November, 2017

Good Bad Like Dislike

Feld Thoughts

There’s a magnificent exercise that I like to do for myself on a periodic basis. I’m sure it has a more formal name but I call it “Good Bad Like Dislike.”

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Brittleness comes from “One Thing”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’re tired of hearing how small software companies usually fail. The data show that the two most common causes are: (1) Product isn’t useful to enough people, and (2) Problems with the team.

6 Lessons From Navy SEALs For New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

You have to be extra tough mentally to start a new business venture.

What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.

A disturbing item in my morning tech news feed.

47 Hats

It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction.

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10 Strategies To Kick Up How You Will Be Remembered

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader waits too long before really working on the legacy that he wants to leave to society and his family.

Global Outlook: China December 2017

Chaganomics

Mainland China Outlook: The economy continues to defy signs of an abrupt slowdown on the back of resilient household consumption. GDP expanded 6.8% annually in Q3, just a notch below H1’s 6.9% increase and comfortably in line to achieve this year’s 6.5% growth target.

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Tooling up for writing a book in 2018

47 Hats

While I’ve already started writing “VS Code Mac” , I kind of look at this time of year as the prep time for that new shiny year to come. So here’s my thinking on how to write a book-length project as of now. Please let me know if you’ve got any better alternatives!

Location, Location, Location

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally. The younger the startup business, the more that is true.

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Do You Reduce Stress Or Increase Stress?

Feld Thoughts

Mark Cuban had a great line a few weeks ago at the interview I did with him and Charlie Ergen at Denver Startup Week. He said: “I like to invest in people who reduce stress and avoid people who increase stress.” ” As I was dealing with something yesterday, this reappeared in my brain but slightly modified. “I like to be the person who reduces stress and avoid people who increase stress.” ” My world is filled with people who increase stress.

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How To Turn Your Vision Into Reality

YFS Magazine

Remember, only you are responsible for your life and career and mapping out a path to success and happiness begins with a clear vision. Plan mission statement personal development starting a business vision

6 Key Tenets Of A Winning Marketing Story In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits.

How to Segment A/B Test Results to Find Gold

ConversionXL

You run an A/B test , and it’s a winner. Or maybe it’s flat (no difference in performance between variations). Does it mean that the treatments that you tested didn’t resonate with anyone? Probably not.

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So why am I writing ‘VS Code Mac’?

47 Hats

A funny thing happened two years ago this weekend: Microsoft released software for developers that did not suck.

Plex evolves the Analyst Summit

deal architect

I get invited to a number of user conferences. I must admit I often feel I am intruding there on customer time with vendor executives. I much prefer smaller analyst summits and Plex has honed such summits to an art

Zebras Uniting at DazzleCon

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, I wrote about the upcoming CO Impact Days. In it, I pointed to a Medium post titled Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break , which turns out to be the Zebra Manifesto.

Entrepreneurs Can Access 17,000 Online Classes For Free — Start With Our Top 10 Picks

YFS Magazine

Invest in your career. Invest in your passions. Try over 17,000 online classes. Redeem two whole months of Skillshare Premium membership for free. Editor Picks Lead online classes online courses online learning personal development skillshare sponsored

3 Key Success Factors Drive Business Strategies Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Your business can’t be all things to all people, and excel at anything. Every entrepreneur and every business needs a strategy to keep them focused. In fact, in this new world of pervasive interactivity, it’s time to rethink even how to develop a strategy.

Soccer Analytics: Italy Serie A and England Premier League

Chaganomics

Soccer Analytics: England Premier League Timing W/ 13 Games Played @chaganomics Soccer Analytics: Italy Serie A 14 Games Played @chaganomics. Premier League Serie A Soccer Soccer Stats Sporting Metrics Stats

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For VCs, “What Could Go Right” Is More Important Than “What Could Go Wrong”

Hunter Walker

You ever notice how when someone leads off by saying, “Now, I don’t mean to overgeneralize but…” they almost always are overgeneralizing?

How to Create a Financial Contingency Plan for Your Business

Up and Running

Financial contingency planning is a must—not just for established small businesses, but also for businesses in the earliest stages of formation.

Making Holograms Real

Feld Thoughts

Looking Glass , a Brooklyn-based company we recently led the Series A investment in, just released HoloPlayer One, the world’s first interactive lightfield development kit. This is a new interface that lets groups of people see and interact with floating 3D scenes without VR or AR headgear.

7 Business Growth Tips For Female Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

My husband and I started our business nine years ago. Finance Grow fast business growth money

10 Keys To Making Mentoring A Win-Win Relationship

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Most people don’t know that billionaire Mark Zuckerberg , for example, gives real credit to the inspiring mentorship of Steve Jobs for Mark’s Facebook success.

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How to Use A/B Testing and Personalization Best Together

ConversionXL

If you ask most marketers, they will tell you that A/B testing and personalization are two completely different things. I respectfully disagree, and I think this disagreement is at the root of how to use them best together.

Fortune’s Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List

Ask The VC

It was fun to see Venture Deals on the most recent Fortune Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List. It’s a pretty awesome list. I’ve read most of the books on it and just bought the few that I haven’t yet read. Books fortune

How to Increase Your ROI With Color Psychology

Up and Running

The last time you bought a new phone, chances are your final decision was based on the color. Sure, you considered the functional features such as battery power, camera quality, screen size, and so on. But when that was out of the way, the color most likely determined the specific phone you chose.

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Backing Up Your Stem Cells

Feld Thoughts

The science fiction of the last 30 years is rapidly becoming reality as technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence are becoming more real and present with each passing day. While my jetpack still seems ponderously far away and cars are becoming self-driving instead of flying, we are making progress. In medicine, progress is methodical and incremental. As lives are literally at stake, it’s imperative to move forward in a logical and data-driven manner.

7 Things Every Young Entrepreneur Should Know

YFS Magazine

People may say you are too young or too inexperienced, but if you genuinely believe in your business idea, don’t let them bring you down. Plan business planning starting a business startup advice

6 Strategies To Optimize Self-Leadership For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs in business, one of the biggest failures I see is a lack of self-leadership. You can’t lead a business to success, if you can’t lead yourself.

Has Bitcoin Found Footing?

Chaganomics

Article Reposted From Nov. 2nd, 2017- Bitcoin has finally found its proper listing place: The futures market. Most investors and consumers will never touch a futures contract or a derivative. A derivative is a financial instrument and the most common form of a derivative is a futures contract.

27 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

SWOT Analysis Examples

Up and Running

Editor’s note: This article was updated in November of 2017. One of the best ways to prepare to conduct a SWOT analysis is to use examples for help and inspiration.

Book: The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap – From Concept to IPO

Feld Thoughts

The NYSE recently published a book – The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap – From Concept to IPO that I’ve been involved in. I wrote a chapter and made a number of introductions to the team working on the book that resulted in a number of other chapters. The book covers a variety of stages of company development, including: The Seed Stage: Starting a Company. The Growth Stage: Scaling the Business. Late Stage: Preparing for the next chapter. The Exit: Strategies and Options.

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