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What’s Missing From Zoom Reminds Us What It Means to Be Human

Steve Blank

Over the last month billions of people have been unwilling participants in the largest unintentional social experiment ever run – testing how video conferencing replaced face-to-face communication. While we’ve discovered that in many cases it can, more importantly we’ve discovered that, regardless of bandwidth and video resolution, these apps are missing the cues humans use when they communicate.

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Workday continues its innovations in Analyst Summits

deal architect

A decade ago, Workday pioneered with its Technology Day format. I wrote back then "Few vendors have the guts to be open to such a smart and opinionated bunch as Workday was during its Technology Day yesterday. Like a marathon. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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8 Keys To Real Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, the Silicon Valley startup model, focused on disrupting established industries, has treated the USA well and created some great global businesses. Yet many of you are telling me that we are all missing big opportunities by not recognizing the unique challenges faced by startups in developing countries , where infrastructure is lacking, and talent is not so concentrated. In effect, Silicon Valley needs to take a more global perspective.

The Future Of Retail And America In The Post-COVID World


by Erik D. Rosenstrauch, Founder and CEO of FUEL Partnerships. In approaching the COVID-19 crisis from the marketer’s perspective, the question is how, not if, the world will change when the restrictions are lifted. My intuition relies on what marketers believe and researchers have proven – the repeated behavior learned during this several month crisis will form new consumer habits.

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.

How We are Investing Through The Covid Correction

View from Seed

In a period of uncertainty, the easiest thing to do as a VC is to be paralyzed by fear and do nothing. We can stay busy by expending time and effort supporting the existing portfolio, which is the right thing to do and a good use of time. But when it comes to new investments, the path of least resistance is to hang back and see how things play out. Wait and see. As I blogged about a few weeks ago, FOMO ( F ear O f M issing O ut) is replaced by FOLD (Fear Of Looking Dumb).

The New Normal: A conversation with Mike Laven, CEO, The Currency Cloud

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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4 Tips To Streamline Your Small Business


The costs associated with operating a small business can weigh heavily on growth and the ability to compete with other companies. Streamlining some of those tasks can help ease the burdens, and there are many ways your company could be streamlining which not only saves you money but increases productivity and customer service. Here are some ways your business could streamline some of its day to day functions. Business to Business Communication.

Launching Energize Colorado

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited to announce the launch of Energize Colorado , a new Colorado-based non-profit to help energize companies in Colorado survive the Covid crisis and then thrive as we get the crisis under control. A month ago (which seems like a year ago), I wrote a post explaining that the Covid crisis was actually three interwoven crises : health, financial, and mental health.

The New Normal: A conversation with Dennis Hodges, CIO, Inteva Products

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19

10 Strategies To Make You A Lucky Winner In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers. These differences are the reason that investors say that they invest in people, rather than ideas.

The 5 Biggest Crisis-Related Mistakes Your Business Is Probably Making


by Shannon Tucker, Vice President of Media Relations at SSPR. Two words that make me cringe: “No comment.”. I’ve been working in PR for close to 15 years, and I still spend more time than I’d like trying to get clients to understand the importance of crisis planning. Many see it as an afterthought, others prefer the, “No comment,” approach and want to run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Let’s change that.

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Economic Access for Mass Market Workers – What We Are Excited About

View from Seed

In one’s everyday life, “work” is certainly one of the most important activities that occupies up to half (if not more) of the available hours of a day. Your line of work not only impacts how you go about your working hours, it also shapes your identity and the choices available to other non-work aspects of your daily life. .

The New Normal: A conversation with Bill Berutti and Jerry Foster of Plex Systems

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Cloud Computing, SaaS New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

5 Tips To Keep Your Startup Productive, Not Just Busy

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want to make a great first impression on a startup investor or an advisor like me, don’t try to convince me or show me how busy you are. For some reason, too many aspiring entrepreneurs I know seem to focus on “actions” rather than “results.” Based on my experience, survival and success are both about doing the right things , and not about doing everything. I’m sure you all know someone who always seems to be overworked, but often comes up short on the delivery side.

Top Marketing Ideas To Boost Sales


There is more to marketing than just selling a product. You need to sell an idea. Who your customer can be if they buy your products. What solution you can offer that no one else can. Marketing needs to hit directly, which means that you need to use your marketing to build a relationship with each and every customer. One loyal customer is worth it. They will bring in repeat sales. They are the ones that advertise your store to their friends and family.

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How to Name Your Tech Startup


Starting a tech company is exciting, but there are dozens of factors you’ll need to consider if you want your startup to succeed. Much of your time brainstorming will be spent considering things like how to reduce costs, how to expand efficiently, and how to build the right team—but you’ll also need to consider the nature of your brand, including your business’s name. What’s in a Name?

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The Disorientation of Exiting Phase 1

Feld Thoughts

We are starting to exit phase 1 of the Covid Crisis in the United States. If you find the whole thing extremely disorienting, you have my empathy. In mid-April, I was getting used to the Stay at Home mode. I’d joke about how I was made for this and was never leaving my house again. Last weekend I took a digital sabbath and woke up feeling energized on Monday. By Wednesday there was talk everywhere about opening things back up in various parts of the country.

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10 Keys To Limiting Your Startup Story To Ten Minutes

Startup Professionals Musings

The average length of a funding pitch to angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from fellow investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor preparation. If you start by pitching your extended life story, that’s the wrong point.

Top 3 Remote Work Software Tools To Empower Your WFH Employees


The work-from-home (WFH) culture has officially come of age. With masses of employees huddled at home, safe from the ravages of the novel coronavirus threat looming on our horizon, remote work is no longer an option for millions of companies across the globe. However, there’s a big challenge that faces most employers who are unfamiliar with the remote work setup: what software tools do your staff need in order to stay in the game and run your day to day operations with minimal business impact?

Homebrew Turns Seven!

Hunter Walker

April 26th, 2013 was the day we closed Homebrew’s initial fund and we consider it our ‘birthday.’ ’ The firm’s why and how were previous blog post topics and I won’t rehash them here, but first I want to share my 2013 Homebrew ‘ premortem ‘ with you. When Satya and I started Homebrew together it was with full intention to be our ‘last career,’ what we’d be doing for the next 20 years or so.

Times Like These

Feld Thoughts

‘Nuff said. The post Times Like These appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Crisis covid-19 music


How COVID-19 Is Disrupting The Disruptors

YFS Magazine

Industries have taken a hard hit in recent months. Here’s how COVID-19 is disrupting the disruptors and how they’re reacting to the pandemic among us. Grow Operations business operations industry disruption pandemic

5 Questions We Asked Ourselves Before Rebranding Our Business


by Rohan Thambrahalli , the Founder and President at UpstartWorks. As they mature, many companies find that they have outgrown their original purpose, realize they want to expand their operations, or see that their brand simply doesn’t reflect who they are anymore. With that said, rebranding is a common part of every business journey. The names BackRub or AuctionWeb may not ring a bell, but those companies turned to become the ultra-successful tycoons Google and eBay.

PPP and Women and Minority-Owned Businesses – We Need To Do More

VC Adventure

I’ve published a number of posts over the past few weeks about some of the challenges of the existing PPP loans and in particular, about my concerns that the loans aren’t getting to as many of the smaller businesses that need them. In this CNBC op-ed article , Elizabeth McBride and I pointed out how the face of entrepreneurship in the United States is changing.

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Turn What-if to What-Now: The Importance of Scenario Analysis

Up and Running

We used to call it “what-if” but today it’s known as “scenario analysis.” ” It’s been a favorite management tool of mine since my time as VP for a market research firm, and it’s a method I used for decades growing a software company from zero to well over $10 million in annual sales. Today, with the COVID-19 crisis upon us, it’s the best way to move forward through rising uncertainty. What is a scenario analysis?

Run A Virtual 5k With Me On Sunday May 3rd

Feld Thoughts

The Second Wind Fund of Boulder County is hosting a Virtual 5k run on Sunday. Second Wind Fund of Boulder County has a mission to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment. We are dealing with three crises right now: health, financial, and mental health. The first two are getting most of the attention, but I anticipate an increasing societal focus on the third, which results from the first two.

What Does It Really Mean To Be A Spiritual Leader In Business?


by Hilary Jane Grosskopf, author of “ Awake Leadership ” and “ Awake Ethics “ Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in the importance and emphasis on soft skills and emotional intelligence (EQ) in leadership. More recently, there has been a new kind of leadership skill introduced: Spiritual Leadership (SL).

How to Create a Demand Funnel (for 44X Revenue)


You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you get a calendar invite for an all-hands meeting—with no warning or context? I got one of those in 2018, mere months after I started at as their first growth marketing and demand generation hire. My initial role was to grow the user base for our free, open-data catalog. But I soon found out our real challenge was monetization.

8 Things You Need To Start a Business During a Recession

Up and Running

Recessions, or even a volatile market like we’re currently experiencing due to COVID-19 , are difficult times. There’s a great amount of uncertainty, people losing their jobs, and a direct hit on cash flows that can place businesses in dire straights. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. . Current businesses are finding ways to pivot their business models, revisiting their budgets, and developing new forecasts to minimize their burn rate and maximize their available cash runway.

Covid-19 is a marathon, not a sprint, for startups in US, UK and Israel

VC Cafe

Several European countries started announcing ‘Exit Plans’ from the current lockdowns. But as the world is starting to flatten the curves, the economic impact is just beginning.

Tips To Help Freelancers Concentrate


Freelancing is a popular career track for many Americans these days. The old 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs are great, but contracting gives workers a lot of freedom. For people who love to travel, getting degrees in higher education like masters in school counseling , criminal justice, or something else, picking when you want to work is really important. Sometimes, you just won’t be able to sit in an office all day, five days a week.

Surveillance in our Schools – COVID-19 series

Start Up Blog

Google are grooming our kids. Yep, you read that right. As I type this my child is sitting next to me doing school work at home – thanks to the ‘free’ Google classroom software – on his Chromebook, with all his data being stored in Googles servers. The world’s biggest Surveillance Capitalist is in the middle of creating a shadow profile for my boy.

10 Ways to Stay Productive While Working Remote

Up and Running

For many of you, it’s likely that you’re just finishing up your fourth or fifth full week working from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working remotely, especially for your first time, can be challenging to adjust to. Stationed in the comfort of your recliner with the fridge just a room away is appealing, but it has its drawbacks.

Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic?

David Cohen

At Techstars , one of the most common questions we get is “How has the pandemic impacting financings and M&A transactions?” ” Due to the size of our system (now 2,200 accelerator portfolio companies and adding 500 per year) we have real-time insight into this question. Each month we typically see between 40 and 70 financing events kick off, which is what we’re tracking here.

7 Key Legal Tips For Every Young Entrepreneur


Establishing a startup business is very exciting and fulfilling. However, there are other serious aspects that you need to consider, such as the legal aspect. It prevents you from running into legal issues that could hurt or even kill your startup. But, do you know these legal aspects? Well, let us enlighten you on some key legal tips you ought to know as you venture into business. Get required legal documents.

Charting a Course Between Two Extremes of Startup Cash Management


In the world of startups, there are about 9 failed businesses for every single one that succeeds. It’s the kind of statistic that’s enough to keep even the most seasoned founder up at night. If you take a peek inside that statistic, you’ll also find that the majority of startups that fail (besides those that were badly conceived in the first place).