July, 2020

6 Keys To Measuring Return On Investment In Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques.

Updating Your Seed Investors – Board Deck & Update Email Templates

View from Seed

Today I’m excited to announce the relaunch of our most popular resource ever: board meeting deck templates for seed-stage startups, now in conjunction with an investor update email template. Download Board Deck Template . Download Investor Update Email Template. Investor Update Email Template and How & When to Use It. We first released a version of the board meeting deck template template back in 2014 and then a revised version a couple of years later.

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New Normal: A conversation with Rob Enslin of Google Cloud

deal architect

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

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Creative Marketing Ideas To Boost Business

YoungUpstarts

Have you found yourself (or your business) in a bit of a funk? It can be challenging to keep up momentum, especially during uncertain times. But don’t get too stressed out; when there’s a will, there will always be a way. Here are a few creative marketing ideas to boost your business.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Educators Summit: Lessons from Teaching in the Pandemic

Steve Blank

SAVE THE DATE for the Lean Innovation Educators Summit : Lessons from Teaching in the Pandemic. July 24, 10-noon Pacific, 1-3pm Eastern, 6-8pm London. As educators the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all.

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Time to Build Robots for Humans, Not to Replace

ReadWriteStart

Thinking about the future of robots and autonomy is exciting; driverless cars, lights-out factories, urban air mobility, robotic surgeons available anywhere in the world. We’ve seen the building blocks come together in warehouses, retail stores, farms, and on the roads.

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We’re Hiring for Our Investment Team at NextView’s NYC Office

View from Seed

Since we first opened our New York office back in 2015, we have steadily increased our presence over the years ( Melody joined us in 2017 and Dorothy in 2018), and now roughly 40% of our investments are in New York.

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Digital Acceleration

deal architect

Tamas Hevizi interviewed me about what I have learned about digital transformation in the business acrobatics interview series I have been running in the last few weeks. Below is a discussion about digital acceleration during the crisis in the US.

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4 Companies Shaking Up Traditional Menswear

YoungUpstarts

Traditional menswear has been in a bit of slump in the previous decades with brands sticking to the status quo. A lot of brands even got to the point where they were repeating what had been done in the past, but that has started to change in recent times.

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Israeli Venture Capital funding in Q2 2020 is higher than the previous year despite Covid-19

VC Cafe

A new report by IVC shows funding volume of Israeli startups in H1 2020 is higher than the previous year, despite the pandemic. – Israeli startups raised a total of $2.455 billion in Q2 2020, higher than the equivalent period in 2019 ($2.2

Expanding My Perspective

Feld Thoughts

I’ve become aware that my existing network creates and perpetuates systemic inequities. Rather than abandon my existing network, I’m investing time and energy in expanding my perspective and network through the various things I pay attention to and get involved in.

10 Tips On Selling Yourself As Well As Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they have introvert tendencies. Yet most investors agree that the “idea” is worth nothing alone, and it’s the entrepreneur execution that counts.

How to Conduct a Trademark Search for a Business Startup

ReadWriteStart

Trademark rights in UAE are based on the trademark’s use. Prior to using a mark in identifying a specific product or service, there’s a need to perform a clearance search. A clearance search or trademark search determines whether there’s an existing mark.

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New Normal: A conversation with Ton Dobbe of Value Inspiration

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

Why Creativity And Empathy Will Be The Key Skills In An AI-Driven Future

YoungUpstarts

by John Fitch and Max Frenzel, co-authors of “ Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress “ For most of human history the notion of work was essentially equivalent to manual labor. First on fields and farms, and later in factories.

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Israeli startup landscape maps (updated July 2020)

VC Cafe

I love startup landscapes. It’s been a while since I posted the first Israeli startup landscape collection (August 2018) and second batch (Nov 2019) of Israeli startup maps.

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Energize Colorado Free and Low-Cost Mental Health Care

Feld Thoughts

The Covid crisis has generated, or amplified, a number of separate crises. One of them is a mental health (or mental wellness) crisis. As humans, our entire way of living has been dramatically impacted by Covid.

6 Tips For Entrepreneurs To Lock In On The Right Road

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the simplest questions I get from aspiring entrepreneurs, and ironically one of the hardest, is “How do I start?” I want to tell them to just start anywhere, but I realize that most have no idea where anywhere is.

The Future of Education

Version One Ventures

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of education lately. It’s clear that our current model is beyond broken. The very young are taught to grin and bear twelve years of compulsory passive absorption.

New Normal: A conversation with Brian Sommer of TechVentive

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

Leading People In A Crisis – Yes, It Will Be Different

YoungUpstarts

by Wayne Embree, EVP of Venture Acceleration & Investments for Rev1 Ventures. While there are plenty of challenges and opportunities that present themselves within the idea of launching a business during a recession, the only thing for certain right now is uncertainty itself.

The Response To COVID-19 Should Be More Kindness

YFS Magazine

Researchers found that being kind to ourselves or to anyone else — yes, even a stranger — or actively observing kindness around us boosted happiness. Lifestyle health and wellness mental health pandemic personal development

Female Contemporary Mentors of Mine

Feld Thoughts

In response to my post, Contemporary Mentors , a female reader of this blog who often sends me notes when I fall into a pattern of highlighting cis-het-white men, responded directly to the post with: I hope that you add more women and more diversity to your contemporary mentors.

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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly where creativity comes from within, or how to pick and motivate the most creative people for the team.

Board Diversity / Network Diversity

VC Adventure

Fred Wilson’s recent post on diversity was thought-provoking on several levels and got me thinking not just about board composition but more broadly about the question of networks and how relying too heavily on existing networks can limit the diversity of those networks.

Oracle Nation update

deal architect

Last August, I had floated the idea of writing Oracle Nation. This blog post laid out the reasons why I was thinking about it. I added in a comment the changing industry landscape I hoped to explore "The next wave. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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What Not To Do When Marketing During A Pandemic 

YoungUpstarts

by Boris Pfeiffer , CEO and Founder of Riddle. Months into COVID-19’s impact upon much of the business landscape, marketing teams have been forced to change their approach to messaging their clients. However, this is easier said than done.

Q2 2020 Quarterly Update

Version One Ventures

Happy Canada Day & Happy (early) Fourth of July! Here we are, halfway through 2020 and what an unprecedented year it has been. As we focus on staying safe and healing, we continue to look forward, keeping our heads down to build great companies. .

Book: The Startup Playbook

Feld Thoughts

If you are working on your first startup, this is the book for you. Hopefully, the Foreword I wrote reflects my belief in the quality and importance of this book.

6 Keys To Successfully Addressing Investor Questions

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs looking for investor funding often fail to realize that all money comes with strings. For example, if you have watched the Shark Tank TV series, you probably noticed that the Sharks always ask the entrepreneurs for their intended “use of funds.”

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26 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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WFH productivity and problems

deal architect

I was one of Gartner's first WFH analysts in 1995. They were not sure the WFH model would work in analyst world so they had me spend most of the first 6 months at HQ in Stamford, CT. My employment. Future of Work New Normal COVID-19

What To Know About Buying A Property For Business Use

YoungUpstarts

It’s not uncommon for new businesses to have humble beginnings from inside the home. You may have heard of many “ startup garage ” stories that can certainly inspire you to explore the growth potential of home-based businesses.

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Local Marketing Tips For Your Lawn Care Business

The Startup Magazine

Summer is a busy time for you if you own a lawn care and landscaping business ; you likely have your hands full with scheduling employees, taking appointments, and maintaining equipment in anticipation of steady profits. Is your landscaping business marketing optimized for growth this season?

Contemporary Mentors

Feld Thoughts

The phrase “contemporary mentors” popped into my head on loop number six of eight on my morning run. I’m training for a Covid marathon, which is 27 loops around my property.

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8 Steps To Success With A Startup Board And Advisors

Startup Professionals Musings

Many startup founders I know avoid establishing a formal advisory board or board of directors for as long as possible, with the excuse that this is just another burden, or it has more risk than value to the founder.