Tariffs and Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

It also became apparent, almost right away, that startups had a huge disadvantage over larger companies that had significant U.S. Once I accepted the reality that the startups were going to have to pay the tariffs directly, that they had little control on what the tariffs would be, how and when they would change, and whether or not they’d get exemptions, I started operating under the assumption that 100% of the cost associated with the tariff would fall on the startup.

Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors. It is worth pointing out that there are actually three levels of governance in venture-backed startups.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s amazing how fast your startup will outgrow your garage or home office. Every startup I know, in this changing world, has incurred delays and strategy pivots before they zero-in on the best customer solution and business model. costs new venture startups underestimate

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How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City

Feld Thoughts

I participated in a one hour Crowdcast yesterday with Techstars and 43 North about How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City. Some of the thoughts from my upcoming book The Startup Community Way are in the hour, along with a bunch of things Techstars is doing around this initiative. The post How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Techstars 43 north buffalo ecosystem startup communities techstars

Startup Communities Everywhere in the World

Feld Thoughts

We are with Ian Hathaway (my co-author of an upcoming book titled The Startup Community Way) finishing up the draft of the book. Recently, Ian and Richard Florida did a large study that culminated in an extensive report on the Rise of the Global Startup City. The post Startup Communities Everywhere in the World appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Startup Communities ian hathaway Richard Florida startup communitiesAmy and I are in Knoxville, Tennessee all week.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. But I’ve witnessed more and more “playing startup” in recent months.

The Startup Therapist

Feld Thoughts

My long time friend Jeff Hyman has started a new business called Startup Therapist. The post The Startup Therapist appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Depression emotional intelligence interview jeff hyman startup therapist

Binary Star Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

While we’ve been collaborating on Startup Communities 2 (which we are now calling The Startup Community Way), which will come out at the “end-of-the-year-ish,” having dinner was a delight and reminded me how much I like him. It’s a good post worth reading but reminded me of a concept that we are weaving into The Startup Community Way. There is an increasing number of “ binary star ” startup communities.

Is Artificial Intelligence Still Relevant for Startups?

ReadWriteStart

For context, consider the London-based VC firm MMC who found that about 40% of European AI startups don’t use AI in any tangible way. So begs the question, is artificial intelligence still relevant for startups? Larger entities and new startups have the same needs. .

10 Keys To A Startup Surviving The First Five Years

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. Join a startup incubator.

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

But there is a trend that feels inevitable to me: “Startups everywhere.” When the phrase “Startup Communities” started to become mainstream around 2012, I made the strong assertion that you could create a startup community in any city with at least 100,000 people.

7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post 7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Operate Startups bootstrapping business growth Entrepreneur free tools startup startup apps startup operations startup tools Tools

Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Startups Tech Technical Writer technical writers startupA technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

Techstars Startup Weekend New York – Financial Inclusion

Feld Thoughts

If you are New York-based and interested in entrepreneurship around financial services, consider participating in Techstars Startup Weekend New York: Financial Inclusion on April 5th to April 7th at Rise on 23rd Street. Today, a number of Startup Weekends have a specific theme.

The Startup Bubble

Start Up Blog

There are few things any established industrial economy needs more of than new businesses, but I’m here to say that ‘startups’ might not be the answer. So, what is a startup? The post The Startup Bubble appeared first on Steve Sammartino.

8 Major Legal Risks Faced By Startups

ReadWriteStart

One of the biggest mistakes made by new business owners is not to engage startup legal services to handle possible issues for their new venture. Beginning an enterprise needs planning not only for marketing and growing the business but also to eliminate the legal risks faced by startups.

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Street Level Startups: A 5-Part Series Celebrating Colorado Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

So, here’s another set of videos to watch, which is the entire Street Level Startups series from Colorado Public Television. Street Level Startups: The New Gold Rush. Street Level Startups: When an Idea Strikes – Stories of Inspiration. Street Level Startups: Three Phases of a Startup. Street Level Startups: Mentorship & Integration. Street Level Startups: Startups to Watch.

Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness

ReadWriteStart

Tight deadlines and thin margins force employees to do more with less and to put in unreasonable hours to keep a startup functioning as it attempts to gain traction […]. The post Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness appeared first on ReadWrite.

Top Startup Winner: Balodana

The Startup Magazine

The Startup Magazine recently featured two of the FUND Conference Top 3 Exhibitor winners, Happenstance , and Digs. The top startup at this year’s FUND Conference in Chicago, Illinois was Balodana , a fashion purchasing platform disrupting the women’s e-commerce fashion industry.

A Great Example of A Professor’s Involvement With A Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

I have a chapter in Startup Communities that uses CU Boulder – and specifically Silicon Flatirons – as an example of a much better way than the traditional approach (circa 2012) for a university to engage with the startup community. Brad is currently studying finance instruments used in startup investment and has two forthcoming articles on this topic. He continually strives to connect the university and surrounding startup community.

Deeply Vulnerable Writing on Startup Failure

Feld Thoughts

Jasper Nathaniel recently wrote a long, detailed post titled When Your Startup Fails. I spent the day yesterday in Grand Junction at Techstars Startup Week West Slope. After a full day of meetings, events, and talks, I ended up at dinner with a half-dozen CEOs of startups in the area (Grand Junction, Carbondale, Eagle, and Telluride.) The post Deeply Vulnerable Writing on Startup Failure appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Startup Boards Is Shipping

Feld Thoughts

Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors is shipping. ” If you are up for it, give me some opening day love and order a copy of Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors. Startup Boards boards Books startup boards

“Nail It Then Scale It” - The New Mantra For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

I found their five phases of the process to be compelling, based on my own years of experience mentoring startups: Nail the pain. Only then is it time to focus on the get-big-fast strategy, and the transformation of three key areas from startup to a managed growth company.

Building Startup Communities to Last

Feld Thoughts

So it was an incredible honor to interview Jim for 45 minutes last week at the Startup Phenomenon event about Startup Communities. We spent the time applying the ideas from Jim’s books and research to the idea of Startup Communities. One of my heroes is Jim Collins.

Startup Opportunities Available on Audible

Feld Thoughts

The audiobook version of Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job is now available on Audible. The post Startup Opportunities Available on Audible appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books audible audiobook sean wise startup startup opportunities

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. overnight success Seth Godin startupYet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series on a Board of Directors at a Startup. High Functioning Startup Boards High-functioning boards have a tight-knit relationship between all members based on mutual trust and admiration. Want to read more about Startup Boards ? startup

How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin citiesMinnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […].

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

Beyond the core team of two or three startup partners, every startup should seek to “outsource” the rest of their strategic requirements to external business partners. Eric Schmidt marriage partner startup two heads

Startup Koan of the Day

Feld Thoughts

The post Startup Koan of the Day appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Entrepreneurship koan startupIf you are playing the long game, what should you do next?

5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises

ReadWriteStart

The blockchain company then has created an enormous opportunity for tech startups to do the work, convene the right parties, and build out blockchain networks that enhance cross-enterprise efficiency for them. The first thing startups must do, then, is separate ownership from control.

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank

Reading the NY Times article “ Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture, ” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. It’s the antithesis of the Lean Startup. Startups wrote business plans, generated expansive 5-year forecasts and executed (hired, spent and built) to the plan.

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Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company. For most startup employee’s startup stock options are now a bad deal.

Support Startups for Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

Engine Advocacy , Y Combinator , and Techstars are organizing a letter opposing these actions, signed by startups, investors, accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurs. Help us send a message from startups and entrepreneurs that his rumored action to undermine net neutrality is not ok.

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How New Tech Startups Can Differentiate Themselves

ReadWriteStart

These are important considerations, especially for AI and IoT startups tinkering with revolutionary new technologies. The post How New Tech Startups Can Differentiate Themselves appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups Tech

6 Settings When Ready-Aim-Fire May Doom Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages. Lonnie Sciambi ready-aim-fire ready-fire-aim startup

A Mixer for Startup Mixology

Feld Thoughts

Frank Gruber, a long time friend, recently released a book, Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. The post A Mixer for Startup Mixology appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Alex Iskold Startup Hacks

Feld Thoughts

Recently, he put together a bunch of great blog posts on his site under a heading Startup Hacks. 7 Calendar Tips for Startups. The post Alex Iskold Startup Hacks appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Entrepreneurship alex iskold startups TechstarsI’ve been friends with Alex Iskold for over a dozen years (I was an angel investor in GetGlue, which USV funded.).

Startup Tips: Growing Your Carpet Cleaning Startup

The Startup Magazine

The post Startup Tips: Growing Your Carpet Cleaning Startup appeared first on The Startup Magazine. Entrepreneurship Marketing cleaning lean Office rent Restaurant Retail service startup team workers

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

So this weekend was about startup communities with a bonus book on the startup visa tossed in for good measure. The history is so much richer, the one page stories about the companies the shaped each era are just awesome, and the perspective of what 120 years really means for a the startup community that is undeniably the most robust in the world right now is very powerful. The last book I read was The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America.