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.

5 Social Media Trends To Watch In 2019


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.

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.

SAP Nation 3.0 - early concept design

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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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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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10 Questions To Test Your Aptitude As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Currently there is no professional certification, or standardized testing, as there is for accountants and lawyers, to see if you are ready to tackle the rigors of starting a new business.

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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5 Startup Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs


If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and want to start your own business, use these 5 startup tips from the experts to get your idea off the ground. Amazon, Apple, and Disney are three hugely successful companies that began in garages.

SAP's evolving partner economy

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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

Matching All Colorado First Time Projects

Feld Thoughts

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

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.

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

When To Hire A Video Production Company


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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Mark Twain and Hasso Plattner

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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,

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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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.

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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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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The Right People Are Key To Your Journey


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.

Merry Enterprise Season!

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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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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?

Top 9 Myth Busters to Trigger Your Social Media Engagement


As business marketers, we are all bored of those clichéd tips. Almost all of them have ceased to work for increasing the social media engagement for our brand. However, we do want something that can trigger our social media engagement.

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.

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


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.

Top CTO Challenges for 2019


The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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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.

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


Business Complexity Goes Up Dramatically As You Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I advise today are ready to declare success when they get that first surge of traction with a real customer. This is a good sign, but they have no idea that the hard work of scaling the business is still ahead of them.

Encompass Leadership Will Groom A New Breed Of Leaders

YFS Magazine

Here is a fundamental fact: People want to work with and for a leader who conveys they care about the wholeness of the person. Lead encompass leadership leadership personal development

3 Tips For Leading A Successful Entrepreneurial Life


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 “ The life of an entrepreneur – or at least the idea behind that life – can seem enticing to just about everyone.

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The 2018 State of Conversion Optimization Report


To assess the State of the Conversion Optimization Industry in 2018, we gave a 26 question survey to 701 people who work in the optimization space.

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.”

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2018


It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below.

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