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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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 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.

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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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.

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

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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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.

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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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.

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


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,

4 Quotes From Successful Small Business Founders

Up and Running

Bruce Carr, left, of Web Ninja. Are you ready to start your business this year? Sometimes it can help to hear from small business founders who were able to breathe life into their business idea and make it go. These four founders shared their success stories with our LivePlan team over the past year.

Four New Year’s Resolutions Every Entrepreneur Should Set


by Annalisa Parent , CEO of Laurel Elite Books and author of “ Storytelling for Pantsers “. With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about your resolutions.

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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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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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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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.

Creative Thinking – The Most Important Skill For A Successful Startup?


Creative thinking used to be rendered as a soft skill in the past years. Now it has become a feature to focus on. In the world of business and entrepreneurship, we witness a new generation coming to creating their brand.

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?

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.

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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.

Female Founders Breaking Barriers in the Bodywork Industry

The Startup Magazine

Massage and bodywork promise relaxation, but at a high price. For the consumer, cost constraints often turn an important resource for wellbeing and self-care into an occasional luxury.

The Perfect Pitch: A Pixar Storyteller’s Secret

Up and Running

For 25 years, it’s been my job to craft heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching stories about rats that want to cook, fish that become better parents, and toys that learn to get along.

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.

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 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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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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Same Rules Apply: Lessons From The Oil Rig To The C-Suite


by Tom Murry, retired CEO of Calvin Klein. Long before I became the CEO of Calvin Klein, I was a difficult teenager and my stepfather thought I would benefit from working on an oil rig.

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.