February, 2017

Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy

Steve Blank

When you’re up to your neck in alligators, don’t forget the goal was to drain the swamp. I love teaching because I learn something new every class. This time it was, “Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy.”.

The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally whereas today 50% of our dollars are invested in LA.

Alexa, Techstars, and Cooper

Feld Thoughts

Recently, Amazon’s Alexa team and Techstars launched The Alexa Accelerator , powered by Techstars , Last week, a bunch of fun skills have been integrated into Alexa. I thought I’d give some a try.

10 Personality Types That Shouldn’t Be Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

People who get stressed managing their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. Small businesses require multi-tasking, work prioritization, and decision-making, with no assistants or help from specialists. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

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Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Both Sides of the Table

Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF.

Don’t Play Hurt

Feld Thoughts

I heard a great line from a CEO recently: “I don’t want to play hurt.” ” I loved that line. In my world, some companies beat their Q416 numbers. Others made their Q416 numbers. Some missed their Q416 numbers. That’s life. Any VC who says otherwise (e.g. “All my companies are killing it”) is either full of s**t or doesn’t have very many investments.

6 Strategies to Keep Your Business Self-Sustaining

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new business owner looks forward to the day when their business becomes self-sustaining, and settles into a long-term growth curve that will assure financial success, as well as a lasting legacy.

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Business Plan

YFS Magazine

A business plan is a very important business tool to have as an entrepreneur. When you write your business plan, avoid making these 7 common mistakes. This article 7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Business Plan appeared first in YFS Magazine.

12 Successful, Happy Entrepreneurs Share Their Daily Habits

Up and Running

A few months ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Fitbit. I’m a runner and general exerciser; I figured I was “active enough,” so I never really saw the appeal.

Generational Transition In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit , my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman , who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003. The subject is timely with the news that the leadership of Sequoia , surely one of the greatest VC firms in the business, is transitioning a third time , from Jim Goetz to Roelof Botha and Alfred Lin.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

BuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

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Bias Documentary

Feld Thoughts

One of the philanthropic activities that Amy and I have been doing is helping fund documentaries around issues that we care about. A breakout documentary from 2015 was CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.

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5 Success Practices of Ultra-Effective Business Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

It takes an effective team to attract and serve a community in business these days.

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers


by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company. You’re passionate and ready to act!

Top Startup Mistake: Unrealistic Forecasts

Up and Running

True story: I sat down for lunch with a friend, a Sand Hill Drive venture capitalist. When I asked the standard “How are you,” he answered: “If I see another hockey stick forecast this week, I’m going to throw something at somebody.”.

16 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Got Into Entrepreneurship


Share Being an entrepreneur is the road rarely traveled. It’s certainly not an easy road. There are twists and turns and ups and downs. Everyone who decides to start a business or an entrepreneurial venture does it for their own specific reason.

Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

Both Sides of the Table

It’s easy to find yourself caught in the trap of just GSD (getting s**t done) and not stepping back to be thoughtful about whether you’d benefit from doing fewer things but doing those things truly well.

Happy Valentines Day 2017

Feld Thoughts

To all the lovers and soulmates out there, today is a great day to reflect on your partnership. Amy and I have been together for over 26 years and she’s sitting next to me as I type this.

7 Steps To Driving A Culture Of Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business founder knows the need for a culture that promotes continuous innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one that creates sustainable value across all functions in the business. Yet most don’t really know how to create that environment, or assess when they have achieved it.

6 Ways To Become A More Resilient Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Although quite simple, these six tips can make a profound impact on your approach to life, and ultimately boost your resilience. This article 6 Ways To Become A More Resilient Entrepreneur appeared first in YFS Magazine. Lead health and wellness lifestyle personal development

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Restaurant Business Plan

Up and Running

If you’re serious about opening a restaurant, you’ll have to draft up a formal and accurate business plan to pitch to banks, investors, and even potential employees. I won’t lie—writing a formal business plan isn’t exactly a breeze.

29 Entrepreneurs Discuss Why They Love Their Business


Share Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any job they have had.

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How Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

Both Sides of the Table

Glenn Beck holds court at the Upfront Summit with legendary VC Vinod Khosla and UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla (not related) If you asked me a year ago when we were hosting the 2016 Upfront Summit the odds of Glenn Beck speaking at the next Summit I would have emphatically said ZERO.

All That We Share

Feld Thoughts

In our very divided world right now, this video is worth three minutes of your life on this Super Bowl Sunday. The post All That We Share appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal

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6 Reasons Your Business Needs A Website At Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, if your startup does not have an Internet home base up and running, you are not ready for business or potential investors.

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Nailing go-to-market strategy

The Equity Kicker

This chart, from First Round Capital’s recent post Leslie’s Compass: A Framework for Go-To-Market Strategy is super interesting. It’s first use is for founders to work out whether they should have a sales intensive or marketing intensive go-to-market strategy.

5 Online Business Ideas For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Here is a look at 5 compelling, easy-to-start online business ideas that often have a short learning curve and require very little capital. This article 5 Online Business Ideas For Aspiring Entrepreneurs appeared first in YFS Magazine. Plan business ideas online business starting a business

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be eating the world. Don’t take my word for it – in the roundup of venture capital predictions for 2017 , I found it to be the top recurring theme. Some examples: AI will be the new mobile.

The coming changes to your house

Start Up Blog

It’s easy to forget that the places we live in are a direct reflection of our current technology. We’ve all come a long way since we lived in cave 76 ( That was for all the Mel Brookes fans) , and we generally are living in houses built on top of the shoulders of giants.

Ode to Keystone

Feld Thoughts

Dave Jilk, my first business partner and one of my closest friends, wrote the following Ode to our Keystone house. For the poetry nerds out there, Dave informed me that this is a villanelle. Recently, Amy and I decided to sell our Keystone House.

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Win More With Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

An all-too-common question I get from startups and small businesses is “Which is the right social media platform for my business?” Is it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or one of the other 200 active platforms vying for attention these days?

5 Mistakes I Made When Starting My Business (So You Don’t Have To)

Up and Running

It is daunting to start your own business—very daunting. There are a hundred and one things that can go wrong, and inevitably it will the thing that you’re least expecting.

Do Less And Delegate More: How Leaders Learn To Let Go

YFS Magazine

As a leader, you’ll never help your business reach its highest potential if you’re drowning in daily minutiae. Try a few of these tips and learn to let go. This article Do Less And Delegate More: How Leaders Learn To Let Go appeared first in YFS Magazine.