March, 2019

Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2019 Registration Is Open

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course again. Registration is now open and it runs from April 7, 2019 – May 31, 2019. It’s produced by Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars. We’ve run the course four times now and have had over 15,000 people take it.

9 Strategies For Maximizing Your Social Media Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services.

Oracle Applications: a new chapter?

deal architect

Steve Miranda, EVP, Applications Product Development at Oracle briefed analysts about this week's co-located Modern Business Experience (MBX) and Modern Customer Experience (MCX) in Las Vegas. He also blogged about it: "we are bringing together marketing, sales, and service with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin

YoungUpstarts

Brandon Seigel is targeting his business talent toward helping health practitioners in private practice, and at the same time filling a niche he recognized when helping a family member shore up a practice that was in a tailspin.

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Don’t Get Left Behind As Your Company Grows

Steve Blank

If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up.

How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery?

Grasshopper Herder

Is the customer discovery process one of your pain points? Find out how many interviews you should do, how often, and how to process the information quickly so you can move on to your build in no time. The post How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery? appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup User Experience & Research Customer Segmentation & Personas Generative Market Research Hypothesis Driven Development lean startup

Anti-VR

Feld Thoughts

A central theme of science fiction over the past 20 years has been the dystopian future of humans, laying on couches, connected to machines that feed them and process their waste, while they interact with a virtual world.

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Influence, Intelligence and SAP

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Last week, in the Enterprise Irregulars chat room I said in a thread "Analyst Relations at vendors generally want to influence v. seek intelligence. So they want analysts to say nice things about what they can offer today. As important. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others) Industry Commentary

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Tech That Can Make The Freelance Economy Sustainable

YoungUpstarts

by Peter Johnston , founder and CEO of Kalo. Full-time employment affords individual staff members access to healthcare benefits, paid sick leave and several other notable amenities. But what about freelancers?

The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch [With Video]

Up and Running

Whether you are trying to raise money from angel investors or venture capitalists for your business, or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals.

Lyft S-1: Kicking Off the Decacorn Bonanza of 2019

View from Seed

Lyft’s S-1 dropped on Friday. 2019 is shaping up to be the year the dam broke for decacorn IPOs, with Lyft, Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, et al in the queue. I’ve been looking thru S-1s for many years, out of intellectual curiosity to better understand how remarkable businesses work.

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. powered by Crowdcast.

5 Alternatives To Shutting Down A Struggling Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.

Qualtrics: Not just a shiny new object for SAP

deal architect

I want to be respectful of the NDAs SAP requested during the recent analyst summit but wanted to share early thoughts that crossed my mind as we were introduced to SAP’s new acquisition. We saw keynotes at the Qualtrics X4. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

What Is PPC And How To Use It In Your Marketing Strategy

YoungUpstarts

In today’s competitive world of digital marketing one of the most sought after strategic goals is to achieve an organic high ranking on a search engines like Google. Doing so takes loads of hard work and know-how as well as extensive knowledge of how websites work. It can be a daunting process.

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Trading Precious Metals Online

The Startup Magazine

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to trade in precious metals online. Online brokers make it nice and simple for residential investors to buy and sell gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals. How to Trade.

25 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Most Coveted Self-Care Rituals

YFS Magazine

How do entrepreneurs approach self-care? How we start our days, end our days and manage the time in between impacts how we show up in life and business. Lifestyle health and wellness mental health personal development self care

Book: Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Feld Thoughts

I read Roger McNamee’s book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe the day it came out. While likely uncomfortable for a lot of people, it was excellent, provocative, and challenging all at the same time. I have not, nor have I ever been, an investor in Facebook. However, I benefited indirectly from, and indirectly contributed to, the rapid rise of Facebook as an early investor in Zynga.

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10 Business Plan Tips Too Many Entrepreneurs Forget

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short.

The third decade at Salesforce

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Congrats to Marc Benioff and team for twenty glorious years. $1 1 billion in annual revenues by end of first decade, $ 16 billion forecast bt the end of the second - what a rocket ship! He is also one heck. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

How Businesses Can Promote A Green Workplace

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Cramer, President of Go Solar Group. Many companies want to create a healthy work environment. The beauty of creating a green workplace, however, is that it promotes long term health. There are many ways in which you can create a greener work environment.

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How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people.

How I Stay Motivated Through The Ups And Downs of Startup Life

YFS Magazine

Startup life is complicated. One day you're riding high on top of the world, and the next you're plunging into unthinkable lows. Lead motivation personal development starting a business

Book: Digital Minimalism

Feld Thoughts

Several friends have mentioned that I’d love Cal Newport’s writing. I finally got around to reading his most recent book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World and my friends were correct.

How To Focus On Relationships To Maximize Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Brands are people first. Customers are people too, so customers tend to take their relationship with a brand personally. Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank.

SAP Nation 3.0: Those who ignore history.

deal architect

The book is available for advance purchase on Amazon here. I am sending out media review copies this week. Over the next few weeks, as I do with all my books, I will share about 5% of the 400 pages. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation, the book

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Employment Gaps Raise Red Flags, But They Can Be Overcome

YoungUpstarts

by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. Throughout the course of a career, working professionals may experience brief or extended gaps of unemployment between positions.

Sun, Sand, and Software: Why Miami is Fired-Up for Tech

ReadWriteStart

People who say Austin is the “next Silicon Valley” have obviously never been to Miami. Miami has its tropical climate, world-class art scene, and ample business crowd, technology companies have found a new home-sweet-home, leaving locals wondering what took so long?

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A 3-Step Framework To Approach Tough Business Problems

YFS Magazine

As you build a startup, you will discover that projects rarely go off without a hitch. Here's a simple framework to tackle the toughest business problems. Lead leadership personal development problem solving

What If Your Future Was Determined By The Color Of Your Eyes

Feld Thoughts

If you are looking for something powerful, creative, provocative, and beautifully done, go look at True Blue by Eliot Peper and team. In 2017, I wrote a post titled A Clever Short Story About Discrimination about the short story that Eliot had written. It was an idea that David Cohen had.

10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge.

OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to accelerate its development and market expansion. It plans to hire more employees in the areas of engineering, data science, product and design.

Small Business Security – It’s A Serious Business

YoungUpstarts

People wh? ?wn nd run small businesses m?? n neglected ?n n th? ???t. t attracted b? large budgets ?nd nd sophisticated requirements ?f f large enterprises, th? security industry d?d t focus ?n n providing security f?r r small businesses. Small businesses h?d settle f?r r inadequate ?nd

Fifteen Podcasts You Must Listen to in 2019

ReadWriteStart

Radio “just ain’t” what it used to be. In the olden days, you’d turn the dial, try to avoid the whistles and pops, then land on a station that plays Hotel California every half an hour.

Startup Accelerator/Funding Opportunity: AEP’s IlluminationLAB

The Startup Magazine

In an effort to support startups looking for capital and mentorship, The Startup Magazine is supporting American Electric Power in the launch of its IlluminationLAB global innovation program for technology entrepreneurs.

Happy 81st Birthday Dad

Feld Thoughts

My dad turns 81 today. He’s one of my best friends. He loves the color green. And, a few of my other friends have a birthday today (happy birthday Dave.). Lots of people don’t realize that I grew up in Texas (did you know that 33.3% of the Foundry Group partners are from Texas?)

7 Facts Of Business Life People Learn From Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

When I started mentoring entrepreneurs and startups a few years ago, I anticipated that I would get mostly tough technical questions, but instead I more often hear things like “Where do I start?”