March, 2018

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.

3D Printed Homes

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A few years ago I was up at the MIT Media Lab, where I have been on the advisory board, and met a bunch of faculty members. The one that blew me away was a woman who was building a 3D printer that could “print” office buildings. That really stuck with me.

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

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.

Female Leadership When Women Mentor Other Women


It used to be a running joke many moons ago when I was a young employee right out of school that if you had a female boss, you were ruined. This was supposed to be especially true for women employees. For the longest time I believed this to be true only of India.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?


Editor’s note: A Quora user recently asked, “What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?” ” This great answer was written by Adam Nyhan, business attorney for Opticliff Law in Portland, ME, and is reposted here with his permission. I’m a business lawyer, so my answer will reflect the types of mistakes that clients of mine make. Read more >. The post What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?

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.

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

The Jiu-Jitsu Move

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When a new technology or a new entrant or some new behavior comes into a market, the initial reaction is often to reject it. But, as my partner Brad likes to say, the better move is to take that new energy coming at you and use it to your advantage. He calls it the “Jiu-Jitsu Move.” ” A good example is the emergence of Wikipedia in schools about fifteen years ago.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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Pay Attention To The Package

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Tech investing is a lot about big trends and timing them. We knew mobile was going to be a game changer as far back as the mid 90s, but it didn’t really take off until the iPhone came along in 2007. We knew personal computing was going to be a big deal in the late 70s, but computers didn’t become truly personal until operating systems got graphical user interfaces in the mid 80s.

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Why Do Shoppers Abandon Their Carts—and What Can You Do About It?

Up and Running

Imagine this: Someone goes into a supermarket buy groceries. They fill their shopping cart with milk and eggs and everything they need for the week. They start heading for a checkout line, but that moment, their phone rings.

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.

“Visibility” — A Powerful Lesson on DACA and The American Dream from @LeonKrauze

Both Sides of the Table

León Krauze from Univisión gave an impassioned keynote presentation at The Upfront Summit on the topic of “invisibility” of immigrant workers in our society. It moved people to tears, was widely Tweeted and several people asked me to share this video. Invisibility.

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.

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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What Do Firms Think About The New Tax Law?


A core economic indicator I have seen they and they since November 2016 has been confidence. To a degree this optimism has increased each month. See —> AtlantaFed Post Atlanta Macroblog Post. Business Law Economics tax

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.).

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.

[Podcast] The Business of Authentic Storytelling Through Art


Grateful to have been interviewed by Andrea Catherine, the host of the Fearless Self-Love Podcast. You can listen to the episode on iTunes or the link below. I’ve copied the show notes to help navigate as you listen.

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.

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

For VCs, Your Thesis Is Your Portfolio Page, Everything Else is Just Hopes and Dreams

Hunter Walker

“We invest in rebellious outliers.” ” “We invest in the Future of Work.” ” “We invest in frontier technologies.” ” “We invest in diverse founders.” ” “We invest with social good in mind.”

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.”.

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.

21 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

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7 Modern Business Values Lead To Sustainable Profits

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to set the culture you need for a thriving business, as well as thriving employees, customers, partners, and vendors.

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

The Future of Health: How We Think About Investing in Healthier Living for Everyday People

View from Seed

Though health is a massive part of the Everyday Economy , it’s also one of the most challenging to invest in. For many years, NextView has looked at many health-related businesses but invested in relatively few. We wanted to learn more about the nuanced industry market forces before applying the same hands-on investing model we do with tech startups in other verticals. I should make clear that we are not life science investors.