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.”

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.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 2011, my partner Brad suggested that USV invest in a search engine called DuckDuckGo. I laughed at the idea, “why would we ever want to compete with Google?” ” “Because they do something Google will never do”, Brad explained.

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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!

Soccer Analytics: Italy Serie A and England Premier League


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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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 Use A/B Testing and Personalization Best Together


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.

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.

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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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.

Has Bitcoin Found Footing?


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.

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.

How to Segment A/B Test Results to Find Gold


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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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.

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

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

Economic Outlook: Korea


Roaring ahead to a seven year high.The economy steamed ahead in Q3, according to preliminary data released by the Bank of Korea. Growth came in at 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year, higher than the 2.7% growth recorded for Q2.

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.

Beyond “One Size Fits All” A/B Tests


If you’re invested in improving your A/B testing game, you’ve probably read dozens of articles and discussions on how to plan and run A/B tests.

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

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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?

1920 - 2000: MLB American League Batting - @chaganomics


We are retro-fitting and editing sporting charts for Chaganomics. Stay tuned! American League Hall of Fame Baseball MLB


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.

How to Kickstart Your Growth Process


At TelTech , it took our product-marketing organization more than a year to get to something that resembled a true growth team, running high tempo testing. So, if you are struggling to implement the growth hacking methodology, I get it.

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.

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

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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South Africa: Economy at a tipping point?


South Africa's economy exited technical recession in Q2 and recent data provides reason for cautious optimism. The recent recovery in agricultural output carried into in Q3, and consumer confidence is increasing on the back of moderating inflation and higher real wage growth.

Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

Feld Thoughts

The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together. Amy and I have been supporters of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since we started our relationship in 1990. So has my partner Seth and his wife Greeley, who is currently a trustee on the TNC Colorado board.