February, 2018

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.

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.

This Is A Really Good Place To Be Right Now

Feld Thoughts

As I was meditating this morning, the thought “this is a really good place to be right now” came to the front of my mind. As is my way when I meditate, I noted that I’d had the thought, placed it on a leaf, set it on the virtual river flowing in front of me, and let it drift away.

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.

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.

Smarter Immigration

deal architect

President Trump spent plenty of time on immigration in his State of the Union speech this week. I wish he had spent more time on each of the four pillars he identified and two policy changes he announced – we. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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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.

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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.

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.

[Interview] Dwayne Rettinger, Executive Financial Consultant at Rettinger & Associates Private Wealth Management

YoungUpstarts

From Dwayne Rettinger’s perspective, millennial entrepreneurs are more saddled with stereotypes than they should be. For all the suggested negatives about this generation, Rettinger points out that they are still young enough to be stunningly creative and open to new ideas.

CoinOut Gets Coin In

Steve Blank

It’s always fun to see what happens to my students after they leave class. Jeff Witten started CoinOut four years ago in my Columbia University 5-day Lean LaunchPad class.

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Davos debrief Part 1

deal architect

It has become an annual ritual – I either talk to Malcolm Frank, EVP of Strategy and Marketing at Cognizant before or after the annual WEF event at Davos. This year it was after the event where he missed at. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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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.

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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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.

3 Reasons Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ And ‘Thank You’ Can Change Corporate Culture

YoungUpstarts

by Keith Martino , head of CMI and author of “Expect Leadership” Companies that train their employees in what are commonly referred to as “soft skills” are finding those efforts pay off in productivity and retention.

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.

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

7 Keys To Leading Your Team And Business To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you.

Interviewing Jerry Colonna About Heart – His!

Feld Thoughts

If you are a regular listener of the Reboot Podcast , you’ve heard Jerry Colonna masterfully interview many people. And – if you aren’t a regular listener, go sign up and give it a try. In Episode 78: When Did You Start to Listen to Your Heart , I turned the tables on Jerry and interviewed him. We’ve been close friends for 22 years and I felt like it was time someone interviewed him on his podcast.

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.

Deciding To Hire Staff For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

A growing business is an exciting thing to be involved in. You can watch as your dream blossoms into reality, bringing all the things you had hoped for — independence, income, and an outlet for your creativity. In fact, sometimes it might go a little too well.

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Automation, Superworkers, ERP and CRM

deal architect

I recently did a podcast with Ton Dobbe. I have know Ton for a long time in various roles at Unit4. He always impressed me with his work with organizations around the world around topics such as accelerating business change, Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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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.

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.

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

“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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4 Tips For Achieving Success Without Waiting Your Turn

YoungUpstarts

by Michelle A. Turman , author of “ Jumping the Queue: Achieving Great Things Before You’re Ready “ Forget the time-honored tradition that younger workers need to “pay their dues” before moving up the ladder of success.

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For Satya Nadella, Business is Personal

deal architect

David Pogue stole the title of this post in this CBS News story on Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. During the analyst summit in Redmond a couple of weeks ago (see my write up here), I picked up a copy. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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.

5 Ways Today’s Market Allows Startups To Scale Faster

Startup Professionals Musings

As an active angel investor, I’m accustomed to hearing entrepreneurs pitch their expectation to quickly create a new dominant brand, based on their disruptive technology.

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

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.

How To Change Corporate Culture In 6 Steps

YoungUpstarts

by Andi Simon, author of “ On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights” A company’s culture plays a significant role in how successful that company will be over the long haul.

Microsoft PowerApps and Citizen Code

deal architect

One of the most interesting sessions during the Microsoft Analyst Summit last week was one on PowerApps. The look and feel leverages the fonts and other features most of us are familiar with in MS Office. It's in Microsoft lingo. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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.

6 Unexpected Burdens That Come With Outside Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor to startups, I’m still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and assume no strings attached. Would you do that if it was your money?