University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation.

Defrag 2013 In One Month

Feld Thoughts

The post Defrag 2013 In One Month appeared first on Feld Thoughts. We’re just under one month until Defrag , and if you’re a startup founder, a VC, and IT exec, or anyone that wants to have their brain stretched, I hope you’ll join me in being there. The agenda is now about 90% complete (check the google doc for real-time updates) and Eric tells me that he’ll be finalizing everything in the next week or so.

The 2013 Boston Marathon

Feld Thoughts

The post The 2013 Boston Marathon appeared first on Feld Thoughts. At 3:55pm yesterday I cried. I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter. I did a quick scan of Twitter, clicked through to a few links, and realized a bomb had gone off near the finish line. I went blank – just stared at my computer screen – and then started crying.

Defrag 2013 – Year 7

Feld Thoughts

The full Defrag 2013 agenda is here (and it will continue to evolve) but topics will include the following: The History and Future of Calm Technology (Amber Case). The post Defrag 2013 – Year 7 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Defrag is entering its seventh year of existence. That’s kind of amazing to me.

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Cubelets at CES 2013

Feld Thoughts

A bunch of the companies we’ve invested in were at CES 2013. MAKE at CES 2013: Hands on with Cubelets. Modular Robotics , the makers of Cubelets , were at the Eureka Village (where Startup America was).

7 Social Media Tactics Your 2013 Budget Needs to Succeed

7 Social Media Tactics Your 2013 Budget Needs to Succeed [Research]. To get your 2013 marketing plans on track to increase revenues, here are seven social media tactics based on solid research that you need now. How will 2013 compare? 10 Digital Marketing Predictions for 2013.

14 startups we predict will go even bigger in 2013

The Next Web

To get a sense of which companies are (or will) be making the biggest splashes this coming year, especially in terms of technology, I asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs the following question: If you could invest money in any tech startup in 2013, what would it be and why?

More than 160 Israeli Companies Exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2013

VC Cafe

his week, 70,000 attendees will descend on Barcelona for the annual mobile techie Fiesta known as the Mobile World Congress. Among the 1500 exhibitors, more than 10% are from Israel, the third largest contingent of any country at the show. [[ This is a content summary only.

Framework Benchmarks


March 28, 2013. Previous Everything about Java 8 March 26, 2013. March 2013 (2). January 2013 (2). About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. Framework Benchmarks.

Will 2013 Be Harder For Startups Than 2012?

Feld Thoughts

A lot of people have been talking about how 2013 will be harder for startups and fast growing companies. So rather than try to predict what is going to happen, I’m going to assume a tougher 2013 for startups until I have evidence that it’s not. I sent Fred Wilson’s post Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises out to our CEO email list. “So if I can give entrepreneurs a single piece of advice for 2013 it would be to deliver on your promises.

Less Than Three Weeks To Gluecon 2013

Feld Thoughts

The post Less Than Three Weeks To Gluecon 2013 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Enterprise development is once again white hot. More evidence is this year’s Gluecon. Not only does Gluecon have the usual raft of amazing startup/early stage sponsors, but this year, the “big guys” are showing up (SAP, Intel, HP, Google, IBM, General Motors, Rackspace).

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Startup Visa Act 2013 Introduced By Udall (D-Colo) and Flake (R-Ariz)

Feld Thoughts

re-introducing the Startup Visa Act of 2013 (good). The post Startup Visa Act 2013 Introduced By Udall (D-Colo) and Flake (R-Ariz) appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Today appears to be government day on Feld Thoughts. This morning I wrote about the Colorado PUC trying to shut down Uber in Colorado (bad). Now I get to write about Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

#LeanNYC 2013

The Product Guy

Starting on Friday , and running for the past 3 days in NYC on the 17th floor of a building near 37th Street within the AlleyNYC space, Lean Startup Machine and 100+ awesome product people, worked together, innovated, iterated, and had a blast!

Startup Summer 2013

David Cohen

Sure, it’s cold right now, but it’s time to start thinking ahead to summer if you want a chance to participate in Startup Summer 2013.

2013 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey

For Entrepreneurs

We worked together with Pacific Crest, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 155 SaaS companies on a variety of topics such as growth rates, CAC (cost to acquire a customer), gross margins, churn rates, etc. The goal of the survey is to provide useful operational and financial benchmarking data. […]. Business Model SaaS CAC churn

Announcing the 2013 Lean Startup Conference

Startup Lessons Learned

We’re excited to announce the 2013 Lean Startup Conference , December 9 - 11 in San Francisco. As the Lean Startup movement grows and matures, the conference does, too, this year expanding and changing in a number of ways—based almost entirely on things that our attendees have asked for. We’ll talk in a minute about some of the new features of the conference, but first, let’s look at the conference themes.

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70 Israeli Companies and 35 Made-In-Israel Mobile Apps Exhibiting at MWC 2013 in Barcelona

VC Cafe

MWC 2013 AMPhealth AMPinsure Anywhere Software CallApp MWCMost of the mobile industry players (hardware, software, networks, etc) converges to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona once a year to show off their latest innovations, sign deals and set the new horizon in mobile. The Israeli Pavilion has long been one of the top attractions of MWC, drawing [.]. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

TechStars Seattle 2013 Applications Are Now Open

Feld Thoughts

The post TechStars Seattle 2013 Applications Are Now Open appeared first on Feld Thoughts. TechStars Seattle applications for year four of the program are now open ! The startup community in Seattle is expanding rapidly and TechStars Seattle is right in the middle of it all, located in South Lake Union surrounded by Amazon, Microsoft and tons of other amazing startups.

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2013

Redeye VC

It started with a gap in the market. Technology writing comes in many forms. It can be long and lyrical a la The New Yorker. And it can be bite-size — just enough news to grab and go. What we spotted was a lack of tactical storytelling, a need for compelling, long-form writing that would equip readers with tools and hacks they can deploy immediately to build better businesses. Our response is First Round Review.

13 New Year’s Resolutions to Work Happy in 2013

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to the New Year 2013! Make your resolution today to keep the long road ahead in 2013 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.

The NVCA 2013 Annual Meeting

Feld Thoughts

The post The NVCA 2013 Annual Meeting appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I’m going to the NVCA annual meeting May 14 and 15 and if you are a VC, you should also. I haven’t been to one in many years, but this year is different. First, my partner Jason is running it. That being said, if the meeting was going to suck I still wouldn’t go. I’m excited about the agenda.

Best 2013 Books for Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Not published in 2013, but Pulitzer Prize winners get a pass. Smart folks in business follow a simple motto: always be learning. Here''s a selection of the year''s best books to help you do exactly that. Smart folks in business follow a simple motto: always be learning.

Frameworks Round 1


You are viewing the first round of web application framework benchmarks. We have since posted a second round and third round that each include community-contributed updates. Check out the new stand-alone framework benchmarks site if you are interested in the latest and most accurate data.

Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The application deadline is March 22, 2013 so get them in! 2013 startup startups Summer Program Venture Capital Fellowships starups Summer ProrgramLightspeed is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Fellowship Program.

Product Person Holiday Party 2013!

The Product Guy

The Product Group is proud to announce Product Person Holiday Party 2013! Celebrating the Holiday season, 40+ Featured Products, and 4200+ members! We have a lot to be thankful for as our 4th year of The Product Group gets underway! Come, join us , enjoy the drinks, have a great time!

Everything about Java 8


This next iteration of the JDK is currently scheduled for general availability in September 2013. The following post is a comprehensive summary of the developer-facing changes coming in Java 8. At the time of this writing, Java 8 development is still very much in progress. Language features and APIs may still change. I'll do my best to keep this document up to date.

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Frameworks Round 2


Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous. We received comments, recommendations, advice, criticism, questions, and most importantly pull requests from dozens of readers and developers.

Best Leadership Advice of 2013

Inc Startups

This year''s best leadership advice from Inc.''s s top columnists. Inc.''s s most insightful columnists dished out great advice on how to be a better leader this year.

Hit Reset, It’s 2013

Feld Thoughts

My long-time friends Fred Wilson and Joanne Wilson each had powerful posts about saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in 2013 yesterday. 2013 is going to be a year for moving forward. I am hoping 2013 brings me back.” Welcome 2013. Life 2012 2013 Apple II fred wilson joanne wilson life stan feldFred’s is titled Putting 2012 To Bed. I know many people who don’t know Fred other than via his online presence, public actions, and reputations.

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Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”

Steve Blank

The Harvard Business Review is offering free reprints of the May 2013 cover article, “ Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything “ Available here.

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2013’s Top 10 Small Towns For Mobile Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

So here you have it, the “Top 10 Small Towns for Mobile Entrepreneurs for 2013.”. An easy winner of 2013’s top towns for mobile entrepreneurs. It is 2013’s number one spot for the mobile entrepreneur to reconnect with life, and still get work done.

The first step in your 2013 plan – anchor the why, the whom and the what

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Will I regret not doing this in 2013? A new year can feel like a fresh-smelling sheet just taken off a clothesline in a Swiss village. Or it can feel big and daunting, like staring off the side of a big cliff.

Reflections on CPSI 2013

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

CPSI 2013 returned to a college campus, and to Buffalo, after many years of bouncing around the country. Beg forgiveness for writing again about CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute) but feel compelled to share my experience at the conference.

12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013

Inc Startups

Here are the quotes I've selected for 2013: "Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.


New Rules for SEO Success in 2013

Inc Startups

Here are the most meaningful metrics for SEO for 2013. Measuring SEO success by your ranking position for your favorite keywords means falling behind the curve.

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Top 10 Social Media Companies That Will Dominate in 2013

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

These 10 social media companies will be booming in 2013. Social media is vitally important in the success of a business and brand in today’s world. If you haven’t yet become a member of the following sites, you may want to strongly consider it.

2013 Social Media Engagement Report

Inc Startups

Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn have made major successful pushes in 2013 to increase engagement on their mobile sites and apps. Read the surprising facts about how much time people spend on the major social networks.

Top 100 Mompreneur Bloggers to Follow in 2013

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

We’ve compiled a list of the top 100 hardworking mom bloggers that you should be following in 2013: 1. Mompreneurs are women that have a family while simultaneously starting up and running their own business!

5 Best Sales Books of 2013

Inc Startups

2013 was a banner year for great sales books. Last month, I posted the 5 Most Inspirational Books of 2013. Here are my picks for the best of the best.

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Don’t Fight Depression

Feld Thoughts

As 2013 comes to an end, I feel some relief that what has been a difficult and confusing year is almost behind me. I mark the year boundary with my birthday (12/1) so December is an “unwind” month for me.