January, 2021

How I Gamified My Own Brain to Lose Weight & Improve Fitness

Both Sides of the Table

Socially distant hiking in Sedona (we drove there) I recently wrote about my weight-loss journey over the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds without a fad diet and returned to my college weight. If you want to get in better shape and haven’t read that you might start there.

Lessons for the New Administration – Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

Steve Blank

Our recent national security class at Stanford, Technology, Innovation, and Modern War was designed to give students insights on how the onslaught of new technologies like AI, machine learning, autonomy, cyber, access to space, biotech, hypersonics, and others have the potential to radically change how countries fight and deter threats.

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Don’t Allow These Debunked Myths To Kill Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting an entrepreneurial business, or maintaining the competitiveness of a mature business, requires innovation. Yet everyone I know seems to have a different perspective on what constitutes real innovation, and why is seems to happen so rarely.

Burning Platform: SAP projects in Asia/Pac

deal architect

Brian Sommer and I recorded the first 12 episodes in this series. Since then, we have had several guests - Rob Kugel of Ventana, Josh Greenbaum of EA Consulting, Bonnie Tinder of Raven Intel, Frank Scavo of Avasant, Dennis Howlett.

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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.

Of Compliance And Cybersecurity: Bolstering Business Credibility And Continuity

YoungUpstarts

by Andy Prakash, founder of Privacy Ninja. The increasing pervasiveness of online activities have led to a greater demand for interconnectivity. This environment is more apparent in nations such as Singapore where there is extensive internet connectivity and the citizens are digitally knowledgeable.

Why LP’s Passed on Seed Funds 10 Years Ago (And What’s Happened Since)

View from Seed

This year will mark the 10 th year anniversary of NextView. I’ll be writing a number of posts looking back over the first decade of the life of this firm. In some ways, this feels like an eternity.

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A Quick Course on Lean

Steve Blank

Over the weekend I got asked the best way to teach students the principles of Lean via Zoom. One of the key lessons from our Educators Conference is that when teaching online complex information needs to be delivered to students in small, easily processed parts.

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8 Keys To A Major Source Of Funding For New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Many first-time entrepreneurs find themselves unable to bootstrap their startups, and also unable to find early funding at the venture capital level or even with angel investors. Their only recourse is that first tier of investors, fondly called Friends, Family and Fools.

RIP Len Fassler

Feld Thoughts

Gramercy Park in June 2015. After 89 years on this planet, Len Fassler passed away on Friday. Len was my Yoda. As a paternal figure, he was a close second to my father. I loved him deeply. And I will miss him every day.

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3 Effective Ways To Increase Sales Productivity

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Junge, CEO of PointerTop. The term ‘sales productivity’ refers to the phenomenon of maximizing the company`s sales result while minimizing the resources expended.

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How Venture Capital Decision Making Has Changed During the Pandemic

View from Seed

The sudden arrival of the global pandemic has shifted the playbook for founders and venture capitalists. Despite the beginnings of a vaccine rollout, it’s likely that the conditions created by Covid-19 will continue to persist for some time.

Smart Contracts on Bitcoin

Version One Ventures

Over 10 years since its inception, Bitcoin is now firmly established as the preeminent digital store of value (SoV).

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War  – Wrap Up

Steve Blank

This class, Technology, Innovation, and Modern War was designed to give our students insights on how the onslaught of new technologies like AI, machine learning, autonomy, cyber, access to space, biotech, hypersonics, and others has the potential to radically change how countries fight and deter threats.

7 Reasons Why Every Business Leader Needs A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

After working many years in business, both in large companies as well as startups, I’ve realized that you can learn more from peers and mentors than from any formal education program. Of course, nothing beats learning from your mistakes , but that’s a painful and very time-consuming journey.

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Media Archaeology Lab Virtual Tour on 1/21/21

Feld Thoughts

For a long time, I collected computers (hardware, software, manuals, and magazines.) About five years ago, I donated my collection to the Media Archaeology Lab , located at CU Boulder. Also, Amy and I have made substantial gifts to MAL from the Anchor Point Foundation.

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How To Find The Right Suppliers When Starting A Business From Scratch

YoungUpstarts

As someone looking to start a business, you’re going to want to make sure that you have every single facet handled. If you don’t have each area covered, then you’re not going to get exactly what you want.

Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Crusaders

View from Seed

I’ve had the privilege to work with many great entrepreneurs, both in my operating days at the start of my career and over the last decade plus on the VC investing side. In my experience founders usually fall into one of three types: mercenaries, missionaries, and crusaders.

Four Things To Consider Before Starting A Small Business

YFS Magazine

The difference between a small business success and a swift crash and burn is often the foundation you build from day one. Plan recommended starting a business startup advice

Data and Publicity Equal Small Business Success

Rembrandt Communications

Turn to Data for Free Publicity in 2021! If you are starting 2021 with limited funds for your business, turn to good data and publicity. With a little time and effort, you can generate positive, word-of-mouth that won’t cost you a cent in advertising!

7 Keys To Success In Today’s Popular Sharing Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

In the last few years I have seen a popular business model emerging which embodies a greater focus on social and environmental responsibility, and a new requirement for trust and sharing, as well as customer and community collaboration.

Welcome Maëlle Gavet to Techstars

Feld Thoughts

Today, Techstars announced that Maëlle Gavet has joined as CEO. When David Cohen, David Brown, Jared Polis, and I started Techstars in 2006, we could have never envisioned what it has become.

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Can You Turn Your Love Of Sports Into A Business?

YoungUpstarts

One of the single best ways to create a business model that you can put your passion and effort behind is to work in a field that matches what drives and interests you.

Introducing Maëlle Gavet as CEO of Techstars

David Cohen

“ Thoughtful leadership evolution in growing and scaling companies is healthy. It happens in strong, successful, mission-driven companies all the time.

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27 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated

Hearpreneur

When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need the motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

What Do My Partners REALLY Care About When You Pitch Them?

View from Seed

When a company is pitching a VC, there is typically one partner who is the advocate for the deal and is shepherding the process. This usually involves one or multiple meetings with the broad investment team, which culminates in a final decision. Although all VC’s tend to consider similar attributes about a potential investment, we each have certain biases or pet areas that we tend to hone-in on.

8 Initiatives To Heighten Your Customer’s Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Most leaders agree that poor customer service is a business killer today, in terms of lost customers, reduced profits, and low morale. Yet the average perception of customer experience has not improved.

What Is Your First Political Memory?

Feld Thoughts

For the past nine months, Amy and I have started our morning together. I get up, pee, weigh myself, brush my teeth, meditate for 20 to 30 minutes, and then we have “morning coffee” together. Morning coffee lasts for two cups of coffee (one regular, one decaf).

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How COVID-19 Is Changing Our Workplace Habits And Productivity

YoungUpstarts

The pandemic has disrupted and reshaped every aspect of life over the past year, and its impact on the world of work has been especially significant.

Nearly 200 Business Leaders Urge Congress to Accept Electoral College Results

YFS Magazine

America’s business leaders are ready to put the presidential election to rest. Economy economy editor picks elections politics small business news

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Takeaways from 2020

Hearpreneur

The start and ongoing of a business can be rewarding and exhausting at the same time. Running a business successfully encompasses learning from mistakes that happen along the way which in the end, helps your business to be more strategic and to get back on track.

SOS Shiny Object Syndrome

Eric Friedman

“Everyone is always chasing after the next shiny object” -Founders. This is a line I hear often from founders about their teams or themselves in early stage companies. While partly to blame, CEOs have gotten to where they are by trying, testing, iterating, and experimenting.

8 Keys To Preparing Early For Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. Although many won’t admit it, true entrepreneurs can’t wait to exit their current startup, and build a new and better one with their next great idea.

How Is The 54th Week of 2020 Going For You?

Feld Thoughts

At lunch today, Amy said “Welcome to January 112th.” ” I just got an email from a friend that included the line, “I’m writing off the first 20 days of the year, so here’s to a much different 2021 starting next week!”

The Entrepreneur’s Essentials: How To Prepare Yourself For Opening A Business

YoungUpstarts

Starting a business can be a daunting experience. As an entrepreneur, you need to ensure that there is enough demand for your offerings in the marketplace and have the right systems in place to meet those demands.

A Wake-up Call For Leaders Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep

YFS Magazine

Most leaders don't get enough sleep. We burn the candle at both ends. However, sleep deprivation yields short- and long-term consequences. Lifestyle health and wellness healthy lifestyle lifestyle recommended

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28 Entrepreneur Share Their Goals for 2021

Hearpreneur

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.

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