April, 2018

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them

Steve Blank

If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I I love risk.” “I I want flexible work hours.” “I I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I I have a vision and want to see it through.” “I

What Can You Learn From Ring’s Astounding Success?

Both Sides of the Table

Many people will write the history on why Ring became an enormously successful company and why it became a real-world unicorn in a world when many startups are anointed that merely on paper.

Canada Is Going To Be The Next, Great, Entrepreneurial Tech Country

Feld Thoughts

This article, Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream , stimulated a simple thought for me. Canada has a huge, near-term competitive opportunity over to the US. . I have a deeply held belief that US entrepreneurship has benefited extraordinarily over since World War II due to the desire of people from around the world to come to make their lives in the US.

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NetSuite under Oracle: a progress report

deal architect

I have seen way too many large vendors under-leverage their acquisitions. They mostly benefit from the incremental revenues but lose talent and value of the acquired IP. The week prior, I was impressed by how Rob Enslin has started to. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Your Business Depends On These Four Pillars


by Alan Yong, author of “ Improve Your Odds – The Four Pillars of Business Success “ Over 60% of new businesses go bust within five years. 70% fail within in ten years — and those are conservative estimates. The truth is, too many were doomed to fail from the start.

How To Find and Select a Great Business Mentor

YFS Magazine

There is a simple strategy that is typically overlooked and it can increase your startup’s chances of success more than anything else: working with a mentor. Lead business mentor leadership mentorship

The Difference Between Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Steve Blank

I just received a thank-you note from a student who attended a fireside chat I held at the ranch. Something I said seemed to inspire her: “I always thought you needed to be innovative, original to be an entrepreneur. Now I have a different perception.

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The Price of Free is Actually Too High

Feld Thoughts

I loved this quote by Tristin Harris in the New York Magazine article The Internet Apologizes …. “We cannot afford the advertising business model. The price of free is actually too high. It is literally destroying our society , because it incentivizes automated systems that have these inherent flaws. Cambridge Analytica is the easiest way of explaining why that’s true. Because that wasn’t an abuse by a bad actor — that was the inherent platform. The problem with Facebook is Facebook.”

Verticals, the Uptake way

deal architect

Readers know I have lamented for a while that enterprise software has paid lip service to verticals. Two decades of cloud and in-memory computing and still most of the available functionality is around horizontal areas - accounting, HCM and CRM. Industry Commentary

How To Fund Your Business When A Bank Loan Isn’t An Option


by Mike Prendergast, Finance Director, Quick Capital. Easy and quick access to money is vital to helping your business not only grow, but survive. It means you can cover unexpected costs, replace equipment, buy more stock to increase sales, or simply boost cash flow during a difficult month.

High Value Employees Need Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

YFS Magazine

Dedicated employees are essential to startup success. Anyone can say they are highly skilled, but if employees lack a congruent vision and determination, it can be detrimental for a startup. Company Culture Grow Human Capital company culture hiring employees human capital leadership

Why the Future of Tesla May Depend on Knowing What Happened to Billy Durant

Steve Blank

A version of this article appeared in the Harvard Business Review. Elon Musk, Alfred Sloan, and entrepreneurship in the automobile industry. The entrepreneur who founded and grew the largest startup in the world to $10 billion in revenue and got fired is someone you have probably never heard of. The guy who replaced him invented the idea of the modern corporation.

How Do You Negotiate More To Know What Your Brand Is Worth?


Your personal branding is determined by your ideas. You get to decide what your brand is worth. Taking this into the professional realm isn’t that easy though. Especially, for women – and women led businesses. Research studies show that women negotiate far lesser than men.

The Mother Of All Demos

Feld Thoughts

I was talking to a friend last week about demos. She mentioned the Steve Jobs iPhone demo from 2007 and I referred to Doug Engelbart’s Mother of All Demos from 1968.

Workday: The relentless pursuit of excellence

deal architect

I am a big fan of Tom Peters’ classic. He has a new book out on excellence and I will get to that but this week at the Workday analyst summit I found I was reading a live case study. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Agam Berry’s Six Startup Tips For Aspiring Indian Entrepreneurs


Agam Berry is an Indian entrepreneur whose expertise lies in digital marketing. He graduated from Punjab University. Berry’s passion is driving India forward as a global leader in the digital industry. He credits a great deal of his success to his negotiation skills.

What Losing A Business Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Nobody wants their story to include an "I lost a business," chapter. And yet, it's a part of mine. Over the years, rather than hide and pretend it didn't happen, I've come to embrace and appreciate it. Without that experience I wouldn't be a success today.

NextView is Hiring for a New Position: Venture Associate – Platform and Network

View from Seed

It is an exciting but also bittersweet time for us at NextView. The bittersweet part is that our rockstar Head of Platform, Ginny Mineo will be leaving us in several months as her family relocates to the Midwest. She has been an amazing member of the team, but her personal life is drawing her away to a new city. Please reach out to her to wish her luck! Also, anyone who might be interested in bringing on an early marketing leader should definitely do whatever they can to try to hire her. .

Mentorship Community: Work-Life Balance Does Not Exist!


L ast month, I began a social experiment around female mentorship. Almost at a whim, I decided, we needed a group where women could easily talk about themes related to work, in a secure setting.

Does Every Senior Leader On Your Team Have A Backup?

Feld Thoughts

I said some version of the following statement several times in the past few weeks. Assume aliens came down and one of your senior leaders was taken away to their home planet. Do they have a person reporting to them who could step into their role, even if it’s only temporary? If you are the CEO, this includes you. It’s remarkable to me, even in companies that are over 100 people, how the answer to this question is no.

Oracle MCX: We're not in Kansas anymore

deal architect

I did not get much notice for the Oracle MCX event in Chicago this week, so could only spend a day there, but even in that short timeframe I got the vibe over and over that things are finally humming. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Starting A Business From Zero


by Dr. David Kubes. There are about 2 million business ideas out in the world that have one big thing in common: “If I had this amount of money, I would…” Money seems to be the key element to starting a business. Is this really true? Or do people use money as an excuse not to get started?

8 Ways To Unlock The Power Of Instagram Marketing

YFS Magazine

As the eighth most popular social media channel in the world, Instagram has been instrumental in helping brands reach their target market. Grow Marketing & Sales digital marketing instagram instagram marketing marketing online marketing social media social media marketing

5 Tips for Starting a Business With Your Spouse

Up and Running

When my husband Josh and I launched our business Pagely in 2006, we had just been married a few months. We soon learned that coupling the demands of marriage with a brand new startup is exhausting—but it’s also rewarding if you commit to work together and push through all the growing pains.

Simon Arias Reveals His Top Tips for Financing Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

There are a lot of different elements involved in the process of running a business. But, there is no doubt that the financial side of things ranks as one of the most important. Without funding and financing, it’s pretty much impossible to get your business off the ground.

Glowforge Launches, With a Focus On Their Customers

Feld Thoughts

While I was in Seattle last week, I had a chance to stop by the Glowforge office and talk to the team during one of their biggest weeks since their historic 30-day crowdfunding campaign.

SAPs new ERP pricing model: Quick analysis

deal architect

SAP pre-briefed me on the new ERP pricing they announced this morning. It is meant to dampen the angst in the customer base about high-profile Indirect Access disputes which have become public in the last year. CEO Bill McDermott had. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Critical Tactics To Lead Your Business To A Better Future


by Otto Scharmer, author of “ The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications “ This is a relentlessly turbulent time for business, with quicksilver shifts that can upset even the strongest organizations and throw firmly established plans far off course.

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These 10 Tips Will Make You Rethink How You Approach Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Are you making entrepreneurship harder than it has to be? In our quest for growth, we often find ourselves overlooking simplicity. . Lead business lessons leadership personal development

Mastering Mobile Popups


The m-commerce share of total e-commerce spending continues to grow at a steady pace. In the US, as many as 71% of total digital minutes are spent on a smartphone or tablet. In Indonesia, 91%.

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How to File Patents in Multiple Countries

Up and Running

Your U.S. patent is granted and you are all set to implement your great idea. It might be releasing a new chain of products, enhancing the ongoing service, or maybe developing a new strategy to promote the brand or business. But, did you know that if you have a patent granted in the U.S.,

Book: Head On – A Novel of the Near Future

Feld Thoughts

To clean my palate after reading Comey’s A Higher Loyalty , I settled onto the couch on Sunday after my run and gobbled up John Scalzi’s Head On: A Novel of the Near Future.

NetSuite under Oracle: a progress report

deal architect

I have seen way too many large vendors under-leverage their acquisitions. They mostly benefit from the incremental revenues but lose talent and value of the acquired IP. The week prior, I was impressed by how Rob Enslin has started to. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Why Your Small Budget Shouldn’t Hold Your Startup Back


If you’re just entering the market with your startup, you’ll probably already be getting a little frustrated by your small budget. This is always the way when you’re beginning to create a new business.

How To Leverage the Power of SMS Marketing

YFS Magazine

While SMS marketing is not a new marketing tool, you still have plenty of time to benefit from the industry’s new wave. There are now more ways than ever to make text marketing a powerful component of your marketing mix.

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3 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2nd quarter, 2018


It’s the 2nd quarter of the year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create new 2nd quarter goals around their business or continue with the new year’s resolution.

3 Books Every New Business Owner Must Read

Up and Running

As a content marketing and SEO consultant , if there’s one thing I’ve learned from starting (and working with) several businesses, it’s this: If you’re not learning, growing, and innovating, you’re dying. That said, not all information is created equal.