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Kellblog's 10 Predictions for 2020
"Blockchain, as an enterprise technology, fades away. HIT. While I hate to my find myself on the other side of Ray Wang, I’m personally not seeing much traction for blockchain in the enterprise. Maybe I’m running with the wrong crowd. I have always felt that blockchain was designed for one purpose (to support cybercurrency), hijacked to another, and ergo became a vendor-led technology in search of a business problem. McKinsey has a written a sort of pre-obituary, Blockchain’s Occam Problem, which was McKinsey Quarterly’s second most-read article of the year. The 2019 Blockchain Opportunity Summit’s theme was “Is Blockchain Dead? No. Industry Experts Join Together to Share How We Might Not be Using it Right” which also seems to support my argument."
ai  cdo  database  devops  predictions  startups  venture  capital 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Career Decisions: What To Look For In a Software Startup
"So, you’re thinking of taking a job at a startup, but are nervous about the risk, perhaps having trouble telling one from another, and unsure about knowing what’s really important in startup success. In this post, I’ll share what I consider to be a great checklist for CXO and VP-level positions, which we’ll try to adapt a bit to be useful for all positions."
career  development  startups  strategy  uncategorized  venture  capital 
july 2019 by jonerp
The Three Marketing Books All Founder/CEOs Should Read
"Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. The textbook classic Silicon Valley book on strategy. Many people refer to the chasm without evidently having even read the book, so please don’t be one of them. Published in 1991, it’s the newest of the books on my list, and happily Moore has revised it to keep the examples fresh along the way."
startup  lessons  ceo  marketing  startups  strategy  uncategorized  venture  capital 
march 2019 by jonerp
The State of Recruiting Technology in 2019 — A Year of Consolidation, Growth & Innovation
"Oracle and IBM, in particular, are hemorrhaging market share (see above) and customers are now demanding that their core recruiting platforms do more than just process applicants. They must also become global marketing platforms that engage their audience (i.e. candidates), drive corporate initiatives such as diversity and inclusion, and support career and pay progression."
"Oracle  and  IBM  in  particular  are  hemorrhaging  market  share  (see  above)  customers  now  demanding  that  their  core  recruiting  platforms  do  more  than  just  process  applicants.  They  must  also  become  global  marketing  engage  audience  (i.e.  candidates)  drive  corporate  initiatives  such  as  diversity  inclusion  support  career  pay  progression.featured  posts  technology  software  hr  hrtech  recruiting-technology  venture  capital 
march 2019 by jonerp
Video of my SaaStr 2019 Presentation: The Five Questions Startup CEOs Worry About
"A few days ago, Jason Lemkin from SaaStr sent me a link to the video of my SaaStr Annual 2019 conference presentation, The Five Questions Startup CEOs Worry About. Those questions, by the way, are:

When do I next raise money?
Do I have the right team?
How can I better manage the board?
To what extent should I worry about competition?
Are we focused enough?

Below is the video of the thirty-minute presentation. The slides are available on Slideshare."
ceo  competition  leadership  management  saas  saastr  strategy  venture  capital 
february 2019 by jonerp
2018 Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts And Market Estimates
"Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounted for 55% of the company’s operating profit in Q2, 2018, despite contributing only 12% to the company’s net sales. In Q1, 2018 services accounted for 40% of Amazon’s revenue, up from 26% three years earlier. Source: Cloud Business Drives Amazon’s Profits, Statista, July 27, 2018."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  amazon  web  services  bessemer  venture  partners  cloud  computing  landscape  gartner  idc  louis  columbus 
october 2018 by jonerp
Lost and Founder: A Painful Yet Valuable Read
"Finally, in a Silicon Valley where failure is supposedly a red badge of courage, but one only worn after your next big success, Fishkin has an unique take on vulnerability (chapter 15) and his battles with depression, both in this long, painful blog post which was written the night before this story about a Foundry CEO summit from the book"
startup  lessons  entrepreneurship  fishkin  lost  and  founder  management  rand  retrospective  silicon  valley  startups  uncategorized  venture  capital 
october 2018 by jonerp
The Strong Shall Inherit the Nasdaq - by @anshublog
"But today, we live in a near utopian economy, at least here in the United States which contributes majority of earnings for many of these tech companies. The unemployment rate is lower than ever in last 10 years, demand is healthy, and everyone has more money than a year ago thanks to tanking gas prices."
business  cryptocurrency  stock  market  venture  capital 
february 2018 by jonerp
The Strategy Compiler: How To Avoid the “Great” Strategy You Couldn’t Execute - by @kellblog
"If you view strategy as the plan to win, then successful strategies include only those strategies that your organization can realistically execute from both a resources and skills perspective. Instead of doing a single-pass process that moves from strategic objectives to budgets, use an iterative approach with a strategy compiler to ensure your strategic code compiles before you try to execute it."
entrepreneurship  fpa  silicon  valley  startups  strategy  venture  capital 
june 2017 by jonerp
Don’t Start a Customer Relationship with a Lie - by @kellblog - on "free" trials etc
"If you put a Free Trial button on your website, when I press it I expect to start an online process to get a free trial — not get a form that, once filled, replies that someone will be in touch. That button should be called Contact Us, not Free Trial."
crm  okr  saas  startups  strategy  venture  capital  15five  7geese  betterworks  goals  mbo  objectives 
march 2017 by jonerp
The Evolution of Marketing Thanks to SaaS - by @kellblog
"Tomorrow, as more marketers will be measured on the health of the overall ARR pool, they will be focused on cost-effectively generating not just opportunities-that-close but opportunities that turn into the best long-term customers. (This quadrant helps you do just that.)"
ipo  management  marketing  saas  startups  strategy  venture  capital  conversion  rates  evolution  funnel  leads  ltv 
february 2017 by jonerp
Aligned to Achieve: A B2B Marketing Classic - by @kellblog
"Aligned to Achieve includes the word “transparency” twenty times. Transparency is required in the culture, in collaboration, in definitions, in planning, in the reasons for plans, in process and metrics, in data, in assessing results, in engaging customers, and in objectives and performance against them. Communication is the lubricant in the sales/marketing relationship and transparency the key ingredient."
marketing  saas  sales  startups  strategy  uncategorized  venture  capital  alignment  data  execution 
september 2016 by jonerp
Can the Media Please Stop Referring to Company Size by Valuation? - by @kellblog
"In the end, because it (metaphorically) sells more newspapers. “Wow, some guy just quit as CEO of a billion-dollar company to actually spend more time with his family” just sounds a whole lot better than the same line with a comparatively paltry $50M instead. Man Bites Dog beats Dog Bites Man every time."
bubble  silicon  valley  startups  venture  capital 
may 2016 by jonerp
Slack is 2016’s hottest startup, but can it make the leap to big enterprise?
"A similar case could be made for Box, another company Hamid has invested in: The cloud-storage company has to convert free customers to paid to be successful. “It’s similar,” Hamid said. “But at Slack, it’s faster and at a higher conversion rate than anything seen before.” A third of free users convert to paid, he said, a sign that the tool fills a need that existed well before it came along."
enterprise  cloud  applications  investment  venture  capital  workplace  collaboration 
april 2016 by jonerp
A Year After the Ellen Pao Verdict, Tech Still Gets Diversity Wrong
"So how should people remember the Pao-Kleiner trial? I don’t think there’s one clear, correct answer. But as someone who covered the case closely, I can attest that not many people talk about it anymore. It doesn’t feel like an omission, or an oversight. It feels like people are almost actively trying not to talk about it, actively trying to put it behind them."
kleiner  perkins  race  ellen  pao  venture  capital  diversity  gender  intersectionality  women  in  tech  caufield  &  byers  business 
april 2016 by jonerp
Introducing a New SaaS Metric: The Hype Factor - by @kellblog
"While I credited Domo with creating a huge hype bubble through secrecy and mystery, big events, and raising tremendous amounts of money (yet again today) at unicorn valuations — I also questioned how much (as Gertrude Stein said of Oakland) “there there” Domo has when it comes to the company and its products."
bi  bubble  entrepreneurship  startups  venture  capital  domo  hype 
march 2016 by jonerp
Kellblog Predictions for 2016 - by @kellblog
"The Internet of Things (IoT) starts its descent into what Gartner calls the Trough of Disillusionment. This is not to say that IoT is a bad thing in any way — it will transform many industries including agriculture, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and transportation. It is simply to say that Silicon Valley follows a predictable hype cycle and that IoT hit the peak in 2015 and will move from the over-hyped yet very real phase and slide down to the trough of disillusionment. Drones are following along right behind."
bubble  enterprise  software  silicon  valley  unicorn  venture  capital 
january 2016 by jonerp
Corporate Venture Capital’s Role in Innovation Part 4: Setting Up a CVC Organization - by @esimoudis
"The corporation must establish a long-term strategy for its venture group. As part of this strategy it must create a set of objectives, formulate an investment thesis, decide on the stage of the target investments, the life of each fund, and the amount per investment"
innovation  corporate  vc  disruptive  startup  venture  capital 
february 2015 by jonerp

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