July, 2018

This 1 Piece of Advice Could Make Or Break Your Career

Steve Blank

There’s no handbook on how to evaluate and process “suggestions” and “advice” from a boss or a mentor. But how you choose to act on these recommendations can speed up your learning and make or break your career. Here’s what to keep in mind: I had a team of students working on an arcane customer problem. While they were quickly coming up to speed, I suggested that they talk to someone who I knew was an expert in the area and could help them learn much faster.

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Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

One thing that comes with being a venture capitalist is you see hundreds and hundreds of businesses. You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years.

The Holographic Display Of The Future Is Here

Feld Thoughts

The holographic display of the future is here and you can have one on your desk for under $600. Ever since I saw Princess Leia appealing to Obi Wan that he was her only hope when I was 11, I’ve wanted a holographic display. Movies like Minority Report and Back to the Future II (do you remember the shark hologram that ate Marty ?) have consumed thousands of people’s lives over the past few decades.

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Tech marathoners: Bruce Rogow

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

An Ultimate List Of Online Tools For Your Startup Growth


by Gaurav Sharma, digital marketing consultant at CG Trader. It is vital for startups to build their online presence to grow their business. Because almost everyone (and their mother) is on the internet now.

How Some Ventures Continually Stay Ahead Of The Crowd

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I have long been surprised by the large number of industry stalwarts, including Blockbuster, Kodak, and General Motors, that have been dealt major setbacks, or even total failure, by upstart young companies, with a fraction of the resources or industry experience.

Why We Invested in The Nudge

View from Seed

Sometimes we just need little push to take action. A little motivation to make things happen. And having a plan already put together makes things just that much easier. Yep, sometimes all you need is just little a nudge. Enter just that, The Nudge. It’s a “planner friend in your pocket,” as the team calls it. A personal digital lifestyle advisor which sends SMS-based ideas about things to do (with a link to an detailed entire plan to make it easier to follow through).

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Cool Dogs and Crazy Cats

Feld Thoughts

Our longtime friend Lura Vernon wrote a really fun book last year titled Cool Dogs and Crazy Cats. It’s a coffee table book that is a combination of hilarious dog and cat haikus along with epic dog and cat photos. I’m a dog person.

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Tech Marathoners: Sabrina Horn

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

The Power Of Belief


by Vijay Eswaran, founder of QI Group. When I was very young, my mother told me this folktale about a monk who lived on an island in the middle of a busy river. Frequent travellers across the river would stop to pay their respects in return for the monk’s blessings.

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10 Reasons To Market Yourself More Than A Great Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they have introvert tendencies. Yet most investors agree that the “idea” is worth nothing alone, and it’s the entrepreneur execution that counts.

Stand Out with Small Business PR

Rembrandt Communications

Media buzz can help you build credibility and get noticed by your entire buying audience Several years ago, you could make a phone call to one person at an organization, make your pitch and finalize a sale.

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13 Tips to Ensure Your Small Business Is Paid On Time and In Full

Up and Running

Making a big sale is exciting, especially for a new business. But getting paid late, spending time and money chasing overdue accounts, or worse yet, not getting paid at all, can destroy a business. If you sell B2B, chances are your customers are going to demand payment terms.

Book: North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

Feld Thoughts

I’m a marathon runner, but not an ultrarunner. I’ve only done one ultra (the American River 50 miler) and the combination of the training, race, and recovery was too much for me. But I love the idea of ultras.

Tech Marathoners: Sabrina HornPart 2

deal architect

We ran yesterday Part 1 of the interview with Sabrina Horn. Part 2 below focuses on her view of the future of the industry and marketing trends What she is proudest of I alluded to it earlier. I think my. Tech Marathoners series

Cutting Small Business Costs Using DIY CNC With CraftLaser


Technology is constantly advancing, making things more accessible, smaller, and faster. With new advances in CNC technology and opensource software, in-house production is easier and more accessible than ever.

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Why Pitching Your Product Is Not Enough For Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an occasional angel investor, I always ask for a business pitch to get me in the mood. I’m still amazed at how many technical entrepreneurs don’t have a business pitch, and offer me their product pitch or product spec instead.

28 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


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.

How to Write a One-Page Business Plan

Up and Running

If you’ve been putting off writing your business plan, you’re not alone. Writing a business plan can seem like a daunting task, and lots of entrepreneurs avoid it for this reason. But it doesn’t have to be. An easy way to start is with just one page.

Early Stage VCs – Be Careful Out There

Feld Thoughts

In addition to our own funds, we are investors in a number of other early-stage VC funds as part of our Foundry Group Next strategy. Yesterday, in one of the quarterly updates that we get, I saw the following paragraph. “Historically, the $10 million valuation mark has been somewhat of a ceiling for seed stage startups.

Tech Marathoners: Bruce Rogow Part 2

deal architect

We ran yesterday Part 1 of the interview with Bruce Rogow. Part 2 below focuses on his time and learning at Gartner and since As I mentioned, he is a throwback to the time of really big IT thinkers and. Tech Marathoners series


3 Entrepreneurs That Built An Empire On Social Media


Social media can make dreams come true – really. There are entrepreneurs from across the world that have used social media to build their brand and sell products. It’s a bit of luck for some, hard work for all, and lots of persistence to make dreams come true.

7 Keys To Making People First And Winning In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Just as national cultures influence and shape a country, so does the startup culture set by founder strategy drive the future of a new venture.

Growing our team: V1 is hiring an associate

Version One Ventures

VC is an apprenticeship industry. When I joined Version One five years ago, I would have never guessed that I would be where I am today. So much of who I am today has to do with the fact that Boris spent a ton of time teaching and mentoring me, despite our different locations. From Day 1, he was dedicated to my personal and professional development. And I am so grateful for this. I often joke that I have gone through the Wertz School of Venture Capital ??.

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How To Adopt Inbound PR Methods That Amplify Media Coverage

YFS Magazine

Gain more media exposure with inbound PR media strategies that will keep your small business top of mind with your audience. Grow Marketing & Sales inbound PR media coverage PR publicity

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How To Deal With Email After A Vacation

Feld Thoughts

As I’m already getting lots of out of office messages for people taking this week off, I thought I’d revisit an approach to how to deal with email after a vacation. In 2011, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital came up with what, at the time, was what I thought was the best email vacation auto-responder in the history of email. Now, I have no idea if Josh invented this, but I’m going to give him credit for it. I evolved this in 2014 when I took a one-month sabbatical.

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A Midsummer Nights Musing: Clouds, Renewables and Digital

deal architect

In November, I ran a 3 part series titled “Raising the Bar” around cloud computing, renewables and digital transformations. Over the next few days I will provide an update on each. Each post should benefit from the vendor event season. Industry Commentary

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Rock Your Business By Marketing It This Summer


by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “. Summer is often a time when things slow down a bit.

8 Ways To Instill A Sense Of Purpose In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new venture and thriving in today’s economy is hard, but the best have figured out that customers and employees need to feel that you have a sense of purpose, to complement the company’s pursuit of profit. A higher purpose motivates people in a way that financial wins alone never will.

The 5 Signs of a Struggling Startup, and How to Reverse the Trend

Up and Running

Entrepreneurs are actually proven to be happier and healthier than employees who work for someone else. It is uniquely rewarding to own and grow a business. That said, there are plenty of obstacles in the way. This is why failures are so common.

CEO Roland Reznik Talks Doing Business In China

YFS Magazine

While many entrepreneurs are fearful of forging global partnerships, Reznik asserts that there are a few keys to success in China that often go overlooked. Grow Operations china global Global Business manufacturing sponsored

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Glowforge Plus Launches on Amazon Exclusives

Feld Thoughts

Glowforge recently launched their 3D laser printers to the public , making their product line available within 10-day delivery.

Renewables: The great dual challenge,

deal architect

The new General Electric is a shell of its former self as it sheds most of its business units and its industrial coverage is down to its aircraft engine, renewable, and power plant businesses. GE CEO John Flannery has called. Industry Commentary Sustainability, Green Computing

Denmark’s Startups Are Ready To Switch To The Circular Economy Model


As of May this year, Denmark ranks 6 th in the top most competitive business nations, according to the World Competitive Yearbook 2018 , and this growth really comes as no surprise, considering that the Nordic country has been a destination for young entrepreneurs for a while now.

7 Reasons To Not Give Up Too Soon On Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the young entrepreneurs I know are classic proof of the old adage that people tend to overestimate what they can do in a short period, and underestimate what they can do over a long period.

On top of the CN Tower: Understanding how we process fear

Version One Ventures

Last week, Boris and I were in Toronto for our quarterly offsite. I suggested the CN Tower EdgeWalk as a good break from discussing all things Version One related.


Why I Chose Entrepreneurship Over A University Education

YFS Magazine

I have zero regrets. Here are some advantages you get to experience when you choose entrepreneurship over university education. Editor Picks Plan college entrepreneurship starting a business startup advice