September, 2017

Seattle Screenings of For Here or To Go?

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been big supporters of a movie about immigration called For Here or To Go? With our friends at Boundless , we are sponsoring a week of screenings in Seattle.

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

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

A shorter version of this post first appeared on the HBR blog. — I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.”

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.

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

Both Sides of the Table

In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

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?

Mesmerizing 30 Day Timelapse At Sea

Feld Thoughts

This is worth the full ten minutes. Sit back, relax, and be amazed. The post Mesmerizing 30 Day Timelapse At Sea appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Things I Like

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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.

Top 10 Budget Friendly Marketing Methods For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

If you’ve just launched a startup, it’s unlikely that you will have a huge budget to spend on marketing to increase awareness of your brand. You may find yourself struggling to develop an effective marketing strategy within the limitations of your tiny budget.

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

Both Sides of the Table

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

10 Negatives That Still Make Going Public A High Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate of 15 years ago.

Emotional Lessons From the Collapse of the Internet Bubble

Feld Thoughts

My friend Dave Jilk recently shared the following Robert Frost poem with me. Lodged. by Robert Frost. The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ ’ They so smote the garden bed. That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. That perfectly describes how 2001 felt to me. We now have at least one generation of VCs and entrepreneurs who didn’t experience the collapse of the Internet bubble.

The Great Retail Reinvention: How the Internet Is Reshaping the Way We Buy Clothing

View from Seed

Apparel is currently one of the most fascinating categories within the Everyday Economy. It’s a $1T+ global industry undergoing tectonic shifts. We are currently seeing the most rapid collapse of retail since the Great Recession, due to the internet changing consumer demand and purchasing patterns. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen widespread store closures or bankruptcies from apparel retailers, including: True Religion. JC Penny. Macy’s.

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.

How Online Training Can Help Even Seasoned Employees

YoungUpstarts

by Sean Gordon, CEO of Hirenami . Employee training is usually associated with new hires. However, even the most seasoned employees can benefit from training. Many companies are seeing the value of training veteran employees and for good reasons.

Oracles momentum

deal architect

I tend to not listen to vendor quarterly earnings calls. I get much better value from briefings at industry analyst events and from customer feedback. I also find it irritating that executives brag and beat up on competitors on these. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Action Items For Introverts Starting New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers, and a myriad of other support people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a social butterfly to succeed, or introverts need not apply.

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.

4 Ways To Improve B2B Client Relationships

YFS Magazine

Customer happiness isn’t easy. Most people think a great personality and a smile makes great service, but there’s more to it. Customer Service Grow client management client relations customer satisfaction

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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.

4 Fundamentals Of Good Financial Management For Startups

YoungUpstarts

by David Tattersall, Head of Client Relations at Handpicked Accountants.

Oracle OpenWorld enhanced expectations

deal architect

Oracle OpenWorld starts Sunday. I am going with more enhanced expectations than I have in previous years As a baseline, I expect to hear updates on Oracle SaaS – financials, HR, ERP, CRM and on the NetSuite business unit. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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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.

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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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5 Ways To Unleash The Full Potential Of Your Team

YFS Magazine

People are the life blood of your business. Therefore, creating a culture that taps into their potential should be a priority. Company Culture Grow company culture employee appreciation employee engagement workplace development

How to Create an Elevator Speech (With Examples)

Up and Running

An elevator speech is a 30- to 60-second answer to the question, “So, what do you do?” It’s a quick summary of your business and its value proposition. A great elevator speech will spark interest in your business and hopefully lead to a deeper conversation.

10 Ways To Use Social Media Listening As A Successful Marketing Tool

YoungUpstarts

by Uzair Khan, VP of Sales & Marketing at Enterprise Monkey. Wondering what your audience is glued to while you are busy using traditional advertising, core campaigning, and doing paid marketing for your products?

IFS extends its vertical focus

deal architect

Readers know I think the software market is at a pivot point. We have plenty of hr, financial and basic CRM functionality, but very little in the way of industry specific functionality. I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

7 Ways To Be The New Venture Leader Investors Seek

Startup Professionals Musings

In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).”

Last Chance to Sign Up For The Fall 2017 Venture Deals Course

Feld Thoughts

Kauffman Fellows and Techstars are running another cycle of the Venture Deals course with me and Jason Mendelson. Signups close tomorrow as the course runs from 9/24/17 – 11/13/17. The course is free to everyone. The seven-week course, which is about five hours of work each week, has the following agenda. Week 1 – Introduction of key players/Form or join a team. Week 2 – Fundraising/Finding the Right VC. Week 3 – Capitalization Tables/Convertible Debt.

This Is The Difference Between A Wantrepreneur And An Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

If you want to keep it real and prove to the world you aren’t another wantrepreneur, here's what you need to know and do now! Lead leadership personal development success advice wantrepreneur

The Man Who Coined “Product-Market Fit” Shares Mental Models for Entrepreneurs [Traction #47: Andy Rachleff]

View from Seed

On the podcast today, NextView cofounder Rob Go sits down with Andy Rachleff, VC veteran and the president, CEO, and executive chairman of Wealthfront. They talk about how Andy came up with the term product-market fit, how he applied his own lessons (and updated them) in building Wealthfront, and the mental models founders can use to unlock their real unfair advantage in a tactics-obsessed world: how you think. Follow Andy on Twitter. Follow Rob on Twitter.

Does Drupal Suffice For Your Enterprise Needs?

YoungUpstarts

by Vidhatanand Sharma, Chief Engagement Officer at OpenSense Labs. The internet is rife with opinionated and polarised content over the ‘Best CMS’ of today’s times. In today’s world what drives the demand of the market are the complexity of technologies.

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Cloud, Digital: a Continental Divide?

deal architect

DSAG, the SAP user group for German speaking Europe, shared results of a recent survey involving more than 500 decision-makers from IT and various business units. Reading it I was struck by similarities and differences between how the US and. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

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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.

Running From Aspen to Basalt

Feld Thoughts

I’m running my 25th marathon in South Dakota on 10/8/17. My training has been going well and I’m now in a zone of 30+ miles a week with a long run once a week in the high teens. Today’s run from Aspen to Basalt was the best run I’ve had in over a year.

8 Proven Marketing Strategies That Work

YFS Magazine

Over the years, I have seen many businesses succeed and fail at marketing. Here are several marketing strategies that always work. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing strategies marketing tips