Party like it is 1999 again?

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It felt like SAP’s Sapphire in 1999 with Deloitte and Accenture and Wipro logos on big booths, on conference bags, on party invitations. Last week at Dreamforce I had a deja vu moment. In the Marketing Cloud session, I wondered. Cloud Computing, SaaS Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999?

Feld Thoughts

In 1999 things were moving so theoretically quickly that everything was a total blur. The post Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999? 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?”

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

Feld Thoughts

In 1999 we filed an S-1 to take Sage Networks public. 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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Market Like Its 1999 In 2015 – 9 Marketing Strategies That Worked Back Then & Still Work Now


When it came to ROI in 1999, the bigger, brighter, and more noticeable your yellow pages’ ad was, the better. Yes, we know there was email marketing in 1999, but it was in its infancy. Print catalogs worked in 1999, and they still work today. Full color newspaper and magazine ads, television ads, and radio spots took up a large chunk of the marketing budget for those that could afford them in 1999, and that hasn’t changed. By Victoria Treyger, CMO of Kabbage.

Startup – Like it’s 1999

Start Up Blog

Sometimes it seems like it’s web bubble time all over again… or is it just me… or is it just Aziz ? In any case this made me laugh, and I hope it brings a smile to your face too. A big HT goes out to Mr Brim. entrepreneurship Aziz Ansari dot com bubble entrepreneur Startup

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Bubble watch: a comparison of 1999 and 2013

The Equity Kicker

The data points below show that in terms of the IPO market at least the heat is nothing like what it was in 1999. Median sales of company at time of IPO — $12m in 1999 vs. $106m in 2013. in 1999 vs. 5.5x Total # of tech IPOs — 369 in 1999 vs 45 in 2013. billion in 1999 vs $8.5 Average first-day stock price increase at IPO — 81% in 1999 vs 20% in 2013. Total venture capital dollars raised — $55 billion in 1999 vs $17 billion in 2013.

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What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

Amidst all the recent talk of boom vs. bubble , there is a hue and cry that the current environment may smack of 1999. In May 1996, Open Market completed a successful IPO and more than doubled on the first day of trading, ending with a $1.2 billion market capitalization. We had recorded $1.8

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Inbound Business: How To Succeed In An Age Of Buyer Control

YFS Magazine

Is your business stuck in 1999? Most leaders know the market has changed exponentially, yet their mindset and operations are decades out of date. Grow Marketing & Sales inbound marketing marketing sales

10 years of entrepreneurship

Startup Lessons Learned

In the summer of 1999, I started working on a startup from my college dorm. Id been on the internet since I was playing MUDs as a kid, but by 1999 I felt Id already missed the boat. You can even see the humiliating evidence of my smug incompetence in this absurd article from 1999.) Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, July 9, 2009 10 years of entrepreneurship I recently passed my ten-year anniversary of becoming an entrepreneur.

Simple Cold Calling Strategies That Boost Confidence And Land Sales

YFS Magazine

If you're still doing cold calls like it's 1999, you might as well not do it at all. Too much has changed. Grow Marketing & Sales cold calling direct sales marketing personal selling sales telemarketing

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Waves of technology platforms

Startup Lessons Learned

I was building a new startup in 1999, and wanted to do it right. Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 8, 2008 Waves of technology platforms I still remember the first time I switched to LAMP. I had heard that all great companies built their applications on Oracle. So one of the first things we did was to hire an Oracle expert and get to work. Our paltry funding didnt allow us to buy expensive Sun or SGI boxes, but we had a pretty beefy intel-based box from Dell.

Why I stepped away from Facebook development

Aymeric Gaurat-Apelli

Although I had been developing softwares since 1999, it was the first time I could think of an idea, write the application, publish it online and virally reach thousands of people!

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

Both Sides of the Table

I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

Startup Chica Spotlight: Leigh Christie, Entrepreneurs Foundation

Austin Startup

Leigh Christie is the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to… Continue reading on Austin Startups

Book: The Startup Playbook

Feld Thoughts

Will and I made our first angel investment together in 1994 – in Raj’s first company NetGenesis (which went public in 1999). If you are working on your first startup, this is the book for you.

Words of Encouragement for European Startups

VC Cafe

The Eurozone is in crisis - GDP numbers point to the worst recession since 1999 and major economies are shrinking. The Eurozone is in crisis - GDP numbers point to the worst recession since 1999 and major economies are shrinking. That said, the startup ecosystems are growing and have lot to be optimistic about. I urge founders to also consider the good news and take on a more positive outlook based on "this is water"'' by David Foster Wallace. [[ This is a content summary only.

Transforming Film To Digital – A Big Business Opportunity


In 1999, a company known as Texas Instruments produced a DLP Cinema projector. A huge number of films which were made before 1999 were analog in nature. Today, we are living in the Information Age. It is symbolized by a digital transformation of universal scale. In this activity, modern technologies are utilized to turn traditional, analog content into digital format. This increases the quality of the content and makes it available for today’s audiences.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Between 1999–2005 the costs went down by 90% and between 2005–2010 they went down a further 90%. I launched my first startup in 1999 so I know the economics of launching from first-hand experience. The “A Round” of my startup in 1999 was $16.5 Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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Tiff’s Treats Lands $25 Million in Funding


Tiff’s Treats, started by former University of Texas at Austin students Leon and Tiffany Chen in 1999, now has more than 700 employees at 34 stores in Texas and Atlanta. Austin’s homegrown fresh baked cookie delivery company, Tiff’s Treats just closed on $25 million in funding to accelerate its national expansion.

5 Steps To Building A Remote Work Environment That Sustains Over Time


We started all the way back in 1999, and despite the raised eyebrows and lack of roadmap, we’ve fostered some unthinkable transitions.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

9 Subscription Model Variations To JumpStart Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is in the Business-to-Business (B2B) world, you need to realize that the subscription model has evolved considerably since introduced Software as a Service (SaaS) way back in 1999.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Yes, VC / Startup Funding is up Massively If you look at how much VC firms have raised from Limited Partners (LPs) over the past 2 decades you’ll see that we’ve returned to a level that we haven’t seen since 1999. Why $55 billion now is infinitely better than 1999 It’s intuitively obvious to most investors once you think about it but it’s easy to get caught in the simple trap of “we’ve returned to 1999 levels.”

7 Costs To Consider Before Taking Your Startup Public

Startup Professionals Musings

They are still nowhere near the rate required to match the yearly total of 486 hit way back in 1999. Despite the fact that the number of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) for startups have continued to stay low, I still hear it touted often as the preferred exit strategy. I suspect the exuberance for an IPO is still being driven by the highly visible successes of a few companies several years ago, including Facebook, Yelp, and Twitter. Everyone dreams of becoming a billionaire overnight.

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Billionaire Mark Cuban likes to “Party Like a Rock Star” and Invest in Startups


billion in 1999, Billionaire Mark Cuban has invested in 80 startups. Since selling to Yahoo for $5.7 But his entrepreneurial ventures began as a kid growing up in Pittsburgh. “As As long as I can remember I was an entrepreneur,” Cuban said. At the age of nine and ten, Cuban packaged baseball cards and sold […] The post Billionaire Mark Cuban likes to “Party Like a Rock Star” and Invest in Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

IBM Opens X-Force Red Lab in Austin


That was in 1999. IBM has always been at the forefront of cybersecurity since the earliest days of the Internet. At the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, I interviewed Nick Simicich, an ethical hacker on the IBM staff, whose day job consisted of breaking into company computer systems to expose the vulnerabilities. Since then, cybersecurity has grown […]. The post IBM Opens X-Force Red Lab in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Do You Brainstorm Like It’s 1949?

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

“If you’re gonna brainstorm… please do it like it’s 1999″…(sing this to the tune of Prince’s 1999). I’ve been busy lately doing a training course for salespeople called SalesStorming. My course is not rocket science, it’s just applied creativity concepts focused on selling challenges. I’ve been in front of about 50 sales reps in recent [.].

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6 Ways To Doom Your Startup Despite A Great Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

Just because you would have loved to have your groceries picked out and delivered, doesn’t mean the mainstream customer was ready for Webvan in 1999. As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail. If you ask them for a reason, most will insist that they couldn’t get funding, or they ran out of money too early. But I’m not convinced that it’s as simple as that.

Every Generation Learns The Same Lessons

Feld Thoughts

Last night, at the Aspen Entrepreneurs event, I was asked to describe several failures and I rolled out my story about Interliant, which, for a period of time (1999 – 2000) appeared to be hugely successful before going bankrupt in 2002.

TPG Capital Buys Grande Communications for $650 Million


William Morrow founded Grande Communications in 1999 and served […] The post TPG Capital Buys Grande Communications for $650 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. TPG Capital, a private equity firm, announced Monday plans to buy San Marcos-based Grande Communications Networks for $650 million. The firm also announced plans to buy RCN Telecom Services of Princeton, New Jersey for $1.6 billion. It purchased the companies from ABRY Partners in separate transactions.

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you know that my company and main professional life’s work up to this point, Return Path, was a 1999 vintage email technology company that we sold last year. If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time (amazingly, it is over 16 years old now!),

Zilliant Lands $30 Million in Funding


Zilliant, founded in 1999, just landed $30 million in funding from Goldman Sachs. The Austin-based company, which created a customer relationship platform with built in artificial intelligence, plans to use the funds for global growth opportunities in the business to business enterprise industry across multiple sectors, according to a news release. “We have selected Goldman […] The post Zilliant Lands $30 Million in Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Why Sending Your Workers ‘Back To School’ Is Good Business


The company has over 1,500 branded foodservice locations across 40 states and is best known for their Champs Chicken franchise brand which was started in 1999.

Are Growing Pains Afflicting Your Business? How To Successfully Scale Your Company


The company has over 1,500 branded foodservice locations across 40 states and is best known for their Champs Chicken franchise brand which was started in 1999.

Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge


CTK, founded in 1999, has more than 60 employees. Social Solutions Global from Baltimore announced Monday it has acquired Austin-based Community Techknowledge. Both companies are privately held and the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company will become part of Social Solutions Global, which was founded in 2000 and has more than […] The post Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

David Cohen

In 1999, we sold that business and I started angel investing. March 30, 2020. Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago. A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family. You’re being bombarded by advice for what to do ( including mine ), and trying to figure out how to make sense of it all and how to apply it to your own business. I’ve started four companies, and my latest is Techstars.

Solar Winds and Rackspace on Forbes’ Fastest Growing Tech Companies List


Solar Winds, founded in 1999 and based in Austin, ranks 11th on Forbes’ List of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies. Rackspace Hosting, founded in 1998 and based in San Antonio, snagged the 19th spot on the list. Solar Winds, which makes information technology management tools, has 628 employees and $282 million in revenue, [.] The post Solar Winds and Rackspace on Forbes’ Fastest Growing Tech Companies List appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock


Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston has been bullish on his company since he made his initial investment to found the hosting company in 1999. And now, he’s investing even more in the San Antonio-based managed cloud company. This week, Weston announced he has purchased $2.5 million or 58,400 shares of the company’s stock on the open […] The post Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio Graham Weston Rackspace

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Zilliant Hires VP and Launches Channel Partner Program


Zilliant, founded in 1999, makes price optimization and price management software. “We’re Zilliant, based in Austin, announced Tuesday that is has hired Steve Hale as vice president of its newly launched worldwide channel sales. Hale will lead, design and execute Zilliant’s new channel program. Its channel partners will sell Zilliant data science solutions. We’re very excited […] The post Zilliant Hires VP and Launches Channel Partner Program appeared first on SiliconHills.

Early Stage VCs – Be Careful Out There

Feld Thoughts

It has happened only one other time in my investing career – in 1999. In addition to our own funds, we are investors in a number of other early-stage VC funds as part of our Foundry Group Next strategy. Yesterday, in one of the quarterly updates that we get, I saw the following paragraph. “Historically, the $10 million valuation mark has been somewhat of a ceiling for seed stage startups.

The Flood of Liquidity Raises All Austin Boats

Austin Startup

Austin is about to witness a wave of financial liquidity in the technology community not seen since 1999. Please join me in wishing and hoping that unforeseen circumstances don’t disrupt a hallmark in the chapter of Austin history. Back in 2006 and early 2007 Austin had seen a positive upswing in investment, consumer spending, and a generally healthy economy since about 2004. Just enough time to get sales up, profits up, growth rates back in [.]. Editorial finance IPO liquidity

10 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Favorite Business or Entrepreneur Turnaround Story


In 1999, Alibaba had to face many failures; for the first three years, the company made zero revenue. Poor performance in business doesn’t always imply the failure of a business. It can be an improving point for a business or mark its upward trajectory.

Apply Hospitality-Driven Thinking to Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in 1999, Amazon patented a feature and changed their own process and on-line commerce forever: One-click purchasing, versus re-entering name, address, and credit card information for every transaction. I just finished a new book by Stephen J.

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