I Love My Weeks Off The Grid

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I spent the last week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. It was awesome. I was tired and needed a break. I also needed a focused week to finish the final draft of Book #2 ( Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and VC ) that I’m writing with my partner Jason Mendelson. The submission date is March 31st and I think we are going to be three days early.

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My 2011 By The Numbers

Feld Thoughts

You can tell that I had two weeks of vacation in Tucson this year, plenty of short runs in cities I traveled to for work (SF, NY, Seattle), and then a bunch of marathons. You can see my month in Tuscany in August and month in Paris in July, two weeks of vacation plus a little in Tucson (I guess I like Tucson), 16 nights in New York, 10 nights in San Francisco, and 10 nights in Seattle. I’ve been obsessively tracking data about myself since 2009.

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I’ve Been Afraid To Run

Feld Thoughts

None were satisfying, except the four mile one in Tucson during our week off the grid. I had my first good run in over two months. It was only 3.2 miles, but the weather was perfect and I felt great. On March 30th, I ran 12.2 miles.

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You Don’t Need Delaware to Start Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Visit their offices in Phoenix or Tucson for personal service. It used to be true that “everyone” incorporated in Delaware due to its more favorable terms, but many of these terms simply don’t apply to startups, or the differences don’t exist anymore.

Why Your Customers Buy More When Value Outweighs Cost


This was proved by Sierra Tucson, an addiction and mental health rehabilitation facility operated by CRC Health, when they revised its landing page in an attempt to drive more leads. “At MECLABS we’ve spent years asking and trying to answer a simple question: ‘Why do people say yes?’.

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The Last Marathon Of The Year

Feld Thoughts

She’s in Tucson (where I’m heading after this) and even though we both talked about her coming to join me, I encouraged her not to this time since it was a lot of travel in the middle of a trip for her. Tomorrow I’m running the Philadelphia Marathon , which will be the sixth marathon I’ll do this year and the last one for 2011. This year I’ve done marathons in Cincinnati, Madison WI, Bismarck ND, Newport RI, and St. Louis.

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What eCommerce Startups Need to Know About Online Sales Tax

Up and Running

You have a buyer in Tucson, Arizona. percent instead of the Tucson rate of 8.1 Having an online presence instead of a physical storefront can save you from additional expenses like rent and utilities. But, there are certain taxes that online businesses can’t escape.

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


Desert Angels (Tucson). This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America. Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. We received data from thirty groups of the fifty angel groups from whom we requested data. For the first time, we asked for data from specific business sectors, as follows: All pre-revenue deals.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley


You will find that entrepreneurs and investors do things differently in Boise, Tucson, Little Rock, Cincinnati and Atlanta than they do in the Valley. Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula.

10 Easy Ways To Create A Healthy Workplace


Researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson, placed a tracer virus on commonly touched objects such as a doorknob or tabletop in workplaces.

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2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups


Tucson. During the summer of 2010, I developed a workshop, A New ACEF Valuation Workshop for Angels and Entrepreneurs. To provide some reference points, I surveyed thirteen angels groups in North American to determine their recent experience in negotiating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies. See the 2010 data reported here: Current Pre-money Valuations of Pre-revenue Companies.