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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. 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’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.

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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10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…


But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me. What We Saw in 2011…. The list of applications to engage, empower and organize citizens continues to grow, and will be one of the most defining legacies of 2011.

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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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.

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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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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

2011 ATDC Startup Showcase

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

New atdc ringmaster Nina Sawczuk will be running the show. I am particularly excited and proud of the 2011 graduating class.

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?

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].

Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit

VC Cafe

I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. WATEC 2011 cleantech cleanvest corporate investments corporate sponsorships energy spectrum Entrepreneurs event government of israel investors startups Technology WATEC waterThe biggest player in this field is General Electric.

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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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.

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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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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Deep dive: Cancellation rate in SaaS business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I wanted to expand on the practical and mathematical implementations of the cancellation rate I referred to in last week’s post. Son of a bitch!

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.

How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

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

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. have an. 18-month-old little boy who is taking up a lot of what used to be my. work from home' time.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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 [.].

[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].

Top Ten Posts in 2011

Scott Edward Walker

Below is a list of my top ten posts in 2011 based solely on pageviews. Indeed, I was inspired by Chris Dixon and his post of last night (which you should definitely check-out). Happy New Year! 1. Legal Checklist for Startups 2. House Passes Crowdfunding Bill: FAQ’s For Entrepreneurs 3. What Is A Liquidation Preference? 8. 

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.