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.

“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.

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.

How To Build A Startup That Doesn’t Flop

YoungUpstarts

If followed, we believe it can help startup teams navigate the critical early stages of development – and avoid joining a majority of early stage companies that end up on the entrepreneurial scrap heap. The Path to Startup Success is Littered with Failures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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

5 Problems To Solve With Unlimited Startup Potential

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via jisc Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Luckily, many startups are smart enough to keep morphing their idea, until it finally fits a real-world problem, and they can move forward in the marketplace.

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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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.

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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Managing Meetings At Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

It doesn’t matter if you are at a startup, or work in public relations, in graphic design, in the medical field or in the culinary arts. The post Managing Meetings At Your Startup appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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

LinkedIn Learning: Raising Venture Capital and Validating Your Startup Idea

Feld Thoughts

The second one is on Validating Your Startup Idea which based on the book Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job which I wrote with Sean Wise. Evaluating your startup idea from Brad Feld on Validating Your Startup Idea by Brad Feld. The post LinkedIn Learning: Raising Venture Capital and Validating Your Startup Idea appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I recently recorded two free courses with LinkedIn Learning.

5 Startup Intangibles That Can Energize Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

While these may be necessary for funding, they may not be sufficient to make your startup the great success embodied in your vision. A startup needs to find a voice relevant to its ecosystem. A startup must gain balanced traction. A startup must maintain a relevant laser focus.

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.).

Estimating Realistic Startup Costs

Up and Running

This article is part of our Business Startup Guide —a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! Startup expenses are those expenses incurred before the business is running. What are startup costs? The traditional method: Startup worksheet.

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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.

Top 10 business startup ideas for 2019

Our Own Start-up

Regardless of how well you run a startup, businesses that provide a product or service that nobody wishes to purchase will be unsuccessful. Startups business idea business ideas for 2019 running a startup starting a business Starting a startup startup ideas startup ideas for 2019

6 Harsh Truths About Startup Life

YFS Magazine

It's hard to differentiate startup myths from startup reality. Plan starting a business startup adviceHere's a cold hard look at the facts to prepare you for what it takes to start a business.

Keynoting Techstars Startup Week West Slope 2019

Feld Thoughts

From June 5 to June 8, Techstars Startup Week West Slope will be happening on the western slope in Colorado, with the main event in Grand Junction. I’ll be talking about building startup communities outside Colorado’s front range in a fireside chat / AMA format.

5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup

ReadWriteStart

With multibillion-dollar tech companies and growth startups making headlines left and right, it’s natural to want to get a piece of the action. The post 5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups startups tips

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The Startup Copycat Fallacy

View from Seed

Another full-stack short-term rentals startup ? It seems as though in many categories, especially in consumer internet space, a handful of startups pursuing quite similar or even apparently identical ideas launch within months of each other.

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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Colorado Startup Summer

Feld Thoughts

This is why I co-founded and commit a portion of my time to Startup Colorado; an organization that empowers and sustains startup communities across Colorado. One of the programs that Startup Colorado runs – called Startup Summer – cultivates and engages undergraduate entrepreneurs looking to get involved in the Front Range startup community. Startup Summer is now in its sixth year. Entrepreneurship internships startup colorado startup summe

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.

Living the Startup Life

Feld Thoughts

I loved this video review of Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. The post Living the Startup Life appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Life Books startup life

Why Your Startup Needs To Analyze Data From The Beginning

YoungUpstarts

Unless you’re a serial entrepreneur well on your way with a 5 th startup, then much of the work involved with your new business is something you’re doing for the very first time. Professionalisms data analysis data analytics startup advice

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t raised any money or if you raised a small round from angels or friends & family I would suggest you avoid setting up a formal board unless the people who would join your board are deeply experienced at sitting on startup boards. Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

How To Name Your Startup And Brands

Brandanew

Yesterday, I met up with the CEO and founder of an Ann Arbor Startup- High Five Pedal tours. I’m a week and a half old in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so it was quite interesting to talk to another Startup founder over a falafel wrap. How do you plan to market this Startup?

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Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

For a long time I’ve ranted against naming your startup community “Silicon Whatever.” ” Instead, I believe every startup community already has a name. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder. The LA startup community is called LA.