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Scott Dorsey’s Attributes of Great SaaS Leaders

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day and the Venture Atlanta Conference. I had a great time and it’s fun to see the vibrancy of the Atlanta startup community. My brother Daniel came with me and we had dinner with our cousin Kenny, who lives in Atlanta, so we got some nice, quiet, emotionally intimate family time. My favorite keynote at Venture Atlanta was from Scott Dorsey.

Surprising Tricks For Powerful Public Speaking


The emergence of intelligent HR software

deal architect

I recently wrote from Workday Rising about the Age of Intelligence. It’s not just Workday which has been busy. John Sumser of HE Examiner has a study which looks at intelligent tools at Workday and 29 other HR-centric vendors. Analytics, Big Data Enterprise Software (other vendors

Why Taking Risk Is The Ultimate New Venture Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk.

When Brad Met Manu

Feld Thoughts

My partner Lindel just put a post up on the Foundry Group website about our investment in K9 Ventures. We are proud to be an LP in Manu Kumar’s third fund. I’ve been friends with Manu since 2009 and an investor (personally) in his first two funds. I vividly remember the first time we met – we were both sitting on the floor in the back corner at the fbFund Demo Day at the Facebook office in downtown Palo Alto. A number of interesting companies were presented. I adore Manu.

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Business Prenup: What To Do Before You Start A Company With A Partner


by Mark L. Zyla, managing director of Acuitas, Inc., and Jessica Wood, a principal at Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. So, you’re about to start a closely held business with your best friend (or a few friends). Congratulations!

Book Review: The Age of Sustainability

deal architect

I seek out Denis Pombriant, a fellow analyst, at industry events. We hardly ever talk about enterprise software. He is a history buff and a foodie and I walk away always having learned something and happier given his cheerful disposition

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Addressing KRACK

Feld Thoughts

The CEO of our portfolio company JumpCloud , Raj Bhargava, reached out to me after my rant on digital security earlier this week.

7 Attributes Of Entrepreneurs Who Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.

Hey Alexa, Siri want to impress me?

deal architect

My wife has already had it with digital assistants. Alexa seems to wake up to the inflections of her Irish accent. Siri to mis-pressed buttons in the car or her phone. I am a bit more patient but I also. Industry Commentary


Will Autonomous Vehicles Shape Singapore’s Transport Future?


by Dr Maren Celine Schweizer, CEO of Schweizer World. Will the autonomous vehicle (AV) shape the future of transportation in Singapore?

Blade Runner 2049: Dystopia With a Happy Ending – Maybe

Feld Thoughts

Blade Runner 2049 is still in the theaters and has a rotten tomatoes score of 88%. While long, it’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen. If you have never seen the original, please see it before you go.

Why You Need Help Rather Than Helpers In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups, and a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m still surprised at the number who are determined to go it alone. Even worse, when they figure out that they really need help, the first place they look is for an intern or untrained helpers.

Of Halloween and Enterprise Software

deal architect

This time of the year, I buy several packages of assorted candies. Keeps the neighborhood kids who come around on Halloween happy. I happened to check the contents of one pack – it had Hot Tamales, Chewy Lemonheads, Tootsie Rolls, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Think Teaching Clients SEO Isn’t Worth Your Time? Think Again.


by Itamar Gero, founder and CEO of . If you specialize in SEO, take a moment to imagine your ideal client. What comes to mind? A lot of SEO folks prefer someone who will “let them do their job and pay them.”

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Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

A version of this article is in the Harvard Business Review. Uber , Zenefits , Tanium , Lending Club CEOs of companies with billion dollar market caps have been in the news – and not in a good way. This seems to be occurring more and more. Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. Here’s why it generates bad CEO behavior.

How To Reduce Workplace Drama And Improve Results

Startup Professionals Musings

Is it just me in my role as business advisor, or is emotional drama in the workplace increasing?

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5 Steps for Entrepreneurs with an Idea, but No Funding

Up and Running

Every business starts with an idea. Whether you have an idea for a great new product or a service that will revolutionize an industry, your inspiration is a great start. But how are you going to bring your idea to life?

5 Unusual Ways To Connect And Engage Your Employees


by Eva Wislow is an entrepreneur and career coach at CareersBooster. To win in business, you must possess the necessary resources. Even today, human resources are the most important “tools” that you can leverage in order to expand your business.

Oracle Cloud AcceleratorPart 1

deal architect

At Oracle OpenWorld, Letty Ledbetter set up several interesting breakout sessions for a handful of us analysts. One of the more enjoyable ones was when Reggie Bradford, SVP described their Cloud Accelerator program. Located in Bangalore and Delhi in India

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How Much Stock Would Convince You To Join A Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire or better? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?”

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Foundry Group Is Looking For A General Counsel

Feld Thoughts

We announced yesterday that we are looking for a general counsel for Foundry Group. While Jason has proclaimed himself a recovering lawyer for some time now, in reality, he’s been doing the high-level legal work for us since we started Foundry Group. He also runs our fund operations and is a full-time venture capitalist, so it is time to get him some help. When our prior fund hired Jason as our general counsel, I wasn’t even part of the decision.

4 Legal Things Startups Need To Do


Launching a business is exciting, but it’s easy to overlook some things in the laundry list of to-do items. When it comes to legal issues, it’s crucial to make sure you go over everything with a fine-tooth comb.

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How to Keep Your Startup Safe From Cyber Attacks

Up and Running

October is national cybersecurity awareness month and it’s a good reminder for entrepreneurs to take a look at their online vulnerabilities, particularly in light of the recent Equifax breach and the slew of cyber attacks we saw earlier in 2017.

The Right Way To Build Strategic Partnerships

YFS Magazine

Strategic partnerships are often an ideal way to build brand traction, expand your customer base, access resources, and stimulate revenue growth. Grow Operations business operations comarketing joint ventures partnerships strategic partnerships

What I Learned Backing Female Founders: Every One Has a #MeToo Story

Hunter Walker

When the #MeToo hashtag broke wide, one of the consistent remarks from men was “wow, feels like every woman I know has been harassed in some form.” ” And the consistent reaction from women was, “well, duh. Did you not know that?”

3 Ways Startups Are Using AI To Improve Daily Operations


San Francisco startup Plenty’s innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted $200 million in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, the world’s biggest tech fund. Plenty uses AI machine learning in conjunction with IoT sensors to grow crops indoors with only water, nutrients and light.

Can AI become a tool to promote equality and fairness?

Version One Ventures

“Technological innovation should give us hope, not despair.”. Those words were a key part of the G7’s first-ever Innovation7, which was held last month in Turin, Italy. The Innovation7, or I-7, is a gathering of industry representatives from the G7 countries to help bridge industry and government.

How To Build Your Brand Using Marketing Street Teams

YFS Magazine

In today’s digital age, street teams can offer a new way to forge personal connections with consumers. Here are nine tips that can help you get started. Grow Marketing & Sales grassroots marketing marketing marketing street teams offline marketing

Don’t even think of naming your business until you read this

The Next Web

I’ve learned a lot from the development of NameLayer, and I’m ready to divulge every trick in my arsenal. In this guide, I provide realistic solutions to the frustrations encountered when naming a company. Plus, I’ll have some fun analyzing both good and bad company names.

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Does Fintech Disruption Break The Investment Banking Model?


by Joe Duncan, founder of Duncan Capital LP. Fintech is triggering a profound rethink for financial institutions, from retail to investment banking. However must this imply the banking model is broken beyond repair thus leading to massive headcount reductions?

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Why You Shouldn't Put VCs on a Pedestal

This is going to be BIG.

Influencers. Kingmakers. Sharks. Power brokers. Visionaries. There are a lot of ways the startup world describes venture capitalists that portrays a certain power dynamic, real or perceived, that I believe is at the heart of so many of the industry's problems. The industry treats VCs as if they hold all the cards, and the worst behaviors of investors reflect that. Frankly, it makes me uncomfortable, because it's undeserved. Here's why. Who's really chasing who?

B-School Reunions And Content Strategy Have This In Common

YFS Magazine

The best advice I could ever give you about creating authentic content is simply this. Grow Marketing & Sales brand storytelling content marketing content strategy marketing

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No Time for Bookkeeping? 5 Tips for Busy Startups

The Startup Magazine

Bookkeeping is a joy for some and a burden for others. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, streamlining your process and understanding the system is key to faster record keeping.

[ADV] The Nissen Hut – The Go-To Shelter In World War One


Are you game in staying in a hut? Yes, there are some huts where you could have stayed during the World War 1. These were called Nissen huts – they were first introduced first by Peter Norman Nissen – and were built for soldiers to stay in.

How to make a small problem into a big one.


Allowing small problems to escalate into big ones is simple. Just ignore the signs for long enough and the job is done. It takes far more energy to review regularly the key performance indicators you’ve established for each individual and yourself.

Sorry, You’re Out: How To Fire A Friend

YFS Magazine

It is never easy firing employees. Firing friends can be twice as difficult. Here's how to confront what may be every entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. Grow Human Capital employee management firing clients HR human capital human resources