May, 2019

The Give First Podcast

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen and I are doing a podcast together called Give First. Readers of this blog likely know that this is the mantra of Techstars and the title of an upcoming book of mine that will be published in 2020. While I’ve been interviewed for many podcasts, I’ve never hosted one before.

How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

Steve Blank

Modern entrepreneurship began at the turn of this century with the observation that startups aren’t smaller versions of large companies – large companies at their core execute known business models, while startups search for scalable business models.

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Remote Employee

View from Seed

Throughout human history, our working environments have gone through several huge shifts. From hunters and gatherers to farmers and traders, from farmers to industry factory workers, and from factory workers to the modern day office employee.

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Change Your Management Style To Meet Today’s Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Change is hard. But these days it’s required and inevitable.

Digital Transformations: Too little, too late?

deal architect

I find Frank Scavo a great sounding board. He has a way of simplifying things and pushing back when things are buzzword-y. I have quoted him in several books. He has introduced me to case studies I have profiled in. Industry Commentary

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My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

Oblong + Looking Glass 2D to 3D Magic

Feld Thoughts

In the super cool thing category, it’s always fun to see two companies we are investors in easily put together a demonstration of the integration of their products. Oblong is a master of spatially interacting with 3D data on a 2D display.

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Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital.

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Plex: From shop floor to top floor

deal architect

I was surrounded by high-tech. I flew into the Delta McNamara terminal in Detroit with its ExpressTram which uses air cushion levitation like a hovercraft. The terminal is connected by a passenger tunnel which celebrates LED art. I stayed at.

How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions

Grasshopper Herder

Interviewing strangers is a science as much as an art. Learning how questions actually work can give you fresh insight into the customer discovery process. The post How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Improving My Handwriting

Feld Thoughts

I have awful handwriting. I used to not care, but at age 53, I find myself writing on paper more than I have the past 30 years. I’ve decided that I’m going to improve my handwriting because I think it will increase my joy of writing on paper.

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How To Protect Your Business In A Divorce

YoungUpstarts

From the emotional point of view, many times couples never think that a time would come to consider divorce. When you have significant investments, beautiful kids and all of a sudden disagreements start popping in, marriages get shaken, and one of the partners may feel it’s time to call it quits.

Friday Fun-isms: “Avoid Swiss Army Knives”

View from Seed

An inevitable question that founders face is “how is your product different?” Whether it’s asked explicitly or not, most investors that you speak to have probably seen or heard of a company that does something pretty similar to yours.

7 Keys To Using Social Media to Kickstart Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

"I have never been so proud to be part of this company"

deal architect

Said Hasso Plattner as we were wrapping up our annual Sapphire meeting with him. He told us he thought Bill McDermott's keynote this morning was the best he has delivered (I had walked up to Bill a few hours earlier. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Announcing Projector?—?A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

Both Sides of the Table

Announcing Projector?—?A A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years A few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien , the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way.

University of Michigan Joins the Global EIR Network

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been working on the Startup Visa since I first wrote about it 2009 in my post The Founders Visa Movement. After a decade, it’s clear that our federal government has broadly failed us on this front. In 2015, I announced the Global EIR initiative to try something different. Today, I’m happy to welcome the University of Michigan to the Global EIR network.

5 Risks Of Buying A Business And Profiting Off The Opportunities They Create

YoungUpstarts

by LJ Suzuki of CFOshare. Why start from scratch when you can get a great deal on what someone else started? In today’s sexy startup culture, buying an existing business has lost its vogue.

Slack S-1: Will ARPU Drive Long Term Value?

View from Seed

Slack dropped their S-1 a couple weeks ago. Even before that, we all knew that it was among the most rapidly growing SaaS companies in recent years and a product used (and loved) by millions of people. But now we have a chance to really dig in and understand Slack’s business a bit better.

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As An Entrepreneur, Are You Ready To Meet The Press?

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

Sapphire 2019: A curtain raiser with Nick Tzitzon

deal architect

As I prepare to drive to Orlando for the annual SAP conference I had a chance to talk to Nick Tzitzon, EVP of Marketing and Communications about what we can expect on the main stage. If you think about the. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Bill Campbell, the trillion dollar coach

Version One Ventures

Bill Campbell has long had a legendary reputation as one of the best coaches of all time, but until now, only the people he worked with got to understand and experience the power of his approach.

Tariffs and Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

If the majority of your understanding of how tariffs work is from Twitter, CNN, or Fox News, I encourage you to go read Trump’s China Tariffs Hit America’s Poor and Working Class the Hardest. And, if you think China is paying the U.S. directly for the tariffs, well, no … We have a lot of hardware companies in our portfolio so I’ve been living in the world of “what to do about tariffs” for several quarters.

My Secrets To Success For Leading As A Woman Entrepreneur In A Male-Dominated Industry

YoungUpstarts

by Rene Banglesdorf , author of “ Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds Are Stacked Against You “ Aviation has long been thought of as a male-dominated industry, and rightfully so.

Friday Fun-ism: “Time Kills All Deals”

View from Seed

This week’s Friday Fun-ism goes hand-in-hand with a previous, “ It moves slow until it moves fast.” The venture fundraising process for founders has a certain rhythm to it, and so a lot can be read into the timing and pacing of the conversations.

5 Key Drivers For Creating A Board For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by MDGovpics Many entrepreneurs I know are confused by definition and need for an Advisory Board versus a Board of Directors.

The Paradox of Selling Progress: a guest post by Mark Galloway

deal architect

Mark Galloway and I go back to our respective Lawson and Gartner days. I caught up with him recently - he is Co-Founder & CEO of OppSource, developers of next-gen sales engagement tools. He told me of an interesting use. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

Bad Entrepreneurial Cliches: Strong Opinions Loosely Held

Feld Thoughts

Michael Natkin at Glowforge recently wrote a great post titled Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech. I have never liked this entrepreneurial cliche. While I have a large personality, I don’t have a temper and I’m not argumentative. I try hard to listen (although I’m not always great at it), try to express my thoughts as “data” rather than “opinions”, and try to evolve my thinking based on the inputs that I get.

Ryan Bukevicz Passing On Online Marketing Strategies

YoungUpstarts

As one of the most successful entrepreneurs and an internet marketing genius, Ryan Bukevicz developed the idea of Bevo Media, which quickly became the top trending platform for internet marketing. He has achieved recognition and accolades for building the first interactive marketing platform.

The Road Less Traveled: Non-Standard Early Stage Funding Paths

View from Seed

As the seed stage that atomized and series A rounds have become larger and more traction based, the paths to series A have changed. The baseline path to series A has tends to look something like this: Raise $0?—?$500K

7 Problem Solving Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Fortune Conferences In every business, especially new ones, quick and effective problem solving is a critical skill.

The Oracle Enigma

deal architect

Rimini Street recently conducted a survey of Oracle customers. Oracle and Rimini have long been in litigation, so I would read the results with a nuanced viewpoint, but it does not paint the picture of a very happy Oracle Nation. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Customer Discovery Part 2: How a Focus On Storytelling Can Solve OUR Pain Points

Grasshopper Herder

Interviewers have pain points too. Here’s how a focus on the elements of storytelling can make your discovery process rewarding and pain-free. The post Customer Discovery Part 2: How a Focus On Storytelling Can Solve OUR Pain Points appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Interview lean startup

May the 4th Be With You

Feld Thoughts

The post May the 4th Be With You appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Investments droids misty sphero star wars

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My Secret Weapon For AI Investing Revealed

YoungUpstarts

by Alex Bates, Managing Director at Neocortex Ventures. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”. Your network is your net worth.”.