2013

Frameworks Round 2

TechEmpower

Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous. We received comments, recommendations, advice, criticism, questions, and most importantly pull requests from dozens of readers and developers.

Don’t Fight Depression

Feld Thoughts

As 2013 comes to an end, I feel some relief that what has been a difficult and confusing year is almost behind me. I mark the year boundary with my birthday (12/1) so December is an “unwind” month for me.

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Of Oracle and Decathlons

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In two seperate venues this week I saw Oracle execs, Thomas Kurian (in front of customers) and Steve Miranda (in front of analysts) passionately and articulately talk about cloud computing. Thomas talked about the speed clouds bring citing a Herbalife

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An MVP is not a Cheaper Product, It’s about Smart Learning

Steve Blank

A minimum viable product (MVP) is not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief. Drones over the Heartland.

10 Entrepreneur Risks Worth Taking in Every Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Being a risk taker in business is not the same as being reckless. Nevertheless, the word “risk” has a negative connotation to most of us, implying danger and possible loss.

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

Both Sides of the Table

CEO transparency. It almost sounds uncontroversial. A CEO should tell her staff everything! Right? Right?!? Of course not. It’s a hard topic to write about because it’s almost an accepted norm that total transparency is good. It is not.

Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Framework Benchmarks. How much does your framework choice affect performance? The answer may surprise you.

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Frameworks Round 1

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You are viewing the first round of web application framework benchmarks. We have since posted a second round and third round that each include community-contributed updates. Check out the new stand-alone framework benchmarks site if you are interested in the latest and most accurate data.

Framework Benchmarks Round 8

TechEmpower

Merry Christmas web framework performance aficionados! What better way to celebrate the holidays than by cheering on your favorites as they race through a variety of application fundamentals in the biggest web platform grudge match of the season? We certainly can''t think of anything more festive.

10 Tips On How To Stay Focused Through The Coming Year

YoungUpstarts

by Robert Morris, NinjaEssays.com. We are wrapping up another year, so it’s time to review the 12 months that passed and start thinking of ways to improve ourselves and our lives in the year that comes.

Frameworks Round 5

TechEmpower

We have posted Round 5 of our ongoing project measuring the performance of web application frameworks and platforms. In this round, we''re very happy to announce that a community member has contributed tests for ASP.NET running on native Windows.

Humans and Robots Dancing in the Tesla Model S Factory

Feld Thoughts

My partner Jason Mendelson sent me a five minute video from Wired that shows how a Telsa Model S is built. I watched from my condo in downtown Boulder as the sun was coming up and thought some of the images were as beautiful a dance as I’ve ever seen.

Infor: a grown-up stealth start-up

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I have known Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor for going on 2 decades now. He was a polymath way before I wrote a book celebrating them. He has computer science and law degrees in addition to an MBA. He is. Enterprise Software (other vendors

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets.

10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. It was based on an excellent book I had just read by Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor (his wife).

Frameworks Round 6

TechEmpower

July marks the fourth month of our ongoing project measuring the performance of web application frameworks and platforms.

Framework Benchmarks Round 7

TechEmpower

Happy Halloween fans of web development frameworks! After a several-month hiatus, Round 7 of our project measuring the performance of web application frameworks and platforms is available! Round 7 includes many new framework test implementations contributed by the community.

Frameworks Round 3

TechEmpower

We''ve previously posted two rounds of results of benchmarking many web application platforms and frameworks. The community''s response remains strong! We have really enjoyed your comments, advice, questions, criticism, and pull requests.

Everything about Java 8

TechEmpower

The following post is a comprehensive summary of the developer-facing changes coming in Java 8. This next iteration of the JDK is currently scheduled for general availability in September 2013. At the time of this writing, Java 8 development is still very much in progress. Language features and APIs may still change. I'll do my best to keep this document up to date.

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Building Startup Communities to Last

Feld Thoughts

One of my heroes is Jim Collins. Of all books that I’ve ever read about business, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t are two of the most important ones I’ve ever read.

Rally Gives $1.3 Million To The Boulder Community

Feld Thoughts

My day started out great. After getting up at 5, having a delightful run at 6, walking Brooks, and then hanging with Amy for four minutes, I got in my car and drove over to Rally Software for their Big 1% Give Back event.

$200,000 For Colorado Startup Community Activities and Events

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited to announce the launch of the Colorado Startup Community Fund. This is a $200,000 fund for providing financing to support activities, events, and organizations in the Colorado startup community.

The Real Deal: Chip Coyle on Rebranding a Software Company

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This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. The software industry is relatively young and there are few John Deeres which have revised its logo every few decades. So when I. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

How to get meetings with people too busy to see you

Steve Blank

Asking, “Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?” is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule. Here’s a better approach. —— Jason, an entrepreneur I’ve known for over a decade, came out to the ranch today.

Baby Boomers Are Surpassing Gen-Y As Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what most of you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity over the last few years is not Gen-Y young upstarts, but Baby Boomers in the 55-64 year age group.

How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

Both Sides of the Table

We all get a lot of email. And we send off scores of them, too. For important emails we hope for replies or action. If you do the math on the number of inbound emails you get multiplied by the time it would take to read them all and respond to those that expect a reply you would be astounded.

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Problem Solving Versus Empathy

Feld Thoughts

A classical relationship problem is the dichotomy between solving a problem and providing empathy. If you really want to understand this, spend two minutes and watch the awesome “It’s Not About The Nail” video below.

The One Trillion Reasons To Rethink How Higher Education Funding Works

Feld Thoughts

Last night at dinner I got into a conversation with Greg Gottesman about the trillion dollars of student loans outstanding in the United States. Greg pointed me to this awesome TEDx Talk that he did recently on the topic.

I Am Enough

Feld Thoughts

I received a bunch of great comments and responses to my post Be Vulnerable. Several people asked if I was inspired by Brené Brown’s TEDxHouston talk in 2010. I hadn’t ever seen it so I watched it last night.

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists. This was my reward (I got to choose) since she watched both football games yesterday (and today).

Feld / Calacanis Interview on This Week In Startups

Feld Thoughts

I always enjoy hanging out with Jason Calacanis. We first met in the mid-1990s when Jason was hanging out in NY doing Silicon Alley Reporter. I can’t remember who initially introduced us – it was probably Fred Wilson. We covered a lot in the hour+ interview for This Week In Startups.

Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

Grasshopper Herder

More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. In doing so, they are failing at the most basic level.

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Why Am I Forbidden From Using My iPhone In US Immigration Areas?

Feld Thoughts

I’m in the Little Rock airport on my way home. After having an abysmal travel day yesterday that started off at 5:30am with me being detained By U.S.

In Search of Digital Excellence

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When Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG invited me to help with his book The Digital Enterprise: The Moves and Motives of the Digital Leaders, he invoked Tom Peters and his best seller In Search of Excellence. Karl-Heinz said we.

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Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

Steve Blank

The greatest number of jobs is created when startups create a new market – one where the product or service never existed before or is radically more convenient. Yet this is where startups will run into anti-innovation opponents they may not expect.

Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far.