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How Decisions Are Made After The Partner Meeting

View from Seed

In general, VC decision-making can feel like a black box, which can be frustrating for founders who are trying to manage their fundraising process and timeline. It usually involves many meetings over the course of weeks (if not months) with various members of the firm, and the process can look quite different from one firm to another. Regardless, your singular goal is typically to drive towards a “Partner Meeting” where you can pitch the story and vision to the entire investment team.

Why Isn’t Your Publicity Working?

Rembrandt Communications

Do you get results from your publicity efforts? Last week, I received a call from a small business owner who hired a firm for their publicity activities and received little to no results.

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ZohoDay: Productivity and Purpose

deal architect

I have had a few days to reflect on the Zoho Analyst Summit. There were so many varied perspectives but a few things really jumped out as I looked at my notes Productivity From last year's analyst day, I had. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

4 Customer Decisive Moments That Your Startup Can Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before.

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.

The Coronavirus Impact on Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

For the past week, I’ve been asked at least once a day (yesterday I was asked several times, with an R0 of 3) about what I think the coronavirus’ impact will be on the global supply chain.

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Startups Don’t Need to Be Revolutionary. They Need to Be Different.


When new, typically young entrepreneurs start thinking about how they’re going to launch a startup, their mind instantly begins sorting through potential ideas. And most of those entrepreneurs end up discouraged.

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7 Tips To Keep Your Team Ahead Of “Business As Usual”

Startup Professionals Musings

Most small businesses have now forgotten the last recession, and are back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone apps, real product information spreads at astounding speeds.

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Leading A Startup: 3 Keys For New Leaders


by Natasha Wallace, author of “ The Conscious Effect: 50 Lessons for Better Organizational Wellbeing “ The world of work is changing more rapidly than ever. As a leader, it’s important to recognize what that means for the way in which you and others work.

Book: Walking: One Step at a Time

Feld Thoughts

The Nan Madol. Erling Kagge’s book Walking: One Step at a Time was delightful. On Friday night I had dinner with John Underkoffler. John and I lived together at college and have been friends for over 35 years, working together for the past 13 or so.

The SAP 2025 Wall moves

deal architect

Unlike the hard Y2K wall, we knew SAP's 2025 Business Suite 7 wall was a soft one. They have just pushed it back till the end of 2027 followed by optional (and more expensive) extended maintenance until the end of. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

5 Ways To Sample The Joy Of An Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I’m a big proponent of becoming an entrepreneur, it is definitely not for everyone.

When Money Is Not Enough; How To Grow Productive, Loyal Employees


by Troy Nix , author of “Eternal Impact: Inspire Greatness in Yourself and Others” When Delta Air Lines announced plans to pay out a record $1.6

Product management and curiosity

VC Cafe

When you are product manager, your work is never really done. The initial launch is just the opportunity to collect more data. You learn about how people use the product, analyse the data and come up with experiments to increase usage. Many of those fail and never make it to the product.

A conversation with Karl-Heinz Streibich - President of National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany, acatech.

deal architect

Karl-Heinz Streibich is President of acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany. In that role, he is constantly interacting with business and academic leaders, and has a unique perspective on STEM trends in Germany and broadly across. Globalization and Technology

5 Startup Challenges That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I tend to see many of the same obstacles appearing in every new startup, and since I don’t want to appear to be a downer , I’m not sure how to properly warn people ahead of time to be on the alert for these challenges.

5 Ways Keeping A Journal Has Made Me A Better Entrepreneur


by Paul Mayne, founder and CEO of Day One Journal. It’s been nearly 10 years since I started my company. Like every entrepreneur, growing a company was no small feat, with sleepless nights, unexpected challenges and looming deadlines.

3 Startup Fundamentals To Live By

YFS Magazine

The journey from idea and validation to market traction and sustainable success is different for every startup. However, it pays to know a few fundamentals. Plan recommended starting a business startup lessons

A conversation with Karl-Heinz Streibich - President of National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany, acatech. 

deal architect

Karl-Heinz Streibich is President of acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany. In that role, he is constantly interacting with business and academic leaders, and has a unique perspective on STEM trends in Germany and broadly across. Globalization and Technology

6 Ways A Prototype Will Add Value To Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players.

How To Start Your Own Insurance Agency And Earn Big Money


Did you know, when compared to other industries, the insurance sector has one of the highest profit margins in the USA? If you want to start a highly profitable business, you might like the idea of selling insurance.

5 Pre-Launch App Marketing Strategies Every Appreneur Needs

YFS Magazine

Pre-launch is a crucial time for every mobile app entrepreneur. These five pre-launch strategies will help make your launch a smashing success! Grow Marketing & Sales marketing mobile app marketing mobile apps

Setting a Standard Spotlight: Beal Properties Gives Back to Chicago

The Startup Magazine

More and more, what companies offer in terms of goods and services is not the sole factor contributing to a patron’s interest in doing business. Millennials, as a generation, have been credited with pushing brands to be more ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible.

Remote First: Why Isn’t Every Company Boundaryless


This article is the third part of my extended series on boundaryless teams, remote -first companies, and the future of work. In my two previous installments, I talked about the changing dynamics in many tech-centric cities.

It’s Not Time To Give Up On Office Cubicles Yet, Here Is Why


Office cubicles seem to have fallen out of favor with most employers. This unfortunate fall is due to the rise of the open space office culture. The free space frenzy brought with it the promise of collaboration and productivity.

How To Make The Most Of Your Next Networking Event

YFS Magazine

Networking is an important part of growing a startup or small business. But what you may not know is how to network most effectively. Lead networking networking events professional networking

Public Hospital Modern Woes – Aging Infrastructure, Unions, Pensions, High Regulation. 

The Startup Magazine

From California, to Illinois, and New York many of the largest U.S. municipalities are also the most fiscally troubled. Some of the country’s greatest cities are on the brink of calamity.

Austin-based Invoiced Finds Success in Processing Billions of Dollars in Invoices for Companies


Invoicing is Jared King’s passion. “It It really is, King said. His family recognized his penchant for collections at an early age. In fourth grade, King was a bit of a loan shark. He would loan kids a dollar and he would collect $2 in repayment, he said.

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The 5 Components Of Resting Hard


by Katy Kvalvik , founder of Southwestern Empowerment. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are familiar with the saying, “Work hard, play hard.” I believe there’s something missing from that well-known adage. I encourage you to make your 2020 mantra, “Work hard, play hard — REST hard.”.

Why a Tech Startup is Like a Nuclear Power Plant


My first job out of college was preventing a nuclear power station from melting down. It was summer 1986, the fall-out from Chernobyl was blowing over Europe and, after graduating in engineering science, I undertook a software development project for the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

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Employee safety and productivity – 4 ways you can increase both in the workplace

The Startup Magazine

It may surprise you, but employee safety and employee productivity go hand in hand. It’s a known fact that if your employees feel safe and secure in their working environment then they’re more likely to work harder and not let their safety concerns get in the way of their day to day responsibilities.

New Podcast – Funding Frequency

Feld Thoughts

I do a lot of random podcasts and especially like to be an early guest on new ones to help get them started. 001 – Brad Feld. The first five episodes are with me, David Cohen, Susan Conover, Amos Schwartzfarb, and Charlie O’Donnell. Andrew Waine is the producer. He’s currently a senior at the University of Florida finishing his Bachelor’s degree in the Summer of 2020.

What Is EAT And Why It’s Vital To Your SEO Strategy


Expertise, Authority, Trust (or E-A-T) has been in the SEO lexicon for some time, but since ranking well on Google search engine results pages (SERPs) is becoming more difficult, it is now featuring more prominently in a wide range of strategic SEO discussions.

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Too Early is Never the Real Reason

This is going to be BIG.

I see this time and time again—a founder pitches a VC or an angel and they say to come back when there’s more traction. The founder then goes off and raises from friends and family or invests their own savings in the idea in an attempt to come back with a handful of customer or users.

Female Founder Interview: Debra Sunderland – Conscious Leadership Coaching

The Startup Magazine

Here’s more from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. We interviewed Ms. Debra Sunderland, CEO and Founder of Sunderland Coaching, LLC.

Book: Yes, You Can Do This! How Women Start Up, Scale Up, and Build The Life They Want

Feld Thoughts

Claudia Reuter , now the Techstars GM Americas East (and previously the Techstars MD for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator), has a new book coming out called Yes, You Can Do This! How Women Start Up, Scale Up, and Build The Life They Want. I read the final page proofs while I was in Mexico and it is an excellent book.

Crucial Things You Need To Know About Your First External Audit For Series B


by Bryce Welker, founder of Crush The CPA Exam. You are sure to be happy when your business reaches a Series B financing round because it usually means your company has a higher valuation. However, that can make the auditing process much more complicated than it was before.