November, 2019

Constellation Research event: Expansive, respectful vibe

deal architect

Let's face it - industry events are increasingly formulaic. Most vendor conferences are predictable - keynotes and product futures, rock bands, large partner booths. Most research firm events tend to be siloed around their category definitions and what currently excites. Industry Commentary

Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

6 Technology Trends Will Spawn Countless New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

A tidal wave of valuable data is surging from the Internet and connected devices today, and the volume is growing exponentially each year.


View from Seed

Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was.

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Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace

Grasshopper Herder

Lessons from the head of DHL’s Startup Lab on the importance of learning from our mistakes, and nurturing an innovation ecosystem that lets us make them. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part II: Nurturing Innovation in the Workplace appeared first on

What is Public Relations, and Why Do You Need It, Anyway?

Rembrandt Communications

PR Can Give You a Huge, Competitive Advantage! Many people think “PR” means press release, but it is much more than that. It relates to everything that goes on with public relations. This includes all of the communications you have with all of your internal and external customers.

I will see Josh's five and raise him ten!

deal architect

Josh Greenbaum has a fascinating post - how Microsoft and SAP plan to take over the enterprise software market. There is much in there I agree with. All the recent executive changes - Jen, Christian, Bill, Bob - are exciting. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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10 Ways To Be More Adept At Seeing Around The Corner

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution.

Why We Invested in Marlo

View from Seed

Meetings can suck. I know that you’ve been there. Stuck in a meeting which wasn’t productive. Not for you, and not for many (or even all) of the participants. Sometimes it’s a standing small-group meeting, an obligatory gathering that’s on everyone’s work calendar merely intended for reporting and not actually deciding. Sometimes it’s an all-hands-on-deck meeting requiring a large group to attend, but what’s going to be discussed isn’t relevant for everyone.

Importance Of A Business Card


Despite all the technological development, business cards are still indispensable. It appears that no amount of automated emails is going to have their spot. Most business officials keep a few cards in their pockets and give out the cards when meeting with a potential client.


Agile VC

Reading Time: 5 minutes. Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was.

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A vertical that is growing.well, like a weed

deal architect

I have been imploring software vendors to globalize and verticalize their applications for a while now - after two decades of cloud apps, less than 20% of the grid of applications across countries and operational processes is filled. I have. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Looking for Mentors for Entrepreneurs for All – Longmont, Colorado

Feld Thoughts

Earlier this year Amy and I, along with a number of other local friends, supported the rollout of a new organization in Longmont called Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll).

When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business.

Building Something vs. Proving Something

View from Seed

One of the biggest rookie mistakes I see among founders pursuing seed rounds is that they’ve spent too much time building something vs. proving something. Increasingly, seed rounds occur after some sort of pre-seed or at least some period of bootstrapping. During this time, the founding team has probably invested at least some money and a lot of time and energy in moving their company from a concept to something with a bit more meat.

Hiring A Web Designer To Overhaul Your Existing Website


Most firms already have a website and have had one for many years. But, surprisingly, an awful lot of companies do not keep their sites up to date. They add content but do very little about keeping their website looking fresh and modern.

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Four Work-Life Productivity Strategies For Solopreneurs

YFS Magazine

Remember why you started your business in the first place – perhaps to give yourself more autonomy and freedom with your time, not the other way around. Editor Picks Lead personal development productivity solopreneur solopreneurship

Announcing our investment in Scanwell Health: making healthcare more accessible with accurate, at-home medical testing

Version One Ventures

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Why the Gig Economy is Coming for Architects, Engineers


It’s official: The gig economy is coming to construction. While other industries have been quick to adapt to freelance employment, architects and engineers within the construction sector have lagged behind — and that is beginning to change.

6 Ways Of Telling Your Story That Draws People To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits.

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Through the Looking Glass: Chapter 2

Feld Thoughts

Personal robots and replicators and instrumented humans. I like to invest in areas predicted by the mountains of science fiction I read. . Today, I’m delighted to report that another science fiction dream is becoming real. Take a look at this insane video of the Looking Glass 8K Immersive Display , which is the world’s largest and highest resolution holographic display. Foundry invested in the Looking Glass team in 2017. Since then they’ve shipped thousands of desktop holographic developer kits.

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Tips To Help You Start A Business From Your Student Dorm


Tons of companies are founded by students who are determined with a lot of ambition. If you believe that you are one of them, then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t go on to start a business right from your student dorm. Take Advantage of your Spare Time.

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How To Design Your Office Space For Optimal Productivity

YFS Magazine

A well-designed office space plays an important role in company culture, workflow, and overall productivity. Here are a few fresh ideas. Workspaces office design productivity workspaces

Startup Benchmarks

VC Cafe

All Good to Great companies began the process of finding a path to greatness by confronting the brutal facts about the reality of their business.

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How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies


As an entrepreneur, you have probably heard or read the “maxim” that only 10% of startups are successful, but is this true? And if so, what strategies can you apply with your company so that it is not part of the failures of statistics?

10 Ways To Trample And Smother Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in any business these days requires a constant flow of new and innovative solutions, to keep up with changes in the market, competition, and to attract new customers.

One Reason Superhuman Is So Much More Effective For Me Than Gmail

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been a Superhuman email fan for a while. I decided a week ago to go try Gmail and see if I still liked Superhuman so much better. After about two hours, I went back to Superhuman. Several days later, I tried Gmail again, deciding that I was just grumpy for some reason. I bounced back to Superhuman within an hour. This time I sat and thought about why I liked Superhuman so much better. It took a little while for it to come to me, but when it did it was painfully obvious.

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[Interview] Colin D Ellis, International Speaker, Bestselling Author And Organizational Culture Change Consultant


Colin D Ellis is a renowned culture change and project management expert who works with organizations around the world to help them transform how they get things done.

3 Wellness Techniques To Release The Daily Stress of Running a Business

YFS Magazine

These breathing techniques can help you turn down your response to stress through the day. Breath focus helps with nearly all of them. Lead Lifestyle health and wellness managing stress mental health mindset personal development stress management

Job vs. Startup

VC Cafe

Last week, I spoke to a group of students at London Business School about what makes Israel a unique startup ecosystem and our approach to venture at Remagine Ventures. The students had some great questions about venture capital, Israel and entrepreneurship, but one struck me in particular.

Free Up the World’s Best Entrepreneurs to Keep Inventing


Thomas Edison wasn’t just known for his startup, the Edison Company. He was known as an inventor — and a prolific one at that. He contributed to innovations, including the phonograph, the light bulb, the motion picture camera, and others.

6 Steps To Move From Inspiration To Business Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and occasional investor, I get approached regularly by people who have a dream or a new business idea, and are looking for support and money to make it a reality.

Monday Motivation: DO THE HARD THINGS – Best Motivational Video


This motivational video is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners start the week off on the right foot. Do the things you don’t feel like doing. You have to do it all by yourself. Successful people get up and move if when they don’t feel like it. Pay your dues to get there.

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Why Experimental Learning Is Becoming Popular For Business Owners


Experiential learning is learning by example; it allows you to learn by experience. For business owners, this is an excellent way to give employees a chance to hone their skills. They don’t just learn by sitting in seminars and reading through books.

3 Questions You Should Never Ask A Military Veteran In The Workplace

YFS Magazine

If you get the chance to hire a veteran, don’t mess up what can be a hugely rewarding engagement by saying something distasteful—or downright stupid. Company Culture company culture veteran entrepreneur veterans workplace development workplace diversity

Notion the all in one workplace scratchpad

VC Cafe

I love trying new products. I enjoy the process of trying new products like a kid opening a birthday present. Perhaps it’s the product manager in me that gets a kick out of figuring out how do they do onboarding? what features are available? How does the design make me feel?

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It’s the Company you keep

Eric Friedman

After about a year of consulting + executive coaching work as COO-As-A-Service for startups, I am happy to announce I’ll be joining the folks at If I have learned anything , it’s that the people you surround yourself with are everything. Company is a great fit: they host, advise, mentor, lend a shoulder, and provide a place to founders and teams.