2019

Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2019 Registration Is Open

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course again. Registration is now open and it runs from April 7, 2019 – May 31, 2019. It’s produced by Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars. We’ve run the course four times now and have had over 15,000 people take it.

How to Stop Playing “Target Market Roulette”: A new addition to the Lean toolset

Steve Blank

Modern entrepreneurship began at the turn of this century with the observation that startups aren’t smaller versions of large companies – large companies at their core execute known business models, while startups search for scalable business models.

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The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

Sharp Elbows Among Seed VCs

View from Seed

Many of us in the seed stage ecosystem have noticed a shift in the way seed rounds are coming together. Historically, seed rounds were syndicated among several different firms.

3 Ways To Ensure Your Start-Up Takes Off

YoungUpstarts

We all know that starting a business is hard work, and growing it is even harder. Every step has to be thoroughly thought out, because if you miss even one, it could mean everything. New businesses are started all the time, but only a few of them last beyond five years.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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The coming Enterprise Software Hurricane

deal architect

In interviewing SAP customers for the upcoming book, I ended up classifying them broadly into four groups. I termed the first three: a) Risk-takers who are trying out new Leonardo ML or IoT projects, developing new functionality with its Cloud.

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What Your Posts Really Say About You

Rembrandt Communications

What Image Do You Convey Via Social Media? Research indicates that you can decrease loneliness and depression by limiting the amount of time you are on social media.

Bill Campbell, the trillion dollar coach

Version One Ventures

Bill Campbell has long had a legendary reputation as one of the best coaches of all time, but until now, only the people he worked with got to understand and experience the power of his approach.

5 Things Successful Leaders Must Leave Behind To Move Forward

YFS Magazine

If you're unsure what to leave behind in order to take your leadership skills to the next level here' a look at five areas to consider. Lead leadership personal development

The Give First Podcast

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen and I are doing a podcast together called Give First. Readers of this blog likely know that this is the mantra of Techstars and the title of an upcoming book of mine that will be published in 2020. While I’ve been interviewed for many podcasts, I’ve never hosted one before.

Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review. VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades.

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Remote Employee

View from Seed

Throughout human history, our working environments have gone through several huge shifts. From hunters and gatherers to farmers and traders, from farmers to industry factory workers, and from factory workers to the modern day office employee.

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How To Take Your Handyman Career To The Next Level

YoungUpstarts

Being a handy-man offers a lot of mobility and freedom. You develop relationships with all your clients and become known in the neighborhood as someone trustworthy. Plus, you know how to fix everything in your own house. This is a huge benefit if you’re trying to do remodeling.

My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

Workfront - Modern Work, Modern Markets

deal architect

Many vendors talk about the "Future of Work". It's usually in the future tense. They forget that the future is already here. The BLS adds many brand new occupations in its listings every few years. We glibly talk about the. Cloud Computing, SaaS

The Majesty of Elmo

Grasshopper Herder

The Kromatic team has found a delightful and innovative way to make meetings more efficient. The post The Majesty of Elmo appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Miscellaneous Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement Productivity Startup Tool teams

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Every Lie We Tell Incurs a Debt to the Truth

Feld Thoughts

I watched HBO’s Chernobyl the past few nights. I finished it last night, took a deep breath, and said out loud to myself, “that was spectacular.” ” One of the final quotes that stuck with me is the title of this post.

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What exactly is a managed marketplace?

Version One Ventures

Over the past few years, the term “managed marketplace” has become so widely used that Bill Gurley from Benchmark recently tweeted that it is not clear to him what the difference is between a “managed marketplace” and a “true marketplace.”.

How My Mother Helped Me Become The Entrepreneur I Am Today

YFS Magazine

From an early age, my mom taught me five things children needed to learn to become a successful adult. They became my life concepts for leadership. Editor Picks Lead leadership mom entrepreneurs mompreneur personal development women in business

Women Who Venture

Feld Thoughts

I recently met Renata George through a referral from Katie Rae (MIT Engine CEO, previously Techstars Boston MD). Renata told me about a book she was working on called Women Who Venture and asked me if I’d write the foreword. I was honored to be asked to do this. The foreword I wrote follows.

The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

I was interviewed by Philip Bouchard , Executive Director of TrustedPeer Entrepreneurship Advisory , about how entrepreneurship education has changed, mission-driven entrepreneurship, and what we’ve learned about corporate innovation. Worth a read.

5 Keys To Starting A New Venture In Your Local Town

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Wikipedia From the advice I hear these days, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, or one of the few other financial hubs around the world.

Are MBA Founders More Diverse?

View from Seed

Original research on gender diversity and fundraising amongst HBS founders. Historically, there has been a general bias against MBA founders — a skepticism around their grit and hustle.

[Interview] Mark C. Perna, Founder And CEO Of TFS, Cleveland, Ohio

YoungUpstarts

Mark C. Perna heads a strategic consulting firm dedicated to making a difference in education and workforce development. He is a dynamic and motivational speaker, and a recognized voice in student engagement and success.

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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

Workday: The Power of Focus

deal architect

I kept thinking of Southwest Airlines while I was at the Workday Innovation Summit in CA this week. I had read this tribute to the legendary founder, Herb Kelleher on the flight over and it reminded me how revered he. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1

Grasshopper Herder

Fear of failure is perfectly natural, but if we let it define our business decisions, we can't truly call ourselves innovators. What we need is a safe place to fail. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1 appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Holograms Are Open For Business

Feld Thoughts

In February 2017 I met Shawn Frayne, one of the founders of Looking Glass Factory , a Brooklyn-based company with ambitions to make holographic interfaces a reality.

Techstars MetLife Looking for Companies Addressing Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been open about my journey with depression and the importance of addressing and destigmatizing issues around mental health.

The Single Most Powerful Way To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

YFS Magazine

"Leadership is autobiographical. If I don't know your life story, I don't know a thing about you as a leader." Here's how to share yours. Lead leadership linkedin personal development social media

Book: The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get

Feld Thoughts

James Oliver, Jr. has written a fun book that is part memoir, part advice, for what he calls Parentpreneurs (entrepreneurs who are trying to raise kids.) He’s got a website with a bunch of history about him, his journey, and the book.

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The Fatal Flaw of the Three Horizons Model and How To Fix It

Steve Blank

I’m a big fan of McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model of innovation. (if if you’re not familiar with it there’s a brief description a few paragraphs down.) It’s one of the quickest ways to describe and prioritize innovation ideas in a large company or government agency.

4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival.

Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital.

Tech That Can Make The Freelance Economy Sustainable

YoungUpstarts

by Peter Johnston , founder and CEO of Kalo. Full-time employment affords individual staff members access to healthcare benefits, paid sick leave and several other notable amenities. But what about freelancers?