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10 Principles For Surviving Hard Times In Any Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

“The devil in the details” is a quote that we have all heard, and clearly applies to startups, where success in the long run is all about execution.

The Analyst Cam: SuccessFactors Analyst Day

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short video segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. SuccessFactors had an analyst update this week. I have excerpted from the session.

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Technology, Innovation and Modern War – Class 6 – Will Roper

Steve Blank

We just held our sixth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Is Artificial Intelligence Fusing With The Virtual Call Center?


The current business situation has brought new techniques for improving the global market – the fusing of AI with the call center directed to improve a business’s customer interactions. Today virtual call centers are the top users of AI technology from reliable poll ratings.

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.

How The Reality That Entrepreneurs Face Is Not Fair

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the time, I’m all about providing encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs. They need it and they deserve it, because entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy.

The Analyst Cam: Zoom Zapps

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As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings and events, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. One of the biggest winners from the WFH economy has been Zoom.

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Hands-On Small Business Ideas


Creating your own small business may be the dream, but first you need to consider what your business will entail. While some people are happy working in front of a computer, others prefer a more hands-on approach, using skills that require more manual tasks.

5 Generators Of Customer Pain Conducive To Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of my favorite sayings is “Real change doesn’t happen until the pain level gets high enough.” There aren’t many of us who love change, just for the opportunity to learn something new, and even we won’t pay much for it.

Burning Platform: The Post-Pandemic world of the CFO

deal architect

In episode 6 of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss how the world of the CFO has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities to be impactful as more changes appear on the horizon. This episode. Burning Platform


Bootstrapping vs Raising Out of the Gate: The Six Questions to Ask Yourself

This is going to be BIG.

Taxes Are Good, Actually


by Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications and author of “ Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOS “ Taxes aren’t fun to pay. There, I said it.

5 Key Recovery Strategies Counter Economic Downturns

Startup Professionals Musings

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Driven by the current pandemic, smart entrepreneurs of all ages are jumping into the fray with new ideas, new recovery strategies, and discarding outmoded business models.

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The Analyst Cam: Avasant Research study of COVID-19 impact on IT

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings and events, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Computer Economics, now part of Avasant Research, has benchmarked IT spending for. Analyst Cam Industry Commentary


Thoughts on Repeat Founders

View from Seed

Since the inception of NextView, we’ve had a reasonably even distribution between backing first time founders and founders who had started a company with success in the past.

How To Start Your Own Moving Company


When you survey the fields that almost never run out of business, the moving company is one of them. People change houses quite often, especially the ones that live in rented houses. Not all moving companies are significant and have storage for their trucks and materials.

7 Keys To Moving Your Best Of Breed Odds Up A Notch

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone who starts or owns a business expects to be the best of breed, but only a few achieve that status. As a startup mentor and advisor, I often contemplate what makes the difference between winners and losers.

Burning Platform: The Post-Pandemic world of the CIO

deal architect

In episode 8 of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss how the world of the CIO has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We cover a lot of ground around how on-premise and cloud applications fared as employees. Burning Platform Cloud Computing, SaaS New Normal COVID-19

Announcing our investment in Jam

Version One Ventures

Today, we are excited to announce our investment in Jam , a tool that brings Google Docs style collaboration to a live product/website.

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In Uncertain Times, Leaders Must Bring Their Best Selves To Work


by Edward D. Hess, author of “ Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change “. Leaders, are you feeling the pressure? Of course you are. After the past five months, how could you not be?) Even those thought to be the “best” leaders are falling apart like two-dollar watches these days.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Motivation to Grow Their Business


Being an entrepreneur or business owner has its share of ups and downs. While the downs can be pretty low the ups always seem to triumph for a true entrepreneur at heart. Milestones are what entrepreneurs and business owners work towards.

The Analyst Cam: Rimini Street - the "secret sauce"

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. Rimini Street has provided third party maintenance to Oracle and SAP customers for 15.

Coronavirus Pandemic Yields Largest Increase in American Entrepreneurship Ever

Growthink Blog

It’s hard to be excited when talking about today’s coronavirus pandemic, when millions of Americans have been infected and over 200,000 have died. However, our research shows the coronavirus pandemic has been a massive boon to entrepreneurship.


Benefits Of Outsourcing To An Engineering Company


The cost of doing business gets more expensive nowadays. Many companies experience the dilemma of trying to increase revenue while facing engineering costs. One solution is to outsource your engineering services. Engineers are an important part of the success of your business.

Zoom Secret Magic Trick – Hide Self View

Feld Thoughts

Here’s a simple one to make your 10 hours a day on Zoom more enjoyable. Hide Self View. Click on the three little dots next to Mute in your video window. Choose “Hide Self View.” ” The following view … is much better to look at that the one with my own picture in it.

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Burning Platform: The Post-Pandemic world of the CHRO

deal architect

In episode 7 of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss how the world of the CHRO has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have talked for a long time about HR becoming strategic. The pandemic may not


11 Entrepreneurs Describe The BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) For Their Business


Have a goal that’s third parties think is impossible? Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their daily, weekly, quarterly or yearly goals around their business.

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A Conversation With Calgary Entrepreneur Ali Ghani: How Commitment To Health And Fitness Benefits His Work And His Life


Ali Ghani , a Calgary-Alberta based investor and entrepreneur, has an extensive history of investing in and working with companies in a diverse range of industries including real estate.

How Plan Vs Actual Comparison Helps You Manage Your Business

Up and Running

Planning is not just about the plan — it’s about the management. And plan vs. actual analysis, also called variance analysis, is essential to better business management. That’s where you track results, review progress, and make regular course corrections depending on performance. .

Our unusual client: Citizen Vinnie

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Deal Architect has advised hundreds of clients on their software and outsourcing decisions. We run a tight ship, we diligently coach our clients, we keep it unemotional and quantified, we force vendors to follow our scripts, present their positives not. Little to do with IT, but interesting

Five Years From Now

Start Up Blog

Every five years or so, I look back and think, “How could I have been so silly?” ” I have now come to see gaps in my knowledge and think about how differently I should have approached certain situations.

5 Tech Companies That Have Made It Big And Here’s Why


There are plenty of tech companies out there that have been around for some time. Each and every company has its own story to bring to the table. Each is different but somehow they have become a big impact on many people’s lives. The founders of the companies all have stories to share.

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Cybersecurity Advice for Startups

The Startup Magazine

Small businesses are an easy target for ill-intended actors ( 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses ), but very few of them are well-prepared to face this type of scenario.

The exponential growth in Salesforce Industries coverage

deal architect

As we have moved to virtual vendor briefings and events, I have increasingly been excerpting short segments (with permission from vendors), as part of my Analyst Cam series. You are about to see a wave of industry specific episodes. Cloud Computing, SaaS Global and Vertical extensions Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Supporting Sophie’s Neighborhood on World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

Feld Thoughts

Today, I’m helping amplify a $50,000 fundraiser for Sophia’s Neighborhood as part of World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day. Amy and I just contributed $25,000 so we are effectively matching any contributions dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

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Everything You Need To Know About Blogger Outreach


Today’s digital world requires executing unique digital marketing strategies. Blogger outreach is an effective tool for promoting businesses online. Understand blogger outreach by defining the link building process, analyzing specific strategies, and reviewing numerous benefits.

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5 Tips for Beginning Bitcoin Investors

The Startup Magazine

You’ve heard about that teenager or grandmother or your brother-in-law’s co-worker’s cousin who invested a little bit of money in bitcoin and struck it rich and you want part of the action. Investing in a cryptocurrency like bitcoin in 2020 makes a lot of sense.