Sat.Jun 13, 2020 - Fri.Jun 19, 2020

New Normal: A conversation with Bob Stutz of SAP

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

5 Reasons Two Founders As A Team Are Better Than One

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup idea, and improve their odds with investors.

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3 Reasons Why Your Elevator Pitch Will Never Work


by Neil Gordon. The first time I ever went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting was also the last time I went to one. It was a fiasco.

Pitching in the Pandemic

View from Seed

We’re in a global pandemic. The simple truth is that all venture capitalists have told their portfolio Founder/CEOs that if they don’t absolutely need to raise capital now that they shouldn’t be out there attempting to do so. Wait until fall. Wait until 2021. Wait until the situation changes.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

SapphireNow Keynote: Professional, but in synch with the times?

deal architect

I listened to Christian Klein's keynote from the virtual Sapphire event today - watch replay here. It was his first as CEO and he came across very well. Energetic, professional and very comfortable in a digital setting. His keynote focused.

7 Entrepreneur Questions To Select The Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can’t differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited angel investors. They argue that the color of the money is the same from either source.

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How to be a startup Mensch

VC Cafe

Many Americans would be familiar with the term ‘Mensch’ According to Wikipedia, a Mensch is a person of integrity and honour. In this post, I wanted to share a few examples of what it means in practice in the startup world.

New Normal: A conversation with Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

7 Positive Ways To Highlight Your Competitive Clout

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs spend far too much time thinking negatively about competitors, and can’t resist making derogatory statements to their own team, to investors, and even to customers.

Why Animated Video Is The Way To Go In This Pandemic Era


The world as we know it has irrevocably changed after 31 st December 2019. The novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) quickly spread throughout the world, infecting almost 7.9 million people, and claiming 435000+ lives so far. There is no vaccine yet. There is no definite cure yet.

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Impact Investing: a time for problems to become opportunities

VC Cafe

“As big businesses begin to measure their impact, they begin to show it is fundamental to their future business models.” Sir Ronald Cohen. COVID-19 has undoubtedly further highlighted the social challenges across the world, as the economic recession’s aftermaths are expected, yet not fully known.

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The Racial Equity Ecosystem Pledge

Feld Thoughts

Today, I participated in the Juneteeneth 4.0 Celebration that was hosted by OHUB , ThePlug , and Living Cities and led by Rodney Sampson. In addition to being part of a panel, I made several commitments as part of the #RacialEquityEcosystemPledge. Here’s the fact sheet released by OHUB today.

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8 Keys To Hooking Investors, Even If They Are Sharks

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs and active angel investor, I often get questions about the realism of the Shark Tank TV series, compared to professional investor negotiations. The simple answer is that with all the staging of TV lights and billionaire investors, it’s nothing like Silicon Valley.

Franchise Business: An Option For Millennial Entrepreneurs


If you don’t think there’s a millennial behind your favorite business or franchise, think again. Millennials are increasingly becoming sought-after and successful entrepreneurs. That follows the data.

Attracting Clients: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

YFS Magazine

No matter how long you’ve been in business or how many contracts you’ve signed, every entrepreneur has gone through a dry patch. Grow Marketing & Sales ideal customer marketing recommended target audience

Fast-Forwarding to 2025

Feld Thoughts

I have a few minutes each morning between when I wake up and when I go downstairs to meditate. I do two things during this time: (1) basic hygiene stuff and (2) let whatever thoughts are in my head roll around. This morning I had the following thought. It would be nice to just fast forward to 2025.

5 Ways To Validate Your Technology As Market Driven

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Instead, they need to validate a customer problem and real market need first.

Does A Business Bankruptcy Hurt My Personal Credit?


A business owner is the face and backbone of the company. Naturally, this comes with a long line of responsibilities, including the dreaded finances of salaries and taxes.

Business Ideas Emerging in China During COVID 19


The COVID-19 outbreak has dealt a huge economic blow to China. The country’s supply chains are collapsing, many manufacturing firms have closed down. There is minimal human interaction, and consumer behavior has changed in unprecedented ways.

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Participating in the Juneteenth 4.0 Celebration

Feld Thoughts

I’m going to participate in the Juneteeneth 4.0 Celebration tomorrow from 1pm – 4pm ET. It’s being hosted by OHUB , ThePlug , and Living Cities.

Announcing our investment in DemandStar, a marketplace for government procurement  

Version One Ventures

Today we’re excited to announce that we led DemandStar ’s $2m seed round. The Seattle-based company provides an online marketplace for business-to-government commerce – it connects local and national suppliers with government procurement officers. .

3 Marketing Tactics To Promote Your Startup


It is a sad fact that many startups fail within their first year or two. This can be due to various reasons including poor cash flow management, lack of product interest, and low conversion rates.

13 Israeli startups that received global recognition this week

VC Cafe

It seems to be the season for startup lists and the glory hasn’t skipped Israeli startups. This week saw several of them get global recognition. Below are the ‘winners’, who were recognised this past week: World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2020.

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Book: The Blacker The Berry

Feld Thoughts

As I begin to work my way through the NY Times Antiracist Reading List (by Ibram X. Kendi), I thought I’d start with The Blacker The Berry by Wallace Thurman. I started with the Wikipedia page for Wallace Thurman.

This Is An Entrepreneurs Surefire Weapon Against Burnout

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurs are responsible for forging paths forward in business, but that can lead to burnout, fast. This is the best way to fight against it. Editor Picks Lead business burnout emotional intelligence leadership personal development startup burnout

Three Tips For Early Career Success From Max Salk


Most millennials know that it’s more difficult to be a recent graduate these days than it was when our parents were growing up.

Make Juneteenth Meaningful

VC Adventure

I’ve always been aware of Juneteenth but I’ve never done anything in particular to mark it. I’m sorry about that and it’s not something I’m proud of. For me and clearly for a lot of other people this is changing.

Supporting Arlan Hamilton’s Project Cover

Feld Thoughts

Shortly after George Floyd was murdered, I started calling Black VC and entrepreneur friends asking them “what are two things you are involved in that I can immediately support with time and money.”. Arlan Hamilton was my first call.

Money. show me! If you want to change Venture Capital, focus on LPs. #openlp

This is going to be BIG.

There have been a lot of calls for VC firms to make more hires from the Black and Brown community, as well as to hire more women. Not all hires, however, are made equally. In venture, it’s all about getting an opportunity to make partner and being included in the carry—the economic upside of a fund.

Research Shows These 5 COVID-19 Changes Really Can Help Brands Grow Market Share


by Anne E. Beall, PhD, CEO and Founder of Beall Research, Inc and author of “ Strategic Market Research: A Guide to Conducting Research that Drives Businesses “ “We’re all in this together.”. “We’ll We’ll get through this and emerge stronger.”.

The Book Benchmark’s Peter Fenton Recommends to Every Portfolio CEO

VC Cafe

In a recent series of virtual events organised by FirstMinute Capital, I got to hear Peter Fenton, partner at Benchmark and a fixture of the Forbes Midas List , since 2007. Peter invested in companies like Cloudera, Elastic Search, New Relic and Zuora, to name a few.

How Freight Companies Can Avoid Unnecessary Risks During COVID-19

YFS Magazine

Many industries have been forced to reexamine the way they do business and refocus on worker and client safety. The freighting industry is no exception. Grow Operations freight shipping costs pandemic recommended supply chain

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Enterprise SEO: Don’t Outsmart—Out Execute


Enterprise SEO has been my topic of choice for extracurricular “thought leadership” over the years. Last year, I gave a presentation on how we generated 40% year-over-year organic revenue growth by focusing on out executing the competition, not outsmarting them.

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Assessing The State Of And Options For Your Business During COVID-19 Fallout


by Joseph Pack, Esq., founder of Pack Law. Unprecedented times. Unchartered territory. There’s no crystal ball. So much uncertainty. A new normal. The calm before the storm.

Houses of the Future – COVID-19 series

Start Up Blog

If you’re like me, you’re probably thrilled to start seeing something other than the four walls of your own home. The Covid-19 crisis will be a long overdue start to influencing changes to the buildings we spend our time in.

How to Write a Food Truck Business Plan

Up and Running

Starting a food truck business is an attractive alternative to opening a restaurant. The initial costs are significantly lower than opening a traditional restaurant and the popularity of food trucks only continues to grow. This doesn’t mean that food trucks are cheap, though.