The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or …

Feld Thoughts

” I remember a moment in time in 1997. The post The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or … appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Yesterday I read Kara Swisher’s post What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean? The Truth Is Nobody Knows. It’s great. Go read it – I’ll wait for you.

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16 Brilliant Insights From Steve Jobs Keynote Circa 1997


I came across this old video recently of Jobs doing a keynote at the Apple WWDC in 1997 (yes, I know that was 14 years ago). 16 Brilliant Insights From Steve Jobs Circa 1997. Full Transcript of Steve Jobs Apple WWDC Keynote 1997.

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20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Demonstrated the Perfect Way to Respond to an Insult

Inc Startups

In 1997, Steve Jobs was answering developers' questions when one audience member took a shot at him. What happens next is remarkable.

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Revealed the Single Word That Led to Apple's Great Success

Inc Startups

In 1997, Steve Jobs was answering developers' questions when he decided to drop some major wisdom regarding the power of focus.

Two Secrets To Steve Jobs's Success That Can Help Your Startup Grow

Inc Startups

When he returned to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs introduced three products that proved he had mastered two fundamental concepts on which Apple''s success depended

PUMPKINS WEEK: To Sheila by Smashing Pumpkins - By 1997, there.

Mark Birch

PUMPKINS WEEK: To Sheila by Smashing Pumpkins - By 1997, there was no bigger rock band around. Mellon Collie was a massive success following on the previous success of Siamese Dream, so by the time the band got around to recording the follow-up, the expectations were immense. Given the weight of those expectations, the loss of James Chamberlin (kicked out for a drug overdose), and Billy Corgan’s own personal struggles, Adore could have been a trainwreck.

Gary Vaynerchuk's Secrets to Social Media

Inc Startups

In 1997, Gary Vaynerchuk launched and helped grow his family business from $3 million to $60 million in seven years. Here he explains how to do marketing well in an Internet world

Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

Back in 1997, Softbank Technology Ventures (which became Mobius Venture Capital) was the first VC fund I helped raise. The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination. We’re living through the transformation from digital to virtual, and Softbank leading today’s investment of $164 million in Mapbox accelerates this even faster. I’ve posted about the massive founder crush my partners and I have on Eric Gundersen, the CEO of Mapbox.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

modem in 1997. There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have the stomach for it. This is particularly true of short positions. It is not enough to know that something is going to blow up. You have to know how, why, and when.

Chess Grandmaster Brilliantly Speaks out About How Losing to a Computer Was Good for Humanity

Inc Startups

Deep Blue may have famously defeated Garry Kasparovin 1997 but and in reflecting, he's now hopeful about what AI technology will bring mankind in the future.

4 key traits retailers need to adopt to thrive in 2018

The Next Web

Though Kohn and Sting got the party started, the age of ecommerce didn’t truly begin in earnest until 1997. An eleven-time Grammy winner, Sting revived the soul of rock and roll by infusing reggae just when the genre was growing stale.

We could use more story tellers

deal architect

It was 1997 if memory serves me right. Doug Burgum, then CEO of Great Plains (now part of Microsoft) used his entire keynote at the annual Stampede user event to talk about the story of an English clockmaker, John Harrison. Industry Commentary


Start With Customer Experience

Feld Thoughts

I was reminded of the importance of starting with the customer experience while I was watching this brilliant video from WWDC 1997 of Steve Jobs. In the video, Jobs appears to be responding to attack by a troll , but is actually doing something much more interesting.

3 Major Gains Women Entrepreneurs Have Made (Infographic)

Inc Startups

Since 1997, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 59 percent, according to an American Express OPEN report , and revenue generated by these companies has climbed 63 percent. which is about the same share they contributed in 1997.

When Microsoft Threatened to Sue Us Over the Letter “E”

Steve Blank

By 1997 E.piphany was a fast growing startup with customers, revenue and something approaching a repeatable business model. 1997 was also that year that Microsoft was in the middle of the browser wars with Netscape.

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Complete XRM Buys Fanatic Software


Fanatic Software, founded in 1997, develops mobile and Mac applications. Fanatic Software, based in Cedar Park, now belongs to Complete XRM. The Salt Lake City-based Complete XRM did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Its flagship product is the Pocket Informant Mac, iOS and Android productivity apps. It has more than four million […] The post Complete XRM Buys Fanatic Software appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Austin-based Sizmek Aquired for $122 Million


San Francisco-based Vector Capital, founded in 1997, has invested $1.6 Private Equity Firm Vector Capital announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Austin-based Sizmek, an advertising technology company, for $3.90 a share, valuing the deal at $122 million. billion in more than 40 technology companies. “We believe this transaction provides Sizmek with […] The post Austin-based Sizmek Aquired for $122 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

By 1997, when I started investing as a venture capital investor, I was no longer reading business plans. This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact ) first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises. The textbook for the course was Jeffry A.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

According to Fox Business , women-owned businesses have increased 68% since 1997, running more than 9.1 Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

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Today ecommerce saves customers money and time tomorrow it will accelerate discovery

The Equity Kicker

I’ve just re-read Jeff Bezos 1997 letter to shareholders. It’s a great example of clear story telling and bold strategy, but most importantly Bezos’ judgement is amazing, and much of it stands the test of time.

MobileDay – Making Audio Conference Calls Work On Smart Phones

Feld Thoughts

I was involved in the creation of reservationless audioconferencing, which was pioneered by Raindance (I was a seed investor) in 1997. Each day I do at least two, and sometimes as many as a half dozen, audio conference calls. I make almost all of them from my iPhone when I’m walking somewhere or driving in my car. I find the process of dialing into a conference totally insane, maddening, and archaic. Here’s how it usually goes when I’m in the car.

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Reading Jeff Bezos

David Lee

His 1997 letter to Amazon shareholders is a blueprint for building a durable franchise in technology. Here are some random nuggets: Free cash flow was their focus since 1997. A tech friend gives me s**t about being a Jeff Bezos fanboy. I’m unabashedly a fan. I recently compiled and read all of these letters from 1997-2011. Read together, it’s essentially a 15 year narrative of building long-term value in technology and also a history of the Internet and e-commerce.

Phase Forward: Remembering the Early Days

Venture Cyclist

Once we received venture capital funding (from Atlas Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners) we opened our first office at 51 Winchester St, Newton in 1997.

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Athenahealth Picks Austin for R&D Center and Plans to Create 600 Jobs


The company, founded in 1997, provides cloud-based health information services for electronic medical records and other medical documents. Athenahealth announced plans to put a research and development center in Austin with plans to create 600 new jobs. It plans to occupy 110,000 square feet of the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment project in downtown Austin and […] The post Athenahealth Picks Austin for R&D Center and Plans to Create 600 Jobs appeared first on SiliconHills.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. Mark Suster wrote a great post yesterday titled The Resetting of the Startup Industry. Go read it now – I’ll wait. Once again, as we find ourselves in the middle of a significant public market correction, especially around technology stocks, there’s an enormous amount of noise in the system, as there always is.

Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999?

Feld Thoughts

When I started making venture capital investments in 1997, the pace of things, and the amount of work I did, was massive. I spent the day yesterday doing Denver Startup Week stuff. I was on a bunch of panels and during one of the Q&A sessions someone asked something to the effect of: “Now that things are moving faster than ever before, how do you deal with / keep up with them?”

SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame


Girlstart, founded in 1997, runs programs to empower girls in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math, known as […] The post SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame appeared first on SiliconHills. South by Southwest has named Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins to its Interactive Hall of Fame for 2015. SXSW is honoring Hudgins for her work in expanding and developing the Austin-based nonprofit organization since 2009.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them. But this doesn’t only happen to entrepreneurs. VCs play this game with VCs all the time. One of our deeply held beliefs at Foundry Group is that there is no value in b *g anyone.

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The idea maze

Chris Dixon

Imagine, for example, that you were thinking of starting Netflix back when it was founded in 1997. The pop culture view of startups is that they’re all about coming up with a great product idea. After the eureka moment, the outcome is preordained. This neglects the years of toil that entrepreneurs endure, and also the fact that the vast majority of startups change over time, often dramatically.

Corporations think they need a bigger boat, but what they really need is to build the shark

Jeff Hilimire

Clayton Christensen wrote his iconic book that lays out this philosophy in 1997. One of the areas I explore in the book I’m writing, currently titled, Thrive , centers around the innovator’s dilemma.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

It went bankrupt in 1997.). I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. All the usual caveats apply.

Update on Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruption

The Equity Kicker

Clayton Christensen’s book The Innovators Dilemma , originally published in 1997, changed my understanding of innovation, the evolution of value chains and gave me a theory of disruption that has served me very well over the years.

Jeff Bezos attended 60 investor meetings to raise $1m from 22 people, just to get Amazon started

The Next Web

Since 1997, our immediate destiny has been in our own hands.” If you think startups have a tough time today, making ends meet and raising the necessary capital to take things to the next level, here’s an interesting little nugget courtesy of “Mr.

11 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

Hosted by small business expert Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate, SBR is the world’s only weekday radio talk show dedicated to small business, nationally syndicated since 1997.

The Incumbents Advantage

deal architect

But, “Dilemma” first came out in 1997, and I think we need to acknowledge how companies which. I am a big fan of Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma”. and his other writings. My blogs and books similarly celebrate disruptors and innovators. Industry Commentary


9 Easy Hacks to Boost your Website Traffic


Jakob Nielson’s seminal web usability study from 1997 showed that 79% of web users scan rather than read. A blog without traffic does not generate conversation, without it, there is no business. A blog is a marketing asset for your business.

Three Common Expense Tracking Mistakes


William Olsen, CPA, Co-Founder and Director of Deductr been in the tax industry for 20 years and a licensed CPA since 1997. by William Olsen, CPA, Co-founder and VP of Product Development at Deductr.

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Why You Should Use Localisation in a Globalised World

The Startup Magazine

Chan und Huang (1997) make the point that brands can be enhanced if names of certain animals, flowers and lucky numbers are used in Asian cultures and that unlucky colours or symbols can have the opposite effect.

The Real Reason Elon Musk Became an Entrepreneur

Inc Startups

named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997, realized early on that there were five areas he could focus on: sustainable energy , the Internet, "making life multi-planetary," and perhaps artificial intelligence (AI) and rewriting genetics.

Exploring The Evolution Of Online Payment Solutions


In 1997, Coca-Cola developed and released vending machines, which were able to accept payments through text messages. Over the past ten years or so, consumers have been blessed with new payment opportunities, which have brought added convenience.