October, 2019

Why Startups Should Focus On Software Testing

YoungUpstarts

by Hardik Shah, Tech Consultant at Simform. According to Capgemini’s World Quality Report 2018-19 , Companies are now spending an average of 35% of their IT budget on QA and testing — a 9% year-on-year increase.

Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is more than just changes in technology, or channel, or competitors – it’s all of them, all at once.

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Optimize Your Content for SEO or Miss Out!

Rembrandt Communications

Do You Use SEO On All Of Your Content? If you aren’t optimizing your content with search engine optimization, or SEO, why not? When your content appears at the top of Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines, you will get more site traffic.

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5 Leadership Principles That Inspire Loyalty And Productivity

YFS Magazine

Are you a leader worth following? Lead company culture leadership personal development workforce development

5 Ways To Minimize Employee Negativity In Your Office

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all the time.

What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

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Capturing Luck with “or” instead of “and”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I won a fake stock market competition in elementary school. I put all my money in a few penny stocks — where prices are less than a dollar, and because of their small denomination, their value (as a percentage) fluctuates wildly. Some days I had the worst portfolio, other days I had the best.

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Pre-Seed Rounds Aren’t Going Away, But Pre-Seed Funds Are

View from Seed

Over the past few years, “pre-seed” as a distinct category has emerged within the early stage fundraising landscape. To some degree the best way to describe a pre-seed round is that you know it when you see it, as the definition is squishy… but most pre-seed rounds are characterized as relatively small ($750K or less), early in company formation (pre-product), and typically followed by a larger “seed” round ($1M-$3M) within 12 months.

The disconnect between software buyers and vendors - about the role of SIs

deal architect

In the case studies I wrote for SAP Nation 3.0 I noticed two common threads A) Customers were using SIs cautiously - the last set of experiences with SIs and outsources has made them wary. A couple even thanked me. Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

7 Characteristics Of People Who Drive Global Change

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.

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5 Simple Steps To Attract More Customers With Social Media

YFS Magazine

There is a much smarter way to use social media to help build your business. Here's how. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing social media social media marketing

Pandere Shoes, Anchorage Startups, and Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Pandere Shoes is an Alaskan founded and women-owned startup that creates expandable footwear that accommodates a host of conditions such as edema, diabetes, and neuropathy. . I met the co-founder Laura Oden when I was in Anchorage last month to speak at the Accelerate Alaska event.

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The Importance Of Part-Time Work

YoungUpstarts

Many workers are under the impression that full-time jobs are only important. That theory has been debunked numerous times. While most workers prefer full-time employment, part-time employment is beneficial to college and high school students, single mothers, and people with disabilities.

“Peace of Mind” Businesses

View from Seed

One of my first seed investments was in a company that was looking to disrupt the textbook publishing space. The team was terrific, and the premise was to develop a digital textbook product that was 20x cheaper, better, and more convenient than traditional textbooks. The team brought an amazing product to market but the business just didn’t work. The core mistake we made was misclassifying the kind of business we were building.

A tumultuous couple of decades

deal architect

As I was filing our quarterly Form 941 last week, it hit me that we have entered the last quarter of this decade. As I flew into LaGuardia on Monday, it took me back two decades to my time at. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

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If These Quotes Could Be You, Don’t Try A New Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

5 Quick Self-Care Tips For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

If you're ready to improve yourself from the inside out, here are five simple self-care tips to ensure you prioritize your well-being. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development self care

Techstars Sustainability Accelerator Demo Day on 10/30/19

Feld Thoughts

Last week David and I spent some time at the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Their demo day is happening on October 30th in Denver and you can register here if you’re interested in attending. .

Maintaining a Software-Obsessed Tech Industry is Self-Sabotage

ReadWriteStart

Can we see that maintaining a software-obsessed tech industry is self-sabotage? As a venture capitalist, I know there’s incredible excitement around quantum computing. Yet, as a material scientist, I also see the technology is at least five years away from commercialization.

Which Fundraising Round Should You Skip?

View from Seed

As seed rounds have atomized, it’s not uncommon for founders to raise 3 or even 4 rounds prior to a series A. These include angel rounds, pre-seeds, institutional seeds, second seeds, pre-A, etc. The reality is that if a founder raised every one of these rounds, and lead investors always got their “target” ownership, the level of dilution would be ridiculous.

Gradually, then suddenly

deal architect

Lots of people are rattled by all the executive changes in the industry over the last few months.Bill McDermott and Rob Enslin at SAP.John Donahoe at ServiceNow.Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian at Oracle.Charles Phillips at Infor.Bob Stutz at. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

10 Signals That You Can Be A Trusted Business Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader believes that he or she has the full trust of their team and their customers, and in fact most do in the beginning. In my experience, most business professionals still believe in the old proverb, “ trust but verify.”

5 Powerful Ways To Use Instagram To Market Your Online Business

YoungUpstarts

Do you want to increase brand visibility while also getting your products seen by a growing number of consumers? If so, Instagram is the ideal place to achieve these goals along with many others.

3 Proven Holiday Marketing Strategies For Business Owners

YFS Magazine

Plan your holiday marketing campaigns now so that execution will be smooth and stress-free! Grow Marketing & Sales holiday business tips holiday marketing marketing

The Biggest Mistakes Made by Live Broadcasters

ReadWriteStart

Live video is one of the most effective tools that marketers can use to reach and engage audiences. It allows businesses to address large numbers of customers at the same time. You are able to demonstrate products, and to make offers, but also to answer questions and quash objections.

UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone

Grasshopper Herder

A successful leader makes sure their teammates are capable in their position and clear on their mission. The post UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Retrospective teams

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RIP Mark Hurd

deal architect

Larry Ellison hinted at this in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld last month. He joked he did not have many friends and that he would hate to lose Mark Hurd. In a corny way that was quite a tribute to. Industry Commentary

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7 Strategies To Make You A Business Leader Role Model

Startup Professionals Musings

We are living in a new generation of business, where customers drive the experience, and highly engaged employees are required to keep up with customer expectations. Traditional business leadership practices, including autocratic, reactive, and narcissistic, aren’t good enough.

Five Strategies To Grow Your Business And Get More Clients

YoungUpstarts

by Maureen Gharrity, CEO and founder of Finding Your Way Coaching. Growing your business, or trying to get new clients, can be hard. It doesn’t always have to be. The strategies that work to bring in more business are not necessarily what you may think or what you default to.

Thought Leadership vs. Cult of Personality

Feld Thoughts

In 2011, my now-partner Chris Moody (and then-CEO of Gnip, which I was on the board of) kicked my butt about my endless statements about hating marketing. His thoughts on recasting “marketing” as “thought leadership” appeared on this blog in a post I Don’t Hate Marketing. It remains a great example of one of the reasons I blog, which is to think out loud, get feedback, learn, and iterate.

The Biggest Mistake Your Startup is Making

ReadWriteStart

Entrepreneurs always make mistakes. When you’re building a business , you will get things wrong. Everyone does. It’s part of the learning process. If you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not trying hard enough. Let me explain the biggest mistake your startup is making.

Is Winter coming for startups?

VC Cafe

11 years ago Sequoia released the “ RIP Good Times ” Presentation. With the financial crisis meltdown, it was clear that “winter is coming” for startups.

The Dyslexic Advantage

Version One Ventures

I know many people that are dyslexic: entrepreneurs, close friends, family members. And almost all of them have suffered from the general perception that dyslexia is a learning disability.

7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

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10 Critical Success Factors For A Service Business

YoungUpstarts

LaddersFree is not only one of the largest national window cleaning service providers in the UK but possibly the most successful.

Writing More About Women

Feld Thoughts

Following is an abridged email that showed up in my inbox recently that caused me to stop and think for a few minutes. I took a look back through your posts before I crafted this email. So much of what you write about is focused on men who are succeeding, that I wonder if you are going to write something about women like Simone Biles. She is doing some pretty amazing stuff on the mat, bars, vault, and beam. I know you support women so I feel a little bad about calling this out but am curious.

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CAN-SPAM Act is Important and Painful for Email Marketers

ReadWriteStart

Business practices are changing every day. Nowadays, companies and startups are interested in increasing market share maximization with the use of new technology like email marketing.

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