April, 2017

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

Support Startups for Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

The new leader of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai, has said he wants to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prevent big cable companies from discriminating against online companies and services. Congress is lining up behind him.

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Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact

SoCal CTO

Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim.

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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5 Public Speaking Opportunities To Make Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

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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.

Share or Create?

47 Hats

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down , algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching.

Smart Entrepreneurs Favor People-Centric Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive. In addition, today’s customers judge a company by perceived people relationships through social media, phone conversations, and sales experiences.

What Does the Nordstrom Brand Gain Out of Fake Mud Jeans?

Brandanew

If you’ve not been living under a rock (pun intended), then you probably know that Nordstrom created a social media stir by listing a pair of jeans. A pair of jeans isn’t something shocking for the multi-brand retailer, but this is one covered with fake mud.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

When you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time. You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend.

#EarthMatch – Supporting Earthjustice Because Our Planet Needs a Good Lawyer

Feld Thoughts

Planet Earth needs a good lawyer.

My Talk At MIT

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to give the first annual Georges Doriot Lecture at MIT. I traveled up to MIT on April 13th and gave this talk. I really enjoyed doing it and I want to thank MIT for doing it. VC & Technology

Is Social Media Hurting Your Business?

YFS Magazine

Does social media help our hurt your business? Here are five tips to make social media work for your business and not be the death of it. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing productivity social media social media marketing

7 New Business Realities Challenging Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Even small business have a global reach these days, thanks to the Internet. Thus every entrepreneur and business owner needs to see their market in that context, understanding the global forces that will impact them sooner or later.

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Baker Hughes Metrics April 13, 2017

Chaganomics

For the 13th week in a row.April 13 (Reuters) - U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a 13th week in a row, with the number of active rigs rising to near a two-year high, as energy companies boost spending on new production to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices.

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.

Life Is The Bucket

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting up in Amy’s office on a beautiful Tuesday morning listening to the Liz Wright station Pandora. Amy is downstairs doing something with the dogs. I just cried for a few minutes after reading Ted Rheingold’s post As I Lay Dying. When I got to the final section, which he calls “Now,” I read it three times. “I’ve gained some powerful emotional powers (super powers) in what I’ve been calling my second life.

Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I’ve come to realize that many – most – entrepreneurs suck at reading pitch meetings. Frequently what I hear from a company CEO is completely uncorrelated to what I hear from the VC they were pitching.

6 Lifestyle Hacks To Become Your Best, Most Productive Self

YFS Magazine

Everybody wants to be more productive. Here's a look at the top 6 things I had to let go of to become a productivity ninja. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development productivity

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.

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.

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.

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.”

How to Choose Digital Marketing Channels for Long Term Growth

ConversionXL

How you decide to invest in marketing channels can make or break your business. That sounds like an obvious statement, but not a lot of people think about it critically. Rather, marketers get trapped in the fervent anxiety of needing to be everywhere at once. This is both ineffective and stressful.

Can Your Business Run Without You? If Not, Read This

YFS Magazine

Businesses can be sometimes overwhelming, and that's why it's best to give it a little breathing space. Start delegating—and make money on your terms. Back Office Grow delegation lifestyle outsourcing productivity workflow

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.

Islamic & Non-Islamic Asian Countries

Chaganomics

Islamic & Non-Islamic Asian Countries Source: HCG Research Associates. Asia Asian Countries Islam

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How Traveling Helped Me Prepare for Startup Life

Up and Running

If there’s anything that traveling outside the U.S. taught me, it was how to adapt.

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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Public Sector Drone: Our Investment in Shield AI

Hunter Walker

FINALLY, we can talk about this one. a16z just led a $10.5 Series A in Shield AI , with supporting participation from existing investors. We were fortunate to lead Shield’s earlier seed round and it’s been such a pleasure working on behalf of this team.

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

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.

Animal Spirits: Total New Housing Under Construction

Chaganomics

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4 Steps to Turn Tweets Into Customers

Up and Running

What many small business owners don’t know about using Twitter is how they can take the conversations already happening on the social media platform to get more customers in the door.