Interviews in Adelaide, Sydney, and Minneapolis

Feld Thoughts

I start with a short one from when I was in Adelaide, then a longer one from Sydney, and wrap it up with what is one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done – this time in Minneapolis with my partner Seth. Technology adelaide feld interview levine minneapolis sydney

Seth Asks Me Difficult Questions in Minneapolis

Feld Thoughts

On Tuesday 8/23, my partner Seth will be doing a Q&A with me at Beta.MN at the Target Plaza Commons in Minneapolis from 5pm – 8:30pm. The post Seth Asks Me Difficult Questions in Minneapolis appeared first on Feld Thoughts. He refuses to discuss anything about the questions he’s going to ask in advance, so I expect it will be spicy. Announcements

What Does Tijuana and Minneapolis Have In Common?

Feld Thoughts

Today we’ve announced that we’ve made new investments in LeadPages (a company in Minneapolis) and 3D Robotics (a company in Tijuana, San Diego, and Berkeley). The post What Does Tijuana and Minneapolis Have In Common? My Investments 3d robotics DevOps leadpages minneapolis tijuana victorops We believe great companies can be created anywhere.

It’s All About The Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

I’m in Minneapolis with my partner Seth. It’s two full days of immersion in the Minneapolis startup community. Venture Capital Entrepreneurship minneapolis TechstarsWe had a meeting at Best Buy headquarters, met with a gang from the Mayo Clinic who drove up from Rochester, spent the afternoon at the Techstars Retail Accelerator which is at Target headquarters, and had dinner with Revolar.

12 Questions: Meet Kate Casey (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

Kate lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects.

48in48 is in Minneapolis this weekend…and I’m not there!

Jeff Hilimire

The 48in48 gang is in Minneapolis this weekend to put on our first ever event in the Twin Cities! The post 48in48 is in Minneapolis this weekend…and I’m not there! My awesome 48in48 team (left to right): Carole, Adam, Gina, and Ethan. This is the second event in 2017 (Boston was the first, and Atlanta and New York are coming up.). What’s 48in48?

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Feld Thoughts

Each is roughly invested 1/3rd into companies in Colorado, 1/3rd into companies in the bay area, and 1/3rd into companies in the rest of the US (Boston, NY, Seattle, LA, Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Yesterday we closed our fifth fund, Foundry Venture Capital 2016, L.P.

Top Conferences In 2015

YoungUpstarts

If you are involved in information architecture then you need to be in Minneapolis from 22 nd to 26 th April. The sixth annual IA Summit is taking place here at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Sphero Available At Brookstone

Feld Thoughts

Minneapolis, MN - 162 Market Street. Sphero is now available in some Brookstone stores around the US. There’s a handy map on the Sphero site and I’ll include a list at the bottom of this post. Occasionally one of you, dear blog reader, will ask if you can do anything for me.

Ants and the Superintelligence

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday I gave two talks in Minneapolis. I’ll start with my bias – I’m very optimistic about the superintelligence. One was to an internal group of Target employees around innovation. In the other, I was interviewed by my partner Seth (for the first time), which was fun since he’s known me for 16 years and could ask unique questions given our shared experiences.

Dell Acquires Enstratius, a Cloud Software Company

SiliconHills

Enstratius, founded in 2008 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dell announced Monday the acquisition of Enstratius, a cloud management software and services provider. helps organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds. It supports more than 20 public and private cloud platforms including OpenStack, VMware, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. “Enstratius is [.]

Scaling Techstars Horizontally

Feld Thoughts

Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target (Minneapolis). There are two common ways to scale a system – horizontally or vertically. If you are a software engineer, you probably get this instinctively. If you don’t know what this is, let’s work with the simple Wikipedia definition which is pretty good. Scale Vertically (or “scale up”): Add resources to a single node in a system, typically involving the addition of CPUs or memory to a single computer.

No Logical Relation Between Employment And Health Care: Kenneth Arrow

YoungUpstarts

by Cara Wick, President of Wick Financial. As healthcare makes headlines, I wish more people listened to Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Joseph Arrow. Born in New York City in 1921, at 51, Mr. Arrow was the youngest person ever to receive the award.

My RAIN Makers Conference Interview

VC Adventure

I have to say I was pretty impressed (and surprised) by the strength of the entrepreneurial community in Minneapolis/St. I spent a couple of days last week out in the Twin Cities at the RAIN Makers Conference.

Driving As A Courier Or Delivery Person

YoungUpstarts

From Minneapolis to Duluth, you have to part with a significant amount of cash to finally get your license. Wherever you live, learning to drive is not cheap.

Today marks the 4th Atlanta 48in48 event! WHAT?!

Jeff Hilimire

2017: Atlanta , New York , Boston , and Minneapolis. This is an incredible day. I can barely wrap my head around it, actually. Almost five years ago, Adam and I hatched a plan to put on a hackathon at Ponce City Market with the goal of building 48 nonprofit websites over a 48 hour period.

Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

While roughly 33% of our investments continue to be in California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a third city to be named in a week or so) and 33% of our investments are in Colorado (primarily Boulder and Denver), we have developed deep networks in many different cities, including Boston, New York, Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis through the other 33% of the investments we’ve made.

6 Unique Real Estate Logos That Can Help You Close The Sale

crowdSPRING Blog

Ovo Minneapolis. Ovo Minneapolis is a company that mostly leases office space in buildings around Minneapolis. Real estate agencies and companies in the real estate industry typically focus on similar things: buying and selling real estate.

I’m giving a talk about 48in48 on June 8th, and I hope you can come!

Jeff Hilimire

This year we’ll be taking the event to four cities – Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and New York. My friend Bobby has a great new blog , and he recently posted, It Has to be Big , which really got me thinking, I’m definitely at a point where, if I’m going to get involved in something, I want it to have the potential to be BIG. To make an impact. To change someone’s life for the better.

Consider these two Atlanta nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

Jeff Hilimire

This year we had events in Boston, Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta. #GivingTuesday is a terrific global cause, focused on helping nonprofits raise money after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here is what the site says about the initiative: #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.)

Shadow Boxing

VC Adventure

It was actually with much of this in mind that I asked Brad to join me on a trip to Minneapolis. I’ve long had a love for the Twin Cities (I went to college there and have been on the LeadPages board now for several years in Minneapolis).

An update

Jeff Hilimire

The team is working hard on our upcoming Minneapolis event! I haven't blogged in a few weeks due mainly to a long vacation my family and I took to Costa Rica, so I thought I'd get back on the train by giving a little update. First off, my family went to Las Catalinas in Costa Rica for a ten day trip that we will never forget. And every day it looked like this: I know, right? :). Meanwhile, Dragon Army has had a phenomenal first half of the year.

How Silicon Valley Influences The UK’s University Spin-out Company Culture

YoungUpstarts

Minneapolis created an incubation centre that drew investment from Google’s Eric Schmidt. Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the world’s technology epicentre. The success of this technology hub has continued to influence global innovators around the world.

48in48 Boston here we come!

Jeff Hilimire

And get this, our event this weekend is the first of four this year (Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York)! I’m boarding a flight in a few hours to Boston, where we will be holding the fourth 48in48 event! I can barely believe we’ve held three of these events already (Atlanta in 2015, and New York + Atlanta in 2016). Each of our events – where we bring 250+ web designers and developers together to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours – brings $1.5

6 Unique Real Estate Logos That Can Help You Close The Sale

crowdSPRING Blog

Ovo Minneapolis. Ovo Minneapolis is a company that mostly leases office space in buildings around Minneapolis. Real estate agencies and companies in the real estate industry typically focus on similar things: buying and selling real estate.

48in48 Atlanta 2017 – 3rd time’s a charm!

Jeff Hilimire

With their help, we’ll pull of four 48in48 events across the country this year (Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, and New York), and next year we’ll be adding London to the list!!! Once again, we did it!

Leading Choices In Manual And Smartphone Employee Management Tools

YoungUpstarts

When I Work, a company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is fast growing employee management application founded in 2010. Managing employee schedules and their method of clocking in and out has grown easier and more reliable this year.

Improve Your Business by Getting the Most Out of Your Data

Duct Tape Marketing

Sauer was named the 2012 CIO of the Year in Minneapolis/St. Sauer was named the 2012 CIO of the Year in Minneapolis/St. Improve Your Business by Getting the Most Out of Your Data written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jeff Sauer.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

Michigan: Detroit Van Buren Minnesota: Minneapolis Missouri: Kirksville Montana: Bozeman Helena Missoula Pablo Nebraska: Lincoln Omaha Nevada: Las Vegas, /usr/lib, 520 Fremont St Las Vegas, CHSI Technologies, 770 Pilot Rd. One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere.

Great Clip’s Online Check-In Service For A Less Hairy Time

YoungUpstarts

Minneapolis-based Great Clips, Inc has launched the industry’s first-ever online check-in service, so those looking to get a fuss-free, convenient hair cut can simply check in for an appointment via the computer or a smartphone.

Business Owners Share Their 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

Up and Running

Kristi Piehl, founder and CEO of Media Minefield, a communications firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a great example of how to do this. 2015 is here, and you’ve got plans for your business.

Planning Your Fund Raising — “Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re talking with a firm that mostly only invests in the San Francisco Bay Area and you’re in Minnesota, you’re probably wasting your time for a seed or A round unless you find somebody at that firm who is from Minneapolis and comes home 2–3x / year already.

Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live

Startup Lessons Learned

I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values.

Launchpad LA – More Details Revealed

Both Sides of the Table

He was able to raise money from a VC in Minneapolis called Split Rock , grow the business to over $200 million in sales and sell to Experian for nearly $380 million. Today we announced Launchpad LA V2. Full press release with more details is here.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: ThriftyWrench.com

crowdSPRING Blog

Though ThriftyWrench is only available in western Wisconsin currently, they are hoping to expand into the Minneapolis-St. We’ve spend countless hours screening and surveying repair shops in the Minneapolis-St. We are now working on building a strong network of reputable repair shops to serve the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro area. There are lot of benefits to owning your own car.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

But they weren’t really in Silicon Valley at the time—they were in Boston, Minneapolis, New York. I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit.

The Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Food Truck Business

Up and Running

Minneapolis , for example, went from 10 food trucks in the busy downtown area to 87 in just four years. The food truck craze is sweeping the nation. From thriving cities to rural downtown areas, food-on-wheels is the hip new trend.

How to Start a Food Shelf in Your Community

Up and Running

It serves 600 families per year living in the suburbs surrounding Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hunger is a mounting problem in the U.S and abroad. In the U.S., million Americans lacked access to a sufficient amount of affordable and nutritious food, according to Feed America.

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

Both Sides of the Table

He tells the story of how he was out of cash, stressed out, nobody in LA or Silicon Valley would give him money, he had finally found an investor in Minneapolis but his venture bank was going to shut him down for breaking a “covenant&# in their agreement by not having enough cash in the bank.

When choosing Austin’s next City Manager, find a tech-forward candidate

Austin Startup

Spencer Cronk is the Minneapolis City Coordinator and previously served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration.

10 Changes To Expect From The Library Of The Future

YoungUpstarts

Placing more stock in technologies obviously frees up quite a bit of library space, and leaders at the Anoka County Library in Minneapolis know just how to put it to good use.

Questions I got yesterday at the IMS event. Anyone want to help me answer these?

Jeff Hilimire

Yesterday, while speaking at the Integrated Marketing Summit conference in Minneapolis , I got a bunch of great questions from the audience. Some of the questions were answered by other audience members (I love that), some I answered and some I needed more time to think about. I’d love to hear how some of you would answer these questions. Pick one (or however many you want) and let me know what YOU would have said.

Biometric Face Recognition and Border Security

Austin Startup

Delta is launching a pilot program in Minneapolis-St. Governments everywhere are looking for ways to increase border security without making the border crossing process more onerous for both the passengers and the people responsible for security.