December, 2019

How To Validate Your Startup Idea


Everyone is excited about starting their own business. Countless people try their luck every year, but most of the business failed due to a lack of proper planning. Approximately 45% of startups struggle because they didn’t reach their target market.

8 Steps Every Leader Must Take To Deal With Setbacks

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business owner in this age of rapid technological change, with the surge of worldwide competitors, setbacks and adversity are virtually guaranteed.

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7 Surprising Findings from Workfront’s Annual State of Work Report

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A guest column from Steven ZoBell, Workfront Chief Product and Technology Officer. In his role at Workfront, Steve leads the engineering and platform hosting and operations organizations and works closely with the product and services teams to evolve the technology. Future of Work

Small Business Owners, Change Your Life Instantly With This 6-Letter Word!

Rembrandt Communications

Small Business Success is More Than Sales, PR and Marketing… As a small business owner, you probably utter many four-letter words under your breath, or hear them from others, on a regular basis. Well, I’m going to remind you of a six-letter word you can say as much as possible, 365 days a year.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Getting Schooled – Lessons from an Adjunct

Steve Blank

This post previously appeared in Poets and Quants. I’ve been an adjunct professor for nearly two decades. Here’s what I’ve learned. Colleges and universities that offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to teach innovation and entrepreneurship classes may benefit from a more formal onboarding process. The goal would be six-fold: Integrate adjuncts as partners with their entrepreneurship centers . Create repeatable and scalable processes for onboarding adjuncts.

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How To Move From Reactive To Proactive Leadership

YFS Magazine

As a leader, examine the pointless activities in business and proactively forge a better and smarter path for maximum impact. Lead leadership personal development personal growth

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How is the VC Asset Class Doing?

View from Seed

One of my more popular posts in recent years was a long write-up on how VC’s get measured. It occurred to me that about 2 years has transpired since that original post and I thought I’d write a follow-up.

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SEO And Start-Ups: The 5 Amazing Benefits Of SEO For Your New Business


With 627,000 new businesses starting each year, it’s essential to make sure that your business is going to stand out from the crowd. Many businesses don’t even know how to get the word out about their new business, but we are going to help you.

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3 Smart Tips For First-Time Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted. There is little room for error in business and all the room in the world for error at the same time. Plan starting a business startup advice startup lessons

The Evolution of SAP Analytics

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I had been invited to an SAP Analytics influencer summit earlier in the year. Many of the sessions were under NDA, so I had not written about it. However, my notes showed: Ambitious, exciting vision, but fragmented execution across portfolio.

7 Questions To Test Your Potential As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

5 Outrageously Innovative Israeli Startups to Watch in 2020


Silicon Valley gets significant attention for its role in producing tech startups that often go on to see massive, international success. However, it’s far from the only startup hub in the world, and it’s not even the only startup hub in the United States.

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Why Is There So Much Turnover In Venture Capital?

View from Seed

“I have exciting personal news.”. “I’m I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.”. “I I am pursuing an idea that I’m excited about and and happy to be back on the entrepreneurial path.”. These are literal quotes from social media and email announcements over the past six months from VC Partners moving on to other competitive firms, and, well, just moving on.

3 Real-Life Practices That Will Change Your Business — And Your Life


by Michael Bianco-Splann, author of “ Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles That WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life “ Never in our lifetimes has transformative leadership been needed more than now. Take a moment to observe the world we live in.

The Version One Anti-Portfolio – the opportunities we missed…

Version One Ventures

Bessemer started the idea of the “anti-portfolio” – the companies that you passed on, but ended up doing very, very well. . After Honey was acquired by PayPal for $4B a few weeks ago, we thought it was a good time to share the Version One anti-portfolio: Honey.

Decade-end review: Enterprise Applications have NOT eaten the world

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Over the last couple of weeks, as we get ready to welcome the 20s, I have been reviewing blog posts, books I have written and notes from advisory work helping clients pick vendors, negotiate contracts, review vendor performance etc from


7 Ways To Jeopardize Key Startup People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Relationships are the key to survival and success for entrepreneurs, and first impressions usually turn into lasting impressions.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2019


It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below. There’s a good chance I’ve missed something — if you feel that way, by all means, please share your point of view on Twitter (or email) and link to the post.

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Santa As A Service

View from Seed

I bet many of us are waiting for packages to be delivered around this time of year.

Why Businesses Should Offer Healthcare Benefits


Health Insurance is now required by law for individuals. Larger companies are also legally obligated to carry health insurance for their employees. However, businesses with under 50 employees don’t have to offer health insurance. Many choose to anyway.

What’s your best productivity hack?

Version One Ventures

I’ve been thinking about productivity a lot lately. As an investor, time is always the scarcest resource. I can’t add more hours to the day, so the question is what can I be doing differently to make the best use of my time. My best productivity hack is to touch every email only once.

Okay, enough of the silliness about SAP

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I am stealing words about silliness from my friend, Bob Evans as he recounts here Larry Ellison's comments about competitors during the recent Oracle earnings call. Larry was particularly vocal about SAP's vulnerability. My response to SAP competitors (many whisper. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

8 Strategy Lessons For Establishing A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well.

How Businesses Can Correct The Problem Of Cancel Culture

YFS Magazine

This unforgiving culture burrows deep into societal standards and can affect your business, no matter how politically correct you try to be. Company Culture Grow cancel culture company culture hiring employees

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28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Great Ways Your Business Can Increase Their Leads And Customers


If you’re thinking about how you’re going to increase your leads and customer base, you must understand the value of your customers to your business.

Our top posts of 2019

Version One Ventures

Another year, another 50 blog posts. We’ve now reached four straight years of publishing at least once a week. For those of you who have been reading our blog over the years, you know that we traditionally share a year-end summary post, recapping all the highlights for the fund and firm.

Trailblazer by Marc Benioff - a review

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I have been reading Marc Benioff's new book and also factoring what I heard at the latest Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference. At times, I felt like I was re-reading Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations" and his points about companies like Patagonia. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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10 Financing Alternatives For Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.

Content Marketing Outlook And Trends For 2020

YFS Magazine

Smart small businesses will stay informed regarding content marketing trends and content consumption habits. Otherwise, they'll risk being left behind. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content distribution content marketing marketing online marketing

7 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Business They are Starting Next Year


As we wrap up 2019, there are those business ideas you’ve been longing to start and 2020 is the year to implement them. This could be a home-based business, franchise option or whatever option looks attractive to you.

5 Essential Habits You Need To Become Successful


by Andrew Armstrong. Success is not easy. Some think that people are born talented, while others believe it comes down to hard work and luck. It’s true. A select few people do have the innate ability or good fortune to achieve success, but this isn’t true of the population at-large.

Help a Denver Food Bank Stay in their Home

Feld Thoughts

If you have an office in Denver, just five miles away from you is a food bank operating out of a warehouse month to month just so it can help anyone who comes through their doors.

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Decade-end review: Not your Dad's outsourcing market

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Over the last month, as we get ready to welcome the 20s, I have been reviewing blog posts and books I have written and the notes from advisory work helping clients pick vendors, negotiate contracts, review vendor performance from the. Global and Vertical extensions Globalization and Technology Offshoring Negotiations/Best Practices Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

8 Steps To Making Good Decisions In Life And Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Despite many years of advising aspiring entrepreneurs and people in business, I continue to be surprised by the number of people who wait for decisions to be made by default, or allow others to make decisions for them.

5 Reasons Purpose-Driven Startups Will Shine in 2020


Some big corporations have grown a conscience. At least, that’s the message from the Business Roundtable, which a few months ago announced that from now on, its members will focus not solely on lining their shareholders’ pockets.