July, 2018

This 1 Piece of Advice Could Make Or Break Your Career

Steve Blank

There’s no handbook on how to evaluate and process “suggestions” and “advice” from a boss or a mentor. But how you choose to act on these recommendations can speed up your learning and make or break your career. Here’s what to keep in mind: I had a team of students working on an arcane customer problem. While they were quickly coming up to speed, I suggested that they talk to someone who I knew was an expert in the area and could help them learn much faster.

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CEO Problems

Feld Thoughts

Recently, I was talking to a CEO of a company I’m on the board of. We were discussing a problem in the category of something new Is f *d up in my world every day. He gave me a great idea. He apparently plays a game with his young (I think around 10 years old) daughter. When they are sitting around in the evening, she occasionally says “Daddy, give me a CEO problem.” ” He does, she thinks about it a little, and then gives him a solution.

Gasoline Prices Soar


John Kemp from Reuters released a quality report today on the gasoline rise in America and national travel. In the US we have seen a shift to larger SUV style cars due to cheaper gas - in part. When gas surges customers trade in cars and buying habits transition to more fuel efficient cars.

Cutting Small Business Costs Using DIY CNC With CraftLaser


Technology is constantly advancing, making things more accessible, smaller, and faster. With new advances in CNC technology and opensource software, in-house production is easier and more accessible than ever.

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Why I Chose Entrepreneurship Over A University Education

YFS Magazine

I have zero regrets. Here are some advantages you get to experience when you choose entrepreneurship over university education. Editor Picks Plan college entrepreneurship starting a business startup advice

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United Kingdom Economic Outlook July 2018


Outlook Remains Stable The economy appears to have regained some momentum in the second quarter following a weak first quarter, but growth is still mediocre at best.

3 Entrepreneurs That Built An Empire On Social Media


Social media can make dreams come true – really. There are entrepreneurs from across the world that have used social media to build their brand and sell products. It’s a bit of luck for some, hard work for all, and lots of persistence to make dreams come true.

How to Build a Top 1% Growth Team 3x Faster than Your Competition


Discover insider secrets on how to successfully build a high-performing growth team. How can you leverage CXL Institute, Kolbe tests and other online resources to genuinely impact your bottom line? Which skills truly matter for fast growth, and which are the nice-to-haves?

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Tech Marathoners: Sabrina Horn

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

Benchmark’s Newest General Partner Chetan Puttagunta


The partners at Benchmark are pleased to announce Chetan Puttagunta has joined the firm as our newest General Partner. As early-stage investors, we are acutely aware of the work of other venture capitalists on the boards of the companies we serve. Nearly 15 years ago one of Benchmark’s founding partners, Kevin Harvey, saw the skills of a young Peter Fenton on a board they shared. Peter’s work so impressed Kevin that he recruited Peter to join Benchmark.

How To Deal With Email After A Vacation

Feld Thoughts

As I’m already getting lots of out of office messages for people taking this week off, I thought I’d revisit an approach to how to deal with email after a vacation. In 2011, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital came up with what, at the time, was what I thought was the best email vacation auto-responder in the history of email. Now, I have no idea if Josh invented this, but I’m going to give him credit for it. I evolved this in 2014 when I took a one-month sabbatical.

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6 Tips for Mothers on Starting a Business

Up and Running

Starting a business can be an exciting and sometimes intimidating prospect, especially when you’re a mom. But more and more mothers are taking the plunge and pursuing their dreams of entrepreneurship. million women in the U.S.

An Ultimate List Of Online Tools For Your Startup Growth


by Gaurav Sharma, digital marketing consultant at CG Trader. It is vital for startups to build their online presence to grow their business. Because almost everyone (and their mother) is on the internet now.

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How To Be Accountable For Your Own Success

YFS Magazine

When you prioritize accountability you take charge of outcomes that result from your actions. ??So So how do we become (and remain) accountable? Lead accountability leadership personal development

An entrepreneur’s guide to Aruba’s startup scene

The Next Web

Many people dream of building a business. Many others dream of living on a sunny island. But those who dream of doing both need look no further than Aruba. Located just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the tiny Caribbean island has been making serious waves over the past few years.

5 Reasons to Have Your Property Evaluated

The Startup Magazine

When it comes to buying or selling a house or any other property, it is always important to figure out its real value. The reason is that you get an accurate measure of the value of your property or one that you want to purchase.

Relentlessly Turning Input Knobs To 0

Feld Thoughts

I’ve got a lot on my plate. I always do. Presumably, I like it this way because I’d change things if I didn’t. And yes, that’s continuous fodder for conversations with my therapist and with Amy. I have always tried to ignore the macro, especially short-term dynamics, in the context of my work. I collect a lot of data and like to be well informed. I get this data from lots of different inputs.

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Five Years After it Went Private, Dell Technologies is Going Public


Five years ago, Austin’s top technology company, Dell went private in a deal valued at $24.4 billion. And Monday, that same company, now known as Dell Technologies, announced that it is going public and its stock will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Hitting The Business Books — 3 Ways To Educate Yourself For Entrepreneurship


Succeeding in business is an iterative process and sometimes the most useful lessons emerge from failure. There’s no real substitute for experience — but there are several formal and informal ways to learn painlessly from those who’ve blazed a trail before you.

5 Ways To Improve Your Website’s First Impression

YFS Magazine

Whether you run a successful blog or e-commerce website, make that vital first impression count. Grow Marketing & Sales business website company website marketing online business online marketing

Listen to Google — UX and SEO are a match made in heaven

The Next Web

To the layman UX and SEO (if they even understand what they mean) sound like two entirely unrelated things. The one is about some plumber jabbing away at their phone, while the other is about satisfying the algorithms of a company in Silicon Valley. But we know better.

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4 Marketing Mistakes You Can Easily Turn into Marketing Masterpieces

The Startup Magazine

Everybody makes mistakes. When it comes to marketing, especially social marketing, few get it perfectly right out of the gate. The trick is to make mistakes you can learn from and correct. There is a fatal variety of mistake from which there is no return.

More Thoughts on Lanier’s Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I read Jaron Lanier’s Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now. It helped consolidate some thinking on my part and I sent a few copies out to friends who I knew would have thoughtful and interesting responses. One that came back is very worth reading as it has a healthy critique as well as some personal reflections. The note from my friend after reading Lanier’s book follows.

The One Problem Most Publishing Platforms Forget To Solve

Hunter Walker

Do you get excited reading about email newsletter platforms? And there were two notes in this week’s article about Substack which made me clap my hands.

Rock Your Business By Marketing It This Summer


by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “. Summer is often a time when things slow down a bit.

The Logical Evolution of Private Markets: A new class of company.

K9 Ventures

Recently I attended a lunch where we were all asked to present something provocative/mind-blowing. I thought about that for a while and realized that I want my provocative thought to not be something that is a pie in the sky idea but instead something that is based on a series of logical conclusions.

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Inside Amazon’s plan to dominate advertising business in 2019

The Next Web

Amazon’s unrelenting efficiency, obsession with automation, and brutal pricing strategies have helped it disrupt or dominate industry after industry, which began with books way back in 1997.

Five Entrepreneurial Tips from Arshad Madhani

The Startup Magazine

Arshad Madhani has become a leader in the digital marketing industry for two reasons. First, he knows how to crunch the numbers and separate a strategy performing poorly from one exceeding expectations. Second, he excels at building personal relationships.

The Industry Analyst Evaluation Game

Feld Thoughts

Over the past 25 years, I’ve invested in many startups that sell products to large enterprises. Many of these companies end up either creating or helping to create a new category. As the startups (or the category) become visible, they inevitably attract the attention of industry analysts, who write reports on the categories and the startups as part of the industry analysts’ business.

Communities Can Grow Too Quickly

Hunter Walker

I was recently granted access to a Slack community associated with a newsletter I’ve been reading for a while. The kinetic energy of new members started on the #Welcome channel and then flowed to other discussions on themed channels.

5 Ways Of Making Extra Money While Getting Your Business Off The Ground


by Joe Levi, founder of Student Money Saver. Let’s face it, you didn’t choose the life of an entrepreneur because you thought it was going to be easy. Getting your business off the ground takes countless hours of hard work, plus a little luck.

The one thing every product manager should do is…

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Eric Kiang (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Paul Hurwitz]. A product manager has a tough role, there are many responsibilities and arguably all of them are important.

Franklin Graham crusade ads yanked off buses in England over his 'anti-LGBTQ' remarks

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

A transit company in England has yanked ads from the sides of its double-decker buses promoting North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham’s planned crusade in the seaside resort town of Blackpool

Why you need to become your own boss…

The Startup Magazine

We’ve all been there, dreaming of the day we can quit our jobs and become our own boss. But this thought doesn’t have to remain a dream – with some careful planning and the right mindset, you can be your own boss in no time and live the working life you have always wanted.