February, 2019

How My Mother Helped Me Become The Entrepreneur I Am Today

YFS Magazine

From an early age, my mom taught me five things children needed to learn to become a successful adult. They became my life concepts for leadership. Editor Picks Lead leadership mom entrepreneurs mompreneur personal development women in business

28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated

Hearpreneur

When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

View from Seed

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. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.

The coming Enterprise Software Hurricane

deal architect

In interviewing SAP customers for the upcoming book, I ended up classifying them broadly into four groups. I termed the first three: a) Risk-takers who are trying out new Leonardo ML or IoT projects, developing new functionality with its Cloud.

10 Thinking Methods That Foster Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Innovation is the key to long-term business success, both in startups as well as established organizations. Yet every business and every entrepreneur I know struggles with this challenge, focused on hiring the right people and implementing the right process.

Robin Hauser’s Film Bias at the Boulder International Film Festival 2019

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are long-time supporters of the Boulder International Film Festival. The 2019 fes tival starts soon and runs from February 28 to March 3rd. Bias , one of the documentaries that we helped fund, is making its Colorado Premier and showing on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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A Conversation with 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

View from Seed

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. You can learn more about this series here. Universal Basic Income is a hot dinner party topic around the country right now.

Davos: Not just for the elite

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Alan Alper, VP and Editorial Director, has his fingerprints on most Cognizant marketing publications and events. He has been involved in the planning of Cognizant's presence and pitches at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum for the last. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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Viral Marketing And Word-of-Mouth Require Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing.

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Mentors 18/18: Have Empathy. Remember That Startups Are Hard

Feld Thoughts

This is the final post (18) of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. As with item 17, Jay Batson , a long-time Techstars Boston mentor, nudged me several times to finish this up and wrote a draft from his perspective. Following is item #18 of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto, in Jay’s words.

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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

Tips For Starting Your First Business

YoungUpstarts

If you’re planning on starting your own business for the first time, don’t let the statistics put you off. As the saying goes, it’s better to fail than have never tried.

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S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T.

Grasshopper Herder

Yet another Experiment Template? Use this SIMPLE template to overcome the hardest part of running experiments.getting started. The post S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T. appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup User Experience & Research Experiment Design & Template Generative Market Research lean startup

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Time for more vertical integration in enterprise software

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As SaaS vendors took off in the early 2000s, I was encouraged by their business model. They had collapsed software, hosting, application management and upgrades into one contract. But in recent years I have seen a reversal and a lot. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Action Items Build A Sustainable Innovation Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business founder knows the need for a culture that promotes continuous innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one that creates sustainable value across all functions in the business. Yet most don’t really know how to create that environment, or assess when they have achieved it.

Three Year Future Org Chart Exercise

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been doing a three-year future org chart exercise with the CEOs of a number of the companies I’m involved in between $25m and $250m in revenue. This can be done on a napkin, a sheet of paper, or a whiteboard. It should not be done in PowerPoint, Google Slides, or a fancy org chart maker app. It should be done in real time, without preparation, and in front of a small group, which could include co-founders or board members.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

8 Business Trends That Will Make Waves In 2019

YoungUpstarts

Technology has been one of the essential elements that makes a business more effective and successful. It changes continuously, adapting to advancements and innovations in order to constantly improve.

Advice On How To Make Your First Analytics Hire

View from Seed

Recently, I’ve been working with a few of our portfolio companies to help them think about how to recruit and interview their first analytics hire.

AI and the implementation consultant

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I recently read an article which said "AI will not replace accountants and auditors, but accountants and auditors that use AI can replace those that don’t." I predict that will also be true of implementation consultants in the next few. Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Rules Of Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The pervasive ability and need to communicate constantly and globally through the Internet and smartphones is incenting everyone to get more out of their own assets and time, and capitalize on the idle resources of others.

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Happy Robot Valentines Day

Feld Thoughts

Day 1 of Sphero’s RVR pre-order campaign is off to a great start (> 1000 backers, > $250,000 in the first 24 hours.) It’s Day 2, but for some people in the tech world it’s always Day 1, so if you missed RVR, go take a look and jump in on the pre-order fun.

The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

Both Sides of the Table

One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

Eight Reasons Why Your Subscription Model Customers May Be Jumping Ship

YoungUpstarts

by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ Everyone knows that retention is crucial for subscription-based companies.

Exploring The Everyday: Janji Wants You To Change The World By Running

View from Seed

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. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.

Polishing brand ERP

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Kudos to Cindy Jutras for her study "Real Facts About ERP Implementation". Her survey showed that two-thirds of respondents graded their ERP implementation as "successful" or "very successful." The survey found 31% thought their ERP project was at least a. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors) Offshoring (other vendors) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

8 Strategies For Winning As A Freelancer Or Employee

Startup Professionals Musings

A big trend in business these days is hiring freelancers or contract personnel for the duration of a project, rather than permanent staff. According to a recent poll , contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce within a decade.

Meet RVR from Sphero

Feld Thoughts

Sphero has announced RVR , a go anywhere, do anything programmable robot. It launched on Kickstarter today and is available , along with a bunch of other fun pre-order options. Over the last eight years, Sphero has made a bunch of different robots.

This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

Both Sides of the Table

I understand that Adam Grant is a fairly popular professor at Wharton and has a book that some people loved called “Originals” (for me it interesting but not mind blowing, and I have some first-hand knowledge of some of its inaccuracies).

Pros Vs. Cons Of Affiliate Marketing

YoungUpstarts

We live in a world where people can avoid the hassles of commuting to work by getting into passive income streams. Affiliate marketing is one such way to generate income passively.

After Organic – The Next Multi-Decade Food Megatrend

View from Seed

We are entering a really interesting phase in the food industry that I think most people don’t fully realize. For the last 20+ years, the dominant trend among grocers, restaurants, packaged food and beverage companies and others have been a market shift towards natural and organic products.

Oracle and SAP: Quit sniping, start leading!!!

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In the Steven Spielberg movie, President Lincoln on the cusp of victory in the Civil War, is clearly grateful to Lieutenant-General Ulysses Grant and clasps his hand with both of his. However, he also says "We've made it possible for. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

10 Ways To Improvise, Thrive And Survive In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you have to improvise and adapt quickly to survive and thrive in the face of the unpredictable challenges of the market. But this improvisation a not a comedy, although there are some distinct correlations, in relation to reacting, adapting, and communicating.

The American Tailwind ?

Feld Thoughts

Every year, one of my favorite things to read is the Berkshire Hathaway annual letter. The 2018 version is out and, as always, is a beautiful thing to read if you have any interest in business and economics. I particularly loved Warren Buffett’s reflections at the end of the letter in a section called The American Tailwind, which follows: On March 11th, it will be 77 years since I first invested in an American business. The year was 1942, I was 11, and I went all in, investing $114.75

How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

Money-Minds: 6 FinTech Startups To Watch In 2019

YoungUpstarts

Fintech (financial technology) ruled the roost when it came to industries on the up-swing up until a few years back, when blockchain technology and all the possibilities it offered stormed the scene.