November, 2020

Sizing the Ask

View from Seed

One important tactical decision when fundraising is determining the size of “the ask”. Sizing the ask incorrectly is one of the things I see founders get wrong most often, and it ends up having a meaningful impact to the fundraising process overall.

New Normal: A conversation with M.R. Rangaswami of Sand Hill Group

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Globalization and Technology New Normal COVID-19

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6 Observations On Key Challenges Facing Every Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

When entrepreneurs introduce new products to the market, their passion and conviction often leads them to assume that every potential customer will see the immediate need and value, and will quickly adopt the solution.

Supply@ME Capital: Blockchain, But Not As You Know It

YoungUpstarts

We’re all sick of the word “blockchain”. There’s been a whole lot of cash (and hot air) expended on something that hasn’t really moved the needle in financial services.

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.

Technology, Innovation and Modern War – Class 9 – Autonomy – Maynard Holliday

Steve Blank

We just held our ninth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Roam: My New Favorite Software Product

Feld Thoughts

Until six weeks ago, my favorite software product of all time was Lotus Agenda. We ran my first company (Feld Technologies) on Lotus Agenda from when the first version of Agenda came out sometime in 1990 to when we sold the company in 1993.

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New Normal: A conversation with Brett Hurt of data.world

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level executives about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up. Here is. Analytics, Big Data New Normal COVID-19 Venture Capital

6 Tips For Combining Passion And Purpose To Stand Out

Startup Professionals Musings

Finding your sweet spot as an entrepreneur needs to start with a meaningful personal purpose that is also a business opportunity.

How To Build Up A Real Estate Investment Portfolio In 2021

YoungUpstarts

by Mateo Monsalve Molina , Founder and CEO of Loyalty Property Advisors. Warren Buffett, the notorious business tycoon, once said: “Be greedy when the others are fearful,” and one would hardly find a more timeless quote when it comes to investment.

The Educators Summit: Adapting to the COVID Economy

Steve Blank

In July 2020, 400+ educators gathered online to discuss and share best practices for Lean education in the virtual environment. We learned a ton. And we’re going to do it again.

The Liminal Space

Feld Thoughts

I’ve personally been in a liminal space for most of 2020. Today, most of America is in a liminal space. The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly

The Analyst Cam: ASUG interview of SAP CEO Christian Klein

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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. Geoff Scott, CEO of ASUG, interviewed Christian Klein, CEO of SAP, on a wide.

8 Tips For Getting Your Startup Right The First Time

Startup Professionals Musings

In my view, starting a new business has never been easier, and according to reports from the Kauffman Foundation , the numbers are here to show it. The rate of new entrepreneurs increased between 2013 and 2019, from 280 out of 100,000 to 310 out of 100,000 of the adult population.

High Emotional Intelligence: 10 Signs You Have It

YoungUpstarts

by Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of “ The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness “ People who are emotionally intelligent have the ability to identify and manage their own feelings.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 12 –The Space Force– General John Raymond

Steve Blank

We just held our twelfth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Can Do Colorado – A New Energize Colorado Project

Feld Thoughts

During the Covid crisis, I’ve been regularly discussing the dramatic amplification of inequities that already existed.

8 Things Entrepreneurial People Do Differently

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The Analyst Cam: Workday Talent Marketplace

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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. David Somers, GM, Talent Optimization at Workday (and co-founder of Rallyteam that Workday acquired). Analyst Cam Future of Work

6 Tips To Avoid Being Blindsided By A New Competitor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business executive knows that continuous innovation is required to survive, but most struggle with this more than any other challenge they face.

The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: 5 Steps To Finding Your Passion 

YoungUpstarts

by Peter Ruppert, author of “ Limitless: Nine Steps to Launch Your One Extraordinary Life “ The opportunity to spend our lives doing work we love is something most of us dream about.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 14 – Planning– Major General Mike Fenzel

Steve Blank

We just held our fourteenth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Help Support Black-Owned Businesses

Feld Thoughts

A few months ago, Jasper Kuria reached out to me about a new non-profit he was starting called The Black-Owned Business. His goal is to create a community of vetted, high-quality Black-owned professional services companies.

The Double Standard of Female CEOs Moving Fast and Breaking Things

This is going to be BIG.

In February of 2017, Susan Fowler’s description of the pervasive cultural issues at Uber, after the company’s abject failure to address her sexual harassment complaints properly, finally broke through in a way that garnered the tech community’s appropriate attention.

Burning Platform: Why does my software not have its own passport?

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In episode 10 of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I talk about talk about the slow pace at which software vendors globalize their offerings. We also talk about the pandemic and impact on global strategies. We also discuss.

6 Reasons To Ease Into The Entrepreneur Startup Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

There has long been a big debate about the best approach to starting a new business.

Reasons Why Hiring A Digital Marketing Agency For Your Business Is A Must

YoungUpstarts

In the old days, marketing agencies were non-existent, and most companies were struggling to market their business and making sales.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 10 – The DOD and Modern War –– Michèle Flournoy

Steve Blank

We just held our tenth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Startup Communities Audiobooks

Feld Thoughts

The audiobooks for The Startup Community Way and Startup Communities, 2e are both available. I’ve gotten this request from many people, so I’m glad they are finally out. If you are an Audible listener, you can get them at: The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

An Inside Look At Detroit Doer Robert Courtney’s Technology Playbook

YFS Magazine

Great technology can transform a business and streamline the daily grind of an entrepreneur. People Success Profiles Technology small business technology technology technology tips

A turning point for Oracle?

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I must admit I did a double take when I read this from Bob Evans "On top of that, Ellison mapped out Oracle’s desire to offer a massive portfolio of industry-specific solutions that fuse (no pun intended) the broad capabilities.

6 Business Practices That Will Verify You As A Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

In these difficult days of the pandemic, the visibility of leadership in business, as well as politics, seems to be at an all-time low.

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How To Create A Startup Company While Attending College

YoungUpstarts

A college syllabus is enough work for the typical student, but some enterprising students still desire to create a startup company in college. This smaller group of students are voluntarily increasing their work quota, with the additional responsibility of running a startup company.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 13 – ONR– Rear Admiral Lorin Selby

Steve Blank

We just held our twelfth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

How to Talk About the Arc of Your Career

This is going to be BIG.

Not everyone’s career moves up and to the right from beginning to end. In fact, I don’t think that actually happens to anyone—but some people are just better at hiding the wrong turns, u-turns, and downturns than others.

When Is The Right Time To Start An Online Business?

YFS Magazine

Aspiring entrepreneurs are legitimately cautious about starting a business when the economy is uncertain. But don't let that stop you. Plan online business online shopping recommended starting a business