July, 2019

What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure?

Grasshopper Herder

If you want your innovation program to be successful, you have to articulate clear objectives in advance, and then align them with your metrics. The post What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure? appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Less Multi-Tasking, More Meditation: A New Model For Start-up Leadership


by Michael Heinrich, Founder and CEO of Oh My Green. More often than not, the words “start up culture” conjure up a very specific image in people’s minds: late nights at the office, lots of coffee and Red Bull, pizza boxes under the desks.

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Why Gross Profit Is More Important Than Revenue

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about gross profit (and gross margin ) lately. Yeah, I know I can be riveting, but stay with me. When I was in Boston a while ago (it was very cold, so it must have been January), I had a wide-ranging conversation with Eric Paley. This was before the IPO Summer of 2019 when all conventional valuation metrics have entered the land of “suspension of disbelief” which is short-term good and long-term well-we-will-see-…-eventually.

Raising a Series A Away From Home

View from Seed

This is a post about raising a Series A from an investor that is not based in your home city. Let me preface this by saying that if all things were equal, you would probably prefer to have a local series A investor.

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.

9 Success Inhibitors To Overcome For Rapid Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

A common complaint I hear from my startup clients and many entrepreneurs is that rapid growth is more difficult than ever anticipated. The assumption usually is that more money is needed for marketing, or another round of new development is needed on the product.

Tim Cook - Book Review

deal architect

I read the Leander Kahney book on Tim Cook on the long Emirates flights to and from India. In India, I had a conversation with an Apple consumer like me (not really that knowledgeable about the operations of the company). Industry Commentary

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How The Workplace Divides, Not Unites, Women 


by Joy L. Wiggins, PhD and Kami J. Anderson, PhD, co-authors of “ From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace “ Hostility between working women is trending.

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Seven years into Fund I: charting the return multiples

Version One Ventures

We raised our first fund in summer 2012. It was a $15m early-stage fund that we invested in 20 portfolio companies over the course of two and a half years. We’re now seven years in and the portfolio is maturing.

Friday Funism: JDCC

View from Seed

Like other investors, we at NextView have a number of frameworks which we use to evaluate decisions on making new investments. All early stage venture firms essentially look at some weighting of team, market, product, and traction.

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9 Elements Of Every New Venture That Investors Expect

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs are always looking for a shortcut in getting their venture story and plan across to investors, and closing on the funding they need.

Cloud Applications - A long, winding road dotted with Bystanders

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Frank Scavo's Computer Economics has a nice post about the the long, winding road - the slow customer march to cloud applications. Bill Kutik pointed to similar slow movement more specific to HCM cloud applications in a recent LinkedIn post. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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Is Artificial Intelligence Still Relevant for Startups?


If artificial intelligence confuses you, think about what happens when it’s not leveraged properly. For context, consider the London-based VC firm MMC who found that about 40% of European AI startups don’t use AI in any tangible way.

How To Save Money In Business: 10 Tips For Young Entrepreneurs


Small businesses and young entrepreneurs are in a difficult position in the market. They have to make their little voice stand out in an already loud area. And they have to do it fast or else – they’ll run out of money. Around half of all startups fail by their fifth year.

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Do distributed teams need new tools?

Version One Ventures

A question I have been pondering for some time now, especially since a lot of our portfolio companies are now distributed organizations …. This tweet sparked a lot of thoughtful reaction and discussion. Here’s where things have landed at the moment: .

4 Ways To Improve Your Thinking And Make Better Business Decisions

YFS Magazine

Every business leader needs to take time to look back over the tapestry of their lives and learn the profound lessons that come from reflection. Lead Decision Making leadership meditation personal development

7 Wise Leadership Strategies When Smart is Not Enough

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I have met are smart, but many are not always wise.

Deja Vu all over again

deal architect

I was in India last week and visited with a couple of outsourcing firms. In my travels, I got reminders of several due diligence visits I had helped clients with from 2003 to 2010. The Renaissance in Powai reminded me. Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Outsourcing (other vendors

How Tech Startups Succeed With a Fully Remote Model


Startups are starting to launch without a central headquarters, or any designated office building, in an attempt to create “fully remote” businesses.

A Start-Up’s Digital Checklist


If you are starting out on a new venture, chances are you won’t have a website or digital platform from which to help propel your business forward. With everyone using the internet for research of all types, especially mobile that makes up over 50% of global searches.

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Five year record for Israeli exits in the first half of 2019

VC Cafe

According to a new report by IVC Research Centre and law firm Meitar, Israeli exits in the first half of 2019 (H1 2019) reached a record of $14.48 billion ($7.58 billion excluding $6.9 billion. This is a content summary only.

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30 Budget-Friendly Marketing Tactics for First-Time Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Marketing doesn't need to cost a fortune to be effective. Use thesed simple tactics to attract new customers and grow your business. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing strategy

10 Challenging Insights From New Venture Innovators

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business.

Vendors and Analysts: Influence v. Intelligence

deal architect

Readers know my favorite vendor event is a summit - a day or two long analyst-centric event. Not that I mind going to user focused events but feel like I intrude on customer time there. In the last year, I

5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises


Though enterprises see the appeal of using blockchain , companies often don’t want to take on the challenge of working with their business partners to create a new blockchain solution.

Common Mistakes Startups Need To Avoid


Running your own startup is a unique experience that prepares you like no other for an entrepreneur career path. Startup businesses are often the trailblazers of our times, daring to venture into niche industries and come up with new concepts.

Reflecting On Parenthood & Entrepreneurship

View from Seed

*Disclaimer – although the above baby is very cute, I can’t take credit for making him*. When my husband and I welcomed our newborn son to the world this April, it was probably the most exciting and magical moments we have ever experienced. Thanks to my very supportive partners at NextView, I was able to focus on being a new parent and enjoying those early moments during my maternity leave.

This Fintech Company Empowers Underbanked Latinos

YFS Magazine

In Latin America, over half of adults don't have a bank account and even more don't have access to financial services. Uulala is filling a persistent gap. Grow Technology Finance fintech personal finance technology

6 Keys To Growing Your Career Through The Gig Economy

Startup Professionals Musings

While everyone agrees that the “ gig economy ” is really here, the practical realities, other than not counting on long-term employment, are not so obvious. In my role as a mentor to many business professionals, I still see some who have no idea how to adapt to the new realities.

Control your own destiny when it comes to EOL of your packages

deal architect

A recent Rimini Street survey says that in spite of the announced 2025 end of life for core applications in SAP Business Suite 7 ERP product and older versions, "Of the IT leaders surveyed, two-thirds state they either have no. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Your Pitch to VCs is More Than a Deck


Pitch decks are underestimated and overestimated. Some founders dismiss the deck as pure “show” and cobble together a few slides for their venture capital (VC) audience. But I suspect that most founders spend tens of hours perfecting their deck.

Finding Flow


by Rajshree Patel, author of “ The Power of Vital Force: Fuel Your Energy, Purpose, and Performance with Ancient Secrets of Breath and Meditation “ Being connected to vital force also fuels success on a practical, everyday level by fueling productivity and high performance, as I experienced so powerfully after my first workshop.

When Technologists Use Their Powers For Good

Feld Thoughts

Xiao Wang , the founder, and CEO of Boundless , recently gave a speech at the 2019 convocation of UW’s Information School. It was 15 minutes long and I thought it was extraordinary. Xiao – nice job weaving in a Mary Oliver quote at the end.

How Startups Should Think About Employee Benefits

YFS Magazine

Benefits can be bothersome and expensive for a startup. But it is important to appreciate that a business is only as good as its employees. Grow Human Capital employee benefits employee recruitment HR human capital human resources

8 Ways To Learn From Your Team And Succeed Together

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas.

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SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 11 - X’s and O’s

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 week I will excerpt the final batches. SAP Nation, the book


How to Increase SaaS Prices the Right (and Profitable) Way


Have you ever gotten a bill that—inexplicably—is two or three times more than usual? What was your reaction? Probably something like this: [A SaaS vendor] pulled a massive price increase on us (over 300%!) and that was it. I don’t care how much I like their product, I’m gone.

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