January, 2019

Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.

Feld Thoughts

One of our favorite VC firms to work with is True Ventures. I’ve made many investments over the years with both Jon Callaghan and Tony Conrad, and I love being a co-investor with them. Recently, Tony told me a great Jon Callaghan quote. “Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.” ” I’ve learned this lesson 7,345,123 times. Every successful company I’ve been involved in had a least one near-death experience.

Your New Venture IP Portfolio Sets Investment Value

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

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Turns Out, Sometimes You Need A Swift Kick To Pursue Your Dreams

YFS Magazine

History is replete with setbacks, comebacks and people who started at the bottom only to claw their way to the top of their respective fields. Lead leadership personal development startup lessons

Done Right - a book review

deal architect

I was in Shanghai, China recently. As I have told my friends, I ended paying a “tourist tax” everywhere. Moneychangers, gypsy taxi drivers, tour guides who took me to pearl and silk stores where I am sure they got a

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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.

The Fatal Flaw of the Three Horizons Model and How To Fix It

Steve Blank

I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

10 Workplace Safety Tips For Office Employees

YoungUpstarts

Workplace health and safety is a crucial component of office environments, for both the employer and the employee.

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The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

5 Things Successful Leaders Must Leave Behind To Move Forward

YFS Magazine

If you're unsure what to leave behind in order to take your leadership skills to the next level here' a look at five areas to consider. Lead leadership personal development

Zoho Day: The long shadow of Amazon

deal architect

When I visit a vendor after a couple of years I measure how they have changed along 4 vectors – product growth, geographic expansion, change in customer base (going after larger or smaller customers) and vertical capability expansion. At Zoho

Here is Why Your Business Should Take Digital Adoption Seriously

ReadWriteStart

We live in an increasingly digital world. We shop, make appointments, order food and taxis, and document our lives online. Approximately 70 percent of us use social media to connect and share content, and most spend an astonishing four hours per day interacting with our smartphones.

7 Common Mistakes Made By Newly Founded, Fast-Growing Startups

YoungUpstarts

Launching a startup is not easy – at any phase. Founders have many things to think about and decisions to make, most of which need to be made on a dime.

Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

Today, Techstars announced a new initiative called Techstars Studio which will allow Techstars to source new company concepts from Techstars alumni founders, community leaders, venture capitalists, mentors, and corporate partners.

5 Keys To Starting A New Venture In Your Local Town

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Wikipedia From the advice I hear these days, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, or one of the few other financial hubs around the world.

Reading List: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read In 2019

YFS Magazine

Every year I revisit the classics and add a few noteworthy books to my list. Here's a look at five books I'll be reading this year. Lead audiobooks business books entrepreneurship books personal development

“You don't get a PaaS just because you're SaaS."

deal architect

Apologies to Frank Scavo for twisting his quote “You don't get a pass just because you're SaaS." but this is a reaction to the trend that every cloud application vendor is offering a platform and actively recruiting developer communities.

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How to Get into Tech Without a Tech Background

ReadWriteStart

If you look at the greatest recent tech companies there are plenty of newcomers that aren’t even considered tech, let alone, high tech. Uber and Airbnb, are less about tech and more about their concept. You can run a tech company without a tech background but find the best tech you can when needed.

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Business Vs. Family: 4 Tips For Finding A Successful Balance

YoungUpstarts

by Peter J. Strauss , founder and managing member of The Strauss Law Firm and author of “ The Business Owner’s Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies “. Almost everybody bemoans the difficulties in trying to maintain a healthy balance between family and work.

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Manage the Clock

Feld Thoughts

I used to be chronically late to everything, both personal and professional. In my twenties, before cell phones, I was one of those people that others referred to as having “Brad time” which did not correlate with the actual time in the world.

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.

Four Smart Ways Business Leaders Can Prioritize Work And Home Life

YFS Magazine

Your ability to prioritize work and family time takes practice and fine-tuning. Make it a life priority, and then find a system that works for you. Lifestyle lifestyle work-life balance

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Infor: a fork in the road

deal architect

Congratulations to Infor for the new funding and potentially more when they go IPO. Here is today’s announcement: “Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced an agreement to receive a $1.5 billion investment from. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Your Success?

ReadWriteStart

Most leaders have been bombarded by the idea that business partnerships are vital to their success. Partners can extend a company’s reach, add new audiences, enhance its value, expand its capabilities, and even boost its reputation by association.

Is Your Company A Courage Brand?

YoungUpstarts

by Ryan Berman, author of “ Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change ” and founder of Courageous. Captain obvious alert: Courage is something we take quite seriously at Courageous.

What’s Your Frame of Reference for a Downturn?

Feld Thoughts

A lot of people are predicting that 2018 was the peak and the beginning of a downturn / recession / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I’m not a predictor so I have no idea.

How To Take Your Business Idea From Dream To Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay In my role as a new business advisor and occasional investor, I hear lots of people talking about their dreams of “someday” starting and running a new venture.

How To Avoid Startup Burnout And Stay Energized In Business

YFS Magazine

If you have recently started a new business, here are three powerful ways to stay energized, remain inspired and avoid burnout. Lead confidence health and wellness leadership mental health

Oracle's stretch goal for its applications?

deal architect

Mark Hurd tells Bloomberg “In fact, the highest application percentage of any company in any segment is sort of mid-20s. This generation will see a leader that’s much more material than that, and I volunteer us to do it.” Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Production Quality Over Cost: What Really Generates Engaging Video Advertising

ReadWriteStart

Perhaps the biggest lesson that marketers have learned in the last few years is that throwing money at marketing tactics doesn’t necessarily deliver a relational return for the investment.

5 On-The-Go Dental Health Tips For Busy Professionals

YoungUpstarts

by Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS of Green Dentistry and author of “ Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living “ In a fast-paced business world, people often don’t have time to stop for lunch, let alone take care of their teeth.

The Top 10 Things a B2B CMO Needs to Know to Improve PR Firm Results?

Rembrandt Communications

Here’s a handy list to improve relationships and sales all year long. As seen in B2B News Network. How do you improve PR firm results?

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5 Phases of Leadership Growth Lead To Company Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea how dramatically your own role has to evolve as you develop a solution, start a business, and expect it to scale into a successful self-managed company.

How To Make A Great First Impression At Your Next Event

YFS Magazine

Don't miss these 10 tips to help you make the right impression at your next networking event and be remembered for the right reasons. Lead business networking conferences networking events personal development professional networking

A key word for 2019 - authenticity

deal architect

Happy New Year to all my readers! I have spent the last month extracting from hundreds of pages of transcripts of my interviews for SAP Nation 3.0. I am struck by the frank comments from so many customers about SAP, Industry Commentary

3 Reasons Why Your Success Depends on More Than a Great Product

ReadWriteStart

Creating a high-quality product is just one part of building a profitable business. The reality is that a myopic focus on product development can ultimately prevent you from achieving your business goals.

5 Steps Of Defining A Personal Brand

YoungUpstarts

by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. In today’s increasingly competitive labor market, it is critical for employees to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Welcoming Dorothy Ren to the NextView Team

View from Seed

I’m very pleased to announce that Dorothy Ren has joined the investment team at NextView! Dorothy will be based in our New York office and will be focused on expanding our relationships with high-potential founders and operators in the New York startup community.