Sat.Oct 21, 2017 - Fri.Oct 27, 2017

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.

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.

Our Model

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public. I think that occasion presents an opportunity to talk about USV’s model. We are a small firm. We raise modest sized funds (by modern VC standards). Our first fund was $125mm, our second fund was $150mm, and we have now settled on $175mm as a good number and our past three funds have been that size. Our typical entry point is Seed or Series A although we have an Opportunity Fund that allows us to enter later when that is appropriate.

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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.

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.

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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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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read Ellen Pao’s book Reset on my trip. I know a lot of the people in the book and I am not into taking sides or making judgments about what happened in the case. But I would recommend that every male VC read this book. A lot of what we do, how we do it, and why we do it is unconscious. Reading this book and others like it will help us to avoid doing those things. And that will be a very good thing for the VC world, for entrepreneurs, and for the tech sector more broadly.

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?

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.

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.

Tension Escalates As The Spanish Senate and Catalan Parliament Vote To Determine Their Next Moves Today


On 26 October, President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont put the decision of independence in the hands of the region's parliament.

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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

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.

Canada Worried About NAFTA


OTTAWA – Behind the scenes Canadian officials are "extremely worried" about where the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are headed, and it’s time to be worried, says Rona Ambrose, a member of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council.

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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

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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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.

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?”

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!

Google Demonstrates its new Hardware Products at its Austin Office


Earlier this month, Google introduced its second generation of consumer hardware products, all made by Google. On Friday at its downtown Austin office, Google showed off its new Pixel 2 phone, Google Home Mini, Google Clips hands-free camera, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset.

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

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.

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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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

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

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?

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.

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

How To Maintain Peak Sales Performance In A Downturn

YFS Magazine

Take a hard look at your sales strategies and consider these 5 tips to maintain peak sales performance in an economic downturn. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling sales sales tips

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How Employers Can Get The Most Out Of Career Fairs

The Startup Magazine

Attending a career fair provides a great opportunity to connect with highly-skilled candidates who are excited to work for your company. It is well worth putting time and effort into presenting your company in the best possible light.

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?

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


Ashe County sheriff indicted, accused of launching unlawful investigations to delay releasing public records

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

JEFFERSON — Ashe County Sheriff Terry Buchanan launched illegal investigations into county employees who were trying to comply with a public records request by a television station that were related to Buchanan's appointment to the job, according to indictments against