2012

Changing How We Think About Education

Feld Thoughts

On Friday I spent three hours at Tufts University meeting with Chris Rogers and a few of his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

The City of Orlando and the Workday contract

deal architect

The Orlando Sentinel ran a story “Vendors complain after Orlando spends $ 8.7m on software without bids” I sent the reporter and the Editor this email “I read your article and would like to share some reactions. I am a. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

9 Deadliest Start-up Sins

Steve Blank

magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from The Startup Owner’s Manual , the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains.

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10 Reasons Why Now Is A Great Time To Be A Woman In Business

YoungUpstarts

by Vickie Milazzo, author of “ Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman “. The legend goes that prior to becoming the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina (now former CEO of HP) stuffed her pants with socks for a male-dominated meeting. Her message was clear: “I have everything it takes to compete.”

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The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

Feld Thoughts

The first cycle of The Microsoft Accelerator , powered by TechStars , is in its final run up to demo day.

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An Amazing Rendition of Dark Side of the Moon

Feld Thoughts

Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite album of all time. When I was a sophomore in college, I had an early NAD CD player. I put Dark Side of the Moon on at the beginning of the fall semester, pressed repeat, then play, and listened.

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Getting President Obama To Play With Your Product

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, President Obama was in Boulder. The guys at Orbotix showed up and got him to play around with a Sphero. Watch the video (it’s pretty awesome) and then I’ll tell you the story of how they made it happen.

The Power of a Deadline

Feld Thoughts

If you’ve ever shipped anything, you understand the power of a deadline.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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The Real Deal: Praveen Desai on Gamification in an Enterprise Context

deal architect

This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Praveen Desai, in Cognizant Application Services (CAS) who works closely on innovation projects with the Office of the CIO. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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10 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Beat the Odds

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?

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption , the need for continuous innovation , globalization and regulation.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

15 Ways Parents Can Promote Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

These days, the traditional path of getting a good education and going to work in the corporate world isn’t always the best way to find success.

FAKEGRIMLOCK’s Guest Lecture At Harvard Business School

Feld Thoughts

FAKEGRIMLOCK showed up recently at HBS to give a short lecture on Minimum Viable Personality. In Grimspeak, IT AWESOME.

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Kauffman Sketchbook on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

I just finished up at Thinc Iowa and am heading to San Francisco for a few meetings tomorrow. I had an awesome time in the last 24 hours, especially last night hanging out for three hours with 20 or so entrepreneurs at StartupCity in Des Moines.

Marathon Running and Lying Don’t Mix

Feld Thoughts

Boston Marathon, mile 25, Beacon St., 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Success rests in having the courage and endurance and, above all, the will to become the person you were destined to be.” - Dr. George Sheehan.

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AC/VC, Mamalode, and The Missoula Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

On Friday 7/6 I spent the evening in Missoula with a bunch of entrepreneurs. Amy and I were in Missoula for the marathon on Sunday and I decided to do a Meetup talk about Startup Communities.

Robotic Balls Dancing In Union Square

Feld Thoughts

28 Spheros + 1 Boombox. + 4 Android phones = Mind Blown. Wow – have you bought a Sphero for Christmas yet? My Investments orbotix robots sphero

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CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation

SoCal CTO

I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate.

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The Real Deal: Stan Swete on Business Value from SaaS multi-tenancy

deal architect

This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Stan Swete, CTO and VP of Product Strategy at Workday. Besides being one of the best technologists in the. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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How to Succeed in Living the Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

As we recover from some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open.

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next.

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

When you work inside a startup with lots of clever and motivated staff you’re never short of good ideas that you can implement. It’s tempting to take on new projects, new features, new geographies, new speaking opportunities, whatever.

The Only Way to Make Sure You’re Better Off Four Years From Now

YoungUpstarts

by Gregory Downing, author of “ Entrepreneur Unleashed “ The anxiety swirling around the upcoming election is almost palpable. People are agonizing over what the results might mean for job creation, Social Security, healthcare, college tuition, and other hot-button issues.

Startup Iceland Interview With The Brads (Feld and Burnham)

Feld Thoughts

Brad Burnham ( Union Square Ventures ) and I were in Iceland a few weeks ago for the Startup Iceland event. Bala Kamallakharan organized the event and moderated the discussion (and was an amazing host.)

The Day The LOLcats Died

Feld Thoughts

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Build It

Feld Thoughts

During the last few days in Kentucky I was asked some version of the question “how do I get started” a few times. It was usually in the context of “should I write a plan first” or “should I design a full system.”

Games Where The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play

Feld Thoughts

By now the blogosphere, twitterverse, and even mainstream media is abuzz with the absurd decision that Yahoo has made to sue Facebook over ten software patents with the assertion that Facebook’s entire business is based on Yahoo’s patented inventions.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen just put up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community. It’s a short presentation that you can look at below and is a great way to get a lay of the land in the Boulder Startup Community.

Find and Talk to other Startup Founders of Similar Startups

SoCal CTO

One of the recommendations I make all the time to startup founders, is to find other founders who have tackled similar problems as yours and talk to them about how they solved these problems.

East Coast Offense

deal architect

In Walter Isaacson?s s biography of Steve Jobs, Isaacson describes the time that Jobs cold called Wendell Weeks, the CEO of Corning, Inc., to learn about Gorilla Glass (which is now used in more than 500 devices). Weeks? assistant refused to. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

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10 Personal Productivity Mantras For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder feels the pressure of the thousands of things that need to get done, all seemingly at the same time. There is just not enough time! The real solution is better productivity and less procrastination, to put you back in control of your business.

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.