May, 2021

6 Steps To Personal Satisfaction As Well As Success

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s sad when the startup is “successful,” but the founder still feels totally unsatisfied. I see it happening all the time. The business is a winner, but the family or other relationships are broken by the stress.

Playing the Long Game in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Silicon Valley and the media industry that surrounds it values youth. The culture is driven by the 20-something irreverent founder with huge technical chops who in a “David vs. Goliath” mythology take on the titans of industry and wins.


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These Five Principles Will Accelerate Innovation

Steve Blank

As Director of the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force Pete Newell delivered innovation at speed and scale in the Department of Defense. Pete is now CEO of BMNT, a company that delivers innovation solutions and processes for governments.

Analyst Cam: Everybody wants to rule the world

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As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. I know the title suggests it is about the Tears for Fears hit. Sorry, click.

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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.

Our Investment in Expressable: A Different Kind of Digital Speech Company

View from Seed

I’m pleased to announce our recent investment in Expressable, a company focused on delivering better speech therapy in our digital age.

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Eye Care At Work


Looking after the safety of your employees’ eyes at the workplace is something that should be taken seriously at all times. The post Eye Care At Work appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others employee health

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How Emily Wells Launched A Brand Design Agency For Creative Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Here's an inside look at how Emily Wells launched her brand design agency while in college and why she loves bringing ideas to life. People Success Profiles branding creative entrepreneurs success profile

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Why Defense Could Now Be a Market for Startups

Steve Blank

The U.S. Department of Defense is coming to grips with the idea that the technologies it needs to keep the country safe and secure are no longer exclusively owned by the military or its prime contractors.

Burning Platform: More work anywhere

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In the 46th episode of the series we have Monty Hamilton of Rural Sourcing. 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


Got Content To Be Content?

Rembrandt Communications

The path to happiness begins with your pen! If you are worried about your small business and feeling depressed and anxious, you are not alone. The past year has been difficult for everyone, but know that there are there are many positive things to look forward to in the future.

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5 Fun Ways To Reward Your Employees


There are many inexpensive ways to reward your employees. Creativity is key to getting the desired result. The post 5 Fun Ways To Reward Your Employees appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others employee motivation managing employees motivating employees

6 Techniques For Kickstarting Time Management At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest challenges of an entrepreneur in building a startup is the fact that there are so many things that you don’t know how to do, or don’t like to do. Things like raising money, building a business plan, or hiring and firing people. These aren’t fun, especially for a visionary.

Techstars Accelerating Black ParentPreneurs

Feld Thoughts

I recently nominated James Oliver’s ParentPreneur Foundation for the new Techstars Accelerate Equity Program. Amy and I provided the lead gift of $100,000 through our Anchor Point Foundation.

Back to the Classroom – The Educators Summit

Steve Blank

Register Here. In 2020 over 1,000 educators joined us online to learn and share how to teach during the pandemic. Now we’re heading back into the classroom and the world has changed. What is the “new normal” for Lean Education? Will using video to “get out of the building” still play a role?

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Burning Platform: Workday Nation

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In the 44th episode of the series we have Webb Armentrout, Group VP, Global Partners at Workday. Workday has historically done a better job managing its SI ecosystem than many other vendors including some I have written books about.

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22 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

6 Ways To Build A Results-Driven Culture 


Building a results-oriented culture requires a very specific mindset. David Horsager shares the six positive habits can help power a results-oriented organization. The post 6 Ways To Build A Results-Driven Culture appeared first on Young Upstarts.


7 Strategies For Making A Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

Another Virtual 5K in Boulder As Spring Emerges in Full Bloom

Feld Thoughts

I received a lot of positive feedback on my post highlighting the 2nd annual Emerge Virtual 5k Run so … It’s time for the 10th Annual Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run and Walk. This would have been the 11th Annual, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we canceled the May 2020 event.

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The stoic resilience of Israel’s Tech Ecosystem – Welcome to the Middle East

VC Cafe

This is a guest post by Kevin Baxpehler , co-founder and Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures. At the time of this writing Israel and Hamas just signed a ceasefire. I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what was going on in Israel.

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Burning Platform: Data-Infused Apps

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In the 45th episode of the series, we have Pete Schlampp, EVP Product Development at Workday. Last week, I had the chance to present to some Chief Data Officers. I made the point that 2020 was an inflection point for.

How SMBs Can Strategically Thrive After The COVID-19 Crisis

YFS Magazine

More than two-thirds of businesses have the impression they’ve dodged the proverbial COVID bullet. Is this actually true? Editor Picks Lead business growth strategy business strategy business trends editor picks pandemic


Young Entrepreneur? How A Leadership Group Can Help You Succeed


Leon Goren, owner and CEO of PEO Leadership, explains how a peer or leadership group can go a long way toward helping young entrepreneurs succeed. The post Young Entrepreneur? How A Leadership Group Can Help You Succeed appeared first on Young Upstarts.

6 Practical Keys To Enhancing Your Business Acumen

Startup Professionals Musings

The most successful entrepreneurs and executives I have seen are savvy business people first, and experts in their field second. This may seem counter-intuitive to technologists, especially in an era when technology seems to be driving the world.

The Founder’s Story of The Path To Us Investing in Gig Wage

Feld Thoughts

In February, we announced our investment in Gig Wage. After some entertaining back and forth, I encouraged Craig Lewis, the founder/CEO of Gig Wage , to write up a quick story of how things unfolded, as he remembered them, and I’d post it here.

Supporting Small Businesses – A Political Perspective

VC Adventure

I’m really excited about an upcoming event that my partners at Foundry have put together that will build upon the discussion we’ve been having around New Builders in some critically important ways.

Burning Platform: The end of ERP?

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In the 47th episode of the series we have Patricia Harris of Workday Workday has coined a new category, Enterprise Management Cloud and is distancing itself from the ERP moniker. Makes a lot of sense to highlight their cloud and. Burning Platform Cloud Computing, SaaS

Three Extremely Painful Truths About Business Success

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is not an easy journey. You’ll have unbelievable highs and incredible lows, and those lows are unbelievably lonely. Editor Picks Lead editor picks leadership personal growth recommended success success advice success habits

Handyman Business Ideas For Success In 2021


While starting a handyman business does have its challenges, it can be an extremely lucrative business opportunity. Here are some handyman business ideas. The post Handyman Business Ideas For Success In 2021 appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others business advice handyman business


5 Ways To Make It Easier To Do What Matters At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

During all my years in business, I’ve noticed that some people seem to make their job look effortless , while others are always in a struggle, no matter how simple you thought the task should be.

Techstars Sustainability Accelerator / The Nature Conservancy – 2021 Applications Open

Feld Thoughts

In 2017 I helped get the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator off the ground in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Amy and I have been supporters of TNC for over 30 years and Amy serves on their global board of directors.

Raising Money Smartly

VC Cafe

For the founders out there… There’s raising smart money, and then there is raising money smartly. The fundraising process can be daunting for entrepreneurs, and often involves a process of ‘frog kissing’ to find the right fit with investors.

The Analyst Cam: Monster: A Tough Love Letter On Taming the Machines that Rule our Jobs, Lives, and Future   

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As we have moved to virtual briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission ), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Ben Pring of Cognizant makes a repeat appearance, this time giving us a sneak preview. Analyst Cam Industry Commentary Social Networks

Digital Wallets Are The Future Of Payments

YFS Magazine

More than 100 million Americans are expected to use proximity mobile payments, digital wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay, in 2021. Operations contactless payment editor picks mobile payments mobile wallet payments industry

The DOs And DON’Ts Of Moderate Entrepreneurship (AKA Side Hustling)


by Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner, authors of “So You Want to Start a Side Hustle“ We were not going to create the life of our dreams by focusing exclusively on our 9-5 careers.

8 Key Startup Drivers Bring Pleasure As Well As Sweat

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m fully convinced that both inspiration and perspiration are always required in a startup. Yet many people seem to be stuck on one end or other of this equation – all perspiration with no dream, or all inspiration with no reality. Success is the right balance of both for fun and profit.