April, 2019

The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

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The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An

As The Leader Of Your Company, It Pays To Be Emotionally Intelligent

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Schulte , vice president and senior benefits consultant at Sonus Benefits. Gone are the days of absentee leadership or CEOs who operate out of sight or behind the scenes.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades.

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Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review. VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company.

Next Generation Video Conferencing

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been a remote worker for many years. As a result, I think I’ve used every flavor of video conferencing and screen sharing going back to Carbon Copy and PC Anywhere. Today’s bell of the ball is Zoom, which has an outstanding video and audio conferencing experience.

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Workday: The Power of Focus

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I kept thinking of Southwest Airlines while I was at the Workday Innovation Summit in CA this week. I had read this tribute to the legendary founder, Herb Kelleher on the flight over and it reminded me how revered he. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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3 Ways To Ensure Your Start-Up Takes Off

YoungUpstarts

We all know that starting a business is hard work, and growing it is even harder. Every step has to be thoroughly thought out, because if you miss even one, it could mean everything. New businesses are started all the time, but only a few of them last beyond five years.

Why It Pays To Focus Your Business On A Narrow Niche

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Picpedia Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

Both Sides of the Table

I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical finances, budgets, forecasts and future projections.

Entrepreneurship For All in Longmont, Colorado

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I recently decided to support Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) and their national expansion to Colorado through our Anchor Point Foundation. EforAll’s mission is to accelerate economic development and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship in emerging communities.

Drama in enterprise computing

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Ray Lane, a top-notch tech executive and investor over decades, said this about my new book "Don't be fooled by the title—the book is not just about SAP. It's about drama in enterprise computing." I then used "drama" in the. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Why Do Consumer IPOs and B2B IPOs Get Treated Differently?

View from Seed

2019 is off to an exciting start for IPOs of VC-backed startups. In just the last month or so we’ve seen Lyft go public ( my analysis of the company’s S-1 here ) and more recently, Zoom and Pinterest. Zoom is a B2B company Pinterest and Lyft are obviously B2C companies.

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3 Tips for Navigating Stakeholder Relationships Every New C-Suite Executive Needs To Know

YoungUpstarts

by Alisa Marie Beyer, CEO, LemonTree Partners. Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted into the C-suite executive position of your dreams, and you’re undoubtedly proud and excited. You’re also undoubtedly busy. New executives always have a lot on their plates.

6 Tips to Boost Workforce Engagement and Motivation

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Wikipedia The challenge for all of us in business is to improve competitiveness by improving employee productivity and reducing costs.

UnLearning to Lead

Grasshopper Herder

If we want our company to achieve greatness, we have to empower our team members to be leaders in their own areas. That means focusing on the clarity of our mission and the capabilities of our teammates. The post UnLearning to Lead appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Miscellaneous Teamwork & Leadership Entrepreneur Innovation Mentor Retrospective Strategy teams

Physical Space in Boulder for the Media Archaeology Lab

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are big supporters of the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL). I love the idea of a computer museum and believe Boulder deserves to have a large one.

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Bruce Cleveland: Part 1- Traversing the Traction Gap

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Bruce Cleveland, who many readers may remember from his Siebel days is now an investor and has a new book out, Traversing the Traction Gap. I had a long ranging conversation with him about the book and also about trends.

Back to The Future: Power of SMS-Native

View from Seed

It is the one message-space on your phone that you always pay attention to: SMS text messages. Not just “messaging” broadly, as there are numerous apps where people send and receive communications & messages.

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How To Write A Marketing Plan In Just Six Easy Steps

YoungUpstarts

by Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of “ The CEO’s Guide to Marketing: The Book Every Marketer Should Read Before Their Boss Does “ A well-executed marketing plan is like a GPS. It guides your customers into your sales process.

How To Be A Leader When Machines Are Smarter Than You

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay The majority of business professionals I meet these days accept that we are now deep in the digital age, where mountains of data are gathered on everything we do, online and offline.

How a Focus on Storytelling Can Make Your Interviews Awesome

Grasshopper Herder

A list of questions and answers will only get you so far in a discovery interview. To truly understand your customer, you have to listen to their stories. The post How a Focus on Storytelling Can Make Your Interviews Awesome appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup Customer Segmentation & Personas Generative Market Research Interview user experience

Public Service Announcement: Don’t Look at the Web Today

Feld Thoughts

I used to think April Fools Day was interesting. Companies and people brought out clever web jokes, many of them subtle and almost believable. Some were entertaining, some were cringeworthy, but few were offensive. Now, the who thing is just extraordinarily annoying.

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SAP Nation 3.0 Excerpts: Chapter 8 - Bystander Customers

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My new book is now available to buy here in print version, and in the Kindle eBook version. As with my earlier books, I am excerpting roughly 10% of the 400 page book in a series of posts on my. SAP Nation, the book

What Your Posts Really Say About You

Rembrandt Communications

What Image Do You Convey Via Social Media? Research indicates that you can decrease loneliness and depression by limiting the amount of time you are on social media.

How To Maximize Your Meeting Culture

YoungUpstarts

by Cory Treffiletti, Chief Evangelist and CMO for Voicea. Did you know more than 15% of any organization’s time is spent in meetings? 99% of the time this headline is followed by a statement of how much meetings can suck. I am 100% positive this is not how I want to think about it.

10 Wins From Driving Multiple Concurrent New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by watsonsinelgin With the cost of entry at an all-time low, and the odds of success equally low, more and more entrepreneurs are starting multiple companies concurrently.

How to tell the difference between a good interviewer and a good hire

View from Seed

The last thing you want to do is go through all the time and energy of finding and hiring a new employee only to find out, after you’ve extended the offer, that they’re not a good fit. It happens all of the time.

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Formlabs Form 3, 3L, and Digital Factory

Feld Thoughts

Formlabs Digital Factory is happening on May 7th, 2019. If you are into 3D printers, this is shaping up to be a key event of 2019. The speaker list is epic and one you don’t want to miss.

Tom Bogan – The Importance of Being Agile

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Tom Bogan is CEO of Adaptive Insights, a company whose business planning cloud automates previously manual planning tasks—for finance, sales, and workforce planning—and supplements those capabilities with enterprise-scale reporting and analytics. Tom joined Adaptive Insights when it was at $40

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Standardizing “Tribal Knowledge”: It’s Time for Your Company to Grow Up

ReadWriteStart

After spending more than 20 years in Silicon Valley fighting my way through every conceivable obstacle, misstart, and product disaster, I’ve learned that knowledge can be an organization’s greatest asset.

5 Easy Strategies For A Successful Email Marketing Campaign

YoungUpstarts

Digital Marketers can’t get enough of email marketing, and for good reason too. Reports valued the ROI of email marketing at 44:1 in 2016 – $44 dollars of value for every $1 spent.

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8 Advantages of Leader Focus on People Versus Process

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pexels Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive.

What exactly is a managed marketplace?

Version One Ventures

Over the past few years, the term “managed marketplace” has become so widely used that Bill Gurley from Benchmark recently tweeted that it is not clear to him what the difference is between a “managed marketplace” and a “true marketplace.”.

Direction You Look is the Direction You Go

Feld Thoughts

A friend from a long time ago, who I hadn’t heard from in a while, sent me an email with a wonderful nugget in it. I just got back from Oahu and had an interesting experience on Waikiki Beach. My son and I were boogie boarding and there were several people taking surfing lessons out in the waves with instructors. As the intrepid beginners got up on their boards and surfed one of their first waves, the instructors would invariably be shouting directives to them.