Sat.Mar 25, 2017 - Fri.Mar 31, 2017

When One Month Of Real Time Is Three Months of Company Time

Feld Thoughts

Most of us learned about dog years as children. Unfortunately, the adage that one human year = 7 dog years is not entirely correct, as dogs mature much faster than humans and the aging process depends on the size of the dogs. But the general idea works. Recently, I was in a board meeting at a company that had increased its revenue by a factor of four in 2016. We were discussing two things: (1) the 2017 budget and (2) all the things that broke in 2016 that we needed to fix in 2017.

Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together

Steve Blank

When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems.

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6 Ways To Attract A Flock Of Angels To Your Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.” More startups may fail for that reason, but a close second is the difficulty of raising money.

How To Get Over Mompreneur Guilt And Get More Done

YFS Magazine

Mom guilt is real! So here are 5 tips to help you feel good as a mom, entrepreneur and the super hero that you are, while you get things done. Lifestyle female entrepreneurs health and wellness lifestyle mompreneur productivity women entrepreneurs women in business

Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I just funded all of the unfunded DonorsChoose projects in Alaska as part of the annual DonorsChoose #BestSchoolDay event. As part of the #BestSchoolDay program, your donation is matched. In all of the Alaska projects, Aspect Ventures matched our donation. Huge thanks to Jennifer Fonstad, Theresia Gouw, and team! Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house in Homer, which is what motivated us to support Alaska this year on #BestSchoolDay.

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UCLA Depression Grand Challenge

Feld Thoughts

As part of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge , I’ve been asked by them to be their first #DepressionHero. Over 300 million people around the world suffer from depression. I’m one of them and have written extensively about my experience with it.

Artificial Intelligence: Implications On Marketing, Analytics, And You

Occam's Razor

A rare post today. It looks a little further out into the future than I normally tend to. It attempts to simplify a topic that has more than it’s share of coolness, confusion and complexity.

8 Ways to Unleash A Team’s Maximum Productive Power

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business leaders today realize that smart management of scarce resources is the key to competitive success. That’s why they manage money so carefully. Yet the truth is that a more scarce resource is really the time, talent, and energy of your team.

Loyalty vs. Location: Why Startup Founders Should Stay Put

YFS Magazine

 city needs you more than you realize. Before buying into the myth that you need
 to “upgrade” to a hub city, take stock of 
what really counts. Grow Operations business relocation startup communities startup ecosystem

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The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire

Feld Thoughts

I’m on the receiving end of a lot of reference calls. I try to be thoughtful and direct in my responses, but I’m increasingly annoyed by the generic nature of the questions. Over time, I’ve developed an approach to doing reference checks, and they actively avoid asking any of the following questions. How did you get to know Person X? What is your relationship to Person X? What were Person X’s different roles? How does Person X rank concerning leadership ability?

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Scottish Independence Helps With Big Oil


Fears that taking Scotland out of the EU would make growth and diversification of the Scottish economy impossible only help the fact that Scotland has a chance to make it on their own. This month they began the march towards a second referendum.

7 Rules For Turning Business Conflicts Into Win-Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are not prepared for conflict, or actively avoid it. Their vision, passion, and focus are so strong that they can’t imagine someone disagreeing, much less fighting them to the death.

16 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Inspirational Business Quote


Share André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

5 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should Learn To Code

YFS Magazine

Fortunately, it has never been easier to learn how to code. Learning to code can make you a better entrepreneur. Here's how. Grow Technology coding programming software development technology web development

UPS Goes Long With Eurasia Rail (


UPS is adding more intermodel stations to China's mega Europe-Asia railway. The Atlanta-based parcel shipping giant recently added stations in China, Poland and Germany to its intermodel rail service between Europe and China. The London to Yiwu trip runs 12,000 km in 18 days.

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6 Reasons Why The Google Leaders Were An Exception

Startup Professionals Musings

I tell entrepreneurs that Google was an “exception” to all the investment and startup rules, but I’ve always wondered what it takes to be an exception. Since every business is built by unique individuals, I’m totally convinced that exceptional people are the key to an exceptional company.

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Good Survey Questions: Master the Art of the Ask


“Surveys are the most dangerous research tool,” says Erika Hall , author of Just Enough Research. “If If you write bad survey questions, you get bad data at scale with no chance of recovery.”. With people’s attention spans getting shorter, there is growing pressure to make surveys lean.

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7 Powerful Tips To Instantly Motivate Your Employees

YFS Magazine

As long as you have the right people in place and motivate them, business will soar. Motivate your employees with these 7 tips. Grow Human Capital company culture employee motivation leadership motivation

Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50


On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans.

The Coming Ubiquity of Voice Tech [Traction Podcast #38: Adam Marchick, VoiceLabs]

View from Seed

Adam Marchick, CEO of VoiceLabs, sees the disruptive force on the horizon that is voice technology. Whether it’s voice-based apps or voice inputs and outputs, all of us in tech should be watching this trend, and Adam is at the forefront of it. Adam has led a remarkable career, spanning six different startups and seven-plus years as an investor.

7 Entrepreneurs Who Started Successful Businesses In College


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Why Your Business Needs A Web Design Style Guide

YFS Magazine

If you rely on your brand image and reputation, there is nothing more important than having a web design style guide in place to protect that image online. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing personal website web design web development

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High Grade Copper Insight


High Grade Copper (Prices Since '67) The whisper is turning into a loud clapping sound.Copper is back. Granted. Will it propel oil? Seems the answer is yes. As of 1:37PM we are at $2.6310 (F:HG). Gold is ticking higher from the POTUS GOP healthcare snafu. Last Chart from Ole Hansen, Sako Bank.


Bringing Transparency to Startup Data: Our Data Repository Project

Version One Ventures

Two months ago, I first introduced my vision to create a startup data repository. Since then, I’ve chatted with many of you who share the desire to democratize access to information on startups and bring transparency to what’s been a traditionally private ecosystem.

Do You Have What It Takes To Start A PCB Design Firm?


PCBs, also known as printed circuit boards, are very important components that are found in various electronic devices. Medical devices , smartphones, calculators and weapons systems all contain PCBs.

Top 3 Success Tips For Non-Technical Founders

YFS Magazine

There is a common misconception in the startup world that suggests you need to be a technical founder to launch a startup. Grow Technology app development coding programming software development technology web development

Middle East Oil Producers Pre-Selling Oil


In the face of long term low prices for oil, Middle East producers are pre-selling their oil and future produced reserves. Export finance deals and trade finance arrangements are being made with Oman and other sovereigns in the Middle East.

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Story Telling in Technology World

deal architect

I heard a fascinating talk yesterday by Louis Richardson of IBM. He is part of their Watson cognitive computing group. Three things stood out a) His title – Chief Storyteller. Yes, seriously b) Almost zero content about Watson or IBM. Industry Commentary

Arthur Salzer, Northland Wealth Management CEO, On What’s Leading Greater Interest In “Impact Investing”


Earlier this week, when entrepreneur and philanthropist David Rockefeller – the last living grandchild of American oil tycoon John Rockefeller – passed away, there was immediate interest in who would take control of the Rockefeller fortune.

11 Steps To Become A Remarkable Content Marketer

YFS Magazine

Content marketing is in its prime. When you are a productive content marketer, you can build a
 great reputation, valuable connections and powerful brands. Grow Marketing & Sales content marketing inbound marketing marketing online marketing

A Look Back At The Billion Dollar Leveraged Loans To Uber and Airbnb


In this day and age you can burn and lose cash at alarming rates, while breaking laws (not just breaking, out right colluding) and still take out a loan larger than most can comprehend and pay a coupon at 5% a year. That is America. That is capital markets. God bless it so long as it does not explode and effect anyone. Uber Technologies Inc. has raised $1.15

Demand Validation: How to Find Out If Customers Want to Buy Your Product

Up and Running

Before you start your business, it’s essential that you make sure that customers are interested in buying your product. Taking this one step will save you weeks (or possibly even months) of lost time, and potentially save you thousands of dollars.

Yet another alarmist automation report. This time from PwC.

deal architect

I groaned when I read this from my former employer, PwC “Our analysis suggests that up to 30% of UK jobs could potentially be at high risk of automation by the early 2030s, lower than the US (38%) or Germany. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

How Brands Dominate With User Generated Content

YFS Magazine

User generated content (UGC) is an effective way to boost marketing efforts and build a brand. Here's a look at three brands that do it well. Grow Marketing & Sales content marketing inbound marketing marketing user generated content