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September 30, 2019

Bruce Cleveland on Follow Your Different Podcast

As we continue our run on legendary VCs, we feature today Bruce Cleveland, an entrepreneur, executive, venture capital investor and best selling author of Traversing the Traction Gap. We…

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Christopher Lochhead

Follow Your Different


July 19, 2019

Five Things We Need to do to Close the VC Gender Gap

As part of my series about “the five things we need to do to close the VC gender gap,” I had the pleasure of interviewing…

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Jason Malki

Authority Magazine


July 11, 2019

Building The Enduring Startup: On Digital Oil and Trapped Value

Digital Oil and Trapped Value are two key concepts we embrace at Wildcat Venture Partners, anchoring our mindset as we seek and evaluate investment opportunities. They define “what”…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


July 9, 2019

Silicon Valley in the Classroom: Babson College Teams with Wildcat Venture Partners & GreenFig

Range of classes to focus on formula for helping early stage startups scale and reduce risk of failure using Wildcat Venture Partners' Traction Gap Framework®…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

June 30, 2019

Which Technology Will Most Impact The Future Of Investing? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Anybody can trade stocks these days, whether from a computer or smartphone. But that doesn't mean that they should. Certain things — financial investing top…

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Sam Mire

Disruptor Daily


June 30, 2019

What Trends Are Shaping Investing In 2019? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Unless you still bear the mental scars of the Great Depression, odds are you've got some money invested somewhere. Once you taste those sweet returns of…

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Sam Mire

Disruptor Daily


June 29, 2019

What’s The Future Of Investing? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Without the ability to invest, who knows how long it would take the average joe or jane to reach retirement? Despite the inevitable, at times…

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Sam Mire

Disruptor Daily


June 26, 2019

The Elephant in the Room: Startups, Enterprises, and the Current State of Digital Transformation

I spent the early part of last week speaking with enterprise thought leaders and executives from some of the world’s largest organizations at the Enterprise Transformation…

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Rohinee Mohindroo

Accelerate Innovation


June 26, 2019

Truth, Lies, and Personalization: What Keeps CMOs Up at Night

There has been a significant uptick in marketers’ efforts to prepare and deliver more personalized messages and experiences to targeted audiences across all channels. Forrester…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


June 4, 2019

The Traction Gap Framework: Four Pillars Of Startup Success

As we continue our exploration of the Traction Gap Framework® – a step-by-step approach that startup teams can use to go from ideation to preparing…

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Bruce Cleveland

Young Upstarts


June 1, 2019

Traversing No-Man’s Land, The Go-To-Market Phase

This is the second in a three-part series that aims to help you understand the Traction Gap Framework® – a step-by-step approach that startup teams…

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Bruce Cleveland

Young Upstarts


May 23, 2019

Venture Capital Redefined with Bruce Cleveland

Product ideation can be the most exciting stage in your starting a company. And once you are able to establish your MVP or most viable…

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Founders Place Co

May 23, 2019

Bruce Cleveland at the Lean Culture Meetup

Bruce Cleveland of Wildcat Ventures (wildcat.vc) speaking at Lean Cutlure Meetup on Tue-Apr-23-2019. His talk was based on his new book "Traversing the Traction Gap"…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

May 22, 2019

Bizo’s Journey to Minimum Viable Traction (MVT)

Wildcat’s CEO Interview Blog Series features in-depth interviews with CEOs who have successfully traversed The Traction Gap®. In each blog, we focus on the CEOs’…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

May 13, 2019

Building Better: Wildcat Venture Partners & Obo

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the…

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Cassie Ann Hodges

National Venture Capital Association


May 10, 2019

Bruce Cleveland Guest Appearance on Service Academy Podcast

Bruce Cleveland attended the United States Military Academy and is a Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, a venture firm that invests in market disruptors and…

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Service Academy

May 8, 2019

How To Build a Startup That Doesn’t Flop

This is the first in a three-installment series that is designed to help you understand the Traction Gap Framework® – a step-by-step survival guide for…

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Bruce Cleveland

Young Upstarts


May 3, 2019

Bruce Cleveland Guest Appearance on Products that Count Podcast

Every entrepreneur dreams of turning their big idea into a real business. That said, 85 percent of startups end up failing to get off the…

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Products That Count

April 9, 2019

Bruce Cleveland: Part 2 – Thoughts on Current Enterprise Market

Part 2 - Thoughts on Current Enterprise Market In Part 1 yesterday, Bruce Cleveland talked about the framework in his new book, Traversing the Traction…

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Vinnie Mirchandani

Deal Architect


April 9, 2019

Will Microsoft Acquire Adobe?

Microsoft took advantage of the Adobe Summit in March to get in front of 17,000 marketers and tout its partnership with Adobe. Particularly, Microsoft and Adobe…

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Dom Nicastro

CMS WiRE


April 2, 2019

Bruce Cleveland: Part 1- Traversing the Traction Gap

Bruce Cleveland, who many readers may remember from his Siebel days is now an investor and has a new book out, Traversing the Traction Gap.…

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Vinnie Mirchandani

Deal Architect


March 25, 2019

Bruce Cleveland featured on Follow Your Different Podcast

Why do most startups fail? Today, Bruce Cleveland joins Follow Your Different for a master class in building a massively successful B2B and why market engineering is…

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Christopher Lochhead

Follow Your Different


March 14, 2019

M.R. Asks 3 Questions: Bruce Cleveland, Author, Traversing the Traction Gap

Founding partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Bruce Cleveland understands the genetics of startups – why most flop, and why a few make it across the…

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M.R. Rangaswami

Sand Hill


February 20, 2019

Traversing The Traction Gap, A Silicon Valley Veteran Introduces A Remarkable New Framework For Startups, “Market Engineering”​

An Interview with Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners. Recently, David Baeza, CEO at Buttered Toast, sat down with Bruce Cleveland, a Founding Partner at Wildcat…

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David Baeza

February 14, 2019

What CMOs Should Tell Board Members (and What Boards Should Be Asking)

Marketers have an opportunity to proactively help board of directors understand marketing — but most are missing out. I’ve sat in many board meetings over…

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Christine Crandell

CMS WiRE


July 15, 2018

Follow The Money: Meet The Investors Of Conversational AI

Conversational commerce is exploding in chat, delivering what you want, when you want it. Get to know the VCs and angels making it happen. Hey…

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Martine Paris

BuzzFeed


April 27, 2018

Geoff Moore guest appearance on HR Leaders Podcast

HR Leaders is a weekly Podcast Show where Chris Rainey chats with today's most successful and Innovative HR Practitioners. Episode #64: How Do Companies Succeed…

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HR Leaders

February 28, 2018

The Traction Gap is defining the second stage of new-venture creation

How to get a company off the ground The Traction Gap is defining the second stage of new-venture creation In his 2011 book, The Lean Startup,…

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Waverly Deutsch

Chicago Booth Review


February 14, 2018

How to start-up: 4 insights about the Traction Gap from Chicago Booth for entrepreneurs

Four insights from Chicago Booth’s Waverly Deutsch for entrepreneurs hoping to cultivate scalable success How does an entrepreneur know when it’s time to go to…

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Chicago Booth Reveiw

February 7, 2018

Phyllis Whiteley On What the Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire partnership means for healthcare

When Amazon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Berkshire Hathaway launched their partnership in the healthcare space, they left more questions than answers about their new venture. The…

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Laura Dyrda

Becker's Hospital Review


January 18, 2018

1Mby1M Roundtable January 18, 2018: With Bruce Cleveland, Wildcat Venture Partners

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, one of the early employees at Oracle, as…

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One Million by One Million

December 21, 2017

Bruce Cleveland on Legends & Losers Podcast

A lot of people who come from big “category king” companies think they can automatically build a legendary business. How has history proven this notion…

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Legends & Losers

December 19, 2017

The Creative Workforce of Tomorrow: A Conversation on AI with Katherine Barr

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Katherine Barr, about ideas that disrupt markets. Katherine is a board member for…

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Tara Chklovski

Iridescent


November 21, 2017

How Startups Can Create Minimum Viable Traction

The top five reasons startups fail are: 1. no market need, 2. ran out of cash, 3. not the right team, 4. get out-competed and…

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Vala Afshar

Huffington Post


November 17, 2017

Bruce Cleveland guest appearance on DisrupTV

DisrupTV is a weekly Web series with hosts R "Ray" Wang and Vala Afshar. The show airs live at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET every Friday.…

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DisrupTV

October 6, 2017

Digital health investors don’t want your buzzwords

Venture capitalists at Health 2.0 explained what it takes to get noticed. Every day a cadre of PR pitches are created to hype the latest…

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Jeff Byers

HealthcareDRIVE


October 6, 2017

Bill Ericson Featured in News and views from Health 2.0 2017

This year was the 11th anniversary of Health 2.0, a yearly health tech conference that explores the newest in digital health with eyes for what’s…

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MobiHealthNews

July 31, 2017

Nathaniel Krasnoff shares his VC Journey on THINKING Podcast

Episode 32 of the THINKING Podcast features Nathaniel Krasnoff, a successful venture capitalist who started from humble beginnings and continues to prosper thanks to the various…

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HVMN

April 28, 2017

Scaling the Revenue Engine Webinar featuring Bruce Cleveland

Tom Mohr, Founder and CEO of CEO Quest, shares his research-backed insights and best practice advice for choosing channel partnerships that maximize company acceleration and…

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CEO Quest

March 23, 2017

Katherine Barr Discusses Canada’s 2017 Budget

Less than 24 hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau had unveiled his second federal budget, Kurtis McBride was already taking and making calls to help…

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Craig Daniels

Communitech News


March 15, 2017

Leadership Series Featuring Phyllis Whiteley, Ph.D.

Accelerating the Success of Next Generation’s Healthcare Entrepreneurs In this exclusive Slone Partners interview, Dr. Phyllis Whiteley, seasoned venture capitalist and life science consultant, shares…

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Slone Partners

March 12, 2017

Meet Katherine Barr, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners

Venture capital used to be a cottage industry, with very few investing in tomorrow's products and services. Oh how times have changed. While there are…

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Steven Loeb

Vator.tv


March 2, 2017

Wildcat Venture Partners Closes on New Fund to Help Companies Traverse the “Traction Gap”

Wildcat Venture Partners Closes on New Fund to Help Companies Traverse the “Traction Gap” Four Established Founding Partners Share Operating Experience and Best Practices to…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 30, 2017

Bruce Cleveland presents the Traction Gap at Product’s that Count

Before “crossing The Chasm’, startups must first successfully “traverse the Traction Gap”. The Traction Gap is a period in a startup’s lifecycle that begins just…

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Products That Count

December 7, 2016

How women dominate the country’s most powerful advisory council — the one that pulls Canada’s economic strings

With its stone chimneys and wooden verandas in the Queen Anne Revival style, the house that Thomas Willson, the Ontario inventor and industrialist, built on…

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Peter Kuitenbrouwer

Financial Post Magazine


November 7, 2016

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2017: Beyond the Boardroom

When we built the 2016 Power List, we used financial records, corporate documents and analyst reports to help quantify the influence of business leaders. This…

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Steve Brearton

Canadian Business


October 10, 2016

Coupa Software investor on what its big IPO might mean to others

Bryan Stolle is one of the happy venture investors who celebrated Coupa Software's IPO success last week. He led the San Mateo startup's Series D funding…

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Cromwell Schubarth

Silicon Valley Business Journal


September 28, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners Hosts Traction Gap Event with Key Technology Executives

Wildcat Venture Partners Hosts Traction Gap Event with Key Technology Executives Announces the Traction Gap Institute to Enable Entrepreneurs to Traverse the Traction Gap Wildcat…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

September 19, 2016

Building a foundation for crossing the Traction Gap

To successfully scale as a company and to help ensure future rounds of financing, startups must understand the framework of the Traction Gap and abide…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHub


August 23, 2016

How to bridge the Traction Gap

As I discussed earlier this month, 2016 has seen a significant drop in Series B financings. In order to successfully secure follow on rounds of…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHub


August 20, 2016

Podcast with Elizabeth Burstein

Elizabeth Burstein, Principal at Wildcat Venture Partners and Ex-PM at Linkedin sat down with host of Yours Productly podcast, Ravi Kumar. She discussed the Traction Gap framework,…

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Ravi Kumar

Yours Productly


August 8, 2016

Understanding the Traction Gap

Venture capital’s grief might be wider than the industry thought: A Series B crunch may be upon us. And this puts more pressure on entrepreneurs…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHUB Network


June 27, 2016

Top 7 Things I Learned at C100 48 Hrs in the Valley

Paul Teshima, Co-founder and CEO of Nudge, shares the top 7 things he learned at C100's 48 Hours in the Valley 2016 5. Venture Capital is Still…

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Paul Teshima

Nudge


June 3, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners Tackles the “Traction Gap” Facing Early Stage Companies

Venture Firm Debuts Innovative Framework to Guide Startups through the Go-to-Market Phase Menlo Park, CA – June 3, 2016 – In an era when early…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

June 2, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners launches, focuses on early-stage startups

Partners from two longtime Silicon Valley venture-capital firms said they are launching a third: Wildcat Venture Partners, a firm focused on the stage where young…

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Sarah McBride

Reuters


May 26, 2016

The Traction Gap

My friend and a partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Bruce Cleveland, along with his associates, has come up with an idea that helps explain why…

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Denis Pombriant

CRM Buyer


April 19, 2016

Catalyst Conference 2016: Interview with Katherine Barr of Wildcat Venture Partners

Katherine Barr is one of more than three dozen leading executives who will be speaking at the Catalyst Conference. Read her interview with Girls in Tech <here>.

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Katherine Barr

Girls in Tech