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Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers


I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? And do I fit as a Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , CTO Founder , Acting CTO ? He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. Go to user groups.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

Corporate business development and strategic partner executives are flocking to Silicon Valley to find these five types of innovation. So what?

Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas.

A Tech Company without a CTO is like a Bakery without a Chef

Business Plan Blog

In order to be a successful tech startup, the team must consist of a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) level member to help with the technology plan.

I’m on the Air – On Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

Alex Osterwalder – Business Models. And if the past is prologue I guarantee you that this will be radio worth listening to. April 27 th.

Submitting a Request for Proposal to a Web Developer

Business Plan Blog

Business name. Business address. Additional documentation such as a business plan , wire-framing, etc. Email. Phone number.

True Story: How Started in 1995

Up and Running

In 1997 we hired an NYU undergrad to create a better site, focusing on business planning and especially publishing sample plans.

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Acting CTO Role in a Start-up


I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant. also found this interesting graphic of the changing needs around the CTO role in different size/type companies that somewhat echoes my experience.

Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO

Web Startup Lessons Advice from a CTO and Entrepreneur Home About Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO There are not many to be found. He or she might call himself a “consulting CTO,&# “freelance CTO,&# “on-demand CTO,&# “CTO on call,&# “CTO for hire,&# or just a “technology strategy advisor.&#

Are You Getting Your Fair Share Of Startup Equity?

Startup Professionals Musings

You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology, or money. Experience and connections in your business area.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


asked some of the same questions I ask in my Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions and then I get to a very common conversation: Me : Do you have specs?

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology or money. Experience and connections in your business area.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. First Principles. Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it? If you think so, please let me know what they are

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5 Things To Look For In An Angel Investor


by Tom Britton, co-founder & CTO at Tom Britton is co-founder and CTO at Tom

You Hardly Ever Fail Because of Your CTO

Babbling VC

If you're going to send your business plan to a VC or pitch their partnership make sure you address this issue right up front. It's always sales that kill most early-stage businesses. Sure, it's like Twitter in that it hasn't yet figured out it's business model but I can already see there's money there.

How to Dramatically Increase Pageviews on Your Website

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There are low-cost ways to increase views on any site for any business. This is a two-part story. Focus on keywords, title tags, and headers.

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Lean Government

Startup Lessons Learned

Like me, he didn't look so good at that hour of the morning.) We were there to talk to Aneesh Chopra, then the CTO of the United States, and Todd Park, then the CTO of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Todd is there too, having just been appointed his successor as CTO of the United States. That means you !

Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank

And that with sufficient planning successful commercialization was simply an execution problem. —-. Translational Medicine.

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The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

Meredith came to see me along with the CTO  Marc Berte. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Check.

10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. milestones entrepreneur startup funding business

From Start-up to $420 Million Giant: Lessons in Growing Big

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Founder and CTO Walter Scott says Google, Apple, and Bing all use its imagery as does do NASA and even the Russian government. Scott says. Wins Babson Student Business Of The Year Award

Campus Entrepreneurship

From Babson College : has received the Babson College 2011 Student Business of the Year Award. Founders: * John Xie ’11 built his first website at the age of 9 and started his first business, Cirtex, at the age of 13. Later he served as CTO at AppZero. Receives Babson College 2011 Student Business Of The Year Award.


Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles


" Today I had two conversations with early stage startups (see Free CTO Consulting ). Beware of Mentors. Neither felt like a slam dunk.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

Both Sides of the Table

Somebody asks whether you plan to set up 401k’s and do contribution matching.  I think this paralyzes many people. Not you. Charts. 

Startup Blog: Staff & Money or Money & Staff

Taffy Williams

Examples may relate to Biotech, Pharma and Medical Device businesses, but the ideas apply to most technology fields. Who’s the Boss?

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Software Company

Up and Running

Step 1: Start with a lean plan. Instead of sitting down to write a 40-page business plan, start with a one-page pitch. Tactics.

Building a High-Tech Startup Team

Business Plan Blog

One recipe for failure (business failure and capital raising failure) is building a lopsided team weighted to one function of the business.

How to Do Market Research

Up and Running

I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my business career. Tons of businesses would need it and it was going to be a huge hit! Or so we thought.

Entrepreneur Startup Share Depends on Contribution

Startup Professionals Musings

For purposes of commitment and business decision making, I always recommend that execution partners retain control of at least 50% of the equity.

10 Keys to Startup Traction That Investors Look For

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. Traction means forward progress. Sell one.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they''re thinking too small about what they''re trying to do.

These 10 Steps Will Make Your Startup Fundable

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. Traction means forward progress. Sell one.

Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

Up and Running

” Our featured speaker was Caroline Cummings, the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. Then there’s businesses.

Why Some Entrepreneurs Succeed--and Some Don't

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 2003 the economist Amar Bhide wrote " The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses." He looked at founders on the Inc. Absolutely. Absolutely.

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Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Diversification across industry sectors is not as easily achieved for angels as could be accomplished in public markets, but can be achieved by co-investing with trusted angel colleagues in a broader set of businesses.  A local network of angels is critical to achieving a diversified portfolio.  Many years of business experience. ++.

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees

Business Plan 2 3 6 8 16. This is an excellent supplement that many entrepreneurs could use to design compensation plans that make sence.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Noam is one of a rare breed of business academics: he studies entrepreneurship using a rigorous empirical approach. Lessons Learned. Contact.

Under Pressure: Inside Shutterstock's High Stakes Hackathon

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One led by CTO Jim Chou created a mobile app called ShutterstockTrends, which shows what images are trending in different countries. she said.


What Makes a Great Cleantech Team?

Secret Formula

This post was co-written with Josh Rogers, a former Venrock intern who’s now in National Grid ’s Strategic Planning and Corporate Development group.

How many cofounders should your startup have?

The Next Web

He started his first business at age 15 and ran it until he went off to college at UC Berkeley. Skills – I do product, business, marketing.

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