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Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook

Feld Thoughts

If you have purchased the hardcopy edition of Venture Deals 3rd Edition, you can now buy the Kindle version also for $2.99 via the Amazon Kindle Matchbook program. Jason and I have been asking our publisher (Wiley) for this for a while and we are psyched they’ve agreed to it.

Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. Revenue multiples, profit multiples, premium over the previous financing — these are metrics used by sellers to help determine a minimum acceptable price.

5 Signals To Evaluate To Test The Value Of Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Brands are people first. Customers are people too, so customers tend to take their relationship with a brand personally. Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank.

Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel.

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Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. – from Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky.

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Relationships Are 100/100, Not 50/50

Feld Thoughts

In a vox with my partner Seth recently, he said something that stuck with me. “Relationships are 100/100, not 50/50.” ” He was referring to a business dynamic between two people, but it applies to any relationship and any number of people. It’s a simple idea, but a great one. When I consider my relationship with Amy, it’s 100/100. Sure, we have plenty of conflicts, but we are both 100% all in on the relationship.

This Is How I Found Life And Business Success

YFS Magazine

When I reflect back on a time in my life when I wasn't experiencing much success. I noticed I was bored. Yet, equally inspired to change. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development success

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree. I believe the best entrepreneurs start by finding a large opportunity, and only then use good ideas to capitalize on that opportunity.

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A Look At: Natural Gas & Oil


Weekly Natural Gas Report Region 17-Mar-17 10-Mar-17 Net Change (Bcf) Implied Flow (Bcf) Stocks (Bcf) % Change Stocks (Bcf) % Change East 309 368 -59 -59 453 -31.8 355 -13.0 Midwest 506 557 -51 -51 572 -11.5 397 27.5 Mountain 137 137 0 0 148 -7.4 123 11.4 Pacific 208 203 5 5 260 -20.0 226 -8.0

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

7 Useful Web Design Tips For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Effective web design involves creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing site. Here are 7 useful tips to keep in mind. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing web design web development

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5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur seeking funding loves the challenge of getting customers and investors excited, but dreads the thought of negotiating the terms of a deal with potential investors.

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Economic Indicator: US New Home Sales


US New Home Sales (Feb) M/M 592K vs. Exp. 559K (Prev. 555K, Rev. 558K) US New Home Sales (Feb) M/M 592K vs. Exp. 559K (Prev. 555K, Rev. 558K) From Nomura : “Initial jobless claims: Initial claims remain at historically low levels after a continued decline during the recovery.

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4 Steps To Creating A Vision For Your Business


by Rich Allen, author of “ The Ultimate Business Tune Up: A Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners “ Running a business takes more than a day-by-day approach.

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How To Deal With Rejection In Business

YFS Magazine

Rejection should not discourage you, nor should it end your dreams. If you pay attention, you can actually succeed in spite of rejection. Lead personal development rejection startup advice

10 Writings Tips To Get Maximum Impact From Any Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short.

Oil & Gas - Baker Hughes


The Baker Hughes Rig Count was up 313% from the year prior - a surge in productions. Currently the U.S. rig count is at 631 (oil) and 157 (gas) rigs. This includes four horizontal rigs in Northern Alaska, bordering the Beaufort Sea. Oil & Gas Analyst at ZEI. Baker Hughes Oil US Oil USA Oil

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Back From Vacation

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just took a two-week vacation. We were mostly off the grid, to the extent we could be given several things we were working on together. We hid from the world, caught our breath, and regrouped. I often get asked what my rhythm is on a vacation like this. It’s simple – I have no rhythm or schedule. My days are organized around waking up when I feel like it and going to bed when I’m tired. When I look at my Fitbit sleep data, I got at least nine hours of sleep every day.

6 Quick Marketing Tips For A Shoestring Budget

YFS Magazine

Every business needs a marketing plan. Thankfully, there are plenty of creative and cost-effective ways to reach customers and get your business noticed. Grow Marketing & Sales diy marketing guerrilla marketing local marketing marketing marketing budget

How to Use Coupons for Your Business (Without Losing Money)

Up and Running

Coupons can be a great tool for your business—or a great way to lose money. It all depends on how smart you are and how profitable you design your coupon to be. You may not realize it, but even on daily deal and coupon sites, you have more control than you might think.

How to Improve Mobile UX with Digital Wallets


Today, there are more than 2.32 billion smartphone owners around the world. These devices aren’t just for browsing social media, texting, and making calls.

4 Inspiring Startup Stories That Will Fill Your Heart With Hope


Entrepreneurship is a tough journey especially if you are introducing a new concept or product into the market. And for this reason, many people look for inspiration from other successful entrepreneurs to keep them going.

4 Amazing Productivity Hacks For Freelancers

YFS Magazine

Freelancers often struggle with distractions. It can be hard to maximize productivity on a daily basis. These 4 tips will help. Back Office Grow freelancing lifestyle productivity productivity tips working at home

Brexit: Article 50 to be activated


UK Prime Minister Theresa May will notify European Council President Donald Tusk on March 29 that she wishes to activate Article 50 and begin the process of negotiating the UK's withdrawal from the EU The Lisbon Treaty was signed by the heads of state and government of the 27 EU Member States on 13 December 2007.

The Data-Driven Marketer’s Guide to Influencer Marketing


Influencer marketing is the talk of the town right now. Everyone from the scrappiest startups to the biggest household name brands are investing in it. But if you want to get into it, how do you do it right? And to take a step back, what is influencer marketing in the first place?

How I Pivoted My Startup 3 Times to Find Success

Up and Running

“A pivot is a change in strategy without a change in vision,” says Eric Ries , author of The Lean Startup.

Business Model Innovation Is About This — Not Technology

YFS Magazine

In recent years, technology has been the golden child of transformative business models. Change is coming. And technology won't be at the helm. Grow Technology business model business models business trends digital trends innovation technology

What I’ve Been Reading

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Two very long books. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I really enjoyed working my way through this novel. If you’re new to Murakami, I wouldn’t start with this one.

How Much Data Do You Need to Be Data-Driven? [Rant]


Do you need to be a big company and need large volumes of traffic to be data driven? Even a single visitor is a piece of data that you can act on. A single survey response is better than nothing.

How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. As the saying goes, you’re literally getting married to your investors.

Why Social Selling Flat Out Works — And How To Go Pro

YFS Magazine

When you understand how social selling works, how to craft a strategy to approach it, your effectiveness will improve drastically. Grow Marketing & Sales sales selling tips social media social selling

7 Secrets To Help The Self-Employed Reduce Their Tax Bill


by Brian Ashcraft, Director of Tax Compliance, Liberty Tax Service. Taxes can be complicated for most of us, but for the self-employed, they can get especially tricky. You need to know your business status, such as sole proprietor/independent contractor instead of an employee.

Hacking Sleep (Part 1)

Jason Ball's TechBytes

My sleep habits for all practical purposes are about as perfect as real life permits. I excercise almost daily, I eat well, and I follow the old “early to bed early to rise” philosophy. I travel frequently, but if I’m at home, I’m dialed in. However despite doing everything “right”, I noticed I was dragging in the mornings. Day after day. I would go to bed early and wake up before my alarm could go off. Solid 8-9 hrs of sleep. But still felt tired.

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Understanding Network Effect Strength

A Crowded Space

Thanks to Harry Stebbings for guilting me into writing more blog posts. I spent Monday at YC’s demo day. I saw tons of rapid fire pitches. In the majority of them, a founder claimed strong “Network Effects.” Everyone likes to talk about network effects because they sound so enticing.