August, 2018


Feld Thoughts

What do these numbers mean to you? At a recent offsite, during our conversation about evolving our communication patterns (which I refer to, in my head, as “the Matrix”), Ryan said “16-49-81.”

7 Lead-Generation Tactics Thrive On Limited Budgets

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup.

Who will claim the Enterprise Western Frontier?

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This summer while researching for SAP Nation 3.0, I have also been reading plenty about the young nation of the US in the 1800s. The comparisons to the enterprise vendor market, two centuries later, in the 2000s are striking. Industry Commentary

How To Choose The Best High-Risk Credit Card Gateway For Your Business


A high-risk business is one that is considered to operate in a high-risk industry or one with a high risk of financial failure. Such business includes online gambling business, online dating, CBD business, medical marijuana business, online pharmacies and drugs stores and many others.

Why It’s Time for Les Moonves to Go — You Can’t Charm Your Way out of Sexual Misconduct

Both Sides of the Table

I just returned from a week’s vacation in the mountains where I had almost no Internet access but was aware that Ronan Farrow had published a damning sexual misconduct article about Les Moonves, the Chairman & CEO of publicly traded company CBS Corporation.

3 Ways First-Time Founders Make A Strong Start

YFS Magazine

Many dream of following passions, leaping off the corporate ladder and starting a business. But it seems only a few brave souls actually do it. Plan business lessons starting a business startup advice

The Economics of VCs Recycling Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

Several years ago, I wrote a post titled Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees. From the start of Foundry Group in 2007, we have felt strongly about this.

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Why we all need to draw bigger circles

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A few days ago, I wrote about Bill Joy’s advice “If you cannot solve a problem, make the problem bigger. If you draw a bigger circle, you start to see several systems you can work on.” Reading James Farrar’s post. Industry Commentary


The 5 Tools I Use To Stay On Top Of Everything


by Yiannis Gavrielides, CEO of Covve. I have always been organised and I don’t like to let anything drop; I am an 80:20 person and I look for efficiency in everything I do; I love gadgets and technology and I am an early adopter.

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DTC startups disrupting traditional brands

VC Cafe

Direct-To-Consumer, or DTC in short, are products or services that are financed, designed, produced, marketed, distributed and sold by the same company. They bypass the middleman and connect. This is a content summary only.

4 Ways To Design A Website That Attracts Your Ideal Customers

YFS Magazine

No matter the aim of your small business, a crucial component to attracting your ideal customer is to help them find your brand via your company website. Uncategorized company website marketing website design website development

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Will Someone Please Tell Me Exactly What a Looking Glass Can Do?

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I wrote about the launch of the Looking Glass , a desktop holographic display made for 3D creators. Since then, over a thousand people have purchased a Looking Glass for their desks.

10 Venture Realities Will Position Your Business 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.

Digital with Impact

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This is the third in my midsummer updates around cloud computing, renewables and digital transformations. Over the last few months, I have been collaborating with my colleague, Brian Sommer as he works on a book titled “Digital with Impact”. Industry Commentary

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Business As A Battlefield


by Steven R. Power, Global President, Deputy. Business can be a battlefield. This is not typically what people anticipate hearing when they ask me to share my thoughts on leadership. They usually expect me to give a canned talk about my business background.

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30+ Small Business Ideas That Use Skills You Already Have

Up and Running

Maybe you’re ready for a career change. Maybe you’re still unsure what career to pursue in the first place. Maybe all you really know is that you want to run your own business, but are fresh out of small business ideas.

How To Incorporate Core Values Into Your Marketing Strategy

YFS Magazine

We will continue to see a shift in how businesses utilize their core values as a way to drive their digital marketing strategy. Here’s how. Grow Marketing & Sales core values digital marketing marketing online marketing

Every Generation Learns The Same Lessons

Feld Thoughts

While it’s easy to tell people things, it’s much more powerful to learn things. And, as I get older, I see the same lessons being learned by subsequent generations.

How To Find Money Based On Your New Venture Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are looking for the same thing, so it pays to know what type of investors are most interested in what your startup brings to the table.

Why so many no-go software decisions?

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Most people assume Gartner analysts spend their lives drawing up magic quadrants. Actually the biggest single activity for most analysts is handling client calls as they look for new solutions. When I run into Gartner analysts at industry events I

Hiring? You Need To Rewrite Your Descriptions


As your startup grows, you’ll inevitably reach a point when you can no longer do everything on your own – it’s time to expand. That means you’ll need to write out a job description. Don’t default to the traditional language of job listings, though.

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24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

What Is a Business Plan?

Up and Running

This article is part of our “ Business Planning Guide “ —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! What is a business plan?

Where Does Foundry Group Invest?

Feld Thoughts

Semil Shah recently wrote a post titled Investing Outside The Bay Area. In it, he talked about his own experience expanding his investment horizons beyond the bay area, but also mentioned some other folks, including us and USV, where he did a quick analysis of the location of our partner funds.

7 Equity Crowdfunding Risks Feared By Many Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Although professional investors may discount the impact of crowdfunding, they can’t argue with the growth of this new industry in the last few years. According to statistics by Fundly , crowdfunding contributed $34 billion in funding last year around the world, including peer-to-peer lending.

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Nothing permanent about Oracle-Rimini

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I cannot believe I am writing about another legal matter this week. I wrote earlier this week about litigation cases involving Oracle, SAP and Workday. Judge Larry Hicks of the US District Court in the District of Nevada has had. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Mobile Payments: Say Hello To Google Pay “Smart Tap”


by Mark Sands, Co-Founder and CEO of High Risk Merchant Account LLC. Google has just launched the new Google Pay redesign, with a new interface and overhauled on the payment app. Google Pay will replace the older Android Pay platform.

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Four Types Of Sales Objections (And How To Overcome Them)

YFS Magazine

Sales acceleration expert Jeb Blount identifies the four types of objections you'll encounter and offers some powerful techniques for turning them around. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling personal selling sales sales objections selling

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4 Ways to Urge Your Startup Toward Rapid Growth

Up and Running

The startup stage of a business is grueling. Chances are, you are overworked, understaffed, and functioning on a shoestring budget. Taking into account the statistic that only half of businesses survive the first five years, even the downtime can get stressful.

RSS: The Persistent Protocol

Feld Thoughts

One of our themes is Protocol. We’ve been investing in companies built around technology protocols since 1994. One of my first investments, when I moved to Boulder in 1995, was in a company called Email Publishing, which was the very first email service provider. SMTP has been very good to me. We made some of the early investments in companies built around RSS, including FeedBurner and NewsGator. RSS is a brilliant, and very durable, protocol.

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8 Steps To Starting A New Venture With Limited Funds

Startup Professionals Musings

Now is the time to be an entrepreneur and create a business from your passion.

Draw a bigger circle

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We are approaching the two-year anniversary of Silicon Collar (released on September 2, 2016). Many readers tell me their favorite book I authored is still The New Polymath. Amazon tells me SAP Nation sold the most. Many disagreed with the. Silicon Collar


How To Get Your Small Business Noticed Online


When you are running a small business in today’s competitive climate, you will need to get as much good press and publicity as possible.

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.

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9 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Improve Their Marketing Tactics in 2018

Up and Running

In 2017, U.S. companies spent a combined $85.93 billion on digital marketing. Two years from now, nationwide digital marketing spending is expected to surpass $100 billion.

June Launches their Second Generation Oven for $499

Feld Thoughts

When Amy and I cook, we want it to be as hassle-free as possible. That’s where the June Oven comes in. I first learned about the June Oven in 2014 and was impressed with how the June Oven was using technology to make cooking easier and more time efficient.

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7 Ways To Demonstrate Leadership In A Business Crisis

Startup Professionals Musings

When the business is struggling, most business owners I know feel like anything but a leader. They start second-guessing their own vision, and are prone to making snap decisions suggested by someone else, in lieu of their carefully crafted processes and metrics.