May, 2017

Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Venture Capital business is full of great firms that were founded by entrepreneurs/operators who became investors mid/late career. From Gene Kleiner and Tom Perkins in the early 70s to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz at the end of the 00s, this is the iconic model of the venture capital firm and the formula that built Silicon Valley into what it is today.

Maps for Unity: Location Based Games and Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

This morning’s launch of Maps for Unity brings the full stack of location tools to the world’s most popular game development platform and shows that location and maps are the new building blocks for AR and VR games. We think the maps look amazing and are insanely fast.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 14

TechEmpower

Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

Survival of the Fastest: Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Brandanew

I was recently invited to speak at the Management and Entrepreneurial Skills Summit held in Delhi, India. My video (as I could physically not be there) was streamed live for the session on building up an entrepreneurial ecosystem and the survival of the fastest.

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8 Unconscious Biases Shape Your Business Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Every boss and decision maker is convinced that he or she is able to look objectively at any problem, and make an unbiased decision. Some typically worry about biases in their team, but rarely think of themselves as a source of bias.

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Top 5 Budget-Friendly Gifts Entrepreneurs Can Give to Their Loved Ones

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Summer season is here along with celebrations like Easter , Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. You surely want to celebrate these with your loved ones, but we know the life becomes so busy when you start your new business or try to make your business grow.

Not sure?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Not sure? Yes you are. You’re just scared. Which is understandable. But you’re sure. Is employee #2 not working out, or does she maybe just need more time? If you have to ask, you know the answer, you just don’t want to do the difficult thing.

7 Strategies For A Low Entry-Cost Sustainable Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If your dream has long been to start and manage your own business, there is no time like the present to get started. The cost of entry is at an all-time low, working from home through an Internet website seen globally, turning a hobby or an invention into an online business.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting Competitive Analysis

ConversionXL

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ” —Napoleon Bonaparte. When your competitors make mistakes, it makes winning so much easier. But what if it’s you who is making a mistake, while your competitors are off to the races?

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ICOs and VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Brave browser team concluded an ICO for their Basic Attention Token yesterday in about thirty seconds. This led to this tweet: The Basic Attention Token (BAT) ICO just raised 30 million dollars in 24 seconds. VC’s didn’t even have time to put on a sweater vest. briantobal (@briantobal) May 31, 2017. Of course folks will see ICOs as the end of the hated VC era of startup funding. And there is some truth to that.

Venture Deals Online Course – 2017

Feld Thoughts

The Venture Deals Online Course for this spring starts this Sunday May 14, 2017 and runs through July 3, 2017. The Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars are co-hosting the course. It’s free – all you need to do is sign up. This is the fifth time we are running the course.

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat it feels like the local pizza shop when they first get a call from the local mafia boss and you can feel the shake-down coming.

3 Keys To Being A Great Leader In Your Company

YoungUpstarts

by Norman McBrien, co-founder and Head of Operations of GoConqr. The efficient management of a business requires a lot of sacrifice and perseverance, since to be a good leader you must get actively involved in the project you manage and have a close working relationship with your workforce.

5 Steps To Startup Success Recommended By Many Gurus

Startup Professionals Musings

I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

5 Questions to Ask When Approaching Digital Analytics Data

ConversionXL

It’s all about asking the right digital analytics questions. Sure, in the right context, you can probably get by doing what Avinash Kaushik refers to as “data puking,” but you won’t excel as an analyst or marketer that way.

Being Public

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two former USV portfolio companies had tough earnings calls last night. And you look at that and you might say “why would any company want to go public?” ” But here is the thing. Being public is about being transparent, accountable, and owning up to the issues and dealing with them. I think it makes companies better. If you are losing your biggest customer, you have to tell the world and deal with the consequences.

The Journey From $1m MRR to $2m MRR

Feld Thoughts

There’s a long-standing cliche concerning SaaS companies that once you get to $10m in ARR you are unkillable. As Jason Lemkin says in his post from early 2013: Inevitability in SaaS comes around $10m in ARR, plus or minus. Once you hit this point, you have a brand, you have a fully baked team, you have a robust product, and you have a self-generating stream of new leads and new business. Will you get from $10m ARR to $100M ARR? I don’t know. Is an IPO in your future? Not sure.

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The Very Best Digital Metrics For 15 Different Companies!

Occam's Razor

The very best analysts distill, rather than dilute. The very best analysts focus, when most will tend to gather. The very best analysts are display critical thinking, rather than giving into what’s asked.

5 Company Initiatives That Reduce Employee Burnout

YoungUpstarts

by Jessica Thiefels, owner of Honest Body Fitness. Employee burnout is on the rise thanks to our digital lives — it’s easy to answer an email at 9p.m. when you’re in bed because your phone is likely already in your hands, or on your bed stand.

7 New Business Ideas Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I sometimes worry that all the viable unique ideas must already be taken.

7 Easy and Effective Customer Segments to Target in Facebook Ads

ConversionXL

Facebook ads, when utilized properly, are among the most effective targeted marketing efforts in the industry. However, it’s often the case that companies are leaving money on the table when it comes to Facebook ads.

The Rise Of The Mobile Web And App Domination

YFS Magazine

Consumers and businesses, alike, will benefit from the rise of the mobile web. Is your business ready to capitalize on it? Grow Technology mobile app mobile app development mobile apps mobile trends technology

Phil Weiser For Colorado Attorney General

Feld Thoughts

Over the past fifteen years, Phil Weiser and I have worked together to make Colorado a stronger, more collaborative, and more innovative entrepreneurial community.

Satisficing vs Maximizing

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

“Maximizing” means expending time and effort to ensure you’ve solved something as best as possible. It requires exploration and analysis to ensure “the best” option hasn’t been overlooked, and that we have confidence in our evaluation of all options.

4 Emotional Intelligence Skills To Transform Your Leadership Style

YoungUpstarts

by Steven Stein, Ph.D.,

10 Behaviors That Highlight Your Leadership Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience as a new business advisor, I always find leadership to be more important to business success than any new technology or innovative solution. The challenge is to adequately define leadership in terms of everyday activities.

How to Hack Growth When Growth Stalls

ConversionXL

Healthy Eating Habits Will Change Your Life And Your Business

YFS Magazine

Eating well doesn’t just affect your body. Choose your food wisely, and you’ll start to reap the rewards in your business too. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle

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3 Proven Methods for Women Entrepreneurs to Overcome Funding Gaps

Up and Running

It’s no secret that women have traditionally been paid less than men, but it can also be challenging for women entrepreneurs to find funding for startups. Statistically, women earn only 7 percent of venture capital investments overall.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

Both Sides of the Table

I am wired to discount people who have total assuredness in their point-of-view, have dogmatic positions or use data as a crutch or substitute for logic.

[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market

YoungUpstarts

Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto.

8 Keys To Positive Media Attention For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

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Copywriting & UX: Why Copywriters Need Wireframes

ConversionXL

Copywriting and UX go hand-in-hand. Think about it. Design and copy add up to equal the user experience, right? If either element falls short, so does the overall UX. So, it just makes sense that copywriters should have an understanding of UX and design basics. That starts with wireframes.

7 Powerful Ways To Create A Positive Life

YFS Magazine

It all comes down to your perception, how you understand and interpret life. Here are 7 tips that can help you attract more positive energy into your life. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development