Welcome to 2019

Feld Thoughts

Fred: What Is Going To Happen In 2019 Albert: Staying Optimistic: Happy New Year! I read 113 books in 2018 and have a goal of 100 books again in 2019. However, I had way too many “predictable” books in my 2018 reading list, so 2019 will be much more unpredictable as I skip over the obvious stuff to read and instead indulge my curiosity. The post Welcome to 2019 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

6 Leadership Habits To Develop In 2019


by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “. Bad habits can be hard to break, and for business leaders who have them, they can be deal-breakers.

The Refrigeration Business Is Making Big Strides In 2019


It looks like the infamous refrigeration company Carrier is going to shake things up even further in 2019. Well, it seems that in 2019 they want to take things even further. However, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 the industry is showing that reclamation efforts are softening.

Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

As with the expansion of Techstars Accelerators around the world (Techstars will run 41 accelerator programs in 31 cities and 11 countries in 2019), expect Techstars Studios to follow a similar expansion path.

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2019


We asked 20 entrepreneurs to share their business goals and what they were looking forward to in 2019. #1- I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings. . For 2019 my goals are to: 1. I have a goal to read more in 2019.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

Book: The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get

Feld Thoughts

James Oliver, Jr. has written a fun book that is part memoir, part advice, for what he calls Parentpreneurs (entrepreneurs who are trying to raise kids.) He’s got a website with a bunch of history about him, his journey, and the book.

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10 Higher Education Trends To Watch For In 2019


There are trends to watch for in 2019 and over the next few years that signal a recalibration of everything we thought we knew. Here are a few trends to watch for in 2019: 1.

Reading List: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read In 2019

YFS Magazine

Every year I revisit the classics and add a few noteworthy books to my list. Here's a look at five books I'll be reading this year. Lead audiobooks business books entrepreneurship books personal development

Manage the Clock

Feld Thoughts

I used to be chronically late to everything, both personal and professional. In my twenties, before cell phones, I was one of those people that others referred to as having “Brad time” which did not correlate with the actual time in the world.

What To Expect From The Franchising Industry In 2019

YFS Magazine

New developments along with general market indicators may leave potential franchisee's wondering which direction the industry is going in 2019 and beyond.

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.

A key word for 2019 - authenticity

deal architect

Happy New Year to all my readers! I have spent the last month extracting from hundreds of pages of transcripts of my interviews for SAP Nation 3.0. I am struck by the frank comments from so many customers about SAP, Industry Commentary

The Fatal Flaw of the Three Horizons Model and How To Fix It

Steve Blank

I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

What’s Your Frame of Reference for a Downturn?

Feld Thoughts

A lot of people are predicting that 2018 was the peak and the beginning of a downturn / recession / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I’m not a predictor so I have no idea.

7 Essential Trends That Will Shape Product Design in 2019

crowdSPRING Blog

So, if you’re planning to release or design a new product in 2019, here are seven of the most important trends in product design that you should know about: Sustainable product design. Google “self-care in 2019” and you’ll find pages and pages of articles.

Sphero’s Contribution to DonorsChoose.org

Feld Thoughts

Last month, Amy and I matched all of the Colorado first time DonorsChoose.org projects. So far, 103 projects have been fully funded, with a total of $25,722 donated. We still have plenty of matching dollars out there, so we’ll continue to run this match for a while.

Creating the Next Big Startup Takes More Than Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is convinced that his or her idea could be the next big startup, blossoming into a billion dollar unicorn.

6 Leadership Insights To Inspire New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.

11 Eye-Catching Packaging Design Trends for 2019

crowdSPRING Blog

Make sure your packages don’t get left on the shelves in 2019 because of dated, unattractive design. Here’s are 2019 packaging design trends that are accessible, attractive, and easily adapted for any business. by brainstorm666 on crowdspring.

Entrepreneurs Reveal Biggest Business Challenges Of 2019

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurs share the challenges they face this year along with practical insight on how they plan to (or have already) taken steps toward solutions. Lead business challenges business lessons leadership startup advice

5 tips for promoting your Spa/Beauty Business in 2019

The Startup Magazine

With the arrival of 2019, if you own a spa or beauty business, then it is time for you to reflect on 2018’s marketing plan for promoting that business. The post 5 tips for promoting your Spa/Beauty Business in 2019 appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

7 Success Principles To Drive Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to the Internet as an opportunity to get rich quick, instead of a place where you can start a business you love, for very little capital and minimal technical expertise.

4 Keys To Consciously Making Your Team More Creative

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know are individually very innovative, but a successful startup can’t be a one-man show (for long). That means they need to build an innovative team, which is not a skill that most people are born with.

5 Startup Intangibles That Can Energize Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Some investors seem to focus wholly on the strengths of the management team, or a sustainable competitive advantage, and in reality these are the core attributes for every funding equation.

Your New Venture IP Portfolio Sets Investment Value

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding

Feld Thoughts

While there have been many words written about gender bias in the context of entrepreneurship and funding, I thought the following TED Talk from Dana Kanze presented one of the best frames of references, supported by a real research study, that I’ve seen to date. In addition, she has some clear, actionable suggestions at the end of the talk to help eliminate the bias.

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5 Phases of Leadership Growth Lead To Company Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea how dramatically your own role has to evolve as you develop a solution, start a business, and expect it to scale into a successful self-managed company.

Your Passion Can Breed Biases That Kill New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us.

My Mom’s Haiku Project

Feld Thoughts

I love a Haiku My mother is an artist Haikus in winter. My mom has started a haiku project. She takes haikus that friends write and turns them into a collage. Following is a haiku I wrote after my mom sent me an email asking me for one. Yes, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time.

10 Ways To Build Trust And Loyalty In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Business trust seems to be in short supply these days. Perhaps it’s because we are reminded daily of scams on the Internet that result from unscrupulous businesses and people. Yet if you run a business, you know things won’t get done, and most customers won’t buy, unless they trust you.

Is Your Company A Courage Brand?


by Ryan Berman, author of “ Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change ” and founder of Courageous. Captain obvious alert: Courage is something we take quite seriously at Courageous.

Some Poetry Ends

Feld Thoughts

Amy’s favorite poet, Mary Oliver , just passed away at 83. In her honor, following is Amy’s favorite Mary Oliver poem White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field.


Want To Write More in 2019? Become My Writing Buddy!

Hunter Walker

I’m going to be throwing 30m and 60m “writing times” on a shared calendar as an experiment to see if it helps other people find time/inspiration to write, knowing that they’ll be part of a group doing the same thing.

How To Build A Sustainable Small Business


by Joseph Brady, Senior Director of Digital Marketing for Reliant Funding. Starting a business, growing it and sustaining in the market are the three chapters of a small business story.

Done Right - a book review

deal architect

I was in Shanghai, China recently. As I have told my friends, I ended paying a “tourist tax” everywhere. Moneychangers, gypsy taxi drivers, tour guides who took me to pearl and silk stores where I am sure they got a

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The Professional Touch – Why Outsource Your Payroll?


After paying salaries, retirement benefits, and health insurance, as well as any taxes associated with hiring employees, it is very easy for businesses to spend a lot of money on your employees.

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Don’t Let Poor Negotiation Skills Doom Your Entrepreneurial Venture


by Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind, co-authors of “ Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success “ Eighty to ninety percent of all start-ups will fail.

Perspective entering 2019

David Cohen

As you enter 2019, the word of the day is perspective. The post Perspective entering 2019 appeared first on Hi, I'm David G. Happy new year everyone.


10 Tips For Rising Above The Crowd In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone knows that that startups are risky, but they also expect that the job will be exciting and potentially very lucrative (think early employees at Facebook and Google). Yet we have all heard stories about the high turnover, unstructured work environment, lower base pay, and unpredictable expectations from the top. Assuming you are lucky enough to get hired, what can you do to survive, and even stand out above the rest in this environment?

Top 10 tech trends for 2019

Start Up Blog

Last week was what piqued my interest in 2018 – and here’s 10 things I will be looking out for in 2019. This is why Zuckerberg better get ready for another tough year in 2019. Walmart have stated it will be mandatory for suppliers in 2019.

boldstart 2018 recap and what’s hot in enterprise 2019


In 2019, we’ll be doubling down on this effort as we are hiring a GM for our CXO Advisory Board & Network ( job description here ). Fortune December 2019 Investor Roundtable. Enterprise Tech in 2019. 2018 Recap.

5 Steps Of Defining A Personal Brand


by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. In today’s increasingly competitive labor market, it is critical for employees to differentiate themselves from the competition.