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A disappointing start to Dreamforce

deal architect

I wrote last week I am excited about Salesforce's verticals and that I planned to watch many of the industry sessions scheduled at Dreamforce today. However, last year's CEO Marc Benioff's keynote did a really nice job showcasing customer case. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

Look For The Hunter Gene In Every New Venture Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs believe they are “different,” but they can’t quite understand how. They usually explain it by insisting that they are driven to follow their passion, need to be their own boss, want to get rich quick, or want to change the world.

We Needed a Bigger Room – The Lean Educators Summit

Steve Blank

It’s a bit bittersweet. We used to be able to fit all the Lean Educators in my living room and have space left over. No longer. Turns out we needed a bigger room for the Dec 4th-5th Lean Educators Summit.

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3 Founder Attributes We Look For When Investing

View from Seed

Recently, Stu Landesberg, the CEO of Grove Collaborative shared the story of the struggle he faced in raising his series A round. You don’t often hear a founder speak so candidly about this (especially before the final chapter is written) so it’s worth a listen. . We were co-lead investors in Grove’s seed round and actually doubled down in an intermediate round prior to this challenging series A process.

Finding The Best Entertainment For Office Holiday Parties


If you’re familiar with office holiday parties that make everyone groan, then now is a great time to find some new ideas to add some real excitement to the office! Several different sources of entertainment are simple and effective at encouraging employees to show up.

Salesforce's vertical journey

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As part of my series of posts on vertical solutions, I had an excellent briefing this week from Neeracha Taychakhoonavudh, EVP of Industries at Salesforce. I am also impressed at the wide range of sessions by industry that are being. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

5 Ways To Increase Your Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business and entrepreneur advisor, I have no trouble getting owners and managers to agree that change is happening faster and faster in the consumer and technology world, requiring them to keep their business more agile , just to keep up.

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What’s the Deal with Seed Funds Waiting for Traction?

View from Seed

I sent a tweet out last week that elicited quite a few responses from both founders and investors: seed funds that don’t invest pre-traction =. — Rob Go (@robgo) November 4, 2019. I could hear the internet nodding in violent agreement. I thought I’d share a few additional thoughts on what may be driving this. First – there are a lot of seed investors out there that don’t actually want to invest in seed. What they really want to do is be a venture capitalist.

Is America’s Corporate Culture In The Dark Ages?


by Bill Higgs, author of the upcoming book “Culture Code Champions: 7 Steps to Scale & Succeed in Your Business”. American work habits can seem downright oppressive when viewed from afar.

A perspective on the SAP Capital Markets Day

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I am a customer and market analyst and tend to not attend too many earnings calls or Wall Street presentations. But I made time to listen to the SAP presentation yesterday. It was a coming out event for the 2. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

8 Tips For Right-Brain Entrepreneurs To Build Balance

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, with full attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers.

5 Essential Skills all Entrepreneurs Need to Build Success


Developing a small business into a successful enterprise demands more than passion. Unfortunately, over half of new businesses fail; mainly because the entrepreneur is unable to translate their passion into practical business skills.

Happy 13th Anniversary Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Techstars was born 13 years ago. There’s a delicious article in the Denver Post that was the launch article of the first accelerator in Boulder titled How TechStars was born from 5/18/07. The photo is fun.

Make The Most Of Your Next VC Pitch By Doing These 10 Things


by Lu Zhang, founder and managing partner of Fusion Fund. In the startup world, opportunities are fleeting, and obstacles are ubiquitous.

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace The Midday Workout

YFS Magazine

Beyond convenience, a midday workout yields an array of health and wellness benefits. Here are a few of the top perks. Lifestyle fitness health and wellness lifestyle mental health

10 Traits of Leaders Who Can Hold People Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability.

The 4 Critical Challenges of Tech Startup PR


In the technology industry, almost more than anywhere else, image is everything. Image is the bedrock part of the “fake it till you make it” culture that animates most of Silicon Valley today. Innovators use it to sell illusions while they figure out the nuts and bolts of their big ideas.

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Laser Engraved Personalized Chocolates

Feld Thoughts

I love chocolate. I love lasers. So it would be logical that I’d love chocolates that are engraved with personalized messages with lasers. I met Jennifer, the founder of Noteworthy Chocolates , in Boston at the Authors & Innovators event.

Boosting Sales And Revenues: 4 Promising Tips


Working to manage a company takes a lot of strategic investments, but the most important goal of all decision-making is to improve your company’s financial. This could happen by reducing expenses, increasing your sales, and generating more revenue.

How To Boost Your Productivity, Health, And Wellness At Work

YFS Magazine

Since we spend an average of eight hours each day at the office, ensuring our workplaces are safe, happy, healthy, and productive is essential. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle productivity workplace wellness

Why You Need Tools And Analytics For Employee Metrics

Startup Professionals Musings

Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people.

How to Manage Conflict at Work


You may think that you have the world’s most exceptional colleagues, but sooner or later, you’ll have a conflict at work.

Ten Percent Happier

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, we spent time with a friend who works for Ten Percent Happier. I’ve explored most of the popular meditation apps in the past few years after getting started meditating on a regular basis by using Headspace. I eventually switched to Insight Timer since I usually now just do silent meditation for 20 minutes first thing each morning. I had never tried Ten Percent Happier, but I felt connected to it because of Ben Rubin, one of the co-founders.

Security Seals Containers: Transport Safety Measures To Keep Products Safe


Container security seals refer to seals applied to containers for goods that are transported in long distances locally or internationally for safe transport. These seals are either made of plastic or metal and may come in bolts and cables.

How To Keep Team Morale Up During Peak Season

YFS Magazine

When business picks up and the days feel endless, how do you keep team morale up? Here are three quick ways to boost everyone’s mood and stay productive. Company Culture Grow company culture seasonal business workforce development

10 Key Strategies For Innovation Leadership By Design

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I strongly believe that continuous innovation and design thinking are the keys to long-term viability and success. A recent survey of design professionals shows strong agreement, but 92 percent expressed some lack of confidence in their organization’s design vision.

How to Build Your Second Billion Dollar Startup (with Lesley Eccles)


In this episode of the How To CEO podcast, I had the fortunate opportunity to speak with Lesley Eccles. Lesley is the founder of the daily fantasy sports provider, FanDuel – which is the biggest sports betting company in the US.

Abandoned Cart Email Offers: What We Learned from 1,000 Ecommerce Brands


Cart abandonment is a huge issue in ecommerce. So cart abandonment emails are often a top revenue generator. And discounts and offers within those emails are proven tactics for increasing conversions. All standard wisdom. But we wanted to see how ecommerce brands deployed their offers.

Growing Up As A Start Up: What You Need To Know When Moving Your Office


Moving into a new office is a big step for any start-ups, whether they’re just getting off the ground or they’re in “Series Z”. Navigating the moving process in a savvy fashion can help a growing business develop momentum growing into its next stage.

The Strategy And Appeal Of Successful Brand Partnerships

YFS Magazine

Developing a strong brand partnership at the local level can give your business a real boost in brand equity. Follow these world-class examples. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales brand equity brand lessons brand strategy branding

10 Takeaways for Israeli founders considering the UK

VC Cafe

This week brought together a few different parts of my personal and professional life.

Kickstarting a Stagnant Company


When done right, it’s hard to identify when your company moves from one growth stage to another. The transition should be seamless and can seem to flow naturally as the company grows. When you’re a business leader, however, it’s clear that this evolution rarely (if ever) happens on its own.

How We Took on Slack (and Lived to Tell About It)


How do you compete with one of the biggest names in your industry—and with a brand new product? Three years ago, we launched Chanty, a SaaS application for team chat. This was nothing new. Thousands of apps are born and die each year.

5 Low-Cost Marketing Tips For Your Pet Business


Your love for pets and passion for business might have drawn you to start a pet business , but just passion won’t make it successful. To succeed in the pet business or any business in general, marketing and advertising are crucial. Steuart H.

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The Not-So-Obvious Approach To Finding More Upside In Business

YFS Magazine

It’s logical to focus on the service you provide as a way to stand out from the competition. But there's a better way. Customer Service Editor Picks Grow business operations service business solopreneur solopreneurship

The continuous rise of SaaS in the consumer space

Version One Ventures

The consumer subscription business model is certainly not a new concept. And as we’ve been investing in more B2C companies recently, we’re reminded just how popular this strategy to monetization continues to be. Even marketplaces, which traditionally just took a piece of each transaction, are now looking to charge monthly or annual fees.

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When’s the Right Time to Leave the App Store?


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference used to be the stuff of legend. We waited with bated breath for groundbreaking innovation. But… this year’s WWDC didn’t feature the significant product launches of yesteryear.