2014

Framework Benchmarks Round 9

TechEmpower

The latest round of our ongoing Framework Benchmarks project is now available! Round 9 updates several test implementations and introduces a new test environment using modern server hardware.

Discontinuing SAP coverage

deal architect

Couple of years ago I asked SAP to take me off their events list. I kept asking questions and not really getting answers from its executives and I felt like a jerk writing lukewarm or negative blog posts after being. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

10 Keys To Success When Turning To Entrepreneurship

Startup Professionals Musings

As the economy recovers 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.

Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

View from Seed

This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Lee’s posts also appear regularly on View From Seed. Subscribe here for more. Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital.

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”. Book of Five Rings. A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —-.

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam , led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry , announced a $10 million round of financing.

What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

Grasshopper Herder

When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups. After I read Four Steps to the Epiphany, there was only one: Get out of the building and talk to customers!

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Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. So I promised that I would provide a follow-up after the session.

ERP Mayberry

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“No stock footage here” Remarked Plex CEO Jason Blessing about the video about various shop floors at customer sites which kicked off his user conference, PowerPlex yesterday. Actually he need not have used any footage at all. He had 900. Industry Commentary

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One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second. We understand their excitement is about the performance of their load balancer 1.

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Happy Birthday, Blog

deal architect

My blogs are celebrating their 9th birthdays – Deal Architect this month, its younger sibling New Florence in March. Together, they represent my longest “book” – 9,000 posts long. It’s been quite a run. In many ways they are ying.

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Plex a nuanced version of 2 Tier ERP

deal architect

The concept of 2 (or 3) Tier ERP is certainly not new. Platinum (now Epicor), J. D Edwards (now Oracle), and more recently NetSuite have for decades gone to large, typically multi-national companies and convinced them to adopt their software. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You

Startup Professionals Musings

Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups. There’s been lots written about how companies need to be more innovative, but very little on what stops them from doing so.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam.

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

For marketing early startups: Deep, not wide

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Watch a bunch of interviews of founders of successful companies, and here’s what you don’t hear: We tried eight different marketing channels — AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media, events, retargeting, SEO, guest-posting, PR, and so on.

The Real Deal: Jon Reed on Young Technologists in a changing Man-Machine world

deal architect

This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. From Google’s driverless cars to Amazon’s delivery drones, it would be silly to pretend machines are not taking over many activities humans have. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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Everything that glitters.is not digital

deal architect

OK, so I admit. I write books about Digital Enterprises, I prefer digital banking, mobile travel sites, GPS navigation over paper maps, self service airline check-in and grocery store check-out. I will take a digital route way before a paper/people/process. Business Process "Angioplasty

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Digital 2.0

deal architect

Last summer when I started to interview executives for the Karl-Heinz Streibich book, The Digital Enterprise, I presumed most would talk to me about how they are using social, mobile, analytical and cloud computing in their industries and countries.

Happy 10th, Deal Architect

deal architect

Filing quarterly corporate taxes I came across Deal Architect’s incorporation papers. Happy (belated) birthday! It’s a good time to thank so many for the decade: Many consulting clients of the company - you have trusted us with many leading edge, Industry Commentary

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Infor: Design+Value

deal architect

I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also signs. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

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The 7 Attributes of People Who Get Things Done

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim , former co-founder of Web 1.0 success story Blackboard and veteran entrepreneur who’s held several COO and president roles at various startups. Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title.

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Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank

Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods.

The Silent Benefits of PR

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly. I have written many times about PR so if you want a deep dive on the “how” of PR you may enjoy reading some of these posts.

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Lean Enterprise & Innovation Ecosystems

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup + Enterprise = Lean Enterprise. Comparing an enterprise to a startup is like comparing an ocean to a dolphin. They simply don’t equate. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups innovation ecosystem lean ecosystem lean enterprise

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The Lindy Effect on startup potential

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs.

Managing Virtual Teams – Top 5 Tips

YoungUpstarts

Virtual team management can get a whole lot easier when you apply the right tips and tools. Truthfully, managing a virtual team is a whole lot of work and has more challenges than just psyching yourself up to get out of those nightclothes and into something snappy.

10 Barriers To Change That Limit Entrepreneur Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who think the most creatively, not only in their initial product or service, but more importantly all through the stages of growth from startup to maturity.

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Most attention goes to tech companies ranging from Google to Genentech, but some non-tech companies like FedEx and Starbucks also raised VC early in their lives.

Do You Have The Commitment To Succeed In Business?

Startup Professionals Musings

We’ve all heard the old joke “In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.” This quote epitomizes the true essence of commitment. We all know at least one small business owner who claims to committed, but seems to treat the business like a part-time hobby.

Let your customers do the talking

deal architect

I get way too many PR pitches where I am offered to talk to an exec of a vendor or one of its partner firms. When I ask instead to speak to some customers the answer is some variation of. Industry Commentary

How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

Feld Thoughts

Guest Post By William Hertling – williamhertling.com (Author). William Hertling is a web strategist, programmer, father, short-order cook and the author of two award-winning and best-selling techothrillers: Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than It Appears and A.I. Apocalypse.

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Hiring Writers at Your Startup? Scrap Your Usual Approach

View from Seed

The best writer I ever hired at a startup wasn’t a former journalist. He wasn’t a former marketer or a former teacher or even a former liberal arts major. The best writer I ever hired at a startup didn’t have a resume.

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The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it. —— The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently.