April, 2017

Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this has caused a rapid expansion of entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation. This is all great.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Marketing Communications

Steve Blank

I was having coffee with the CEO of a new startup, listening to her puzzle through how to communicate to potential customers. She was an academic on leave from Stanford now selling SAAS software to large companies, but was being inundated with marketing communications advice. “My

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Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random.

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The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …

Feld Thoughts

At 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.”

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7 Key Steps From a Million Dollar Idea To a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience as a startup investor, and feedback from like-minded friends, we all get pitches for at least ten startup ideas for every one new business plan. New business founders need to remember that investors fund business implementations, not ideas.

The wrong question: Is now the right time to start a company?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The answer is always yes. But it’s the wrong question. I started Smart Bear in a recession (2002) and it went great. I’ve been explaining for eight years why recessions are a great time to start a company.

Introducing Gotham Voices: An Email Newsletter for NY Tech

View from Seed

TL;DR: We’re launching a newsletter highlighting the best content from the NYC tech community. Fill out the form below to get Gotham Voices in your inbox each week, and read on to learn why we’re excited to launch this today. Subscribe to Gotham Voices. indicates required. First Name. Last Name. Email Address *.

5 Style Rules Successful Public Speakers Always Follow

YFS Magazine

When it comes to public speaking, success has as much to do with your personal brand style as it does with content of the speech. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing personal brand style

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5 Things You Need to Do Before Starting a Company

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Are you planning to start your own business? Well, starting a business of your own will require consideration of a lot of points. You cannot just start up a new business and it will grow as your expected it to be.

Bezos Annual Letter

Feld Thoughts

I just sent this note out to our CEO list. I was going to write a different post today about The Founder Wellness Pact: How Accelerators are Addressing Depression Among Founders but I’m going to save it for next week. After sending this note out, I decided it was the clearest thing I could add to your world today going into the weekend. . Jeff Bezos’ annual letter is now up there with Warren Buffett’s annual letter as must reads for me.

8 Ways To Inspire Lifetime Loyalty From Key Employees

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a whole new world out there in the workplace. Millennials want work that matters, and don’t care for hierarchies. Boomers are coming back to work, but because of their experience, they may be insulted by constant feedback.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

Both Sides of the Table

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity achieve extraordinary results. As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. We are over-intro’d and at the same time under-resourced in terms of staff to handle the barrage of in-bound requests.

10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Leadership Coaching

YoungUpstarts

by Gregg Thompson, author of “ The Master Coach: Leading with Character, Building Connections, and Engaging in Extraordinary Conversations “ When it comes to helping you perform at your best and accelerate your career, nothing compares to the power of being coached.

Optimizing the SaaS Funnel from Top to Bottom

For Entrepreneurs

In my talk at the 2017 SaaStr Annual conference, the goal was to offer a simple model of a SaaS business and highlight key areas for optimization within the SaaS funnel. Watch the video presentation to learn the key levers a CEO can pull to make the greatest impact to their business.

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Business Must Haves: Procedures in the Workplace

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Procedures and policies are the foundations on which the entire system of a business is established. Where policies set guidelines to achieving goals, procedures determine how every activity of the business should be operated. Without standard procedures, a business becomes vulnerable to failure.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Simply put, when we are done investing, we will drop the mic and shut off the lights.

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

NetSuite under Oracle: More, Better, Forever?

deal architect

Jim McGeever, former President of NetSuite, now EVP of that global business unit at Oracle joked things had changed significantly after it invested over $ 9 billion to acquire NetSuite. SuiteWorld has moved to Las Vegas, our safe harbor statement.

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Share Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

How To Be A Great Leader

YoungUpstarts

by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Many people confuse leadership and management. They are not the same. As you build and lead your teams, how can you ensure that you don’t suck as a leader? During my career, I’ve worked with a few remarkable leaders and managers.

Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Becoming successful as an entrepreneur can prove challenging. You may have an idea, but don’t know where to start, or you know where to start, but not how to do it. As of 2015, the United States had 27 million entrepreneurs.

They Can’t Kill You And They Can’t Eat You

Feld Thoughts

It’s the summer of 2001. The NASDAQ peak is in the rear view mirror. Many Internet companies are struggling. I’m sitting at the breakfast table at Len Fassler’s house in Harrison, New York drinking a cup of coffee and chewing on a bagel. Len and I co-founded Interliant (originally Sage Networks) with Steve Maggs and Rajat Bhargava in 1996.

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8 Characteristics Of Paradigm-Shifting Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible.

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How To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Public Speaking

YFS Magazine

With increased mindfulness, you can take mistakes in stride, rather than taking them as a reflection of your inadequacies as a public speaker. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle mindfulness personal development public speaking

Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Rob Go

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. There are a lot of new folks in the space.

5 Tips For Effective Networking

YoungUpstarts

by Amanda Lambert, Marketing Manager at City Breaks in Newcastle. The term ‘networking’ can sometimes feel like a curse word, with most people dreading the idea of actively engaging in busy face-to-face events.

6 Essential Items for Mobile Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

With the growth of the digital nomad movement , more and more entrepreneurs are taking the plunge and going 100% mobile. If you’ve ever tried to work remotely, you know that it can be a serious challenge.

Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

SiliconHills

Zeynep Young is a serial entrepreneur who just became a venture capital partner with Next Coast Ventures. In this Ideas to Invoices podcast, Young discusses what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and what she looks for when making an investment. Previously, Young founded and served as CEO of Double Line Partners, an educational […] The post Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur appeared first on SiliconHills.

Why Mentors Are Needed To Spark Future Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

6 Reasons Your Business Fails to Meet Your Strategic Goals (and What to Do About It)

Up and Running

Starting out, it was just you, four walls, and maybe a cash register. Strategic goals were the least of your concerns. On opening day , you were already in the hole a few thousand, maybe a lot more. Money needed to pour in, quickly, or you would be belly up in a matter of a few months.

The Beginner’s Guide to Google Optimize

ConversionXL

Chances are, you’ve heard of Google Optimize by now. It’s Google’s solution for A/B testing and personalization. It launched in beta last year, which left optimizers around the world waiting in line to try it out.

5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. When it comes to social media marketing, any small business can utilize their online presence for lead generation.