August, 2020

New Normal: A conversation with Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Media

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

7 Critical Resources For A Thriving Startup Community

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I often feel the frustration of someone trying to build a startup in the wrong place and time, and wrongly attributing their struggle to personal limitations.

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Little Tweaks That Will Catapult Your Online Store To The Next Level


You don’t find many startup ideas as straightforward as an online store. Well, not in theory at least! It follows a pretty basic business model of selling products online for people to order. You stock the products in a warehouse or your garage, then ship them off as the orders come in.

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Are You At Your Best Right Now?

Feld Thoughts

I’m not. And I know a lot of people who aren’t. I’m trying hard, but I’m aware that there are many moments where I’m nowhere close to being my best. Every day, I feel confused by behavior from someone I know well which is inconsistent with how I think of them.


Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Hacking 4 Recovery – Time to Take A Shot

Steve Blank

Rise Up. Let’s do something to help with the pandemic.” In April, with the economy crashing, and the East Coast in lockdown, I heard this from Stanford instructors Tom Bedecarre and Todd Basche, both on the same day.

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How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

“I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that. But Kamala Harris was picked to be the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. That means she’ll be the first female Vice President of the United States, the first female Black Vice President and the first Indian-American Vice President. I don’t take this for granted, be ready for a fight.

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7 Characteristics Of Startup Founders Who Enjoy Life

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor and a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always disappointed to see founders who seem stressed out most of the time, and more annoyed than energized by the abundance of challenges they see in building their startup.

A Guide To Remote Work Success


Even before the current pandemic, more and more businesses were shifting towards a remote work system. Yet since the world was turned upside down, this has gone into overdrive. For many who were fortunate enough to still remain employed, they suddenly found themselves working from home.

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Pondering the Commercial Real Estate Market

Feld Thoughts

Since Covid started, I’ve had many conversations about office space. In April, almost all of our companies were unable to use their office space because of stay at home orders.

Teaching Lean Innovation in the Pandemic

Steve Blank

Remote education in the pandemic has been hard for everyone. Hard for students having to deal with a variety of remote instructional methods. Hard for parents with K through 12 students at home trying to keep up with remote learning, and hard for instructors trying to master new barely functional tools and technology while trying to keep students engaged gazing at them through Hollywood Squares -style boxes.

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7 Ways to Generate Unique Web App Ideas for Your Startup to Consider


Execution of an idea is easier than generating the one. The idea will remain the same for web app idea creation and implementation. If you are a startup , then it is important for you to introduce web applications with a unique idea or less popular concepts.

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New Normal: A conversation with Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up

6 Ways To Pull In Customers Without Push Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs have always believed that their product or service must show real value to customers, but today the smart ones are even able to make their marketing valuable. The days are gone when marketing was all “pushing product.”

Why Young Entrepreneurs Are Into Digital Marketing


If Gen X entrepreneurs are making tremendous efforts to climb up the corporate ladder, Gen Z entrepreneurs are doing pretty good, earning a living in innovative ways. They have a strong ability to market themselves, which allows these young entrepreneurs to get more clients and grow their business.

Venture Kills or the Sunday New York Times

Feld Thoughts

I had a really nice week off the grid. More on that in another post. I woke up this morning with a very long run in mind.

The Energy Revolution is (Finally) Here

Version One Ventures

It’s been exciting to see so much renewed investor interest in climate tech and clean energy startups. As Peter Thiel documented in detail, the last wave of late 2000s cleantech VC excitement ended in a trough of despair as many of the more well-funded companies went bust (with the notable exception of a few big winners like Tesla, SunRun, and Opower).

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Our Voting System at NextView (aka How We Make Decisions)

View from Seed

As summer moves into fall there is always a surge in new investment activity. This year will likely be even more pronounced since many companies delayed seeking funding during the beginning of the pandemic, and are now thinking about approaching investors. During this time, founders are often confused about the opaque world of decision-making within VC firms. I thought I’d share a piece of NextView’s decision-making criteria – our voting system.

Utmost: Software for a clover-leaf talent economy

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Five years ago, as part of my research for the book on automation, Silicon Collar, I coined the term "Alt-Job". I saw millions of workers and small businesses in franchises like those of McDonald's or the UPS Store, selling products

10 Strategies That Work Best For Serial Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who experience success with their first startup are often amazed to realize that the risks and fears of doing it right the second time go up, rather than down.

Do These 8 Things To Build A Successful Diverse Team


by Hank Frecon, the chief executive officer of Source Digital. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, companies that commit themselves to diverse leadership are more successful.

The Sameness

Feld Thoughts

It’s Monday. Again. I have 30 Zoom meetings on my calendar this week (yes – I counted). It’s a light week for Zoom meetings since I have four board meetings this week, which each takes up a big block of time, limiting the total number of Zoom meetings for the week. Did I say that it’s Monday? My Whoop recovery score is yellow again. It’s yellow almost every day. I get plenty of sleep, but it’s still yellow. Sometimes it’s red.

16 Entrepreneurs Explain Ways They Help Themselves Think differently


In today’s’ world there are a lot of disruptions that can easily drive you away from the goals or strategies you set. Have you ever found yourself doing something that is totally different from what you wanted?

In Defense of the IPO, and How to Improve It

Andreessen Horowitz

There’s a popular narrative that evil investment bankers are intentionally underpricing traditional IPOs to steal from companies, lining banker pockets and those of their fatcat Wall Street clients. The proof is seemingly obvious: IPOs are 50x oversubscribed!

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New Normal: A conversation with Sue Fellows of Workfront

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

7 Due Diligence Checks On Your Idea To Save Some Pain

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, consummate entrepreneurs tend come up with more startup ideas than they can ever implement, and some of the ideas may not even make business sense. But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind?

7 Advertising Design Trends In 2020


In 2020, we are witnessing the beginning of a new era in advertising design, and big changes in trends. Advertising design is more than poised to reach new heights as design professionals begin to redefine a new way of creating display advertising.

There’s No Downside to Trying Therapy

Feld Thoughts

I got a note from someone who recently saw my Techstars mental health video. He said that could relate to how I describe depression as the “absence of joy.” ” He went on to write me a long, thoughtful, and brave note about his experience with depression. One thing stood out to me was a statement near the end: “I can’t convince myself to “speak to someone” because it feels wrong if I am paying them. It doesn’t feel whole.

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Monday Motivation: PATIENCE IS KEY – Best Motivational Speech 2020


?This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Here are some takeaways from the video: Take time to find your own voice. Sacrifice to get to the place you want. Look for ways to enhance your perception and intelligence.

Thrive In A Crisis With the Right Content

Rembrandt Communications

How do you use content in a crisis? The right words can help you thrive instead of just survive. During this pandemic, did you realize that there were many things you could have done to prepare in advance? Don’t worry. You are not alone. The good news is that you’ve learned a valuable lesson. Now, you can prepare for the future, and one of the key tools to use is copywriting. By writing appropriate content at the right time, you can help your business get through tough times and even thrive.

Extra! extra! The dead has arisen!!!

deal architect

As Brian Sommer and Ray Wang reported on Friday in this video I was one of the pall-bearers at the funeral for on-premise software. In that role, I was allowed to the grave site where no media followed - most. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary New Normal COVID-19

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8 Keys To Success In Your Next New Business Interview

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups and small businesses are different worlds from big enterprises, so the qualities you need to get a job in a new venture are different.

Ways To Drive More Sales To Your eCommerce Website


The goal of every online store owner is to make sales, but as you know, it is not just a case of hitting the publish button and seeing the dollars roll in. The competition in the eCommerce sector is high. It is also high among many niches, so how do you break through the noise?

Laptops for the Justice Reskill Program

Feld Thoughts

Aaron Clark is leading a program called Justice Reskill. They need 20 laptops for the participants in the program. Justice Reskill is a reskilling platform that teaches both technical and essential skills to justice-involved individuals. The first cohort-based directed learning experience launches Saturday, August 15, 2020, with the Second Chance Center of Aurora Colorado, led by Mr. Hassan Latif.

20 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Companies They Admire Most For Innovation


Innovative if a word often used to describe successful companies. Innovation drives media attention and fosters customer retention rate, which is why most companies strive to have it in their mission statement.

When Entry Multiples Don’t Matter

Andreessen Horowitz

OH in South Park, San Francisco (or on Zoom from Big Sky, Montana): “OMG, crazy – that firm just paid 100x revenue to invest in [insert hot startup here] – what could they be thinking?” .

Scenario Planning - the Workfront angle

deal architect

I have long been a fan of long-term scenario planning and this Harvard Business Review article describes in a fair amount of detail the big thinking around such planning at Shell and other large companies and at government agencies.