2020

The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

“Winter is coming.”. This is the one blog post that I hope I’m completely wrong about. With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?”.

5 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Drivers That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do.

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Davos report - a conversation with Alan Alper of Cognizant

deal architect

Cognizant is a regular at the annual WEF event in Davos, Switzerland. I requested Alan Alper, VP Corporate Marketing, keep good notes on everything he observed during this year's event. Here's an excellent ground level report - you can feel. Globalization and Technology

Five Categories with Corona Tailwinds

View from Seed

Life has been turned upside down in the span of days. A week ago, I thought I’d be travelling for my first business school spring break — not cooped up in my Boston apartment. I thought I’d be heading to my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend — now it has been postponed.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

How To Survive The Loss Of A Main Customer

YoungUpstarts

by Zain Jaffer, serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Zain Ventures. Running a small business can come with a slew of challenges. Among the list: the loss of a major client. In many cases, this scenario is inevitable and difficult to prevent.

Wise Words from C.S. Lewis in 1948

Feld Thoughts

The following from C. Lewis. was on my fraternity email list this morning. It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age. In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?”

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COVID-19 Positive Points!

Rembrandt Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed all of our lives in very different ways, very quickly! Unfortunately, this is not an April Fool’s joke!

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Plenty of Dry powder for Europe and Israel VC funds

VC Cafe

The markets have been taking a beating with Coronavirus and startups that were valued in the hundreds of millions have been folding at what seems like an accelerated rate, prompting journalists to post articles about the bubble being burst. Are we heading into a market correction in 2020? Who knows.

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5 Quick And Effective Marketing Tactics To Grow Your SMB In 2020

YFS Magazine

Take a closer look at these proven marketing and branding opportunities to learn how each tactic works and why it makes sense for your business. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing marketing tips online marketing

Startups Don’t Need to Be Revolutionary. They Need to Be Different.

ReadWriteStart

When new, typically young entrepreneurs start thinking about how they’re going to launch a startup, their mind instantly begins sorting through potential ideas. And most of those entrepreneurs end up discouraged.

Clayton Christensen

Steve Blank

Say not in grief he is no more – but live in thankfulness that he was. If you’re reading my blog, odds are you know who Clayton Christensen was. He passed away this week and it was a loss to us all. Everyone who writes about innovation stood on his shoulders.

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How To Change Your Perspective And Create Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

In today’s fast moving world of business startups, learning trumps knowing every time. What established businesses know through experience keeps them from looking for the new and innovative ways to do what they do better, cheaper, and faster.

ZohoDay: Productivity and Purpose

deal architect

I have had a few days to reflect on the Zoho Analyst Summit. There were so many varied perspectives but a few things really jumped out as I looked at my notes Productivity From last year's analyst day, I had. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The Due Diligence Hierarchy of Pain

View from Seed

When a founder is raising money, he/she should expect that any serious investor will conduct some level of due diligence before getting to yes. This could look somewhat different depending on the maturity of the business. Seed stage companies will mostly face questions around the team and market.

Machine Learning Is Your Secret Weapon For Customer Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Ruff, Chief Technology Officer at Swiftpage. If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead when it comes to customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon.

Geared Up for Another Intense Covid Week

Feld Thoughts

It’s amazing the havoc a 120-nanometer organism can wreak on the human race. Someone said that every 24 hours feels like a week. That would put us at the end of the school year, which kind of feels like what has actually happened. I expect this week will be as intense as last week.

Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Both Sides of the Table

I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room.

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Small Business Tips for Tough Times

Rembrandt Communications

Fellow Entrepreneurs, We Can Get Through Tough Times! How are things going for you and your business right now? As entrepreneurs, many of us are really struggling as we fight changes due to COVID-19.

YC’s Guide to Series A

VC Cafe

There are many good startup resources out there, and it can be confusing for founders to know which one to pay attention to. Well, here’s a good one for you! Y Combinator ‘s Aaron Harris and Janelle Tam created a great resource for startups – a 70 page guide to raising Series A.

Pandemic: How To Lead During Incredibly Difficult Times

YFS Magazine

For leaders, the question is not if you will face times of worry, stress, and setbacks, it is how will you lead during these times. Lead leadership pandemic

How to Bootstrap Your Startup for Years Without Funding

ReadWriteStart

When starting a business, it’s typical to look for venture capital, angel investors, and even co-founders to help get the company up and running. While funding is necessary for almost all businesses, seeking it out yourself isn’t necessarily the right path for everyone.

How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event

Steve Blank

Every year I teach classrooms full of students who leave class understanding the basics of how to search for product/market fit—and thinking their next goal is to “get funded.”. That’s a mistake.

7 Ways To Maximize Team Motivation And Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I was shocked to read an old Gallup study that indicates only 13 percent of employees worldwide are actively engaged at work, and more recent data shows only a small change in the right direction.

The positive impact of COVID-19

deal architect

Somebody once told me I could make a brown paper bag sound interesting. Not sure if that was a compliment but I do find interesting aspects to most anything. While there is so much doom and gloom around the coronavirus. Industry Commentary

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Building the Best Seed VC Syndicate in 2020: Navigating “Leaders” & “Fillers”

View from Seed

In previous blog posts I’ve written about the two main approaches to building a seed round syndicate – the subscription method (where an entrepreneur presets a structure with a convertible note or SAFE and recruits investors who subscribe to the round, all without a term-driving lead investor) and a term-driving lead investor approach.

Why Economically-Smart Entrepreneurs Get Better Results

YoungUpstarts

There are endless reasons why some entrepreneurs get better results than others. Some entrepreneurs are better marketers, salespeople, and others just know how to delegate responsibilities to experts.

#LeadBoldly to #StoptheSpread of COVID-19

Feld Thoughts

A coalition of 250 CEOs and leaders (and growing by the hour) are asking our fellow business and civic leaders around America to #LeadBoldly and #StoptheSpread of COVID-19.

Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

Look for the Small Business Silver Lining

Rembrandt Communications

How are you doing? With all the COVID-19 news, you may be feeling some anxiety and a bit negative right now. However, things do not have to be all doom and gloom for you or your business. That’s why I’m sending you a few insights to help you and your business through this difficult time!

Who’s watching the algorithms? 3 Israeli startups predicting performance of AI models

VC Cafe

It’s the opposite of an “AI winter” it seems, as investment levels in Artificial Intelligence continue to break records globally. According to the State of European Tech 2019 report by Atomico, European AI companies raised $4.9 billion in 2019 alone.

What Is Customer Service?

YFS Magazine

Examine your systems and processes to ensure they are focused on providing what matters most to your customers. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer satisfaction

The state of COVID-19 testing

Version One Ventures

In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US. . Before going further, I want to be clear that I am not a medical doctor or researcher.

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How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It’s been updated with new information about the U.S. Paycheck Protection program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive. We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim.

4 Customer Decisive Moments That Your Startup Can Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before.

Plex flexes its shop floor muscle

deal architect

When I joined Gartner in 1995, I was part of the AAS (for Administrative Application Systems) service which largely covered accounting, financial planning and hcm applications. We gradually expanded the AAS scope to also cover procurement, order management and other.

The Midas List Then and Now

View from Seed

In a few months, we are likely to see the annual Forbes Midas list of top performing early stage VC investors.

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