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Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It helps that I’ve been […] VC & Technology The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done. It helps that I’ve been working in the VC sector a long time and understand a fair bit about VC firms and how they invest.

The Academy For Software Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the comments (where the good stuff happens), a Google engineer told me to go down to Stuyvesant High School and meet a teacher named Mike Zamansky who had taught him to write code in high school.  So began my quest to see more computer science and software engineering in the NYC public school system.  The Academy Of Software Engineering is not a "specialized school." hacking education NYC Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

Great Entrepreneurs Sell Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. They have forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they eliminate.

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Marc Andreessen

I will donate the prize money to charitable programs that help spread the culture and foundational knowledge of engineering — such as scholarships and summer programs for engineering students. I firmly believe our field’s best days are still ahead of us, and I can’t wait to see what the next generation of engineers will accomplish. Filed under: Andreessen Horowitz , Philanthropy , Programming , Technology , Web/Tech.

It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years.

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? Human Engineering Business model canvas Getsatisfaction kampyle SnapBug Tenderapp UserVoice Vijul EI

Top 25 Technology Blogs In 2016 You Need To Follow

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s the time when technological science is growing. JEREMIAH OWYANG Jeremiah Owyang is a social media industry analyst, speaker, and a leading voice at the intersection of technology and business. in Instructional Systems Technology.

Create a Referral Engine That Works Every Day

Duct Tape Marketing

Create a Referral Engine That Works Every Day written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Many of the ideas in this post receive even more coverage in my Wall St Journal best-seller – The Referral Engine. Referrals Referral Engine

The Top 5 Technologies That 'Star Wars' Failed To Predict, According To Engineers

Inc Startups

Some engineers say that the Star Wars series lacks vision. No, really

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

On "Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed", a research by Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that "85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human. [[ This is a content summary only. Human Engineering Business model canvas Getsatisfaction kampyle SnapBug Tenderapp UserVoice Vijul

A Great Graduation Speech For Engineers And Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

My friend Krista Marks (now at Disney – which acquired her first company – Kerpoof ) sent me a copy of the graduation speech she gave at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing on May 8th. I asked her if I could reprint it here – it’s applicable to any engineer or future entrepreneur, not just recent college graduates. In 1989, I graduated with degree in Electrical Engineering from the USC.

How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

firstround.com

Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google. First Round Capital.

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Startups Must Tout Market Needs Before Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his pitch by touting his new technology. He has forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they hope to eliminate.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster.

Rehabilitating the Arrogant Engineer

Scott Weiss

Amongst all the stories, pictures of his family, doctor interactions and discussion of his dreams and his illness, Randy said very clearly to all computer science engineers: The key to innovation is that teams beat individuals. But Randy also knew this wasn’t easy because many great engineers have serious deficiencies when it comes to working well with others. I’ve had the privilege of spending my entire career in technology surrounded by wicked smart engineers.

The Case for Why Marketing Should Have Its Own Engineers

Redeye VC

It’s one of those technology experiences that takes on something huge and makes it effortless as if by magic. Today, he runs the marketing team like an independent agency within the organization complete with its own engineers — a strategy he highly recommends for small teams that need to get a lot done fast. Knewton isn’t an easy product to explain.

7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers

OnStartups

While companies fight tooth and nail over engineers with MIT or Stanford degrees with years of experience, as CTO of designer pages, my best hires were consistently entry-level developers that I developed on the job. Great companies need great engineers who want to solve complex problems.

WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News WP Engine, founded in 2010 at Capital Factory, has 150 employees in Austin and it’s hiring. And WP Engine has just opened a San Antonio office at Geekdom, a technology incubator and coworking […] The post WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio Austin Wordpress hosting WP Engine

B2B Marketing in 2014: Content + Technology

VC Cafe

A new wave of Israeli marketing technology startups, including Insightera (acquired by Marketo), Kenshoo , Tracx , Oktopost and others are helping CMOs get more bang for their digital buck. The emphasis on technology has changed the perception of the CMO.

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Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. Because more technology people probably read startup blogs I’m guessing this post will come under more scrutiny.

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How To Reduce Startup Risk Using Existing Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business which builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There is always time later for your next startup, using that disruptive technology of your dreams.

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. The engineering person builds the product or manages the team that builds the product, or both. Other issues start cropping up and the engineering team has to focus on them.

The Engineer Exchange Program

Code as Craft

Twitter and Etsy are working together on a new project to help our engineers learn from each others’ practices, with the idea of making both of our engineering teams better as a result. This week, one of Etsy’s Staff Engineers is traveling to San Francisco to spend a week at Twitter, observing and helping out, learning what Twitter does particularly well, and seeing differences that may reinforce or refute beliefs we’ve held as core. engineering people philosophy

The never-ending technology hype cycle

deal architect

They say they have streamlined the mortgage loan process and it is “engineered to amaze”. Quicken Loans says it has 30 years of lending experience and closed more than $140 billion in mortgage loans in 2013-2014.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

It was an exercise in reverse engineering. Some product managers might be more technical, working on feature requirements and interfacing with the engineering team, while others might be more like brand managers who are the GM of their brands. Breaking Open Experiential Learning Mentoring Teaching Venture Capital & TechnologyI run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup.

The Big Picture Trumps Technology Every Time

Startup Professionals Musings

This may seem counter-intuitive to technologists, especially in an era when technology seems to be driving the world. Yet the sad truth is that a technology not focused on a real problem is not a business, and will probably fail in the marketplace. Examples that come to mind include satellite phones, the Segway PT vehicle, hydrogen fueled auto engines, and many more. Experts in technology might thus only understand twenty percent of what they need to succeed in business.

Leaders in Indoor Location Positioning technology

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

What technologies are attracting the most attention? Many big companies have been researching this technology for years. Here is a quick look at some of the players and where they fit in the technology stack. Who are the big players innovating in Indoor Location and Positioning?

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 2006/07 when I sold my company and then worked at Salesforce.com there were very few options in SF for technology folk to build their careers at big, growing companies. Technology innovation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. And sci-fi writers are but one example of the way society impacts technology. And it is one of the reasons that NYC is developing a vibrant technology community. And sound engineers.

Case Study: Resolving Airline Engineering Issues Using Videoconferencing

YoungUpstarts

Airline engineering issues arise due to lack of oversight; methods used for risk management and the use of temporary employees and outsourced specialists. We offer videoconferencing services that can bring airline engineers together online to resolve issues and discuss the industry.

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

www.bothsidesofthetable.com

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. About Me.

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9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year

Up and Running

The technology world is moving fast. See Also Study Shows Business Owners Investing in Technology in 2015. See Also How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded. What technology is integral to keep your business running smoothly?

Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers

OnlyOnce

Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers. The sad story of its sinking seems to have several potential causes, but one is noteworthy both in terms of engineering and leadership. Likely cause #1: after the ship was designed and construction was under way, the King overruled the engineers and added much heavier cannons on the upper armament deck. Tags: Business Leadership Technology engineers QA Stockholm Sweden Vasa Royal Warship

A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs

View from Seed

Below, he answers questions about developing products from scratch, as well as the difficult technology choices and tradeoffs CTOs must make. NVV: When do you start thinking about technology choices and what you’ll use to build something?

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Search Engine Optimization Algorithm Changes For 2017

YoungUpstarts

Search engine optimization is a practice used to help your website rank higher in the search results fields of major search engines. These prediction software technologies have been amazingly accurate in predicting the latest SEO practices.

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The Future of Wearable Technology

Inc Startups

While geeks accepted wearable technology first, will the general public get on board? We’re at the dawn of a new industry loosely called "wearable technology" that may have reached $4.6 Organized sports are a major outlet for the technology already.

Technology and Inventions Don’t Make a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The honest answer is that ideas and new technologies are worth nothing, outside the context of a specific business plan that meets a market need for a fair price. Invention is the process of creating a new technology. Business innovation is turning technology into money."

Resilience Engineering #2: Drift

Active Garage

Last week introduced resilience engineering and started with two critical concepts, robustness and resilience , with robust systems being unchanged but pushed to provide performance in a challenging environment and resilient systems adapting to the challenge and evolving.

“Engineering is not enough"

ArcticStartup

It was at times hard to get to get your voice heard at Nokia, which made having user-centered approach in heart challenging at times – Sometimes we were just running after technology while trying to for instance a certain megapixel camera on the device.