May, 2017

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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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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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.

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.

Enhancing the Co-founder Equity Split Conversation

Gust

Today we’re proud to release an updated Co-founder Equity Split tool. We released the first version back in November to help startup founders divide the ownership of their startup fairly and rationally among their team.

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Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation. —-. Even though I live just up the coast, I’ve never had the opportunity to start a talk by saying “Go Banana Slugs.”. I’m honored for the opportunity to speak here today. We’re standing 15 air miles away from the epicenter of technology innovation. The home of some of the most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world.

Why did Microsoft BizSpark Decline my Startup?

47 Hats

The one question founders have asked me in my {volunteer} role successfully sponsoring 350+ startups into Microsoft BizSpark is why Microsoft declined their startup. Sometimes the applicant will wait weeks only to get declined; sometimes it takes mere minutes.

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.

When To Enlist A Board Of Directors Or Advisory Board

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs I know are confused by definition and need for an Advisory Board versus a Board of Directors.

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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What Sort of a Brand Leader Are You?

Brandanew

Like many of you, I recently read an article on Steve jobs and his impact on the Silicon Valley brand leaders. Startups and small businesses like to emulate their heroes to replicate success.

Fireside Chat with Sebastian Thrun

Steve Blank

I did a fun fireside chat with one of my most favorite people – Sebastian Thrun – at the Udacity conference. Sebastian is the embodiment of a renaissance person. I first heard about him when his driverless car won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

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Startup Mistake #1: the anonymous startup.

47 Hats

If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com , a habit-building saas going for $12/year.

Seeing Through The Fog

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to my friend Simon yesterday and he observed that the essential skill of entrepreneurs and early stage VCs is to “be able to see through the fog of an emerging market and pick out the winning idea.” ” And of course, I agree with that. It is something that we have done pretty well at USV over the years. But how do you do that? Is seeing through the fog a skill that can be learned? I think seeing through the fog can be learned but it takes time and practice.

10 Qualities That Will Make You An Entrepreneur Idol

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Sphero’s Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Feld Thoughts

If you’ve been in our office recently, you’ve seen me fiddling around with one of my newest toys – Ultimate Lightning McQueen by Sphero. It’s now available for the world. Based on what I know about robotic toys, I believe it’s the most advanced robotic toy ever made.

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.

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.

Building your Digital Career Plan

47 Hats

So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person.

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.

6 Key Elements Of Marketing Content To Fuel A Launch

Startup Professionals Musings

Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. Yet it is the one element that too many entrepreneurs focus on only as an afterthought.

Mentors 16/18: Provide Specific Actionable Advice

Feld Thoughts

There’s a tenuous balance between telling someone what to do and giving advice. It’s especially difficult as a mentor, especially if you’ve previously been a CEO and are used to being “ the decider.” ” As a mentor, you aren’t the decider.

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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

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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.

How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

View from Seed

Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg. Visit andela.com to learn more, or follow Christina at twitter.com/sasschristina. Channel Links: iTunes , SoundCloud , Stitcher , Google Play.

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Bloomberg TV Appearance

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday, I did a fireside chat with my friend David Kirkpatrick at his Techonomy Conference in NYC. On my way out, a Bloomberg camera crew asked me if I would talk with Emily Chang and I did, for about ten minutes. It aired yesterday evening. Here it is: VC & Technology

How To Put Fun And Satisfaction Back Into Your Work

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s time to take the drudgery and dread out of work at your business. You don’t like it, millennials won’t put up with it, and current productivity levels at work continue to decline. Only 32 percent of American workers are even engaged at work today.

FullContact Connect – The Future of Customer Intelligence

Feld Thoughts

FullContact is one of our silent killers. Unless you are a customer or partner, you don’t hear much about a silent killer until it’s suddenly everywhere, leading the market it is in, and functioning extremely well at scale.

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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How to Get Organizational Buy-in for Conversion Optimization

ConversionXL

Testing in an enterprise is truly a team sport. If a testing program was a football team, its lead would be the QB. They can set the tone and direction, but without the support of a good offensive line, they’ll be scrambling to get any real results.

The Top 5 Ways to Build Positive Press for Your Business Fast

Rembrandt Communications

Does your online reputation need help? Is it time to build positive press? When you conduct a Google search for your company name, products and services, what do you find? Are you happy with the positive press or surprised at the results?

Video Of The Week: My Talk With David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last wednesday morning, I went to Techonomy NYC and talked with my friend David Kirkpatrick for about 30mins. That conversation is below. There is one gross misrepresentation in the talk. David and I were talking about my efforts to ignore Trump and I said that the Gotham Gal spends “two to three hours a day on that stuff” which is not anywhere close to accurate.

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Why Entrepreneurs Need To Keep Their Business Focused

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new business or product owner wants to attract the broadest possible audience, so they are prone to adding more features, multiple sales channels, and appealing to every demographic.

Helping To End The Stigma Around Mental Health By Talking About It

Feld Thoughts

I’m super lucky. I get to work with many incredibly brave and insightful people. One of them is Chris Heivly who is now working at Techstars with me and a few others on a new set of products around the concept of startup communities. May is mental health month.

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