March, 2018

Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

I read Emily Chang’s book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley the day it came out. Yes – I stayed up until after midnight (way past my bedtime) reading it. It’s powerful.


The VC/Company Relationship

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now. Capital was hard to come by, VCs commanded terms that would be laughed at today, and once they had made the investment, VCs acted as if they owned the Company (they sometimes did). The VC/Company relationship was a lot more like the current PE business than the current VC business. Back then VCs thought their customers were their Limited Partners.


Leadership is More Than a Memo

Steve Blank

I just read Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley. It was both eye-opening and cringe-worthy. The book explores the role of gender in the tech industry – at startups and venture capital firms – and the interaction between men and women in the two.


[Podcast] The Business of Authentic Storytelling Through Art


Grateful to have been interviewed by Andrea Catherine, the host of the Fearless Self-Love Podcast. You can listen to the episode on iTunes or the link below. I’ve copied the show notes to help navigate as you listen.


The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do but also we believe it will help drive large and differentiated returns.


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What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?


Editor’s note: A Quora user recently asked, “What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?” ” This great answer was written by Adam Nyhan, business attorney for Opticliff Law in Portland, ME, and is reposted here with his permission. I’m a business lawyer, so my answer will reflect the types of mistakes that clients of mine make. Read more >. The post What is the most common legal mistake that attorneys see laypeople make?


Female Leadership When Women Mentor Other Women


It used to be a running joke many moons ago when I was a young employee right out of school that if you had a female boss, you were ruined. This was supposed to be especially true for women employees. For the longest time I believed this to be true only of India.


The State of Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Co-founder magazine just interviewed me about the current state of entrepreneurship – in startups and large companies – and how we got here. I thought they did a good job of capturing my thoughts. Take a read here. click here to read the rest of the article.


10 Investor Approaches To Avoid When You Need Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately.


Hyperbolic Headlines About Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

The hyperbolic headlines are once again accompanying the articles about Silicon Valley. A Sunday NY Times article titled Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley kicks off what I expect is another wave of this. It references a recent Wired article titled Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators , Go read them all and then tune back in here. I’ll wait. Buried deep within the NYT article is an admission.


Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers

Grasshopper Herder

Reverse mentoring involves the pairing of employees from different generations who can offer unique experiences and perspectives to their partner. The post Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers appeared first on Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Innovation Mentor


Precious Metals: Outlook March 2018


Gold prices experienced some volatility in recent weeks, with upward pressures sending them higher by mid-February, followed by a price moderation at the end of the month as competing downward pressures strengthened. On 9 March, gold closed the trading day at USD 1,322 per troy ounce, which was 0.7%


XYO Network: How Blockchain Is Navigating Location Tracking Into The Future


From flying drones to autonomous vehicles that can navigate a shipment to your door within an hour of clicking “Buy!” — the future of eCommerce is looking pretty flash.


“Visibility” — A Powerful Lesson on DACA and The American Dream from @LeonKrauze

Both Sides of the Table

León Krauze from Univisión gave an impassioned keynote presentation at The Upfront Summit on the topic of “invisibility” of immigrant workers in our society. It moved people to tears, was widely Tweeted and several people asked me to share this video. Invisibility.


7 Modern Business Values Lead To Sustainable Profits

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to set the culture you need for a thriving business, as well as thriving employees, customers, partners, and vendors.


Privacy and Facebook – The Non-Surprise

Feld Thoughts

In 2008, I gave a talk at my 20th-year reunion at MIT Sloan. The title of the talk was something like “Privacy is Dead” and my assertion, in 2008, was that there was no longer any data privacy, anywhere, for anyone. I’ve been living my life under that assumption since then. The current Facebook scandal around Cambridge Analytica, and – more significantly – data privacy, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.


How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Up and Running

Image via WOCinTechChat. I know what it’s like to pitch to investors—both angels and venture capitalists. I’ve raised close to $1 million from angel investors for my previous technology startups.


Atlanta Housing Overview March 2018


Atlanta has a diverse housing realm. From dense and affluent to barren wastelands and crime ridden areas, Atlanta is a big city and has the parts to prove it. Population and industry drive a city. As you can see from the table below, Atlanta has a massive population.


Framework Benchmarks Hardware Update


We have retired the hardware environment provided by Server Central for our Web Framework Benchmarks project. We want to sincerely thank Server Central for having provided servers from their lab environment to our project. Their contribution allowed us to continue testing on physical hardware with 10-gigabit Ethernet. Ten-gigabit Ethernet gives the highest-performing frameworks opportunity to shine.


11 Questions for Serial Entrepreneur Whurley who is Launching Strangeworks at SXSW


William Hurley, known as Whurley, is one of the best-known tech entrepreneurs in Austin. And he is always hatching up something new every year for South by Southwest. One year, Chaotic Moon, the company he co-founded and sold to Accenture, tasered an intern.


10 Ways To Jeopardize A New Venture Early And Often

Startup Professionals Musings

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs seem to prefer to fail their way to the top, rather than do some research and learn from the successes and mistakes of others. It seems to be part of the “ fail fast, fail often ” mantra often heard in Silicon Valley.


Why Biohacking and Bodyhacking Are The Wrong Words

Feld Thoughts

We (the tech industry) like to label everything. I attribute the source of this desire and need to Regis McKenna although he may have just been the genius that amplified it. The labels I dealt with early in my professional career (the 1980s) included micro computers, mini-computers, artificial intelligence, expert systems, neural networks, middleware, super computers, parallel computing, and killer app. Oh – and groovy. And music by Boston, Journey, Rush, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC.


How Social Entrepreneurship Is Changing Businesses

Up and Running

Outdoor gear brand Patagonia has built their brand around a focus on environmental and social consciousness. Source.).


At A Glance: U.S. Mortgage Industry Analysis


Above shows the change in mortgage underwriting - from banks to non-banks. Great read below, it includes the statement: Before the financial crisis, mortgages were the last thing a consumer would default on, Noring says.


Don’t Make These Influencer Marketing Mistakes


Thinking about emailing influencers to ask them for backlinks or tweets? Most people are terrible at it. The post Don’t Make These Influencer Marketing Mistakes appeared first on CXL. The Pe:p Show


Understanding Capitalism Means Studying History: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News Business as a force for good, capitalism as the roots of inequity in our society stemming from slavery, the wealth gap and intentionally helping underserved communities.


5 Motivations That Bode Well For New Venture Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do.


AMA for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

“Technologies that have revolutionized so many sectors of the economy have the potential to transform the way we do conservation. We’re at the front end of a new ‘nature-tech’ revolution and nature stands to win big from it.”


Entrepreneurs Need Support Networks Now More Than Ever

YFS Magazine

We are social beings. We live in an interconnected world. Even in today’s information age, the importance of collaborative networks has not diminished, but rather changed form. Lead leadership mentorship personal development


Russian Economics: An Overview


Pertinent to cover Russia since Putin has won. OVERVIEW | Incoming data suggests that Russia’s economic recovery was broadly steady in recent months, although growth likely remained lackluster.


Cognizant Community: One dazzling presentation after another

deal architect

In Part 1 here, Malcolm Frank, EVP of Marketing and Strategy talked about his keynote and the audience vibe at the recent Cognizant Community. Here he provides color commentary on some of the other excellent sessions during the event. Kevin. Industry Commentary


5 Ways Creative Entrepreneurs Can Keep Motivated

Up and Running

As a graphic and website designer who has grown a business, I fit into the typical definition of “creative entrepreneur.”.


The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Funding From Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

In their passion to succeed, too many entrepreneurs treat friends and family investments as “low-hanging” fruit, only to find out later, after a stumble, that the pain of lost relationships is greater than the loss of their beloved startup.


Hotshot Advice on Raising Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Raising money is hard. Entrepreneurs need to understand what’s involved – from what to consider when picking the right venture partner and how to think about the economic and control rights at stake, to what life will be like after the deal closes.