May, 2018

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

How to Run Marketing Experiments The Right Way


You need to run experiments. The one who runs the most experiments wins. BUT – most marketing experiments are done wrong. What’s missing is hypothesis driven testing across all inter-business disciplines.

The Best 3 Branding Exercises For Startups

YFS Magazine

Here are a few fun, engaging and insightful exercises you and your team can do today to help define your brand. Don’t be shy — let your creative juices flow! Grow Marketing & Sales brand development brand strategy branding personal branding rebranding


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I’m in Canada today to attend a board meeting. I love Canada. It’s a kindler gentler more welcoming version of the US. And it’s increasingly an important place to be for the tech sector. About 10% of USV’s active portfolio is in Canada. And 30% of our last ten investments are in Canada. We have portfolio companies in Toronto, Waterloo, and Vancouver. We also know that Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa are attractive places to invest.

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Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy

Grasshopper Herder

Whether the companies are private or public, shareholders are demanding a vision for the future. How will these old, inflexible companies survive in industries facing. The post Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy appeared first on Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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In The End She Was Vulnerable To Facts

Feld Thoughts

I read Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup last week on my Q2 vacation. In my post talking about the various books I read , I wrote the following about it. “Every entrepreneur and VC should read this book. John Carreyrou has done something important here. Maybe this book will finally put a nail in the phrase “fake it till you make it”, but I doubt it.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process.

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Your Startup Culture Can Transform You Into a Multi-Million Dollar Business

Up and Running

My first company, Digital-Tutors , grew from a startup in my living room with $54 of my own seed money into a multi-million-dollar business with customers around the world. I was proud of the fact that we never used any outside investment money to grow the company.

Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk.

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4 Mental Hacks of High Performers

YFS Magazine

High performers—the ones who lead companies and teams to success—are not born better than everyone else. Instead, they've cultivated some very powerful traits. Lead leadership personal development success advice

Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution

Feld Thoughts

I was an early investor in two of the first email service providers (Email Publishing and Mercury Mail).

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest things about the fund-raising process for entrepreneurs is that you’re trying to raise money from people who have “asymmetric information.”

Note From Chad: Bitcoin Grades


The info below is really helpful if you think about assets and pricing (which is something I think about a lot). Bitcoin inevitably could be graded based on transaction history.

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7 Ways to Grow Your SaaS Startup Faster

Up and Running

Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies. Start charging early. SaaS startups are often hesitant about charging customers.

Having A Foot In Both Camps

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with right now. When it got to my turn, I said that I am struggling to be “all in” on crypto and also “all in” on my current portfolio companies. A few of my current portfolio companies are in the crypto space, which makes it easier. We have been investing in crypto since 2012.

OJO Labs Raises $20.5 Million in VC Funding and Plans to Double in Size


OJO Labs, an Austin artificial intelligence startup, has raised $20.5 million in venture capital. The company, founded in 2015, raised the Series B round from new investors Realogy, the Royal Bank of Canada, Northwest Mutual Fund Ventures and ServiceMaster.

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Q218 Vacation Reading

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I took a much needed 10 days off in Aspen. The first five months of the year was intense for both of us. Lots of travel, work, and stuff. Not a lot of self-care, time alone, or reading. And very little running since my calf was injured.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “ Lemons Ripen Early ,” which also has a link to other posts.

5 Morning Routine Hacks To Live A Healthier Life

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to upgrade your health one day at a time, here's a look at five small hacks that can make a big difference. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle


10 Copywriting Strategies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Up and Running

Copywriting can make or break your business. Your skills, directly and indirectly, impact how well you communicate with your customers. Good writing brings out emotions, answers questions, and leads users toward the sale.

The Jetsons

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I was a kid, two of my favorite cartoons were from Hanna-Barbera ; The Flintsones and The Jetsons. I particularly loved The Jetsons. From Wikipedia : the Jetsons live in a comical version of the future, with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms , and whimsical inventions. [3] 3] [4] The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 22, 1963.

In Detail: Deceleration In Europe?


Europe's major economies are slowing down. In Germany the economy is loosing steam and this is apparent in Q1 numbers. Indicators are showing that according to data and reporting from Focus Economics, key G7 indicators are pointing to a slowdown.

Step Into The VC Time Machine

Feld Thoughts

One of the things humans are bad at is remembering the past and incorporating the lessons they learned from difficult experiences. I’m sure there’s a philosophical word for this, but I’ve now heard the phrase “this time it is different” so many times that it doesn’t register with me as a valid input. I woke up this morning to Howard Lindzon’s post R.I.P

How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this … VC: “How much money are you raising?” Founder: “$8–10 million” VC: “What’s your current burn rate?”

6 Brand Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

YFS Magazine

One of the most important things you can do before you implement a marketing strategy is to really understand your brand goals. This simple 6-step process will help you gain clarity on your brand goals. Grow Marketing & Sales brand strategy branding marketing personal branding

10 Ways to Get Your Startup Moving

Up and Running

If you are just beginning your journey into the world of business, you face more competition than startups in previous generations. However, you also have more opportunity. Here are 10 ways to get your startup moving.

A Changing Of The Guard?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The world has all-but stopped making new tech unicorns. — Jim Edwards (@Jim_Edwards) May 29, 2018. 21 new ones on this list here [link] WSJ may not know where to look these days. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) May 29, 2018. USV TEAM POSTS: Bethany Crystal — May 28, 2018 How to Get a Whiteboard into Your Apartment Via the Roof. blockchain crypto stocks VC & Technology

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How to Get Started with Machine Learning and AI for Marketing


Artificial Intelligence is powerful and will open doors we don’t even know exist at the moment. But there are some steps you can take today to ensure that you are making the most of this new capability and are not left behind.

Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or help out, I encourage you to check out the event. Friday, May 18th starts off with the Brain Crawl at Boulder Startup Week. My good friend Jerry Colonna and I spoke at this part of the weekend last year.

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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers.

How To Promote Yourself With Dignity And Authenticity

YFS Magazine

When some entrepreneurs think of self-promotion they consider it to be an ego-serving, distracting waste of time. However, every business owner needs to to promote themselves in order to increase brand awareness and reach new clients.

Entrepreneurship for Superwomen

Up and Running

I believe that there is no better way for a woman to succeed than to have her own business. I went through the information technology revolution and was on the bleeding edge of both technology and the acceptance of women in the workplace. .

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What’s Going On?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few. 1/ The Rockets ended the sweep nonsense talk going on in the bay area with a trompsing of the Ws last night in Houston. Thank God. 2/ The Celtics are showing how great a job Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are doing running that team.

CoLiving & Shared Housing Isn’t Just for Urban Millennial Bros

Hunter Walker

“Luke opened the shared fridge and, since it was after 4pm, chugged his Kombucha/Soylent Keto shake.

The New Gmail For 2018

Feld Thoughts

Ahhhh. The new Gmail client for the web is finally here. And a lot of things are fixed. The two things I like the best are really simple but dramatically increase my email throughput. name : When I add someone to an email thread, I use the shortcut “+name” to indicate to everyone on the thread that I’ve added them. I started doing this around 2008 (I can’t remember where I picked it up from, but I think it might have been Mark Pincus at Zynga.)

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

Why you should never have a data room?—?the the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get I’m about to offer you some fund-raising advice that flies directly in the face of what most conventional wisdom will tell you.

Is Your Worthiness Mindset Hurting Your Business?

YFS Magazine

When you realize how you’ve held yourself back by feeling unworthy, you have an opportunity to either work on it or keep your head in the sand. ??The The former takes courage. Lead mindset personal development success success advice