January, 2018

In Defense of Experiment Velocity

Grasshopper Herder

As corporate innovation gets more trendy, businesses are keen to put clear KPIs in place to measure the effectiveness of innovation teams and hold them accountable for making progress. There is a rush to replace traditional KPIs with more actionable metrics such as experiment velocity. The post In Defense of Experiment Velocity appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Experiment Design & Template Metrics & Innovation Accounting

What Top Performers at Startups and Large Organizations Have in Common…More Than You Would Think

Startup Lessons Learned

While doing research for his extraordinary new book, Great at Work , Morten Hansen studied more than 5,000 managers and employees in corporate America to identify the key practices that explain why some perform better than others.

Whopper Neutrality – The Burger Based Version of Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

If you are still having trouble understanding why Net Neutrality is important, Burger King has made an awesomely funny – and extremely informative – video using the Whopper as an example. It’s just brilliant.

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Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed

deal architect

My first exposure to a software “platform” was back in 1983 when McCormack and Dodge introduced Millennium and started to migrate all its modules to have the same look and feel, extensibility, queries and other features. I was part of.


Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach

Grasshopper Herder

Have you thought about using Lean Startup to improve your sales process? The founder of Shipitwise reveals how he used lean principles to improve B2B sales. The post B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup B2B Evaluative Market Experiment Startup Tool

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Optimism In The Face Of Current Reality

Feld Thoughts

Let’s start with an awesome dog taking himself sledding. Now, let’s move on to Bill Gates opening essay in this week’s Time Magazine (he’s their first ever guest editor) titled Some good news, for once. It’s short and powerful. He starts out with context.

Your 2018 Brand Agenda: Follow the Audience!


Happy new year! The first week of the new year is over. For those of you who are back from vacation, this is the right time to set your 2018 brand agenda. If you’re ready with an intention list, it’s time to ask yourself a question. What’s the core of your brand strategy?

Taking Money “Off The Table”

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that this seems like a great problem to have, and it is, but it is still a challenging situation. We faced it in Twitter in 2010/2011/2012, in the years before Twitter went public (which happened in the fall of 2013).

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Innovators podcast @ Stanford

Steve Blank

A fun interview at Stanford about some old things and new ones. link]. Founders. 2:15: Founders and dysfunctional families. 3:55: Operating in chaos. 7:18: Mentorship is a two-way street. 11:50: Founders are artists. 14:03: Failure=experience. 17:27: Rules for raising a family if you’re a founder. Startups. 19:25: Startups are not smaller versions of large companies. 22:03: How I-Corps and H4X were born. 26:25: Your idea is not a company.

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10 Outsourcing Myths Jeopardize Too Many New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, it is almost impossible to find a small business where everything is done at the home location, by full-time employees. We are in the age of outsourcing, by any of many popular names, including subcontracting, freelancing, and virtual assistants.

How to Set Smart Business Goals for 2018

Up and Running

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to get us all goal setting like crazy. I don’t know about you, but I can count the number of New Year’s Resolutions that I’ve made and actually kept past January on the fingers of, well, one finger!

It Can All Go To Zero

Feld Thoughts

Perspective can be a useful thing. Cryptocurrencies have had a bad 24 hours. Last night Amy and I watched The Big Short for the second time. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a must watch movie. If you haven’t seen it in at least a year, watch it again.

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5 Ways To Get To Know Your Ideal Customers Better

YFS Magazine

How well do you know your audience? The better you know your customer, the easier it is to implement a successful marketing strategy and connect directly. Grow Marketing & Sales customer development marketing online marketing target audience


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have the stomach for it. This is particularly true of short positions. It is not enough to know that something is going to blow up. You have to know how, why, and when.

Announcing NextView Operator Guilds

View from Seed

When we create new platform initiatives, our team tries to think about how we can be the most impactful with our portfolio companies. We don’t sit in a room and pontificate about what they need — we just ask.

6 Hurdles For Going Public Through A Reverse Merger

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, as an active startup mentor, I’m seeing a new surge of entrepreneurs and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. There just aren’t enough angel investors and VCs to go around.

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Get your Startup’s Headline right.

47 Hats

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our startups that’s impossible to see them as a stranger does. A stranger visiting your site knows literally next to nothing about you. They probably got there via Google when they were searching for a solution to a particular problem, be it invoicing for freelance work, teaching their children Italian or dealing with contaminated medical waste. You startup is just another link to them, another tab out of the 20+ tabs they opened from Google.

Book: Principles by Ray Dalio

Feld Thoughts

Several people recommended Ray Dalio’s book Principles to me. I read it a few days ago and thought it was spectacular. I’ve gone out and bought a copy for each of my partners and I recommend that every VC, as well as anyone who is building an organization of any kind, buy and read it.

7 Rules For Success, From An Entrepreneur Who Made Millions

YFS Magazine

My story encapsulates the American dream. In the 16 years it took me to find success, these are the most important lessons I learned. Plan personal development starting a business startup advice

A weekend with inspirational ladies

deal architect

Two books and a movie were the highlight of this long MLK weekend. The common theme – ladies in business whose grit and determination can inspire anyone of any gender, age, race, political belief. First, a couple of personal perspectives. Industry Commentary


Starting Your Own Business in 2018? 3 Questions to Ask First

Up and Running

Are you considering starting your own business this year? If so, you’re not alone. According to a report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) , nearly 14 percent of Americans are starting or running new businesses.

AVIXA’s Heidi A. Voorhees on Thinking Differently

Startup Professionals Musings

Heidi A. Voorhees, CAE. EDUCATION Bachelor of arts, majoring in commercial recreation/business, Central Michigan University; master of business administration, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. MY FIRST INDUSTRY JOB Straight out of college — convention assistant, SmithBucklin.

Board Feedback

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Something I am a huge fan of is Board Feedback. I’ve written about this a lot here at AVC and I am writing about it again today. Because it is important and not done regularly in my experience. A founder/CEO and their team spend a lot of time preparing for a meeting, and then they give the meeting their all, and often the Board leaves and nothing is really said about it. That sucks. For everyone, but most of all for the CEO. Here is what I try to do and mostly do.

Techstars Mentor Manifesto In Detail

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been working on my next book, #GiveFirst , again. There’s a lot in it about the Techstars Mentor Manifesto and how to be an effective mentor. Yesterday, I got a note from Jay Batson, longtime Techstars Boston mentor and now the Mentor-in-Residence for the program, asking if I had ever compiled the lists I posts I wrote about the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. I hadn’t. He had conveniently done it in a Google doc so it was easy for me to list out the posts with links.

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Young Entrepreneurs Are Notoriously Unhealthy

YFS Magazine

If you neglect your health, medical issues are bound to creep up. And who care's how successful you are if you're unable to reap the rewards of your effort. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle

Opioid Overdose Death Rates and All Drug Overdose Death Rates per 100,000 Population


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Should You Launch a Writing Business in 2018?

Up and Running

“Every company is a media company,” Tom Foremski, ex-FT journalist and the editor of Silicon Valley Watcher, said a decade ago. He meant that increasingly, even companies that aren’t concerned with news or journalism must be able to make meaningful connections with customers with the written word.

10 Signs That The Age Of The Entrepreneur Is Here Now

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, and sparked by the last recession, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

USV Manager Bootcamp

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our USV Portfolio Network Team built a new offering last year called the USV Manager Bootcamp. The idea is to offer management training classes to our portfolio companies that are too small to be able to offer those classes themselves.

Worst of Times

Feld Thoughts

If you enjoyed I’m a VC , take another walk down memory lane with me back to 2015 and watch our second video, Worst of Times. More soon. Hint, hint … The post Worst of Times appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Foundry Group video worst of times

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4 Smart Ways Take Your Business From Good to Great

YFS Magazine

It wasn’t until I asked myself if I was successful that I was able to realize all the great things our company could still accomplish. Grow Operations business lessons company culture growth strategy innovation

Crude Oil Outlook


Brent: The upward trend in Brent Crude Oil prices that started in mid-2017 remained intact at the outset of 2018, driven by strong fundamentals. Oil prices hit an over three-year high on 11 January. On 12 January, prices traded at USD 70.3 per barrel, which was up 8.3% from the same day in December.

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The Small Business Guide to Creative Video Strategy in 2018

Up and Running

As your customer service and marketing teams gear up for 2018, keep in mind that the strategies and content that worked last year may soon be outdated. Technology is changing at lightning speed, and if your team is not prepared to adapt, sooner or later, you will be left in the dust.

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