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Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting in 2010, USV raised an Opportunity Fund and we will now occasionally make late stage/growth stage investments. The other day I found myself on a VC website. went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. Most often they are not.

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The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. They will be managers.

WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News WP Engine, founded in 2010 at Capital Factory, has 150 employees in Austin and it’s hiring. San Antonio Austin Wordpress hosting WP Engine The plucky startup also has another 10 employees in a satellite office in California.

Do You Know The Difference Between A Browser and a Search Engine?

Feld Thoughts

Tags: Technology browser search engine

Perfection By Subtraction – The Minimum Feature Set

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.&#. The Minimum Feature Set is Not The Goal. Why A Minimum Feature Set?

Yes, but who said they'd actually BUY the damn thing?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is Part 3 of the series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.? Short-sighted, no? But you're still not listening. I'm scratching my own itch.

Just Make It Faster

Feld Thoughts

Sometimes it’s the CTO, sometimes it the VP of Engineering, sometimes it’s just someone in the guts of the engineering organization. People who develop broad skills also tend to develop a good mental model of how different layers of a system behave. We had one big problem.  It took 24 hours to run a single analysis.

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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

Both Sides of the Table

Yours had more complexity and less engineering talent secured on the team than most. Plus, everyone on Twitter egged me on and then some.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

Both Sides of the Table

Now is the time that you need “all hands on deck.&#  That awesome gal you hired in engineering has job options and she knows it. Never.

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Startup CTO or Developer


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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The inside story of how 382 recruiters pursued an imaginary engineer

Redeye VC

In 2010, Meebo found itself in a pivotal position: for the first time, the company promised its investors it would generate significant revenue.

Visual Guide to NoSQL Systems

Nathan Hurst

Loading mentions Retweet Comments (49) Mar 14, 2010 ariejdl said. Mar 14, 2010 Nathan Hurst said. Mar 14, 2010 Stan Harris said.

Excellent Analytics Tip #17: Calculate Customer Lifetime Value

Occam's Razor

Advanced Analytics Analytics Marketing Tips Search Engine Marketing Web Analytics Web Insights Web MetricsLovely, warm hugs and smiles for them.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

A while back I wrote a bunch of posts on Sales & Marketing and have been meaning to get back to that theme for a while. You learn by asking.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank. At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. Pivot.

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Why Pioneers Have Arrows In Their Backs

Steve Blank

First-Mover Advantage is an idea that just won’t die. hear it from every class of students, and each time I try to put a stake through its heart.

3 Things to Consider When Staffing a Software Development Project

For more than 10 years CSP has impressed clients with highly effective software solutions and teams of multi-talented software engineers.

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Most technology startups seem to be founded by three types of people: product managers, engineers or biz dev types (MBAs and the like).

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 27, 2010 Good enough never is (or is it?) April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. So which is it?

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Simple.

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14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO


I've seen too many startups sink because the CEO keeps changing what the head of product and engineering should be doing. Don't.

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

When James Watt started the industrial revolution with the steam engine in 1775 no one said, “This is the day everything changes.” 

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Let me explain. One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g.

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How to pick a co-founder

Engineer heavy startups are common now, so doubling or tripling your development team at the outset is incredible. Date first. Coincidence?

How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The recruiter may ask for your SAT scores and college GPA, if this is a technical engineering role. The Google culture is different.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Been there. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. And it doesn’t stop there.

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

500 Hats

GeeksOnaPlane East Asia 2010: Startups Are Global. Simply Hired Social Networking & Social Media Venture Capital & Startup Finance « Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010) | Main | With Apologies to Kathy Sierra & Paul Graham: Make Something Users Care About. The Internet Revolution, Act III. Part II!

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

With certain complex products, this will need an on-site installation by a sales engineer, which sends costs through the roof. Good luck.

Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Steve Blank

Over the last 50 years engineers have moved from building computers out of individual transistors to building with prepackaged logic gates.

5 Simple Steps for Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization

Duct Tape Marketing

Give your new blog posts and articles the best chance possible to pull in new visitors by making sure they’re optimized for the search engines.

The Option Pool Shuffle

Lead Engineer 0.5 – 1 5+ years experience Engineer 0.33 – 0.66 Manager or Junior Engineer 0.2 – 0.33 Thanks!

Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup

Startup Marketing Blog

The good news is that when you strip away everything that doesn’t have a direct impact on growth, a growth hacker should be easier to hire than a VP Marketing (or maybe an insider already has the needed skills).  I’ve met great growth hackers with engineering backgrounds and others with sales backgrounds. What is a Growth Hacker?

Why You Should Make Your Competitors Your Frenemies

Both Sides of the Table

But forget talking about them, how should you actually treat your competitors? When Enemies are Good. 1. Software. Software, software, software.

Death By Competitive Analysis

Steve Blank

In most startups the competitive analysis feature comparison ends up morphing into the Marketing Requirements Document that gets handed to engineering.

Beginner's Guide To Web Data Analysis: Ten Steps To Love & Success

Occam's Razor

You can't just rely on search engines or spending money on campaigns. The goal of my recent post on the Yahoo! Starting Right! So what?

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Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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What is a startup?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, June 21, 2010 What is a startup? April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. Wrong. Wrong again. Wrong. for H.

Job Engine Continues Weak

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Entrepreneurs are the job engine in our economy during good times and bad. They are the primary creators of new jobs leading our growth during booms, and they lead job creation coming out of recessions. This index showed modest job creation in August, with at estimated 39,000 new jobs created. But, this is not the case.

Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

Vinicius Vacanti

It’s actually pretty hard to find a good start-up job if you have no real engineering or user acquisition / product management skills. Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. “I’ve got this HUGE idea. write this post to put you out of your miserable technical co-founder search and give you some realistic options. What We Did.