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.

32 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next!

Grasshopper Herder

The ultimate one-size-fits-all guide to corporate innovation. The post 32 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next! appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation lean startup

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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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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.

Time And Money

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the least discussed aspects of investing in startups is the value of the time commitment one makes to a company they invest in. The money part is pretty simple; you invest capital into a business and get an equity participation in the upside. Both sides of that deal can analyze that transaction and understand it fairly well. Of course neither side knows what the ultimate payoff will be, but one can handicap it. The time piece of the transaction is way more complicated.

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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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Guest Post: Running Better Lean Startup Workshops

Grasshopper Herder

Five actionable tips on running better workshops. The post Guest Post: Running Better Lean Startup Workshops appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Facilitation Workshops

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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.”

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.

USV Thesis 3.0

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we are thesis-driven investors. We state clearly and concisely what we want to invest in and, implicitly, decide not to invest in anything else. That is a good thing because, as our partner Rebecca wrote in this post : The commitment to a thesis is part of the fiber of USV–a shared set of ideas creates a framework that allows us to operate with focus and work on what matters most. Today we are publishing, and committing ourselves to, version 3.0

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.

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

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.

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.

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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10 Startups Pitch at Techstars Austin Demo Day 2018


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News From dog walking services to robot teaching assistants, 10 startup founders pitched their ventures at the sixth annual Techstars Austin Demo Day.

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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.,

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

Introducing Our New Talent Advisor & Hiring Bootcamp

View from Seed

At the seed stage, hiring great people is one of the most important things to get right. Without the right team in place, it’s much harder to build great products, find customers, and not run out of money in the process. When I came to NextView, this is also the pillar of our Platform programming that I immediately gravitated toward. I saw this first-hand at Blue Apron — I had to hire 30+ people across a ton of different functions in just under two years.

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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.

Predicting Winning A/B Tests Using Repeatable Patterns


If you ever ran a highly trustworthy and positive a/b test, chances are that you’ll remember it with an inclination to try it again in the future – rightfully so. Testing is hard work with many experiments failing or ending up insignificant.

Does Your Company Have a Just Cause?


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News To succeed, businesses must have a just cause, said Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start with Why. “A

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.

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.

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.

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.

CXL Live 2018 Recap: Top 5 Lessons from Each Speaker


CXL Live is our flagship conference about growth and optimization. The 2018 edition of CXL Live brought together 400 practitioners from 22 countries and everyone was “locked in” at a beautiful resort for a full three days.

American Economic Sentiment Riding High


Many believe the trade war talk to be just that, talk. There is little if any damage being done. While I agree that it is more likely a trade war will not happen, I falter at the anti-free market lunacy of the current POTUS. Can you not handle trade negotions with negotiations?

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The One Thing That Makes the Difference Between Success and Failure in Business

Up and Running

I started my first business out of the trunk of my car 33 years, ago with my (our) wedding money. Over the next 13 years, I made good money in my business, but I worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Then, I learned two secrets that changed my life.

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

20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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.

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.

Global Economic Outlook G7


REAL SECTOR | Trade war threatens to derail stellar global growth momentum A complete GDP dataset revealed that global growth lost some steam in the fourth quarter of 2017, despite remaining robust overall. The global economy expanded 3.4% annually in Q4, which was a notch below both the 3.5%

How to Start a Successful Online Clothing Business

Up and Running

You’re stylish, passionate, and talented—and you’ve decided you don’t want to work for the man for the rest of your life. You’re going to become an entrepreneur and start your very own clothing line!

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