Framework Benchmarks Round 10


Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! It has been a little less than a year since the previous round and in that time, approximately 133 contributors have made 2,835 git commits.


Feld Thoughts

The current usage of the word unicorn makes me tired. I could rant about it for a while, but that would make me tired of myself ranting about it.

Plex Systems: Celebrating Makers

deal architect

During a plant tour on Wednesday, I was asked if most vendors organized such visits for analysts. I had to confess I have been to data centers, call centers, R&D labs but not to many factory visits. Most ERP vendors. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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The VC Meeting Map: What to Expect After a Successful First Pitch

View from Seed

Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck , how to run the meeting , etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process?

6 Startup Strategies That Turn Off Most Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling.

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What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles.

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Don’t Let Your Alarm Clock Stifle Your Productivity


by Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group. Nobody likes the sound of an abrupt morning alarm dragging you from a blissful slumber and shoving you unmercifully into a new day.

One Lean Startup Experiment Per Week

Grasshopper Herder

The faster we can go around the Build-Measure-Learn loop, the faster we validate our business model. So how fast is fast enough? Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship lean-enterprise

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How To Secure A Lead Investor


By Paula Taas, Founder Institute. You’ve created an amazing founding team, you’ve built a brilliant product that has been gaining a lot of traction, and now you’re looking to expand your company. How do you continue to build your business? By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round.

Something New Is F *d Up In My World Every Day

Feld Thoughts

This is one of my favorite lines to use to explain the business life I live. When asked what it’s like to be a partner in a VC firm, be on a bunch of boards, and have a continuous stream of random interaction come my way, I like to level set my reality. It’s simple.

Foundry Group Urges Boulder To VOTE NO on 300 and 301

Feld Thoughts

This year’s local election in Boulder is a critical one. The city that we love risks shutting its doors.

Bruce J. Rogow on SAP Nation

deal architect

Bruce J. Rogow is the closest to a Yoda in the IT Industry. With his background at Nolan, Norton, then Gartner, now as principal at IT Odyssey (where he crisscrosses the country in his car visiting CIOs and cataloging their. Industry Commentary SAP Nation Book


Flowchart: How a Seed VC Makes Investment Decisions

View from Seed

note: In 2013, Rob Go published a flowchart articulating his VC decision making process. Below, we’ve updated that graphic with new information in order to stay current and provide more context and transparency around each node.

Entrepreneurs Who Improve Society Make More Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion.

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

Both Sides of the Table

Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard.

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What You Can Learn About Digital Storytelling From The Van Gogh Museum


Earlier in May, I visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. It was an exceptional visit. It prompted me to visit Arles and St. Remy where Van Gogh lived and created his wonderful masterpieces. Brands that connect not only make us feel good in the moment, they also make us react emotionally.

$1 Million At 25: How My Business Made Someone A Millionaire


by Paul Scolardi is the CEO of Super Trades LLC. When it comes to finding financial success, so many people focus on having to build their financial portfolio for years and years and to wait decades until they can make the money they want and live the life they have always wanted to have.

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That Didn’t Need To Take An Hour

Feld Thoughts

Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” ” In my world, I have an endless stream of requests to do something for an hour.

The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies


With all the news about hundred million dollar rounds and billion dollar valuations, it can be hard not to look at the world of entrepreneurship and angel investing as a thrilling ride that only has one stop: success.

Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad

Feld Thoughts

It’s late Saturday night after an awesome day in Las Vegas with my dad. We are doing our annual father-son weekend, where we head out on Friday somewhere he wants to go and return Sunday afternoon.

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Outlook on My iPhone

Feld Thoughts

A year ago if you had suggested that I’d be using Microsoft Outlook on my iPhone instead of the Apple Mail app, I would have said, simply, “No F **g Way.” ” And I would have been wrong. It’s kind of like chocolate in my peanut butter.

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Oracle Cloud: The Quest for Operational Excellence

deal architect

Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle pointed out during this week’s Cloud Summit that consumer tech spending has caught up to enterprise tech spending, and is accelerating. Enterprise tech spending, in contrast, is under all kinds of pressure. He did not.

Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

View from Seed

Editor’s note: Unlike the Ubers and Airbnbs of the tech startup world, seed-stage companies don’t typically have the valuations, awareness, or traction typically associated with press coverage.

8 Battle Strategies Every Business Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how. —– Lean Innovation Management.

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Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

Both Sides of the Table

Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time.

11 Best Social Media Tools For Small Businesses And Individuals


Creating a brand presence on all major social platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn has become a must for businesses irrespective of their size. But does it all end at fancy social profiles or does social media marketing run deeper? I say, the latter.

How Search Engine Optimization Can Bring You More Clients


by On Yavin , founder and CEO of Exactive Marketing LTD. If you’re planning to be competitive in today’s business climate, you can’t afford to overlook the trends and opportunities of the ever-evolving digital age.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors

Feld Thoughts

When I wrote Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors with Mahendra Ramsinghani, our goal was to help entrepreneurs understand how to create an excellent board of directors, manage it effectively, and get optimal value out of it.

Ben Mezrich’s New Book – Q

Feld Thoughts

I am an enormous Ben Mezrich fan – I’ve read almost everything he’s every written. So it’s mind-bendingly exciting to me that he decided to publish his latest work of fiction, titled Q , with our publishing company FG Press.

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Startup Opportunities Book Tour, Presented by Intuit QuickBooks

Feld Thoughts

Sean Wise, my co-author for my next book, Startup Opportunities , is a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. When we first started writing this book in late 2013, we knew that we were going to do both a United States tour and a Canadian book tour.

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The ROI of Innovation

Grasshopper Herder

As product managers, we are often asked a single question when we propose a new product: What’s the Return on Investment? There has to be a Return on Investment (ROI) or we can’t get funding for the project.

Measuring Simple

deal architect

I ran into a Gartner colleague at an airport last week. He’s more of an infrastructure analyst but asked me about SAP Nation. Within 5 minutes of listening to me he said “sounds like cloud computing will collapse that large. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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What Is Venture Debt and How Should Startups Use It?

View from Seed

There’s been a lot of digital ink spilled around the various types of capital available to startups today. At NextView, for instance, one of our more popular posts centers on atypical seed rounds to know. Today, we wanted to share some basics of another source of capital: venture debt.

6 Growth Barriers Most Startups Don’t See Coming

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve.