February, 2021

Thank you, Dennis Howlett

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Dennis has announced he is retiring. I knew it was coming - he would often fret he did not have enough time for his large and growing family - but I would have bet it would be towards end of. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others) Industry Commentary


8 Ways An Incubator Can Accelerate Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute.


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Framework Benchmarks Round 20


Today we announce the results of the twentieth official round of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project. Now in its eighth year, this project measures the high-water mark performance of server side web application frameworks and platforms using predominantly community-contributed test implementations. The project has processed more than 5,200 pull requests from contributors. Round 20 Updates from our contributors.

When National Security Falls Between the Cracks

Steve Blank

A version of this article – co-authored with Raj Shah and Joe Felter – previously appeared in War On The Rocks.

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.

The Rise of eLearning Platforms – Types, Business Models & Solution For Startup Edupreneurs


As people switch more to the online realm for education and knowledge, the scope and application of elearning platforms will only get bigger. The post The Rise of eLearning Platforms – Types, Business Models & Solution For Startup Edupreneurs appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Announcing NextView’s Health and Sustainability Accelerator

View from Seed

Last spring, we at NextView announced a new, virtual “Everyday Economy” accelerator at the height of the initial pandemic lockdown. It quickly became a success.

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Why Every Startup Needs To Select Customers Carefully

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups are happy to find any customer, and will hang on for dear life to every one.

Both Things Can Be True: Bias and Bad Fundraising Advice

This is going to be BIG.

Fundraising takes a long time. I’m a female founder. I don’t have a technical co-founder. I don’t have enough traction. These are all of the things I heard from a founder that I recently backed. She was pitching for a pre-seed round of $400k.

Regaining America’s Technological Edge: Build a Civil-Military Alliance

Steve Blank

A version of this article – co-authored with Raj Shah and Joe Felter – previously appeared in The National Interest.

11 Digital Marketing Tips To Follow In 2021


Here are 11 digital marketing tips to follow in 2021 that will help propel your small business to greater success. The post 11 Digital Marketing Tips To Follow In 2021 appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others digital marketing Online marketing

Choosing a VC Is Like a Marriage. But Pitching VC’s is NOT Like Dating

View from Seed

There is a well-known trope that choosing a VC to partner with is like marriage. This is true. It’s a super important, near permanent relationship, especially for a lead investor that is likely to take a board seat for many years. But in my experience, the metaphor ends there.

The Analyst Cam: IFS Cloud sneak preview

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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. I had a chance to catch up with Darren Roos, CEO of IFS. Analyst Cam

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10 Strategies For Finding Stronger People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

Just because you are an entrepreneur, or work in a startup, you can’t ignore the rules of building and maintaining relationships.

Startup Content Marketing Is Overdue for Disruption. Here’s How It Could Happen


For years, content marketing has been the go-to marketing strategy for new startups. And for good reason. Content marketing is relatively cheap, especially when compared to traditional advertising strategies like print, radio, and TV ads.

Hacking for Allies

Steve Blank

During the Cold War U.S. diplomatic and military alliances existed to defend freedom around the world. Today, these alliances are being reshaped to respond to Russian threats to the Baltics and Eastern Europe and to China’s economic, military, and technological influence worldwide.

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The Three P’s And Two S’s For Any Successful Startup


Tim Heger shares a three P’s and two S’s approach he's used successfully for more than 20 years as a structure that has helped startups to become successful in a shorter period of time. The post The Three P’s And Two S’s For Any Successful Startup appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Coachability is Overrated

View from Seed

The most overrated attribute that some investors look for in founders is “coachability” Do I have your attention? It’s not that founders shouldn’t be coachable. It’s a good attribute. But I think there are two ways that an emphasis on coachability goes wrong.

The Analyst Cam: Workday Vaccine Management

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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. Barbry McGann, Executive Director, Office of the HRO at Workday returns to present. Analyst Cam

6 Reasons Technical Expertise Does Not Make A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Well over 25 years ago, Michael E. Gerber wrote a best-selling business book called The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.

The Creator Economy – Who are they, what do they do and How do they make money?

VC Cafe

Don’t let ‘perfection’ get in the way of ‘creation’ – just start. pic.twitter.com/GgD2iWml0b — Eze Vidra (@ediggs) February 4, 2021.

Kiss Your Unloving Content Goodbye!

Rembrandt Communications

Love Your Content Results? Does your copy help you boost sales and positive awareness? Read on… It’s time for Valentine’s Day and that means love is in the air… unless your content is not giving you the results you want!

Tips For Business Leaders To Start The Year Off Right


Leon Goren, owner and CEO of PEO Leadership shares some tips to help business leaders start the year off right. The post Tips For Business Leaders To Start The Year Off Right appeared first on Young Upstarts. Professionalisms leadership leading people Leon Goren

Retail Reimagined: 9 Trends for the Future of Physical Retail


The chatter of the “Retail Apocalypse” began long before the recent events of a global pandemic. However, the last year has accelerated the need for retailers to go digital, leaving many struggling to adapt.

The Analyst Cam: The IFS Rebranding

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As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Today is a huge day for IFS with a major rebranding exercise. Oliver Pilgerstorfer, Analyst Cam


6 Ways To Win By Creative Partnering With Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup founders are known for their passion for their startup idea, and for their passion to kill every competitor. Thus they often overlook the fact that their biggest growth opportunity may be a win-win collaboration with a serious competitor, known in the business as coopetition.

The End of Syndication

View from Seed

For early stage VC ‘s, Syndication is the process of sharing investments with other potential co-investors. The classic scenario is when a VC has a signed term sheet to lead a round, but has left room open for another meaningful investor.

Book: The Soul of an Octopus

Feld Thoughts

My favorite animal is a polar bear. For some reason, I have always related to polar bears. When I’m reincarnated, I hope I come back as a polar bear. I’ve always like octopuses but never thought much about why.

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4 Ways To Promote Your Written Work 


You my be a writer, but there are other things you need to know to promote your work. Here are some things you can do to promote your written work. The post 4 Ways To Promote Your Written Work appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others publishing writing


Closing The Backlink Gap: What It Takes To Outrank Your Competition


There’s no shortage of SEO advice on how to rank higher for key terms. Create high-quality content. Have an effective distribution strategy. Optimize your on-page SEO. Yet, even today, acquiring high-quality backlinks is still one of the most effective components of a successful SEO strategy.

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Burning Platform: Exciting world of Citizen IT

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In the 28th episode of the Burning Platform series is Amit Zaveri of Google Cloud. We discuss the exciting growth in no-code, Citizen Development. Amit and I discuss how the pandemic has revealed several problems in on-prem systems and also. Burning Platform

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7 Keys To Scaling A Startup into A Thriving Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to many startups today, I still see that most of you entrepreneurs see yourselves as the sole driver of your new solution, and the key driver of your new business.

Why I Don’t Bet on a Pivot

View from Seed

One of the toughest things about seed stage investing is knowing that many successful companies started off on the wrong path. Sometimes, the general idea was right, but the company needed to refactor something quite foundational to their model to make things work.

29 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

Tips To Keep People In The Room During An Argument


Navigating an argument may take you down a long, winding path, but working with others can help you reach the light at the end of the tunnel. . The post Tips To Keep People In The Room During An Argument appeared first on Young Upstarts. Others communication skills mediation


Boulder Chamber Memberships for Black-Owned Businesses

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just underwrote one-year memberships to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for 62 Black-owned businesses in Boulder. Last summer, Aaron Clark started putting together a list of Black-owned Businesses in Boulder. The current list is at 62.

Burning Platform: A review of RISE with SAP

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Brian Sommer and I have recorded 12 episodes in this series - see index here. Last couple of months, we have had several guests - Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Burning Platform Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP