September, 2020

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1

Steve Blank

We just had our first week of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

New Normal: A conversation with Ray Wang of Constellation Research

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

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8 Steps For Moving From A Business Dream To Results

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I listen to many of you entrepreneurs talking about achieving your dreams, but too few of you have structured that dream, and can express it in a set of specific goals, with a timeline for getting there.

How To Organize Your Startup At Home

YoungUpstarts

Starting a business from home is a dream for many due to the fact that they cannot afford the expenses that come with renting out an office. In order to keep your home business organized, here are a few tips to help you through it. Designate some space using pocket doors.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Are You Spending Your Weeks The Way You Want To?

Feld Thoughts

Amy has a birthday coming up. We spent some time this morning talking about her next year. Since the two of us are together all day every day, we also discussed how I’m spending my time over the upcoming year that begins at her birthday.

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Our Scoring System at NextView (aka How We Evaluate Companies)

View from Seed

A few weeks ago, I published a post on how we make decisions and vote at NextView. Usually when we record our votes, we also score each company based on five attributes. This isn’t used as a “scorecard” where companies need to clear a certain quantitative bar to get through our process.

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SAP Data & Analytics Analyst Summit - a review

deal architect

I was invited to an analyst summit on SAP's Data and Analytics portfolio of products. What a remarkable difference from last year! I had flown to a similar event in Vancouver - first to Seattle, then taken a bus across. Analytics, Big Data Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Startup Proposals That May Raise Investor Red Flags

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

How To Improve Your Personal Finances Before Starting A Business

YoungUpstarts

Before starting a business, it’s a good idea to get your personal finances in order. Too many ambitious entrepreneurs jump into the business creation game before they have stable financial footing in their own lives, and it ends up limiting their full potential.

Founders Mental Health in the Time of Covid

Feld Thoughts

Mental health has been an issue among tech entrepreneurs for a long time, but has been exacerbated by the stresses of the Covid crisis.

Finance and PR – The Bottom Line

Rembrandt Communications

CFOs, Before You Turn Down That Public Relations’ Proposal…. Finance and PR… hmmm. Many financial executives ignore public relations’ (PR) activities and move them down on the list of priorities.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2

Steve Blank

We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

New Normal: A conversation with Michael Pinckney of Pinckney Cookie Cafe

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

8 Inspirational Insights For Those Chasing Your Dream

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.

5 Important Aspects Of Your Resume You Should Focus On

YoungUpstarts

Your resume is the front line and best representation of yourself when you’re applying for a job position. Hiring or recruitment managers take a look at your resume, and from the moment they start reading its content, you’re already being assessed if you’re fit for the job.

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Art by Julie Maren

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been collecting art since we first got together in 1990. My mom, Cecelia Feld , is an artist, and I have been around contemporary art my entire life. We prefer non-representational art from living artists.

NextView’s Early Stage Startup Guide: Product

View from Seed

Welcome to the first installment of the NextView Ventures Early Stage Startup Guides. Over the years, we’ve worked with, and talked to thousands of founders just starting out.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1 – Ash Carter

Steve Blank

We just had our first week of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Burning Platform: A new series on hot Enterprise topics with Brian Sommer

deal architect

Brian Sommer and I go back nearly 30 years. We ran parallel Software Intelligence units at Andersen (now Accenture) and PwC (that unit is now part of IBM) and competed. The competition was tough at a professional level, but respectful.

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5 Business Relationships That Will Get You To The Top

Startup Professionals Musings

In the world of entrepreneurs and startups, high level relationships are everything. You can’t start a business alone. You need partners, team members, investors, vendors, and customers. But people don’t realize that all relationships are not the same.

Top 7 USA Fintech Companies You Should Know About In 2020

YoungUpstarts

You are probably aware of PayPal and cryptocurrency as they make the perfect examples of what fintech is.

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund Application Process Is Open

Feld Thoughts

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund is open for applications.

What Do Your Customers Want to Buy?

View from Seed

After building NextView for almost 10 years now, I’ve been having more conversations recently with first time managers looking for some tactical advice. Raising one’s first fund is hard, and there are always a plethora of voices that will tell you that it’s impossible for many different reasons.

Meet Leidy Mazo: The Miami Artist Creating Pop Art and Sculptures

YFS Magazine

Leidy Mazo, the rising Miami-based pop artist behind coveted pop art paintings and large contemporary 3D sculptures, talks with YFS Magazine. People Success Profiles art art business art investing editor picks people recommended

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New Normal: A conversation with Thomas Ryan of tkr Consulting Associates

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New Normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

A Fearless Leader’s Mindset Will Conquer Any Obstacle

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high. Anyone can build a new web site, or publish a smartphone app for a few thousand dollars, but getting market penetration requires a lot more.

Startups: Do You Need That Office?

YoungUpstarts

Working without a designated working area is unthinkable for all but the most resilient entrepreneurs – having a designated place to work is an almost essential productivity tool.

Venture Deals Online Course – Fall 2020 Edition

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course from September 13, 2020 – November 6, 2020. Our summer session had over 10,000 registrants and over 2,000 people completing the course. We got a lot of feedback about things to improve, several of which we are introducing into the Fall session.

Announcing our investment in Patch, a platform for negative emissions

Version One Ventures

Few launches have been as timely. Over the past month, those of us on the west coast have been dealing with forest fires… if anyone ever doubted climate change, let us be the first to tell you that the orange, fiery, smokey skies and the ash raining down from it are all very real.

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Le Bijou Hotelier Madeleine Hubner Talks Success And Hard-Won Lessons

YFS Magazine

Madeleine Hubner advises young people to never shy away from the hard stuff, learn the lessons, and succeed in a big way. People Success Profiles hotel business hotelier recommended startup lessons

Burning Platform: Episode 3 - School Buses or RVs

deal architect

In this episode of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SIs and outsourcers. With travel challenged, they will need to move to much more remote projects and support. In doing.

Accelerators Have Resources To KickStart Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators.

4 Reasons Why Smart Bloggers Are Also Influencers

YoungUpstarts

Once upon a time, blogging was a way for people to share their thoughts with the world, and not expect much in return. While people still share their thoughts for free, smart established bloggers have found ways to make money for their trouble.

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Book: Portrait of Resilience

Feld Thoughts

Daniel Jackson created a magnificent book. It’s a combination of three things: 1) Extraordinary personal stories about 2) The struggle with mental health, anxiety, and depression while 3) at MIT. MIT is a foundational part of my life. I spent seven years there.

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Keeping A List, Maybe Two

View from Seed

There are many traits and habits that successful entrepreneurs, especially repeat ones, display. Most of them are correlated to, but don’t directly cause success. And so they’re typically not necessary, nor sufficient conditions, to being or even becoming an exceptional Founder.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2 – Max Boot

Steve Blank

We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Given the tech-centricity of Stanford and Silicon Valley, Joe Felter , Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy. Catch up with the class by reading our summary of Class 1 – here.