Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University. While I teach at Stanford and Berkeley, to be honest… this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.


Startup Lessons Learned

I'm excited for 2011, and I want to share some of my plans for the coming year. Much more is needed, and 2011 will see the first few buds of that research project flower. In 2011, we will do sllconf again, probably in mid-May. I believe 2011 will be even better.

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[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2011


Echelon , Southeast Asia’s biggest conference for technology startups, is back for its 2011 edition and looks to be even more exciting than before. Young Upstarts is a media partner of e27 and Echelon 2011.

11 New Year’s Resolutions to Work Happy in 2011

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to the New Year 2011! Make your resolution today to keep the long road ahead in 2011 a satisfying one. You’ve probably already made your resolutions, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your work.

Business 2011 - Optimism, But Heed the Lessons

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2011. A majority of small business leaders intend to be more aggressive in 2011 by implementing a range of actions to advance their businesses.

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[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011 To Introduce Techventure Asiasons Innovation Awards


With the theme “The New Age of Asian Innovation”, Techventure 2011 will be featuring a prominent host of speakers that includes Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Group CEO of regional telecoms giant SingTel Ms. Accelerate@Techventure 2011.

11 IT Innovations for 2011

deal architect

Pete Swabey at Information Age interviewed me and others for a list of 11 ideas to inspire IT strategy: 1. Use the Internet as your WAN 2. Allow staff to use their own laptops 3. Hire educators in the IT

The Renewable Energy Sector is Fundable in 2011

Startup Professionals Musings

Nevertheless, if you are looking for a hot sector to help you recover from tough economic times, get you tagged as a world leader, and increase your probabilities for funding support, put some energy into this one in 2011.

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[Singapore][Competition] SiTF Announces 2011 Award Winners


With proper guidance and investment, I believe some have good potential to grow and become commercially successful,” says Mr. Bill Liu, an industry veteran and one of the judges of the SiTF Awards 2011. Here is the full list of winners of SiTF Awards 2011: #.

What Were The Largest Trends In 2011, And What Does The Future Look Like?


2011 was the year where global economy shaped the life for companies everywhere. Based on 2011 I think it’s possible to make a range of predictions for 2012 that basically is an acceleration of the trends we have seen in 2011: 1. by Christian Lanng, CEO of Tradeshift.

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[Asia] Asia’s Top 50 Apps 2011 – Vote Now.


Presented by SingTel Innovation Exchange (SiX) as part of Accelerate@Techventure 2011 and organized by Asia web technology community and blog e27 , Asia’s Top 50 Apps is currently open for public voting. Rookie App of the Year – The best App of 2011 by a new enterprise/startup.

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[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011: A Sign of Increasing Asian Technology Innovation


But those same words could easily be applied to the Singapore-based technology entrepreneurs present at Techventure 2011.

My 2011 By The Numbers

Feld Thoughts

When I reflect on 2011, I had a great year on many fronts, both personal and professional. I’ve been obsessively tracking data about myself since 2009. The most visible data I track is on Daytum which includes Miles Run (by location), Books Read (by type), Airplane Flights (by carrier), and Nights In Town (by city). I also track all of my running data (most recently on RunKeeper and SmashRun ) and all of my health data (including what I eat) on Fitbit.

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Business trends in 2011

Start Up Blog

A great piece from the Cannes Advertising Festival which is a great summary of key trends in business, more than advertising or marketing. Enjoy!

My 2011 Marathon Schedule

Feld Thoughts

So I’m optimistic about 2011. I’ve now put together eight great weeks of running in a row. On Sunday, I finally had a long run to town (from Eldorado Springs to Boulder). This has been a long tradition of mine and Amy’s – I run to town early in the morning and she drives in later, we have brunch with friends, and then get massages in the afternoons.

The Startup Visa Act of 2011

Feld Thoughts

Today Senators Kerry (D-MA), Lugar (R-IN) and Udall (D-CO) unveiled the Startup Visa Act of 2011. The Startup Visa Act of 2011 has several significant improvements over last years bill. This is an updated version of the Startup Visa bill from last year that is aimed at making it much easier for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a company in the US to get a visa.

[Competition] Startup Open 2011 Starts… Opens… Launches!


Startup Open , has launched its search for the 50 most promising new companies with high growth potential around the world.

[U.S.] [Event] Magic Johnson and Biz Stone To Star At EO Alchemy 2011


“EO is all about building the most influential community of entrepreneurs,&# said Reza Bavar, president, EO ‘s Los Angeles chapter, and chairman for EO Alchemy 2011.

TechStars 2011 Startup Madness Tournament

Feld Thoughts

So, I’m psyched that I get to play TechStars 2011 Startup Madness this march. Who said March Madness was only for college basketball fans? I’m a proud nerd, am pretty good at basketball, but my college team (MIT) never ahem did much in March so I missed out on the whole March Madness thing in college. We are picking 64 companies to participate. To qualify, you must enter by March 9th and meet the following requirements.

[Singapore][Event] Social Media World Forum Asia 2011 & Apps World Asia 2011


Apps World Asia 2011. Also new for this year is the accompanying Apps World Asia 2011 , where you’ll find specific tracks applicable to developers and programmers working in the web and mobile application spaces. Social Media World Forum (SMWF) Asia is back for its third edition!

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Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

VC Cafe

Top 50 Israeli startups for 2011. For the third consecutive year, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist put together a list of the top 50 startups in Israel (in Hebrew). VC Cafe took note, and now we bring you the full list of top 50 Israeli startups in English.

Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit

VC Cafe

I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. WATEC 2011 cleantech cleanvest corporate investments corporate sponsorships energy spectrum Entrepreneurs event government of israel investors startups Technology WATEC waterThis is a pre-WATEC summit where startups got a chance to present their ideas to investors and hopefully have someone catch their bait.

[Competition] SingTel “The Tablet Enterprise” i.Challenge 2011


Leading regional telecommunications provider SingTel today kickstarted i.Challenge 2011 , an annual competition for app developers. Visit i.Challenge 2011 to find out more.

VC Activity In Q1 2011 Back To Pre-Recession Levels


The first quarter of 2011 saw these return to their pre-recession levels with financing for Internet companies up 83% from the last quarter of 2010. While about half of that was included in the fourth quarter of 2010, the rest was counted in this first quarter of 2011.

IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

VC Cafe

The International Broadcast Convention (IBC) 2011 is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasting media and entertainment industry, covering the latest developments in broadcasting, mobile TV, IPTV, digital signage and forward looking R&D.

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[Singapore] [Event] GovCamp 2011: “Connecting People, Data and Ideas”


Date: Friday, 18th November 2011. On November 18, leading thinkers from government, academia, industry, citizen organizations in Singapore – will converge together for GovCampSG.

DLD 2011: Probably the best organized conference in Europe

VC Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the DLD 2011 (Digital Life Design) conference in Munich, which was co-hosted by Dr Yossi Vardi and Burda Media, a large German media company (for those who don’t know). Overall, DLD 2011 was a great conference.

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2011 May be the Year of the IPO for Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

It has been at least a decade since going public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) has been considered a credible exit strategy for startups.

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[Singapore][Competition] SiTF Awards 2011 Sees Strong Finalists


Organized by the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) , the SiTF Awards 2011 – which seeks to recognize innovative infocomm technology applications or solutions developed in Singapore – has announced its finalists for the awards competition.

Sayahh’s Financial Statements For August 2011

Feld Thoughts

Now that Dick and Jane have added a CTO to SayAhh’s founding team, they’ve turned their full attention to working on their product. Today, we’ll look at the impact of the expenses to date on the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. Since SayAhh is in the pre-launch development stage, the company doesn’t have any revenue yet. They also haven’t launched a product, so there is no corresponding “cost of goods sold” – the direct cost of delivering their product.

Best Business Books of 2011 (IMHO)


Out of all the business books I’ve read in 2011, these are the best ones: The best business book of 2011. The best quick read of 2011. The best social media book of 2011. The best service business book of 2011.

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

IVC Online and KMPG have released their summary of venture capital raising for Q2 2011, in Israel. 285 companies raised $1.048 Billion in the first half of 2011, an 82% increase compared to the $577 million raised in the equivalent period in 2010.

[Singapore][Event] Junior World Entreneurship Forum 2011


Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011 aims to gather entrepreneurs and youths together to share their vision, finding, ideas and recommendation on current global issues. The Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum is back! 2011

Eric Friedman

The idea behind is simple enough to be summarized by the lead sentence on its the homepage “Everyone has extra stuff to give away but no time to get it to charity. Let us do the hard work for you!” ” This is the second year in a row that I am a part of this great project, also in association with David Fraga , and two great organizations TechiesGiveBack and Wearable Collections.


Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2011

VC Cafe

Below are the headlines for December 2011 (mid month update!). As of April 2011, the site claimed more than 20 million visitors a month, up sharply from the 1.5

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[Event][Singapore] Winner of Martell VSOP The Ultimate Start-up Space 2011 – Preparazzi


The Ultimate Start-up Space ’ 2011 competition. The Ultimate Start-up Space ’ 2011,&# says Nguee. After months of intense competition, Preparazzi has emerged as the winner of ‘ Martell V.S.O.P

Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

For the third consecutive year , VC Cafe puts the spotlight on the Israeli companies exhibiting in the MWC 2011 event. Interested to meet any of these companies face to face at the WMC 2011? Know other Israeli startups who will be attending the Mobile World Congress 2011?

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Top 50 Startup Blogs of 2011! We’re In!


Internet entrepreneur Evan Carmichael has put together a list of the top 50 Startup Blogs for 2011 and we’re in again this year under the category of “Niche Startups&# !

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E&Y Journey 2011, The Great Debate: Go Public or Stay Private

VC Cafe

Last week Ernst & Young held their annual conference Journey 2011 at the Hilton hotel in sunny Tel Aviv, Israel. October 2011 was the worst month for IPOs since 2008. There were over 2000 participants and around 100 speakers from all over the world.

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Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

VC Cafe

According to the report, 137 startups raised $522 million in Q3 of 2011, up 53% from the equivalent period in 2010, but down 8% from the $549 million raised in Q2 2011. Since the beginning of 2011, 422 Israeli startups raised $1.57

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[Event] Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 To Hit Record 123 Countries


14 – 20, 2011. The entrepreneurship movement around the world is growing from strength to strength, and much of that momentum can be attributed to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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[Singapore][Conference] 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011


The 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011 , organized by T.U.N. International , is scheduled to take place in Singapore September 13-16, 2011, after its successful debut the previous year.

Foursquare Global Hackathon September 2011

Eric Friedman

Foursquare held a global hackathon this weekend that spanned the world with events happening in Tokyo, Paris, NY, SF and many other cities.