January, 2019

Book: The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get

Feld Thoughts

James Oliver, Jr. has written a fun book that is part memoir, part advice, for what he calls Parentpreneurs (entrepreneurs who are trying to raise kids.) He’s got a website with a bunch of history about him, his journey, and the book.

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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. Yet 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.

The Fatal Flaw of the Three Horizons Model and How To Fix It

Steve Blank

I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

Is Your Company A Courage Brand?


by Ryan Berman, author of “ Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change ” and founder of Courageous. Captain obvious alert: Courage is something we take quite seriously at Courageous.

Done Right - a book review

deal architect

I was in Shanghai, China recently. As I have told my friends, I ended paying a “tourist tax” everywhere. Moneychangers, gypsy taxi drivers, tour guides who took me to pearl and silk stores where I am sure they got a

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5 Things Successful Leaders Must Leave Behind To Move Forward

YFS Magazine

If you're unsure what to leave behind in order to take your leadership skills to the next level here' a look at five areas to consider. Lead leadership personal development

Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

Today, Techstars announced a new initiative called Techstars Studio which will allow Techstars to source new company concepts from Techstars alumni founders, community leaders, venture capitalists, mentors, and corporate partners.

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You Are Your Own Pilot – Jackie Camacho-Ruiz

The Startup Magazine

As you may know, I’m a licensed sports plane pilot. My insides are doing happy loop-dee-loops as I wait excitedly on the runway to take off. As I start to taxi slowly, then pick up speed at an exhilarating rate, the wind begins to lift me slowly and I rise higher and higher.

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6 Leadership Habits To Develop In 2019


by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “. Bad habits can be hard to break, and for business leaders who have them, they can be deal-breakers.

“You don't get a PaaS just because you're SaaS."

deal architect

Apologies to Frank Scavo for twisting his quote “You don't get a pass just because you're SaaS." but this is a reaction to the trend that every cloud application vendor is offering a platform and actively recruiting developer communities.

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Welcoming Dorothy Ren to the NextView Team

View from Seed

I’m very pleased to announce that Dorothy Ren has joined the investment team at NextView! Dorothy will be based in our New York office and will be focused on expanding our relationships with high-potential founders and operators in the New York startup community.

Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.

Feld Thoughts

One of our favorite VC firms to work with is True Ventures. I’ve made many investments over the years with both Jon Callaghan and Tony Conrad, and I love being a co-investor with them. Recently, Tony told me a great Jon Callaghan quote. “Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.” ” I’ve learned this lesson 7,345,123 times. Every successful company I’ve been involved in had a least one near-death experience.

7 Success Principles To Drive Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to the Internet as an opportunity to get rich quick, instead of a place where you can start a business you love, for very little capital and minimal technical expertise.

Reading List: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read In 2019

YFS Magazine

Every year I revisit the classics and add a few noteworthy books to my list. Here's a look at five books I'll be reading this year. Lead audiobooks business books entrepreneurship books personal development

Don’t Leave It To HR: Why You Must Take An Active Role In Building Your Team


by David Disiere , founder and CEO of QEO Insurance Group. For those of us who are hardwired with a competitive nature and are driven to succeed, entrepreneurship can be addictive.

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Infor: a fork in the road

deal architect

Congratulations to Infor for the new funding and potentially more when they go IPO. Here is today’s announcement: “Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced an agreement to receive a $1.5 billion investment from. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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How to Get the Most Out of a Sample Business Plan

Up and Running

The basic idea of a sample business plan makes perfect sense. If you haven’t done a business plan before, a sample plan gives you an instant idea of what you should include, how to structure it, and even what to write.

Manage the Clock

Feld Thoughts

I used to be chronically late to everything, both personal and professional. In my twenties, before cell phones, I was one of those people that others referred to as having “Brad time” which did not correlate with the actual time in the world.

4 Keys To Consciously Making Your Team More Creative

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know are individually very innovative, but a successful startup can’t be a one-man show (for long). That means they need to build an innovative team, which is not a skill that most people are born with.

How To Avoid Startup Burnout And Stay Energized In Business

YFS Magazine

If you have recently started a new business, here are three powerful ways to stay energized, remain inspired and avoid burnout. Lead confidence health and wellness leadership mental health

How To Build A Sustainable Small Business


by Joseph Brady, Senior Director of Digital Marketing for Reliant Funding. Starting a business, growing it and sustaining in the market are the three chapters of a small business story.

Oracle's stretch goal for its applications?

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Mark Hurd tells Bloomberg “In fact, the highest application percentage of any company in any segment is sort of mid-20s. This generation will see a leader that’s much more material than that, and I volunteer us to do it.” Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

International Student Success in Tech – A CTO’s Journey

The Startup Magazine

When International Technological University’s CTO Kranthi Lammatha was a boy in the Indian farming village of Kasipuram, he would walk nine miles to get to school every day and another nine miles to get back home in the evening.

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What’s Your Frame of Reference for a Downturn?

Feld Thoughts

A lot of people are predicting that 2018 was the peak and the beginning of a downturn / recession / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I’m not a predictor so I have no idea.

5 Phases of Leadership Growth Lead To Company Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea how dramatically your own role has to evolve as you develop a solution, start a business, and expect it to scale into a successful self-managed company.

Turns Out, Sometimes You Need A Swift Kick To Pursue Your Dreams

YFS Magazine

History is replete with setbacks, comebacks and people who started at the bottom only to claw their way to the top of their respective fields. Lead leadership personal development startup lessons

6 Proven Methods To Build A Powerful Brand Awareness Strategy


To survive among powerful corporate organizations, small businesses need to double the efforts in order to have a memorable impression on their target audience. If to believe the Marketing Rule of 7, a prospect needs to come across the brand’s message at least 7 times to take an action.

How to Fail Your Way to Success


“Failure is success in progress” ? Albert Einstein Entrepreneurs are enthusiastic and serial failers. Entrepreneurs seem to be constantly looking for solutions and alternative ways of doing everything.

Alternative ways to fund your startup

The Startup Magazine

It has been discovered that over 25 million Americans currently own a startup business and this number is expected to increase. Still, it can be difficult to encounter much-needed funding in advance. Let us look at five methods which can produce viable results as well as the unique benefits of each.

Sphero’s Contribution to DonorsChoose.org

Feld Thoughts

Last month, Amy and I matched all of the Colorado first time DonorsChoose.org projects. So far, 103 projects have been fully funded, with a total of $25,722 donated. We still have plenty of matching dollars out there, so we’ll continue to run this match for a while.

5 Startup Intangibles That Can Energize Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Some investors seem to focus wholly on the strengths of the management team, or a sustainable competitive advantage, and in reality these are the core attributes for every funding equation.

10 Business And Leisure Travel Hacks For Female Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Whether you're wheels up for your next conference, meeting or annual sabbatical, there are travel hacks that can make your trip hassle-free. Lifestyle Travel business travel global global travel lifestyle travel

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Why Education Is Essential for Success


While you do not need to acquire multiple degrees throughout your life to become a success, there is no doubt that education helps many people to secure a rewarding career.

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20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2019


It’s a new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their New Year’s Resolutions around their business.

How a Buyer (or User) Persona Can Improve Your Business

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! Here’s the simple truth of business: Without customers to buy your products, you’re not going to make any money.

My Mom’s Haiku Project

Feld Thoughts

I love a Haiku My mother is an artist Haikus in winter. My mom has started a haiku project. She takes haikus that friends write and turns them into a collage. Following is a haiku I wrote after my mom sent me an email asking me for one. Yes, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time.

6 Leadership Insights To Inspire New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.