January, 2018

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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


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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.

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.

We Don’t Talk Enough About Money In Silicon Valley. No, Really.

Hunter Walker

“Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.” ” The person seated across the table from me went through a series of facial microexpressions as I said this — surprise, disgust, analysis and finally, calm.

7 Tips For Success With Today’s Demanding Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think your business has weathered the storm, think again. In addition to obvious economic challenges, the emerging generation of customers is determined to radically change the rules for customer engagement.

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Salesforce Analyst Summit: A solid B

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I prefer going to vendor analyst summits over user conferences. I always feel like I am intruding on customer time at conferences. Salesforce hosted an analyst summit last week. Here are my scores: Venue: A The venue was to say. Cloud Computing, SaaS

3 Qualities Of Effective Leadership In The Modern Workplace


by Gary Douglas, author of “ How To Become Money “ Throughout the twentieth century, authoritarianism was the most common (and seemingly most effective) form of workplace leadership. During this period, attrition was low. Careers were built on loyalty and longevity.

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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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!

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

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.

SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it!

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“Who pays when the SAP data center goes on strike and the solution is down?” Data Center going on strike? That portion of a quote from Hermann-Josef Haag, spokesperson for the DSAG HR management working group made me stop in. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The 8 Factors Needed For High Performance Living


by Gustavo Oliveira, teacher of the DeRose Method. Since we were born, we have been conditioned by specific patterns of behaviors. We are what we repeatedly think, feel, eat and behave. Even when we see that our behaviors are not rewarding, rarely are we able to change these habits and attitudes.

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.

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.

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

8 Elements Of A Mindset For Success In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe starting a new business isn’t your passion, but in these days of rapid change, where everyone is dealing with uncertainty, I believe that thinking and acting like entrepreneurs will help you get ahead in any profession.

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Rethinking the two technology Moores

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Throughout our technology careers, most of us have cited Moore’s Law about how fast technology evolves, or Geoffrey Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” to speed up launches of products. To say each has been seminal to strategizing and marketing in technology. Industry Commentary

6 Tips For Starting A Business On A Budget


by Lewis Robinson. Starting a business on a budget is a formidable challenge, but it certainly is possible. It’s much easier when you don’t require lots of space or expensive equipment. Even so, there are some strategies you can employ to avoid breaking the bank.

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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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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.

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

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.

SAP Nation and the new horror movie

deal architect

My books go through (at least) 3 edits. My wife, Margaret does a readability review. Mark Baven does a thorough edit for grammar, flow and facts. The book design agency, 1106 reviews it for style. It is a lot of. SAP Nation Book

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What All New Small Business Owners Need To Know


Becoming a business owner is quite the accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself and how far you’ve come. It means you have the skills and knowledge to succeed, if you continue to make the right moves and dedicate yourself to achieving success.

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.

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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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

How To Mentor Millennials Into Business Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them almost ten years ago. They started out as that spoiled generation of kids, born between about 1982 and 2004, who had everything, and could care less about business.

Why technology financial reporting needs to evolve

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I started my career at PwC as an accountant. I kept renewing my CPA certificate for a decade after I had moved to the technology consulting practice. These days, I listen to (some) quarterly earnings calls of vendors I analyze. Industry Commentary

Key Tips For Bridging the Generational Divide In The Workplace


by Kelly Riggs and Robby Riggs, co-authors of “ Counter Mentor Leadership: How to Unlock the Potential of the 4-Generation Workplace “ Millennials now make up the largest percentage of the workforce.

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