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8 Errors To Avoid In Your First Minute With Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the most important things you need is a memorable “ elevator pitch ,” to communicate your startup value proposition and leave a great first impression on friends, investors, employees, and future customers.

Clayton Christensen

Steve Blank

Say not in grief he is no more – but live in thankfulness that he was. If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders.

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Workday Services Ecosystem - a conversation in 2 parts

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I recently sat down with Workday’s newly minted Chief Customer Officer, Emily McEvilly and Webb Armentrout, VP of Global Services Alliances for an in-depth conversation on Workday’s services ecosystem. Workday approaches the management of their ecosystem - at the core. Cloud Computing, SaaS Outsourcing (other vendors

20/20/20 – Harley Earl: Design Icon, Seer of Our Autonomous Vehicle Future

View from Seed

Over the course of 2020, we are highlighting 20 innovators and entrepreneurs from the 20th century whose work continues to shape our everyday lives in the 21st century. . Unless you are a student of design or an aficionado of cars, you may not know the name Harley Earl.

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The Montana Future In A Dream

Feld Thoughts

I’ve always been a vivid dreamer, but I’ve been getting a lot more REM sleep due to the combination of a CPAP machine and the prostate reduction surgery I had last year (solving a “getting older” problem.).

Startups Need Your Data, But Consumers Are Still Wary

Startup Professionals Musings

Neither people nor computers can really help you as a personal assistant unless you are willing to share data about what you like, what you feel, and who and what’s important to you.

Your Company Can Either Lead Sustainability Efforts Or Get Out Of The Way


by Dan Lauer , founding executive director of UMSL Accelerate. Change is unavoidable in business. When Netflix began streaming media directly to customers in 2007, it changed the face of home entertainment.

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20/20/20: Innovators & Entrepreneurs From the 20th Century Who Are Helping Shape the 21st

View from Seed

Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re now 20 years into the 21st century. 1980 and the dawn of the PC era is 40 years ago… the space race kicked off roughly 70 years ago.

Lessons from the First 20 Episodes of the #GiveFirst Podcast

Feld Thoughts

When David and I started doing the #GiveFirst podcast , I was told by a long-time podcaster that it takes about 20 episodes to hit your stride. Since then, several other podcasters have told me that the number is actually closer to 100. Given that hurdle, David and I are 20% of the way there.

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7 Lessons For Mobile App Developers To Beat The Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the quickest ways to become an entrepreneur these days is to develop and publish a smartphone app. The price of entry can be less than $10,000, so the competition is huge and growing rapidly. According to Tim Cook at Apple, there were over 20 million registered developers in 2018.

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Why Digital Transformation Is The Key To Sustainable Sales In 2020


by Tiffany Ruder. Digital transformation” was a buzzword throughout 2019, but 2020 is when we’re going to see its real impact. As the amount of time that we all spend online continues to increase, digital transformation has become crucial for sales growth into the next decade.

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Auditor Independence and ERP/CRM projects - a conversation with Francine McKenna

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Francine McKenna is a prolific commentator on the accounting, audit, and corporate governance issues affecting public and pre-IPO private companies. Since 2006, McKenna has been an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

10 Of The Best Kobe Bryant Quotes That Will Inspire Your Life And Business

YFS Magazine

A relentless work ethic that propelled Bryant’s 20 years in the NBA also helped drive his next chapter as an entrepreneur, author and Oscar-winning filmmaker. Lead inspiration quotes success quotes

eSports is poised for growth in 2020

VC Cafe

Lets start with some numbers: Newzoo estimates the gaming market revenue will reach $189.6 billion in 2020, up from 148.8 billion in 2019.

9 Keys To Finding The Perfect Angel Investor For You

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one.

[Interview] Michael Bianco-Splann, Author Of ‘Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles That Will Change Your Business And Change Your Life”


Everyone leads. Whether it’s in the workplace, within communities, our families, or the planet, at some point everyone — in some way — takes charge. But how many of us feel fulfilled as leaders? How many experience a level of happiness and satisfaction that aligns with our authentic selves?

The "fog" of enterprise software

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So many data points cannot be wrong, can they? Larry Ellison talks about SAP's customers moving away during the Oracle earnings call. IFS runs a billboard ad suggesting the same. I get whispers from several other competitors suggesting SAP is. Industry Commentary

What’s New In Venture Deals, 4th Edition

Feld Thoughts

Jason Mendelson and I recently published the 4th Edition of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. The book now has three forewords – one by each of Fred Wilson (USV), James Park (Fitbit), and Dick Costolo (now 01 Advisors, then Twitter). The 1st edition had 13 chapters. We are now up to 19.

How To Handle Political Expression In The Workplace

YFS Magazine

Are workplace policies needed to control political expression at the office? Culture Economy Editor Picks entrepreneurship culture politics


8 Strategies To Optimize Your Business Pace Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and startups are big believers in innovation, but sometimes they forget that innovation must be continual to assure long-term success, rather than the one big-bang idea that initiated their journey.

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Assess Your Leadership Qualities By Answering These 7 Questions 


by Oleg Konovalov , author of “ Leaderology “ A leader is supposed to be out in front, pointing the way toward whatever is ahead. But, as we begin a new decade, too many business leaders are facing backward rather than forward.

Workday Services Ecosystem - Part 2

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This continues my conversation with Workday’s Emily McEvilly and Webb Armentrout on Workday’s SI partner ecosystem. Post implementation services In the heyday of legacy software, post-implementation upgrades, hosting, application management turned out to be a fairly sizable long-tail expense for. Cloud Computing, SaaS Outsourcing (other vendors

Freestyle’s Leadership on Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, Josh Felser of Freestyle Ventures wrote a post titled For the Love of Founders and their mental health. In it, he discussed his own struggles with mental health as an entrepreneur. “ Like so many others I just sucked it up, grinded away and punted, hoping for relief down the road. That strategy of denial and repression worked until it didn’t. My founder stress and burnout couldn’t be contained despite my best efforts.

Ecommerce: How to Survive its Troughs


On the topic of ecommerce, one wonders to what extent this business model is applicable, and where is it likely to end? This is the prime question that goes through most online retailers, entrepreneurs today. It’s the extent of this phenomenon that has resulted in soaring businesses across the world.

European Real Estate in 2020: Cooling or Continued Growth?

The Startup Magazine

Real estate investors active in Europe cheered 2019 because it was an excellent year.

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How To Use Affiliate Marketing To Boost Sales At Your Young Company


When you are running a new and small business you need to make sales and quickly to avoid running out of steam. You need regular loyal customers and new customers to get there. However, it can be incredibly hard to really make tracks in the business world.

Quiet Giants

Eric Friedman

Some years ago the advice was to try join a rocket ship at all costs. Get on, hang on, and the success of the company will lift you to new heights.

The Anthropocene Reviewed Podcast

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I driving to dinner with Ben Einstein and Grace Livingston a few months ago. Amy generally dislikes podcasts so she was annoyed with me as I fiddled with my iPhone and Carplay which kept opening my podcast app. Ben said, “Have you listened to The Anthropocene Reviewed ?” ” I responded, “The what what?” ” Amy said, “Put some music on.” ” Ben tried again.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Prioritize Mental And Emotional Well-Being

YFS Magazine

Take steps to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed in your personal and professional life. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle recommended

5 Most Common Startup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Startup Magazine

So, you’re preparing to launch a startup of your very own: congratulations! You’ve made it past the ideation phase, perhaps you’ve got a business plan in place, and now you’re ready to watch your business grow. Not too fast.

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4 Ways Technology Can Revolutionize Your Conference Room


The future of the corporate world is digital, diverse, creative and adaptable. To make it work, business owners have to try and make virtual connections seamless and simple for employees, vendors, and business partners. Digitization does not diminish the need for f-2-f meetings.

Stop Hiring the Wrong People! (Or How to Hire for Growth, Not Skills)


No hiring process in the world is designed to hire the best and brightest. Are you talking to everyone in the world that does that job? That could do that job? Are you able to measure directly the marginal value two years from now of hiring Person A versus Person B?

Cynicism in Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

As I was reading The Atlantic article Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World I kept flashing to the end of Anna Wiener’s awesome memoir Uncanny Valley. And it was no surprise to see this article in the Boulder Daily Camera titled Big tech in hot seat at congressional hearing at CU Boulder. Readers of this blog and my book Startup Communities know that I’m a huge fan of AnnaLee Saxenian. She has a great quote in The Atlantic article.

Ending The Mental Health Crisis Is The Revolution We All Need

YFS Magazine

Society at-large holds negative views concerning mental illness, and these beliefs form a stigma that impacts countless individuals. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle mental health recommended


How business owners can reduce their risk of being sued

The Startup Magazine

For any business owner, the risk of being sued is a real one. This can happen almost regardless of what type or size of business you run. So, it is important to make sure that you are aware of that legal risk and do everything you can to mitigate it.

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How To Guarantee Success For Your Startup In 2020


If you’re thinking about going into business, then there’s never been more opportunity available, but in order to succeed in 2020, there are some things you’ll need to know. We’ve put together some tips on running a successful startup business, so read on and find out more.

Five Reasons Why We Need a More Progressive Economy for Growth

This is going to be BIG.

Every election cycle, you hear the same thing—Republicans are good for the economy and electing a liberal will tank it. This is especially the case this time around as we’re in the middle of the longest running expansion this country has ever seen—and no one wants the other shoe to drop. There’s a lot of fear that making the wrong choice will mess things up.

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