October, 2017

Scott Dorsey’s Attributes of Great SaaS Leaders

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day and the Venture Atlanta Conference. I had a great time and it’s fun to see the vibrancy of the Atlanta startup community. My brother Daniel came with me and we had dinner with our cousin Kenny, who lives in Atlanta, so we got some nice, quiet, emotionally intimate family time. My favorite keynote at Venture Atlanta was from Scott Dorsey.

7 Steps To Finding Investors Aligned With Your Values

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from new business owners and startups is about the pain and difficulty raising capital. The “venture capital” model is the only option they know, where they feel they get no mercy, giving up equity and control.

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Predictions, Redactions

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At their annual Gartner Symposium event in Orlando today, Peter Sondergaard predicted "AI will be a net job creator starting in 2020" To that, Jason Hiner at TechRepublic snarkily commented “Gartner's research chief couldn't have opened the company's flagship conference.

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One Small Change I Made That Improved My Daily Mental State

Both Sides of the Table

We all have a pretty good idea about things that drag down our productivity or suck up time that would be better spent on more fulfilling activities. Two years ago I made a commitment to stop bringing my mobile phone into my bedroom and with like a 95% compliance rate this made a big improvement.

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You can have two Big Things, but not three

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Forget work/life integration for a minute. How much time do you have, regardless of partitioning? From your 24-hour daily allotment, the 1950s-style break-down is 8 hours for work, 8 for home and commute, and 8 for sleep and ablutions.

The Everyday Economy Is Not a Vertical Strategy

View from Seed

As we’ve detailed in prior posts, our investments at NextView are increasingly focused on a theme we call the Everyday Economy.

Hope Is The Consequence of Action

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I hosted an event at our house for the ACLU and Earthjustice , two organizations we are significant supporters of. If you told me 20 years ago that I’d be spending a lot of my philanthropic energy supporting lawyers, I would have aggressively rejected the notion.

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The emergence of intelligent HR software

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I recently wrote from Workday Rising about the Age of Intelligence. It’s not just Workday which has been busy. John Sumser of HE Examiner has a study which looks at intelligent tools at Workday and 29 other HR-centric vendors. Analytics, Big Data Enterprise Software (other vendors

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been one of the largest supporters of innovation in the U.S. Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions. The result will be defense innovation with speed and urgency. —-.

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Surprising Tricks For Powerful Public Speaking

YoungUpstarts

Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls

Grasshopper Herder

Guest Blogger Valerie Vacante writes, "Avoid these three common pitfalls when pursuing corporate innovation.". The post Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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Rover Rolls Out On-Demand Walking in Denver

Feld Thoughts

Last week Rover launched on-demand dog walking in Denver. They’re enhancing their existing marketplace experience by adding an assignment option, similar to Uber and Lyft, and bringing it to Colorado.

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5 Entrepreneur Habits That Imply Visionary Execution

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?”

Book Review: The Age of Sustainability

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I seek out Denis Pombriant, a fellow analyst, at industry events. We hardly ever talk about enterprise software. He is a history buff and a foodie and I walk away always having learned something and happier given his cheerful disposition

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

A version of this article is in the Harvard Business Review. Uber , Zenefits , Tanium , Lending Club CEOs of companies with billion dollar market caps have been in the news – and not in a good way. This seems to be occurring more and more. Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. Here’s why it generates bad CEO behavior.

10 Tips To Be A Better Public Speaker

YoungUpstarts

by Topher Morrison, author of “ The Book on Public Speaking “ If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, chances are you have had to face the microphone and give a speech at one time or another. Maybe it was a keynote, or perhaps a more formal lecture.

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5 Ways To Become A Well-Rounded Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Here are a few ways you can become more well-rounded and gain the knowledge you need to succeed in business. without racking up student loan debt. Lead leadership personal development success success habits

We Will Miss You Matt

Feld Thoughts

Matt Bencke passed away yesterday. We put the above photo and note up on the Foundry Group site yesterday but I was still processing it and wasn’t ready to blog about it until this morning.

9 Ways A True Entrepreneur Survives And Flourishes

Startup Professionals Musings

Could you survive and flourish as an entrepreneur, or should you be satisfied working for someone else? That’s a question I get every day in my role as an advisor to business professionals, and it’s a good one to ask.

Hey Alexa, Siri want to impress me?

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My wife has already had it with digital assistants. Alexa seems to wake up to the inflections of her Irish accent. Siri to mis-pressed buttons in the car or her phone. I am a bit more patient but I also. Industry Commentary

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The fundamental lesson of the forces governing scaling startups

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Idealistic founders believe they will break the mold when they scale, and not turn into a “typical big company.”

The 5 Core Values That All Great Leaders Have

YoungUpstarts

by Shawn Vij, author of “ Moral Fiber: Awakening Corporate Consciousness “ The leaders of all organizations have a number of things in common. They set the tone for the entire company, determine what it stands for and make sure the business stays on course.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Protect Their Income And Wealth

YFS Magazine

You can have it all and lose everything. Here are four measures every entrepreneur can put in place to preserve their businesses income and wealth. Finance Grow money success advice wealth

Preview for The Weight Of Gold

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are financially supporting a new movie about mental health, depression, and suicide called The Weight of Gold. Jeremy Bloom (Olympic skier, pro-football player, CEO of Integrate, and awesome human) introduced me to the creator of the film Brett Rapkin.

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Why Taking Risk Is The Ultimate New Venture Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk.

Of Halloween and Enterprise Software

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This time of the year, I buy several packages of assorted candies. Keeps the neighborhood kids who come around on Halloween happy. I happened to check the contents of one pack – it had Hot Tamales, Chewy Lemonheads, Tootsie Rolls, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

“…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland. Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. They are a reaction to the “red queen problem” but aren’t actually solving the problem. Here’s why. In the 20th century our nation faced a single adversary – the Soviet Union.

Business Prenup: What To Do Before You Start A Company With A Partner

YoungUpstarts

by Mark L. Zyla, managing director of Acuitas, Inc., and Jessica Wood, a principal at Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. So, you’re about to start a closely held business with your best friend (or a few friends). Congratulations!

How To Ask For What You Want In Business – And Get It

YFS Magazine

I’ve had to get comfortable and learn how to ask for what I want – because it's rarely given. This is how you earn a seat at the table. Lead leadership Negotiation personal development

On The Road Again

Feld Thoughts

I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. Rule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel.

10 Secrets For Getting More Things Done In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business professional I know faces the challenge of getting more things done on time, and getting the right things done. They all dream of working less, and accomplishing more. Yet I see that most are their own worst enemies.

Workday and the Age of Intelligence

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Mike McNamara is CEO of a remarkable $ 25 bn a year company that many people do not know much about. Flex is contract manufacturer for a wide range of products from automobiles to medical devices. Its design and shop. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Publication Day for "The Startup Way"

Startup Lessons Learned

Today, my new book, The Startup Way , finally hits bookshelves! It's a huge day for any author, but I also hope it can be a huge day for the future and growth of the startup movement and for the future of our country.

The High School Handbook For Young Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

by Joe Edgar, CEO of TenantCloud. The tortoise and the hare is a great bedtime story, but also proffers some advice to every young business owner and entrepreneur alike. The egotistical rabbit takes on a race of which they consider themselves to be the best and take no mind of their opponent.

I Built My Startup To A $15M Valuation – While Living In A Van

YFS Magazine

Over a course of two years, I bootstrapped a startup to a $15M valuation – while living in a van. After that experience my sense of reality was redefined. Editor Picks Lifestyle digital nomad lifestyle location independent personal development starting a business startup advice

My Boulder City Council Endorsements

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have always believed in this value and importance of voting. If there was any doubt about how this can impact our society, that doubt was obliterated in the 2016 election. Boulder has an odd-year election cycle so our local elections are happening between October 16, 2017 (ballots get mailed) and November 7, 2017 (the last day to vote). Historically, less than half of the registered voters in town have voted in our local elections.

7 New Initiatives To Fearlessly Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than it is now, nor more difficult. Every opportunity is global, but so is the competition.