January, 2017

The Three Machines

Feld Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches.

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Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. For me, seeing Congress pass this bill, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act , was personally satisfying.

7 Rules for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has traditionally been a support function to respond to customer initiated requests, meaning someone waits for the phone to ring or for a website support request form.

Don’t Let Anybody Tell You Not to Speak Up. Here’s Why …

Both Sides of the Table

Trump. In a week there is enough evidence to know that he truly is the narcissistic child and xenophobic race-baiter we saw during the election and that wasn’t just reality TV to get him elected.

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Dear America: Woke as F**k now, eh? #DealWithIt

500 Hats

Well folks, if you weren’t paying attention before, I hope you are now. Continue reading on 500 Hats

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8 Disciplines for Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are people who dream up new ideas, and then commercialize them into new businesses. Most people believe that the hard part is coming up with the idea, and the easy part is turning it into a business.

Hello, 2017

Instigator Blog

2016 was one heck of a year. It started with a fairly big shakeup professionally. I didn’t end up taking much time off; instead I started meeting with lots of people and looking for my next adventure. In July, 2016 I announced the launch of my new startup, Highline BETA. Over the second half of […]. Personal Development

Impressive Brand Identity Campaigns in The Last Decade


Successful advertising campaigns can directly impact a brand’s perception. Although most marketers have similar data at their disposal, not all brand identity campaigns are successful. What makes one campaign better than others?

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past , today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains.

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Got Gluten? Buy Nima

Feld Thoughts

I’m just back from a week in Australia with David Cohen to a note that Nima, a company we invested in last year, is now shipping their Gluten Sensor in volume. If you have Celiac disease, the Nima gluten sensor is a must have. If you are sensitive to Gluten, it’s still a must have.

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.

The Blockchain: Ending Data Hacks

View from Seed

Remember when we were scared to buy things online?

Weekly Brand Inspiration: Crate & Barrel Email Journeys


2017 is ON and I’m so excited to begin this year with inspiration and creativity. If you’re on our email list , you already got our postcard last week. Each week, I’ll be covering awesome brands that inspire us with sheer creativity, brand experience and storytelling.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. Here are some things entrepreneurs should know about VCs and reserves: One very important thing that separates a strong VC firm from all other sources of capital is that the best VC firms reserve capital for follow-on financings for their portfolio companies and can be counted on to participate in subsequent financing rounds.

The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo For A VC-Backed Company

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few days, I’ve had a similar conversation about reporting tempo with three different people (2 CFOs and 1 CEO). In each case, we snuck up on the issue, rather than starting with it. The fundamental question addressed what the reporting tempo to the board should be. A number of years ago, I decided to shift to quarterly board meetings. Historically, the number of board meetings I had per company was all over the place.

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

8 Success Drivers Define A Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Until the recession a few years ago, market research indicated that as many as 90 percent of the roughly 20 million American small business owners were motivated more by lifestyle than growth and money.

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms.

Conscious Startups Will Shape The Future Of Social Good

YFS Magazine

Here are five ways you can hit the ground running as a conscious startup. Culture culture ethics social entrepreneurs social entrepreneurship social good social impact

11 Tips for Creating a Long-Term Strategic Plan

Up and Running

Strategic planning is a management tool that guides your business to better performance and long-term success. Working with a plan will focus your efforts, unify your team in a single direction, and help guide you through tough business decisions.

Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

Feld Thoughts

At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.” ” As I sat in an audience of about 200 extremely accomplished MIT graduates spanning over 50 years, I thought to myself “he just f **g nailed it.” ” I’m a huge fan and supporter of immigration, especially around entrepreneurship.

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Hurricane Oracle

deal architect

Three presentations really stood out during the Oracle Cloud analyst day in NYC this week.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

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.

37 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Inspirational Business Quote


Share André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

3 Simple Ways To Define Your Personal Brand Style

YFS Magazine

When you’re building a business online, a top priority as an industry newcomer is to build awareness around your personal brand. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales branding fashion and beauty marketing personal brand style

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14 Defining Traits That Could Make or Break Your Success As an Entrepreneur

Up and Running

Here at Palo Alto Software, I interview a lot of successful entrepreneurs. Sometimes, I learn how they hit upon a great business idea. Other times, I learn about their experiences with startup culture , or how they conquered a challenging new industry.

2017 Is A Prime Year For …

Feld Thoughts

Ok – first nerd joke of 2017 for me. 2017 is a prime number. But 2017 is a pretty special prime. In fact 2017 is a sexy prime with 2011 – bet you didn’t know that! The Shrike né Predator and I wish you a Happy New Year.


Jonas Weigert on A/B Testing Beyond the Landing Page (Q&A)


As conversion optimization continues to mature and become adopted by more organizations, it’s always interesting to see how companies are approaching growth and optimization.

7 Keys To Utilizing A Blog To Drive Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure.

Fred Wilson on Reserves

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson has a spectacular post up on how VC funds should think about reserves. It’s even more valuable to entrepreneurs so they can understand how the best VCs think about reserves, giving the entrepreneurs ammunition to ask their investors how they are thinking about reserves. I only noticed one thing missing from Fred’s post which is a statement about cashflow which I commented on. “Fred – phenomenal. The only thing I noticed missing was a comment on fund cash flow.

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20 Empowering Quotes For Women Building Empires

YFS Magazine

While you're building your fempire keep these wise words in mind. Culture culture female entrepreneurs female entrepreneurship women entrepreneurs women in business

Potential Pain Points When Starting a Small Business

Up and Running

If you feel restless working for someone else and have come up with your own idea for starting a business, you should consider the challenges that you will face ahead of time. Owning and running a business is incredibly rewarding—but it comes at a price.

Unsettled and Disgusted

Feld Thoughts

I arrived home from Australia yesterday. David Cohen and I spent the week there together to learn more about the various startup communities in Australia, to spend some time with the team that is leading Techstars Defence in Adelaide , and to watch an amazing Federer / Wawrinka semi-final. I didn’t find out about Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Visas (the nicest thing I could come up with calling it) until arriving home Saturday mid-day and hearing about it from Amy.

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