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.”.

EnumSet and EnumMap


This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap. from Java's standard libraries. What are they? When should they be used? Could the implementations be improved? Could the APIs be improved? Conclusion. What are they? EnumSet. and EnumMap are compact, efficient implementations of the Set and Map interfaces. They have the constraint that their elements/keys come from a single enum type. Like HashSet and HashMap , they are modifiable.

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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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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.

10 Sales Truths Every Entrepreneur Needs To Practice

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge.

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Film: American Muslim Storytellers

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, our Monthly Match for the National Immigration Law Center raised over $47,000, For everyone who contributed, thank you! In the emails I got, one stood out. It pointed me at an Indiegogo campaign for a documentary done by American Muslim Storytellers.

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.

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.

5 Funny Business Ideas That Actually Worked


Have you ever considered expanding your business, but you are running short of ideas? Perhaps you are thinking that your business idea is so ridiculous that it will be a flop. To keep you motivated , here is a list of five funny business ideas that actually ended up as big hits.

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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.

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

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.

Blue. In a Red State. Pete Buttigieg’s Outlook for America.

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most talked about Fireside Chat’s of the 2-day Upfront Summit was the talk between my friend Joe Green and Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Indiana aka “The Happy Warrior” currently in a bid to become the new head of the DNC ( you can learn more here ).

10 Top Rules For Marketing In Today’s Digital World

Startup Professionals Musings

Viral marketing and word-of-mouth are not enough these days to make your product and brand visible in the relentless onslaught of new promotional media out there today. Innovation in marketing is perhaps more important than product innovation.

How to Optimize an Affiliate Marketing Program for Profitability


Bo Bennett once said, “Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires.”. Of course, affiliate marketing has this mysterious aura about it. Many of the top search results for the term are focused on what it is and whether you can make money from it.

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.”.

Is Visualization The Key To Getting What You Want?

YFS Magazine

The key to achieving what you want—whether it’s more customers or increased business confidence—may lie in your ability to visualize it. This article Is Visualization The Key To Getting What You Want? appeared first in YFS Magazine. Editor Picks Lead personal development success visualization

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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Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them.

Why Good Marketing Campaign Costs Continue To Rise

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing.

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Video Of The Week: Generational Change In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A couple weeks ago my partner Andy and I talked about generational change in a VC firm in a conversation moderated by our longtime investor Lindel Eakman. I blogged a bit about generational change prior to that conversation. Here is the video of that conversation: VC & Technology

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Five Business Technology Trends for 2017

Up and Running

There are many year-end rituals, including time with the family, shopping online for sales, and making last-minute tax moves. As we settle into a new year, there are annual rituals too—and one of those rituals for business leaders is looking ahead and assessing the trends for the coming year.

The Key To Making Better Business Decisions

YFS Magazine

Have you ever wondered how you can make better business decisions? There is no other life hack with such long-lasting benefits for your business than this. This article The Key To Making Better Business Decisions appeared first in YFS Magazine.

Monthly Match: National Immigration Law Center #NILCMatch

Feld Thoughts

Fred Wilson , Joanne Wilson , Amy , and I are doing our second Monthly Match. This one is in support of the National Immigration Law Center. We will be matching $20,000 of contributions that our respective communities make to NILC. We’ve made it easy to contribute – simply go to this page on Crowdrise. Any level of contribution is super helpful. Since we are matching 1:1, each dollar you contribute gets NILC another dollar.

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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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.

A Guide to Open-Ended Questions in Marketing Research


A good conversationalist knows that asking closed-ended questions is no way to make real friends. Similarly, in marketing research, there are certain limitations inherent to closed-ended questions. There’s a lot of value in asking both open and closed questions in a survey.

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.

The 5 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Save More Money Each Year

YFS Magazine

Do more with less—make each dollar spent work as if it were two. Implementing any one of these five strategies will help you save more money each year. This article The 5 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Save More Money Each Year appeared first in YFS Magazine.

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Foundry Group on The Twenty Minute VC

Feld Thoughts

I’ve become a huge fan of Harry Stebbings, the intrepid entrepreneur turned VC whose age (20) matches the title of his podcast ( The Twenty Minute VC.) Today, at SaaStr at 1:40pm in the Hypercritical section , Harry is interviewing me about – well – whatever he wants. Harry has done hundreds of 20 minute VC interviews over the past few years. It’s a staple of mine on my podcast listening rotation so I’ve heard a bunch of them.

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How Do I Feel About the Snap IPO Given I Didn’t Invest?

Both Sides of the Table

Every tech or major news journal in the country is preparing to write their Snap, Inc (creators of Snapchat, Spectacles, etc) stories and many of them seem to want a “How does it feel to have missed this investment story.”

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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.

AMZN accounts for over 40% of North American ecommerce sales


AMZN accounts for over 40% of North American ecommerce sales. Amazon Basics: adding apparel & retail would boost sales. Perhaps a good move during the current political regime. This came up when rumors began around the American Apparel bankruptcy. The idea for American Apparel was perfect.

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.