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

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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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.

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).

Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed

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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.

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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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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.

How Many Hats Should You Wear? When to Outsource As an Entrepreneur

Up and Running

It’s never been easier to start your own business. With the range of financing options out there and free online tools available, pretty much anyone with a great idea and a solid head for business can take the first steps into entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

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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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?

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

The Role of SEO in Growth


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the biggest levers that a business can use within their acquisition strategy as part of their Growth goals. You’re likely familiar with the different Growth frameworks like AARRR (Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral, Revenue).

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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!

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.

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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A weekend with inspirational ladies

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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


Audio Of The Week: A16Z’s Alex Rampell

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I found this wide ranging interview quite interesting. Alex has been an entrepreneur and is now an investor. He is operating at the intersection of traditional fintech and crypto, which is a place USV also often occupies. USV TEAM POSTS: Bethany Marz Crystal — January 26, 2018 The Lisa Frank Sticker Experiment Albert Wenger — January 26, 2018 Mycroft: Open Consumer Voice Platform. crypto entrepreneurship hacking finance VC & Technology

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5 Tips For Total Life And Business Transformation

YFS Magazine

Real and lasting change in your life and business is possible. As you step into the new year, consider these 5 approaches. Lifestyle business goals health and wellness lifest lifestyle personal development

Entrepreneur Who Creates a New Kind of Social Family


Human beings are social beings. We endeavor to create relations and feel that we belong somewhere.

5 Key Decision Points Highlight Great Venture Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs are convinced that the strength of their initial idea somehow defines them as a leader, as well as the success potential of their derivative business. In my experience, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

Supporting Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, my partners at Foundry Group announced financial support for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. We strongly believe that sexual harassment is unacceptable in any form.

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


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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.

5 Digital Marketing Trends To Watch In 2018

YFS Magazine

From new bells and whistles launched by social networks to changes in customer needs, there’s a lot to review before you put pen to paper. Grow Marketing & Sales instagram instagram marketing marketing online marketing social media social media marketing

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21 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


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.

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.