July, 2019

Framework Benchmarks Round 18

TechEmpower

Round 18 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available! When we posted the previous round in late 2018, the project had processed about 3,250 pull requests. Today, with Round 18 just concluded, the project is closing in on 4,000 pull requests. We are repeatedly surprised and delighted by the contributions and interest from the community. The project is immensely fun and useful for us and we're happy it is useful for so many others as well! Notable for Round 18.

Why Gross Profit Is More Important Than Revenue

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about gross profit (and gross margin ) lately. Yeah, I know I can be riveting, but stay with me. When I was in Boston a while ago (it was very cold, so it must have been January), I had a wide-ranging conversation with Eric Paley. This was before the IPO Summer of 2019 when all conventional valuation metrics have entered the land of “suspension of disbelief” which is short-term good and long-term well-we-will-see-…-eventually.

7 Wise Leadership Strategies When Smart is Not Enough

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I have met are smart, but many are not always wise.

How The Workplace Divides, Not Unites, Women 

YoungUpstarts

by Joy L. Wiggins, PhD and Kami J. Anderson, PhD, co-authors of “ From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace “ Hostility between working women is trending.

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Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools

Grasshopper Herder

Don’t get buried in the tools and platforms -- know how your resources, time frames, risks, and options work together to create a viable innovation portfolio map. The post Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Metrics & Innovation Accounting Startup Tool

SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 12 - Manifest Destiny?

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. This is the final batch I am excerpting. The book is. SAP Nation, the book

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When Technologists Use Their Powers For Good

Feld Thoughts

Xiao Wang , the founder, and CEO of Boundless , recently gave a speech at the 2019 convocation of UW’s Information School. It was 15 minutes long and I thought it was extraordinary. Xiao – nice job weaving in a Mary Oliver quote at the end.

6 Keys To Growing Your Career Through The Gig Economy

Startup Professionals Musings

While everyone agrees that the “ gig economy ” is really here, the practical realities, other than not counting on long-term employment, are not so obvious. In my role as a mentor to many business professionals, I still see some who have no idea how to adapt to the new realities.

Less Multi-Tasking, More Meditation: A New Model For Start-up Leadership

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Heinrich, Founder and CEO of Oh My Green. More often than not, the words “start up culture” conjure up a very specific image in people’s minds: late nights at the office, lots of coffee and Red Bull, pizza boxes under the desks.

Is Artificial Intelligence Still Relevant for Startups?

ReadWriteStart

If artificial intelligence confuses you, think about what happens when it’s not leveraged properly. For context, consider the London-based VC firm MMC who found that about 40% of European AI startups don’t use AI in any tangible way.

Control your own destiny when it comes to EOL of your packages

deal architect

A recent Rimini Street survey says that in spite of the announced 2025 end of life for core applications in SAP Business Suite 7 ERP product and older versions, "Of the IT leaders surveyed, two-thirds state they either have no. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Get Ready To Announce Your New Product Launch

Rembrandt Communications

Tips For a Successful Product Launch. As a Chief Product Officer for a B2B, promotion may not be top-of-mind when you are in the conception and development stage. But, this is a good time to talk to your public relations’ (PR) team members.

Street Level Startups: A 5-Part Series Celebrating Colorado Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

I’m lazy blogging this week as I get ready to go on vacation for the July 4th holiday. So, here’s another set of videos to watch, which is the entire Street Level Startups series from Colorado Public Television. I’ve watched them all now and they are a great history of how the entrepreneurship scene in Colorado has evolved recently, along with a bunch of fun highlights of people and companies. Street Level Startups: The New Gold Rush.

9 Elements Of Every New Venture That Investors Expect

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs are always looking for a shortcut in getting their venture story and plan across to investors, and closing on the funding they need.

Six Ways A Strong Brand Makes Your Company Money

YoungUpstarts

by Lindsay Pedersen, author of “ Forging An Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide “ Many company owners go about their business without thinking much about brand.

Five year record for Israeli exits in the first half of 2019

VC Cafe

According to a new report by IVC Research Centre and law firm Meitar, Israeli exits in the first half of 2019 (H1 2019) reached a record of $14.48 billion ($7.58 billion excluding $6.9 billion. This is a content summary only.

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SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 11 - X’s and O’s

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. Over the next week I will excerpt the final batches. SAP Nation, the book

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Startup a Business in Florida – Everything You Need to Know

The Startup Magazine

Fewer places are better to start a business than the ‘Sunshine State.’ For starters, there are no state income taxes in Florida, so your business expenses and financial obligations are going to be lower than others.

Pledge 1% Today

Feld Thoughts

Over the years, I’ve written about my belief in the importance of giving back to your communities and #givefirst. In this spirit, one of the key organizations my partners at Foundry Group have helped create and nurture is Pledge 1%. In 2007, we were a founding member in the predecessor organization to Pledge 1%, called Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (or EFCO). EFCO started as an experiment here in Boulder, not unlike Techstars and Startup Week / Weekend that got their start in our backyard.

10 Innovation Myths For New Venture Founders To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process.

A Start-Up’s Digital Checklist

YoungUpstarts

If you are starting out on a new venture, chances are you won’t have a website or digital platform from which to help propel your business forward. With everyone using the internet for research of all types, especially mobile that makes up over 50% of global searches.

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5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises

ReadWriteStart

Though enterprises see the appeal of using blockchain , companies often don’t want to take on the challenge of working with their business partners to create a new blockchain solution.

SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 12 - From Sea to Shining Sea

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. Over the next week I will excerpt the final batch. SAP Nation, the book

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Side Hustle : Things to Know About InboxDollars

The Startup Magazine

So you’re looking to make a bit of extra cash, are you? We’re guessing that’s why you’re an entrepreneur looking for a side hustle. There are a lot of websites out there which claim they’ll pay you to fill out surveys or something of the sort, but too many of them are scams.

Fund81 Podcast Interview on Mental Health in Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Kraus, Sue Heilbronner, and the work they do through MergeLane. Recently Elizabeth started a platform for the next generation of venture capitalists called Fund81. It includes a podcast , which has both a public section for everyone and a private section for the Fund81 members.

8 Ways To Learn From Your Team And Succeed Together

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas.

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3 Digital Marketing Trends For 2019

YoungUpstarts

One of the most unpredictable things about marketing in 2019 is trends. Irony-stuck? Be with me here. A tactic that used to work a month ago may become totally void by the end of today. And it won’t even be a surprise.

Spotlight on Novos, the training platform for gamers

VC Cafe

We sat with Or Briga and Shai Arnon, co-founders of Novos, for a chat on the world of E-Sports, best practices in coaching and what it takes to find product market fit in this market. Continue. This is a content summary only.

Friday Fun-isms: Handoffs

View from Seed

Given our high-conviction, hands-on strategy and NextView, we tend to take an approach where each one of our investments has a very clear lead partner within the firm. This is the person who ends up being the primary point of contact for a founder and is the one that drives the majority of the due diligence and day to day management of the investment. This is pretty typical for many institutional funds.

Established or New  —  A Business Must Market Itself

The Startup Magazine

You have a great product or exceptional service to provide but are unclear about how to gain exposure for your new business. Many new businesses suffer the same fate; they remain stagnant for years with little growth.

How to Use Google Data Studio for Client Reporting

ConversionXL

“Getting great results” and “creating great reports” are very different skill sets. If you’re like most marketers, you’d rather sharpen your subject-matter expertise than spend time in PowerPoint.

6 Ways To Help Others At Work And Still Save Yourself

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t you wish you were better at saying “no” to all those extraneous requests for a bit of help at work?

The Importance Of Managing Your Brand Reputation From The First Day

YoungUpstarts

by Binh An Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Market Ease Business Promotions. The importance of reputation should never be underestimated in business. In today’s digital world, negative feedback can quickly go viral, leading to potential disaster for even the biggest brands.

The Truth About Investor Updates

Haystack

The topic of “investor updates” has been debated frequently. Most folks who are not close to early-stage startups and new company formation would be surprised to discover that a high number of companies, after receiving funding from individuals or institutions, do not send updates to their investors. Contrast that with a fund manager, who is often required to issue quarterly capital account statements usually paired with a cover note and updates on specific companies.