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

YoungUpstarts

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.

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.

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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Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools

Grasshopper Herder

Don’t get buried in the tools and platforms -- know how your resources, time frames, risks, and options work together to create a viable innovation portfolio map. The post Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Metrics & Innovation Accounting Startup Tool

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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.

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

deal architect

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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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.

Why Product Packaging Important For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Starting a business goes beyond having an idea. There is a lot of research that needs to be done in terms of how to run the business efficiently as well as how to make profits. If you are planning to start a product line, it is imperative to know the basics and importance of product packaging.

Fund81 Podcast Interview on Mental Health in Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Kraus, Sue Heilbronner, and the work they do through MergeLane. Recently Elizabeth started a platform for the next generation of venture capitalists called Fund81. It includes a podcast , which has both a public section for everyone and a private section for the Fund81 members.

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

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

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: .

Common Mistakes Startups Need To Avoid

YoungUpstarts

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.

Pledge 1% Today

Feld Thoughts

Over the years, I’ve written about my belief in the importance of giving back to your communities and #givefirst. In this spirit, one of the key organizations my partners at Foundry Group have helped create and nurture is Pledge 1%. In 2007, we were a founding member in the predecessor organization to Pledge 1%, called Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (or EFCO). EFCO started as an experiment here in Boulder, not unlike Techstars and Startup Week / Weekend that got their start in our backyard.

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

4 Laws Of Natural Selection Relate To Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The good news is that the latest Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship (KESE) Index shows the highest level of new business activity recorded in the last two decades, and the cost of entry at an all-time low.

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

Friday Funism – Favorite Future

View from Seed

Another phrase we use internally at NextView pretty often is that of a “favorite future”. Early in NextView’s history, when we were raising our first fund (e.g. sometime back in 2010 or early 2011) one of the limited partners we met with asked us what our “favorite future” was for NextView. We were excited to talk about our vision and aspirations for the new VC firm we were building, but also intrigued by this as a general question.

Finding Flow

YoungUpstarts

Overcoming Fear When Starting Your Own Business

The Startup Magazine

It’s not uncommon for budding entrepreneurs to be racked with anxiety before plunging into uncharted waters. Entrepreneurship is a daunting undertaking of vast unknowns, but with some grit and resilience, anyone can conquer this giant. Source: Pixabay.

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

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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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.

[Interview] William Ammerman, Author Of ‘The Invisible Brand: Marketing In The Age Of Automation, Big Data, And Machine Learning’

YoungUpstarts

How you market your business is undergoing dramatic change. Sophisticated computer algorithms can test billions of targeted messages, measure the results, and rework how you attract and retain customers ? all in fractions of a second.

Essay: Personal Data Firewall – Reclaiming Consumer Data Privacy

The Startup Magazine

By Dan Simerman, Director of Financial Relations, The IOTA Foundation. Incentives are funny things. They often live in the background, invisible, outside our conscious reach.

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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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

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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

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

YoungUpstarts

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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