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.

Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder for Accessibility in Technology – Co-hosted with Google for Startups

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited to share a unique Startup Weekend opportunity for the Colorado community. Startup Weekend has grown up quite a bit from its humble beginnings here in Boulder in 2007. Google for Startups – along with some help from Techstars , Startup Colorado , and Foundry Group – is hosting a Startup Weekend at Google’s new(ish) office in Boulder Oct 25 – 27. Techstars startup weekend techstars

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.

10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few startups are cash-rich enough to self-finance aggressive second-stage growth. Many startups are family businesses, and these don’t need to be grown into large enterprises. daniel weinfurter enterprise startup survive

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

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.

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.

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.

10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Otherwise exit and startup with another idea. dilemma Noam Wasserman startup

10 Realities Today Cause Startups To Bypass An IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate back before 2000. high risk IPO startup

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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.

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.

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

Pitfalls To Avoid During Your Startup Phase

YoungUpstarts

Everyone has to start somewhere, and while some people’s luck is undoubtedly significantly better than others, for the majority of people, startups are usually as bootstrapped and painful as possible. In the beginning of a startup there is a phase called “proof of concept”.

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?

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

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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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.

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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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

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.

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.

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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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.

“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.

6 Productivity Hacks For Success-Hungry Startups

YoungUpstarts

Well, if you’re determined to boost your productivity, keep reading for our collection of productivity hacks that every startup swears by. In the startup world, there’s seemingly also more than one way to reinvent the bus, taxi, and even the wheel. Haven’t you heard? Time is money.

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

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.).

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.

Kauffman Sketchbook on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

I started my talk off today by showing a video that the Kauffman Foundation just did for Startup Communities. Startup Communities kauffman money game sketchbook startup communities thinc iowa

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

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. Our goal– to inspire, educate and empower hundred’s of thousands of entrepreneurs and help create 10,000 startups. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

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.

Lean Startup Interns Needed!

Grasshopper Herder

Learning how to coach startups, Learn how accelerators work and how to improve them, Interview thought leaders, Research and write case studies. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups interns internship

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Saturday Startup Spotlight: Zirtue

Austin Startup

Capital Factory’s Saturday Startup Spotlight series continues this week with the CEO and Co-Founder of Zirtue : Dennis Cail. As a startup founder, what problems or pain points are you struggling with? Attend our ATX Startup Crawl at Austin Startup Week !

Launching Startup Revolution

Feld Thoughts

As a result of this obsession, I’m launching Startup Revolution , starting now. I view Startup Revolution as a movement. We’ve invested in other VC funds with our own money (and subsequently met even more entrepreneurs) and evangelized tirelessly about startups around the US, working with organizations like the Startup America Partnership. My partners and I continually learn all kinds of things about startups.