October, 2020

10 Principles For Surviving Hard Times In Any Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

“The devil in the details” is a quote that we have all heard, and clearly applies to startups, where success in the long run is all about execution.

The Analyst Cam: SuccessFactors Analyst Day

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. SuccessFactors had an analyst update this week. I have excerpted from the session.

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Technology, Innovation and Modern War – Class 6 – Will Roper

Steve Blank

We just held our sixth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Is Artificial Intelligence Fusing With The Virtual Call Center?


The current business situation has brought new techniques for improving the global market – the fusing of AI with the call center directed to improve a business’s customer interactions. Today virtual call centers are the top users of AI technology from reliable poll ratings.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role.

A Guide to Marketplaces: Third Edition

Version One Ventures

We’re thrilled to announce the third edition of “A Guide to Marketplaces.” We published our first edition five years ago and the second nearly three years ago. So much has changed since then – from the rise of B2B marketplaces to new crypto-native platforms. .

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The Analyst Cam: Zoom Zapps

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings and events, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. One of the biggest winners from the WFH economy has been Zoom.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 3

Steve Blank

We just held our third session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Hands-On Small Business Ideas


Creating your own small business may be the dream, but first you need to consider what your business will entail. While some people are happy working in front of a computer, others prefer a more hands-on approach, using skills that require more manual tasks.

Zoom Secret Magic Trick – Hide Self View

Feld Thoughts

Here’s a simple one to make your 10 hours a day on Zoom more enjoyable. Hide Self View. Click on the three little dots next to Mute in your video window. Choose “Hide Self View.” ” The following view … is much better to look at that the one with my own picture in it.

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VC Fund Returns Are More Skewed Than You Think

VC Adventure

Some of the most popular posts I’ve written over the past couple of years were the two that focused on just how rare outsized returns for an individual deal are in venture capital. You can see the original posts here and here.

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8 Keys To Attracting More Talent Than The Competition

Startup Professionals Musings

Due to the pervasive Internet, the scope of most successful startup teams today has become global. Also, more people are only available to work remotely , especially with the current pandemic.

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New Normal: A conversation with Jeremy Bloom of Integrate

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level executives about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up. Here is. New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 8 – AI – Chris Lynch and Nand Mulchandani

Steve Blank

We just held our eighth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

The Untold Benefits Of Optimizing Your Website For Mobile


by Samuel Johnson, Managing Director at Mercury IT Solutions. The Internet is an ever-changing beast, and it is in a business’ best interest to flow with it. Nowadays, the average Internet user is able to access the web in an array of different ways.

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A Conversation With Dan Caruso About Gender Equity at the Boulder Country Club

Feld Thoughts

Brad : Hey, Dan. Like Cindy and you, Amy and I are Boulder Country Club members, but we play tennis, not golf. Is it true that only men can golf on Saturday mornings? Dan : Yes. Believe it or not, you must indeed be male to golf on Saturday mornings. There are a few exceptions.

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5 Tips To Increase The Productivity Of Your Startup

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to cruise past startup burnout, checkout these five tips to increase the productivity of your startup. Lead productivity recommended starting a business startup burnout

How To Find Support Resources For Your Startup Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs start polling venture capitalists for that multi-million dollar investment before they even have a business plan. That’s like trying to sell part of something to a stranger for big money when you haven’t fully defined it yet.

The Analyst Cam: Plex Systems Dataset - COVID-19 impact on Global Manufacturing

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Jerry Foster, CTO at Plex Systems walked me through anonymized customer manufacturing data from.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 5 – Chris Brose

Steve Blank

We just held our fifth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Email Marketing As A Pillar For Enterprise Sales


From the time that I wake up, to the time that I lay on my bed and close my eyes at night, I go through dozens of emails on my phone. In today’s day and age, emails can be considered a powerful way to connect with people. Think about it. Do you even know anyone who does not have an email address?

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Coloradans – Activite Exposure Notification on Your iPhone/Android to Help Keep Colorado Safe from Covid

Feld Thoughts

We’ve learned many things in the last six months that help slow the spread of the Covid, such as social distancing, outdoor vs. indoor activity, and mask-wearing. We’ve also learned a lot about how to treat the disease.

Don’t Sleep on Lightning

Version One Ventures

While Ethereum based DeFi has stolen the show for most of 2020 – and rightly so, the amount of innovation and experimentation happening there is insane! – there have also been some major breakthroughs on Bitcoin’s native layer 2 scaling solution, the Lightning Network. I believe that this progress, while less flashy, will ultimately prove equally as important in the long run.

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How Bill Gates Was A Role Model For New Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes I like to drop the comment socially that “I knew Bill Gates back when he was a regular guy.” I know that dates me a good bit, but it also shows that I have been hanging around startups for a long time.

An epidemic (of content) during the pandemic

deal architect

My two blogs, Deal Architect and New Florence have averaged 800 posts a year over the 15 years they have been running. 7 books have added another 2,000 pages. A subtle shift occurred during the last two quarters which reflect. Analyst Cam Burning Platform New Normal COVID-19


Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 7 – Jack Shanahan

Steve Blank

We just held our seventh session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Taxes Are Good, Actually


by Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications and author of “ Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOS “ Taxes aren’t fun to pay. There, I said it.

Got Case Studies?

Rembrandt Communications

Are You Taking Advantage of Case Studies? AKA — Testimonials on Speed! One of the fastest and cost-effective ways to create a marketing piece for your business is to write a case study. Not only can you hand it out to potential customers, but media members love them! What is a case study?

Definition of #GiveFirst

Feld Thoughts

Jaclyn Hester, one of my Foundry Group partners , recently asked if there was an online definition of #GiveFirst. I spent some time looking around, and, while it’s embedded in numerous podcasts and video interviews, I couldn’t find a clear definition on the web.

10 Key Elements Of An Open Leadership Framework Today

Startup Professionals Musings

The pervasiveness of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “open leadership.” The mantra of open leadership is “Be Open, Be Transparent, and Be Authentic.”

Burning Platform: The Post-Pandemic world of the CFO

deal architect

In episode 6 of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss how the world of the CFO has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities to be impactful as more changes appear on the horizon. This episode. Burning Platform


The Israeli Unicorn Landscape

VC Cafe

The Israeli tech ecosystem has made its mark globally since its early days somewhere in the 1990s. With $8.3 billion raised in 2019 and $9.9 billion in exits in 2019 alone, Israel punches above its weight.

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10 Insensitive Words You Need To Stop Using Right Now


by May Habib, co-founder and CEO of Writer. Language carries with it an unusual power: a single word can heal or hurt. Words can create cultures of belonging or exclusion, and it’s important to know which words or phrases are which, especially if you value diversity (and you should).

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 3 – Anja Manuel

Steve Blank

We just held our third session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Joe Felter , Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy. Today’s topic was Sourcing, Acquiring and Deploying Technology for Modern War. Catch up with the class by reading our summaries of Class 1 here and Class 2 here.

Why we look for mission-driven founders

Version One Ventures

We updated our investment thesis a few months ago…we invest in mission-driven founders at the earliest stages. Since that time, we’ve been asked how we define a mission-driven founder.

5 Generators Of Customer Pain Conducive To Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of my favorite sayings is “Real change doesn’t happen until the pain level gets high enough.” There aren’t many of us who love change, just for the opportunity to learn something new, and even we won’t pay much for it.