June, 2018

The Innovation Stack: How to make innovation programs deliver more than coffee cups

Steve Blank

Is your organization full of Hackathons, Shark Tanks, Incubators and other innovation programs, but none have changed the trajectory of your company/agency? Over the last few years Pete Newell and I have helped build innovation programs inside large companies, across the U.S.

What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest things to know when you’re new to fund raising is what you’re supposed to send to an investor, when and will they keep your information confidential. As a VC and former entrepreneur let me offer you some advice. This is part of a series on how to improve your fund raising game.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 16


Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

The Discomfort of Depression and Suicide

Feld Thoughts

While not a comfortable thing to talk about on Monday morning – or any morning for that matter – the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week generated much public discussion.

How SAP is getting its SexyBack

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During a break in his concert at SapphireNow, Justin Timberlake took a tray full of shot glasses to every one on stage. It took him a while to hand them out as he said – “we have as many of. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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5 Ways To Ensure Your Business Is Change Ready


by Gregg Brown, author of “ Ready… Set… Change Again!: Take Control of Change Before It Takes Control of You “ As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I find it often difficult to juggle all of the changing priorities that happen on a daily basis.

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How repositioning a product allows you to 8x its price

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Pricing is often more about positioning and perceived value than it is about cost-analysis and unconvincing ROI calculators. As a result, repositioning can allow you to charge many times more than you think. Here’s how.

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How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Small Business Accounting Mistakes

Up and Running

Managing income and expenses accurately is an important aspect of running a business successfully. Unfortunately, many small businesses make mistakes in their books, without even realizing the impact those mistakes can have on their long-term viability.

Colorado Health & Wellness Interview On Depression

Feld Thoughts

Since I wrote about depression yesterday, I figured I’d highlight a long interview with Colorado Health & Wellness magazine on my history dynamics with depression titled Brad Feld’s Village.

Relational Databases: Gradually, then Suddenly?

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In The Sun Also Rises, the Ernest Hemingway character is asked “How did you go bankrupt?”. His response ‘Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly” I thought of that relative to relational databases during a meeting with Hasso Plattner of SAP in. Industry Commentary

The Entrepreneur’s Guide To 4 Categories Of Business Meetings


by Dori Sella, author of “ Business Meetings that Work: 6 Steps to Increase Productivity “ Starting a business, whether it’s based on technology, a new marketing concept or a product is always exciting.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

We just finished our 3rd annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Six teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. Watching them I was left with wonder and awe about what they accomplished in 10 weeks.

What Media Execs Missed about YouTube Stars

Both Sides of the Table

For Father’s Day I was watching the most heartfelt movies I’ve seen in a long time, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

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The 4 Corners of a Storm-Proof Startup Strategy

Up and Running

No one wants to pursue their dream of starting a business only to see it fold within 5 years. But according to conservative estimates, more than 60 percent of new businesses do just that. But, there’s good news on the horizon. Venture capital is on pace for a record-breaking year.

Ray Dalio’s Principles of Success

Feld Thoughts

I became a Ray Dalio fan earlier this year when I read his book Principles. I went on my Ray Dalio journey, read a bunch about him on the web, and watched some of his videos and interviews. While on vacation last week, I watched his new 30-minute cartoon adventure Principles for Success.

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Tech Marathoners: John Wookey

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I am excited to start a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential

Why Small Businesses Should Adopt A Geofencing Marketing Strategy


by Christopher Burres, owner of eWebResults. If you own a small business, you should know that internet marketing is essential to your company’s success. There are so many great marketing strategies out there, like SEO, Local SEO, PPC ads, and more. But have you heard of geofencing?

Highlights from NextView’s inaugural Hiring Bootcamp

View from Seed

Last week, we hosted our very first portfolio-only Hiring Bootcamp in NYC, led by NextView’s talent advisor Kristen Caldwell.

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Be Careful Not to Lose Twice

Both Sides of the Table

There are times to fight. No great startup has been built without getting one’s knuckles bloody at times. This is especially true because incumbents now know how much is at stake when they let a startup get a huge head start in a market.

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10 Reasons Why Your Marketing Plans Don’t Work

Up and Running

Gathering your team to plot out your next marketing campaign can seem daunting, especially for a new business. If you aren’t strategic and thoughtful about how you spend your money, you’re more likely to waste your money on campaigns and tactics that don’t work. .

Interview: Have the Machines Taken Over?

Feld Thoughts

I did a fun interview with Jeff Martin of Collective Genius as part of his LeadByChange interview series. It’s 20 minutes on the Boulder Creek Path.

SapphireNow: Event Scorecard

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Readers know I prefer going to vendor analyst summits compared to user conferences. I feel like I am intruding on customer time and access to vendor execs at the latter. But in many ways, SapphireNow last week managed to bend. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

5 Steps For Penetrating A New Market


Entering new markets can be a great way for your business to expand its portfolio and diversify its product offering. Major companies like Tesla have already demonstrated the benefits of entering a new market with a winning position by leveraging opportunities in its current market space.

The VC Twilight Zone


Talk to any Bay Area VC in the last 24 hours, and the talk of the town among investors is universal : “ What do you think of the SV Angel news? ” Depending on your point of view, it is the perfect trigger for a conversation about the state of the Bay Area’s investment market.

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The One-Day Sabbatical And Why Every CEO Should Take Them

YFS Magazine

I have four days on my calendar that are the most important days of my calendar year. These four days help me to maintain balance and energy. Simply put, they help me to be a better leader. Editor Picks Lead health and wellness leadership mental health personal development sabbatical

How to Manage the Stress of Starting and Running Your Own Business

Up and Running

Getting your business off the ground and keeping it going comes with many challenges. You’re balancing everything from coming up with the right business name, developing your marketing plans, and figuring out how to maintain customer satisfaction.

Book: What Made Maddy Run

Feld Thoughts

I took Saturday off, slept a lot, and read What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. Kate Fagan has written a must-read book for every parent of a high school or college athlete. The story of Madison Holleran is a heartbreaking one.

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SAP and Outsourcers: Fool me twice, shame on me

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I am often asked why I was tough on SAP in SAP Nation. I usually correct them and say I was tough on SAP’s partners and how SAP did a poor job monitoring and managing them. I must say I.

Why You Should Build Your Business For Fun


by Joel Comm, author of “ The Fun Formula: How Curiosity, Risk-Taking, and Serendipity Can Revolutionize How You Work “ When you’re starting out as an entrepreneur, there are so many questions. What should I build? How do I sell it? Where do I find the funding? How much money can I make?

?The 4 Reasons Businesses Should Allow Employees to Work from Home

The Startup Magazine

Every company would love to hire the best talent in the market. And that right there is the problem. Competition for the most productive people is intense.

15 Incredible Women in Business to Watch in 2018 and Beyond


Much has been written about the tech industry’s sexist undertones. In 2017, Silicon Valley faced a “reckoning” for its gender-driven decision-making and tolerance of sexual harassment.

Finished a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign? Go Straight to Amazon

Up and Running

Congratulations on tapping into crowdfunding to get your project off the ground! There are plenty of million-dollar Kickstarter projects, such as Pebble and Bunch O Balloons , that make crowdfunding look easy. But—as you’re probably aware—successfully crowdfunding a project is a challenging endeavor.

Dystopian Technocapitalist Hellscape

Feld Thoughts

Mona List Overdrive has come true. And Pattern Recognition is on the horizon. I knew that Dominos was paving America’s roads , but I didn’t realize they were branding them. Farhad Manjoo has a good article in the NYT titled How Tech Companies Conquered America’s Cities.

Will SAP lead the next generation of enterprise applications?

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Franck Cohen, President SAP Digital Core & Industry Solutions, presented the slide below at SapphireNow last week. He did not spend much time on it and I would likely have not thought much of it if he had not shown. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

5 Steps To Scaling Your Small Business


by Eva Webster is the Managing Director at Article-Writing.co. Starting a small business is hard, but do you know what’s even more difficult? Scaling it.

Psst. Investors Need To Take Branding More Seriously

YFS Magazine

Investors need to reconsider the level of brand-building effort needed to give startups the best chance to reach their full value potential. Grow Marketing & Sales brand development brand strategy branding fundraising

Technology Could Be Mental Health’s Biggest Ally


Mental health has dominated the news in recent years, from weak assessments of Europe’s mental health institutions to mass shootings to celebrity suicides. Each story underscores the need for mental health support — and the consequences of not making such support accessible.