May, 2018

Boulder Startup Week 2018 Non-Profit Pitch Contest

Feld Thoughts

It’s awesome how Startup Week and Weekend have grown from an experiment here in Boulder into a global set of events that are now housed under the Techstars umbrella.

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How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “ Lemons Ripen Early ,” which also has a link to other posts.

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Note From Chad: Bitcoin Grades

Chaganomics

The info below is really helpful if you think about assets and pricing (which is something I think about a lot). Bitcoin inevitably could be graded based on transaction history.

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Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy

Grasshopper Herder

Whether the companies are private or public, shareholders are demanding a vision for the future. How will these old, inflexible companies survive in industries facing. The post Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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Canada

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I’m in Canada today to attend a board meeting. I love Canada. It’s a kindler gentler more welcoming version of the US. And it’s increasingly an important place to be for the tech sector. About 10% of USV’s active portfolio is in Canada. And 30% of our last ten investments are in Canada. We have portfolio companies in Toronto, Waterloo, and Vancouver. We also know that Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa are attractive places to invest.

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The Best 3 Branding Exercises For Startups

YFS Magazine

Here are a few fun, engaging and insightful exercises you and your team can do today to help define your brand. Don’t be shy — let your creative juices flow! Grow Marketing & Sales brand development brand strategy branding personal branding rebranding

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Russian Economic Outlook April 2018

Chaganomics

From Focus Economics: Comprehensive GDP data revealed that the recovery lost steam in the fourth quarter of last year, with growth weighed on by inventories as well as slowing fixed investment.

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Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk.

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Top 20 A/B Ecommerce Test Ideas

ConversionXL

There’s nothing that always works and pretty much nothing that never works either. Websites are highly contextual. That being said, there are tests that tend to have a very high win rate. These are the test ideas that, while they don’t work 100% of the time, work more often than not.

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Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or help out, I encourage you to check out the event. Friday, May 18th starts off with the Brain Crawl at Boulder Startup Week. My good friend Jerry Colonna and I spoke at this part of the weekend last year.

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Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

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6 Brand Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

YFS Magazine

One of the most important things you can do before you implement a marketing strategy is to really understand your brand goals. This simple 6-step process will help you gain clarity on your brand goals. Grow Marketing & Sales brand strategy branding marketing personal branding

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Eurozone - Regional Outlook Improves

Chaganomics

A string of weaker economic data suggests that the Eurozone economy decelerated at the start of 2018, following a robust spell of growth last year.

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Rusty Tweed Explains How to Structure a Business

The Startup Magazine

Prior to the commencement of any large entrepreneurial project, one must go through the rigorous process of setting their business up. Although there are cases when this may only take a few days, it is not uncommon for the first-time owners to spend weeks gathering the necessary paperwork.

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CoLiving & Shared Housing Isn’t Just for Urban Millennial Bros

Hunter Walker

“Luke opened the shared fridge and, since it was after 4pm, chugged his Kombucha/Soylent Keto shake.

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The New Gmail For 2018

Feld Thoughts

Ahhhh. The new Gmail client for the web is finally here. And a lot of things are fixed. The two things I like the best are really simple but dramatically increase my email throughput. name : When I add someone to an email thread, I use the shortcut “+name” to indicate to everyone on the thread that I’ve added them. I started doing this around 2008 (I can’t remember where I picked it up from, but I think it might have been Mark Pincus at Zynga.)

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Understanding the Herd Mentality of VCs and How not to Let it Psyche You Out

Both Sides of the Table

Whether you’re fund raising from angels, seed investors and VCs?—?as as an industry we succumb to “herd mentality.” There are a few exceptions and originally thinkers but it’s maddening how much group think and need for social proof there are.

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10 Copywriting Strategies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Up and Running

Copywriting can make or break your business. Your skills, directly and indirectly, impact how well you communicate with your customers. Good writing brings out emotions, answers questions, and leads users toward the sale.

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How To Promote Yourself With Dignity And Authenticity

YFS Magazine

When some entrepreneurs think of self-promotion they consider it to be an ego-serving, distracting waste of time. However, every business owner needs to to promote themselves in order to increase brand awareness and reach new clients.

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OJO Labs Raises $20.5 Million in VC Funding and Plans to Double in Size

SiliconHills

OJO Labs, an Austin artificial intelligence startup, has raised $20.5 million in venture capital. The company, founded in 2015, raised the Series B round from new investors Realogy, the Royal Bank of Canada, Northwest Mutual Fund Ventures and ServiceMaster.

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Which Wolf Do You Feed?

VC Confidential

Question: If you lose your fear, do you lose your drive? It’s a question many entrepreneurs ask themselves. They seem to have bought into the idea that you can either be content or you can be driven, but those two states cannot coexist. But that idea is flawed.

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Alex Iskold Startup Hacks

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been friends with Alex Iskold for over a dozen years (I was an angel investor in GetGlue, which USV funded.). Alex has been the Managing Director of Techstars NY for a number of years and I think he’s now run seven programs and built an impressive portfolio of around 80 companies. I’m a huge Alex fan and love his writing. Recently, he put together a bunch of great blog posts on his site under a heading Startup Hacks.

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Planning Your Fund Raising — “Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Both Sides of the Table

There is an old management saying, “measure twice, cut once” which refers to the benefit of doing some planning. It’s the antithesis of “ready, fire, aim” which seems to be so prevalent in today’s society.

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7 Ways to Grow Your SaaS Startup Faster

Up and Running

Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies. Start charging early. SaaS startups are often hesitant about charging customers.

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Essential Advice For Startup Owners

The Startup Magazine

Aside from thinking fast, acting in the spur of the moment and being organised, there is a whole range of skills that you need to have to ensure that your start-up is successful and makes a profit during your first year of business.

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Serial Entrepreneur Bob Fabbio Plans to Builid eRevelance Into a $1 Billion Company

SiliconHills

In 1989, Bob Fabbio quit his job at IBM and launched Tivoli Systems, which went on to create of the largest software categories in the world – enterprise systems management. In 1995, Tivoli Systems went public and a year later IBM acquired the company for $743 million.

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PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people. Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations

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Step Into The VC Time Machine

Feld Thoughts

One of the things humans are bad at is remembering the past and incorporating the lessons they learned from difficult experiences. I’m sure there’s a philosophical word for this, but I’ve now heard the phrase “this time it is different” so many times that it doesn’t register with me as a valid input. I woke up this morning to Howard Lindzon’s post R.I.P

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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers.

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How to Get Started with Machine Learning and AI for Marketing

ConversionXL

Artificial Intelligence is powerful and will open doors we don’t even know exist at the moment. But there are some steps you can take today to ensure that you are making the most of this new capability and are not left behind.

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Rare event in Palo Alto today: fireside chat with Lifograph and Microsoft

The Startup Magazine

Microsoft General Manager Dave Mendlen is in Palo Alto today to participate in a rare fireside chat with the CEO of Lifograph, Dea Wilson. Mendlen flew into Silicon Valley from Seattle specifically for this event to chat with the “Wiki of People” CEO.

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Why You Can’t Succeed With a “Poor Me” Attitude

Up and Running

Fortune favors the brave, in life in general and especially in business. Any exceptional business leader you can name—from Mary Barra to Steve Jobs—achieved what they did on the back of a positive, can-do attitude. There was no time for excuses, negativity, and self-loathing. And the best thing?

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What Gary Vaynerchuk, Mila Kunis And Daria Zest Know About Success

YFS Magazine

I learned indispensable lessons that most successful people, like Gary Vaynerchuk and Mila Kunis, know all too well. Now, you might not know me (yet), but I can almost guarantee you know Gary and Mila. And the three of us share eerily similar stories.

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The Legend of Mike and Mary

Feld Thoughts

I was at dinner several weeks ago with Amy and two close friends who are 20 years younger than us. We were talking about what they were currently doing and they categorized their activities as “adding to” or “not adding to” the legend of mike and mary. I’ve anonymized them, but you get the idea. The legend they were referring to was their internal legend as a couple. Neither of them could give a s**t about the external legend, or what the world thought of them.

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