Sat.May 06, 2017 - Fri.May 12, 2017

Seeing Through The Fog

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to my friend Simon yesterday and he observed that the essential skill of entrepreneurs and early stage VCs is to “be able to see through the fog of an emerging market and pick out the winning idea.” ” And of course, I agree with that. It is something that we have done pretty well at USV over the years. But how do you do that? Is seeing through the fog a skill that can be learned? I think seeing through the fog can be learned but it takes time and practice.

Framework Benchmarks Round 14


Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

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Helping To End The Stigma Around Mental Health By Talking About It

Feld Thoughts

I’m super lucky. I get to work with many incredibly brave and insightful people. One of them is Chris Heivly who is now working at Techstars with me and a few others on a new set of products around the concept of startup communities. May is mental health month.

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation. —-. Even though I live just up the coast, I’ve never had the opportunity to start a talk by saying “Go Banana Slugs.”. I’m honored for the opportunity to speak here today. We’re standing 15 air miles away from the epicenter of technology innovation. The home of some of the most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting Competitive Analysis


“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ” —Napoleon Bonaparte. When your competitors make mistakes, it makes winning so much easier. But what if it’s you who is making a mistake, while your competitors are off to the races?

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Copywriting & UX: Why Copywriters Need Wireframes


Copywriting and UX go hand-in-hand. Think about it. Design and copy add up to equal the user experience, right? If either element falls short, so does the overall UX. So, it just makes sense that copywriters should have an understanding of UX and design basics. That starts with wireframes.

How To Put Fun And Satisfaction Back Into Your Work

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It’s time to take the drudgery and dread out of work at your business. You don’t like it, millennials won’t put up with it, and current productivity levels at work continue to decline. Only 32 percent of American workers are even engaged at work today.

The Journey From $1m MRR to $2m MRR

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There’s a long-standing cliche concerning SaaS companies that once you get to $10m in ARR you are unkillable. As Jason Lemkin says in his post from early 2013: Inevitability in SaaS comes around $10m in ARR, plus or minus. Once you hit this point, you have a brand, you have a fully baked team, you have a robust product, and you have a self-generating stream of new leads and new business. Will you get from $10m ARR to $100M ARR? I don’t know. Is an IPO in your future? Not sure.

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Healthy Eating Habits Will Change Your Life And Your Business

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[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market


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6 Initiatives To Get Ready For The Changes Ahead

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Change is about the only thing constant in the world of startups. Despite their own focus on changing the world, they often forget that they too have to change rapidly and often as the market evolves. Too many find that out too late, and are left chasing a rabbit that is long gone.

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13 Ways to Ensure You Always Hire the Right Person

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7 Powerful Ways To Create A Positive Life

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Fireside Chat with Sebastian Thrun

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I did a fun fireside chat with one of my most favorite people – Sebastian Thrun – at the Udacity conference. Sebastian is the embodiment of a renaissance person. I first heard about him when his driverless car won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

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Lessons From The Military On Winning Funding Battles

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Why it’s never been a better time to start a business

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It’s ironic that governments around the world are clamouring to support large companies via the promise of jobs given that this is the greatest time in human history to start a business. Anyone who has a had a crack at starting a venture knows the idea is the easy bit.

Productivity Tips For Small Business Owners


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7 Steps Toward Implementing A Breakthrough In Growth

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Why we need to stop using the word Job

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50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

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Oracle Media Day: another view into the hurricane

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5 Lessons Learned Launching a Startup With No Plan, No Cash, and No MBA

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Inc Startups

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