July, 2017

Why good people leave large tech companies

Steve Blank

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I was visiting with an ex-student who’s now the CFO of a large public tech company. The company is still one of the hottest places to work in tech. They make hardware with a large part of their innovation in embedded software and services.

Iteration = Time to Learn, Not Time to Build

Grasshopper Herder

Burn rates are meaningless in isolation. Iteration time is a critical aspect of starting a new business and we've noted a few misconceptions. The post Iteration = Time to Learn, Not Time to Build appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

The Center For American Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

A new non-profit organization, the Center for American Entrepreneurship , launched yesterday.

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I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

Both Sides of the Table

Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters from one of my favorite novels “ The Unbearable Lightness of Being ” life seemed very light.

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10 Entrepreneur Shortcuts To Be Avoided At All Costs

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new business is a long, hard process, and I can’t blame any founder for looking for shortcuts. I’ve taken a few myself, and I know how much work they can save, as well as how painful some can be in retrospect.

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The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

This showed up in my inbox the other day from a friend of 20 years. He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured the essence of something I often talk about with founders. Heard you and Jerry on CPR this morning , nice job!

I’m a Creep. I’m Sorry.

500 Hats

By now you may have heard I f *d up , and people are calling me a creep. While I’d like to believe that I’m not a bad or evil person, regardless it’s clear that some of my past actions have hurt or offended several women. And I probably deserve to be called a creep. So, what did I do? I made advances towards multiple women in work-related situations, where it was clearly inappropriate.

10 Controversial Lessons From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

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

India is Facebook’s Largest Market – But Not for Women

Brandanew

India just overtook the United States in having the largest Facebook audience in the world. Although it looks honky dory for the network, there’s something very unique about the Indian audience. It is heavily skewed towards young people and men.

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National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline. First, someone ideal was just appointed to be Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Second, funding to teach our Hacking for Defense class across the country just was added to the National Defense Authorization Act. Interestingly enough, both events are about how the best and brightest can serve their country – and are testament to the work of two dedicated men. Soldier, Scholar, Entrepreneur.

What Does it Mean to be American? Why Trump is Just a Blip on the Radar

Both Sides of the Table

Starting back in 2015 and throughout much of 2016 people started commenting that my blog had become a lot more political. I guess I didn’t see it quite that way.

Startup Opportunities Flash Sale – Today Only For $0.99

Feld Thoughts

My newest book, Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job , is available via Kindle for $0.99 today. If you are a fan of my books, a friend, or just someone who is interested in startups, buy a copy today. The post Startup Opportunities Flash Sale – Today Only For $0.99

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10 Simple Ways To Build A Strong Business Reputation

YFS Magazine

We asked 10 entrepreneurs to share how they get people to "know, like and trust" their businesses. Here's what they had to say. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing online reputation reputation management

7 Keys To Positioning For Success In The Gig Economy

Startup Professionals Musings

In case you hadn’t noticed, the world of business is becoming more and more a “gig economy.” This simply means that the number of people with a long-term single-employer agreement is going down, and the number of short-term contractors and freelancers is going up.

What Millennial Women Leaders Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

Up and Running

In 2013, a Pew Research Center study revealed some sobering insights into the reasons why 34 percent of millennial women weren’t interested in becoming a boss or top manager.

Finding the right advice

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

One thing we’ve learned from the diet crazes since the 1980s is that every single thing has been alternately touted as healthy or poison. No-fat, carb-heavy. Scratch that, no-carb, fat doesn’t matter. Scratch that, it’s only about low-cal. Scratch that, whole-30 and don’t track calories.

Working Across Many Time Zones

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours time zone were challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times when I woke up in Europe to a brief window where I could talk to people in the bay area who were still working and had not wrapped things up for the day before. Our portfolio at USV spans ten hours (Estonia to San Francisco/Los Angeles).

Money Is A Consensual Hallucination

Feld Thoughts

My favorite Onion article of all time (from 2010) is U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion. It starts off with some Bernanke brilliance. “Though raising interest rates is unlikely at the moment, the Fed will of course act appropriately if we…if we…” said Bernanke, who then paused for a moment, looked down at his prepared statement, and shook his head in utter disbelief. “You know what? It doesn’t matter.

3 Awesome Ways To Boost Employee Engagement And Productivity

YFS Magazine

When it comes to creating a winning strategy to keep your employees happy and productive, it's really not a matter of science. Company Culture Grow company culture employee engagement health and wellness productivity workplace productivity

10 Strategies To Cover New Product Development Costs

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.

How to Write an Executive Summary

Up and Running

What is an executive summary? An executive summary is the brief introduction to a business plan. It should describe your business, the problem that it solves, your target market, and financial highlights. What should an executive summary include? Who you are.

San Fransico Building Height Zoning

Chaganomics

Animal spirits and real estate bubbles are some of my favorite economic subjects to study. SF is the best bubble to look at. It is a controlled bubble, with a high supply of money.

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Succession Planning In Partnerships

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholders; the investors, the partners, the employees, the portfolio companies. Everyone worries about what might change under new leadership.

Legitimate Front’s She on Rock Band

Feld Thoughts

Readers of this blog likely know that my partners Jason and Ryan have a band called Legitimate Front. You also probably know I’m on the board of Defy Ventures. And it’s likely you know that we are investors in Harmonix.

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20 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Top Networking Challenges

YFS Magazine

We asked 20 entrepreneurs to reveal their biggest challenges when it comes to professional networking. Here's what they had to say. Lead business networking networking networking events professional networking

Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip.

How Founders Can Become Better Leaders

Up and Running

James R. Bailey, of George Washington University School of Business and the Centre for Management Development, London Business School.

24 Entrepreneurs Reveal What Entrepreneurship Means to Them

Hearpreneur

Being an entrepreneur is a source of pride. It also evidences an individual with a huge amount of discipline and focus to be able to build a business a lot of times from just an idea. It is the ambition of an entrepreneur that built the most profitable and successful companies.

Announcing our investment in Ada Support – the AI support platform that’s answering 2 million questions a month

Version One Ventures

As Ada Support launches its automated chat platform from stealth and announces an impressive $2.5 million seed round, we’re looking back at our journey with founders Mike Murchison and David Hariri. The story underscores the importance of perseverance and having the right founding team.

American Is Pushing Entrepreneurship To Other Countries

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, the White House announced it was delaying and likely eliminating the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule is the closest we’ve come to a Startup Visa , something I’ve been working on with numerous other people since 2009. Several failed bills in Congress, a failed bipartisan Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill, and an Executive Order later, and we still have nothing. I’m disappointed but not surprised.

How To Build An Entrepreneurial Company Culture

YFS Magazine

A key secret to small business success is to build an entrepreneurial company culture. Here's a look at 3 ways to get started. Company Culture Editor Picks Grow company culture leadership workplace development

7 Leadership Principles To Get You From Smart To Wise

Startup Professionals Musings

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

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Pricing Strategy for Your SaaS Startup

Up and Running

Five months ago, the five members of our Chanty team gathered around a small table in a coffee shop to try to answer the ultimate question for our business: “How will Chanty make money?”. Determining the right monetization strategy is by far the most important issue for every SaaS business.

12 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Do for Holidays

Hearpreneur

Entrepreneurs and business owners are always juggling a lot of things and when time comes for a holiday sometimes entrepreneurs like to take a break or sometimes they like to catch up on certain projects. Just like everyone has a unique business, their approach to holidays is also unique.