April, 2021

A Path to the Minimum Viable Product

Steve Blank

I first met Shawn Carolan and his wife Jennifer at the turn of the century at 11,000 feet. I was hiking with my kids between the Yosemite High Sierra camps. Having just retired from a career as an entrepreneur I had started thinking about why startups were different from large companies.

7 Ways Fun At Work Leads To Innovation And Creativity

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m convinced that people who have fun at work are more innovative, as well as happier. I don’t have any big scientific studies to prove this, but in my considerable business experience, I haven’t seen many successes come out of a group of fearful pessimists or unhappy people.


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How You Can Achieve a Step Change in Your Fitness Before Summer

Both Sides of the Table

Just 21 months ago I couldn’t have jogged 2 miles in under 20 minutes and now I can run 3 miles in 21 minutes or more to the point I can pretty easily run 7.5 miles in an hour.

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Burning Platform: More work from Anywhere

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In the 41st episode of the series we have Tammie Hilend, CIO of Maxar Technologies While the COVID-19 pandemic and related WFH protocols have turned many of us into recluses, the big realization is you can WFA - as in. Burning Platform Future of Work Telecommunications

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Three Keys To Startup Success


Oleg Konovalov shares the three common elements all successful businesses have that made them stand out – a strong vision, productive culture and focus. The post Three Keys To Startup Success appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Come Join Our Investment Team in NYC!

View from Seed

With the news of our most recent $100M fund , NextView is looking to add a new member of our investment team based in New York. If you or someone that you know might be a great fit for this role, please apply here.

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6 Keys To Finding The Right People For A Winning Team

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a new business owner or entrepreneur, you are likely to be creative and willing to take a risk , and you probably assume that most potential team members have the same mindset.

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Israeli startup Landscape Maps (Updated April 2021)

VC Cafe

Readers of VC Cafe know that I collect and curate Israeli startup landscape maps. You can find previous editions in the achives. July 2020 , May 2019. This latest batch includes new maps for Insurance tech, Industry 4.0,

Analyst Cam: Unit4 ERPx Briefing

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As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Dmitri Krakovsky, Chief Product Officer of Unit4 spent a generous hour briefing me.

3 Reasons Why Failure Is Essential For Success 


There are many upsides to embracing failure and knowing how to manage it. Here are three reasons why failure is essential for success. . The post 3 Reasons Why Failure Is Essential For Success appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Announcing Our Investment in Impact Biosystems

View from Seed

I’m please to announce our recent investment in Impact Biosystems , an adaptive hardware and software solution for health and fitness. We are big Whoop wearers and proud early investors here at NextView.

27 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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6 Keys to Attracting Customers Based On Social Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a logical and data-driven business advisor, I have long focused on facts, technology, and quantifiable pain in guiding entrepreneurs.

It’s Communications Spring Cleaning Time!

Rembrandt Communications

Do your communications, content and media make a good impression? As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, your customers are ready to do some spring cleaning and use your services. But, what about your small business? Could you use some spring cleaning, too?

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Burning Platform: Work Anywhere - Tertiary Towns and Rural Revival

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In the 42nd episode of the series we have Raju Vegesna of Zoho Software. While the COVID-19 pandemic and related WFH protocols have turned many of us into recluses, the big realization is you can WFA - as in Anywhere. Burning Platform Future of Work

Top 5 Things CMOs Will Be Expected To Manage In 2021


CMOs will have a lot on their plates in the near future. Per Ohstrom shares the top five things CMOs are expected to manage in 2021. The post Top 5 Things CMOs Will Be Expected To Manage In 2021 appeared first on Young Upstarts. Thinking Aloud chief marketing officer CMO marketing Per Ohstrom

Post-COVID-19 Era: Leadership In The Wake of Collective Trauma

YFS Magazine

Leaders can create stability in the midst of chaos, move productively through a traumatic event, and come out even stronger on the other side. Lead employee wellness health and wellness leadership pandemic workplace development

Behind the Scenes: Writing “The New Builders”

VC Adventure

Many readers likely already know that I’ve been working on a book for the last several years – The New Builders: Face to Face with the True Future of Business. It’s due out in a few weeks and I’m really excited about it.

10 Entrepreneur Actions To Grow Beyond A One-Man Show

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in a startup is not possible as a “one-man show.” An entrepreneur has to engage with team members, partners, investors, vendors, and customers. In my experience, the joy of positive engagement is sometimes the only pay you get in an early startup.

How Link in Bio became the new online real estate for the creator economy

VC Cafe

In the past few months I’ve been writing on VC Cafe about various aspects of the Creator Economy. From the definition of what is the creator economy and what are its main challenges , who are the creators and how they make money and 5 advancements powering the future of content creation.

Burning Platform: The future of "as a service"

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Burning Platform: The future of "as a service" In the 39th (yesterday) and 40th (today) episode of the series we have Phil Wainewright of Diginomica and Jeff Kaplan of THINKstrategies, two of the pioneering influencers in the SaaS/cloud marketplace. Analyst Cam Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Mindfulness At Work Does Not Help Find Meaning. Here’s What Does.


In the post-COVID world, effective workspaces will need to find ways to make all stakeholders feel like empowered partners in value creating activities. The post Mindfulness At Work Does Not Help Find Meaning. Here’s What Does. appeared first on Young Upstarts.

3 Myths About Hard Work That Will Ruin Your Business

YFS Magazine

As entrepreneurs we pride ourselves on being hard workers. But Steve Cook says hard work pays off more if you work smart. Lead managing workflow personal development personal growth productivity work ethic work-life balance

Shopping in Boulder at Table Mesa This Weekend

Feld Thoughts

My partner Chris Moody came up with a great idea he’s calling #BoulderStrongTableMesa. This is in response to the mass murder that happened at the King Soopers in Table Mesa on Monday, March 22nd.

5 Perceptions On How Many Business Friends Are Enough

Startup Professionals Musings

The Internet and social media have totally destroyed the meaning of the word “friend” and even changed it from a noun to a verb. On Twitter and Facebook, many young people follow hundreds of friends before age twenty, all without ever having physically said or heard a word from most of them.


Version One Ventures

Today our portfolio company Coinbase went public via a direct listing. With an initial market cap of over $100b, it is one of the most valuable public listings of all times in the US. It is also the first IPO in the Version One family and hence, a special milestone for us as a fund. . We got to invest into Coinbase when we joined their Series D in fall of 2017. It was a much later stage for us than our typical pre-seed/seed investment.

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Burning Platform: Digital Nomads

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In the 38th episode of the series we have Mark Brooks, CEO of Courtland Brooks. While the COVID-19 pandemic and related WFH protocols have turned many of us into recluses, the big realization is you can WFA - as in. Burning Platform Future of Work Globalization and Technology

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Three Secrets For Small Businesses To Optimize Their Online Presence In 2021


Luke Hyde, Founder of Drive Digital Advertising shares three industry secrets for optimizing your small business's online presence. The post Three Secrets For Small Businesses To Optimize Their Online Presence In 2021 appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Why Top Business Magazines Won’t Publish Your Company’s Content

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to promote your company domestically and abroad, avoid repeating our mistakes and grow your online presence with these tips. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales content marketing content strategy editor picks marketing public relations

Marketing Integrations: The Challenge of Getting Your Marketing Tech Stack to Play Nice


More than 60% of marketers use 20+ marketing tools on a regular basis according to Airtable. For email marketing alone, more than half of small businesses use two or more tools according to Litmus.

10 Ways Leaders Must Change As The Business Matures

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. They run into difficulty when their business reaches the $1-2 million annual sales range, or their employee count exceeds 5-10.

Evocalize Opens New Office In Austin, Texas To Support Growing Demand for Its Collaborative…

Austin Startup

Evocalize Opens New Office In Austin, Texas To Support Growing Demand for Its Collaborative Marketing Platform Evocalize today announced the opening of a new office in Austin, Texas, giving the company the ideal environment to scale its go-to-market reach and gain access to Austin’s unique talent pool.

Burning Platform: Industry Clouds

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In the 43th episode of the series we have Jujhar Singh, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Salesforce Industry Clouds. Salesforce has had significant vertical momentum, especially in the last year. See my interview with Neeracha Taychakhoonavudh last May, my.

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Spring Clean Your Startup’s Accounting With These Tips


It is absolutely critical to spring clean your business’s finances and ensure that all of the accounting is accurate and up-to-date. The post Spring Clean Your Startup’s Accounting With These Tips appeared first on Young Upstarts. Professionalisms accounting business finance Nathan Liao

What SMBs Need to Know About Privacy and Security in 2021

YFS Magazine

As SMBs expand their remote workforce, they must commit to a more agile, business-centric approach to prioritize security and privacy. Grow Technology big data cybersecurity data security pandemic recommended remote working small business technology technology

More Fire Phones, Less Fyre Fests

Eric Friedman

Jeff Bezos notoriously launched the Fire Phone around 2014 to much attention – I think most agree that it was a spectacular failure. But was it really? This project was a $170M write-off for the company. There was the hardware, software, and marketing costs.