December, 2018

Nobody Announces Their Seed Round Anymore and That’s a Mistake

View from Seed

Five years ago, as the mania around seed fundings was accelerating, Founders were very eager to announce their seed round to the world. It marks the beginning of the journey with hard work & the real business success to be accomplished ahead, but a milestone nonetheless.

Reasons Not To Make Decisions Today On Gut Instincts

Startup Professionals Musings

I still know some entrepreneurs who boast of simply following their gut instincts, rather than listen to anyone or any data, to make strategic decisions. We’ve all worked with autocratic leaders in large companies who seem to thrive in this mode.

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What Is Your 2019 Won’t Do List?

Feld Thoughts

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are endless things to do. Tasks, to do lists, new initiatives, new projects, and P1s. Leaders spend a lot of time planning, especially in the context of “we have to grow more, do more, and get bigger.” ” Lately, I’ve been suggesting to a few of the CEOs who I work with to make a “2019 Won’t Do List.” ” While this is a high-level list of things not to do, it can be on multiple dimensions.

SAP Nation 3.0 - early concept design

deal architect

I have not finished writing the book, but my design partners are already rolling out cover and back copy ideas Feedback welcome, thanks! ‘In In 1800, the US, then the original thirteen colonies, was a young, skinny country. 2/3rd of the

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5 Social Media Trends To Watch In 2019

YoungUpstarts

by Rachel Strella, founder of Strella Social Media. As 2018 nears its conclusion, business owners and marketers should be thinking about what they can do to make their companies more successful in the New Year.

How do you apply Lean to Digital Health and Life Sciences?

Steve Blank

Five years ago we brought evidence-based entrepreneurship to Life Sciences – teaching the first Lean Lean Launchpad class at UCSF, then the NIH and Imperial College. But it’s been awhile since I was in a room made up entirely of Life Science entrepreneurs.

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5 Small Business PR Ideas to Skyrocket Sales

Rembrandt Communications

Get Ready for a Great, Holiday Season! As we celebrate summer’s end and back-to-school, it’s time to dive into holiday marketing and think about small business PR ideas. That’s right!

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Matching All Colorado First Time DonorsChoose.org Projects

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I decided to match all of the funding for first-time projects in Colorado on DonorsChoosee.org. We are doing this through a gift from the Anchor Point Foundation and will be running it through the end of 2018.

SAP's evolving partner economy

deal architect

Ask about who has had a successful platform strategy, and most people will point to Salesforce. I beg to disagree – compared to revenues Apple has generated for its partners and itself from its iOS store and Amazon with its. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

When To Hire A Video Production Company

YoungUpstarts

In a world where videos are the primary vehicle for information and marketing, just getting a video out is not enough.

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10 Global Female Entrepreneurs To Watch

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at ten female entrepreneurs that have certainly arrived on the scene. And we'd wager they are here to stay. People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs people women entrepreneurs women in business

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Boost Positive Word-of-Mouth with Small Business Public Relations

Rembrandt Communications

No Money for Growth? PR Makes It No Problem. If you want to grow your B2B, you probably struggle with financial limitations. Well, even if you can’t afford major advertising and marketing initiatives, you can still boost positive awareness without spending a dime.

Fear Of Failure Makes It A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Startup Professionals Musings

People with a victim mentality should never be entrepreneurs. We all know the role of starting and running a business is unpredictable, and has a high risk of failure. For people with a victim mentality, this fear of failure alone will almost certainly make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Happy Bohemian Chanukah Queen Fans

Feld Thoughts

Queen was one of my favorite bands as an adolescent. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody was delightful. And this is even better. The post Happy Bohemian Chanukah Queen Fans appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal bohemian rhapsody Chanukah queen

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Mark Twain and Hasso Plattner

deal architect

As an analyst, I tend to be a bit dry and focus on product details and vendor economics. As an author, I become as Led Zeppelin says a “traveler in both time and space”. In writing SAP Nation 3.0,

The Right People Are Key To Your Journey

YoungUpstarts

by Stephanie Moore , author of “ The Gifted Journey: Five Transformative Steps to Uncovering Your Unique Path “ My first job out of college was working for a phone company selling residential phones. My first week on the job was spent in sales training. I’ll never forget the instructor.

Are You Remarkable In An Ordinary Industry?

YFS Magazine

Is there anything about you or your business that’s remarkable? Sure, I know you’re smart and capable. But I’m talking here about something different. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing marketing tips personal branding

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Should Every Company Have a “Singles” or “Prime” Day?

View from Seed

Yesterday was Singles Day in China, celebrated on 11/11 each year and theoretically to honor young adults who are not in relationships. In practice it is essentially an invention by retailer Alibaba who holds massive online sales on this day across their platform (Taobao, Tmall, etc).

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An Old Style Of Leadership Is Winning In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called “servant” leadership.

The Brilliance of Binary Stars

Feld Thoughts

I love the concept of Binary Stars. Ian (my co-author) and I are using it in our upcoming book The Startup Community Way which should be out in the second half of 2019. Amy gave me a New Yorker article titled Binary Stars: The Friendship That Made Google Huge.

Merry Enterprise Season!

deal architect

Mark Hurd reported yesterday, Oracle’s two cloud ERP businesses, Fusion ERP and NetSuite ERP, delivered a combined revenue growth rate of 32% in Q2. Workday similarly reported 30+% growth in its latest quarter, and Salesforce in the high 20%.

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Emotional Intelligence And Success At Work: What’s The Connection

YoungUpstarts

Emotional intelligence is one’s ability to recognize and understand their emotions and skills that they can use to manage and improve relationships with themselves and others.

How To Use SEO To Build Your Brand

YFS Magazine

SEO encompasses all the methods you can use to ensure the visibility of your website on search engines. Here's how to build an SEO-friendly brand. Uncategorized branding digital marketing search engine optimization seo

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The Startup Copycat Fallacy

View from Seed

Another d2c gourmet pet food company ? Another full-stack short-term rentals startup ? Another affinity-based co-working space?

5 Strategies For Business Growth Many People Forget

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of constant market evolution and new technology, there is no such thing as a static business that is self-sustaining. The traditional approach of implementing stable and repeatable processes, so that your business can run itself, no longer works.

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Foundry Group Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Feld Thoughts

Inspired by our friends at Techstars and their Techstars Holiday Guide , we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our direct and partner fund portfolio companies this holiday season.

How to Adapt to the Changing, Small Business Public Relations Arena

Rembrandt Communications

Disrupt the System with DIY Small Business Public Relations (This article was originally published in B2B News Network) Promoting your business via television, radio, print, and online is essential to your business reputation and growth.

10 Low-Cost Startup Ideas That Students Can Use

YoungUpstarts

Current college students belong to Generation Z and you can’t deny that they all in some way possess entrepreneurial sense.

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How To Stop Stopping Yourself (And Achieve Success)

YFS Magazine

There is an old adage that says, "Excuses are the nails used to build the house of failure." Stopping is a sure way to failure. Lead entrepreneurial mindset leadership personal development

What I’ve Learned in the Last 5 Years as a VC that I Didn’t Appreciate in the First 5

View from Seed

It occurred to me yesterday that I’ve been in the VC business for over 10 years. I’ve been writing checks for 8 years, and was lucky to get my start in the industry with the team at Spark Capital where I was able to witness some amazing early investments as part of that team.

7 Keys To Business Relationships That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. Customers buy from people, not companies. Employees rally for a great leader, not a brand. As an entrepreneur, you need relationships to succeed. That means relationships with team members, investors, customers, and vendors.

The Launch of Adero

Feld Thoughts

I’ve watched a pretty remarkable thing unfold in the past year that culminated yesterday in the launch of a new product from Adero. For a one minute overview, watch the video below. For a longer overview, read the Hello from Adero post from Nate Kelly, the CEO. Adero is shipping now.

5 Essentials for Starting a Business in 2019

Up and Running

Is 2019 the year that you finally start your own small business or startup? There are a lot of good reasons to consider starting your company this year. You can do it. You don’t necessarily need a degree in business or finance to be successful.

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3 Reasons Content Marketing Isn’t Working For You

YoungUpstarts

In the digital marketing world, content is king. Virtually all ( 94% ) of small businesses are doing it and 93% of B2Bs use content marketing. But what if your content marketing strategy isn’t working for you? Just because everyone is doing content marketing doesn’t mean they’re doing it right.

5 Simple Ways To Refresh Your Online Personal Brand

YFS Magazine

Your online presence contributes to an impression in the minds of consumers about your brand. Here are a few simple steps to improve it. Branding Grow Marketing & Sales brand strategy branding personal brand personal branding

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VC’s Doing the Work to Build Investment Conviction

View from Seed

I once had a VC mentor (only) half tongue-in-cheek tell me that “all investment diligence is merely an exercise in confirming what you have already decided during the initial pitch.”

Why Team Management By Fear Is Bad For Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Despite the ease of communication through social media, new tools, the popularity of fearless independence and #MeToo, I still see many business organizations that are less than productive due to fear.