Sat.Jan 12, 2019 - Fri.Jan 18, 2019

“You don't get a PaaS just because you're SaaS."

deal architect

Apologies to Frank Scavo for twisting his quote “You don't get a pass just because you're SaaS." but this is a reaction to the trend that every cloud application vendor is offering a platform and actively recruiting developer communities.

Cloud 229

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding

Feld Thoughts

While there have been many words written about gender bias in the context of entrepreneurship and funding, I thought the following TED Talk from Dana Kanze presented one of the best frames of references, supported by a real research study, that I’ve seen to date. In addition, she has some clear, actionable suggestions at the end of the talk to help eliminate the bias.

5 Steps Of Defining A Personal Brand


by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. In today’s increasingly competitive labor market, it is critical for employees to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Infor: a fork in the road

deal architect

Congratulations to Infor for the new funding and potentially more when they go IPO. Here is today’s announcement: “Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced an agreement to receive a $1.5 billion investment from. Enterprise Software (other vendors

IPO 204

6 Leadership Insights To Inspire New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.

Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

Today, Techstars announced a new initiative called Techstars Studio which will allow Techstars to source new company concepts from Techstars alumni founders, community leaders, venture capitalists, mentors, and corporate partners.

More Trending

Oracle's stretch goal for its applications?

deal architect

Mark Hurd tells Bloomberg “In fact, the highest application percentage of any company in any segment is sort of mid-20s. This generation will see a leader that’s much more material than that, and I volunteer us to do it.” Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Creating the Next Big Startup Takes More Than Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is convinced that his or her idea could be the next big startup, blossoming into a billion dollar unicorn.

Some Poetry Ends

Feld Thoughts

Amy’s favorite poet, Mary Oliver , just passed away at 83. In her honor, following is Amy’s favorite Mary Oliver poem White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field.


How To Build A Sustainable Small Business


by Joseph Brady, Senior Director of Digital Marketing for Reliant Funding. Starting a business, growing it and sustaining in the market are the three chapters of a small business story.

How To Avoid Startup Burnout And Stay Energized In Business

YFS Magazine

If you have recently started a new business, here are three powerful ways to stay energized, remain inspired and avoid burnout. Lead confidence health and wellness leadership mental health

Your Passion Can Breed Biases That Kill New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us.

Book: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Feld Thoughts

I read Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister recently. It was recommended to me by Tami Forman, the CEO of Path Forward and I was immediately cheered on by Amy when I started reading it. It was extraordinary. Every man I know should read it. I’m now officially a Rebecca Traister fan. I learned a lot, was forced to think about a bunch of uncomfortable stuff, and formed some new ideas about how to address some gender-related issues in our society.

Don’t Let Poor Negotiation Skills Doom Your Entrepreneurial Venture


by Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind, co-authors of “ Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success “ Eighty to ninety percent of all start-ups will fail.

How To Make A Great First Impression At Your Next Event

YFS Magazine

Don't miss these 10 tips to help you make the right impression at your next networking event and be remembered for the right reasons. Lead business networking conferences networking events personal development professional networking

10 Tips For Rising Above The Crowd In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone knows that that startups are risky, but they also expect that the job will be exciting and potentially very lucrative (think early employees at Facebook and Google). Yet we have all heard stories about the high turnover, unstructured work environment, lower base pay, and unpredictable expectations from the top. Assuming you are lucky enough to get hired, what can you do to survive, and even stand out above the rest in this environment?

Alternative ways to fund your startup

The Startup Magazine

It has been discovered that over 25 million Americans currently own a startup business and this number is expected to increase. Still, it can be difficult to encounter much-needed funding in advance. Let us look at five methods which can produce viable results as well as the unique benefits of each.

6 Leadership Habits To Develop In 2019


by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “. Bad habits can be hard to break, and for business leaders who have them, they can be deal-breakers.

Two Portfolio Tips for First Time Seed Funds

Hunter Walker

Six years ago this week Satya and I took our Homebrew deck on the road (as far south as the Rosewood!) and began raising Fund I. Despite now being on our third fund, we still approach our work with a beginner’s mind, working hard to get better at what we do every day.

12 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Maintain Boldness in Their Business


We asked entrepreneurs and business owners on how they maintain boldness while running a business and here are the responses. #1- 1- Being open. Photo Credit: Nela Dunato.

3 Ways To Become An Innovative Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

The potential for disruption is always there in any marketplace. Every entrepreneur can become a disruptor. Start by mastering the disruptive disciplines. Lead disruption innovation leadership

5 Benefits A Cloud Contact Center Can Bring Your Business In 2019


You might have heard by now about the amazing benefits of cloud-based software and services, but haven’t yet tried them for yourself. Many business owners are implementing cloud contact centers to improve their operations.

Cloud 193

How to Stand Out Above Your Competitors

The Startup Magazine

You have taken the leap and have decided to start your own business. But you find that the business world can be daunting because of the amount of competition in the market. You have done your research and are delivering good quality products to your customers.

How to QA Ecommerce Email Campaigns to Increase ROI


I don’t have to convince you that email is important: Email is a cost-effective way to get sales. Converting customers from your mailing list costs less than converting the same number via advertising. Email includes your most-interested customers.

“Podcast Discovery” Is A Problem But It’s Not A Company

Hunter Walker

I love podcasts. Basically they’ve replaced satellite radio in my car and airpods + apple watch combo make it near frictionless to listen while walking between meetings.

Tips For Finding The Right Candidate For Your Company


Finding the right people to fill out your positions at the workplace or your business can be a challenge, especially since you always need someone who is reliable and who will be good at the job.

Hiring 193

Here’s How to Build Strong Brand Relationship with Your Customers

The Startup Magazine

Setting up a business can be really difficult and attracting the customers can be even more. Attracting customers and keeping them for the long term and to create a strong customer base is what a company aspires.

Drillinginfo Buys MineralSoft


Drillinginfo, an energy software and data analytics company, has acquired Austin-based MineralSoft. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. MineralSoft, which graduated from the Y Combinator accelerator program in 2016, had raised $9.2 million in funding to date, according to Crunchbase.

Brand-Owned Terms: The Power—and Process—of Naming a Movement


Inbound marketing. Conversational marketing. The subscription economy. Growth hacking. Each term, now ubiquitous, had humble origins but a profound—and profitable—impact. The phrases have defined brands. Those brands, in turn, have nurtured and sustained the intellectual capital of the phrase.

Naming 110

Why Your Startup Needs To Monitor Who Can Access Your Network


There’s a fundamental difference between the sensitive data that your business stores, and the publicly accessible information that you hold. For hackers, that difference could be the key to gaining access to everything that you store, and your business will be at major risk of disruption.

How Entrepreneurs Can Influence Change with Cross-Sector Collaboration

The Startup Magazine

Today’s world issues are so complex that the traditional way of addressing them, targeting them individually, simply isn’t enough to influence change at the scale on which they exist, experts at Stanford believe.

Do Small Businesses Care About Charitable Giving?

YFS Magazine

Seventy five percent of small business owners donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations each year. Company Culture Grow cause association charitable giving charity company culture

Deal Opacity


When I moved back to the Bay Area in early 2011, the technology and startup sector didn’t feel as big or expansive as it does today. In that time, Twitter was just getting its sea legs, the Quora private beta was one of the hottest tickets in town, and TechCrunch was the de facto powerhouse in tech/startup media attention.

The Professional Touch – Why Outsource Your Payroll?


After paying salaries, retirement benefits, and health insurance, as well as any taxes associated with hiring employees, it is very easy for businesses to spend a lot of money on your employees.

Salary 176

5 tips for promoting your Spa/Beauty Business in 2019

The Startup Magazine

With the arrival of 2019, if you own a spa or beauty business, then it is time for you to reflect on 2018’s marketing plan for promoting that business.

SEO 103

Life Time Fitness CEO Calls For Action In Response To Government Shutdown

YFS Magazine

To all elected officials and media, I ask that you commit to lead our nation with the common goal of unity and alignment. Economy economy open letters