Sat.May 09, 2020 - Fri.May 15, 2020

How Your Mindset Has To Evolve To Match The Business

Startup Professionals Musings

According to most definitions, an entrepreneur is one who envisions a new and different business, meaning one that is not a copy of an existing business model. Many entrepreneurs have a passion and an idea, or even invent a new product, but are never able to execute to the point of creating a startup. Even fewer are able to grow the startup into a viable business.

New Normal: A conversation with Aneel Bhusri, CEO of Workday

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. Global and Vertical extensions Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Battling Big Business Bullies On The IP Playground: Minimizing The Risk Of Intellectual Property Litigation


by Christopher Rosario, associate attorney with McManis Faulkner. Business is inherently risky. It is even riskier if you are the new kid on the block. Big businesses have the means to bully fresh-faced startups into the red—permanently. While some of this bullying may be unlawful, the courts are a common tool used by large corporations to protect their turf.

Advice For Managing Remote Teams

View from Seed

Remote work has been a topic of discussion for many businesses in recent years, but little did we know that we were about to put all our hypotheses and reservations to the test. Since social distancing orders have been put in place, a huge portion of our workforce has transformed their homes into workplaces and are trying their best to manage this new work environment. This is also a huge adjustment for those managers who are used to managing in person teams.

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.

5 Keys To An Effective Startup Communications Mindset

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges we all face when put into business leadership roles is how to communicate most effectively. As a mentor to entrepreneurs over the years, I see many of you who don’t communicate enough, others who seem to do all the talking, and some that are hesitant to be direct and open. I find that having the right mindset is key to getting all these right. You first have to accept the fact that communication is far more than relaying information.

New Normal: A conversation with Phiroz Darukhanavala, ex-CTO of BP

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. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

CTO 163

More Trending

Why We Invested in Monument

View from Seed

Today, Monument announced the launch of their virtual programs for people looking to change their relationship with alcohol. You can read more about the company here and see their segment on GMA from a few weeks ago here. Our mantra at NextView is to “ design the future we want to live in ”. That is particularly true in the case of Monument. Alcohol abuse is an enormous societal problem with far reaching economic consequences.

10 Marketing Strategies To Drive Exponential Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I see plenty of startups focusing on building an innovative product, but I’m looking for the few who are also leading with an exponential growth strategy, to put them in the category of the next Amazon or Google. Traditional marketing may be adequate for linear growth, but it likely won’t catapult you to Amazon’s unicorn status , or make waves in the business world.

New Normal: A conversation with Jeff Robertson of Maxar Technologies

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. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

How To Build Your Brand’s Visibility With Instagram Videos


Whether you’re uploading to your story or on IGTV, Instagram videos are a great way to increase your brand visibility and attract new customers. You can do anything with a video; advertise a product, make the customers laugh, appeal to their emotions, or even partner up with an influencer to get more product exposure. Today, we’re going to cover some tips for increasing your brand’s visibility by using Instagram videos.

Video 153

Techstars Entrepreneurship & Mental Health Series

Feld Thoughts

Techstars just released a 4-part original video series on entrepreneurship and mental health. I’m featured in one of the four short (< 10 minute) videos. If there was ever a moment in time that challenged our individual and collective mental health, it’s the Covid crisis. When Techstars began working on this project last year, the focus was on increasing awareness of the issues around mental health and entrepreneurship.

Why You Need To Look Beyond Big Data For Future Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

We are now solidly in the era of big data , where computers are capturing and processing the details of everything we do with all our interconnected devices in real time. Businesses see this as the Holy Grail for finally being able to predict who, where, and when customers will buy their existing solutions, and what their future solutions must look like to be attractive. According to recent estimates , ninety percent of the data in the world today was captured in the last two years, at roughly 2.5

5 Powerful Productivity Hacks For Ambitious Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

If you consistently have a hard time getting important things done, consider these five productivity hacks to get more done and boost profits. Lead personal development productivity productivity tips

How Should You Present Your Business – Casual Or Not?


*This content is sponsored . There is many things to consider when starting your own business. It is not enough to just have an amazing product – it will not sell itself. Depending on your business, you might want a cool website and social media presence. Also, it matters how you present yourself outwards. Both as a business and as a person. Innovate your business style with stylish Michael Kors ladies watches. . Business or casual?

What Day Is It?

Feld Thoughts

Amy just walked in to our shared office (the “Library”) and said something about it being Tuesday. It’s gloomy in Colorado today. For the past few years, the month of May has been more like Seattle weather than Colorado weather, so while spring is transitioning into summer, heavy clouds hang over us. I seem to have two types of days right now. Type 1 is what happens between Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Zoom call after Zoom call. Lots of exogenous stress and anxiety.

5 Keys To Vetting Investors Before You Accept Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels.

How Not to Get Your Time Wasted by VCs

This is going to be BIG.

VCs are notorious for kicking tires. VCs take a meeting just to learn about an area. If deal flow is slow, a VC will take a meeting if you and your team seem mildly interesting even if your product isn’t. Sometimes, if you seem well connected to other founders or VCs, that will get you a meeting—because you don’t want to miss something everyone else has seen.

Why Public Relations Should Be Part Of Your Business Plan


Public Relations (PR) involves efforts to raise the profile of your company, manage your reputation, and build relationships with key people or organizations to attract customers and increase sales. The primary aim of public relations is to inform or raise awareness among the general public and gain appropriate media coverage. A business plan relates to formulating smart goals and indicating the possible course of action to achieve those goals.

Supporting the $1K Project

Feld Thoughts

A month ago, Alex Iskold emailed me about a new initiative that he started with Minda Brusse and a group of 20 volunteers called the $1K Project. The mission of the $1K Project is to help families impacted by the pandemic by connecting them directly with sponsors who are willing to gift them $1k a month for three months. This is intended as a bridge until government funding shows up, people can get back to work, or figure out another source of funding.

Oregon 115

How to Conduct a Market Analysis in a Crisis

Up and Running

Clearly, doing market analysis in a crisis involves some serious challenges. Suddenly all of our steady assumptions have changed. Businesses are closed. Unemployment has skyrocketed. And nobody knows for sure how long the crisis will last. . In the meantime, as business owners, we are still making business decisions. Some of them are critical to remain operational and must be made immediately. Others depend on market analysis. .

Self-Care: Why It’s Not Working For You

YFS Magazine

The answers to your breakthrough starts here. Making our own path sounds familiar, right? If there’s anyone who can figure this out –– we can. Editor Picks health and wellness mental health pandemic personal development personal growth self care

Marketing Advice For Small Businesses During COVID-19


Trying to market your business through the unforeseen circumstances that COVID-19 has presented can feel like an impossible task. However, if you want your business to stay afloat, marketing now is more important than ever. If you stop marketing your business, it could dry up, and this will leave you in a pretty sticky situation. . Below, you’ll find marketing advice designed for small businesses during COVID-19: Keep Everyone Updated.

Celebrate Governor Polis’s Birthday With Me

Feld Thoughts

On May 14th at 5:30pm, a group of us are going to have a virtual birthday party for Colorado Governor Jared Polis. I’m co-chairing the party with my wife Amy Batchelor, my partner Seth Levine, his wife Greeley Sachs, and our friends Mo and Jennifer Siegel. Congressman Joe Neguse is joining as a special birthday guest as his birthday is the next day. Jared always does a fundraiser on his birthday. This year, it’s for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.

How to Write a Business Plan for a Retail Clothing Boutique

Up and Running

You have always had flair when it comes to your personal style. You have an eye for picking out the best pieces, and you know how to tailor your taste to different people. You know you could put together a unique product line and draw in customers if you were to open your own retail clothing boutique. Now it’s time to write a business plan to officially bring your style to the world. Is it really necessary to write a business plan for your retail clothing boutique? The short answer is yes.

Start Your Business In These Four Emerging Tech Hubs

YFS Magazine

Where will you start your new business venture? Here's a look at four emerging tech hubs around the world worth considering. Plan recommended starting a business startup advice startup cities technology

7 Tips To Keep Your Business Afloat During COVID-19


by Athan Slotkin, The Shadow CEO. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has already hit small businesses hard. What’s worse is that some experts are saying this is only the beginning. Whether or not the pandemic ends within a month or a year, small business owners need to be ready to buckle down, reassess, and even make changes to their business strategy in order to weather the storm (and beyond). Here are seven best pieces of advice for anyone running their own business right now.

Reopening Your Business In Colorado

Feld Thoughts

Energize Colorado , working with Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), has just released business templates that offer best practices, direction, and information on how businesses can restart operations safely and effectively. These templates are based on OEDIT’s recommendations along with input from Kroger who has been a leader in evolving better practices as an essential business.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project. Each story is different though the reasons may be the same. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each and brand.

The Ultimate Guide for Starting and Running a Business at Home

Up and Running

You’ve likely felt the impact of COVID-19 over the last month or so. Whether that’s meant adjusting to working from home, being furloughed, or maybe even being let go, it’s been a dynamic shift with no clear end in sight. For those of you now at home, while it may not look like it, now is as good a time as any to consider starting a business. . Remote work and home-based businesses have slowly become a regular aspect of the modern-day workforce.

Lessons From The Arctic Circle To Regulate Emotions During The Pandemic 


by Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey, authors of “ Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers “ As Tabitha and Amanda walk out onto the sea ice, testing their snowshoes in the soft snow, it’s apparent Amanda isn’t comfortable. Tabitha marches ahead about 30 yards and turns to find Amanda stopped in her tracks. Tabitha appears to be urging her on, but Amanda shakes her head. Tabitha: “Come on Amanda, it’s fine. Don’t worry.”.

Our Investment in Meru Health – and Others

Feld Thoughts

We just announced our investment in Meru Health. If you recognize Meru Health , it’s because I wrote about it in January as part of my explanation of Freestyle’s Leadership on Mental Health. I highlighted what Josh Felser and his team at Freestyle were doing, which included underwriting 100% of the cost for two programs – Meru Health and Hoffman Institute , for all of their founders. We got to know Kristian Ranta and his team at Meru Health through Josh.

Getting to the Other Side: Music

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The best governments can do to help pull us out of an economic crisis is create conditions favorable for economic recovery. It takes entrepreneurs to actually do the work that can get the economy growing and take us to “the other side.” ” When looking back, this has been true for every economic recovery since the […]. The post Getting to the Other Side: Music appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.

Michel Ruiz Provides a Needed Diversion: Interview with KaviAR Tech

The Startup Magazine

With over a billion consumer and business users, augmented reality harnesses the power of the smartphone used by nearly 45% of the world’s population. Michel Ruiz, co-founder and CEO of KaviAR Tech, an augmented reality company headquartered in Paris, shares insights on his startup, how people, brands and companies will benefit from AR, and how it will change the world. Who is KaviAR Tech?

5 Tips for Pitching Investors Remotely In The Time Of Coronavirus


by Rizwan Virk, author of “ Startup Myths and Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business School “ Now that almost everyone is working from home, startup founders looking to raise money from investors will need to do so remotely. In fact, in-person pitches may now be a thing of the past. As both an individual investor and venture capitalist, I’ve taken a lot of remote pitches since the shelter-in-place order started.

IP 131

a16z Podcast: Growth in Turbulent Times

Andreessen Horowitz

In normal times, every company operates against some hypothetical growth model—a data-driven framework that describes how your product grows and how you acquire new users. These, of course, are not normal times. In the fallout from the pandemic, most founders … The post a16z Podcast: Growth in Turbulent Times appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. marketplaces online communities Uncategorized coronavirus

Circular Advice from the SBA

VC Adventure

Quick preface to this note. I’m not your lawyer and I’m not giving legal advice. . As I wrote about at the beginning of the week, the SBA has made a mess of the Payroll Protection Program. Yes, there are some challenges to parts of the structure of the program , but I was referring in that post to the SBAs implementation of the program and the varied guidance they’ve given since the program’s launch.

SBA 62