July, 2020

5 Keys to Moving From Entrepreneur Thinking To Action

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always surprised by the fact that some never seem to be able to that first startup going, while many others never seem to stop, starting their second or third initiative before the first one is fully hatched.

New Normal: A conversation with Lou Von Thaer of Battelle

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners 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.


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What Can A Startup Do in 5 days? Watch this

Steve Blank

With a terrific crew of instructors, TA’s, and mentors, we successfully concluded Session 1 of our Hacking 4 Recovery summer series – with 20 teams sharing their final presentations last night. Slides for these presentations are in this folder , and we will be editing and sharing videos of each presentation shortly. Alivia – Telemedicine service bringing healthcare to middle income people in Peru. AllAboard – Remote onboarding services to help organizations establish a sense of belonging.

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Leading People In A Crisis – Yes, It Will Be Different


by Wayne Embree, EVP of Venture Acceleration & Investments for Rev1 Ventures. While there are plenty of challenges and opportunities that present themselves within the idea of launching a business during a recession, the only thing for certain right now is uncertainty itself.

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.

Updating Your Seed Investors – Board Deck & Update Email Templates

View from Seed

Today I’m excited to announce the relaunch of our most popular resource ever: board meeting deck templates for seed-stage startups, now in conjunction with an investor update email template. Download Board Deck Template . Download Investor Update Email Template. Investor Update Email Template and How & When to Use It. We first released a version of the board meeting deck template template back in 2014 and then a revised version a couple of years later.

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Is the Lean Startup concept of MVP dead?

VC Cafe

“After the crash, venture capital was scarce to non-existent. Most of the funds that started in the late part of the boom would be underwater). Angel investment, which was small to start with, disappeared, and most corporate VCs shut down.

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More Trending

Digital Acceleration

deal architect

Tamas Hevizi interviewed me about what I have learned about digital transformation in the business acrobatics interview series I have been running in the last few weeks. Below is a discussion about digital acceleration during the crisis in the US.

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Educators Summit: Lessons from Teaching in the Pandemic

Steve Blank

SAVE THE DATE for the Lean Innovation Educators Summit : Lessons from Teaching in the Pandemic. July 24, 10-noon Pacific, 1-3pm Eastern, 6-8pm London. As educators the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all.

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5 Stress-Reducing Tips To Build Immunity During Pandemic


by Julie Potiker, author of “ Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To “ It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and stressed out during these uncertain times, but numerous studies have shown that stress weakens the immune system.

An update on Version One’s thesis: backing mission-driven founders

Version One Ventures

Technology changes. The startup market evolves, and so do we as VCs. Over the past few months, we’ve reflected on our journey over the past decade, who we are and what we invest in. We’ve quietly made changes to our website.

Israeli Venture Capital funding in Q2 2020 is higher than the previous year despite Covid-19

VC Cafe

A new report by IVC shows funding volume of Israeli startups in H1 2020 is higher than the previous year, despite the pandemic. – Israeli startups raised a total of $2.455 billion in Q2 2020, higher than the equivalent period in 2019 ($2.2

6 Keys To Measuring Return On Investment In Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques.

New Normal: A conversation with Rob Enslin of Google Cloud

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners 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.

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Thoughts on Sourcing Black Companies and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

I recently was in an email thread where a Black founder had a powerful and clear response to the question from one of her corporate partners.

4 Tips For Startups During A Pandemic


by Juan Pablo Segura, President and Co-Founder of Babyscripts. In the rapidly changing climate of a pandemic world, corporations have had to radically rethink their strategies for survival.

We’re Hiring for Our Investment Team at NextView’s NYC Office

View from Seed

Since we first opened our New York office back in 2015, we have steadily increased our presence over the years ( Melody joined us in 2017 and Dorothy in 2018), and now roughly 40% of our investments are in New York.

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Israeli startup landscape maps (updated July 2020)

VC Cafe

I love startup landscapes. It’s been a while since I posted the first Israeli startup landscape collection (August 2018) and second batch (Nov 2019) of Israeli startup maps.

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10 Steps To A New Venture That Can Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor in this age of the entrepreneur, I see many more startups, but innovation is still hard to find. The most common proposals I hear are for yet another social networking site ( 200 on Wikipedia ), or another dating site/app ( over 1500 in the USA ).

Very different perspectives on SAP

deal architect

I interviewed Geoff Scott and Dave Wascom of ASUG (America's SAP User's Group) last week, and we talked about SAP customer heroics during the pandemic, S/4HANA adoption plans, remote implementations and other topics. The replay is here. This week, I.

Can You Navigate The Hard Yards of Entrepreneurship?

YFS Magazine

The reality is that entrepreneurship is a journey, not a destination. The destination is a fixed dot, while the journey connects the dots. Lead leadership personal development recommended starting a business

Creative Marketing Ideas To Boost Business


Have you found yourself (or your business) in a bit of a funk? It can be challenging to keep up momentum, especially during uncertain times. But don’t get too stressed out; when there’s a will, there will always be a way. Here are a few creative marketing ideas to boost your business.

Traction Creates Opportunity

View from Seed

One phrase that I often say is that “traction creates opportunity”. We were talking about this today and realized that I’ve never written a blog post on the topic, although I’ve said it countless times over the years. So here we go.

The impact of Covid-19 on Global Venture and the Case for Israel

VC Cafe

A new report on global venture capital investment volume shows that H1 2020 investments in startups reached $129 billion (this includes all stages as well as CVC activity). It’s a 6.5% decline from H1 2019 ($138 billion), but the impact on VC funding is less than originally projected.

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10 Startup Principles To Validate Fit Prior To A Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture you will love this message.

Ten enterprise trends from the COVID-19 pandemic

deal architect

In December, I wrote decade-end perspectives on enterprise software and services. You can read them again here and here. So, how has the pandemic changed the landscape? In many ways, it has exposed the weaknesses of many software and services. Industry Commentary New Normal COVID-19

How To Write An Email Intro Request

Feld Thoughts

Multiple times a day, someone in my network asks if I’ll make an intro to someone else. I’m almost always happy to do this and, if not, I will explain why. I like to do opt-in intros, where I ask the person on the potential receiving end of the intro if they are open to the intro.

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When Does Investing in VR Training Make Sense For My Business?


by John Blackmon, CTO of eLearning Brothers. Virtual reality (VR) sometimes seems like an element of a far-off future society or a quaint niche feature of a video game arcade. In actuality, VR content is already all around us, even though we may not always recognize it for what it is.

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How Covid-19 Has Impacted VC Portfolios

View from Seed

One topic of conversation among VC’s over the last few months is how their portfolios are faring during the Covid pandemic. It occurred to me that the message I’m hearing has been pretty consistent but perhaps non-obvious to those outside of the industry.

How to Navigate the Digital Era of Startup Culture

YFS Magazine

Industries are continuously evolving. And you can’t make intelligent decisions you understand how your whole industry is changing. Technology recommended technology

7 Tips To Getting A Bank Interested In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are convinced that banks are not worth the effort for startups, especially early-stage ones that still don’t have a revenue stream, or collateral to back up their financing needs.

New Normal: A conversation with Geoff Scott and Dave Wascom of ASUG

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners 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.

26 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

Business Immigration With CanadaCIS: How To Start A Successful Business In Canada


Investor protection, low corruption, trade freedom, and low corporate tax are some of the benefits businesses enjoy in Canada. In addition to Canada’s stable economy, other perks include its proximity to the United States and its similar business ethics and culture with the U.S,

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The Goal Should Not Be The New Normal

Feld Thoughts

For the last several months, I’ve heard or read the phrase “the new normal” 7,354 times. I’ve steadily grown tired of it and now I believe it is an invalid concept. There is no new normal. We have move forward and get better.

The Response To COVID-19 Should Be More Kindness

YFS Magazine

Researchers found that being kind to ourselves or to anyone else — yes, even a stranger — or actively observing kindness around us boosted happiness. Lifestyle health and wellness mental health pandemic personal development

10 Tips On Selling Yourself As Well As Your Startup

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.