August, 2020

5 Keys To Negotiating Your Fair Share Of Any Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology, or money.

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.


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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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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.

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.

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.

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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.


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New Normal: A conversation with Charles Phillips of RECOGNIZE

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.

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.

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.

The Entrepreneur’s Marketing Roadmap: Affiliate Channel Strategies Explained

YFS Magazine

What is affiliate marketing and why does it matter to an emerging entrepreneur? . Grow Marketing & Sales affiliate marketing affiliate marketing programs marketing recommended

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.

8 Ways To Stay Competitive In Today’s Technical World

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are feeling deeper and deeper in the hole.

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

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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24 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Industries That Are Ripe For Disruption


Is your industry ready for a change? The decision on which industry one should venture in is often determined by factors such as advancement in technology and availability of capital. The prevailing trends may favor some industry while others prove to be more profitable over time.

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.

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.

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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 demo - how quaint!

deal architect

Rootstock gave me a demo this week of their Low-Code, Business-Driven Cloud ERP software release. I have extracted below 3 minutes from an hour-long Zoom session. This press release describes five areas where "citizen developers" can increase their productivity using. Cloud Computing, SaaS

No Visitors To Your Website? Try This Effective Website Design Strategy.


Countless websites are struggling with their website traffic. Can you imagine the number of competitors that you have to deal with to get noticed by your niche? These days, having a website isn’t enough. A website needs to have regular visitors to be considered a successful website.

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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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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.

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.

Enterprise tech learns that small is beautiful

deal architect

SAP Nation 3.0, which was published last year, took me 6 months longer than I had planned. When I looked at the first draft, it was dominated by S/4HANA. I told Stacey Fish, who was helping me navigate SAP I. Cloud Computing, SaaS New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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.

30 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Four SEO Tools To Improve Your Google Rankings

YFS Magazine

Improved SEO and increased site traffic is something we are all interested in. These four tools are designed to help you get there. Grow Marketing & Sales company website google marketing seo SERPs

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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.

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.”

Utmost: Software for a clover-leaf talent economy

deal architect

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

The Challenges Female Business Owners Face


by Hailey McFadden , founder of Power Move Marketing. There was a time when females could not even dream about owning a business. A time in which we did not even have access to the resources we needed to become business owners.

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?” .

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.

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.

5 Keys To Reducing Startup Risk By Building On Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business which builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology.