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Startup Lessons Learned

I'm excited for 2011, and I want to share some of my plans for the coming year. In 2011, we will do sllconf again, probably in mid-May.

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Conference 2.0 (Summit Series 2011)

Entrepreneur Success Blog

So as I sit here in Palm Springs for another insane weekend (Coachella baby) I reminisce about the life long friends I made at Summit Series 2011.

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6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

World Featured in US & World Featured: Facebook Year End 2011 Awards. Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011. December 28, 2011 by Sarah Kessler. As the innovation engines of the economy, what startups figured out in 2011 will likely appear on other sectors’ trend lists in 2012. Year End 2011. boxers ?

Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University. My first story is about finding your passion.

My 2011 By The Numbers

Feld Thoughts

When I reflect on 2011, I had a great year on many fronts, both personal and professional. I’m looking forward to 2012 and am doubling down on my personal commitment to myself to focus on things that matter and ignore the noise. I’ve been obsessively tracking data about myself since 2009. Here’s where the year ended up.

TechStars 2011 Startup Madness Tournament

Feld Thoughts

So, I’m psyched that I get to play TechStars 2011 Startup Madness this march. Who said March Madness was only for college basketball fans? I’m a proud nerd, am pretty good at basketball, but my college team (MIT) never ahem did much in March so I missed out on the whole March Madness thing in college. Over $25,000 worth.

Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. million. Not bad.

Top 10 Brand Disasters of 2011

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The year 2011 was particularly rich in actions and events that clobbered established brand names. Thus, when CEO Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011, many took him at His Word. The financial industry was flying high in 2011. Here are 10 of the year's most heinous. Who would complain?

10 Surprising Brand Winners of 2011

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Some corporate, personal and conceptual brands captured unexpected headwinds in 2011. Here are 10 of the best-known. But you'd think wrong.

The Best Product Person of 2011 is…

The Product Guy

The Best Product Person of 2011 nominations have begun! And, yes , you can nominate yourself. Look Back…. Runner-up is Paul Gray of Brainmates.

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Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011 - NextWala


Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011. June 2011. January 2011. Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011.

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2011 Thoughts

Leveraging Ideas

Follow on rounds and talent shortages have me a bit worried and I think 2011 will be a challenging year for many for those two reasons. I’m excited that startups are going mainstream — kind of hard to explain what I mean specifically — but articles like this are the general idea. It’s hard to let go of your baby.

PlacePunch presents at StartupRiot 2011

Jeff Hilimire

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners? Comps?

TC Disrupt SF 2011 easy to start company, hard to build business

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

TechCrunch Disrupt has 30 companies on stage and 200 more in the Startup Alley. Here are the 7 finalists picked by judges. on a short term basis.

The Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success

Vinicius Vacanti

Hustling from our shared workspace cubicles. “So, what do you do?&#. hated that question. The Grind. What did we have to show for it? Nothing.

Best 2011 Books for Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman'> Some of these choices don't fit neatly into the "business book" genre. ” moments. Rockefeller.

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Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company

Vinicius Vacanti

billion fund called Quadrangle Group. It was just my third year out of college and I made a little over $250,000. There was only one little issue.

Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011

crowdSPRING Blog

Here are my picks for the top ten crowdsourcing trends for 2011: 1. These payments will increase to the mid seven figures monthly in 2011. 2.

How cold calling (properly) works better than AdWords

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> This is a guest post from Robert Graham — a solo bootstrapper who  blogs about the experience. He is a Ph.D.

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Color Wheels are wrong? How color vision actually works

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Color theory is a little obsession of mine. You’re here for startup advice, but this week I’m taking an indulgence.  Artists get it wrong.

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Hiring Employee #1

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). There’s already a lot of great advice about hiring at little startups. Or therapy. Potential earnings (e.g. Why so long?

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Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 13 July 2011 Hacking Angel List 7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. To wit: 1.

Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

Vinicius Vacanti

You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them. Suggest Possible Times. Suggest Meeting Location or Phone Number.

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Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version

crowdSPRING Blog

Plan ahead.  A new year is the perfect metaphor for a strategic assessment and a great opportunity to rethink your approach to the business. Party.

Global Innovation 2011

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

If you are interested in the big picture of global innovation, you might want to download this report from INSEAD — the 2011 Global Innovation Index. It ranks 125 countries by measuring various indicators, both inputs and outputs to the innovation process.

Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

VC Cafe

Top 50 Israeli startups for 2011. VC Cafe took note, and now we bring you the full list of top 50 Israeli startups in English. PowerMat. link].

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups


The purpose of Branchout is helping people to network their way to jobs. But that's not the focus of this post. That's impressive growth!

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The full story of “the one important thing” for startups

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> You might tacitly assume that I have no major blind spots when it comes building little tech startups. NOAH: OK.

Metrics that Matter for 2011 (One Page PDF)

Life Beyond Code

Speaker Main Page 2011 metrics year end reviewNote: I created this one page self-assessment checklist late last year. and the list goes on.

Top 10 Posts for 2011

Taffy Williams

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors Supervising Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say Are You Involved or Committed in a Startup? Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug. Clash of the Titans Go Back and Make It Work Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Ex. Is the Financing Really Done?

The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Consulting can be a great way to fund a startup or make a bunch of cash. It’s easy to start; Just pick an hourly rate and jump in. What to do?

How do I get my first few customers?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Any advice will help. Hmm, you’ve spent a year of your life on something before asking anyone else if they want it?

How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide


This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. So, please take this in the spirit intended. Is it big data?

Google Summer of Code 2011

crowdSPRING Blog

Since 2005, Google has led a wonderful open source program called Summer of Code. Related posts: Google Crowdsourcing Investments.

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Entrepreneurs that Got Filthy Rich in 2011

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Heres a look at the 9 entrepreneurs and (and one investor) that got filthy, stupid, absurdly rich in 2011 by cashing out or going public.

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes. Twitter is a great example of this. The piece itself was pretty good.

Business 2011 - Optimism, But Heed the Lessons

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2011. More focus on strategic planning. More work needed.

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ).  This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs.  The imperfect statistic used to rank these blogs is their average monthly uniques in Q410 from Compete (more methodology info below).  Monthly Uniques)   .

How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

Vinicius Vacanti

The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. Get Yourself a Domain Name and a Splash Page. HackerNews.