, the key to a happier future could be to launch your own company. However, starting your own business is no easy feat. Not only do you need to find funding, but you also have the whole world to compete with.

How to Get Your First 100 Customers for Any Business

Up and Running

Let’s start with the basics: You need your first 100 customers—like, now. Sales—the one word that most employees fear, but the only word that co-founders think about.

Anaplan: The verticalization of analytics

deal architect

I spent a few hours at Anaplan’s annual Hub conference in Vegas. It is my first time at an Anaplan event and I sensed the buzz of a vendor going through a phase of rapid growth and having to manage. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

Sen. Tillis, NC Republicans paid $345,000 to the data firm that’s now banned from Facebook

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and the state’s Republican Party paid $345,000 to a data company that is now under scrutiny for its use of personal information about Facebook users


25 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

The Fastest Way to Learn


I’ve tried to become better at many things over the years. Running a business, conversion optimization, powerlifting, kickboxing, speaking Spanish. There’s been one thing that always helped me level up faster.

Austin-based Mythic Gets $40 Million in Funding


Mythic, an Austin-based microchip maker, announced Tuesday that it has received $40 million in venture funding. The company, which also has an office in Redwood City, Calif., closed on its Series B funding led by SoftBank Ventures. Mythic, which was once known as Isocline, has raised $55.2

European tech: Which way to the exits?

The Equity Kicker

Max Niederhofer recently published this chart showing European exits. As you can see there’s been impressive growth in sub $100m exits, but the story with larger M&A exits and IPOs is less compelling.

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Opioid overdose cases jump 40 percent in NC emergency departments

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

North Carolina's hospital emergency departments experienced a nearly 40 percent increase, to 5,745, in opioid overdose cases from 2016 to 2017


16 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Easiest Thing About Running a Business


Running a business has its share of favorite parts that we can term as easy. It’s some of these things that give us the motivation to run our business when we hit a rocky part. We asked entrepreneurs the easiest thing about running a business and here are the responses. #1- 1- The work itself.

How to perfect your pitch deck — according to a guy that gets a lot of pitches

The Next Web

One of the most critical tasks startups face, is creating a killer elevator pitch — a short, verbal description of who they are, what they do, and how they are going to succeed as a business.

Samsa Wins Capital Factory’s 100K Blockchain Challenge at SXSW


By Laura Lorek Publisher with Silicon Hills News Capital Factory awarded Samsa, a startup that runs a cryptocurrency index platform, $100,000 in its Blockchain Investment Challenge on Thursday at South by Southwest. Judges selected two other runners-up: Topl, which is building a platform for international investment on blockchain technology and Vertalo, a blockchain-backed platform to […].

4 Surprising Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Wonder Woman

YFS Magazine

What does Wonder Woman have to do with the challenges faced by digital marketers and entrepreneurs? You may be surprised. Lifestyle culture female entrepreneurship lifestyle movies women entrepreneurship women in business

Autonmous vehicles, accidents, liability and fault

Venture Chronicles

This week opened with a tragic story of a woman in Arizona who was killed by an Uber autonomous vehicle.


Giving Visionary Women Their Due

Hunter Walker

Even though I finished reading Emily Chang’s Brotopia last month, it’s lingered.

Amazon Could Acquire Toys 'R' Us. Here's Why It's a Brilliant Move

Inc Startups

If Amazon buys Toys 'R'Us physical retail locations, Amazon will be even more powerful than they are now. Money


Whurley Says Quantum Computing is the New Space Race


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Quantum computing, not Artificial Intelligence, is the space race of our generation, said William Hurley, known as Whurley.

21 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. 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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North Carolina Democrats talk up gun-law proposals

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH (AP) — Several North Carolina Democratic lawmakers unveiled gun restriction and school safety proposals Monday in response to the Florida school shooting, calling those "common sense" ideas that have Republicans have already supported elsewhere