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In a Crisis – An Opportunity For A More Meaningful Life

Steve Blank

Sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, my coffees with current and ex-students (entrepreneurs, as well as employees early in their careers) have gone virtual. Pre-pandemic these coffees were usually about what startup to join or how to find product/market fit. Though in the last month, even through Zoom I could sense they were struggling with a much weightier problem. The common theme in these calls were that many of them were finding this crisis to be an existential wakeup call. “My

Resilience and leadership during crisis: A conversation with Alex Shootman, CEO of Workfront

deal architect

Alex Shootman, CEO of Workfront is one of my favorite tech execs because he is always positive - and that in an authentic way. I had enjoyed his book, Done Right (my review here) because he had so many examples. Leadership during Crisis

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6 Reasons Why More Is Not Better In Your Next Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of limiting your scope to the key function that really matters for the majority of customers. YouTube did it with videos, Instagram did it with photos, and Amazon did it with books.

The Shift from FOMO to FOLD in Early Stage Investing

View from Seed

For the last several years, the early stage investing market was driven largely by the F ear O f M issing O ut, AKA FOMO. This led to a number of repercussions that most VC’s have lamented during this time, including higher prices, larger rounds, shoddy due diligence, and many companies raising large sums of venture capital that probably aren’t suited to VC funding.

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.

5 Tips To Help You Lead And Experiment During COVID-19 


by Melanie Parish, MCC, author of “ The Experimental Leader: Be a New Kind of Boss to Cultivate an Organization of Innovators “. These are crazy times we are living in. As a leader, during COVID -9 (or any crisis) it can be hard to find your feet and to feel confident in your path. You may feel inadequate, unsure and out of your depth. That is to be expected. This is leadership like we have never seen before. So many businesses are closed or trying to find new ways of doing things.

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10 Post-Coronavirus Trends for Life After Quarantine

This is going to be BIG.

Obviously, the fight against Coronavirus has not stopped, but it’s hard not to look ahead to what’s next. How will having the world on lockdown affect our society in the long run? Here are a few trends I think we’ll see going forward: 1) Work from home is here to stay—at least partially.

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Leadership is Pulling Together, Not Tearing Apart

Feld Thoughts

Our Colorado governor, Jared Polis, displayed an amazing act of leadership in his response to what I consider a question posed in an extreme and divisive way yesterday. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis gets choked up when he's asked about people who have compared COVID-19 stay-home orders to Nazism. Polis is Colorado's first Jewish governor. — Next with Kyle Clark (@nexton9news) April 15, 2020.

Time Is On Your Side, Grow Beyond Today


by Joe Curcillo , author of “ Getting to ‘US’: Discover the Ability to Lead Your Team to Any Result You Desire “ This pandemic has caused many entrepreneurs to hit roadblocks if not come to a screeching halt. This slowdown is the perfect time to revamp your business model and plan through the crisis and into the future. Crisis Can Teach Us Lessons. We didn’t talk about “social distancing” a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t talk about washing our hands.

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6 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make During the Nascent Stage of Their Startups


The year 2020 marked the end of a fantastic decade. A decade where we all witnessed the emergence of new businesses that changed how we humans functioned. Be it related to how we worked, how we traveled, or how we bought our daily amenities, everything became interconnected and much more efficient. And all of these were made possible by some brilliant entrepreneurs across the globe. Here are six mistakes entrepreneurs make during the nascent stage of their startups.

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7 Winning Business Writing Pointers For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. Being very visible in the startup community, I still get an amazing number of badly written emails, rambling executive summaries, and business plans with one paragraph per chapter. In the competitive realm of business, you only get one chance to make a great first impression.

Launching A New Website? Top 5 Web Design Trends You Need To Know

YFS Magazine

Launching a new website? Here are five website design trends the 99designs community forecasts to dominate web design this year and beyond. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales company website digital trends marketing web design web development

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How To Hold Onto Your Customers In A Crisis


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Forever Transaction: How to Build a Subscription Model So Compelling, Your Customers Will Never Want to Leave “ Subscription-based businesses seem to be the most resilient during this time of crisis. With predictable recurring revenue, they have greater flexibility to withstand the storm. But there’s more to it than just revenue. To hang onto customers during a crisis, you need to build a forever transaction with the people you serve.

Digital Sabbath in the Time of Covid

Feld Thoughts

I usually do a digital sabbath from Friday sundown to Sunday morning. No email. No meetings (except urgent ones). I used to do no phone, but the text dynamic to coordinate getting together has made that difficult (even in the world of Covid) so I check the lock screen on my phone a few times a day and deal with anything important. Until yesterday, I hadn’t had a digital sabbath since 3/14. I also hadn’t had a day off since 3/14. Friday night I crashed.

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6 Ways To Doom Your Startup Despite A Great Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail. If you ask them for a reason, most will insist that they couldn’t get funding, or they ran out of money too early. But I’m not convinced that it’s as simple as that. Many are just not facing the reality that their passion had a critical business flaw.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Nationwide ‘Save Small Business’ Initiative

YFS Magazine

New study finds more than half of small businesses (54%) have closed at least temporarily or will close in the next two weeks. Economy economy pandemic

What Do I Do If My Business Runs Out Of Cash?


by LJ Suzuki of CFOshare. First, take a deep breath. Exhale. Do it again. Count 6 things in the room around you: computer, a glass of water, my bookkeeper looking panicked…. Once you have achieved a calm headspace, take a survey of your cash position: How much cash is left? Is it enough to cover payroll? If no…. When is the next payroll due? If you answered “no” to #2, you need to scramble to get cash in time for #3. The fast options to get business cash are: Collecting from customers.

“Did I intend to stay there for seven years? Hells no. But man, it’s a tough place to leave.” Five Questions on Startups, Newsletters & Life Post-Airbnb w Lenny Rachitsky

Hunter Walker

Our friendship began as many do – in a bar a few days after I’d been told that Lenny (a) just left airbnb and (b) was smart. Upon receiving the tip I clicked over to his Twitter profile where I saw that indeed he had left airbnb and that he was clearly super duper smart because he already followed me. A DM-slide and poof! cocktails and product management war stories ensued.

6 Realities To Evaluate Your Outsourcing Alternatives

Startup Professionals Musings

If you have a software development background like mine, I’m sure you often get questions about when to outsource, versus building the solution in-house. The same applies to manufacturing and almost any process these days. Outsourcing is defined as contracting the work to another company, usually located in a developing country, like India, China, or Eastern Europe. This alternative has been around for several decades, with the generally accepted advantage of reducing costs.

The Rested Entrepreneur: Your 8-Step Field Guide to 40 Winks

YFS Magazine

In this period of social distancing on shuttered businesses, entrepreneurs have even more stress than usual, making for a lot of sleepless nights. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle recommended

The Importance Of Embracing Sweaty-Palmed Conversations


by Mike Robbins , author of “ We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging “ A mentor of mine said something to me years ago that I think about and reference often. Mike, you know what stands between you and the kind of relationships you really want to have with people? It’s probably a 10-minute, sweaty-palmed conversation you’re too afraid to have.

Taking Care of 2 Million Essential Ears with Glowforge

Feld Thoughts

We are all looking for ways to help during the COVID crisis. The most important thing most of us can do is simple: stay home. Taking social distancing seriously is our best collective measure against the pandemic right now. But we need to help the people who can’t stay home. Glowforge has launched the 2 Million Essential Ears initiative. The goal is to print 1 million Ear Savers on Glowforge printers across the US and get them for free to the essential workers who need them.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality.

15 Ideas for Businesses to Start in a Crisis

Up and Running

If you’ve been laid off during the current health and financial crisis or you’re just looking for a way to make extra income from home, there are still plenty of business opportunities. While some parts of the economy have ground to a halt, many sectors are still growing. In particular, delivery services, e-commerce, home fitness, collaboration tools, and remote workforces have seen a surge in growth. . We’ve collected a list of businesses that, even in a crisis, you can still start from home.

Tips For Starting Up As Self-Employed


Are you standing on the edge of the cliff – nervous and excited – but ready to jump into the deep, blue ocean? You might feel this way, when your about to start up your own company. It’s new, it’s frightening, and it’s awesome. Being self-employed basically means being your own boss and being financial independent. In other words, you don’t have an employer to watch over you and you alone decides when to work, how much to work and therefore also the amount on your paycheck.

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Make4Covid Is Having An Impact In Colorado

Feld Thoughts

Make4Covid is a new Colorado-based volunteer organization of makers working on making stuff related to the Covid crisis. They were started 26 days ago, have 2023 community volunteers, are working with 105 organizations, and have delivered 14,335 pieces of PPE as of this morning. I’ve been in the Slack channel from inception and it’s just amazing to see what they’ve done.

What Policymakers Don’t Understand About Small Business

VC Adventure

Entrepreneurship in the United States has been changing in ways that many people have not yet recognized.

The future of events in a social distancing era

VC Cafe

The conference and event circuit took a big hit on account of the pandemic. Even as governments discuss their ‘exit strategy’–meaning slowly relaxing quarantine measures over the course of weeks or months–it’s hard to imagine conferences going back to normal in the near future. It’s in this setting that we’ve seen events emblematic of physical space and mixing, like Burning Man, go completely online.

Two Business Tools That Boost Your Marketing Efforts 


In our time, there is a constant focus on being as efficient as possible, when it comes to doing business. All departments are being streamlined down and designed to be the most productive levels of themselves. We have over 1,000+ different productivity tools that can optimize every task from HR to the marketing department.


My Mother’s Prom – 1959

Feld Thoughts

It’s another Monday in the time of Covid. Recently my family had an email exchange about prom and it reminded me of the following scene from Contagion. This morning, my mom ( the artist ) reminded me about her email and suggested I start the week off with something joyful. So, I thought I’d write about her prom with pictures from 1959. Her email is in italics below.

The Story of How/Why K9 Invested in Pragli

K9 Ventures

Pragli is a virtual office for remote teams that facilitates faster communication and increased closeness between teammates. Here is a quick video: It all started with this tweet by Jeff Richards of GGV Capital ( @jrichlive ) on Twitter: Caption this: — Jeff Richards (@jrichlive) February 7, 2020. I happened to see Jeff’s tweet on my timeline and thought to myself: “I have no idea what this company does yet, but I like how they think.”

Machine Learning for Paid Ads: Best Practices in a New Era


Digital advertising relies on serving the right ad to the right audience in real time. The better we get at that, the better we do—that’s the industry mantra, and for a reason. We’ve witnessed vast improvements in the volume and accuracy of customer data, and worked in increasingly sophisticated ad platforms. Machine learning and AI improve the ability to recognize patterns and pull the right responses from a database.

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6 Medical Professionals Who Are Killing It On Social Media


Social Media is a funny place. We’re all used to seeing countless celebrities flaunting themselves in Instagram stories, or the endless stream of “lifestyle bloggers” writing about how to decorate your house for fall, and what nail polish goes with auburn hair highlights. There is a new breed of blogger (and vlogger!) making waves across the platforms; the medical professionals.

Climate vs CoronaVirus – COVID-19 series

Start Up Blog

If there is a positive to take from the current COVID-19 crisis, it’s that when it comes to the crunch, and we must act, humanity is pretty damn good at mobilising itself. So, you might be wondering, why can’t we make such dramatic changes for our impending climate crisis? It’s a fine question to ask. Especially given most scientists would agree that climate poses a bigger threat to humanity and will cost many more lives than COVID-19. The answer is simple.

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The novel coronavirus could accelerate digital healthcare

Version One Ventures

It’s been over five years since my friend Jonathan Libov and I wrote a blog series on digital healthcare. I revisit these posts every so often – most recently, when I wrote the 2020 edition of our areas of interest in healthcare. Each time I go back, I’m reminded that despite so much development in digital healthcare technology and infrastructure, we have yet to see mainstream scale. .

6 reasons Indians choose not to become entrepreneur

Our Own Start-up

Check out six listed reasons why Indians choose not to become entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship entrepreneurship in india indian entrepreneurs indian startups startup india

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How To Make Your Blog Posts Convert Visitors Into Customers


Bloggers often brag about their website traffic. So does my friend who has a food blog. Once, she said: “I get two thousand unique visitors every month.”. That’s great! You did a good job,” – I said. And how much do those two thousand people pay for your meal plans?”. Then she got all upset because her blog brought her not a single dollar yet. Of course, there is nothing wrong with creating a blog and failing to monetize it.