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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Hurricane Oracle

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

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.

The Blockchain: Ending Data Hacks

View from Seed

Remember when we were scared to buy things online?

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.

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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Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

Feld Thoughts

Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. It’s now often referred to as “Labs” (as an homage to the infamous Google Labs which was disbanded in 2011.).

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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.

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.

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.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“You must be so proud of what you created” — the reflexive conclusion delivered by visitors to our building at WP Engine, struck by a beautiful place teeming with energy and activity, coming upon the little office of the founder. “What we created,” I always respond.

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.

Entrepreneurs Turned Angel Investors: A Look At Some Of The Best

YoungUpstarts

An angel investor who also has experience in the start-up world has a much greater understanding of how businesses work, what fears and concerns the start-up owner or owners have and much more.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

5 Web Design Strategies To Engage Users on Your Site

YoungUpstarts

by Lewis Robinson. Making sure your website is visually appealing is an important aspect of your web design. However, the visual beauty of your site alone cannot do the job in getting your visitors to interact with your site.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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Bypass The Brain’s Default Mode To Improve Innovation

YoungUpstarts

by Ed Harrington, CEO at Ideas To Go and co-author of “ Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward “ Every business relies on cutting-edge ideas to stay ahead of the competition.

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.

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.

The Application Vendor is dead. Long live the Application Vendor!

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I have just come back from a round the world trip with frequent reminders of Great Britain's wide influence - Victoria Harbour, Raffles Hotel, Brabourne Stadium, Kipling's Kim in bookstores among others. You could almost visualize the rise and fall. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Stop Working Late

YFS Magazine

If you don’t take conscious control of your own work hours, the work hours can easily take control of you. Lead health and wellness personal development

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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6 Things You Need To Start A Construction Business

YoungUpstarts

by Paul Murray, Director of Jem Design. Starting a construction business can be profitable for you under the right circumstances and with helpful advice.

8 Ways to Cure the Procrastination Habit in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a chronic procrastinator, or your work partner is one, there is never enough advance notice to get things done without a crisis. You can’t get things done on time unless you get started on time. Otherwise, your business and your career suffers, and you may never even see it coming.

A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Marketing Strategy

Up and Running

Mobile marketing is the promotion of one’s business on mobile and smartphone devices through websites, apps, and social media.

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The changing outsourcing world: Conversation with Malcolm Frank of Cognizant

deal architect

As he prepares to go to Davos for the annual WEF meeting, I took the opportunity to ask Malcolm Frank, EVP Strategy and Marketing of Cognizant about his thoughts on outsourcing especially in Europe I think there are three lenses. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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

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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5 Tips For More Productive Networking

YoungUpstarts

Have you ever felt like you’ve built a great relationship with an email address instead of a person? With the raw scale of connections at our fingertips, we can occasionally become victims of our own technological advances.