September, 2017

Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice

Steve Blank

Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.

Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

Feld Thoughts

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood. A few weeks ago, after reading the New York Times Sunday Review article The Book That Made Us Feminists , I asked Amy for several recommendations for books that were foundational to the feminist movement. I purchased all that she suggested and added them to my infinite list of books to read.

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Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does. But better safe than sorry. So I’m going to write some thoughts about how to survive it. I told Harry my personal story of having 90% of our net worth go up in smoke in the dot com bubble and crash.

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10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

Plex and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

deal architect

I first wrote about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the 2013 book The Digital Enterprise. A collaboration with the CEO of Software AG, most of the examples profiled there were Germany based. At the same time, companies like GE were. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

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Worry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” ” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the saying and came to understand that bull markets require an uneasy feeling. Worrying is a fundamental characteristic of most investors I know. Greed and fear are the two opposing elements of market forces.

8 Attributes Of The Most Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

Give the Best Elevator Pitch Ever With a 3,000-Year-Old Technique

Up and Running

You’re riding in an elevator with just one other passenger and the guy looks familiar somehow. He smiles and you smile and he says something like, “Hey did you drop this?”

Motivational Hacks From 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

Making money is the yardstick of success in Western culture. And for better or worse we seldom hear about inspirational people whose achievements measure well against different expectations.

Procore Technologies is Booming in Austin, Along with the Construction Industry it Serves

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News This is a sponsored post In 2013, Procore Technologies launched in Austin with two guys working out of a roughly 2,200 square foot house, built in the 1930s. But they didn’t have the whole house. They had 120 square feet. “We

I’m Not Buying An iPhone 8

Feld Thoughts

For starters, let’s look at some Golden Retriever puppies instead. I watched most of the Apple announcement last week (I was on vacation and hanging out waiting for Amy, so I just plopped down on the floor and watched Special Events on the Apple TV channel.) I fell asleep for a few minutes part way through it. I turned it off about halfway through the iPhone X announcement. I’ve been an Apple user for many years now.

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating losses, driven by headcount, where the monthly expenses are larger, often much larger, than revenues. These losses are known in the industry vernacular as “burn rates” – how much cash you burn on a monthly basis.

Startup Marketing Should Skip Traditional Advertising

Startup Professionals Musings

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

Working Remotely in Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Rishi Kumar, lead a conversation around “Working Remotely”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Cloud Europe 2017: The Factory is Cranking

Cracking the Code

Recent SaaS trends and the Accel Euroscape of the 100 most promising companies in Europe and Israel This article was co-authored with my colleague Pia d'Iribarne and published initially on Tech.eu.

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Enjoy Every Day

Feld Thoughts

Ted Rheingold just passed away. He was an amazing guy beloved by many. Endlessly joyful, inspiring, and loving. His autoresponder (typos and all) is one for the books, and like great poetry, worth reading over and over. My cancer (ccRCC, metastic) has gotten the upper hand and I’ll be. putting all my resources into managing it. In my stread, please keep these very important messages in place: * be good to each other. enjoy evert day. wanting is suffering. *

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You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Brad Feld has a great post about the emotional toll of the collapse of the internet bubble. Near the end, he writes: When I reflect on my relationship with Seth, Jason, and Ryan much of the intense loyalty between us was forged in the period during and after the debacle that was the collapse of the Internet bubble. Some of my lifelong friendships, with people like Len Fassler, Dave Jilk, Jenny Lawton, Will Herman, Ilana Katz, and Warren Katz were solidified by the intensity of this time frame.

7 Steps To Building The Right Team For Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most new entrepreneurs work alone in developing their idea or a solution to a problem, but ultimately realize that starting and growing a business requires more.

How To Hook Your Audience’s Attention At A Networking Event

YoungUpstarts

Is Passion Enough to Make Your Business Succeed?

Up and Running

To succeed as a small business owner and an entrepreneur, you need passion. That’s what led me to start my business, BlueVine , four years ago. BlueVine, which is based in Redwood City, California, offers online working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses in many industries.

The Hustle Hoax

Start Up Blog

I came across this article recently discussing the Startup Hustle Bubble which is occurring in many entrepreneurial circles. The title said that working 9-5 is for losers. I tend to agree, but in the opposite direction than many of the Silicon Valley disciples espouse.

“Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder.

Hunter Walker

It’s in a founder’s natural disposition to want to convince people of their point of view.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised.

Tips On How To Approach Tough Decisions In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same.

Wrike: The All-In-One Project Management Solution

YoungUpstarts

Wrike is a versatile project management software that enables multifunctional teams to collaborate and effectively achieve their aims from a single location.

Learn From Amazon: How to Tap Into Underserved Markets

Up and Running

Retail stores are closing in large numbers. Despite the fact that, according to at least one study Gen Z shows a preference for shopping in stores some of the time, at least 22 brands are closing locations in 2017. At the same time though, dollar stores are on the rise. What does this tell you?

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9 Of My Most Powerful Email Campaigns For Making Automatic Sales

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

In my last article I explained how I took six months ‘off’ from my business, specifically to see if the systems I put in place would keep sales coming in without me doing launches or creating new products. The end result was very exciting, over $150,000 in revenue from the.

Bob Wright’s Why Buddhism is True

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

One of the delights of the past couple years has been becoming friends with Robert (Bob) Wright. For a long time and from afar, I’ve been stimulated by his writing and thinking.

In Product Management, soft skills lead to hard lessons

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jince Kuruvilla (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Rishi Kumar]. Regret, sorrow, disappointment – not all team check-ins and spec reviews end like this, but for a while, most of mine did.

7 Cultural Myths That Can Destroy Your Moral Compass

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as well as setting the right ethical tone.

Fintech Companies Redesigning The Financial World

YoungUpstarts

by Caroline Capitani, VP of Business Innovation of ilegra. Our relationship with money, whether physical or virtual, is being reinvented by revolutionary startups called fintechs.

Build the Ultimate In-Store Customer Experience With These 5 Tips

Up and Running

Even though shopping online has never been more popular, you may be surprised to hear that many customers still prefer to shop in good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores.

Startup Success: The Fastest Growing Gaming Company in Europe

The Startup Magazine

The FT1000 is a list of companies which have made the highest percentage of growth between the years of 2012 and 2015.