February, 2020

Davos report - a conversation with Alan Alper of Cognizant

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Cognizant is a regular at the annual WEF event in Davos, Switzerland. I requested Alan Alper, VP Corporate Marketing, keep good notes on everything he observed during this year's event. Here's an excellent ground level report - you can feel. Globalization and Technology

How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

Steve Blank

Every year I teach classrooms full of students who leave class understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit—and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.”. That’s a mistake.

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Four Tricky VC Questions and How To Handle Them

View from Seed

During the course of a fundraise, founders are likely to encounter a few questions from VC’s that seem awkward or even a bit unfair.

7 Ways To Use An Advisory Board To Accelerate Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as an angel investor to startups, I’m struck by the broad variety of advisor strategies I see in investor presentations and business plans that cross my desk. Some entrepreneurs are “lone rangers,” never mentioning any outside guidance, while others tout dozens of advisors.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Starting Up A Business Vs Buying An Existing Business


If you generally have the idea of starting up a business or buying an existing business, each has its advantages and disadvantages to it (If you are looking to fund your new venture and need help comparing the market Nowloan can provide you with some of the best rates on the market just click here ).

Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2020 Registration Is Open

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course again. Registration is now open and it runs from March 8, 2020 – May 1, 2020. It’s produced by Techstars and Kauffman Fellows. We’ve run the course six times now and have had over 25,000 people take it.

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Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

Building the Best Seed VC Syndicate in 2020: Navigating “Leaders” & “Fillers”

View from Seed

In previous blog posts I’ve written about the two main approaches to building a seed round syndicate – the subscription method (where an entrepreneur presets a structure with a convertible note or SAFE and recruits investors who subscribe to the round, all without a term-driving lead investor) and a term-driving lead investor approach.

10 Timeless First Principles Of A Prosperous Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, it’s evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really haven’t changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved.

[Interview] Meghan Fitzgerald, Author Of “Ascending Davos”


Navigating the corporate landscape is a challenge for anyone: for women, it can be akin to climbing Mt. Everest. It was in the mountains, in fact — in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum — that Meghan Fitzgerald realized she had been trading her health for her career.

Remote First: Why Isn’t Every Company Boundaryless


This article is the third part of my extended series on boundaryless teams, remote -first companies, and the future of work. In my two previous installments, I talked about the changing dynamics in many tech-centric cities.

A scientific and spiritual conversation with Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho

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Zoho is a remarkably different enterprise software company. It has no VC investment, it has an inbound, web-centric sales model which allows it to reverse the industry spend on sales/marketing v. product , it runs its own data centers, it. Cloud Computing, SaaS Globalization and Technology Sustainability, Green Computing

The Coronavirus Impact on Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

For the past week, I’ve been asked at least once a day (yesterday I was asked several times, with an R0 of 3) about what I think the coronavirus’ impact will be on the global supply chain.

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The stars align for AR to go mainstream

VC Cafe

“I do think that a significant portion of the population of developed countries, and eventually all countries, will have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you.” —Tim Tim Cook , Apple CEO. One of the top reasons startups fail is timing.

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10 Manageable Risks That An Entrepreneur Should Take

Startup Professionals Musings

There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Successful Entrepreneur?


by T.W. Lewis, author of “ Solid Ground: A Foundation For Winning In Work and In Life “ Many people dream of starting their own businesses, but, take it from me, it’s not easy. It took me eighteen years to get prepared so that I could be successful.

Our Investment in Ten Little

View from Seed

Last week, one of our most recent portfolio companies, Ten Little , came out of stealth and announced its public launch. . Ten Little was started by Fatma Collins and Julie Rogers , a platform that aims to make finding the perfect fit for your child easy, starting with shoes.

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ZohoDay: Productivity and Purpose

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I have had a few days to reflect on the Zoho Analyst Summit. There were so many varied perspectives but a few things really jumped out as I looked at my notes Productivity From last year's analyst day, I had. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The Challenge of Being an Excellent Board Member

Feld Thoughts

When I started blogging in 2004, there weren’t many VC bloggers. I followed Fred Wilson and David Hornik’s lead and just started writing what was on my mind about, well, anything that was on my mind. Today, VC content pieces are everywhere.

Startup venture and alumni funds

VC Cafe

According to the 2019 Annual European Venture Report by PitchBook , European startups raised €32.4 billion in 2019 (despite a lower deal count). Out of which, CVC participation grew to €14.7 billion, a substantial 52.6% YoY increase.

7 Tips To Keep Your Team Ahead Of “Business As Usual”

Startup Professionals Musings

Most small businesses have now forgotten the last recession, and are back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone apps, real product information spreads at astounding speeds.

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What’s The Difference Between A Will And A Trust?


Managing your estate in a way that protects yourself and your family should be one of your top priorities. Even if you believe that you are in the best shape of your life, you never know when illness or accident will descend on you.

How Decisions Are Made After The Partner Meeting

View from Seed

In general, VC decision-making can feel like a black box, which can be frustrating for founders who are trying to manage their fundraising process and timeline. It usually involves many meetings over the course of weeks (if not months) with various members of the firm, and the process can look quite different from one firm to another. Regardless, your singular goal is typically to drive towards a “Partner Meeting” where you can pitch the story and vision to the entire investment team.

The Remarkable Effect by Ton Dobbe -  a book review

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With seven books under the belt, a number of first-time authors ask me for advice about book-writing. I am honest with them. I tell them to me the most enjoyable part is the extensive research, interviews for case studies etc


You All Instead of You Guys

Feld Thoughts

While reading Kim Scott’s book Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity , I came across an anecdote from a discussion she had with Dick Costolo.

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Today’s opportunities in enterprise SaaS

Version One Ventures

Enterprise SaaS has seen tremendous growth over the past decade and created many, many large stand-alone companies. Given the current public struggle of tech-enabled services, marketplaces, hardware and DTC companies, enterprise SaaS also feels like VC’s most favourite investment category right now.

7 Ways Growing Companies Drift From Startup Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new venture that survives the first five years starts to drift away from their entrepreneurial thinking, and assumes they have achieved the path to longevity.

[Interview] Troy R. Underwood, Author Of “How To Launch Your Side Hustle”


Once you’ve dug up enough pennies from between your couch cushions to start a new business, you’re going to need a plan. In the new book “ How to Launch Your Side Hustle: Start and Scale a Business with Minimal Capital “, serial entrepreneur Troy R.

How To Work From Home

YFS Magazine

I would be lying if I said working from home is easy. Here's how to conquer distractions and stay productive while being mindful of your surroundings. Workspaces home office remote working working at home workspaces

The SAP 2025 Wall moves

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Unlike the hard Y2K wall, we knew SAP's 2025 Business Suite 7 wall was a soft one. They have just pushed it back till the end of 2027 followed by optional (and more expensive) extended maintenance until the end of. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Why Isn’t Your Publicity Working?

Rembrandt Communications

Do you get results from your publicity efforts? Last week, I received a call from a small business owner who hired a firm for their publicity activities and received little to no results.

A Look at What’s Fueling Startup Investments in Colombia


The Latin American startup scene is attracting more and more attention and investments. In 2018, venture capital investments in Latin America doubled for the second consecutive year, according to LAVCA’s Annual Review of Tech Investment in Latin America.

7 Startup Risks That Come With Other People’s Money

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the myths I often hear as an advisor to many entrepreneurs is that their lifestyle would somehow be better if they could more easily find other people’s money to build their startup.

Ways To Make Your Website More Secure


Cybersecurity is of utmost importance to anyone who runs a website. With each passing day, we hear of new leaks of information over the internet, including IDs and passwords, top-secret classified government data, credit card information, personal nude photos, and much more.

5 Powerful Ways To Monetize Your PR Efforts

YFS Magazine

If you know how to monetize your media coverage, public relations can become a major profit driver for your startup or small business. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales media coverage PR public relations publicity

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SAP's Integration Urgency

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Talking about the heady days in the late 90s, one of SAP's best salespeople had reminisced: "It was a truly transformational time for the technology industry. We replaced thousands of departmental and mainframe systems. We put MSA, M&D, and many. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP