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Rebecca Kaden

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

USV added a new partner today. Her name is Rebecca Kaden and she introduced herself to our world on the USV blog just now. Rebecca joins a team of fifteen people; our network team, our analysts, and our fantastic administrative team. We are all excited to have her join us. It took us a year to find the right person to add to our partnership. We have only added three people to our partnership in the fourteen-year history of USV.

Hope Is The Consequence of Action

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I hosted an event at our house for the ACLU and Earthjustice , two organizations we are significant supporters of. If you told me 20 years ago that I’d be spending a lot of my philanthropic energy supporting lawyers, I would have aggressively rejected the notion.

The Everyday Economy Is Not a Vertical Strategy

View from Seed

As we’ve detailed in prior posts, our investments at NextView are increasingly focused on a theme we call the Everyday Economy.

You can have two Big Things, but not three

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Forget work/life integration for a minute. How much time do you have, regardless of partitioning? From your 24-hour daily allotment, the 1950s-style break-down is 8 hours for work, 8 for home and commute, and 8 for sleep and ablutions.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

“…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland. Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. They are a reaction to the “red queen problem” but aren’t actually solving the problem. Here’s why. In the 20th century our nation faced a single adversary – the Soviet Union.

We Will Miss You Matt

Feld Thoughts

Matt Bencke passed away yesterday. We put the above photo and note up on the Foundry Group site yesterday but I was still processing it and wasn’t ready to blog about it until this morning.

6 Insights On Social Media Trends You Need To Know

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities?

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What I Learned About Entrepreneurship by Diving Into a Saturated Market

Up and Running

I started my first business at eight years old, buying and selling Beanie Babies, to afford an electric guitar. I liked the feeling of buying something for a low price, then selling it at a markup at the right time. Little did I know, I’d just discovered my passion for growing young companies.

Digital Security Is Not Working Very Well

Feld Thoughts

We live in a digital world with a false sense of security. While watching Blade Runner 2049 I smiled during a scene near the end where Deckard says to K, “What Have You Done?!?!?” ” I expect that this false sense of security will still exist in 2049 if humans manage to still be around. The first big piece of security news this weekend was ‘All wifi networks’ are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers.

How To Use A Checklist To Build An Innovative Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I wish it was that easy.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Protect Their Income And Wealth

YFS Magazine

You can have it all and lose everything. Here are four measures every entrepreneur can put in place to preserve their businesses income and wealth. Finance Grow money success advice wealth

5 Ways to Boost Your Entrepreneurial Confidence

Up and Running

“You have two minutes to convince me why I should invest in your company,” my professor said. About seven years ago I delivered my first pitch. I was a sophomore in college back then. Never had I ever imagined I would spend three consecutive weeks practicing for a two-minute presentation.

My Partners Blogging In 2017

Feld Thoughts

My partners Chris Moody , Seth Levine , and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. Also, the Foundry Group blog is always active, with occasional thought pieces but mostly updates on initial financings both for companies and other funds that we invest in.

6 Principles For Driving Online Reputation Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup fears that one angry and unfair customer who can jeopardize the business by a negative post on Ripoff Report , Yelp , or one of the hundreds of other consumer complaint and review sites on the Internet.

3 Reasons Why You Need A Company Blog, Like, Yesterday

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 3 effective ways a company blog can help grow your business. Grow Marketing & Sales blogging company blog content marketing content strategy marketing

The 5 Core Values That All Great Leaders Have


by Shawn Vij, author of “ Moral Fiber: Awakening Corporate Consciousness “ The leaders of all organizations have a number of things in common. They set the tone for the entire company, determine what it stands for and make sure the business stays on course.

How to Structure Your Optimization and Experimentation Teams


It’s important to know the most efficient way to arrange your optimization team to ensure their productivity and yours. But what’s the best way to structure your team? Should optimization folks be in a separate team? Or under product teams? Or marketing?

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7 Drivers of Digital Opportunity or Business Demise

Startup Professionals Musings

Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, once predicted, “When the rate of change outside the company is greater than the rate of change inside, the end is near.” Yet in my role as business advisor, I often see companies naively ignoring this reality.

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How To Create Quality, Relevant And Engaging Content

YFS Magazine

Is your content actually relevant? Here are five ways you can improve your content marketing to capture your audience’s attention. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

Creating A Healthcare Startup – A Basic Guide


Technology has made positive changes in every industry in the last few years, including the healthcare industry. This is one of the main reasons why more and more people with innovative ideas and unique approaches to healthcare are interested in creating startups.

The Rebundling of Craigslist

A Crowded Space

For the last 7 years, we’ve seen this classic picture of the attack on Craigslist. Spark Capital analysts Andrew Parker and David Haber did a great job with this unbundling chart.

Romances Are Common At Work, But The Risks Are Great

Startup Professionals Musings

We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

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10 Creative Ways To Use Animation In Online Marketing

YFS Magazine

Use animations to tell a compelling story and actively engage with your audience. Here's a look at 10 creative ideas to use animation for online marketing. Grow Marketing & Sales animation animation development marketing online marketing online video video animation

Tips On Hiring A Web Design Service


Carrying out business is not an easy task without a few of the different requirements. One such requirement is the need to have a good web design firm that can handle your online presence and help you in content management services. How would you search for a web design service for your business?

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10 Offline Marketing Tips to Boost Your Online Brand

Duct Tape Marketing

10 Offline Marketing Tips to Boost Your Online Brand written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Just because the world wide web has become a place where brands get a chance at massive growth doesn’t mean offline strategies no longer work.

Intro to Blockchain: Why You Can’t Miss Out

The Startup Magazine

Blockchain is a financial technology platform that is truly a “phenom”, but one with the lasting potential to affect every aspect of our society. It will likely affect every transaction we make, our own identification, and every way we interact digitally.

SMS Marketing, What Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YFS Magazine

When it comes to SMS marketing, keep it simple and don't make your audience think too hard about what you’re saying or what you want from them. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing sms marketing

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Publication Day for "The Startup Way"

Startup Lessons Learned

Today, my new book, The Startup Way , finally hits bookshelves! It's a huge day for any author, but I also hope it can be a huge day for the future and growth of the startup movement and for the future of our country.

Overwhelmed With Projects? Here’s What to Do

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When you first start your business, you’ll be desperate for as many projects as you can get. Your operating capital will be limited, so you’ll need to generate revenue quickly and sustainably, and more projects are the answer.

6 Guerrilla Marketing Tactics For New Businesses


by Nate Vickery, editor-in-chief of New businesses are usually strapped for cash, which means that they don’t have enough money for costly marketing strategies.

3 Questions To Ask When Pricing Your Product

YFS Magazine

Is your price right? When you answer these three questions you can set the perfect price for the value you create for your customers. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing pricing pricing strategy

Maximizing Your LinkedIn for a Successful Product Management Career

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Paul Hurwitz, lead a conversation around “Maximizing LinkedIn for Product Managers”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream….

The Securities Law Blog: Rio Tinto, Former Top Executives Charged With Frau.


The Securities Law Blog: Rio Tinto, Former Top Executives Charged With Frau. : The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged mining company Rio Tinto and two former top executives with fraud for inflating the val

Reviving Lost Business Etiquette


Is etiquette still important in today’s casual business climate? Some entrepreneurs say it’s more important than ever. Traditional etiquette rules are based on kindness and courtesy, and no one hates being treated nicely.

Renaissance Leaders Are The Future Of Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Don't be a “Jack of all trades, master of none” and “Focus or fail” are prevailing career keys to success. But is there another way to succeed? Lead leadership mentorship personal development

These 6 Niche Marketing Tips Will Create Deeper Connections With Your Customers

crowdSPRING Blog

Olga in Paris for Flytographer. The saying goes “You can’t please everyone.” ” And what’s more, you shouldn’t try. Not all customers are alike. And spending time, money and manpower trying to reach all of them effectively is not only foolhardy but impossible.

Beijing talks tough on regions eyeing independence - Guardian


"Mostly directed at Taiwan, but also applicable to Hong Kong, Xi became visibly animated and received the longest applause for his tough talk on regions with designs to declare formal independence. “We We will not tolerate anyone, using any means, at any time to separate one inch of land from China,” he said. Blood is thicker than water.”