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Business Development for Early Stage Startups

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struck in the early days where newspapers would put a little “Tag this article” widget at the end of every story, and in return, they’d get a feed of the keywords used to take the articles, which helped them on search and ad targeting. find that first time CEOs often find themselves doing two things, neither of which is productive.

Paying Yourself is Not a Reason to Raise Early Stage Funding

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Paying yourself isn’t a good enough reason to justify raising early stage funding. Founders at an early stage have to pay themselves below market value. Furthermore, if you get to the stage where belts need to be tightened, one of the first things you cut is your own salary. They quit their day jobs.

Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship

ReadWriteStart

Most business schools don't have much insight into what goes on in the pre-validation and validation stages of the business and fail to underscore a simple fact: you do not get financing unless you validate your business first. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. Sponsor. To plug that gap, 1M/1M is a perfect solution.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

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skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? July 31, 2010 6:21 PM Jennifer said.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Privately some early-stage VC’s talk about participation helping them to “juice their returns&# on smaller exits. Normal.

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. Dont scale.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

One of the biggest mistakes I see early-stage startups making is hiring “seasoned&# sales professionals or hiring people too senior, too early.

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

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Very few of them are started, in my experience, by sales people and very few early stage companies really understand sales. Enough said.

Video of My Internet Week Session on Early Stage Entrepreneurship

Vinicius Vacanti

Home About Contact Me How To Make It as a First-Time Entrepreneur Vinicius Vacanti Video of My Internet Week Session on Early Stage Entrepreneurship June 14, 2010 | View Comments On Thursday, Owen Davis of SeedStart invited Amol Sarva , from Peek , and me to answer some questions on early stage entrepreneurship.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Forget to get around to setting up that Employee Stock Option Plan and want to be able to give the early guys their options at a low strike price? 

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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That’s fine.  It is probably the right thing for the stage of company. I obviously don’t speak for all investors. understand.

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

Instigator Blog

The relationship is made more challenging by the fact that it goes through an early honeymoon period shortly after an investment is made.

How to pick a co-founder

venturehacks.com

Reply # Melanie Curtiss · May 5, 2010 Thank you for this blog post. How to build your core team for early-stage startup?

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

OnStartups

It can also help lend some street cred with hiring early technical team members too. You know the press articles I'm talking about. Don't.

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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Outsourcing early often happens when you have non-technical founders who don’t know how to get code out the door. Been there.

A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs

Instigator Blog

In that time I’ve gone through a myriad of emotions and cyclical arguments in my head about the entire process of starting Standout Jobs, running it and selling it. I’ve read a number of great (and heartfelt ) postmortems of late, and then read Eric Ries’ blog post: Stop lying on stage. Investors do it too. Everyone fails.

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

www.forentrepreneurs.com

Some of the early B2B pioneers in this space were companies like JBoss ( story here ), SolarWinds, ConstantContact, HubSpot, etc. Good luck.

Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup

Startup Marketing Blog

Generally speaking, the job requirements/skills mentioned above are not paramount for startups in or before the early growth phase. 12 Responses to “Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup&# Brittany Laughlin Jul 26, 2010 12:36 pm Great article. next CEO of WorkingPoint | [link] Sean Jul 26, 2010 1:30 pm I agree.

The Importance of Revenue is Back - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

Back in 2009, shortly after the 2008 crash, I wrote The Importance of Revenue at Early Stage, Now More Than Ever. 2.Valuations for startups still hang around $6-10M cap or pre-money at early stage for the hotter deals, sometimes even higher. December 2010 (1). November 2010 (2). October 2010 (4).

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Don’t build features that will wow tech journalists, raise eyebrows on stage at a conference or make your competitors envious. Bollocks.

Launch: StartupList — a new way to reach angels

Venture Hacks

Yesterday, we launched AngelList , a curated list of angel investors, representing $80M going into early-stage startups this year.

The 15 Mistakes of First Time Entrepreneurs

VC Cafe

Listening to customers is the best thing you can do in the early stages of your venture. E ntrepreneurship is like riding a bicycle.

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Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

think it’s clear at this stage that investors are looking for big vision. Year One Labs is no exception, even if our model is focused on early exits. Early stage startups are driven by learning. Are entrepreneurs born or taught? I’d say a bit of both. there’s no simple answer. Initiative is expected.

A Startup is Not a Smaller Version of a Large Company

Steve Blank

This series of posts are going to offer a new three-stage model of how startups grow into large companies. Stage 1: The Scalable Startup.

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Israeli Venture Capital Raising Flat in Q3, Seed Investments Decline

VC Cafe

In the first three quarters of the 2010, the Israeli VC fund share was 30 percent, compared to 36 percent in the corresponding period of 2009.

How to Start a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

Often theyre people who themselves got rich from technology.At the seed stage, investors dont expect you to have an elaboratebusiness plan. At this stage,all most investors expect is a brief description of what you plan to do and how youre going to make money from it, and the resumes of the founders. Want to start a startup? Well, no.

Going Down? Q3 VC Investments in US Tech Drop 14%

VC Cafe

billion in venture capital funding in Q3 2010, representing a 14% decline in total funding amount compared to the previous quarter. million.

Misplaced Passion is Common for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Instigator Blog

But what we see quite regularly at the early stages of startups is not too much passion but misplaced passion. Entrepreneurs at the beginning stages of their startups fall too in love with their solution (and their ideas), and that passion drives them down rabbit holes.

Launching Year One Labs – An Early Stage Seed Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is an early stage seed accelerator that will help fund and build startups, primarily in the web and mobile spaces. Today is a big day. After 6 or so months, I’ve launched my new startup: Year One Labs. Working with these guys is going to be an incredible experience. “Co-creation&# is really the key.

Mitsui Ventures Invests $3 Million in MoMinis

VC Cafe

How to Fund a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

If someone pays $20,000 for 10% of a company, the company isin theory worth $200,000. I say "in theory" because in early stageinvesting, valuations are voodoo. So if youre going to sell cheap stockto eminent angels, do it early, when its natural for the companyto have a low valuation. The problems are different in the early stages.

Designing startup metrics to drive successful behavior | For Entrepreneurs

www.forentrepreneurs.com

This will show us if we are succeeding in our efforts to improve things, and also give us early warning signs of any negative trends. Now this!

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

285 companies raised $1.048 Billion in the first half of 2011, an 82% increase compared to the $577 million raised in the equivalent period in 2010.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

mashable.com

For the first-time entrepreneur or founder looking for seed stage funding, this circle can be especially difficult to penetrate. magic.

Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding

mashable.com

All of this is according to Paul Graham, co-founder of the early-stage investment fund Ycombinator. Companies like GrowPublic, Inc.

Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

Both Sides of the Table

Why many early-stage investors DO price rounds (e.g. prefer equity to convertible debt): If you’re an early stage investor (e.g.

Shana Tova from VC Cafe

VC Cafe

V C Cafe wishes you, the Israeli start up and venture capital industries, a very healthy, successful and prosperous new year. Looking back. Next year.

My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

Both Sides of the Table

This is the failure of many early-stage companies when they try to scale. Both are basically people businesses. Selling the company.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

Both Sides of the Table

And having sold two companies I worked inside much larger companies that acquired us and observed even bigger company structures. Skipping. Strange.