June, 2019

Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1

Grasshopper Herder

Fear of failure is perfectly natural, but if we let it define our business decisions, we can't truly call ourselves innovators. What we need is a safe place to fail. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1 appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

How To Focus On Being Productive, Instead Of Busy

YFS Magazine

Let’s be honest. Entrepreneurs are notoriously busy. You know what we’re talking about –– hustle, grind, repeat. But there's a better way. Lead personal development productivity productivity tips productivity tools

6 Signs It’s Time to Give Your Website a Facelift

The Startup Magazine

In today’s competitive and constantly evolving business climate, a strong web presence is crucial. Your website is one of the most reliable, effective and future-proof marketing assets you can have. It should be set up to make access to information simple and immediate.

Women Who Venture

Feld Thoughts

I recently met Renata George through a referral from Katie Rae (MIT Engine CEO, previously Techstars Boston MD). Renata told me about a book she was working on called Women Who Venture and asked me if I’d write the foreword. I was honored to be asked to do this. The foreword I wrote follows.

Zoho's strikingly different global path

deal architect

I have heard Zoho talk about doing business in UAE and Nigeria. That is so different from other cloud vendors which tend to mostly focus on N. America and Europe. Over the last decade, their US revenues have steadily declined. Cloud Computing, SaaS Globalization and Technology

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9 Keys To Effective Communication In Today’s Business

Startup Professionals Musings

When was the last time you changed how you communicate to your team and to your customers? The way you deliver your message is key to maximizing its impact, or even reaching the intended audience. Don’t count on people reading your Annual Report for breaking news.

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Chewy S-1: Category Leadership + Conveyor Belt Into Consumers’ Homes

View from Seed

Chewy has rapidly grown from a startup to a multi-billion commerce company, establishing itself as the leader in pet e-commerce. Chewy sells tens of thousands of products from many 3rd party brands, as well as its own private label brands (though latter remains <10% of sales).

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.

ReadWriteStart

For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed.

Every Lie We Tell Incurs a Debt to the Truth

Feld Thoughts

I watched HBO’s Chernobyl the past few nights. I finished it last night, took a deep breath, and said out loud to myself, “that was spectacular.” ” One of the final quotes that stuck with me is the title of this post.

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Workfront - Modern Work, Modern Markets

deal architect

Many vendors talk about the "Future of Work". It's usually in the future tense. They forget that the future is already here. The BLS adds many brand new occupations in its listings every few years. We glibly talk about the. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Finding The Right Angel Investor For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is looking for an angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

Steve Blank

We just finished our 4th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. At the end of each class we have each team give a Lessons Learned presentation.

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

VC Cafe

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of. This is a content summary only.

Building the Best Seed Syndicates

View from Seed

As I like to say, fundraising tends to move slow until it moves fast. It feels like a bit of a grind in the early and mid stages of a process, but in a successful fundraise, things tend to heat up at the end and move at a breakneck pace once you drive towards final allocations and a close. At this point, founders find themselves in a luxurious situation of being able to build the best possible syndicate.

The Chernobyl Podcast

Feld Thoughts

When I wrote the post Every Lie We Tell Incurs a Debt to the Truth I expected to get some feedback. I got more than I usually do (mostly by email vs. blog comments) and much of it was thoughtful. One person pointed to the video I embedded, which I thought was great.

A dream team to negotiate with SAP

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Geoff Scott, CEO of ASUG, wrote this in his foreword to SAP Nation 3.0 "For For many years, licensing was a “third rail” topic: look at it, discuss it among yourselves but don’t ever collectively — as a customer contingent —. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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6 Clues To The Right Employees For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it.

MCAlert Founder And Former Captain At PBSO Jay Hart On How To Make Meetings More Productive 

YoungUpstarts

How much do today’s employees dread heading into yet another meeting? A survey of workers across the U.S. by project management company Clarizen found that the following tedious activities were preferred to meetings: A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Watching paint dry.

Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives

Grasshopper Herder

How to use retrospectives so your entire team can get the most out of your experiments. The post Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Productivity Retrospective

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9 Steps to Assess Whether a Startup is Suitable for Investment

ReadWriteStart

In the world of investing, there are numerous investment opportunities from which you can choose. The market is saturated so you will most certainly find a suitable investment opportunity that will match both your investing style and preferences.

Boulder Community Health Takes On The Mental Health Stigma

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Boulder Community Health Foundation Summer 2019 Magazine in an article titled Taking On The Mental Health Stigma. I started the second week of 2013 in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Within two hours of arriving, I was in my hotel room, the shade closed, the door locked, and in bed with a pillow over my head. I couldn’t deal with anything at all. Having been here before, I knew I was in a deep depression.

Stant: RPA in a Manufacturing setting

deal architect

When you think of automation on the shop floor you think robotics, IoT and AR/VR. On the other hand, when you talk to executives in white collar industries about automation, the conversation usually drifts to bots. Most SIs now have

4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival.

How Office Cleanliness Correlates With Business Success

YoungUpstarts

by Nik Williams, Managing Director of Shredall SDS Group. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are always looking for ways to innovate and increase their productivity by investing in the latest tools, software and training programs.

3 Ways To Attract The Right Employees

The Startup Magazine

Running a successful business can’t always be done alone, and at some point, you might make the decision to hire people to help you and to ensure that your business can truly grow. Hiring is a big decision, and not one that should ever be taken lightly.

Purpose, Balance and Interface Are Keys to Successful Teams

ReadWriteStart

In 2019, anxiety is still part of being a startup. But it doesn’t have to be. Capital efficiency is the name of the game, as access to financing rounds is narrowing. Investors are more nervous about bets that may not pay off for some time.

Did Abraham Lincoln Invent Pancakes?

Feld Thoughts

I love weird Internet memes. Recently, I plumbed the depths of this one with my friend Quinn. Go to your Google browser and type “did ab” and see what comes up for you. If it’s “Did Abraham Lincoln Invent Pancakes” then the Internet is working as expected.

SAP Nation 3.0 Excerpts: Chapter 11 - Tilting the Bell Curve

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. Over the next couple of weeks will excerpt the final batch. SAP Nation, the book

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5 Keys To Growing What You Have Planted As A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you noticed that more companies beg you to participate in their business today? It started with an email survey on your last stay at their hotel, but now includes requests for online product reviews, to social media input on the design of future products.

Nine Companies That Got Brand Right

YoungUpstarts

by Lindsay Pedersen, author of “ Forging An Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide “ It’s tougher than ever to grab and hold customer attention. People are overwhelmed by messages flying at them from all directions, and it’s easy for ours to get drowned out.

A Startup’s Guide to Maximizing Visibility

The Startup Magazine

Moving from zero customers, zero brand image, and zero sales to a thriving, profitable business takes an investment of time, energy, creativity, and capital. And if you want to do it in a way that sets your business up for years of success, you must set your priorities to build your online presence.

Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups

ReadWriteStart

A technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

Book: Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

Feld Thoughts

Jerry Colonna has written a “must read for everyone on planet earth book” titled Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Seriously, go by it right now. I’ll be here when you return. Regular readers of this blog know that Jerry and I are extremely close friends and have been for 23 years. I first met Jerry when he was beginning his partnership with Fred Wilson at Flatiron Partners. But, I didn’t meet him through Fred.

The IFS-Acumatica-EQT "powerhouse"?

deal architect

Part of me is excited by the announcement that EQT, the private equity investor in IFS is also buying Acumatica. I have been saying for a while even after two decades of cloud applications, there are shockingly few operational applications. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors