March, 2018

Facebook As The Ultimate Surveillance Machine

Feld Thoughts

Whenever someone tells me about the progress humans have made, I remind them that since the beginning of humans, man has been trying to kill his neighbor to take over his backyard. And yes, as Amy likes to regularly remind me, it’s often men doing the killing.

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XYO Network: How Blockchain Is Navigating Location Tracking Into The Future


From flying drones to autonomous vehicles that can navigate a shipment to your door within an hour of clicking “Buy!” — the future of eCommerce is looking pretty flash.

Leadership is More Than a Memo

Steve Blank

I just read Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley. It was both eye-opening and cringe-worthy. The book explores the role of gender in the tech industry – at startups and venture capital firms – and the interaction between men and women in the two.

7 Keys To Success With An Employee Ownership Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the lessons I have learned over the years as a business executive, and now as a mentor to entrepreneurs, is that if you really want employees who enthusiastically take ownership of their work, you have to start treating them like owners, not renters.

Cognizant Community: One dazzling presentation after another

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In Part 1 here, Malcolm Frank, EVP of Marketing and Strategy talked about his keynote and the audience vibe at the recent Cognizant Community. Here he provides color commentary on some of the other excellent sessions during the event. Kevin. Industry Commentary

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do but also we believe it will help drive large and differentiated returns.

Book: Waking Up White

Feld Thoughts

My dad, brother, and I are now doing a monthly book club together. One of us chooses a book, we all read it, and then we do an hour-long video conference and talk about it. We’ve done this for about six months now and it’s wonderful.

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Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers

Grasshopper Herder

Reverse mentoring involves the pairing of employees from different generations who can offer unique experiences and perspectives to their partner. The post Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers appeared first on Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Innovation Mentor

10 Ways To Jeopardize A New Venture Early And Often

Startup Professionals Musings

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs seem to prefer to fail their way to the top, rather than do some research and learn from the successes and mistakes of others. It seems to be part of the “ fail fast, fail often ” mantra often heard in Silicon Valley.

Anaplan: The verticalization of analytics

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I spent a few hours at Anaplan’s annual Hub conference in Vegas. It is my first time at an Anaplan event and I sensed the buzz of a vendor going through a phase of rapid growth and having to manage. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

How Great Leaders Defeat Distractions

YFS Magazine

Don't leave your leadership undone. Complete the tasks that only you can fulfill. Say no to distractions so you can say yes to your destiny. Lead entrepreneurial mindset leadership personal development

Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

I read Emily Chang’s book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley the day it came out. Yes – I stayed up until after midnight (way past my bedtime) reading it. It’s powerful.

Introverts’ Best Practice Guide To Meeting People And Building Relationships


by J ason Treu , author of “ Social Wealth: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships By Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Lead and Network “ 1. Use fear as a compass. Fear is actually leading you the direction to make your life better.

How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Up and Running

Image via WOCinTechChat. I know what it’s like to pitch to investors—both angels and venture capitalists. I’ve raised close to $1 million from angel investors for my previous technology startups.

10 Investor Approaches To Avoid When You Need Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately.

Business Process Re-imagination: Turning rectangles into octagons

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Two starkly different experiences last week have me thinking about boring business processes. My wife and I drove by a recently opened Carvana “vending machine” near us– their octagonal, 8-story glass and metal robot which delivers the car you just. Industry Commentary


Why CEOs Should Embrace The Role Of Chief Sales Officer

YFS Magazine

As a founder and CEO you'll often wear many hats and perform different roles. However, an essential role that every CEO should perform is that of a Chief Sales Officer. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling sales sales tips

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Spring Break Should Be A National Holiday In The US

Feld Thoughts

I’m a fan of spring break. I’m a believer in regular vacations. I love it when people I work with get away and disconnect. And, I do it at least four times a year. Spring break feels like it has gotten out of control. Rethinking it could be interesting.


Thinking Of Going Into Business With A Friend? Here’s How To Make It Work


by Derin Alemli, founder of Down Beats and Square Roots Kitchen. Jason and I met seven years ago through a mutual connection. When I first met Jason, we clicked right away. I could tell that he was motivated, smart, and not afraid of hard work.

How Social Entrepreneurship Is Changing Businesses

Up and Running

Outdoor gear brand Patagonia has built their brand around a focus on environmental and social consciousness. Source.).

The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Funding From Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

In their passion to succeed, too many entrepreneurs treat friends and family investments as “low-hanging” fruit, only to find out later, after a stumble, that the pain of lost relationships is greater than the loss of their beloved startup.

Cognizant Community: Applied Digital

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Most industry events follow a formula: lots of product announcements, rock bands which feed on audience nostalgia, partner pavilions, often annoying MCs. Cognizant Community is a complete outlier. Client executives convene for 3 days in a relaxed setting over TED. Industry Commentary

Change Or Be Left Behind: How To Reinvent Yourself When Life Demands It

YFS Magazine

Change can be difficult, uncomfortable, and frightening. But sooner or later, most of us will have to reinvent ourselves (or risk getting left behind). Lead leadership mindset personal development

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Hyperbolic Headlines About Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

The hyperbolic headlines are once again accompanying the articles about Silicon Valley. A Sunday NY Times article titled Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley kicks off what I expect is another wave of this. It references a recent Wired article titled Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators , Go read them all and then tune back in here. I’ll wait. Buried deep within the NYT article is an admission.

How Millennial Drive For Self-Improvement Supports Entrepreneurial Success


Millennials are often noted for any number of predilections, from their search for self-improvement to their inability to disconnect to their distractibility.

5 Ways Creative Entrepreneurs Can Keep Motivated

Up and Running

As a graphic and website designer who has grown a business, I fit into the typical definition of “creative entrepreneur.”.

5 Motivations That Bode Well For New Venture Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do.

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The State of Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Co-founder magazine just interviewed me about the current state of entrepreneurship – in startups and large companies – and how we got here. I thought they did a good job of capturing my thoughts. Take a read here. click here to read the rest of the article.

3 Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make

YFS Magazine

Starting a business is inherently a risky venture. You may not be able to control external factors, like a sudden fluctuation in the market. But there are many factors within your control. Plan business planning starting a business startup advice

AMA for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

“Technologies that have revolutionized so many sectors of the economy have the potential to transform the way we do conservation. We’re at the front end of a new ‘nature-tech’ revolution and nature stands to win big from it.”

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10 Big Ideas For Small Business Marketing


by Brian Sutter, Director of Marketing, Wasp Barcode Technologies. What are your plans for 2018? It’s well underway by now – hopefully you’ve got a few of them implemented already. But if there’s still any room in your calendar, consider making some time for the ideas below.

How to Start a Business—Even If You’re Drowning in Debt

Up and Running

If you feel like debt is taking over your life, you need only take a look at household debt statistics from the New York Federal Reserve to see that you’re not alone. Student loan debt stands at more than $1.3 trillion, and credit card debt is on the rise.

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6 Ways To Incent Breakthrough Innovation In Your Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Breakthrough innovation is the dream of every entrepreneur, but it’s still a scarce commodity. Selecting and nurturing people who are likely to help you in this regard is an even more elusive capability, and one that every angel investor, like myself, wishes he could get a lock on.

Influence v. Intelligence

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I am writing this on a flight home. Been gone 12 days in 4 hotels, 7 flights, 20 Uber rides. Have not checked two bags in a long, long while. A friend asked me if I was ok since I. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others


How To Survive The Down Cycle Of Business

YFS Magazine

In business and in life, it’s true that what goes up must come down. But if you pursue your goals with passion and persevere through your down cycle, you’ll also see that what goes down will always come back up! Lead business challenges business lessons personal development

ICO Advertising On Google

Feld Thoughts

Google just banned ICO and cryptocurrency-related advertising. For the official policy, see Financial Services: New restricted financial products policy (June 2018). Oh – and happy Pi Day. And MIT Admission Notification Day. And Einstein’s birthday. And Amy’s half birthday.

The Psychology Of Receiving Money


by Susanna Mittermaier , psychologist, psychotherapist and author of “ Pragmatic Psychology “ As a psychologist I’ve developed a new paradigm for therapy titled Pragmatic Psychology.