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.”

Plex evolves the Analyst Summit

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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

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.

Don’t Let The Mountain Get In Your Way, Or Your Boss


by Laleh Hancock , founder and CEO of Belapemo. We all encounter stumbling blocks in our lives and careers, but what action do you take when those barriers becomes an impediment to your success or happiness?

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.

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.

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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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Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors

Steve Blank

This article first appeared on the Harvard Business Review blog. Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years. He radically transformed the company from a classic conglomerate that did everything to one that focused on its core industrial businesses. He sold off slower-growth, low-tech, and nonindustrial businesses — financial services, media, entertainment, plastics, and appliances. He doubled GE’s investment in R&D.

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Why The Best Young Entrepreneurs Are Purpose-Driven


by Zach Mercurio, author of “ The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose ”. You’ve heard it all before. Good entrepreneurs have discipline. They are risk-takers, adaptable, persistent, and self-motivated.

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

CO Impact Days: Unicorns, Zebras, Ponies, and Donkeys

Feld Thoughts

VCs love to talk about Unicorns, where a giant return is possible. Some friends in the impact investing world have recently started talking about generating giant returns by investing in Zebras (such as a nonprofit building in rural Colorado) and Ponies (an immigrant restaurant in Seattle currently using payday lending at 35% for their working capital). While these returns have an economic component, they can also have dramatic impact on our society.

Two decades of HR Tech

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Stacey Harris sent me a preview copy of the Sierra-Cedar annual HR Systems survey. It is the 20th edition, and I particularly enjoyed the walk down memory lane when I was following HR applications at Gartner. “20 20 years ago, David. Cloud Computing, SaaS Silicon Collar

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4 Steps To Prepare Your Business For A Required Pivot

Startup Professionals Musings

You will be pivoting your business in your lifetime, whether you are a new startup, or a mature company like Motorola or IBM. You can count on it and plan for it, or you wait for the next survival crisis brought your way by this rapidly changing world.

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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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4 Tips To Help Startups Grow Your SEO Client Base  


by Itamar Gero, founder and CEO of . Each day is an opportunity for SEO agencies and experts to peddle their services to businesses who aim for online marketing success and have the money for it.

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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

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.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 2

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My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Industry Commentary

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8 Creativity Traits That Will Improve Your Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new venture is all about being creative, not just in the initial solution, but in tackling the daily challenges of every new and innovative business. In my role as business advisor, I find too many people still looking for the right answers in the back of the book.

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.

The Small Business Guide To Creating A Perfect Logo


by Katie Lunden of crowdspring. Everyone has their own take on what makes a logo perfect. New trends (and fads) in logo design appear every year. Be careful not to fall into the trap of following every new fad.

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

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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Dont write off SAP yet

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It would be easy to be pessimistic about SAP when you read Dennis Howlett’s recent blog “It’s a hot mess and everyone, whether that is SAP, customers, partners or User Group people want it to go away. The issue comes. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

10 Sharing Principles To Improve Your Business Image

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many customers have long felt distanced from many successful brands, seeing them as closed and mysterious environments, focused only on profits and killing competitors. They may not have noticed the wave of “open businesses,” spawned by the Internet and social media.

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.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia


by Marek Danyluk, managing partner at Space Executive. There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth.

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

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.

Cognizants own Digital Transformation

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You hear about digital projects at their clients, but you don’t hear much from outsourcers about their own transformations. Cloud competitors like Amazon, contract manufacturers like Foxconn and digital agencies have dramatically changed the landscape of services. So it was. Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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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.

How to Avoid Killing Your Startup

Up and Running

Whether the widely reported statistic that eight out of ten businesses fail in the first 18 months is accurate or not, few will disagree with the fact that most startups fail. However, it’s rarely from a lack of owner passion, interest, hard work, or desire for success.

Multiple Revenue Streams – The Benefits, And How To Build Them Successfully


by Gary Douglas, author of “ How To Become Money “ Money. Whether you have a lot, a little, or just enough to get by, most of us would like to increase our financial resources.

3 Business Apps To Improve Operations And Workflow

YFS Magazine

What if you could free up more time, get more done, and create more–in less time? Would that make life and business easier? Of course, it would. Back Office Grow back office managing workflow productivity project management time management

Startup Opportunities Available on Audible

Feld Thoughts

The audiobook version of Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job is now available on Audible. Unlike the Audible version of Venture Deals , this one was read by Stephen Hoye. If you like audiobooks, grab a copy , give it a listen, and tell me what you think.

Salesforces Open Tent

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Dreamforce always has a feel of a political convention. You almost expect to see signs directing crowds to the LGBT or Pacific Islander caucus room. This year, watching it streamed I have been navigating through sessions titled with words like. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

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