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What I’ve Learned in the Last 5 Years as a VC that I Didn’t Appreciate in the First 5

View from Seed

It occurred to me yesterday that I’ve been in the VC business for over 10 years. I’ve been writing checks for 8 years, and was lucky to get my start in the industry with the team at Spark Capital where I was able to witness some amazing early investments as part of that team.

Startups Need to Diversify Away from Paying Facebook

This is going to be BIG.

Over the last five years ago, a disproportionate amount of venture capital funded paid acquisition on Facebook. Some very large consumer facing businesses were built, but that gravy train won’t last forever—and signs are that it is seriously slowing down. Companies are reporting that acquisition costs are trending up, and optimization is increasingly feeling like squeezing blood from a stone.

So you just raised your A round, now what?

Version One Ventures

Last week, we kicked off a blog series to help founders determine their company’s core priorities and strategies at each stage of the progression from seed to Series A and Series B. In the previous post , we outlined what startups should focus on right after raising a seed round. The next stage in the journey is the A round, and as expected, it brings a brand new set of priorities. Focus on distribution and understanding your business.

Happy Bohemian Chanukah Queen Fans

Feld Thoughts

Queen was one of my favorite bands as an adolescent. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody was delightful. And this is even better. The post Happy Bohemian Chanukah Queen Fans appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal bohemian rhapsody Chanukah queen


Why Team Management By Fear Is Bad For Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Despite the ease of communication through social media, new tools, the popularity of fearless independence and #MeToo, I still see many business organizations that are less than productive due to fear.

SAP Nation 3.0 - early concept design

deal architect

I have not finished writing the book, but my design partners are already rolling out cover and back copy ideas Feedback welcome, thanks! ‘In In 1800, the US, then the original thirteen colonies, was a young, skinny country. 2/3rd of the

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Nobody Announces Their Seed Round Anymore and That’s a Mistake

View from Seed

Five years ago, as the mania around seed fundings was accelerating, Founders were very eager to announce their seed round to the world. It marks the beginning of the journey with hard work & the real business success to be accomplished ahead, but a milestone nonetheless.

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10 Business Constants Flourish In This Age Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of constant change, I usually find myself writing about what has changed.

SAP's evolving partner economy

deal architect

Ask about who has had a successful platform strategy, and most people will point to Salesforce. I beg to disagree – compared to revenues Apple has generated for its partners and itself from its iOS store and Amazon with its. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

3 Reasons Content Marketing Isn’t Working For You


In the digital marketing world, content is king. Virtually all ( 94% ) of small businesses are doing it and 93% of B2Bs use content marketing. But what if your content marketing strategy isn’t working for you? Just because everyone is doing content marketing doesn’t mean they’re doing it right.

Coach Rav’s 23 Life Choices

Feld Thoughts

I saw an article about George Raveling recently in the Daily Stoic newsletter. Raveling – known as Coach Rav to many, has a pretty remarkable history. And an even better life philosophy that fits very nicely with #GiveFirst. On his website, he has a page titled 23 Life Choices That Are In Your Control. It’s delightful and follows. Be YOU, not them. Do more, expect less. Be positive, not negative. Be the solution, not the problem. Be a starter, not a stopper.


How To Maximize The Level Of Your Business Contacts

Startup Professionals Musings

In the world of entrepreneurs and startups, high level relationships are everything. You can’t start a business alone. You need partners, team members, investors, vendors, and customers. But people don’t realize that all relationships are not the same.

Mark Twain and Hasso Plattner

deal architect

As an analyst, I tend to be a bit dry and focus on product details and vendor economics. As an author, I become as Led Zeppelin says a “traveler in both time and space”. In writing SAP Nation 3.0,

10 Low-Cost Startup Ideas That Students Can Use


Current college students belong to Generation Z and you can’t deny that they all in some way possess entrepreneurial sense.

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Colorado Magic on a Friday

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been in San Diego with Amy for a while but we are returning to Boulder in a week. San Diego has been great, but I miss my dogs, my friends, and the Colorado vibe. When people ask me about the Colorado vibe, I often talk about GiveFirst.

8 Keys To Convincing A Bank To Fund Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

A common question I get is “How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?” The default answer is that it probably won’t happen, because most banks just don’t make bank loans to startups.

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Should Every Company Have a “Singles” or “Prime” Day?

View from Seed

Yesterday was Singles Day in China, celebrated on 11/11 each year and theoretically to honor young adults who are not in relationships. In practice it is essentially an invention by retailer Alibaba who holds massive online sales on this day across their platform (Taobao, Tmall, etc).

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5 Startup Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs


If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and want to start your own business, use these 5 startup tips from the experts to get your idea off the ground. Amazon, Apple, and Disney are three hugely successful companies that began in garages.

@bfeld v53.0

Feld Thoughts

I turned 53 today. Each year on my birthday I write a letter to myself reflecting on the previous year and pondering the coming year. I also go for a run – this year for 53 minutes. The past few years, I’ve started publishing them on this blog – if you are interested in what I’ve written in the past, take a look at @bfeld v52.0 and @bfeld v51.0. When I review my goals for v52.0, they are all statements of what I want to do.

Interpersonal Skills Are Still Key to Team Engagement

Startup Professionals Musings

Over my career in large businesses as well as small ones, it seems that more and more people are feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in their job.

The Startup Copycat Fallacy

View from Seed

Another d2c gourmet pet food company ? Another full-stack short-term rentals startup ? Another affinity-based co-working space?

3 Tips For Leading A Successful Entrepreneurial Life


by Peter J. Strauss , founder and managing member of The Strauss Law Firm and author of “ The Business Owner’s Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies “ The life of an entrepreneur – or at least the idea behind that life – can seem enticing to just about everyone.

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How to Adapt to the Changing, Small Business Public Relations Arena

Rembrandt Communications

Disrupt the System with DIY Small Business Public Relations (This article was originally published in B2B News Network) Promoting your business via television, radio, print, and online is essential to your business reputation and growth.

Encompass Leadership Will Groom A New Breed Of Leaders

YFS Magazine

Here is a fundamental fact: People want to work with and for a leader who conveys they care about the wholeness of the person. Lead encompass leadership leadership personal development

VC’s Doing the Work to Build Investment Conviction

View from Seed

I once had a VC mentor (only) half tongue-in-cheek tell me that “all investment diligence is merely an exercise in confirming what you have already decided during the initial pitch.”

Where Does Most Business Growth Really Come From (Clue: It’s Not Startups)?


by Walker Deibel , Managing Director of Centra and author of “ Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game “ If I asked you to name a business success story, what would you think of?

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Top CTO Challenges for 2019


The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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Top 7 Reasons To Start A Business Before The New Year

YFS Magazine

Believe it or not, the end of the year is a good time to begin the process of starting a business. Here's a look at the top 7 reasons why. Plan business planning starting a business startup advice

If CAC is the New Rent, How should You Operate Differently?

View from Seed

Five to ten years ago, it was thought that digitally-native brands and e-commerce retailers had a distinct cost advantage because they didn’t have to pay for legacy physical infrastructure (e.g. storefronts with long-term lease commitments), which represents high fixed costs and reduced margin.

Six (Doable Right Now) Tools To Amp Up Your Personal Persuasiveness


by Denise Dudley , author of “ Work It!: Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted ” . Thinking about how you come across to others? Want to make some improvements? Well, you’re certainly in good company.

5 Content Marketing Strategies for Niche B2B Industries


The “classic” idea of content marketing—cranking out SEO-focused articles, ranking for hundreds of keywords, generating visitors, leads, and paying customers—doesn’t work in all industries. I worked with a company that manufactured moisture-resistant flooring adhesive.

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10 Perfect Gifts For The Female Entrepreneur On Your List

YFS Magazine

What do you buy the girl boss that has it all? If you're searching for the perfect gift, look no further, we've got you covered. Lifestyle female entrepreneurs holiday gift guide lifestyle women entrepreneurs women in business

Rethinking the Standard Fundraising Deck

View from Seed

I see hundreds of fundraising decks each year. I’ve been doing this for eight years now, so I’ve been able to see some longitudinal trends during that time. There are a couple trends that I have noticed emerge over the last few years that I think have become industry standard.

Essential Business Software Every New Business Needs


No matter the size, starting a new business is all about efficiency: making optimal use of often scarce resources in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Of course, this might sound easier said than done.

Why market research is vital for any startup

The Startup Magazine

If you have a great idea, and a good head for business, a startup may seem like an excellent career path. You get to use your innovation skills and be your own boss. This is a tempting prospect if you feel as though you a lot to offer to the world of business and marketing.

Boost Positive Word-of-Mouth with Small Business Public Relations

Rembrandt Communications

No Money for Growth? PR Makes It No Problem. If you want to grow your B2B, you probably struggle with financial limitations. Well, even if you can’t afford major advertising and marketing initiatives, you can still boost positive awareness without spending a dime.

OG Unicorns?—?Where Are They Now?

View from Seed

It’s almost exactly 5 years since Aileen Lee first coined the term “unicorn” in reference to startups with $1 billion+ valuations. I was wondering what ever ultimately happened to that group of OG unicorns, so I looked back at her original post in TechCrunch from November 2013.