December, 2020

Burning Platform: A Curmudgeon Christmas Greeting Card

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

How I Lost 65 Pounds In 18 Months Without Any Fad Diets or Gimmicks

Both Sides of the Table

June 2019 (left) and November 2020 (right) I’ve been reluctant to write this blog post because historically I don’t like talking about weight. But I’ve been promising to publish how I lost 65 pounds in the past 18 months without any fad diets or gimmicks to try and be helpful to others.


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9 Ways To Make Innovation Happen In This Time Of Need

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges in any business, large or small, is overcoming the natural human preference for status quo , or fear of change. It means that most team members and executives alike have a natural tendency to prefer killing innovations rather than implementing them.

What I Learned from 500 Educators – Build Back Better Summit – Results

Steve Blank

With the theme “Build Back Better” Jerry Engel , Pete Newell , Steve Weinstein and I co-hosted nearly 500 Lean Educators from 63 countries and 235 universities online for a three-hour session to share what we’ve learned about educators on how we can help our communities rebound, adjust, and recover.

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.

How To Start A Medical Tourism Business


Are you an entrepreneur who needs fresh ideas for a startup company? A recent report shows that about 100 million new businesses are launched globally every year, according to GEM Global Report.

The Great HQ Migration

Feld Thoughts

January 3, 2020, seems like a very long time ago. That day, I wrote a post titled The Future Of Work Is Distributed.

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How Leading Companies Improve Internal Communications

YFS Magazine

A precise and comprehensive internal communications strategy can single-handedly catalyze your organization's success. Grow Human Capital collaboration communication email communication employee engagement HR human resources recommended

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7 Personal Productivity Tactics To Get More Work Done

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, the only thing that counts is results, not how hard people work or how many hours they put in. Have you noticed in your startup or around your office that some people are always at work and busy, but others seems to consistently get more done?

Build Back Better – The Educators Summit

Steve Blank

SAVE THE DATE for the 3rd edition of Lean Innovation Educators Summit. December 16th, 10 – 1pm PST, 1 – 4pm EST , 6 – 9pm UTC. In July 2020, 400+ educators gathered online to discuss and share best practices for Lean education in the virtual environment. We learned a ton.

Entrepreneurial Creativity


by Doug Patton, author of “ Conquering the Chaos of Creativity “ Though entrepreneurs are creative and idealistic, it is always a struggle to challenge the status quo regardless of how much innovation backs your enterprise or how much belief and exertion you have funneled into your dreams.

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100% Deductibility of Cash Charitable Contributions in 2020

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just finished allocating our 2020 year-end charitable contributions from our Anchor Point Foundation. Given our charitable contributions around Covid and Racial Equity throughout the year, we were extremely overallocated going into our end-of-year gift cycle.

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Burning Platform: Pandemic and Tech AR/PR

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Brian Sommer and I have recorded 12 episodes in this series - see index here. Last couple of weeks, we have had several guests -Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Frank Scavo.

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Business Bah Humbug!

Rembrandt Communications

Are you turning into a “Scrooge”? Ah yes. It’s that time of year when holiday goodies are everywhere, the smell of pine and gingerbread is in the air and people are in a cheery mood. There is a multitude of peace and goodwill, right? As an entrepreneur, you know that this is often far from the truth.

8 Strategies For Going Above And Beyond Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

More than ever before, people want to buy from, work for, and invest in companies that matter.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 17 – Organizational Design – Safi Bahcall

Steve Blank

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

Is Now The Time To Start A Business?


by Kathryn and Michael K. Redman, co-authors of “ Fulfilled: The Passion & Provision Strategy for Building a Business with Profit, Purpose & Legacy “ Isn’t it amazing that in the middle of chaos and confusion and frustration that entrepreneurs somehow see opportunity?

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@bfeld v55.0

Feld Thoughts

Simply begin again. A year ago, I wrote in my v54.0 post that I’d decided not to have any goals for the year ahead. Instead of having goals, I wrote: I’m embracing the moment. Every moment. Simply being in the moment. Being present with whomever I’m with or whatever I’m doing.

New Normal: A conversation with Bruce Bond of Common Ground Committee

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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 and related financial, diversity and other crises and the "New normal" they can expect going

The pros and cons of “digital by default”

Version One Ventures

As we all know, the pandemic has forced companies to become remote organizations virtually overnight. While some CEOs and companies cannot wait until the conditions are safe for everyone to return to the office (e.g. Reid Hastings from Netflix ), others have chosen to become “digital by default.”

6 Lessons Most Entrepreneurs Only Learn On The Street

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I find that most have the technical challenges well understood, but many are a bit short on some basic street smarts , or basic business realities.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 18 – General James Mattis

Steve Blank

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

3 Actionable Ways To Improve Your Business In 2021


Do you own a relatively new business that has been struggling to stay afloat in the hostile year that 2020 was? Maybe you managed to do okay overall, but not as well as you had originally hoped and forecasted.

1000 Holograms on Your Desk

Feld Thoughts

“Either this is madness or it is Hell.” “It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of the Sphere, “it is Knowledge; it is Three Dimensions: open your eye once again and try to look steadily.” -Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.

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Burning Platform: A Christmas Carol

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Brian Sommer and I have recorded 12 episodes in this series - see index here Last couple of weeks, we have had several guests Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Frank Scavo. Burning Platform


The Version One year in review and looking ahead

Version One Ventures

2020…the year of the pandemic. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of human loss and hardship, but it’s also been a year full of hope and innovation. . Technology’s role in the human response to Covid-19 cannot be understated.

5 Ways Crowdfunding Is Not A Panacea For New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to many entrepreneurs, I still hear frequently the irrational exuberance that crowdfunding is the quick alternative for startups that are passed over by overly demanding angels or venture capital investors.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 16 – Acquisition & Sustainment – Ellen Lord

Steve Blank

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

Valuable Tips For Creating Effective Video Advertising


by Hank Frecon, the chief executive officer of Source Digital. People love to watch videos. In fact, YouTube reports that there are over 500 hours of content uploaded to the site every minute. It also reports that every day, people watch over a billion hours of video on the website.

What Is Your Biggest Hope and Your Bigger Fear?

Feld Thoughts

About a month ago, I participated in a discussion hosted by the CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs titled Back to the Future: Lessons for our emerging challenges from science fiction and history. The moderator was Phil Weiser (Colorado’s Attorney General).

2020 - filter out the bad, preserve the good

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Most people I know cannot wait to say good riddance to 2020. Very understandable - so many have lost friends and family to COVID, others have lost friends to ugly politics, it was financially devastating to so many of us. Analyst Cam Burning Platform New Normal COVID-19


20 Entrepreneurs Share Their #1 Goal for 2021


Every new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their New Year’s Resolutions around their business.

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6 Principles For Creating Great Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers demand more than a good product; they expect a great customer experience. A few companies are leading the way, including Apple with their iPad and iPhone, offering irresistible stores with friendly experts, elegant packaging, and customer service that never ends.

Four Practical Steps To Improve Your Leadership Skills

YFS Magazine

Consider this four-step plan to improve your leadership skills. Lead leadership personal development

How To Improve Your Startup’s Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity is often the last thing on an entrepreneur’s mind when launching a business. While you might think your new venture is too small fry to attract cybercriminals, your network vulnerabilities and lack of cybersecurity knowledge could make your business an easy target.

Tenet – One Big, Hot Mess of a Movie

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I watched Tenet the other night. When we finished, she turned to me and said, “That was one big, hot mess of a movie.” ” I sat for a moment and said, “I’m not sure it was any good, but I’m not sure.” ” I just watched the trailer.

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The Analyst Cam: Cognizant on State of Voice Interfaces

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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. This insight from a Cognizant survey caught my eye "When we look back on. Analyst Cam New Normal COVID-19