January, 2018

It Can All Go To Zero

Feld Thoughts

Perspective can be a useful thing. Cryptocurrencies have had a bad 24 hours. Last night Amy and I watched The Big Short for the second time. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a must watch movie. If you haven’t seen it in at least a year, watch it again.

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Taking Money “Off The Table”

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that this seems like a great problem to have, and it is, but it is still a challenging situation. We faced it in Twitter in 2010/2011/2012, in the years before Twitter went public (which happened in the fall of 2013).

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AVIXA’s Heidi A. Voorhees on Thinking Differently

Startup Professionals Musings

Heidi A. Voorhees, CAE. EDUCATION Bachelor of arts, majoring in commercial recreation/business, Central Michigan University; master of business administration, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. MY FIRST INDUSTRY JOB Straight out of college — convention assistant, SmithBucklin.

The technology shifts you need to focus on in 2018

Start Up Blog

I’ve always believed the technology shifts we ought focus on shouldn’t be the abrupt, but changes in the tide of consumer behaviour and the economy.

How Many Hats Should You Wear? When to Outsource As an Entrepreneur

Up and Running

It’s never been easier to start your own business. With the range of financing options out there and free online tools available, pretty much anyone with a great idea and a solid head for business can take the first steps into entrepreneurship.

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SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it!

deal architect

“Who pays when the SAP data center goes on strike and the solution is down?” Data Center going on strike? That portion of a quote from Hermann-Josef Haag, spokesperson for the DSAG HR management working group made me stop in. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Top 40 Product Management Influencers 2017 [Highlights]

The Product Guy

I’m completely psyched to have made this year’s list of Top 40 Product Management Influencers of 2017 for the THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR! The list exists to recognize the many influencers who helped to establish best practices and enlighten the industry this year.

Walmart’s Been On A Buying Spree. Which Company Could It Acquire Next?

Up and Running

Walmart’s $3.3B acquisition of Jet.com in August 2016 transformed the company beyond the addition of the Jet platform. Jet.com founder Marc Lore ascended to CEO of Walmart’s US e-commerce operations, and since joining has taken the company on an e-commerce/apparel acquisition spree.

25 education trends for 2018

This is going to be BIG.

Year after year, educators and those invested in education love to speculate about what will take off in the near future. And as far as riveting news goes, nothing quite peaks the interest like new trends that have the potential to fundamentally change learning.

Colorado Startup Summer

Feld Thoughts

Every entrepreneur starts her journey somewhere. Colorado is a premier location for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. This is why I co-founded and commit a portion of my time to Startup Colorado; an organization that empowers and sustains startup communities across Colorado. One of the programs that Startup Colorado runs – called Startup Summer – cultivates and engages undergraduate entrepreneurs looking to get involved in the Front Range startup community.

We Don’t Talk Enough About Money In Silicon Valley. No, Really.

Hunter Walker

“Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.” ” The person seated across the table from me went through a series of facial microexpressions as I said this — surprise, disgust, analysis and finally, calm.

Salesforce Analyst Summit: A solid B

deal architect

I prefer going to vendor analyst summits over user conferences. I always feel like I am intruding on customer time at conferences. Salesforce hosted an analyst summit last week. Here are my scores: Venue: A The venue was to say. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Starting at a New Company as a PM

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jen Hau (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Ladislav Bartos]. Setting Yourself Up For Success. Product managers tend to be maximizers – always looking for the best possible choices and outcomes for their product.

6 Hurdles For Going Public Through A Reverse Merger

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, as an active startup mentor, I’m seeing a new surge of entrepreneurs and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. There just aren’t enough angel investors and VCs to go around.

WP Engine Lands $250 Million in Funding from Silver Lake


One of the most successful startups to spin out of Capital Factory, WP Engine announced Thursday that it has received $250 million in funding from Silver Lake, a venture capital firm. WP Engine, founded by Jason Cohen in 2010, now has more than $100 million in annual recurring revenue and more than 75,000 customers worldwide, […]. The post WP Engine Lands $250 Million in Funding from Silver Lake appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Book: Principles by Ray Dalio

Feld Thoughts

Several people recommended Ray Dalio’s book Principles to me. I read it a few days ago and thought it was spectacular. I’ve gone out and bought a copy for each of my partners and I recommend that every VC, as well as anyone who is building an organization of any kind, buy and read it.

Focusing on Actions, not Results

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I just had a conversation with an entrepreneur I’ve worked with for decades that resulted in an insight that I thought was worth sharing more broadly. We were talking about managing teams and in this case the challenge of getting some of his exec team focused on broader goals and the end result we’re driving for in the upcoming year (a big growth year for this business).

A weekend with inspirational ladies

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Two books and a movie were the highlight of this long MLK weekend. The common theme – ladies in business whose grit and determination can inspire anyone of any gender, age, race, political belief. First, a couple of personal perspectives. Industry Commentary


Logistics: A Game-Changer For The Evolving Global e-Commerce Market


by Dr. Karen Reddington, President of FedEx Express, South Pacific. Mobile has become the main touch point with customers and they expect the kind of customer experience and convenience that we take for granted today, whether we’re ordering a ride or paying through WeChat.

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The Future of Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ladislav Bartos, lead a conversation around “The Future of Product Management”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor.

Entrepreneur Who Creates a New Kind of Social Family


Human beings are social beings. We endeavor to create relations and feel that we belong somewhere.

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Welcome Jamey Sperans To Foundry Group

Feld Thoughts

My partners and I just announced that our long-time friend and LP – Jamey Sperans – has joined Foundry Group. We’ve been working with Jamey since the beginning of Foundry Group in 2007 (he was one of our first LPs via Morgan Stanley AIP) and have become extremely close friends. Jamey and his family have moved to Boulder, so in addition to working with us, he’ll become a part of the extended Boulder/Denver startup community.

Why the Smartest Businesses Are Turning to Troll Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

Marketing is hard. Consumers are bombarded with so many marketing messages that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a brand to stand out. Yet, every company wants their marketing messages to be memorable, effective, and impressionable.

USC Village is the largest development in the history of the University of Southern California

YFS Magazine

The recently completed USC Village brings a 15-acre, 1.25 million-sf expansion to the University of Southern California campus and marks the largest development project in the university’s history.

How Amazon Partners With Brands


I am the future – Itau Bank

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Brazilian bank Itaú Unibanco is running a commercial, “I Am The Future” (Eu sou o futuro), designed to inspire proactive engagement with the future. Narrated by Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, the film discusses how people’s actions in the present can influence everyone’s future.

Industry Research Versus Market Research: What’s the Difference?

Up and Running

If you’re writing a business plan , you’ve probably encountered the sections for industry analysis and market analysis. These sections are where you present your research on your market and your industry, but they can be confusing.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have the stomach for it. This is particularly true of short positions. It is not enough to know that something is going to blow up. You have to know how, why, and when.

Podcast Echo Chamber

Babbling VC

A couple years ago I bought a house outside of Hamburg. This led to one major change in my life which wasn't the case for the past twenty or so years.a long commute in the car. I drive in and out of town when in the office in Hamburg and it takes about 45 minutes each way.

19 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2018


It’s a new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work. Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their New Year’s Resolutions around their business.

The Three Benefits Of Nailing Before Scaling


by Courtney Reum and Carter Reum, co-authors of “ Shortcut Your Startup: Speed Up Success with Unconventional Advice from the Trenches “ Too often we see leaders who have the entrepreneurial instinct to move quickly go wide before they’ve nailed the most crucial early steps.

Oracle Database: Solid for Now

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Kicking the year off, Information.com ran a story which said “But Mr. Ellison’s comments about Amazon and Salesforce don’t tell the whole story. In reality, both companies are actively working to replace Oracle software running on critical business systems with. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Putting Customers First

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Zoe Feltham, lead a conversation around “Putting Customers First”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor.

6 non-fiction books to read in 2018

Jeff Hilimire

If you’re new here, I should say that I love reading. I read 40 books last year, and I have a goal to read 52 books this year. A goal that I’ll measure, so it gets done ;) But I just found out that a friend of mine read over 60 books last year, so she puts me to shame. Perhaps that will be my 2019 goal… If you’re not new here, you’re probably tired of me sharing about the books I’m reading…I’m almost done, I promise!