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Money Out of Nowhere: How Internet Marketplaces Unlock Economic Wealth

(*) Benchmark is/was an investor in companies labeled with the asterisk. In 1776, Adam Smith released his magnum opus, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations , in which he outlined his fundamental economic theories.

There’s only one real world

Start Up Blog

It’s very hard to understand the consequences of something when you can’t touch it, feel it and experience it in the physical form. Many of our virtual experiences seem displaced from a physical reality.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Startup strategy is like Kung Fu. There are many styles that work. But in a bar fight, you’re going to get punched in the face regardless. I can only teach you my style. Others can only teach you theirs. This is my style. “MVPs” are too M to be V.

The coming Enterprise Software Hurricane

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In interviewing SAP customers for the upcoming book, I ended up classifying them broadly into four groups. I termed the first three: a) Risk-takers who are trying out new Leonardo ML or IoT projects, developing new functionality with its Cloud.

How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City

Feld Thoughts

I participated in a one hour Crowdcast yesterday with Techstars and 43 North about How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City. Some of the thoughts from my upcoming book The Startup Community Way are in the hour, along with a bunch of things Techstars is doing around this initiative. powered by Crowdcast.

Viral Marketing And Word-of-Mouth Require Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing.

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High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

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Three Year Future Org Chart Exercise

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been doing a three-year future org chart exercise with the CEOs of a number of the companies I’m involved in between $25m and $250m in revenue. This can be done on a napkin, a sheet of paper, or a whiteboard. It should not be done in PowerPoint, Google Slides, or a fancy org chart maker app. It should be done in real time, without preparation, and in front of a small group, which could include co-founders or board members.

8 Strategies For Winning As A Freelancer Or Employee

Startup Professionals Musings

A big trend in business these days is hiring freelancers or contract personnel for the duration of a project, rather than permanent staff. According to a recent poll , contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce within a decade.

Stop the speculation, folks

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Amazon has just started to take advance orders for the eBook version of SAP Nation 3.0. It shows release date of April 15, but we are trying to get it out by March 31. The print version should also be. SAP Nation, the book


8 Business Trends That Will Make Waves In 2019


Technology has been one of the essential elements that makes a business more effective and successful. It changes continuously, adapting to advancements and innovations in order to constantly improve.

The American Tailwind ?

Feld Thoughts

Every year, one of my favorite things to read is the Berkshire Hathaway annual letter. The 2018 version is out and, as always, is a beautiful thing to read if you have any interest in business and economics. I particularly loved Warren Buffett’s reflections at the end of the letter in a section called The American Tailwind, which follows: On March 11th, it will be 77 years since I first invested in an American business. The year was 1942, I was 11, and I went all in, investing $114.75

5 Keys To Career And Business Success For Introverts

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age where every person feels the need for a relationship with people they do business with, introverts like me might seem to be at a distinct disadvantage. Most of us just don’t have the urge to proactively get out and talk to new people, face-to-face, online, or through an app.

How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

Money-Minds: 6 FinTech Startups To Watch In 2019


Fintech (financial technology) ruled the roost when it came to industries on the up-swing up until a few years back, when blockchain technology and all the possibilities it offered stormed the scene.

Advice On How To Make Your First Analytics Hire

View from Seed

Recently, I’ve been working with a few of our portfolio companies to help them think about how to recruit and interview their first analytics hire.

6 Misconceptions Plague True Social Entrepreneurship

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur lifestyle that continues to gain in popularity these days is being a “social entrepreneur.”

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

Both Sides of the Table

Most board meetings are administrative updates that accomplish very little other than inform board members about the performance of the company since the last board meeting.

Microsoft - a perennial "underachiever" in enterprise apps

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It's tough to argue with Microsoft - after all, it was at least briefly, the world's most valuable company late last year. CEO Satya Nadella is getting all kinds of kudos. Whatever they're paying him, it's not enough," former Microsoft. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Why You Should Hire A Translator For Your Business Meetings


Every businessperson wants to have a successful business meeting. Yes there are few factor which you have to keep in mind to have a successful business meeting, for this many people hire a translator that work as a chain between the owner and the client.

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If Your Passion Is Saving The Environment, Start Here

Startup Professionals Musings

Although I hear more and more about “global warming,” and the many ways we are destroying our environment, I still don’t see many global business winners in this space, comparable to Facebook and Amazon.

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How My Mother Helped Me Become The Entrepreneur I Am Today

YFS Magazine

From an early age, my mom taught me five things children needed to learn to become a successful adult. They became my life concepts for leadership. Editor Picks Lead leadership mom entrepreneurs mompreneur personal development women in business

The New York Times still does not get it

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In 2006, I asked the question "Is the media biased?" I wrote "No this is not about being liberal or conservative. This is about how little MSM covers business technology as against consumer oriented technology. New York City is home. Industry Commentary

Foreign Exchange Hedging For International Businesses


Hedging is a term that is used quite often when it comes to matters related to investing. In the simplest of terms, it means taking measures against putting all your eggs in one basket.

Exploring The Everyday: Janji Wants You To Change The World By Running

View from Seed

Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.

Four Key Principles To Delegate Effectively And Get More Done

YFS Magazine

Effective and consistent delegation might be the hardest task for a leader. However, it is also the most beneficial for everyone. Lead delegation leadership managing workflow project management

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

When you set up a board it is often initially a combination of the founders and the early investors. It can start 2–1 founders to investors and then sometimes moves to 3–2 but sometime around the A, B or C round the idea of “independent” directors comes up.

Managed Marketing – How Automation Has Become A Powerful Marketing Tool


Streamlining is not just for manufacturing and daily tasks in your organisation. Automation processes are a highly effective marketing tool.

After Organic – The Next Multi-Decade Food Megatrend

View from Seed

We are entering a really interesting phase in the food industry that I think most people don’t fully realize. For the last 20+ years, the dominant trend among grocers, restaurants, packaged food and beverage companies and others have been a market shift towards natural and organic products.

3 Ways To Make Workplace Diversity A Priority

YFS Magazine

You can’t ignore diversity (or a lack thereof) in your team and company. Here are a few ways you can get on track for a more inclusive environment. Company Culture Grow company culture diversity diversity in business workplace diversity


How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Filipe Delgado from Pexels We’ve all been in meetings that get off track?—?sinking sinking ever down the proverbial “rat hole,” from which rescue feels impossible. How does it happen? And how can you avoid it? This is part of a series on Managing Boards.

Top Emerging Startup Industries For 2019


by Pamela Webber, Chief Marketing Officer at 99designs. From Instagram agents and personal coaches, to drones, bot doctors and AI-driven healthcare, the hottest emerging industries of 2019 tap into a wide range of technology and personalization trends.

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How to Build a Great Product Before Hiring Your First PM

View from Seed

Most startups don’t have the luxury of hiring an experienced PM early in their journey. Many founders have to turn to brute force to figure it out, even when they themselves don’t have practitioner product management experience.

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5 Questions To Consider Before You Start Selling Coaching Services

YFS Magazine

Here are five really simple questions you can ask yourself, about your ideal clients, to learn more about the viability of your coaching services. Grow Marketing & Sales business coaching ideal customers life coaching market research product market fit target audience

28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

Quick And Brilliant Tips On Photo Editing


When you click on photos on your smartphone, you are often disappointed with the results you get. Either you end up clicking blurry images, have a low light exposure or pictures with unnecessary aberrations in them. How can you get the exact dreamy photos that you expect from your clicks?

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4 Myths About Starting a Business Later In Life

The Startup Magazine

Age should never hold you back, especially when it comes to the world of business. The fact is that 50 year olds launching their own enterprise are almost three times more likely to be successful than a 25 year old. You are at an advantage in terms of life skills and experience.