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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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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.

6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

World Featured in US & World Featured: Facebook Year End 2011 Awards. 6 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 ?

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’ve been obsessively tracking data about myself since 2009. The most visible data I track is on Daytum which includes Miles Run (by location), Books Read (by type), Airplane Flights (by carrier), and Nights In Town (by city). miles. miles.

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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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.

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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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. Submit your nomination today! A Look Back….

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Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

VC Cafe

Since the beginning of 2011, 422 Israeli startups raised $1.57 billion – Up 71% from the equivalent period a year ago. Ofer Sela, KPMG).

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.

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.

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.

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", Twitter is a great example of this.

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 Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success

Vinicius Vacanti

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

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.

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?

2011 ATDC Startup Showcase

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

I am particularly excited and proud of the 2011 graduating class. It's that time of year again. It happens every Spring. There will be hundreds.

Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

Vinicius Vacanti

You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them. So, like the nice person you are, you want to be as flexible as possible.

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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.

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.

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How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Image via Wikipedia. I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

Start With Customer Experience

Feld Thoughts

I was reminded of the importance of starting with the customer experience while I was watching this brilliant video from WWDC 1997 of Steve Jobs.

Some Lessons from 2011

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Jeff Wuorio shares a collection of 2011 lessons learned from various entrepreneurs that he posted at Business on Main. Here are two of my favorites: "The biggest lesson I learned in 2011 was for our business to question our beliefs. I have an. 18-month-old little boy who is taking up a lot of what used to be my. work from home' time.

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. Anyway, here’s to a fantastic 2011 and a resurgence in blogging. 2010 was a challenging year for me personally and I took a fair amount of time off from blogging. Recently I have been less sure.

Protect The Internet

Feld Thoughts

Fred Wilson has a strong post up titled Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs that explains the situation.

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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10 Trends In Innovation (March 2011)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It occurred to me that as a cultural trend spotter and scanner, I’ve not posted about current trends in my own field of Innovation. No time like the present! Like any industry or concept things fall in and out of fashion. This is just my view, but a fairly well informed one. So, here are [.].

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies


He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. Here are a few slices of it.

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[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2011


Young Upstarts is a media partner of e27 and Echelon 2011. Event Details. Date: June 16 and 17. Organizer: e27. Event URL: [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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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.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Racism in Tech

Feld Thoughts

In 2011. There was a huge kerfluffle over the weekend about racism in Silicon Valley which tried to end when Michael Arrington wrote a post titled Oh Shit, I’m A Racist. And I’m sure there will be more posts, including this one. Of something that happened last week. He was very upset as he relayed a story to me. Take action.

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.


Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago a guest post titled Minimum Viable Personality appeared on Fred Wilson’s blog. The author was a Giant Robot Dinosaur who has been dishing out wisdom in all caps in the comments on Fred’s blog for a long time. And, I grinned with relief when I finally made his #NOEATFRIDAY list. Without hesitation I said yes. YOU FAIL.

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Small Features

Instigator Blog

So a “small feature” is one that’s easy to code and easy to use. But are small features really that easy to build? Small features.

Want To Be A VC? Start A Company.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Steve Blank has a great post up on his blog suggesting that VCs should require startup CEO experience in their partners' resumes. He quotes from me in that post but I'm not going to state which one came from me. You can guess if you want. You might be surprised to know that I agree with Steve. I have never run a startup company.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community, Sept 2011

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. However, Boston is a transient town, especially for the student population that refreshes a large population each year. MIT 100K.