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“Plays Well With Others”

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Entrepreneurs are pretty f **g arrogant. Continue reading on Medium

Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

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abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.

Bubble, My Ass: Some Unicorns Might Be Overvalued, But All Dinosaurs Gonna Die.

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Summary: pundits argue billion-dollar startups are overvalued, but few realize why public company valuations might also be too expensive.

99 VC Problems But a Batch Ain’t 1

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Why Portfolio Size Matters For Returns Continue reading on Medium

Niche to Win, Baby.

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Don’t Go Big or Go Home. Go Small at first, then Iterate, Dominate, & WIN. Continue reading on Medium

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Fear of Flying.

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Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. ” Exactly. for a quarter? every day for a year? Godspeed

late bloomer, not a loser.

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(this post was originally published on svbtle.com on July 7, 2012) Continue reading on Medium

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What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.

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Recent articles by the WSJ , Fred Wilson , & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money.

late bloomer, not a loser. (I hope)

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most of the time I think of myself as a failure. when I’m optimistic, I think maybe I’m just a late bloomer. know a lot of folks won’t understand this perspective, but when I was growing up I was always the smartest kid around. it was expected that I would do great things, by my mom, by my teachers, and most importantly, by me.

Fear of Flying.

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Failure isn’t the worst thing to happen to you in Silicon Valley. Continue reading on Medium

Screw the Black Swans: Ichiro is our role model, not Barry Bonds.

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Put bluntly: we are both ambitious and we both play baseball, but YC is quite clearly the Yankees, while 500 is more like the Oakland A’s.

Your SOLUTION is Not My PROBLEM - Master of 500 Hats

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QUICK !!! i'm a VC. you're an entrepreneur. we're in an elevator, and you've got 30 seconds. yeah, i know in an earlier presentation i said "we're X

Congrats SlideShare + LinkedIn -- Best Wishes Rashmi, Jon, & Amit :)

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This is a very special post for me to write, to congratulate some good friends on a job well done.

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MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.

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My apologies. this is a long piece (~2500 words). Not for the faint of heart. If you want the short story, read the abstract below

Brief Thoughts on Angel List, "Social Proof", "Spray & Pray", & The Network Effects of Large Scale Investing

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(ok folks, i've gotta take the kids to basketball practice in a few hours, so will try to power through this -- that means limited crazy fonts, profanity, wild pix. sorry little monsters, next time ;). major points i plan to cover in this post: 1) Angel List Fucking Rocks. Period. and while social proof can be abused / misused, so can gasoline.

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How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On.

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Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.

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I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours. but fuck it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go. note: extremely raw, uneven, long, 1st draft publish & shoot; will revise l8r

This ain't Technology. it's MAGIC. (Word Lens by QuestVisual)

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words cannot express: wow. Big Ideas, Hot Air Geeks, Tech, Startups Marvelous Marketing

Startup Metrics for Pirates: SeedCamp 2009 (Sept 2009, London.

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Same old shit, just a different day (+ 1-2 new slides, not much tho): Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure

The Fail Factory

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i look kinda scruffy in this Fast Company intvw , but it's mostly on target. Big Ideas, Hot Air Dave, Friends, Family Venture Capital & Startup Finance

Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own.

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Haven't really gotten on a rant in awhile. guess i've been doing a lot of travel lately, but now that i'm back in California for awhile, there's something i've been meaning to bring up that bothers me. It's kind of a dirty little

Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products, NOT.

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yeah, that's a super long-ass headline, i know. probably plenty of other people have said something similar

Startups to Customers: "I Wanna FIGHT Your Father." (Father = Incumbent Solution)

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Passion is what being a startup entrepreneur is all about. ").

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How to Take Down Facebook -- Hint: It Ain't Twitter. (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)

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I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.    It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something "wrong" with Facebook, and it's not like I don't spend a shitload of time ego-whoring around on Twitter too. but: Something is Still Missing.

Commitment to Diversity.

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not just tactic or strategy… it’s what we’re all about. Continue reading on Medium

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Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly. and Yes, Mike, I Have.

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So i've been debating whether to write this post all day.

Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010.

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Latest & Greatest re-arranging of deck chairs on the Lean Startup Titanic: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SF, Jan 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure

The Faces, the *FACES*. it's *ALL* about the Motherf**king FACES.

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DISCLAIMER: i've never really had any professional training in user interface design. and i'm sure that's obvious from my blog fonts & colors.

Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (we.

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Okay folks. i am getting really fucking tired of all your negative shit. yeah, i know it's gonna be tough.

Engineering Minimum Viable Inspiration.

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aka: do you give a S**t + can you get others to give a S**t. Continue reading on Medium

Why NOT to do a Startup -- becuz yer Gonna FAIL. (spend more time with your kids)

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slides from my new talk on NOT doing a startup, from Seattle Startup Day: Why NOT To Do a Startup. View more presentations from Dave McClure

Check-Ins are Coupons. Game Mechanics are Bullshit. Show Me The.

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Hey, You. *Watch* This Shit. NOW.

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Giddyup. INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

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Resumes are for *Shit*. The 4 Things You Really Need: LinkedIn.

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Robert just penned a pretty good post on how to tune up your resume for the "economic slowdown".

Blogging Hiatus

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i'm not doing much blogging at the moment, as you can probably tell from this site. apologies however i've been kinda busy getting 500 Startups off the ground the past year or two. besides, the commenting system here is crap & i've been overdue on a redesign for about 2-3 years. Dave, Friends, Family

Business Models for Social Networks: Monetizing Social Capital.

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Q: Social Networks still Sexy? Or is the Thrill Gone? well, what's new folks. turns out Teh Sexy depends on CASH MONEY, G. many folks rip

Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.

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Dan recently did a terrific presentation on Web 2.0.

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Startup Metrics That Matter (FoWA London, Oct 2009) - Master of.

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Video from my Startup Metrics for Pirates / Kill a Feature talk @ FOWA London: Start-up Metrics that Matter by Dave McClure from Carsonified on Vimeo

Gordon Gekko 2.0: Flipping is GOOD. (aka Memo to Jason Fried.

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You've Seen This Shit B4. Move Along. - Master of 500 Hats

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It's Classic. It's Timeless. It's Godawful Fucking Ugly (but colorful). And i swear and wave my arms a lot. Startup Metrics 4 Pirates