True Story: How Bplans.com Started in 1995

Up and Running

January of 1995. Few people knew of the Internet, Mozilla, and the world-wide web. The so-called “Internet” had existed for years, but seemed to the rest of us (anybody outside of a few spook havens and ivory towers) like a nerdy background utility for emails. And I started bplans.com.

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From BUNCH to FANG

deal architect

When I joined Gartner in 1995, I thought it was quaint some of the older analysts would talk about BUNCH – Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC and Honeywell. In 1995, HP, IBM, Sun, Dell, Compaq and other. So 70s and 80s. Industry Commentary

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Calling Fellow Analysts

deal architect

In my orientation at Gartner in 1995, a senior analyst forcefully pointed out “Sacred cows make the best hamburger”. I cringed on behalf of all vegetarians of the world but took it to heart. For two decades, I have challenged. Industry Commentary

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The Real Deal: Art Mesher on ENTRUSTS the next Big Thing in Supply Chains and SaaS

deal architect

I first met Art Mesher in 1995. This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. We were both freshmen Gartner analysts and in class and bars he would passionately talk about. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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Serial Entrepreneur Bob Fabbio Plans to Builid eRevelance Into a $1 Billion Company

SiliconHills

In 1995, Tivoli Systems went public and a year later IBM acquired the company for $743 million. In 1989, Bob Fabbio quit his job at IBM and launched Tivoli Systems, which went on to create of the largest software categories in the world – enterprise systems management.

This Internet thing is just a fad | Seth Levine

VC Adventure

Snowpocalypse or Blizzard?

Feld Thoughts

I’ve lived here since 1995 and the amount of fear, anxiety, discussion, preparation, and public commentary is higher than I can ever recall (and yes – I’m now contributing to it.). The level of histrionics yesterday about the weather on the front range that is coming has been epic.

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Serial Entrepreneur Bob Fabbio Plans to Build eRelevance Into a $1 Billion Company

SiliconHills

In 1995, Tivoli Systems went public and a year later IBM acquired the company for $743 million. In 1989, Bob Fabbio quit his job at IBM and launched Tivoli Systems, which created one of the largest software categories in the world – enterprise systems management.

The Long and Winding Road to Rock Band 4

Feld Thoughts

I originally invested in Harmonix as an angel investor in 1995. It’s here. And you know you want it.

[Infographic] Happy 20th Birthday, eBay

YoungUpstarts

Founded by Pierre Omidyar, online auction and shopping site eBay first burst unto the Internet in 1995 just before the dotcom bubble and managed to survive through that collapse unlike many of its online counterparts.

13 Important Branding Lessons From The Top 4 e-Commerce Giants

YoungUpstarts

The online classified site’s interface has remained mostly unchanged since it debuted in 1995. No one could call Craigslist a beautifully designed website – even in 1995. by Katie Lundin of crowdspring.

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Genstar Capital Buys Austin-based Accruent

SiliconHills

Accruent, founded in 1995 in California, had raised $32 million from two investors in two rounds, according to its Crunchbase profile.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

1995 – 2000 was the climb up to the Peak. This is a line my friend Jerry Colonna uses when something like the AT&T – Time Warner deal occurs. As time passes, the line has shifted to “We were right – just fifteen years early.”

What Buying Habits Tell Marketers About Each Generation

YoungUpstarts

Now comprising the highest percentage of the workforce, this generation (born roughly from 1981 to 1995) receives considerable marketing attention.

Boulder Conversations at the Boulder History Museum on Wed 2/12/14

Feld Thoughts

As a relative youngster (I’ve only been here since 1995) it was especially humbling to be asked to part of the “ Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People” Speaker Series.

Open Cloud Academy Launches Cybersecurity Program for Veterans

SiliconHills

Air Force as a cryptographic specialist after 18 years in 1995 in San Antonio and then worked construction jobs until he hurt his back. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News David Gibson retired from the U.S. Since then he’s been looking for steady work. And that’s why he enrolled in the first class […] The post Open Cloud Academy Launches Cybersecurity Program for Veterans appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio Cybersecurity Open Cloud Academy training veterans

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Get A Free Flight To Boulder For Boulder Startup Week

Feld Thoughts

Since I moved to Boulder in 1995, I’ve watched and participated in the evolution of an amazing startup community which I believe currently has the highest entrepreneurial density in the United States. Boulder Startup Week , a five day celebration of the tech scene here in Boulder, is offering several free plane tickets to people who would consider relocating.

Mike Maples Talks Investments, Startup Smarts and Bill Gates

SiliconHills

After his retirement in 1995, [.] By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Former Microsoft senior executive and current investor and rancher Mike Maples Sr.

What the 5 Stages of Grief Teach Us About Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Christensen in “ The Innovator’s Dilemma ” way back in 1995. How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

More Words of Wisdom from Steve Jobs

Scott Edward Walker

This week, we again present Steve Jobs in this powerful, one-minute clip from 1995. To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we post a short video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

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The Doubly-Linked List Appears to Have Been Patented

Feld Thoughts

The prior art was extremely thin, only went back to 1995, and didn’t mention that entire computer languages have been created around the list as a core data structure. I saw a tweet today that said “ The doubly-linked list, a structure I studied thirty years ago, has recently been patented.” After giggling at the absurdity of the idea, I went and at a patent dated 4/11/06 that appears to be for the doubly-linked list.

Looking Forward to 2025

Feld Thoughts

The last was dinner with Alex Rigopulos, the co-founder of Harmonix, which he co-founded with Eran Egozy in 1995, sold in 2007, bought back in 2010, and is still running today. ” The years 1995 through 2005, shown almost entirely in red ink, were “The Part Before That. If we fund an early stage startup company today and it’s hugely successful, it’ll be coming into its own in 2025. Ponder that for a moment.

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Profiles on 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates

Feld Thoughts

I’ve lived and worked here since 1995 so I’ve seen, and be involved in, a lot of the evolution of our city over this period of time. On October 19th, Engage Boulder is hosting a breakfast with me from 7:30am to 9:30am to discuss the past, present, and future of Boulder. I’m hoping to have a thoughtful and open conversation about a lot of the issues that are coming up around our local election. If you are interested, please join us.

Parkland and Growing Up In Dallas

Feld Thoughts

I’ve only lived in a few other places – Blytheville, Arkansas from 1965 – 1966, Boston in 1967 and again from 1983 – 1995, and Boulder since 1995.

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The First Real Intersection of Music and Virtual Reality

Feld Thoughts

In 1995 I made a seed investment in a tiny company called Harmonix founded by two guys, Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy. After one meeting with them I knew I wanted to be part of their journey and made one of my early $25,000 angel investments. The journey they went on as founders and a company was amazing. A big part of it was captured in what I think is one of the best long form magazine articles ever about the history and drama of building a company – Just Play in Inc.

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank

Most entrepreneurs today don’t remember the Dot-Com bubble of 1995 or the Dot-Com crash that followed in 2000. As a reminder, the Dot Com bubble was a five-year period from August 1995 (the Netscape IPO ) when there was a massive wave of experiments on the then-new internet, in commerce, entertainment, nascent social media, and search. A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

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Important Branding Lessons From The Top 5 Retailers In The US

YoungUpstarts

But, when Amazon first issued its mission statement in 1995: …to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. …no by Katie Lundin of crowdspring.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

The Golden Age (1970 – 1995): Build a growing business with a consistently profitable track record (after at least 5 quarters,) and go public when it’s time. 1970 – 1995: The Golden Age. The world of building profitable startups ended in 1995. Carpe Diem.

Why Businesses Must Grasp Millennial Thinking Or Face Economic Calamity

YoungUpstarts

Millennials are the generation born roughly from 1981 to 1995, meaning that the older millennials aren’t that far from 40.

Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

But we came very close to moving to Homer in 1995. We moved to Boulder in November 1995 and never looked back – it’s been amazing. Nope – Amy and I aren’t moving to Homer.

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The Endless Struggle That Boulder Has With Itself

Feld Thoughts

It’s also not the Boulder of 1995. I’ve now lived in Boulder for 19 years.

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ICO Advertising On Google

Feld Thoughts

Dave Jilk turned me on to it when I was a freshman (he was a senior) and from 1983 to 1995 I read almost every issue cover to cover. Google just banned ICO and cryptocurrency-related advertising.

How AI And Big Data Are Changing Century-Old Media Companies

YoungUpstarts

Meanwhile, a Scandinavian media company called Schibsted, whose publications had been free online since 1995, has begun scoring visitors on their likelihood of subscribing using information it has paired from Facebook and then customizing ads touting the benefits of becoming a subscriber.

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RSS: The Persistent Protocol

Feld Thoughts

One of my first investments, when I moved to Boulder in 1995, was in a company called Email Publishing, which was the very first email service provider. One of our themes is Protocol. We’ve been investing in companies built around technology protocols since 1994. SMTP has been very good to me. We made some of the early investments in companies built around RSS, including FeedBurner and NewsGator. RSS is a brilliant, and very durable, protocol.

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Google Boulder’s Gift to NCWIT

Feld Thoughts

I’ve known Scott since shortly after I moved to Boulder in 1995. Google Boulder recently did a phenomenal thing. They recently gave a gift of over $2 million to CU Boulder , which included free office space for NCWIT for the next six years (valued at $1.3 million.) As of a few weeks ago, NCWIT now has a great long-term home in an older Google office on 26th Street in Boulder off of the CU Campus.

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No Logical Relation Between Employment And Health Care: Kenneth Arrow

YoungUpstarts

by Cara Wick, President of Wick Financial. As healthcare makes headlines, I wish more people listened to Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Joseph Arrow. Born in New York City in 1921, at 51, Mr. Arrow was the youngest person ever to receive the award.

The Dark Side of Depression ??? Robin Williams, We Loved You

Feld Thoughts

When Amy and I moved to Boulder in 1995, one of the fun quiet things I didn’t share was how cool it was to be living in Mork’s home town. I woke up with gloom in my brain this morning. Robin Williams apparent suicide really impacted me, just like it has so many other people.

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The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

” Here’s the summary of his track record (excerpted from the Fast Company article): Forefront — IPO’ed in 1995 by CBT — CBT stock fell 85% in 1998 and prompted class-action lawsuits.

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#GivingThanks: Jerry Colonna and Naropa University

Feld Thoughts

I met Jerry in 1995. Today’s #GivingThanks post is for my dear friend Jerry Colonna. When I make a list of non-family members and non-partners who I would want to be stranded on a desert island with, Jerry is at the top of the list. Before I tell a story, if you want to participate in #GivingThanks to Jerry, please make a donation to Naropa University where Jerry is the chair of the board.

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Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

This book was written in 1995 and published by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association so the updated subtitle should be “A One Hundred Year Renaissance – 20 Years Later.” Amy and I had a very quiet weekend hanging out with each other, Brooks the Wonder Dog, and Super Cooper the Pooper. We like Memorial Day weekend – it always feels like the beginning of summer to us. I read three books over the weekend.

A big industry is born and peaks within 13 years

The Equity Kicker

If you take the 1995 Netscape IPO as the start of the internet advertising market then that industry went from inception to decline in 19 years. It’s been widely reported this morning that music downloads are now in decline.

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Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

Steve Blank

As one of the first women VC’s in Silicon Valley she founded Foundation in 1995, and went on to be selected for the Midas List based on her investments.

Three Questions To Prevent Your Technology Project From Being Poorly Managed

YoungUpstarts

Julie May is CEO of bytes of knowledge (b:ok) , which she founded in 1995 with her husband, Charles. by Julie May, CEO of bytes of knowledge (b:ok). Most IT projects require a variety of skill sets, from design and software development, to hosting and project management.