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.”

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.

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.

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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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.

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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

Agile in the Real World

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Addi Regev, lead a conversation around “Agile in the Real World”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

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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.

27 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


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.

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.

Quantitative Investing in Shampoo

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Andy wrote a blog post on with this title today. I like the title so much that I want to feature the post on AVC today too. I have been a skeptic about data-driven venture capital investing for a long time. However, I do think CPG is a sector where this could work very well. Can a machine help you invest in shampoo? Coffee? Another consumer product?

The Definitive Guide to Connected Manufacturing

deal architect

Plex has a neat publication for the new world of Advanced Manufacturing (see many examples in the resurgence that Greenville, SC is showing as a factory town) and where we are seeing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Plex calls it Connected.

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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.

Online Networking Tips – Important For Every Career


Online networking has become an integral part of career growth in the modern world. Regardless of your age or your position, there are benefits to online networking that are too great to be ignored.

7 Tips for More Confidence at Work

The Startup Magazine

Competence is understood by everyone as being critical to professional achievement, success in the workplace, and even personal satisfaction. However, competence can only take you so far if you lack confidence. Unfortunately, confidence is lacking in very many perfectly capable leaders.

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.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week. For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot bigger than “shares” As founder/CEO Henry Ward points out in this post , the opportunity is to build the ownership graph: If you drill far enough into the ownership graph, through the pensions and real-estate trusts and all the shared ownership vehicles, you eventually get to a person.

Deals are not done until they are done


We were excited to close the sale of our Consumer Insights business last week to Edison, as I blogged about last week on the Return Path blog. But it brought back to mind the great Yogi Berra quote that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

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.

Want To Accelerate Small Business Growth? Then Turn To The Cloud.


by Zakir Ahmed, General Manager of Asia at Oracle NetSuite. Started by a young entrepreneurial couple, Haresh and Dolly Balani, Treknology 3 set up its first small bicycle concept store in Singapore almost 30 years ago.

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The moment of integrity

David Cohen

I was on a panel at FounderCon last week with Noah Pittard from Cooley and Service Provider Capital. Something Noah said on that panel was so insightful that it really stuck with me.

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.

How to Disrupt a Target Market Through Innovation

The Startup Magazine

Technology has the ability to disrupt the marketplace, which is the Holy Grail for any entrepreneur. It means offering a completely different way of doing something and capturing the interest of millions of people who may or may not have anticipated the idea, but were anxiously awaiting the reality.

How Venture Capital Firms Work, for Entrepreneurs and Startups


A couple of months ago, I was doing an internal lunch & learn for senior managers, and the topic came up as to “how do our VC firms work?”

Dont write off SAP yet

deal architect

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

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.

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20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Business Quote


André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

Start making better product decisions: A framework to go with your Agile Process

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Alex Hsu (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Addi Regev]. Why do I need a framework? A research conducted by Alpha UX found that 25% of Product Manager surveyed wished for a clearer product roadmap and strategy. This was second only to increase in salary!

How To Get A Response To Your Cold Email

YFS Magazine

When you write cold emails with the intention of getting a response, you are helping your future email deliverability. Here's how to get started. Grow Marketing & Sales cold emails communiations email communication email etiquette email marketing

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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.

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!

Why Most Partnerships Fail! And Steps to Prevent Failure…


by Soulaima Gourani , founder and CEO of Tradeconductor. Are you or your company going into strategic partnerships with other people or companies?

Top 5 Traits That Make Veterans Great Entrepreneurs­­

Up and Running

For many years, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were successful at starting and growing small businesses. In fact, almost 50 percent of veterans owned a business after World War II. But today, veteran entrepreneurship is on the decline.

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Product Management Perspectives & Insights from One of the Best

The Product Guy

Check out the full-length conversation, unique perspectives, and product management insights with Chris Butler, The Best Product Person of 2016. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. tweet ).