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. We re-learned an old lesson: PC v. ISO; VHS v.

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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 a special bonus, check out my singing and dance movies. Foundry Group humor video

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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).

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 Innovation Insurgency.

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. Essays

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7 Startup Strategies For The Next Dot Com Billionaire

Startup Professionals Musings

The reality is that if you build a business you love, you may in fact make big money, but if you start a business to get rich, you will probably fail.

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

Steve Blank

I used to watch the news about Syrian refugees and feel that I was just a bystander to a hopeless situation. Hacking for Diplomacy student. Times.

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? Essays

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.

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.

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. Be reflective.

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. Add up your responsibilities.

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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.

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 Innovation Insurgency.

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. Identify your business goals. Next, create tangible goals.

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. Is this safe?

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

Yet all too many succumb to the pressures of survival, driven by demanding investors or a cutthroat competitive environment. Misunderstood pivots.

5 Digital Marketing Trends Worth Paying Attention to in 2017

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These 5 things will be extremely important in 2017 for marketing anything online

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

Steve Blank

I used to watch the news about Syrian refugees and feel that I was just a bystander to a hopeless situation. Hacking for Diplomacy student. Times.

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.

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. Learn all the new trends HERE.

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. Kauffman Fellows now has almost 500 Fellows in 40 countries across the world. Some of the early Kauffman Fellows are now leading major firms. I’m honored.

5 Ways To Make Everyone On Your Team A Marketer

Startup Professionals Musings

“If we build it, they will come.” In fact, having one marketing guru on the team alone won’t get you very far. Empower engagement. Give credit.

17 Bad Habits You Need to Kill in 2017 to Be More Successful

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

17 Bad Habits You Need To Kill In 2017 To Be More Successful by Chris Dessi

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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. Austin San Antonio

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. The best part? Which one should you choose?

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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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New Things In Venture Deals v3

Feld Thoughts

Venture Deals v3 (the third edition) is now shipping in both hardcover and Kindle. Jason and I wrote the first edition of Venture Deals in 2011.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are calling entrepreneurship the ‘new mid-life crisis’ for the 76 million-strong demographic once thought to be over the hill.

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Starting A Company In 2017? Here Are 7 Tools To Make Your Job A Whole Lot Easier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These are the essentials

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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.

How to Improve Financial Metrics That Matter

Up and Running

Encouraging businesspeople to answer this question—even if they don’t need a loan—helps to identify weaknesses and make improvements. EBITDA to assets.

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.

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