February, 2018

The “VC Funnel”

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw this image in my twitter feed this morning: Which led me to this CB Insights post from last October. You can scroll down to the bottom of that CB Insights post to see how they came up with this data.

Innovation at Speed – when you have 2 million employees

Steve Blank

Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting… Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades.

Framework Benchmarks Round 15

TechEmpower

What better day than Valentine's Day to renew one's vow to create high-performance web applications? Respecting the time of your users is a sure way to earn their love and loyalty. And the perfect start is selecting high-performance platforms and frameworks.

8 Smart Tips To Soliciting Friends And Family Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s great to start with a big dream as you contemplate a new business, but finding the money you need takes more than dreaming. As an advisor to young entrepreneurs, I find that many are a bit naïve about how the investment process really works.

Three Bitcoin Billionaires Share Their Story of How They Moved Early into the Asset Class

Both Sides of the Table

At the recent Upfront Summit my partner Stuart Lander had the opportunity to show some California Love and interview three of the wealthiest Bitcoin owners, each of whom were some of the earliest owners in the asset class and who haven’t sold any of their holdings.

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Five Strategies for Slaying the Data Puking Dragon.

Occam's Razor

If you bring sharp focus, you increase chances of attention being diverted to the right places. That in turn will drive smarter questions, which will elicit thoughtful answers from available data. The result will be data-influenced actions that result in a long-term strategic advantage.

7 Myths That Kill Many Businesses Before They Start

Startup Professionals Musings

You don’t have to be a new venture advisor like me to hear all the excuses for not starting your own business. I’m sure all of you have friends who are not happy in their employee roles, and are not shy about complaining, but never seem to get around to doing anything about it.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers.

Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor

Grasshopper Herder

The best-selling book Radical Candor suggests fostering better team relationships by conducting regular 1-on-1 meetings with direct reports. We decided to run lean experiments on this tactic to see how it would work for the Kromatic team. This case study tells you everything you need to know about how we set up and ran this small-scale human resources experiment. The post Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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Building what Startups need with JotForm

47 Hats

Whether you’re building the next software unicorn or a more humble (and realistic) self-funded startup, building that startup requires information from others. You’re going to need a reliable way to gather those various bits of information.

Hacking for Defense at Columbia University

Steve Blank

Over the last year we’ve been rolling out the Hacking for X classes in universities across the U.S. – Hacking for Defense , Hacking for Diplomacy , Hacking for Energy , Hacking for Impact (non-profits), etc.

New Book: The Startup Playbook

Feld Thoughts

My longtime friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman are launching their new book today. I wrote the foreword and was a reviewer. I’ve worked with both Raj and Will for over two decades – as a co-investor, co-founder, board member, and co-director. They both are incredibly experienced founders and entrepreneurs, so I was delighted to be involved in their book. The book is called The Startup Playbook and it’s their personal how-to guide for building your startup from the ground up.

10 Strategies To Isolate Smart Risks In A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same.

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t yet heard about Female Founder Office Hours it is an initiative you should be aware of whether you’re male, female or any other gender identify.

Splitting The Deal

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Syndicating an early stage investment is a time honored practice in the venture capital business. It was extremely common in the VC business in the early 80s when I started. I assume syndicating was a common practice in the early days of the institutional VC business because fund sizes were small, risk was high, and splitting the deal among multiple firms was a good way to manage those things.

Splitting the difference

47 Hats

I’ve always been a tripolar guy: on one hand, being a developer, making a living writing code for various companies. On the other hand, writing: either full books like The Web Startup Success Guide , posts like the one you’re reading or content for various startups.

Building on the Growth Mindset

Grasshopper Herder

Our new office plant inspires some thoughts about the growth mindset, entrepreneurship, and more. The post Building on the Growth Mindset appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Entrepreneur Growth Hacking & Marketing

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Five Business Processes That Will Boost Profitability

YFS Magazine

The key to profitability lies within the core processes of the business. After having worked with business owners for many years, I discovered profitable enterprises embrace five fundamental processes??. Grow Operations business management business process management productivity profitability

8 Strategies For Regularly Reinventing Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on making change happen for customers that they forget that continually changing themselves and their company is equally important.

The Breakthrough Presentation that Stole the Upfront Summit

Both Sides of the Table

If a picture is worth a thousand words then you already know that Chamillionaire is having a great time with his new startup Convoz. He’s here on stage with Snoop Dogg and they had just dialed in Shaq to record a live video for his platform. It was just announced today on TechCrunch.

How to Build a Boss Brand [Part I]

Up and Running

Building a boss brand is the process of reviewing where you are, and where you want your life and business to go. Since 2006, I’ve been learning how to combine passion, purpose, people, and profits.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Feld Thoughts

Amy arrived home from Africa yesterday evening around 6pm. She had been gone for 12 days and, while she had an awesome trip, we missed each other terribly. She arrived home to a bunch of early Valentine’s Day stuff like a hot bath.

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Addition by Subtraction

aweissman.com

“Dangerfield eliminated everything from his act but the setups and punchlines” Alex Halberstadt’s essay on Rodney Dangerfield is a masterclass on how to improve by reduction.

What My First Boxing Match Taught Me About Business

YFS Magazine

got in the ring in front of 700 people, with a rather large woman, and subsequently raised over $2,000 for cancer research. Lifestyle boxing business advice business lessons lifestyle sports starting a business

5 Ways To Give Now For A Future Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Business partnerships have traditionally been agreements to drive more transactions than either company could do alone.

“What Unites Us” —Important Lessons from @danrather at the #UpfrontSummit

Both Sides of the Table

“The institution of a free press in America is in a state of crisis greater than I have ever seen in my lifetime , and perhaps in any moment in this nation’s history.”?—?Dan

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Forecasting Models: What You Need to Know

Up and Running

Whether your business is brand new or it’s been around for a while, you’ve probably thought about putting together a financial forecast. Most lenders and investors will expect it to be part of your business plan.

Estonia Economic February 2018

Chaganomics

Domestic economic activity appears to have lost some steam in the fourth quarter from the previous one, but remained buoyant nonetheless.

I am an investor in 9 companies: How and why I started angel investing

joel.is

A lesser known fact about me is that I have invested in 9 companies. It’s something I’ve not written about yet (other than a quick mention on my /now page ). So here we are. The first investment I made was in Kate Kendall and CloudPeeps.

Outsourcing Is A No-Brainer For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Understand your hourly wage, explore your options, and soon you can outsource your way to more time, more money, and a more valuable company. Back Office Grow back office managing workflow outsourcing productivity

6 Dream Team Members Will Energize Any Tech Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In my years of advising startups and occasional investing, I’ve seen many great ideas start and fail, but the right team always seems to make good things happen, even without the ultimate idea. That’s why investors say they invest in people (bet on the jockey, not the horse), rather than the idea.

How Tech Leaders & Venture Capitalists Can Get Out of Our “Man Box”

Both Sides of the Table

If I had just one wish for VCs it would be that they would preview the Ted Bunch “Man Box” talk at the Upfront Summit at their Monday Partner Meetings. I would love it if startup leadership teams would preview it to their executive leadership. We need to learn from women and listen to them.

4 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Etsy Shop

Up and Running

Anna White, a Louisiana school counselor, has a creative streak. Like many artists, she wanted to make a few bucks on the side by selling her handcrafted pieces on Etsy, so she jumped in. She made 150 pieces of jewelry, took pictures and waited for sales to come rolling in.

YouTube: Right or Wrong for Your Small Business?

The Startup Magazine

Nearly all businesses from small to large have a Facebook account. Most also use Twitter. Your business probably does, too. But, the social media discussion is often limited to Facebook and Twitter with a little Instagram and Pinterest thrown in. There’s another player to think about.