December, 2016

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What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. I thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They did.

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I’m a VC and the Worst of Times

Feld Thoughts

It’s Sunday and it’s -8 degrees in Boulder. Egads. As I sat in my warm office catching up on email from the week, I sent links to our Foundry Group videos to a friend that had never seen them.

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6 Key Attributes That Investors Look For In A CEO

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business needs that ultimate leader and decision maker at the top, commonly given the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sometimes it’s the business founder, and in other cases the CEO is recruited by the founder or investors to complement the skills of the technical team.

Worrying is self-fulfilling; what to do instead

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Worrying is a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Worry” causes the very thing you’re worried about, to actually happen.

The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

We’re holding our 2 nd Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy,… educators and sponsors class January 17-19 at Georgetown University. The class is for: educators who want to learn how to teach a Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, etc.

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7 Startup Strategies For The Next Dot Com Billionaire

Startup Professionals Musings

Many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to the Internet as an opportunity to get rich quick, instead of a place where you can start a business you love, for very little capital and minimal technical expertise.

How to Build a Startup Marketing Team from Zero [Traction #33: Mike Volpe, Cybereason]

View from Seed

So much of digital innovation has changed the way people communicate and create or access content. As a result, few departments in business have changed how they work quite like marketing, and few functions look so fundamentally different today than a decade ago. So hiring your first marketer as a startup founder can be a daunting task. What’s the profile of the candidate? When do you hire someone? How do you run your process?

Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department

Steve Blank

“Being in Silicon Valley, a lot of my friends want to work for Google or Apple, but this class showed me that the problems in public service were even more challenging and rewarding. I used to watch the news about Syrian refugees and feel that I was just a bystander to a hopeless situation.

Building in public forces true competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

What would happen if I forced you to develop all your precious, proprietary, secret-sauce code in a public Github repository? One thing would be: You would be judged.

Venture Deals 3.0

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Like a great software product that keeps getting better and better as it ages, the classic book by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson , Venture Deals , is now on its third version. Here is the forward I wrote for the first version of the book and that continues to provide the opening context for it: I remember the first week of my career as a VC. I was 25 years old, it was 1986, and I had just landed a summer job in a venture capital firm.

December Depression

Feld Thoughts

December is a tough time of year for a lot of people. While the holidays are awesome for some, they are really hard for others. I know a lot of people around me who are anxious, upset, stressed, or some other version of “not in a good place.”

10 Mindset Checks Before You Start A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Making the decision to start your own business is a major commitment, with huge implications for skills and lifestyle.

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Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

Both Sides of the Table

A room full of some of the top tech leaders in our country: Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Tesla and so forth. It’s a breath of fresh air to see that Marc Benioff, who has become a beacon for protecting the rights of our most vulnerable citizens, is not in attendance.

16 eCommerce A/B Test Ideas Backed by UX Research

ConversionXL

Nothing works all the time on all sites. That’s why we test in the first place; to let the data tell us what is actually working.

The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

We’re holding our 2 nd Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy,… educators and sponsors class January 17-19 at Georgetown University. The class is for: educators who want to learn how to teach a Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, etc.

How to Calculate Social Media Marketing ROI for Your Small Business

Up and Running

Gone are the days where social media marketing was merely an experimental marketing tactic. It has become a core part of any business’s marketing strategy, and it needs to support your business goals, and prove its value in comparison to other channels for resources, budget, and executive buy-in.

Board Seat For Sale

Feld Thoughts

I had lunch recently with a founder. We were talking about current and future board configuration for his company and he said “Up until this point, all my board seats were simply for sale. Whenever a new investor showed up, they wanted – and got – a board seat.” ” I loved the phrase “board seat for sale.”

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5 Business Warning Signs Signal Integrity Slippage

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs start their company with the highest of ideals, and wouldn’t dream of building one with a culture of indifference or downright unethical behavior. Yet all too many succumb to the pressures of survival, driven by demanding investors or a cutthroat competitive environment.

Essential Tips For The Budding Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Hundreds of thousands of startups around the globe keep on knocking the doors of opportunities every day, but only a few make it to success. Hence, it is palpably clear that success doesn’t come handy; one has to toil up the success in the pervasive and brazen competition.

How SMB Owners Can Utilize Digital Changes in 2017 to Increase Profits

Brandanew

Constant digital changes in 2017 and beyond will be the major, predominant force in the world of modern business. The good news is that business owners can utilize technologies to cash in more profits and create a new future of work.

Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department

Steve Blank

“Being in Silicon Valley, a lot of my friends want to work for Google or Apple, but this class showed me that the problems in public service were even more challenging and rewarding. I used to watch the news about Syrian refugees and feel that I was just a bystander to a hopeless situation.

Ten Tech Trends to Watch in 2017 in Austin and San Antonio

SiliconHills

This year Silicon Hills News is spotlighting the top 10 tech trends to watch in Austin and San Antonio in 2017.

Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

Feld Thoughts

In September, I joined the board of Kauffman Fellows. If you aren’t familiar with the Kauffman Fellows Program, it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

5 Ways To Make Everyone On Your Team A Marketer

Startup Professionals Musings

“If we build it, they will come.” I heard it again yesterday from a technical entrepreneur who should know better than to believe the old “ Field of Dreams ” sports fantasy movie theme in today’s Internet information overload environment.

How to Perform Inception on a VC

This is going to be BIG.

One of my favorite phrases is "performing inception". Inception is one of my favorite movies and I love the idea of meticulously planning out the placement of an idea in someone else's head.

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The Best Free Email Marketing Tool for Startups and Small Businesses

Up and Running

Bplans and Palo Alto Software are strong supporters of entrepreneurs and small business owners. We work with like-minded partners who also want to help your businesses succeed by providing the best tools and content for the job.

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Millions Will Start Businesses, But Miss The Point

YFS Magazine

When we start businesses on this premise alone, it’s a massive exercise in missing the point. Plan purpose starting a business startup lessons

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Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. Watching him develop over the past 4.5 years at Upfront has been both a pleasure and also has taught me a lot about venture capital.

New Things In Venture Deals v3

Feld Thoughts

Venture Deals v3 (the third edition) is now shipping in both hardcover and Kindle. If you are looking for a last minute holiday gift for your favorite entrepreneur (or lawyer, VC, or angel investor), we’ve got you covered. Jason and I wrote the first edition of Venture Deals in 2011.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.

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50 Must Have Features to Include in Your Small Business Website

Brandanew

It’s tough to survive in today’s highly competitive market. It’s almost impossible to thrive without a solid online presence. A website has become one of the most important aspects of a brand’s online marketing strategy.

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How to Improve Financial Metrics That Matter

Up and Running

When a business is looking to benchmark their performance and develop key performance indicators for growth, consider taking the perspective of a lender.

Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office

SiliconHills

Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. The company, based in Santa Barbara, Calif.

7 Tips on Getting More Readers to Your Corporate Blog

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you want to increase the number of visitors to your blog, you should focus on the topics for the blog and should also use content syndication to increase the exposure for the blog on the Web. Your website format may not be designed to encourage visitors to click on the link for your blog.