May, 2020

Framework Benchmarks Round 19


Round 19 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available! This project measures the high-water mark performance of server side web application frameworks and platforms using predominantly community-contributed test implementations. Since its inception as an open source project in 2013, community contributions have been numerous and continuous. Today, at the launch of Round 19, the project has processed more than 4,600 pull requests !

Seven Steps to Small Business Recovery

Steve Blank

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche. The world is a different place than it was 90 days ago. Countries traded saving lives by shutting down most of their economy. Tens of millions who had jobs are now unemployed worrying about their future. Business owners large and small are struggling to find their footing, wondering what will be the new normal when the recovery happens. For the majority of companies, the business models of the past will not return.


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8 Ways To Get Your Business Going Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

If you really want to start a business your way without a boss or professional investor hovering over you, then just fund it yourself or through friends and family, and grow it organically. It’s more possible to bootstrap today than a few years ago, as the cost of entry continues to go down. According to Investopedia , over 90 percent of successful businesses currently start this way.

New Normal: Conversation with Dean Daniel Pullin of TCU

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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.

Intuition Is Your Superpower


by Sue Hawkes, CEO of YESS! and author of “ Chasing Perfection: Shatter The Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success “ Several years ago, I participated in a women’s leadership program focused on embracing what power was in all senses of the word. Intuition wasn’t one of the topics listed on the agenda. However, it was an incredible component of our leadership work together.

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Techstars Entrepreneurship & Mental Health Series

Feld Thoughts

Techstars just released a 4-part original video series on entrepreneurship and mental health. I’m featured in one of the four short (< 10 minute) videos. If there was ever a moment in time that challenged our individual and collective mental health, it’s the Covid crisis. When Techstars began working on this project last year, the focus was on increasing awareness of the issues around mental health and entrepreneurship.

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The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct

Steve Blank

The Covid-19 virus is not politically correct. It discriminates against the old and the unhealthy. The biggest risk factor in dying from the virus is age. If you’re 60 to 70 years old, you’re 30 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than if you’re under 40. And if you’re over 80, you’re 180 times more likely. It’s not that the young don’t get sick or die, but the odds are dramatically different.

10 Popular Business Strategies That Most Often Fail

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur I know has their favorite excuse for a previous failure – an investor backed out, the economy took a downturn, or a supplier delivered bad quality. These things outside your control do happen, but based on my years of experience as a startup advisor and angel investor, I still see too many strategies leading to failure that are inside the entrepreneur decision realm. I certainly agree that starting a business is fraught with risk, and none of us get it all right the first time.

New Normal: Conversation with Rahul Samant of Delta Airlines

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Battling Big Business Bullies On The IP Playground: Minimizing The Risk Of Intellectual Property Litigation


by Christopher Rosario, associate attorney with McManis Faulkner. Business is inherently risky. It is even riskier if you are the new kid on the block. Big businesses have the means to bully fresh-faced startups into the red—permanently. While some of this bullying may be unlawful, the courts are a common tool used by large corporations to protect their turf.

B2B Marketplaces Revisited

Version One Ventures

Twenty years ago – in the midst of the Web 1.0 boom – expectations were high for B2B (product) marketplaces. The assumption was that online platforms would completely automate all supplier-customer transactions including retailing, wholesaling, and procurement. Yet today, the world of B2B marketplaces still lags far behind its B2C counterpart. Alibaba is an exception.

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Fundraising When You?ve Been at it a While

View from Seed

Fundraising for startups is a mix of selling both promise and reality. In some respects, one of the often non-intuitive privileges of a seed stage fundraising process is that the company is so new. There isn’t much history, much reality, to get in the way of a good story. So a lot of Founders can weave a tale of the promise of what could be created rather than what has been created.

Hacking 4 Recovery

Steve Blank

We’re holding a series of 5-day online classes at Stanford where teams will learn how to develop new business models for an economy that’s getting back to work and on the road to recovery. Sign up at [link]. The post-pandemic world will be a very different place. The Covid-19 virus has upended traditional ways of doing business, travel, education, entertainment, healthcare, etc. How do these institutions reconfigure and reinvent themselves? What new businesses and services will emerge?

How To Make New Venture Innovation Thinking Look Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? I have always wondered if innovation required some rare gene mutation, or whether I might be missing a simple formula for unlocking the ability in any intelligent business person to innovate.

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New Normal: An inspirational talk with Ray Lane

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. New Normal COVID-19

Seven Highly Effective Ways To Lead A Virtual Workforce


by Martin Lanik, CEO of Pinsight and author of “ The Leader Habit “ Welcome to the Future of Work! As most of us are adjusting to virtual dinner dates and Zoom happy hours, leaders around the world have found themselves in a tough situation figuring out how to lead their teams, departments, and organizations virtually.

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The API-as-a-marketplace

Version One Ventures

As we’ve been spending time on B2B marketplaces and dev tools/platforms, we’ve come to realize that there’s an interesting sub-category that combines elements of both: the API-as-a-marketplace. What is an API-as-a-marketplace? Just like a traditional marketplace, an API-as-a-marketplace has two sides: suppliers and buyers. But, the interface is different. . In a traditional marketplace, discovery and purchase are done on the application layer.

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Ready for Your Small Business Bloom?

Rembrandt Communications

Is Your Small Business Ready to Bloom?! “April showers bring May flowers”… so is your small business ready to come back with a fresh bloom after the recent “stormy weather”? The world is springing back to a new reality after the pandemic. It’s a great time to give your business a fresh start… along with your life. Are you ready? Here are a few tips to get your small business ready for a great rebirth: Review.

Don’t Burn Down Your Own House

Feld Thoughts

Dave Mayer pointed me at this video today. After struggling with how I was feeling all morning, during my run, and while I read the Sunday New York Times, this finally helped me put a framework around my feelings. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m confused. I’m appalled. I’m scared. I’m upset. And this is completely independent (and on top of) of all the challenges around the Covid crisis. Seth wrote a great post on Wednesday titled Uncertainty.

How Your Mindset Has To Evolve To Match The Business

Startup Professionals Musings

According to most definitions, an entrepreneur is one who envisions a new and different business, meaning one that is not a copy of an existing business model. Many entrepreneurs have a passion and an idea, or even invent a new product, but are never able to execute to the point of creating a startup. Even fewer are able to grow the startup into a viable business.

Business acrobatics and heroics that also deserve flyovers

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It's been wonderful to see Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and other planes do flyovers over different cities to honor front line workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is one over Washington, DC. While those flyovers have received media attention, very little. New Normal COVID-19

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Want To Scale Effectively? Start Thinking Like A Ten Person Team When You’re Still A Solopreneur


by Mario Peshev, author of “ 126 Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur: The Entrepreneurship Fad and the Dark Side of Going Solo “ Running a business alone is challenging, but this is usually not the end goal for beginner entrepreneurs. Even if you’re not aiming to become the largest corporation out there, scaling your business would probably mean that you’re going to need a few people to help you in different areas.

Foodtech Trends That Are Here to Stay

View from Seed

Advances in technology and changing consumer preferences have long been transforming the way food is created, distributed, and consumed. Now, as COVID-19 revolutionizes much of what was “normal” before March, several trends in foodtech are experiencing tailwinds. We can’t dine at restaurants, so we’re cooking and ordering takeout and delivery more frequently.

5 Powerful Productivity Hacks For Ambitious Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

If you consistently have a hard time getting important things done, consider these five productivity hacks to get more done and boost profits. Lead personal development productivity productivity tips

Launching Energize Colorado

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited to announce the launch of Energize Colorado , a new Colorado-based non-profit to help energize companies in Colorado survive the Covid crisis and then thrive as we get the crisis under control. A month ago (which seems like a year ago), I wrote a post explaining that the Covid crisis was actually three interwoven crises : health, financial, and mental health.

Balance Your Focus Between Passion And Perspiration

Startup Professionals Musings

Many experts are certain that successful entrepreneurs are the ones with the most inspiration (passion and dream), while others will assert that it’s about more perspiration (working harder). In my experience, both are always required in heavy doses. There are no “can’t fail” shortcuts or “get rich quick” scenarios.

New Normal: What to expect from SAP and its partners

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Tom Wailgum of ASUG interviewed me as part of the virtual edition of its Executive Exchange last week. It had originally been scheduled in Orlando as a companion to SAP's annual Sapphire event. SAP's event has been postponed till next. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) New Normal COVID-19 Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

How To Build Your Brand’s Visibility With Instagram Videos


Whether you’re uploading to your story or on IGTV, Instagram videos are a great way to increase your brand visibility and attract new customers. You can do anything with a video; advertise a product, make the customers laugh, appeal to their emotions, or even partner up with an influencer to get more product exposure. Today, we’re going to cover some tips for increasing your brand’s visibility by using Instagram videos.

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Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities???with $15 million to?

Both Sides of the Table

Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities?—?with with $15 million to Prove It The venture capital world has started firing up a few cylinders again and looking for businesses that it believes will help us all succeed in ways that resonate with new ways of working as we begin to return to work. It’s clear things have changed for good and the need for managing remote communities of employees, customers and partners has become ever more important.

If Your Pitch Deck Has a Competitive 2×2, I’m Going to Ask You This Question

Hunter Walker

As an early stage investor I look at A LOT of pitch decks. In the seven years since we started Homebrew there has been some evolution in this area – Docsend, videos, the occasional memo – but the lingua franca among founders and investors is still largely 10-25 slides with several expected sections.

What Day Is It?

Feld Thoughts

Amy just walked in to our shared office (the “Library”) and said something about it being Tuesday. It’s gloomy in Colorado today. For the past few years, the month of May has been more like Seattle weather than Colorado weather, so while spring is transitioning into summer, heavy clouds hang over us. I seem to have two types of days right now. Type 1 is what happens between Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Zoom call after Zoom call. Lots of exogenous stress and anxiety.

How To Reinvent Yourself As A Business Startup Today

Startup Professionals Musings

The era of stable lifetime jobs for business professionals within a single company are gone. Companies are rightsized quickly now as markets change rapidly, and business professionals are quick to jump to new opportunities for growth and survival, with no ties to special benefits or pension plans. Thus smart business professionals are rapidly becoming the new entrepreneurs.

New Normal: Conversation with Peter Maier of SAP

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Top 5 Innovative Business Ideas For Civil Engineers


When we talk about a few of the most impactful industries, the construction industry comes at the top. No matter what we do or how bad the economy gets, there will always be a need for housing and that’s not all, there will be a need for more infrastructure too. When we talk about infrastructure, the construction industry has singlehandedly become the biggest contributor when it comes to the overall development of infrastructure.

Advice For Managing Remote Teams

View from Seed

Remote work has been a topic of discussion for many businesses in recent years, but little did we know that we were about to put all our hypotheses and reservations to the test. Since social distancing orders have been put in place, a huge portion of our workforce has transformed their homes into workplaces and are trying their best to manage this new work environment. This is also a huge adjustment for those managers who are used to managing in person teams.

4 Steps To Craft Strategic Blog Content And Boost Website SEO

YFS Magazine

Discover four steps designed to enhance your content strategy so you can reach page one on Google and attract high-quality leads for your business. Grow Marketing & Sales blogging blogging tips content marketing marketing recommended seo

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