March, 2020

5 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Drivers That Lead To 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.

The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

“Winter is coming.”. This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?”.

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Enterprise Software: Emergency Apps and Empathy

deal architect

I was talking to a vendor exec last week and I mentioned the agility and innovation I am seeing in various sectors - agile manufacturing, re-jigged supply chains, reshaped shopping experiences, last-mile delivery, telework, telemedicine, teleschool- as we are fighting. Industry Commentary

Five Categories with Corona Tailwinds

View from Seed

Life has been turned upside down in the span of days. A week ago, I thought I’d be travelling for my first business school spring break — not cooped up in my Boston apartment. I thought I’d be heading to my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend — now it has been postponed.

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.

Wise Words from C.S. Lewis in 1948

Feld Thoughts

The following from C. Lewis. was on my fraternity email list this morning. It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age. In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?”

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Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Both Sides of the Table

I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room.

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You’re Not Important to Me but I Want To Meet With You

Steve Blank

If you’re a busy startup founder, you’re likely delegating the task of scheduling key meetings about things you want/need to your admin. This is a mistake. That’s because the dialog you have in setting up the meeting is actually the first part of your meeting, not some clerical task.

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The positive impact of COVID-19

deal architect

Somebody once told me I could make a brown paper bag sound interesting. Not sure if that was a compliment but I do find interesting aspects to most anything. While there is so much doom and gloom around the coronavirus. Industry Commentary

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The Due Diligence Hierarchy of Pain

View from Seed

When a founder is raising money, he/she should expect that any serious investor will conduct some level of due diligence before getting to yes. This could look somewhat different depending on the maturity of the business. Seed stage companies will mostly face questions around the team and market.

Geared Up for Another Intense Covid Week

Feld Thoughts

It’s amazing the havoc a 120-nanometer organism can wreak on the human race. Someone said that every 24 hours feels like a week. That would put us at the end of the school year, which kind of feels like what has actually happened. I expect this week will be as intense as last week.

Machine Learning Is Your Secret Weapon For Customer Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Ruff, Chief Technology Officer at Swiftpage. If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead when it comes to customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon.

7 Ways To Maximize Team Motivation And Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I was shocked to read an old Gallup study that indicates only 13 percent of employees worldwide are actively engaged at work, and more recent data shows only a small change in the right direction.

Action Today for CFO’s

Steve Blank

Jeff Epstein is on the board of Shutterstock, Twilio, Kaiser Permanente, and was the CFO of Oracle, DoubleClick, Nielsen and King World and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He teaches the Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford with me. And the minute he talks about financing I shut up and take notes. He sent this message to the CFOs of his companies yesterday. Read it along with yesterdays survival strategy advice to CEOs.).

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More COVID-19 impact - the age of agility

deal architect

The one thing I vividly remember from my first few days as an audit rookie at PwC was a class where the instructor said "never forget - an internal control should deliver more savings than the burden it puts on. Industry Commentary

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The Midas List Then and Now

View from Seed

In a few months, we are likely to see the annual Forbes Midas list of top performing early stage VC investors.

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#LeadBoldly to #StoptheSpread of COVID-19

Feld Thoughts

A coalition of 250 CEOs and leaders (and growing by the hour) are asking our fellow business and civic leaders around America to #LeadBoldly and #StoptheSpread of COVID-19.

Small Business Tips for Tough Times

Rembrandt Communications

Fellow Entrepreneurs, We Can Get Through Tough Times! How are things going for you and your business right now? As entrepreneurs, many of us are really struggling as we fight changes due to COVID-19.

6 Keys To Managing Funding From People Close To You

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.

Why Economically-Smart Entrepreneurs Get Better Results

YoungUpstarts

There are endless reasons why some entrepreneurs get better results than others. Some entrepreneurs are better marketers, salespeople, and others just know how to delegate responsibilities to experts.

The Passion Play

deal architect

It is the start of the new decade. Which means the beautiful town of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany will be hosting its 42nd once-a-decade Passion Play this summer. It is also the 15th anniversary of both my blogs, Deal Architect. Industry Commentary

Pandemic: How To Lead During Incredibly Difficult Times

YFS Magazine

For leaders, the question is not if you will face times of worry, stress, and setbacks, it is how will you lead during these times. Lead leadership pandemic

Seth Levine’s Practical Thoughts on the Covid Crisis

Feld Thoughts

In addition to his leadership at Foundry, the companies he’s involved in, a number of initiatives in Colorado generally and Longmont specifically, and with his family, my partner Seth Levine has written several excellent posts in around the Covid Crisis.

Look for the Small Business Silver Lining

Rembrandt Communications

How are you doing? With all the COVID-19 news, you may be feeling some anxiety and a bit negative right now. However, things do not have to be all doom and gloom for you or your business. That’s why I’m sending you a few insights to help you and your business through this difficult time!

7 Keys For Moving A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I have too often seen technical entrepreneurs get a product or service off the ground with ease, but then struggle mightily when their business reaches a couple of million in annual sales, or the employee count grows beyond a handful.

Everything You Need To Know About Locksmith Career Options

YoungUpstarts

If you believe the locksmith profession has more to do with the past than the future, then you couldn’t be more wrong!

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A tricky time for enterprise software

deal architect

I have spent a fair amount of time in the last few months talking to enterprise tech companies about verticalization and globalization. I recently talked to Mike Sicilia at Oracle and will be hearing more about their industry strategy later. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

How To Manage Your Online Presence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

YFS Magazine

The last few weeks, and especially the last few days have been downright scary. I've felt all of the emotions and feelings humanly possible. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing online business pandemic

Feed the Frontlines Boulder

Feld Thoughts

A creative group of Boulder entrepreneurs, led by Vikas Reddy and Kyle Judah and inspired by San Franciso entrepreneurs/investors Frank Barbieri and Ryan Sarver have created and put into action a program that supports both frontline health workers and local independent restaurants.

How Much Does a Press Release Cost (Really)?

Rembrandt Communications

You know you need to send out a press release, but how much is it? If you’ve never done public relations or pursued any kind of publicity before, the first thing you probably think you need to do is send out a press release.

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7 Business Experimentation Myths That Are Outdated

Startup Professionals Musings

In my work with you as an entrepreneur or small business owner, I find that most understand the need try out new business models and product innovations, but trust their intuition rather than running a disciplined business experiment first.

Common Investing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

YoungUpstarts

Investing is a great way to boost your wealth for the long term; however, if not done right, you may end up making careless mistakes that could cost you. Thankfully many of these costly investing errors can be avoided just by being more aware.

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Multi-generational HCM

deal architect

Dan Patrick, the sports talk host; Home Depot and the recently announced union between Kronos and Ultimate Software inspire this post. I have heard Dan tell the world his Sleep Number bed setting. I have heard people share their What. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

How To Write Magnetic Content That Resonates With Your Audience

YFS Magazine

When you change your approach to content development, you create a package that’s both valuable and one of a kind –– just like you. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

Exponential Growth and Covid-19

Feld Thoughts

Most people don’t understand exponential growth. It can be counterintuitive and is easily misinterpreted. Understanding it is particularly important right now around Covid-19.

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The state of COVID-19 testing

Version One Ventures

In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US. . Before going further, I want to be clear that I am not a medical doctor or researcher.

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5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing I have learned the hard way in business is that implementing new ideas is usually much more difficult than conceiving the idea in the first place. That’s why I caution my aspiring entrepreneur clients against proclaiming to investors that they are a great “idea” person.