November, 2016

How The Marine Corps Builds an Innovation Culture

Steve Blank

Jennifer Edgin is the Chief Technology Officer of the Intelligence Division at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps.

Is Influencer Marketing the Future of Marketing?

Brandanew

YouTubers, bloggers, Instagrammers, and other social media influencers are dominating the world of advertising and brand endorsements. But does this mean that influencer marketing is taking the place of traditional advertising?

Understanding Privilege – My Experience in Prison

Feld Thoughts

A month ago Mark Suster (Upfront) and I hosted 75 colleagues for a full day at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County – also known as Lancaster.

Framework Benchmarks Round 13

TechEmpower

Round 13 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is here! The project now features 230 framework implementations (of our JSON serialization test) and includes new entrants on platforms as diverse as Kotlin and Qt. Yes, that Qt.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy. Yet the only horror I experienced was watching Peter Thiel stand in front of a national media audience and re-endorse Donald Trump for President.

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#GivingThanks: David Cohen and the Techstars Foundation

Feld Thoughts

Today’s #GivingThanks is to David Cohen , one of the founders and co-CEO of Techstars. If David has done something that has touched your life is a positive way and you want to give thanks to him, make a donation online to the Techstars Foundation. I met David on one of my random days in 2006.

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

Gust

We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation. Many startup founders find themselves lacking clarity and direction when it comes time to divide their. Read more >.

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How to simplify complex decisions by cleaving the facts

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We all face complex business decisions for which there is no one, correct answer, and yet a strong and occasionally permanent decision is required of us. Sometimes the puzzle is created by fundamental uncertainty inherent in the decision.

7 Poor Leadership Habits You Must Avoid At All Cost

Startup Professionals Musings

Like many other career-minded business professionals, are you still waiting impatiently for that appointment to a leadership position, so that you can begin demonstrating your real leadership ability?

Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products.

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6 Reasons Your Conversion Rate is Zero

Grasshopper Herder

Nothing is worse that seeing an entrepreneur abandon a potentially good idea because they ran a landing page test and found a low (or zero) % conversion rate. That’s called a false negative. Here are a few things to check when our conversion rate looks so low that we’re considering abandoning an idea. I’ll list them in order of least likely to most likely based on my experience. The post 6 Reasons Your Conversion Rate is Zero appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Help Make Pioneer In Skirts A Reality

Feld Thoughts

One of my core values is diversity of everything. I’ve been involved deeply in several organizations, such as National Center for Women and Information Technology , that have been focused on increasing gender diversity in computer science and entrepreneurship.

Why You Can’t Search for a Job From a Remote Location

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve had this conversation many times. A friend calls me up from: Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, wherever and says, “I’m thinking about moving to Los Angeles (or SF, NY, etc) and I’d love to start interviewing. Let me know if you hear of anything interesting.”

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Founder Dilution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw a blog post this weekend that looked at the IPO filings of 79 tech companies and calculated the ownerships of the founders and the VCs at IPO. The result of that analysis is that the average founder ownership at IPO was 17% and the average VC ownership at IPO was 56%. I’ve written a bunch on this topic and here are two posts that address this exact issue: Founder Dilution – How Much Is “Normal”? Employee Equity: Dilution.

8 Transformative Principles That Can Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur has an idea for transforming a market with innovative new technology, or transforming society with a new process. But unfortunately, most of these ideas fail at the execution level, or are not truly innovative.

Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products.

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Importance = Business Impact * Uncertainty

Grasshopper Herder

How we define “important” defines how we spend our days. We can endlessly debate what’s important without actually doing anything about any of it. The post Importance = Business Impact * Uncertainty appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup prioritization Product Management Productivity

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The Techstars Origin Story

Feld Thoughts

Greg Avery recently wrote a detailed story in the Denver Business Journal of the origin story of Techstars a decade ago. It’s unfortunately paywalled but comes with a video. For all of you who have participated in or supported Techstars to date, thank you!

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The Morning After. What Have We Done?

Both Sides of the Table

The morning after. I Tweeted vociferously last night in my stupor and despair. Most of my tribe emoted publicly, too, any many more countless others texted me constantly in disbelief. I haven’t felt this way since 9/11. No — I’m not equating the two actions.

BtoB Owners, Not Ready for Holiday Marketing?

Rembrandt Communications

No Problem. 3 Quick Tips to Make Sales Soar! It’s already November, and holiday marketing time is here for BtoB owners. But, as an entrepreneur, you may have been dealing with core business responsibilities, and this season just kind of “snuck up on you.” Well, don’t sweat it.

7 Ways To Make Your People More Valuable Than Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. Customers buy from people, not companies. Employees rally for a great leader. As an entrepreneur, you need relationships to succeed. That means relationships with team members, investors, customers, and vendors.

Hacking for Diplomacy at the State Department – Breakthroughs, breakdowns and relentlessly direct critiques

Steve Blank

Time flies. We are already past the midway mark in our new Hacking for Diplomacy course at Stanford, and for both students and instructors, it’s an intellectually and emotionally charged period.

Fun Friday: What Is Exciting These Days In Tech and Startup Land?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I figured I’d follow up a post taking a shot at the AVC community with one that should engage the AVC community, including me. And what better to talk about than what excites us these days? It is no secret to the regular readers that it is hard for me to get excited about the current state of tech and startup land. David said as much in his comment yesterday.

My Last Post About This Election – Don’t Waste Your Vote

Feld Thoughts

Please vote. Just so you know my bias before reading further, I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. This post is not aimed at you if you have already decided to vote for Clinton or for Trump. It is aimed at you if you haven’t voted, are considering not voting, or are voting for someone other than Clinton or Trump. At this point, especially in states like Colorado where it appears the election will be close, action other than a vote for Clinton is essentially supporting Trump.

The Most Thoughtful Human Story of the Election I’ve Read

Both Sides of the Table

I received this email from a friend. He gave me permission to publish it but asked to do so anonymously. It was so thoughtful, so gracious, so explanatory — I felt you would all enjoy reading it. It’s from a startup founder. It’s unedited. “i i read your tweets tonight, mark. i am there with you.

For Startups, Where Does Brand Marketing Fit? [Traction #32: Nancy Go, Wayfair]

View from Seed

When you hear “brand marketing,” what do you think about? Maybe big brands, big budgets, or even big wastes of money and time as a startup, right? But what if brand marketing could help you get actual results, whether that’s user acquisition or raising a Series A? In this episode, we talk to the VP of Brand Marketing at ecommerce company Wayfair, Nancy Go.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Get Beyond Their Comfort Zone

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest impediments to starting a new venture is the “ terror barrier ,” as popularized by Bob Proctor, a 75-year-old millionaire and world renowned entrepreneur.

Hacking for Diplomacy at the State Department – Breakthroughs, breakdowns and relentlessly direct critiques

Steve Blank

Time flies. We are already past the midway mark in our new Hacking for Diplomacy course at Stanford, and for both students and instructors, it’s an intellectually and emotionally charged period.

How to Optimize a Site Without a Clear Online Conversion

ConversionXL

No one ever said optimizing any website is easy. But at least if you’re working on an eCommerce site, you have clear metrics to hit. You have goals on which (probably) everyone agrees. But what if you’re an analyst, optimizer, or digital marketer and working on a site without a clear conversion?

Book: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

Feld Thoughts

After the election, I took a break from social media. Prior to this election cycle I rarely read online news and almost never watched news on TV, so that was easy to stop as well. I needed some emotional distance from the election and decided I wanted some intellectual distance as well.

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

Both Sides of the Table

This election has been hard on our country. I have had numerous conversations with people who struggle to call home and speak with family or friends because the divisions are too raw.

How to Choose Which Social Media Platforms Are Right for Your Business

Up and Running

So, you know by now that having a presence on social media is important for your business. Not only that, you’re interested in the potential benefits of social media marketing, and you’re getting a sense of what marketing on the various social media platforms entails.

Business Success Is All About Doing More In Less Time

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur I know feels the pressure of the thousands of things that need to get done, all seemingly at the same time. There is just not enough time! The real solution is better productivity and less procrastination, to put you back in control of your business.

Hacking for Diplomacy – The State Department Takes Notice

Steve Blank

We’ve just held our seventh and eighth weeks of Hacking for Diplomacy at Stanford, and the attention our course is getting from Washington – and around the world – has been interesting.