In Defense of Experiment Velocity

Grasshopper Herder

As corporate innovation gets more trendy, businesses are keen to put clear KPIs in place to measure the effectiveness of innovation teams and hold them accountable for making progress. There is a rush to replace traditional KPIs with more actionable metrics such as experiment velocity. The post In Defense of Experiment Velocity appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Experiment Design & Template Metrics & Innovation Accounting

What Top Performers at Startups and Large Organizations Have in Common…More Than You Would Think

Startup Lessons Learned

While doing research for his extraordinary new book, Great at Work , Morten Hansen studied more than 5,000 managers and employees in corporate America to identify the key practices that explain why some perform better than others.

Innovation at Speed – when you have 2 million employees

Steve Blank

Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting… Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades.

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Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed

deal architect

My first exposure to a software “platform” was back in 1983 when McCormack and Dodge introduced Millennium and started to migrate all its modules to have the same look and feel, extensibility, queries and other features. I was part of.

Board Feedback

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Something I am a huge fan of is Board Feedback. I’ve written about this a lot here at AVC and I am writing about it again today. Because it is important and not done regularly in my experience. A founder/CEO and their team spend a lot of time preparing for a meeting, and then they give the meeting their all, and often the Board leaves and nothing is really said about it. That sucks. For everyone, but most of all for the CEO. Here is what I try to do and mostly do.

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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.

Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor

Grasshopper Herder

The best-selling book Radical Candor suggests fostering better team relationships by conducting regular 1-on-1 meetings with direct reports. We decided to run lean experiments on this tactic to see how it would work for the Kromatic team. This case study tells you everything you need to know about how we set up and ran this small-scale human resources experiment. The post Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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WP Engine passes $100M in revenue and secures $250M investment from Silver Lake

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

People said there’s no money in hosting. WordPress is just a toy. After the success of Smart Bear, I should be setting my sights on something big, not this. I’m sure people said similar things to Heather when she joined as our CEO.

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.

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

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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Customer Success Metrics: More Than A Number


by Allison Yount, Director of Customer Success at Scout RFP. Great SaaS solutions are easy to adopt and even easier to use — but that doesn’t mean that they should lack the human component.

Addition by Subtraction


“Dangerfield eliminated everything from his act but the setups and punchlines” Alex Halberstadt’s essay on Rodney Dangerfield is a masterclass on how to improve by reduction.

Techstars Mentor Manifesto In Detail

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been working on my next book, #GiveFirst , again. There’s a lot in it about the Techstars Mentor Manifesto and how to be an effective mentor. Yesterday, I got a note from Jay Batson, longtime Techstars Boston mentor and now the Mentor-in-Residence for the program, asking if I had ever compiled the lists I posts I wrote about the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. I hadn’t. He had conveniently done it in a Google doc so it was easy for me to list out the posts with links.

Corporate Advisor and Lecturer Helping Connect Manufacturers to End Users


Women in business are on the rise. Soulaima Gourani is a lecturer, corporate advisor, and author. In 2012 she was announced as one of the Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum. In 2013 she was announced as one of the greatest thinkers in the Nordic by Nordic Business Forum.

Friday Fun #4 – Behind the Scenes On Our Latest Video – Bored Meeting

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I hope you saw that Foundry released our latest video last week – Bored Meeting. At the time I’m writing this more than 100,000 of you have, which is pretty exciting. Bored Meeting follows on the heels of two prior efforts – I’m a VC and Worst of Times.

One Last Talk in Boulder

David Cohen

A friend of mine is putting on a really interesting event called One Last Talk in Boulder on March 3, 2018. It’s called One Last Talk. All profits go to the non-profit Believe in Youth.

B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach

Grasshopper Herder

Have you thought about using Lean Startup to improve your sales process? The founder of Shipitwise reveals how he used lean principles to improve B2B sales. The post B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup B2B Evaluative Market Experiment Startup Tool

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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.

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.

Rethinking the two technology Moores

deal architect

Throughout our technology careers, most of us have cited Moore’s Law about how fast technology evolves, or Geoffrey Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” to speed up launches of products. To say each has been seminal to strategizing and marketing in technology. Industry Commentary

Splitting The Deal

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Syndicating an early stage investment is a time honored practice in the venture capital business. It was extremely common in the VC business in the early 80s when I started. I assume syndicating was a common practice in the early days of the institutional VC business because fund sizes were small, risk was high, and splitting the deal among multiple firms was a good way to manage those things.

How A New Boss Can Be A Fresh Start


by Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt-Fennell . You’ve worked for your current boss for years. You know how each other works, your strengths, your weaknesses. She remembers your son’s birthday every year. You know she always likes to take Black Friday off. Both of you know the company inside and out.

Delivering Awesome Product

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Alex Berman, lead a conversation around “Managing Mixed Role Teams and Delivering Awesome Product”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today!

Reflections on Bored Meetings

Feld Thoughts

Over the past 25 years, I’ve attended approximately 14,387 board meetings. My partners and I talk a lot about how to improve them and today released The Foundry Group Manifesto on Board Meetings.

25 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Love About Running Their Business


Being an entrepreneur or business owner has its share of ups and downs. While the downs can be pretty low the ups always seem to triumph for a true entrepreneur at heart. Milestones are what entrepreneurs and business owners work towards.

Oracle Launches Startup Cloud Accelerator Program in Austin


Watch out Austin there’s a new accelerator in town. Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., on Tuesday, announced it’s launching a residential Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program in Austin. The Austin program is Oracle’s first residential accelerator program in North America.

The Startup Playbook

David Cohen

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. So, when Techstars mentors, investors, and friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman told me that they were writing a book to help guide founders on their startup journey, I was immediately excited.

A modern tool for your startup: JotForm Cards

47 Hats

When you think about it, building a startup is the process of taking a blank canvass and filling it with your app, with a market that wants your app, and the character and culture of your company.

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Startup Opportunity – Worldwide Accelerator – Drive with Belron

The Startup Magazine

A global accelerator program is taking applications from any startup offering innovative solutions to multiple product and service challenges. Drive with Belron, powered by investor and innovation partner L Marks, is back, launching a ten-week startup accelerator running from April to July 2018.

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10 Signs That The Age Of The Entrepreneur Is Here Now

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, and sparked by the last recession, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

SAP Nation and the new horror movie

deal architect

My books go through (at least) 3 edits. My wife, Margaret does a readability review. Mark Baven does a thorough edit for grammar, flow and facts. The book design agency, 1106 reviews it for style. It is a lot of. SAP Nation Book