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Privacy and Facebook – The Non-Surprise

Feld Thoughts

In 2008, I gave a talk at my 20th-year reunion at MIT Sloan. The title of the talk was something like “Privacy is Dead” and my assertion, in 2008, was that there was no longer any data privacy, anywhere, for anyone. I’ve been living my life under that assumption since then. The current Facebook scandal around Cambridge Analytica, and – more significantly – data privacy, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Precious Metals: Outlook March 2018


Gold prices experienced some volatility in recent weeks, with upward pressures sending them higher by mid-February, followed by a price moderation at the end of the month as competing downward pressures strengthened. On 9 March, gold closed the trading day at USD 1,322 per troy ounce, which was 0.7%

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.

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.

[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.

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Atlanta Housing Overview March 2018


Atlanta has a diverse housing realm. From dense and affluent to barren wastelands and crime ridden areas, Atlanta is a big city and has the parts to prove it. Population and industry drive a city. As you can see from the table below, Atlanta has a massive population.

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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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.

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.

Five Essential Items Your Office Needs


All businesses start from somewhere. Having an organized and complete workplace is essentially important for productivity of the employees. However, businesses tend to have a lot of things and many of them forget a number of obvious gadget and accessories.

At A Glance: U.S. Mortgage Industry Analysis


Above shows the change in mortgage underwriting - from banks to non-banks. Great read below, it includes the statement: Before the financial crisis, mortgages were the last thing a consumer would default on, Noring says.

Managing Technical Debt

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Felix Sargent, lead a conversation around “Technical Debt”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor.

Why CEOs Should Embrace The Role Of Chief Sales Officer

YFS Magazine

As a founder and CEO you'll often wear many hats and perform different roles. However, an essential role that every CEO should perform is that of a Chief Sales Officer. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling sales sales tips

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What To Do When You Hire People


Hiring is tough. Interviews and not even their history are not perfect to assess somebody’s ability to perform at your company. So instead of telling new recruits “you’re hired!”, ”, I do this instead. The post What To Do When You Hire People appeared first on CXL.

Oracle’s Founder Larry Ellison Says Austin Campus is Going to Grow to 10,000 Employees


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Billionaire Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, said he expects Austin’s Oracle campus to grow to about 10,000 employees in coming years. “We We are going to have a handful of hubs in the United States,” Ellison said. Austin is one of the key places we want to […]. The post Oracle’s Founder Larry Ellison Says Austin Campus is Going to Grow to 10,000 Employees appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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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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.

3 Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make

YFS Magazine

Starting a business is inherently a risky venture. You may not be able to control external factors, like a sudden fluctuation in the market. But there are many factors within your control. Plan business planning starting a business startup advice

4 Effective Direct Mail Marketing Tips


Direct-mail marketing is usually expensive, but keep in mind that an effective campaign could easily and quickly offset your costs and increase business profits. It is why most companies take full advantage of direct-mail marketing to engage customers.

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.

Go Hunt Life’s Todd Nevins is Onto his Next Big Adventure in Mexico


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Todd Nevins is pulling the ripcord on his life this week. The host of the Go Hunt Life podcast in Austin and founder of CLICKplacement, an AdWords business, is moving to Mexico. Todd and his wife, Allison, have sold most of their belongings, everything from their couch […]. The post Go Hunt Life’s Todd Nevins is Onto his Next Big Adventure in Mexico appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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.

Change Or Be Left Behind: How To Reinvent Yourself When Life Demands It

YFS Magazine

Change can be difficult, uncomfortable, and frightening. But sooner or later, most of us will have to reinvent ourselves (or risk getting left behind). Lead leadership mindset personal development

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.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Setting Up Your First Website

Up and Running

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, establishing a personal brand through a website is critical to success. Everybody and their mom uses the internet to discover new brands, influencers and ultimately to buy new products and services.

Tool for Qualifying B2B Leads


Are you in B2B / lead gen? Qualifying leads a challenge? There’s a new (non-enterprise) tool for qualifying B2B leads that’s quite a game changer. The post Tool for Qualifying B2B Leads appeared first on CXL.

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Rockingham County High School student shoots man, kills himself

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

A Rockingham County High School student died Wednesday night after shooting at an 18-year-old man and then turning the gun on himself


5 Million-Dollar Ideas For Your Next Product Launch

YFS Magazine

By executing these strategies, you can generate huge returns on the high investment that went into developing and launching a new product. Launch 500 startups marketing Product Launch product roadmap

National Tech Media’s SXSW Coverage Obscures What a True Ecosystem of Innovation Looks Like


By Dave Manzer Sponsored Post on Silicon Hills News Here’s an opinion that won’t be popular among our friends in the technology news media: It’s coverage of SXSW risks perpetuating a very narrow and biased view of what a true startup ecosystem looks like. Don’t believe me?

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.

Using Discovery Insights Personality Types for Better #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Vikas Batra, lead a conversation around “Discovery Insights”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor.

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.

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

Umuse Raises $5 Million for its Smart Digital Assistant to Organize Email, Text and Chat


Umuse has created a digital assistant for the email inbox box that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning and becomes smarter over time.