April, 2017

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Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Marketing Communications

Steve Blank

I was having coffee with the CEO of a new startup, listening to her puzzle through how to communicate to potential customers. She was an academic on leave from Stanford now selling SAAS software to large companies, but was being inundated with marketing communications advice. “My

Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this has caused a rapid expansion of entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation. This is all great.

4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

When you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time. You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend.

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Introducing Gotham Voices: An Email Newsletter for NY Tech

View from Seed

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7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

Both Sides of the Table

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity achieve extraordinary results. As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. We are over-intro’d and at the same time under-resourced in terms of staff to handle the barrage of in-bound requests.

5 Style Rules Successful Public Speakers Always Follow

YFS Magazine

When it comes to public speaking, success has as much to do with your personal brand style as it does with content of the speech. Grow Marketing & Sales branding marketing personal brand style

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Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Simply put, when we are done investing, we will drop the mic and shut off the lights.

Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Becoming successful as an entrepreneur can prove challenging. You may have an idea, but don’t know where to start, or you know where to start, but not how to do it. As of 2015, the United States had 27 million entrepreneurs.

10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Leadership Coaching

YoungUpstarts

by Gregg Thompson, author of “ The Master Coach: Leading with Character, Building Connections, and Engaging in Extraordinary Conversations “ When it comes to helping you perform at your best and accelerate your career, nothing compares to the power of being coached.

Why Mentors Are Needed To Spark Future Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

18 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Share Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

SiliconHills

Zeynep Young is a serial entrepreneur who just became a venture capital partner with Next Coast Ventures. In this Ideas to Invoices podcast, Young discusses what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and what she looks for when making an investment. Previously, Young founded and served as CEO of Double Line Partners, an educational […] The post Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur appeared first on SiliconHills.

They Can’t Kill You And They Can’t Eat You

Feld Thoughts

It’s the summer of 2001. The NASDAQ peak is in the rear view mirror. Many Internet companies are struggling. I’m sitting at the breakfast table at Len Fassler’s house in Harrison, New York drinking a cup of coffee and chewing on a bagel. Len and I co-founded Interliant (originally Sage Networks) with Steve Maggs and Rajat Bhargava in 1996.

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Business Must Haves: Procedures in the Workplace

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Procedures and policies are the foundations on which the entire system of a business is established. Where policies set guidelines to achieving goals, procedures determine how every activity of the business should be operated. Without standard procedures, a business becomes vulnerable to failure.

5 Tips For Effective Networking

YoungUpstarts

by Amanda Lambert, Marketing Manager at City Breaks in Newcastle. The term ‘networking’ can sometimes feel like a curse word, with most people dreading the idea of actively engaging in busy face-to-face events.

5 Key Ingredients Make A Happy Content Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility.

10 Easy Tips To Improve Your Website And Convert More Leads

YFS Magazine

Ready to attract leads that convert into sales? Try these 10 simple techniques to drive more conversions and boost the effectiveness of your website. Grow Marketing & Sales business website company website digital marketing lead generation marketing online marketing website design

Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter at Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest, Guy Goldstein came up with the idea for WriterDuet when meeting with screenwriters and filmmakers. Goldstein created a platform, similar to Google Docs, to allow writers to collaborate on projects. Today, WriterDuet has more than 25,000 monthly users with 2,000 new […] The post Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Colorado Global EIR 2017 Applications

Feld Thoughts

The 2017 applications for the Colorado Global EIR are now open through April 15, 2017. The Colorado Global EIR program is a way for experienced international entrepreneurs to receive an H-1B visa, allowing them to work in Boulder. They must commit to working 20 hours per week at CU Boulder (supporting cross-campus entrepreneurial activities), and of course, will be paid for doing so.

6 Essential Items for Mobile Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

With the growth of the digital nomad movement , more and more entrepreneurs are taking the plunge and going 100% mobile. If you’ve ever tried to work remotely, you know that it can be a serious challenge.

This NFL Star Got A Note From A Family Sitting Behind Him On A Flight (It Might Leave You Speechless)

Inc Startups

He never expected this.

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7 New Business Realities Challenging Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Even small business have a global reach these days, thanks to the Internet. Thus every entrepreneur and business owner needs to see their market in that context, understanding the global forces that will impact them sooner or later.

Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Rob Go

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. There are a lot of new folks in the space.

Galvanize Austin’s Mission is to Change Lives

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News At Galvanize Austin’s one year anniversary party on Friday, Jim Deters, the company’s CEO and founder, lauded the company’s accomplishments and how it has changed lives. The way you change the world is you democratize access for entrepreneurs to have employable skill sets,” Deters said. […] The post Galvanize Austin’s Mission is to Change Lives appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

#DepressionHero Facebook Live Discussion Today At 4:15pm

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7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

With the era of digitalization and going cashless dawning upon the world, most people already know the basic of password security. But, along with the growing awareness, hackers’ and fraudsters’ tricks and techniques are advancing too.

U.S. Court Sentences Multi-Millionaire Russian Hacker to a Record-Setting 27 YearsU.S. Court Sentences Multi-Millionaire Russian Hacker to a Record-Setting 27 Years

Inc Startups

Roman Seleznev made more than $17 million selling stolen credit card numbers. Technology

6 Cases Where Quick-To-Market Beats Market Research

Startup Professionals Musings

I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from premature execution often associated with the ready-fire-aim quick-to-market approach. Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages.

5 Things To Consider Before Applying For A Bank Loan

YoungUpstarts

by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. When most of us imagine applying for a business loan, we probably think of driving down to the local bank where we’ve done business for years, speaking with a loan officer, and going through the loan application process with that known and trusted lender.

Next Coast Ventures’ Founders Give Fundraising Advice

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News Host of the Ideas to Invoices Podcast Next Coast Ventures might be able to afford to lose $1 million on an investment, but can an entrepreneur afford to lose five to ten years of their life working on a startup that doesn’t hit it big? […] The post Next Coast Ventures’ Founders Give Fundraising Advice appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Ideas to Invoices Podcast

#EarthMatch – Supporting Earthjustice Because Our Planet Needs a Good Lawyer

Feld Thoughts

Planet Earth needs a good lawyer.