Sat.Aug 10, 2019 - Fri.Aug 16, 2019

Never grow your vegetables in someone else’s garden

Start Up Blog

In an attention economy it is a compelling offer for a website to offer access to an audience of 2.4 billion people (Facebook) or promise that 90% of all internet searches start with you (Google). It would seem as though the only rational choice would be to do business on their platform.

Every CEO Should Be A Chief Example Officer

YFS Magazine

Leaders are examples that are to be emulated or avoided. The danger presents itself when leaders set the wrong example. Lead leadership personal development personal growth

Friday Funism – Fear vs Greed

View from Seed

Actions always speak louder than words. And if you can glean the motivations behind those actions, it can tell you even more about situation. One of the questions which we often ask out loud at NextView is if a person or firm is motivated by “fear or greed?” The context for this assessment is typically around a fundraising event – the approach, when it should occur, and who is participating, etc.

10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle.

How to Ensure Your Startup is Hiring the Right Type of Employees

The Startup Magazine

You’ve finally done it! Your genius idea has a company name behind it, and you’re finally in the startup phase of your budding business. Now all you need is a team of intelligent, innovative, and eager individuals who will turn your success dreams into lucrative realities.

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Harry Stebbings on the Give First Podcast

Feld Thoughts

Today’s Give First podcast features Harry Stebbings of the 20 Minute VC and a partner at on committing to building a network & giving first.

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Driving Your Team With Fear Has Negative Consequences

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

Where have all the process visionaries gone?

deal architect

A recent visit to an Amazon Fulfillment Center was eye-opening. They have completely redefined the old warehouse pick, pack, ship mindset. It's now stow, pick, pack, verify, and in their lingo, SLAM and "chaotic storage". Kiva robots and miles of. Business Process "Angioplasty" Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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Book: Recursion, Permutation City, and Fall

Feld Thoughts

I didn’t read much last month, but I got an email this morning from someone who mentioned that I’d like Greg Egan’s Permutation City. I read it in April when I was in Japan on my Q219 Vacation with Amy but never really blogged much about it.

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Lean Tools: How TenTune Harnessed the Power of the Pencil

Grasshopper Herder

A case study on how two entrepreneurs went from idea to MVP without writing a single line of code. The post Lean Tools: How TenTune Harnessed the Power of the Pencil appeared first on

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8 Keys To Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.

Infor: Part of the bigger Koch puzzle

deal architect

I was excited when Charles Phillips and his team arrived at Infor in 2010. I looked forward to them executing to their vision they would focus on various verticals like healthcare and hospitality. Over the last few years I have. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

A Month Off From Blogging

Feld Thoughts

I’m back from a month off from blogging. Like any good vacation, I feel refreshed. Blogging has been a daily habit for me during the week. I occasionally miss a day and take the weekends off, but the routine has been, in general, a good one for me around my writing. Amy has an equivalent activity called “morning pages.” ” This is a private blog using an ancient technology where she uses a writing stylus on bound parchment.

5 Public Speaking Hacks To Rock The Stage

YFS Magazine

Stage presence — that elusive X factor that makes some speakers irresistible, and the speakers who don't have it, irritating. Editor Picks Lead personal development public speaking

6 Keys To Convince Investors Of Your Competitive Edge

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs are quick to assert to potential investors that their product or solution will kill the competition, but unfortunately your opinion alone is not enough to convince most experienced investors.

Maverick idea: Shift some marketing dollars to product design

deal architect

(Sir) Jony Ive recently left Apple to start his own design studio. On his heels, Marcus Engman with a similar role at Ikea is doing the same, and he has an interesting value proposition “I want to show there’s an. Industry Commentary

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Why Tech Will Transform Tomorrow’s Construction Site


by Ramzi Jreidini , CEO of Handiss. Drones, augmented reality, wearable tech, modular construction, cloud and mobile technology: the construction site of tomorrow is certainly going to look different.

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How to CEO Podcast Interview


Within this format of podcast and content, I want to provide you with the best tools to become a fantastic CEO.

10 Keys To Your New Venture Success And Satisfaction

Startup Professionals Musings

As the economy flourishes after some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open.

Is Oracle having an application fire sale?

deal architect

I tend to not focus so much on what vendors report to Wall Street and focus more on what they are delivering to customers, but three numbers jumped out at me in this Seeking Alpha article Oracle cloud apps annual. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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It Is Vital To Build Your Business With Its End In Mind


by Justin A. Goodbread, CFP®, CEPA®, CVGA®, owner of , and author of “ The Ultimate Sale: A Financially Simple Guide to Selling a Business for Maximum Profit “ So you’re at the beginning of your new business? Good for you!

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How to Create a Product that Truly Delights Customers


Earlier this year, Twitter quietly removed its vowels and released Twttr , a platform that essentially acted as a prototype for design changes and feature tweaks the company was considering for its regular site.

Starting A Marketing Agency? 5 Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

YFS Magazine

I’ve noticed that even though most marketing agency owners brag about their wins and successes, very few are open about their failures and losses. Grow Marketing & Sales client management marketing marketing agency starting a business

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The Essential SaaS Metrics for Growth


“If you cannot measure it,” declared Lord Kelvin, “you cannot improve it.” Perhaps SaaS companies have taken this advice too literally. SaaS sales and marketing teams can get overwhelmed by metrics. But without any metrics, it’s impossible to track growth.

How Sharing Your Story With The World Can Lead To Success


by Jean Paul Paulynice , MBA and author of “ It’s Time To Start Living With Passion!: Your Journey to Self-Discovery “ All entrepreneurs have stories, of failure and triumph, that drive them to turn their dreams into reality. Your story matters.

Crowdfunding Your Startup at 700 Percent Oversubscribed


The jobs act promised small individual investors the ability to invest in the next Google. It also pledged founders an alternative route to raising money. Why should only the already rich get the benefits of investing in the next Google or Amazon? Less risk for the new startup investors.

Why You Should Definitely Hire A Car For Your Next UK Holiday

YFS Magazine

As a relatively small island, the UK is the perfect destination for planning an epic road trip. Travel global travel lifestyle travel travel tips

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Data Blending: What You Can (and Can’t) Do in Google Data Studio


Over the last 18 months or so, Google Data Studio has evolved from an appealing but clunky application to a tool that we recommend to any digital marketer.

How To Create An Amazing And Marketable Website


by Neil Sheth, founder of Your Brand Found. A successful website has the power to take your business to an entirely new level, one that opens up many exciting business opportunities.

Venture Deals Online Course – Fall 2019

Feld Thoughts

Techstars and Kauffman Fellows are once again running the Venture Deals online course that Jason Mendelson and I put together several years ago.

Improve Your Company Culture With Four Emotional Intelligence Practices

YFS Magazine

If you want to create a workplace that people are obsessed with, focus on emotional intelligence and consider these four practices into your business. Company Culture company culture employee engagement workplace development

3 Small Business Expenses That Add up Quickly

The Startup Magazine

As a small business owner, you know that it takes money to make money—and unfortunately, sometimes it takes more money than you’d think.

Does Your Business Really Needs Big Data Analytics?


“Big Data” has become a phrase that sets itself apart in the tech industry. Unlike a host of other technologies that rise to the spotlight as buzzwords, only to die in the internet’s disposal bin a few years later, big data is actually useful.

How times have changed in twenty years…

Version One Ventures

It was 20 years ago next month that we started JustBooks, creating a marketplace that connected buyers and sellers of used, rare, and out-of-print books. We initially launched in Germany before expanding into the UK and France, and then sold the company to our North American competitor AbeBooks in 2001. My co-founder Hannes Blum and I joined the AbeBooks HQ and co-led the company for many years until we sold it to Amazon in 2008.