January, 2021

How I Gamified My Own Brain to Lose Weight & Improve Fitness

Both Sides of the Table

Socially distant hiking in Sedona (we drove there) I recently wrote about my weight-loss journey over the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds without a fad diet and returned to my college weight. If you want to get in better shape and haven’t read that you might start there.

Lessons for the New Administration – Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

Steve Blank

Our recent national security class at Stanford, Technology, Innovation, and Modern War was designed to give students insights on how the onslaught of new technologies like AI, machine learning, autonomy, cyber, access to space, biotech, hypersonics, and others have the potential to radically change how countries fight and deter threats.

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6 Sources of Help For Early Stage Concept Exploration

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology.

The Analyst Cam: Cella Technologies and shop floor optimization

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. During the last few months we have seen growing interest in bite-sized applications in. Analyst Cam Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail et

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.

Barcodes Explained For Those Using Them In Business

YoungUpstarts

A well explained article on the different formats of barcodes that you get as well as the industries that each format is used in. The post Barcodes Explained For Those Using Them In Business appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others barcodes

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Why LP’s Passed on Seed Funds 10 Years Ago (And What’s Happened Since)

View from Seed

This year will mark the 10 th year anniversary of NextView. I’ll be writing a number of posts looking back over the first decade of the life of this firm. In some ways, this feels like an eternity.

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A Quick Course on Lean

Steve Blank

Over the weekend I got asked the best way to teach students the principles of Lean via Zoom. One of the key lessons from our Educators Conference is that when teaching online complex information needs to be delivered to students in small, easily processed parts.

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6 Ways Chutzpah And Confidence Can Make Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my experience as a business advisor, I’m convinced that most startup investors invest in the entrepreneur, as much as a solution or product. In that context, I’ve long realized that some players seem to command real attention, even if their proposal sounds far-fetched or very risky.

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The Analyst Cam: RISE with SAP

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. I explained here I have been trying to fit the many Analyst Cam episodes. Analyst Cam Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Grow After Emerging From Disruption

YoungUpstarts

The pandemic made 2020 a difficult year for many small businesses, as many closed permanently. Chris Buitron, CEO and president of Mosquito Authority® shares five tips for small businesses to improve or keep their momentum going in 2021.

Announcing NextView IV

View from Seed

We are pleased to announce that we have closed on NextView IV. This is a fresh $100M fund with the same high-conviction, hands-on seed strategy that we’ve been pursuing since the start of NextView over 10 years ago.

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What Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Launching a Startup

ReadWriteStart

Launching a startup is always exciting. This is your opportunity to accumulate wealth, make a name for yourself, innovate in some unique way, and possibly leave behind a legacy. But too many entrepreneurs end up failing because they were inadequately prepared.

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Don’t Allow These Debunked Myths To Kill Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting an entrepreneurial business, or maintaining the competitiveness of a mature business, requires innovation. Yet everyone I know seems to have a different perspective on what constitutes real innovation, and why is seems to happen so rarely.

The Analyst Cam: IT Central Station on B2B buying trends

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. I have had several industry analysts join me in my Burning Platform series over.

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How And Why You Should Ensure A Comfier Work Environment

YoungUpstarts

If comfort isn’t already a priority for you while you’re designing your team’s work and rest spaces, it should be. The tips above can help you start putting the elements in place needed to bring a touch of cosiness to your work environment.

The most important 2021 Predictions in entertainment tech and gaming

VC Cafe

“It follows that the goal of forecasting is not to see what’s coming. It is to advance the interests of the forecaster and the forecaster’s tribe.” PHILIP TETLOCK, SUPERFORECASTING: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PREDICTION. Covid-19 accelerated the adoption of entertainment tech, gaming and commerce.

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The Main Reasons Startups Fail

ReadWriteStart

Launching a startup is ridiculously exciting. Not only do you get a chance to control your destiny and build an effective team, but if you’re lucky and you work hard, you could turn it into a “unicorn”—a billion-dollar enterprise.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War  – Wrap Up

Steve Blank

This class, Technology, Innovation, and Modern War was designed to give our students insights on how the onslaught of new technologies like AI, machine learning, autonomy, cyber, access to space, biotech, hypersonics, and others has the potential to radically change how countries fight and deter threats.

7 Keys To Making A Business Out Of Your Great Product

Startup Professionals Musings

Most technical entrepreneurs focus hard on building an innovative product, but forget that an elegant solution doesn’t automatically translate into a successful business.

Burning Platform: Business Continuity

deal architect

Brian Sommer and I have recorded 12 episodes in this series - see index here. Last couple of months, we have had several guests - Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Frank. Burning Platform

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A Look At Some Great B2B Marketing Agencies

YoungUpstarts

Digital marketing has gained popularity on the market over recent times. Here's a list of some B2B marketing agencies that are acing the market in their way. The post A Look At Some Great B2B Marketing Agencies appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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How Venture Capital Decision Making Has Changed During the Pandemic

View from Seed

The sudden arrival of the global pandemic has shifted the playbook for founders and venture capitalists. Despite the beginnings of a vaccine rollout, it’s likely that the conditions created by Covid-19 will continue to persist for some time.

What is “Firgun” and why should you embrace it

VC Cafe

With so much negativity around us, I want to share a tiny act of kindness that will bring you and your community joy. You are probably familiar with the word “schadenfreude” – pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.

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What Is the Future of HR?

ReadWriteStart

Human resource (HR) departments have long been integral to organizational success, and they’re likely to remain that way for decades to come. But the nature of HR is likely to evolve with new technologies, research, and trends. What does the future of HR look like? Remodeling the Workforce.

6 Ways To Calibrate Your Fit To The Right New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Being an entrepreneur seems to be one of the most popular lifestyle aspirations these days.

Burning Platform: SAP projects in Asia/Pac

deal architect

Brian Sommer and I recorded the first 12 episodes in this series. Since then, we have had several guests - Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Frank Scavo of Avasant, Dennis Howlett.

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Starting And Growing A Small Business In The Midst Of Uncertainty

YoungUpstarts

In times of uncertainty, a new business owner should carefully evaluate three things: business relationships, business credit, and how to fund current and future operations during a worst-case scenario.

Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Crusaders

View from Seed

I’ve had the privilege to work with many great entrepreneurs, both in my operating days at the start of my career and over the last decade plus on the VC investing side. In my experience founders usually fall into one of three types: mercenaries, missionaries, and crusaders.

How can startups engage Amazon and AWS

VC Cafe

A few months ago, VC Cafe launched a series on startup engagement and outreach programs of large tech companies.

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How to Properly Use PR and SEO to Amplify Marketing Results

ReadWriteStart

A business is as good as how it portrays itself. It might have the best product on the market, but how it packages that product determines how it will fare. Here is how to properly use PR and SEO to amplify marketing results. What is Your Consumer Appeal?

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10 Keys To Building Unstoppable Startup Partnerships

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup.

The Analyst Cam: C5MI and Industry 4.0

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. This time it is Marty Groover, Partner, C5MI. C5 in the company name comes.

Best Tax Practices For 2020 Filings: Ageras

YoungUpstarts

While tax season is almost unanimously dreaded year after year, this upcoming season is expected to be a little bit different due to the number of businesses who filed for loans or relief. The post Best Tax Practices For 2020 Filings: Ageras appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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We’re Hiring a Platform and Operations Associate at NextView

View from Seed

With the recent announcement of our fourth fund , we are expanding the team at NexView with a new Platform and Operations Associate. This role will be virtual through the end of the pandemic, but will ultimately be based in either our New York or Boston office. From the beginnings of NextView, we have had a commitment to being high-conviction, hands-on, seed stage focused investors.

Smart Contracts on Bitcoin

Version One Ventures

Over 10 years since its inception, Bitcoin is now firmly established as the preeminent digital store of value (SoV).