Moneyball is Innovationball

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Books & Reviews Entrepreneurial Innovation Pop Culture Billy Beane Brad Pitt change conflict film review Gregg Fraley Jonah Hill Kerris Dorsey leadership methodology Moneyball Oakland A's Oakland Athletics Philip Seymour Hoffman resistance risk risk-takingAs in-flight entertainment luck would have it, I’ve now seen the film Moneyball twice within a week. On the surface Moneyball is a true-story film about baseball — but it’s really an innovation story.

Oracle Cloud: If you build it, will they come?

deal architect

I flew into Oakland and took the new people-mover from the airport to the BART station at the venue which Oracle sponsors. The Coliseum loomed large for me this week at Oracle OpenWorld. So much more appealing and efficient than. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Moneyball is Innovationball

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I always like the charming Brad Pitt , and he’s good here in a tailor-made part as Oakland Athletic’s General Manager Billy Beane. Books & Reviews Entrepreneurial Innovation Pop Culture Billy Beane Brad Pitt change conflict film review Gregg Fraley Jonah Hill Kerris Dorsey leadership methodology Moneyball Oakland A's Oakland Athletics Philip Seymour Hoffman resistance risk risk-taking

The Boys - and Data - of Summer

deal architect

Billy Beane of the Oakland A''s - Mr. Moneyball - is prominent in my post. I wrote this post about Sabremetrics and Selling for the salesforce blog. He will also be keynoting at the HP Vertica Big Data conference in. Industry Commentary

NetSuites nice quarter

deal architect

Nice earnings call yesterday – record numbers across 8 metrics Just as good was the mainstream publicity through the movie Moneyball which was released in most US and Canadian cities on September 23 and which features the Oakland A’s stadium. Cloud Computing, SaaS

FlightCar Launches into Austin’s Hipsterdom

SiliconHills

The San Francisco-based company also launched in Oakland, Calif. “Ranking high on every “Most Hipster City” list, Austin and Oakland are both well known for their vibrant millennial communities who squeeze […] The post FlightCar Launches into Austin’s Hipsterdom appeared first on SiliconHills. FlightCar, the peer-to-peer car sharing service, launched in Austin on Dec. In a post on Tumblr, FlightCar calls both cities havens for hipsters.

Moneyball and the Investment Readiness Level-video

Steve Blank

19:30 The Oakland A’s and Moneyball. Eric Ries was kind enough to invite me to speak at his Lean Startup Conference. In the talk I reviewed the basic components of the Lean Startup and described how we teach it. I observed that now that we’ve built software to instrument and monitor the progress of new ventures (using LaunchPad Central ), that we are entering the world of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Investment Readiness Level.

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The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

I’ve asserted for a long time that Silicon Valley is a collection of startup communities, which includes San Francisco, Marin (the first board I was on – in 1994 – was for a company in San Rafael), Oakland, Redwood *, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Or you can just call it San Francisco, Oakland, and the Peninsula.

Book: Cumulus

Feld Thoughts

Eliot nails a dystopian future set in Oakland that incorporates the evolution of all the tech we are currently using. If you are a looking for an awesome sci-fi book to read, download Cumulus by Eliot Peper right now. And, if you want some independent confirmation from others not named me, this just happened.

Book: Neon Fever Rising

Feld Thoughts

When Eliot wrote Cumulus, he moved away from Mara but retrenched in his home town of Oakland. You’ll have to wait a little while for it, but this time, instead of Oakland, Eliot takes us to Burning Man and spend 90% of the book there over the course of a week. Neon Fever Rising by Eliot Peper was outstanding. But you can’t read it yet as it’s still in draft form. Eliot’s last book Cumulus was published a few weeks ago and has gotten awesome reviews.

The Importance Of Embracing Sweaty-Palmed Conversations

YoungUpstarts

He’s a thought leader and sought-after speaker whose clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, eBay, Genentech, the Oakland A’s, and many others.

Real Estate Developer Danny Haber Of oWOW Reinvigorates Bay Area

YoungUpstarts

oWOW’s work is supported by many high-profile individuals like the former vice mayor of Oakland, California, Annie Campbell Washington, and Elaine Brown of the Black Panther Party. Oakland, California benefits from affordable living options , given that most real estate developers tend to focus their energy on high-end clientele, with scant regard for the low-income earners and middle-income earners who simply cannot afford to pay exorbitant rentals.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

Instead of students or faculty coming in with their own ideas — we now have them working on societal problems, whether they’re problems for the State Department or the Department of Defense, or non-profits/NGOs, or for the City of Oakland or for energy or the environment, or for anything they’re passionate about. We just finished our 5th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. At the end of the quarter each of the eight teams give a final “Lessons Learned” presentation.

It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

Until 2002 – when the Oakland A’s’ baseball team took advantage of analytical metrics of player performance to field a team that competed successfully against much richer competitors. By re-evaluating the strategies that produce wins on the field, the 2002 Oakland A’s spent $41 million in salary, and were competitive with the New York Yankees , who spent $125 million.

There’s Plenty Of Risk In A Startup: Insurance Can Help Limit Liability

YoungUpstarts

Barrera is a partner with law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP in Oakland, Calif. by Gary A. Barrera, partner with law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP. Starting and running a successful and profitable business is the dream of every entrepreneur. It requires vital steps, such as development of a business plan, market research and working capital. However, one of the most important steps that can be overlooked is obtaining insurance. Why Do Startups Need Insurance?

Four Movies All Entrepreneurs Should Watch

YoungUpstarts

It is the true story of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and how he had to change his philosophy in order to make this small market team competitive. If you are like most ambitious entrepreneurs then you are probably someone who works too long and misses out on some of the more relaxing things in life.

Turning the microphone over

Startup Lessons Learned

Tameka Mallory , one of the co-founders of the women’s march and a social activist captured it best in this recent speech, please watch the full video, it's a 2:47 minute clip but every second is worth watching: [link] Jeff here, sharing an account of what the last 72hrs have been like in Oakland: These protests are real and so is the looting that is happening. For those that don’t know, I live in downtown Oakland which has been one of the protest flashpoints.

3 Ways Acquisition Entrepreneurship Is Better Than Starting Your Own Business

YoungUpstarts

by Walker Deibel , Managing Director of Centra and author of “ Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game “ In the film “Moneyball,” budget-conscious Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane bucks the traditional team-building principles to put together a squad of undervalued players who can compete with the big-money clubs.

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Digital User Experience

YoungUpstarts

Thelton McMillian is the founder & CEO of Oakland, CA-based Comrade, a design and strategy agency that creates digital products and services like mobile and Web apps to help businesses improve their user experience. By Thelton McMillian, Founder & CEO of Comrade. To successfully compete in today’s digital world, companies must design user experiences that resonate with customers and keep engaged. Effective marketing depends on a seamless user experience.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Boulder came in third, behind “San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA” (what most of us think of as “Silicon Valley”) and “San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA” (what most of us think of as San Francisco.). Richard Florida continues to write amazing stuff about Startup Communities in The Atlantic Online. Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley.

?Vinnie Pazienzo’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders

YoungUpstarts

Rick Peterson has coached some of baseball’s best pitchers in the past twenty years, including Cy Young Award winners and Hall of Famers, and was the Oakland Athletic’s pitching coach during the famed Moneyball era. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: From Poland to Argentina

ReadWriteStart

During this week's roundtable, once again, we had an international group of entrepreneurs presenting from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Warsaw, Poland; Geneva, Switzerland; Sherbrooke, Canada; Oakland, California; and Austin, Texas. Last up, Ashesh Patel from Oakland, California, pitched StyleShop247.com , a Flipkart of fashion for Indian consumers, so to speak, whereby the site would be selling foreign fashion brands to Indian consumers.

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Top Cities for Venture Capital Activity

Business Plan Blog

As we can see, Boulder came in third behind San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (AKA Silicon Valley) and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital. The chart below looks at the total amount of dollars spent by venture capital firms as well as the total number of deals on a per-capita basis. The map below provides a visual depiction of the chart above: Maps and statistics provided by TheAtlanticCities. Only the Partial Story.

5 Cities for Ambitious Women in Business in 2020 and Beyond

Austin Startup

San Diego, California San Diego is California’s only representative in the top 10 (Oakland is next in 12th). Where should the next generation of female businesswomen settle to make the most of their talents? Making your way through the world of business is difficult for women.

The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

Instead of students or faculty coming in with their own ideas — we now have them working on societal problems, whether they’re problems for the State Department or the military or non-profits/NGOs, or for the City of Oakland or for energy or the environment, or for anything they’re passionate about.

?Vinny Paz’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders

YoungUpstarts

Rick Peterson has coached some of baseball’s best pitchers in the past twenty years, including Cy Young Award winners and Hall of Famers, and was the Oakland Athletic’s pitching coach during the famed Moneyball era. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

?Vinny Pazienzo’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders

YoungUpstarts

Rick Peterson has coached some of baseball’s best pitchers in the past twenty years, including Cy Young Award winners and Hall of Famers, and was the Oakland Athletic’s pitching coach during the famed Moneyball era. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

About Bans on Face Recognition Technology

Austin Startup

This year, Oakland and San Francisco, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, all banned the government’s use of facial recognition technology and others are ‘pausing’ its use. This decision is being talked about a lot and it’s easy to see why. The technology has been growing in popularity in recent years and San Francisco was the first major US city to block its use.

Sports, Business, Metrics, and Winning

Growthink Blog

While its most famous proponent - Billy Beane - is rightly lauded for making his Oakland A's team a consistent contender in spite of having a player’s salary budget sometimes only one quarter that of big market competitors like the Yankees and the Dodgers, in recent years “ Sabermetrics ” has leaped to a whole new level of intricacy and sophistication. The lessons and inspirations of sports and the sporting life have always had a deep hold on the business psyche.

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Founded in January 2000 in Oakland by Tim Westergren; new CFO, Steve Cakebread was previously CFO of Salesforce.com. We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital.

Finding a Problem Worth Solving

K9 Ventures

Well, you can fly from San Francisco, from San Jose, from Oakland. When we started in the PhD program in Computer Science at Stanford , Prof. Rajeev Motwani , who was the “default PhD advisor” for all incoming PhD students told us that our only priority should be to find a research topic that we care about. In fact, Prof. Motwani was so adamant that this was the only thing that mattered, that he said that we shouldn’t worry about the myriad of other requirements for the PhD.

Startups and Privilege

Diego Basch

This is one, on 42nd St (Oakland). One fine day, the NBA executives have a realization: there are not enough players trying to join the league (we must have entered a bizarre dimension but stay with me for analogy’s sake). What do these marketing geniuses do? Increase the funnel, of course. They tell everyone who will listen that the NBA is awesome, and that anyone who tries hard enough has a chance. Of course, it is not true that anyone who tries hard has a chance.

Idea: Driving Time Predictor

Diego Basch

The obvious question is, what if I need to be in Oakland for a 5:30 pm meeting for which I just cannot be late? When you live in a sprawled suburb like the Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes hard to predict how long it will take you to drive from point A to point B. For example, my one-way commute time from Mountain View to San Francisco has ranged between 45 and 120 minutes in the past few months. Of course the travel times are somewhat predictable.

Cannabis Entrepreneurs Coming to Austin

Austin Startup

The last session of the event begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 20 and features a Pitch Competition showcasing three cannabis-based startups from around the United States: Lumen (Oakland), BDTNDR (Austin) and FLUX (Dallas). The Forrest Four-Cast: April 15, 2018 Now that former Speaker of the House John Boehner has effectively blessed the space , almost everyone can get involved in this activity. Right?

15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

The name, Saranap dates back over 100 years when a commuter train cut across California, connecting Oakland to Sacramento. Share The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet. It could be a made up word you dream of one night and feel it has the right ring to it.

3 Effective Ways to Use Video in Your Marketing Mix

Duct Tape Marketing

Brad graduated from Dartmouth College and currently resides in Oakland, California, with his wife and their two children, both of whom are stars of his frequent Animoto video creations. 3 Effective Ways to Use Video in Your Marketing Mix written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing.

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Bean There, Done That: How Technology Is Helping Blue Bottle Coffee Serve Up A Great Cup

Hunter Walker

Satya and I visited Blue Bottle’s Oakland HQ a few weeks back and I love talking with retailers about the way technology is changing their business (such as this previous post with a SF-based bakery owner ). “Let’s get a coffee and catch-up.” ” It’s a throwaway line but if you say it to David Bowman , CFO of Blue Bottle Coffee, you’ll get invited over for a tour along with your cup.

Green Austin! April 19–20 Cannabis Event

Austin Startup

The last session of the event begins at 5 pm on Friday, April 20 and features a Pitch Competition showcasing three cannabis-based startups from around the United States, Lumen (Oakland), BDTNDR (Austin) and FLUX (Dallas), competing for a $1500 cash prize! The Forrest Four-Cast: April 18, 2018 “It is becoming mainstream, and in a lot of circles, especially in financial markets now, it’s a question of when, not if.”

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Diverse Startups Can Receive Tech Mentorship And Thrive

ReadWriteStart

Digital Undivided does this by offering workshops and resources in cities with predominantly black populations: Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Oakland and the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. About a year ago, Rachel Brooks was poised to bring her startup to the next level.

A Conference, a Dad, an Idea, a Team, Funding, and a Launch: Brooklyn's Own Tinybop is Live on the App Store!

This is going to be BIG.

Through this investment, I met Mitch for the first time, and I admire his efforts in the education space and his interest in turning Oakland into the “next Brooklyn.” Finally! I’m thrilled to announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures’ investment in Tinybop , a new Brooklyn-based studio building the most creative and thoughtfully-designed educational apps for kids.

Super Bowls and Scenes

Austin Startup

Just as Silicon Valley actually represents a corridor of companies, institutions, and cities from San Jose north to San Francisco (and, if you want to be more broad-minded, on north through Oakland up to Livermore), we need to think of Austin as a hub of a regional tech eco-system. mobileTech Tuesday by Steve Guengerich.

Startup firms partnering with government? Really?

Austin Startup

Cities that are currently participating in the Startups in Residence program include the California cities of Oakland, San Leandro and San Francisco, and Washington D.C. By Mary Scott Nabers | 10/30/2017 Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create.

How to Beat Inequity in Investment

Austin Startup

Venture Capital Doesn’t Invest In Blacks And Latinos, But That’s Changing In Oakland. Here are some tips on how to play the game, get ahead, and get funded. With the recent influx of startups, there is a lot of competition for venture capital funding. However, the majority of venture capital goes to men, with only 16.8% of global VC deals going to companies with at least one female founder. On top of this, only 2–3% of VC deals go to companies where the founder is a person of color.