December, 2016

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.”

Top Five Branding Strategies You Can Leverage in 2017

Brandanew

Businesses of all sizes develop branding strategies to ultimately develop a distinction over competitive offerings in a customer’s mind. Your customers should be able to distill your brand’s essence in your stories, marketing activities and products.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

11 Attributes Of Great Entrepreneurs I Have Known

Startup Professionals Musings

At some point in their life, hopefully everyone strives to be the best in their chosen profession. Most people think that being the best requires more intelligence, more training, and more experience.

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.

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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Occipital’s Bridge Delivers Full Mixed Reality On An iPhone

Feld Thoughts

At Foundry Group, we always look for companies that we think build magic into their products. Occipital has been one of those companies.

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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.

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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?

7 Ways To Think Outside the Box To Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs put their best creative thinking into the startup idea, and believe that the business implementation simply requires following tried and true business practices. In my experience as a startup advisor, nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

The Dangers Of Being Too Early

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have been reading Whiplash , a book I recommended here last week. It starts with the story of the Lumiere brothers , who are credited with the invention of “the moving picture.” ” As told in Whiplash, the Lumiere brothers started showing films to audiences in 1895 using their patented cinematograph. But by 1900, they were out of the film business and had moved on to color photography.

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The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

I’m not a predictor so you won’t find me participating in the “best/worst of 2016” and “predictions for 2017” lists. But there is a trend that feels inevitable to me: “Startups everywhere.” ” While Agent Smith was wrong, I don’t think I am.

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.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

Both Sides of the Table

6 Steps To Success In Your Entrepreneurial Goals

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many aspiring entrepreneurs I mentor can talk at length about their innovative ideas and passions, and ask lots of good questions, but never make much progress in building a real business. In my experience, building a business is much more about getting things done than having great ideas.

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.

Gotham Alpha # 5: Skillshare’s Alex Qin on NYTech’s Diversity Gap and How To Fix It

View from Seed

NYTech does not mirror the diversity of its host city… Today on Gotham Alpha, I talk to Alex Qin, Skillshare engineer and founder of Code Cooperative, about the reality of New York Tech’s diversity gap…what factors actually reinforce hiring prejudice here…and how we can all start to fix this problem, right now. Follow me and Alex at twitter.com/tdevane and twitter.com/alexqin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Am I Meant To Be An Entrepreneur? 5 Questions To Find Out

YFS Magazine

Once you realize that you’re meant to do something more significant with your life an inner struggle presents itself. Lead entrepreneurship advice personal development starting a business

InventHelp Inventions Are Everywhere And The Reviews Are Phenomenal

YoungUpstarts

You may have one or more ideas about how to make life easier or how to improve upon an already existing technology. Yet, you may have found that moving forward with that idea takes more than wishful thinking.

Boulder Startup Week 2016 Panel on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Feld Thoughts

During Boulder Startup Week 2016, Dave Mayer of Technical Integrity moderated a panel on Mental Health and Wellbeing that I was on with Sarah Jane Coffey and Tom Higley. It ended up going 90 minutes and I remember it being powerful for me and the audience.

10 Product Recommendation Techniques to Improve UX and Conversions

ConversionXL

Nowadays nearly every online shop utilizes some sort of product recommendation engine, which is no wonder, as these systems, if set up and configured properly can significantly boost revenues, CTRs, conversions, and other important metrics.

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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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.

4 Powerful Ways To Increase Sales Without Being Salesy

YFS Magazine

If you come from a place of being boldly curious about your clients and how you can passionately help them, you can never go wrong. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling personal selling sales selling

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So Here’s What I’ve Been Thinking…

Steve Blank

I was interviewed at the Stanford Business School and in listening to the podcast, I realize I repeated some of my usual soundbites but embedded in the conversation were a few things I’ve never shared before about service. Listen here: Steve Blank on Silicon Valley, AI and the Future of Innovation. Download the.mp3 here: Download Episode Filed under: China , Hacking For Defense , NSF (National Science Foundation) , Science and Industrial Policy , Secret History of Silicon Valley , Teaching.

Managing New User Satisfaction On A Daily Basis

Feld Thoughts

As we get to the end of 2016, I’m in many conversations about 2016 performance and 2017 budgets. While 2016 isn’t over yet, most SaaS companies know how things are going to end up within a few percentage points. As a result, their focus on 2017 is an extrapolation from how they have been doing in 2016, typically building on month over month activity. Since there are plenty of variables, the conversations are generally quantitative.