September, 2019

Misty II is Shipping

Feld Thoughts

I’m a proud investor (and crowdfunding backer) in Misty Robotics. As of today, Misty Robotics has started shipping Misty II to its crowdfunding backers. The team at Misty Robotics has been hard at working getting Misty in shape to ship.

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AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. AgileFall is an ironic term for program management where you try to be agile and lean, but you keep using waterfall development techniques. It often produces a result that’s like combining a floor wax and dessert topping.

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Oracle OpenWorld from afar

deal architect

I have been watching bits and pieces of OOW from afar. Some observations Larry, can I please have some of the anti-aging stuff you are on? Damn you look good Marc Benioff and Aneel Bhusri, I know you are good. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

10 Symptoms Of An Entrepreneur Who Is Nearly Broken

Startup Professionals Musings

If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing.

Pitch Deck Month: The “Where Are You Going?” Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *. So you’ve covered the “who”, “what”, “why”, & “when”. Now it’s time to discuss the “where”.

5 Reasons Why Women Excel As Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

by Randy Patterson , author of “ The Matriarch Rules: How to Own Your Power, Know Your Worth, and Lead the Life You’ve Always Wanted “ Becoming an entrepreneur is no joke. But if you are a woman and an entrepreneur, you have some serious advantages.

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Help Your CEOs Thrive with the Right Communications

Rembrandt Communications

How PR Pros Can Help Their CEOs Thrive With the Right Communications. Work together and everyone wins! Do you have the right communications in place? Your B2B CEO, CMO, CFO, and other executives have a lot going on, and you only see a small portion of what they have to deal with on a daily basis.

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Zoho One evolves at rapid clip

deal architect

Earlier this year, I wrote about Zoho One ". the bundle priced at $30 a month an employee, or $75 a month on per-user basis. It was launched in 2017 with 35 applications, it now has over 40. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

How Idea People Can Transform Into Visionary Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?”

Pitch Deck Month: The “Can You Be The Best?” Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *.

9 PR And Marketing Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

YoungUpstarts

by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “ PR and marketing can be overwhelming and many don’t do it as often as they should because they are afraid of doing it wrong.

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Reid Hoffman on Bitcoin

Feld Thoughts

I got the following email from Reid Hoffman this morning. Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, I produced a battle rap music video about centralized and decentralized currencies, pitting Alexander Hamilton against Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Finally! The URL I Can Send To My Parents To Explain What I Do For A Living.

Hunter Walker

God bless Gené Teare for now I have something which explains what I do all day in a format my parents can grok. As part of Seed Series for Crunchbase News , Gené wrote up an extended interview with me and Satya.

Oracle: Gen 2 cloud, but Gen 1 applications

deal architect

Larry presented on Fusion applications in his second Oracle OpenWorld keynote yesterday. It is a bit unusual for him to dedicate a full keynote to applications. He tends to focus on database and infrastructure topics, and mostly tweak application competitors.

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10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

Pitch Deck Month: The Team Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *.

4 Reasons Why T-Shirt Printing Businesses Will Trend In 2019

YoungUpstarts

Printed t shirt’s have become such a staple part of the modern wardrobe that we rarely take a minute to appreciate what they really stand for. Be it a statement you stand for, a promotional piece, or your favourite band top that you just cannot part with.

Bears Are Clever

Feld Thoughts

We had our share of wildlife in Aspen. By mid-summer, this sign was on the road near our house. And, below is the mama bear that came and visited me almost every day in August. It took all of my self-discipline to stay inside the house as every instinct I had was to go outside and play with it.

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How To Improve Your LinkedIn Visibility And Engagement

YFS Magazine

Every single week, content in the LinkedIn feed is seen 9 billion times. Still, only a small number of users and posts get enough visibility and engagement. Grow Marketing & Sales linkedin marketing social media social media marketing

SAP and the changing face of Asia

deal architect

I have increasingly been pointing out a huge under-achievement in the contemporary applications market. After two decades, only about 20% of a grid across countries and industry processes has a decent choice in cloud solutions. As a result, I have

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8 Keys To Business Success For Entrepreneur Introverts

Startup Professionals Musings

It really is possible for an introvert to succeed as an entrepreneur, even though you can’t expect to start and build a business alone. You need to build business relationships with partners, team members, investors, and of course customers.

Pitch Deck Month: The “Why Does It Matter?” Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *.

Pitfalls To Avoid During Your Startup Phase

YoungUpstarts

Everyone has to start somewhere, and while some people’s luck is undoubtedly significantly better than others, for the majority of people, startups are usually as bootstrapped and painful as possible.

AI is the Big Data of 2019

Feld Thoughts

I attended a Silicon Flatirons Artificial Intelligence Roundtable last week. Over the years Amy and I have sponsored a number of these and I always find the collection of people, the topics, and the conversation to be stimulating and provocative. At the end of the two hours, I was very agitated by the discussion. The Silicon Flatirons roundtable approach is that there are several short topics presented, each followed by a longer discussion.

I’ve Built Multiple Growth Teams. Here’s Why I Won’t Do It Again.

ConversionXL

I love running growth teams. It’s everything I could want from a job. It directly impacts the company, is fairly autonomous, works great with a few high-caliber folks, and involves a ton of A/B tests. I’ve spent years running these teams—but I don’t know if I’ll ever build one again.

1995 called. Time to revisit your applications strategy. Now!

deal architect

I joined Gartner in 1995. I remember clients would call and say they were getting ready for next-gen applications, but that they felt they had "enough time". The deadline in their case was, of course, the Y2K "wall". By the

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8 Strategies To Avoid The Entrepreneur Arrogance Trap

Startup Professionals Musings

In my years of mentoring entrepreneurs, a problem I have seen too often is low self-esteem, and over-compensating through arrogance and ego. These entrepreneurs find it hard to respect customers or team members, and their ventures usually fail.

Pitch Deck Month: “What Do You Do?” Slide

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *.

How To Borrow Money Immediately For Startups

YoungUpstarts

We are living in a consumerist society. You will come across a variety of business startups selling different ideas. In this competitive stage, it has become difficult to start your own business. The main obstacle is capital.

Book: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Feld Thoughts

The view from my living room in Homer, Alaska. Amy and I arrived in Homer this evening for some time in a different place. We are TV-free up here, so that means, well, books.

What Does Your LinkedIn Profile Say About You?

YFS Magazine

What does your LinkedIn profile say about you? Utilize these simple tips to improve your presence in today's age of networked intelligence. Grow Marketing & Sales business networking linkedin online networking professional networking social media social media marketing

Re: Oracle OpenWorld

deal architect

I am going to miss going to the event next week. My fault. I had a conflict that cleared up, but not in time for Oracle to register me. I have asked them for streaming info so will catch up. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

10 Academic Courses To Kickstart Your Business Career

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken.

Pitch Deck Month: “Is It Working?” (aka the “Traction” Slide)

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here *. By now, you’ve described your team and the high level overview of what your company does.