June, 2020

New Normal: A conversation with Bob Stutz of SAP

deal architect

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.

6 Entrepreneurship Advantages For Seniors In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular myth that most of you probably believe is that startups are only for the younger generations. In fact, I see more and more evidence that new entrepreneurs are coming from the older age groups (age 45-64), and success rates move up with age.

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Rising out of the Crisis: Where to Find New Markets and Customers

Steve Blank

The pandemic has upended the business models of most startups and existing companies. As the economy reopens companies are finding that customers may have disappeared or that their spending behavior has changed. Suppliers are going out of business or requiring cash-up-front terms.

Be Like Water – A Guiding Principle for Consumer Product

View from Seed

“Be formless, shapeless, like water.” – Bruce Lee. I was on a pitch video call the other day when the founder asked me what the guiding principle for product was at Blue Apron when I was leading the team there, and my response was that consumer product experience should be like water.

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.

3 Reasons Why Your Elevator Pitch Will Never Work

YoungUpstarts

by Neil Gordon. The first time I ever went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting was also the last time I went to one. It was a fiasco.

Venture Deals Online Course – Summer 2020 Edition

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course again this summer. But before I get to that, I want to highlight a blog post from a Black colleague. I’m getting, and reading, many of these each day.

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8 Indications Of A Real Entrepreneur Versus A Hacker

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup investor, I often see business proposals looking for funding that really look like expensive hobbies looking for donations.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

We just finished our 5th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. At the end of the quarter each of the eight teams give a final “Lessons Learned” presentation.

Why We Invested in Jumbo

View from Seed

After operating quietly for the past year, our portfolio company Jumbo made a couple big announcements yesterday, including the launch of Jumbo 2 as well as their $8M series A financing led by Balderton Capital.

3 Steps Brands Can Take To Boost Bottom Line By Creating Behavior Change

YoungUpstarts

by Myriam Sidibe, author of “ Brands on a Mission “ As the US reopens after months of shelter-in-place, we’re seeing just how difficult it is to convince people to change long-established behaviors – or adapt to new ones, like wearing masks or keep physical distance.

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#BlackLivesMatter and What I’m Doing

Feld Thoughts

So that I’m unambiguous about my perspective, #BlackLivesMatter. Amy and I have been philanthropically supporting Progressive Public Policy and Social Justice Organizations for over 20 years.

New Normal: Conversation with Doug Belden of Hillsborough County, FL

deal architect

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.

9 Different Approaches For Motivating A Startup Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs inherently understand that they have to be the initial leader of their startup, but often they don’t have the experience or the training to know where their leadership competencies lie, or how to build a leadership team.

How to be a startup Mensch

VC Cafe

Many Americans would be familiar with the term ‘Mensch’ According to Wikipedia, a Mensch is a person of integrity and honour. In this post, I wanted to share a few examples of what it means in practice in the startup world.

Pitching in the Pandemic

View from Seed

We’re in a global pandemic. The simple truth is that all venture capitalists have told their portfolio Founder/CEOs that if they don’t absolutely need to raise capital now that they shouldn’t be out there attempting to do so. Wait until fall. Wait until 2021. Wait until the situation changes.

How To Have A More Efficient Small Business

YoungUpstarts

Now that you’ve put in the hard work to create your small business, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts a long time. To do so, your organization must have efficient operations.

Humans Just Don’t Understand Complex Systems

Feld Thoughts

A major incident has been declared in Bournemouth as crowds flock to the beach. Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images. My first reaction to this photo was “you’ve got to be f **g kidding me.”

New Normal: A conversation with Paul Greenberg and Brent Leary on Sports

deal architect

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.

5 Reasons Two Founders As A Team Are Better Than One

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup idea, and improve their odds with investors.

What Does Your Content Say to Customers?

Rembrandt Communications

When was the last time you reviewed your content? Your current impression on customers may surprise you! What does your content say to customers?

How and Why the NextView Everyday Economy Accelerator is Different

View from Seed

It’s early into the launch of our 100% virtual NextView Everyday Economy accelerator , but indications point to early success. First, we were pleasantly overwhelmed with submissions over the past few weeks since we opened up applications.

Ways To Adopt AI In Your New Business

YoungUpstarts

If you’ve not been keeping up with tech news in the last decade, you probably should learn this fact: AI has been completely changing the face of business in the US and around the world.

You are Not Alone

Feld Thoughts

On Wednesday 6/3 at 11am Energize Colorado will be launching our Mental Wellness initiative. While we already have a Mental Health Resource section up on the Energize Colorado , we are starting a weekly webinar series called Wellness Wednesdays.

New Normal: A conversation with Seth Ravin of Rimini Street

deal architect

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.

8 Learning Principles To Keep You Ahead Of The Game

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in anticipating change today.

8 Useful Digital Marketing Sites And Resources You Should Know About

YFS Magazine

Stay ahead of the curve. Here's a list of the eight websites that marketers visit to get a daily dose of digital marketing news. Grow Marketing & Sales digital marketing marketing online marketing recommended

10 Entrepreneur Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To

ReadWriteStart

Podcasts are one of my favorite content mediums, and I know I’m not alone. Podcasts are inexpensive, typically free, they’re incredibly diverse, they’re usually updated on a daily or weekly basis, and you can listen to them while doing other things—like driving, doing chores, or exercising.

Why Animated Video Is The Way To Go In This Pandemic Era

YoungUpstarts

The world as we know it has irrevocably changed after 31 st December 2019. The novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) quickly spread throughout the world, infecting almost 7.9 million people, and claiming 435000+ lives so far. There is no vaccine yet. There is no definite cure yet.

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Most Warning Systems Do Not Warn Us That They Can No Longer Warn Us

Feld Thoughts

Since mid-March, I have received endless letters from companies and funds I’m an investor in with their thoughts on the Covid crisis. One of the best was from Paul Kedrosky and Eric Norlin of SK Ventures (one of our Partner Fund investments ).

SapphireNow Keynote: Professional, but in synch with the times?

deal architect

I listened to Christian Klein's keynote from the virtual Sapphire event today - watch replay here. It was his first as CEO and he came across very well. Energetic, professional and very comfortable in a digital setting. His keynote focused.

7 Ways To Optimize Passion And Energy In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you will start your business with plenty of passion and purpose, but all too often I see both disappearing after months of facing unanticipated setbacks and challenges.

Impact Investing: a time for problems to become opportunities

VC Cafe

“As big businesses begin to measure their impact, they begin to show it is fundamental to their future business models.” Sir Ronald Cohen. COVID-19 has undoubtedly further highlighted the social challenges across the world, as the economic recession’s aftermaths are expected, yet not fully known.

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Remote Work in the Time of COVID-19

ReadWriteStart

The world has changed… Two months ago, if I told you that remote work would be the global norm by mid-April, you’d have thought I was hanging out with Elon Musk too much.

Business Innovation In A Pandemic: Compete With Those You Admire

YoungUpstarts

by Alex Varricchio, co-owner of UpHouse. Comparing ourselves to our competitors in order to figure out how best to one-up them is natural — it’s what drives us all in business.

The Valence Funding Network: Connecting Black Talent with Capital

Feld Thoughts

If you are a venture capitalist, I strongly encourage you to join the Valence Funding Network to provide Black founders with direct access to VCs. I’ve joined along with a number of my peers. Kobie Fuller at Upfront Ventures started Valence in the fall of 2019.

New Normal: Conversation with Jack Barrett of First Citrus Bank

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C level execs, VCs 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. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19