An Aurora Over Alaska

Feld Thoughts

When I opened my daily folder, a beautiful picture of an Aurora Over Alaska graced the front page of APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day). Just another reason to love Alaska. Tags: Alaska alaska apod

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Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just funded all of the unfunded DonorsChoose projects in Alaska as part of the annual DonorsChoose #BestSchoolDay event. In all of the Alaska projects, Aspect Ventures matched our donation. Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house in Homer, which is what motivated us to support Alaska this year on #BestSchoolDay. The post Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Philanthropy #BestSchoolDay alaska donorschoose

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Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

During one of the long conversations we had at the time about our future, we started talking about calling it quits and moving to Homer, Alaska. We didn’t know anyone there and I didn’t have any business there, but it was a lot more centrally located in the US than Homer, Alaska. After moving to Boulder, we continued to spend a few weeks in Alaska each summer. It feels like coming home to be back in Alaska. Life alaska anchorage homer

Homer, Alaska and the Super Bowl

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I was at a Nima board meeting today and was asked by a new friend on the team about my link to Homer, Alaska. The post Homer, Alaska and the Super Bowl appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Places alaska homer mcdonaldsAfter a brief explanation, I said “McDonald’s made Homer famous around some Super Bowl by making a completely inappropriate TV ad there.” ” I couldn’t remember the year – I thought it was in the 1980s somewhere. It was 1990.

Two Weeks In Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been up at our house in Homer, Alaska for the last two weeks. Tags: Work-Life Balance alaska homer We try to spent every July up here – something we’ve tried to do every year for the past decade (we missed in 2007 and 2009.)

Startup Gospel and Ecosystems in Alaska

Campus Entrepreneurship

Ever since reading Jack London, I’ve wanted to go to Alaska. Looks like July is the time to go as its Alaska Startup week and there are events throughout the state, from lean startup workshops to pitch competitions. 2017 is the Year of Innovation in Alaska. From Naomi Klauda at the Alaska Journal of Commerce : The seasonal cycle featured the Innovation Summit in Juneau Feb. 15-16, the online Alaska Business Model Competition Feb.

Polar Bears!

VC Adventure

Kaktovik lies at the far northern edge of Alaska’s North Slope region, about 640 miles north of Anchorage (and almost 400 north of Fairbanks). From what I could gather the town in large part exists because of the stipends that Inupiat receive from the Alaska Native Corporation (royalties received from the US government; payback in the government’s mind for stealing their lands generations ago). Current Affairs alaska kaktovik polar bears

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Perspective From Far Away

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Amy and I have been in Homer, Alaska for the last ten days. Places alaska homerAbove is the view from the parking lot at the ocean in Anchor Point , which is literally “the end of the road on the western side of the US.” ” Amy grew up here and it’s one of the places I go when I want to get some distance from everything. When we started coming here in the mid-1990s together, we’d literally have to disconnect in a lot of the places we hung out at.

DonorsChoose.org Book Match Day

Feld Thoughts

Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house there so I just went and funded all the book projects in Alaska. Amy and I love to read. Growing up, one of my favorite places in the world was the hammock in our backyard with a book.

Pandere Shoes, Anchorage Startups, and Techstars

Feld Thoughts

I met the co-founder Laura Oden when I was in Anchorage last month to speak at the Accelerate Alaska event. When you think of Alaska, you probably do not think of it as a popular location for producing shoes. While Alaska is not a shoe capital, it is now headquarters to a shoe company addressing a global problem. I love origin stories that link to Techstars, and this one combines Techstars, Alaska, women-entrepreneurs, and shoes that I’m loving.

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Happy 20th Anniversary Amy

Feld Thoughts

But you can never really take the girl out of Alaska. 20 years. Just amazing. You are my favorite person on this planet. Here are some pictures from the past 20 years. Fashion has clearly never been my strong sense. Fortunately, my t-shirts are rubbing off on you. And your class and grace is rubbing off on me. And one never really does leave Wellesley, does one? And some things never change. I love you. The post Happy 20th Anniversary Amy appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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Skype Small Business Profile: Wendy Kenney

Mike Michalowicz

She and her four dogs live in beautiful – and remote – Alaska, while she runs a successful business with clients all over the US. WK: We have offices in Sitka, Alaska and Boise, Idaho and we have clients all over the country. Being able to see what your client sees, while they’re seeing it used to be the benefit of a face-to-face meeting, but Skype makes that possible between Arizona and Alaska. Entrepreneur Stories 23 kazoos alaska entrepreneur skype wendy kenney

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Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

YoungUpstarts

Alaska provides an exception for commercial fishermen. by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps. Statutory workers’ compensation laws are particular to each state, but in general, businesses having employees that are not large enough to self-insure must carry workers’ comp insurance. The number and type of employees triggering the workers’ compensation insurance requirement varies, and each state has different exceptions to that requirement. The Number of Employees You Have Matters.

Do You Consider Yourself a Texan?

Feld Thoughts

While I have a house in Alaska, I never lived there (that’s where Amy grew up.). Did you know that 28.5714% of the partners at Foundry Group are Texans? Recently, I was asked if I consider myself a Texan. I answered that I grew up in Texas, live in Colorado, was born in Arkansas, and went to school in Massachusetts. I hadn’t really thought about this before I answered the question. While Massachusetts was very good to me, I never felt at home living in Boston or Cambridge.

I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

Both Sides of the Table

As a side note if you’ve never been to Alaska it is truly one of the most beautiful, spectacular and awe-inspiring places I’ve visited. So we’re off to Alaska. Why does everybody always ask that when you tell them you’re going to Alaska?!? Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.”

Founders 2010 #6: We’re Not Alone

Feld Thoughts

I’ve got a two board meeting day tomorrow ( Impinj and Gist ) as I gear up to head to Alaska for the month of July.

July In Paris

Feld Thoughts

For much of the last decade, Amy and I have spent the month of July at our house in Homer, Alaska. Amy grew up in Alaska and I have a great love of the place. Every year when we head to Alaska, many people who don’t know us that well say “have a great vacation.&# We’ve built one month away each year in a different location into our annual rhythm which we’ve come to treasure as a key part of our lives. We are trying something different this year.

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Criminal Defense – Why You Need To Be Honest With Your Attorney

YoungUpstarts

For example, hiring the most experienced criminal defense lawyer near Anchorage Alaska gives you access to this perspective, which can actually get you out of the fix.

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Cecelia Feld Exhibiting at Splash on 7/7/10 at the St. Julien

Feld Thoughts

I won’t be there as Amy and I are hiding in Homer, Alaska for the month, but my mom is coming down from Keystone and I know she’d love to see my friends if you are around. If you are a fan of my mom’s art ( Cecelia Feld ), she’s part of an exhibit at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder called Splash. The opening is this Wednesday July 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

Supporting DonorsChoose and #BestSchoolDay

Feld Thoughts

We ended up fully funding all the DonorChoose projects in Alaska, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton, Breckenridge, Richardson, and Detroit. Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house in Homer. When I sat down this morning with Amy she started reading off people who had funded entire cities worth of projects on DonorsChoose this morning. Amy has DonorsChoose in her twitter feed and we quickly figured out what was going on.

Everything You Need To Know About Locksmith Career Options

YoungUpstarts

If you live in New Jersey, Alaska or California, you can expect to earn a better living than locksmiths in other states. If you believe the locksmith profession has more to do with the past than the future, then you couldn’t be more wrong! Smart locks and technological developments have made the profession even more challenging and offers endless opportunities for the younger generation to develop a career as a locksmith.

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Why Gateway Accelerate Is A Great Choice For International Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

Missouri is our fourth state to go live following Massachusetts, Colorado, and Alaska. On September 15, 2016, UMSL Accelerate joined the Global EIR network and began taking applications for its international accelerator program, Gateway Accelerate. Today is the last day to apply , so if you are considering it, don’t wait. The goal of this program is to contribute to St.

A Conversation with 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

View from Seed

Alaska had a plan like this in effect for 36 years with the oil dividend. The Republican governor of Alaska in 1982 asked people of Alaska, ‘who would you rather get the money: the government, who is just going to screw it up? Or you, the people of Alaska?’, and the people of Alaska said, ‘uh us please’. Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people.

Hanging Out In Pioneer Square

Feld Thoughts

I had become comfortable with Seattle the city, Amy and I were spending more time at our house in Alaska (so Seattle was occasionally a stop on the way to Alaska), and I’d started to enjoy the rain. I’m in Seattle for the next few days. I’ve built this trip around Techstars Seattle Demo, a bunch of time at PSL, and a Moz board meeting. Oh – and time with several of our portfolio companies as well as some nice social stuff with long time friends.

Fracture: Beautiful Digital Art Prints

Feld Thoughts

The awesome Alaska Brown Bear above is the photo I used (from an Alaska trip in 2004) and it’s now hanging on the wall in my office next to my couch. If you walk in my office, you’ll notice a lot of art on the walls. Amy and I are huge art collectors and are always on a quest for new and beautiful things.

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Societal Structures Change Much Slower Than The Machines

Feld Thoughts

It’s the closest place on earth I’ve been to Alaska, which I love dearly. I’m at Startup Iceland today. I like Iceland – this is the second time I’ve been here. And it’s fun to see and hang out with my friend Bala Kamallakharan. As a super bonus, Om Malik – who I adore – is also here. Om and I did a fireside chat with Bala. At the end, Bala asked about the future and what we were uncomfortable with. Neither of us is uncomfortable.

Episode 109: Surging Towards Growth with Greg Scully

Mike Michalowicz

He believes using the Surge strategy will help him since he is in a hyper niched business in Alaska and is struggling to grow. Greg and his wife Kim have been operating Magpie Clothing Exchange as a storefront in Palmer Alaska, and online worldwide since 2014. Greg is lifelong entrepreneur with a small 25 year break between projects, and lead vocalist of Alaska’s most middle aged punk band. Also Available On. Show Summary.

A Month of Mac

Feld Thoughts

While I was swimming that since I was going to be in Alaska for July, I’d just bring my MacBook, my iPhone, and my iPad. Ross (my IT guy) bet me $100 that I’d beg him to ship my Windows desktop to me within a few days of getting to Alaska. My post yesterday titled Rethinking The Laptop resulted in three very specific pieces of feedback followed by me taking one specific action. The feedback was: Dump Outlook. Get a solid state drive. Get a Mac.

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12 New Friday Freebies

Startup Professionals Musings

There are some good gardening ones in the agriculture category) Free Sample Site (another site that keeps updated free sample lists for you) Free Beautiful Alaska Travel Book 40 Free Prints from York Photo (sign up and put them in your account while the deal is still good) Related articles Thirteen Freebies Top Five Freebie Offers Top Five Free Deals. Some of these have a limit so if the link no longer works then the freebie is gone (I will try to keep up with the broken links).

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Happy 21st Anniversary @abatchelor

Feld Thoughts

We were on vacation in Alaska, hanging out in Fairbanks at the time. We thought briefly about moving to Homer, Alaska but decided instead to buy a house up here and spend a month each summer up here. Lots of people get married on the summer solstice. To all of them – including those getting married today – congrats and welcome to the club!

Jessica Schallock – Artist

Feld Thoughts

Her family are our neighbors in Homer, Alaska and we’ve known Jessica since she was 12. Amy and I collect contemporary art. We often make friends with the artists who we collect. Occasionally people who are our friends become artists. Jessica Schallock fits into this category. We’ve been friends with Jessica for a decade. We’ve watched, with much joy, as she’s grown into an amazingly talented young women. One of those talents is art.

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2013’s Top 10 Small Towns For Mobile Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

Wasilla, Alaska. Most famous for being headquarters for the Iditarod Sled-dog race, Wasilla is also the home of Alaska’s most visible celebrity, former 2008 Vice-Presidential hopeful and governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Wasilla, Alaska is actually more business oriented than most people (including me) realize. It’s also one of six hubs for Alaska’s Small Business Development Centers and the fastest growing city in Alaska.

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Book: The Martian

Feld Thoughts

And while Mars is a lot more desolate than Homer, Alaska, I disconnected from the human race several times right in the middle of a work week because of the amazingness of this book. The Martian by Andy Weir is the best book I’ve read in a while. I consumed it in the last 24 hours. But first, here’s what I woke up to this morning. No – I’m not on Mars. But Mark Watney was.

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Reinvent Vacations For a Global Mobile Era

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I ordinarily spend the month of July at our house in Homer, Alaska. We decided to do it this summer and we turned our month in Alaska into two months in Europe. Rosabeth Moss Kanter has an excellent post up on the HBR Blog titled Should Leaders Go on Vacation? Recently, I’ve seen plenty of commentary in the popular press (especially Fox News articles) about the inappropriateness of leaders taking vacation.

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Slow Down To Speed Up

Feld Thoughts

July in Alaska helps (although this summer has a fun, European twist). It’s Sunday morning. Take a deep breath. It’s summer time. Go for a walk. Or a run. Play with your family. Take a nap this afternoon. Read a book. Go to a movie. Chill. Last week, I had two close friends tell me some version of “I’m too busy.&# One insightfully said “I have no time these days. I’m doing too much.&#

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Happy Anniversary Amy

Feld Thoughts

On the summer solstice in 1993 we went to the top of Ester Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska and exchanged vows. Amy and I have been married for 18 years. Earlier that day we went to Pay ‘n Save and bought our wedding rings (I think we got six for $1.99). I wrote the word “vows&# on a piece of paper twice, tore it in half, and gave one of the vows to Amy to give to me when we got to the top.

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The Spirit of America

Growthink Blog

Alaska. On this great day when we celebrate America, our freedoms and our way of life, please enjoy (and add to!) my list of twenty of why this is the greatest country in the history of the world: #20. Hollywood. Disneyland. Broadway. Entertainment happens here. #19. Red Sox - Yankees, Celtics - Lakers, The Super Bowl, The Final Four. Sports are spectacle here. #18. Jesus. Moses. Mohammed. The Buddha. Religion gets along here. #17. Gates. Zuckerberg. BIG stuff - invented here. #16. Murphy.

Happy 21st Anniversary @abatchelor

Feld Thoughts

We were on vacation in Alaska, hanging out in Fairbanks at the time. We thought briefly about moving to Homer, Alaska but decided instead to buy a house up here and spend a month each summer up here. Lots of people get married on the summer solstice. To all of them – including those getting married today – congrats and welcome to the club!

Google I/O Panel on VCs Who Code

Feld Thoughts

While I stopped writing production code in the early 1990’s, I still fuck around with something each summer when I’m in Alaska (in past years it has been Perl, Ruby, and PHP.)

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Baby Boomer Retirement: Or Should I Start My Own Business?

YoungUpstarts

If you are an official resident of one of these 7 states, you don’t need to file a state tax return for that state: Alaska. Many of us spend a great deal of time worrying about money, and rightfully so. Have you noticed Americans are living longer than ever before? Financial planning for baby boomers has taken the spotlight, and as times become leaner, retirement issues have gained a new urgency.

Reflecting On An Intense Week In Boulder

Feld Thoughts

A week ago I had just gotten home after a month in Homer, Alaska. I was totally chilled out – I worked plenty in July but had very little physical human interaction with anyone other than Amy. I’m sitting here in my Boulder condo today thinking about the entrepreneurial tour de force that was the last six days. I think I interacted with more different people each day than I did cumulatively over the previous 30 days in Homer.

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Q318 Staycation: Resting, Reading, and Little Running

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I were originally going to Alaska to look at polar bears but canceled everything after I got sick and did a staycation in Boulder instead. I took last week off the grid for my Q318 vacation. I got at least 10 hours of sleep each day, did a bunch of self-care things (PT, massage, meditate), ran a few times (to the extent that 14-minute miles can be considered running), and read a half dozen books. I’m feeling a lot better.