May, 2017

Maps for Unity: Location Based Games and Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

This morning’s launch of Maps for Unity brings the full stack of location tools to the world’s most popular game development platform and shows that location and maps are the new building blocks for AR and VR games. We think the maps look amazing and are insanely fast.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 14

TechEmpower

Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

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Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Venture Capital business is full of great firms that were founded by entrepreneurs/operators who became investors mid/late career. From Gene Kleiner and Tom Perkins in the early 70s to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz at the end of the 00s, this is the iconic model of the venture capital firm and the formula that built Silicon Valley into what it is today.

8 Unconscious Biases Shape Your Business Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Every boss and decision maker is convinced that he or she is able to look objectively at any problem, and make an unbiased decision. Some typically worry about biases in their team, but rarely think of themselves as a source of bias.

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

I gave the Alumni Day talk at U.C. Santa Cruz and had a few things to say about innovation. —-. Even though I live just up the coast, I’ve never had the opportunity to start a talk by saying “Go Banana Slugs.”. I’m honored for the opportunity to speak here today. We’re standing 15 air miles away from the epicenter of technology innovation. The home of some of the most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world.

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Seeing Through The Fog

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to my friend Simon yesterday and he observed that the essential skill of entrepreneurs and early stage VCs is to “be able to see through the fog of an emerging market and pick out the winning idea.” ” And of course, I agree with that. It is something that we have done pretty well at USV over the years. But how do you do that? Is seeing through the fog a skill that can be learned? I think seeing through the fog can be learned but it takes time and practice.

7 Strategies For A Low Entry-Cost Sustainable Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If your dream has long been to start and manage your own business, there is no time like the present to get started. The cost of entry is at an all-time low, working from home through an Internet website seen globally, turning a hobby or an invention into an online business.

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The Rise Of The Mobile Web And App Domination

YFS Magazine

Consumers and businesses, alike, will benefit from the rise of the mobile web. Is your business ready to capitalize on it? Grow Technology mobile app mobile app development mobile apps mobile trends technology

Top 5 Budget-Friendly Gifts Entrepreneurs Can Give to Their Loved Ones

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Summer season is here along with celebrations like Easter , Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. You surely want to celebrate these with your loved ones, but we know the life becomes so busy when you start your new business or try to make your business grow.

Venture Deals Online Course – 2017

Feld Thoughts

The Venture Deals Online Course for this spring starts this Sunday May 14, 2017 and runs through July 3, 2017. The Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars are co-hosting the course. It’s free – all you need to do is sign up. This is the fifth time we are running the course.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

Both Sides of the Table

I am wired to discount people who have total assuredness in their point-of-view, have dogmatic positions or use data as a crutch or substitute for logic.

Being Public

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two former USV portfolio companies had tough earnings calls last night. And you look at that and you might say “why would any company want to go public?” ” But here is the thing. Being public is about being transparent, accountable, and owning up to the issues and dealing with them. I think it makes companies better. If you are losing your biggest customer, you have to tell the world and deal with the consequences.

10 Behaviors That Highlight Your Leadership Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience as a new business advisor, I always find leadership to be more important to business success than any new technology or innovative solution. The challenge is to adequately define leadership in terms of everyday activities.

3 Proven Methods for Women Entrepreneurs to Overcome Funding Gaps

Up and Running

It’s no secret that women have traditionally been paid less than men, but it can also be challenging for women entrepreneurs to find funding for startups. Statistically, women earn only 7 percent of venture capital investments overall.

[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market

YoungUpstarts

Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto.

The Journey From $1m MRR to $2m MRR

Feld Thoughts

There’s a long-standing cliche concerning SaaS companies that once you get to $10m in ARR you are unkillable. As Jason Lemkin says in his post from early 2013: Inevitability in SaaS comes around $10m in ARR, plus or minus. Once you hit this point, you have a brand, you have a fully baked team, you have a robust product, and you have a self-generating stream of new leads and new business. Will you get from $10m ARR to $100M ARR? I don’t know. Is an IPO in your future? Not sure.

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How to Hack Growth When Growth Stalls

ConversionXL

What Sort of a Brand Leader Are You?

Brandanew

Like many of you, I recently read an article on Steve jobs and his impact on the Silicon Valley brand leaders. Startups and small businesses like to emulate their heroes to replicate success.

8 Keys To Positive Media Attention For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

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Video Of The Week: My Talk With David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last wednesday morning, I went to Techonomy NYC and talked with my friend David Kirkpatrick for about 30mins. That conversation is below. There is one gross misrepresentation in the talk. David and I were talking about my efforts to ignore Trump and I said that the Gotham Gal spends “two to three hours a day on that stuff” which is not anywhere close to accurate.

3 Keys To Being A Great Leader In Your Company

YoungUpstarts

by Norman McBrien, co-founder and Head of Operations of GoConqr. The efficient management of a business requires a lot of sacrifice and perseverance, since to be a good leader you must get actively involved in the project you manage and have a close working relationship with your workforce.

Phil Weiser For Colorado Attorney General

Feld Thoughts

Over the past fifteen years, Phil Weiser and I have worked together to make Colorado a stronger, more collaborative, and more innovative entrepreneurial community.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting Competitive Analysis

ConversionXL

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ” —Napoleon Bonaparte. When your competitors make mistakes, it makes winning so much easier. But what if it’s you who is making a mistake, while your competitors are off to the races?

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How to Start a Thriving Drive-Thru Coffee Shop

Up and Running

Image via HeraldNet. Have you opened up a drive-thru coffee shop? Are you thinking about opening one? Drive-thru coffee seems like an automatic cash machine—everyone loves fast, convenient coffee, right?

7 New Business Ideas Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I sometimes worry that all the viable unique ideas must already be taken.

5 Simple SEO Copywriting Tips For Small Businesses

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Simple SEO Copywriting Tips For Small Businesses written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. In the movie Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella played by Kevin Costner constantly hears the saying “If you build it, they will come.”

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The Right Way To Raise Future Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

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Mentors 16/18: Provide Specific Actionable Advice

Feld Thoughts

There’s a tenuous balance between telling someone what to do and giving advice. It’s especially difficult as a mentor, especially if you’ve previously been a CEO and are used to being “ the decider.” ” As a mentor, you aren’t the decider.

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7 Easy and Effective Customer Segments to Target in Facebook Ads

ConversionXL

Facebook ads, when utilized properly, are among the most effective targeted marketing efforts in the industry. However, it’s often the case that companies are leaving money on the table when it comes to Facebook ads.

Fireside Chat with Sebastian Thrun

Steve Blank

I did a fun fireside chat with one of my most favorite people – Sebastian Thrun – at the Udacity conference. Sebastian is the embodiment of a renaissance person. I first heard about him when his driverless car won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

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5 Steps To Startup Success Recommended By Many Gurus

Startup Professionals Musings

I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

Five Tips for Keeping Positive Even When Everything Goes Wrong

Inc Startups

Disappointments are a part of life. Here are five tips for staying positive when things don't go our way.

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Productivity Tips For Small Business Owners

YoungUpstarts

by Ana Grasic , cofounder of WeGrowth. Starting your own business takes a lot of courage and determination, but it can also be very rewarding. That’s why the majority of small business owners will tell you that they would do it all over again, even though it is hard work.

10 Things Entrepreneurs Wish They Had Done Before Starting a Business

Up and Running

There’s nothing quite like having a mentor to guide you while you undergo the process of starting a business.

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