March, 2020

The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

“Winter is coming.”. This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?”.

Enterprise Software: Emergency Apps and Empathy

deal architect

I was talking to a vendor exec last week and I mentioned the agility and innovation I am seeing in various sectors - agile manufacturing, re-jigged supply chains, reshaped shopping experiences, last-mile delivery, telework, telemedicine, teleschool- as we are fighting. Industry Commentary

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8 Business Realities You Only Learn From Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur who has not spent years in corporate life has the advantage of an unbiased look at business opportunities, but at the same time has the disadvantage of missing critical business experiences that can cost them dearly in their first startup venture.

The Midas List Then and Now

View from Seed

In a few months, we are likely to see the annual Forbes Midas list of top performing early stage VC investors.

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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.

Machine Learning Is Your Secret Weapon For Customer Acquisition


by Chad Ruff, Chief Technology Officer at Swiftpage. If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead when it comes to customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon.

Wise Words from C.S. Lewis in 1948

Feld Thoughts

The following from C. Lewis. was on my fraternity email list this morning. It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age. In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?”

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The positive impact of COVID-19

deal architect

Somebody once told me I could make a brown paper bag sound interesting. Not sure if that was a compliment but I do find interesting aspects to most anything. While there is so much doom and gloom around the coronavirus. Industry Commentary


10 Personal Attributes That Indicate Real Potential

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor and investor, I’ve met many aspiring entrepreneurs, and I often get asked the question, “I have a great idea for a startup – do you agree that it real potential?”

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The Due Diligence Hierarchy of Pain

View from Seed

When a founder is raising money, he/she should expect that any serious investor will conduct some level of due diligence before getting to yes. This could look somewhat different depending on the maturity of the business. Seed stage companies will mostly face questions around the team and market.

Why Economically-Smart Entrepreneurs Get Better Results


There are endless reasons why some entrepreneurs get better results than others. Some entrepreneurs are better marketers, salespeople, and others just know how to delegate responsibilities to experts.

Exponential Growth and Covid-19

Feld Thoughts

Most people don’t understand exponential growth. It can be counterintuitive and is easily misinterpreted. Understanding it is particularly important right now around Covid-19.

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Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Both Sides of the Table

I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room.

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More COVID-19 impact - the age of agility

deal architect

The one thing I vividly remember from my first few days as an audit rookie at PwC was a class where the instructor said "never forget - an internal control should deliver more savings than the burden it puts on. Industry Commentary

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7 Keys For Moving A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I have too often seen technical entrepreneurs get a product or service off the ground with ease, but then struggle mightily when their business reaches a couple of million in annual sales, or the employee count grows beyond a handful.

Action Today for CFO’s

Steve Blank

Jeff Epstein is on the board of Shutterstock, Twilio, Kaiser Permanente, and was the CFO of Oracle, DoubleClick, Nielsen and King World and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He teaches the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford with me. And the minute he talks about financing I shut up and take notes. He sent this message to the CFOs of his companies yesterday. Read it along with yesterdays survival strategy advice to CEOs.).

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Methods Of Transaction In International Trade


It is very important to have the safest transactions in international trading. To be a successful trader you need to have appealing terms that attract audiences. The same thing goes with the trading business transaction. Getting full payment is what every trader desires.

Take Spring Break At Home For Two Weeks Starting Now

Feld Thoughts

By this point, I expect everyone who reads this blog is extremely familiar with the phrases “flatten the curve” and “social distancing.” ” If not, read Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now right now.

Four Reasons Business Leaders Should Never Stop Learning

YFS Magazine

Continual learning sounds great, but how do you make it happen? Here's how small business owners can prioritize ongoing education. Lead online courses online learning personal development personal growth recommended

The Passion Play

deal architect

It is the start of the new decade. Which means the beautiful town of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany will be hosting its 42nd once-a-decade Passion Play this summer. It is also the 15th anniversary of both my blogs, Deal Architect. Industry Commentary

5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing I have learned the hard way in business is that implementing new ideas is usually much more difficult than conceiving the idea in the first place. That’s why I caution my aspiring entrepreneur clients against proclaiming to investors that they are a great “idea” person.

VC Funding in 2020: What Investors Look for in Startups


Venture capital investment is one of the top places startups look out for when seeking funding for their business alongside other popular options like angel investing and crowdfunding.

7 Ways To Fearlessly Engage With People And Have A Great Time Doing It


by Kazuhiro Hosoya. Ten years ago, I put an audience of 5,000 people to sleep with my presentation at a business conference. That was the beginning of my passion of creating authentic connection with others.

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Poetry: Pandemic

Feld Thoughts

Following is a poem titled Pandemic written by Lynn Ungar on 3/11/20. Thanks to Joanna Rupp at the University of Chicago for sending it to me. I like to read poetry out loud. It slows me down enough to relish the words.

Announcing the Version One Opportunity Fund

Version One Ventures

It has been almost 10 years since Union Square Ventures launched the first Opportunity Fund , creating a strategy that has since been copied by many other VC’s.

How the heck did the great European Renaissance emerge from the depth of its Dark Ages?

deal architect

I kept asking that question during a family trip to Italy in 2004. That puzzle led me to consider writing the New Florence, New Renaissance blog, in addition to the Deal Architect blog. Both blogs are celebrating their 15th birthday. Industry Commentary

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7 Ways To Hire Your Way To Failure In A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Business success is all about having the best team, yet the average entrepreneur has little prior experience with hiring people and building top-notch teams.

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How To Manage Your Online Presence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

YFS Magazine

The last few weeks, and especially the last few days have been downright scary. I've felt all of the emotions and feelings humanly possible. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online business pandemic

Is Your Company’s Bench Deep Enough During Difficult Times?


Seth Levine’s Practical Thoughts on the Covid Crisis

Feld Thoughts

In addition to his leadership at Foundry, the companies he’s involved in, a number of initiatives in Colorado generally and Longmont specifically, and with his family, my partner Seth Levine has written several excellent posts in around the Covid Crisis.

AI Startups Need Data, and the Government Needs Help


Due to their unique oversight, governments have a surplus of data at their fingertips. Used properly, this available data could enable them to create beneficial programs that tackle problems in economics, policy, transportation, and civic life. Unfortunately, the majority of that data is untapped.

A tricky time for enterprise software

deal architect

I have spent a fair amount of time in the last few months talking to enterprise tech companies about verticalization and globalization. I recently talked to Mike Sicilia at Oracle and will be hearing more about their industry strategy later. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

8 Keys To Scaling The Business After Initial Traction

Startup Professionals Musings

A common pain of startups after an exhilarating first surge of early adopters is a long and frustrating plateau of slow growth, where it seems like nothing you do will get your business to profitability.

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Pandemic: How To Lead During Incredibly Difficult Times

YFS Magazine

For leaders, the question is not if you will face times of worry, stress, and setbacks, it is how will you lead during these times. Lead leadership pandemic

Is Your Business A Revolving Door? 10 Ways To Keep Your Best Employees


by Rich Armstrong and Steve Baker, co-authors of “ Get In The Game: How To Create Rapid Financial Results And Lasting Cultural Change “ Employee retention and turnover are important terms to every business owner and leader.

Joint Statement by Colorado High-Tech Companies on COVID-19

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been involved with a number of leaders in the Colorado tech community since Wednesday morning as we’ve aggressively mobilized to address the Covid-19 crisis. Following is a joint statement that a bunch of us have signed on to.

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

David Cohen

March 30, 2020. Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago. A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family.