Sat.Oct 14, 2017 - Fri.Oct 20, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

How to Quickly Prioritize Your Product Backlog

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Christopher Davis (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Jonathan Berg]. As a product manager, you’ll often find yourself with a growing backlog of user stories and product defects that need grooming and scheduling. But which ones should come first, and why?

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

The Firewall Is Dead – What Can Businesses Do To Protect And Secure Their Brands?

YoungUpstarts

by David Nagrosst, head of sales for Cyxtera Technologies in Asia Pacific, Australia and Japan. Recent developments in applications have rendered the firewall outdated and incapable of deciphering the good and trusted from the bad traffic. Without a doubt, the firewall era has come to an end.

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.

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.

5 Ways To Become A Well-Rounded Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Here are a few ways you can become more well-rounded and gain the knowledge you need to succeed in business. without racking up student loan debt. Lead leadership personal development success success habits

How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean

YoungUpstarts

by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. The lean start-up movement has been based on a single insight – which the purpose of a start-up is to discover a business model that works.

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….

Blockchains and Society

thebarefootvc

In July, I sat down The Falkes Group, organizers of the annual Women’s Private Equity Summit in Half Moon Bay, to talk about my fund, and how I got interested in investing in bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2013.

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.

How Finance Can Usher In Digital Transformation With One Key Resource

YoungUpstarts

by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. Businesses are well-versed in leveraging technology in customer-facing activities. Internal business operations, on the other hand, are a different story entirely.

Product Managers and Designers — Evolving Towards a Better Future

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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

MassChallenge Texas Kicks off in Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News MassChallenge Texas kicked off Monday evening with a big crowd at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. “I I want Texas to be the place where startups come to innovate,” said Mike Millard, managing director for MassChallenge Texas. The global accelerator is now accepting applications […]. The post MassChallenge Texas Kicks off in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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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.

Is your sales problem really a product problem?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Not suprisingly when companies are having issues in sales they look to their sales or and sales leadership for the source of the problem. In the cliche example (but one which happens all the time) sales will loop in marketing (“we’re not getting enough leads”, “the leads aren’t high quality enough”). But typically product is left out of this mix.

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The Seven Rules of Fearless Growth: What Fearless Companies Are Doing To Grow Faster And Smarter 

YoungUpstarts

by Amanda Setili, author of “ Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets “ Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than it is now.

10 Entrepreneurs Forecast Where Their Business Will Be In Five Years

Hearpreneur

Businesses that clearly define their short-term and long-term goals tend to achieve their goals faster and more efficiently than those without any plan.

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.

Line Manager’s Guide To Managing Performance

The Startup Magazine

Effective performance management is beneficial for everyone within an organisation. When these systems work well, employees perform at their best and they are more likely to engage with their companies’ goals and take pride in their jobs.

6 Guerrilla Marketing Tactics For New Businesses

YoungUpstarts

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

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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

These two things will determine who you will be in five years

Jeff Hilimire

The two things that will determine who you will be five years from now are: #1 The people you spend time with. #2 2 The books you read. I can’t take credit for this idea, but I sure do agree with it. Of course, you can substitute out “books” with “the things you read/learn” as not everyone reads books.

2017 Private SaaS Company Survey – Part 1

For Entrepreneurs

For the sixth year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of over 400 private SaaS companies. The survey represents deep benchmarking data and insights on growth and operations of private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in. SaaS Metrics SaaS SaaS business Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and Marketing Startup Help

Four Clever Ways To Get Free Digital Marketing

YoungUpstarts

Digital marketing an essential tool for any business out there, whether large or small. Competition is typically stiff in any market, so a brand’s long-term success usually hinges on effective online marketing strategies.

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

A speech from Bobby Kennedy that I wish could be given today

Jeff Hilimire

I finished the book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon , this past weekend. Learning about Bobby Kennedy’s story for the first time inspired me immensely. His Ripple of Hope speech in South Africa and his speech in Indiana after learning of MLK’s assassination (if you haven’t listened to this one, please do) are just incredible. But its more than his speeches that inspire me.

The Unforgivable Sin in Silicon Valley: Being Gen-X

Inc Startups

If you grew up listening to Pearl Jam, you can kiss your high-tech dream job good-bye.