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Have Idea for a Startup? Don’t Launch a Company, Launch an Experiment

Vinicius Vacanti

Two users. That’s it. thought LinkFalcon had some real potential. It solved a real problem for me and one that I hoped others had. Failure.

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Resegment If You Aren’t In The Top Three

Feld Thoughts

Six months ago I wrote a post about how I think about competition  which included a list of topics that summarizes my philosophy. ” If you look at the Foundry Group portfolio , you’ll notice a lot of market leaders. An important nuance is that these companies weren’t unambiguously market leaders when they got started. Resegment.

10 Questions That Create Success

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Want help focusing on what really matters? Ask yourself these on a daily basis. Think that success means making lots of money? Think again.

How To Close The Books on Your Startup

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Join Mashable on Google+ Welcome to Mashable! World Featured in US & World Videos Featured: Facebook CES 2012 Awards. Trending Stories. How To Close The Books on Your Startup.

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A Powerful (Mission) Statement

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Motivational Message A poster of Holstee's mission statement has become a top seller. Holstee's mission statement is an exception. We live together.

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How to Make a Brilliant Mistake

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The difference between a great company and a mediocre one isn't whether it avoids mistakes. It's how much it learns when it makes them. link].

5 Ways to Use Other People’s Content in Your Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Use Other People’s Content in Your Marketing This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Image hazel.estrada via Flickr CC. Cobrand a winner.


The 2 Things About Your Start-up Idea That Actually Matter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Y Combinator's Garry Tan hands you the only yardstick you need when starting a technology company. How does your idea measure up? I'll tell you why.

Product Management Then and Now


Occasionally in my work with technology product teams around the world, I run into product managers that are still practicing the role as it used to be defined back in the PC era of technology. These organizations are inevitably frustrated, as the role was not terribly effective and often not respected.

Start a Killer Restaurant: 6 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Advice from a white guy in Texas who became an award-winning sushi chef and restaurant owner. Nearly half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point, and 46 percent of restaurant employees say they would like to own a restaurant someday. Clearly many people dream of owning a restaurant. Never start without the big three.

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You Just Made the Sale, Now SHUT UP!

Taffy Williams

Pardon thelanguage, but the title says a lot. Itsometimes takes a very long time to convince a buyer to buy. This is the case whether the buyer is: · someonepurchasing a retail product, · apossible business transaction like partnering or M&A · providingfinancing in the form of debt or equity · ormost anything else.

Who Is Your Hero?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony, or Nelson Mandela. Pick one, or another great leader from history. It'll give you the courage to dream big--unabashedly--despite the odds. The first of a four-part series. You are lucky in life if you have the right heroes. We're all so jaded nowadays by any talk of heroes. In my M.B.A. Recall Susan B.

How to not be Scammed by an SEO Firm

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Many marketing companies (those you find online and those who call you unsolicited) claim that they can do search engine optimization (SEO) for your website. The fact that they can do something that sounds so complicated is already enticing. Before paying someone for SEO services, keep this in mind… Overpriced Services At its core, search

How to Make Money on Facebook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Is your Facebook page a real snoozer? You won't make much money that way! Even the smallest business can make money on Facebook. Here's how. For years the Internet has provided us with the wildest opportunities that haven't been very competitive or expensive," says Carter. There are a lot of problems with pages," Carter claims. link]. Ads by Pheed

Turbocharging Solr Index Replication with BitTorrent

Code as Craft

Search at Etsy. Search at Etsy has grown significantly over the years. In January of 2009 we started using Solr for search. Multicast Rsync? Drawbacks.

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New Orleans and Young Entrepreneurs: Nurturing Each Other

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Looking for a supportive start-up community in which to launch your venture but hoping to skip the extreme competition of the likes of Silicon Valley?

What’s not evil: ranking content fairly *and* letting public content get indexed

Chris Dixon

Please see update at bottom. Most websites spend massive amounts of time and money to get any of their pages index and ranked by Google’s search engine. Indeed, there is a entire billion dollar industry (SEO) devoted to helping companies get their content indexed and ranked. rank at the top of results. startups

10 Lies Never to Tell Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

All the confidence in the world won't convince a VC these statements are true. Here's why these 10 fibs hurt you -- and what to say instead. Serial entrepreneur and VC Guy Kawasaki recently wrote a post listing the 10 lies entrepreneurs tell investors. These are classic lines that he hears in virtually every company pitch he sits through.

Whether Or Not To Go Public

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

There are two major issues facing a start-up considering an IPO: how to do it most effectively, and, secondly, whether to do it at all. The second is the threshold question.

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Tony Hsieh's Excellent Las Vegas Adventure

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In which our hero, flush with $400 million from the sale of his company, attempts to reinvent his city, Zappos-style. billion in 2009. billion in 2009.

The Benefit of Market Research

Up and Running

Once you have a clear sense of who your customers are, the following represent some additional things to think about: Where are these customers?

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How to Bag a Hacker

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The latest tactic in the tech talent hunt: Get your techies to blog about how smart they are. Clearly, Mares is no ordinary blogger. The U.S. link].

Information Arbitrage - Loyalty

Information Arbitrage


Why You Should Put Your Personal Life Online

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

People do business with people they like. Here's how to make yourself likeable online. love social media. love it because anyone in the world can find and learn about me in a few seconds -- and that includes prospective clients. People can quickly and easily discover what we have in common and why we might click if we worked together. TMI, people.

TBPP2011: Chris Sarette on “Getting to Here”

The Product Guy

What is quickly becoming tradition, we are kicking off the first series of the year looking at our most recent winner of The Best Product Person. Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011 , is the estimable subject of this series. Getting to here… > What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today? Stay Tuned.

Be Kind to Your Co-workers, Or Else

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Squabbling and sniping can erode a team. But new research shows that when employees fight, customers get angry. and "Can't you be more careful?" link].

Chris Sacca on the implied user contract

Chris Dixon

Chris Sacca nicely summarized today’s FB vs Google vs Twitter controversy: It comes down to what each company has promised its users. Facebook promised its users their stuff would be private, which is why users rightfully get pissed when that line blurs. It’s all about expectations. startups

Monday Morning Entrepreneurship

Growthink Blog

Last week , I wrote about the personal transformation I experienced at a very intense strategic advisory board session earlier this month. And about how when the heat got turned up and all the pleasantries were stripped away, what was distilled were the real strategic, tactical, leadership, and management challenges that I and my company face.

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The site is giving it away for free right now till the end of March, so get it while you can.

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We Will Be the Best-Run Business in America

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Highly Targeted Larry Potterfield's company has more than 1,500 formal business processes.'> In 2011, the company racked up revenue of $225 million.

Statistics On Scandinavian Music Streamers


The survey was collected in January of 2012. Danish users are behind the times, with a jump from 14 to a current 20%. Image by Titanas on Flickr

The Other Big Game

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Just For Clicks A Go Daddy Super Bowl spot from 2008 showed partygoers racing for a computer to watch the company's more-risque online ads.'> link].

SOPA's Jane Jacobs Moment

This is going to be BIG.

Fifty years ago this year, the New York City Board of Estimate voted down Robert Moses ' plan to build a ten-lane elevated highway across lower Manhattan--leveling fourteen blocks along Broome Street in Little Italy and what is now SoHo, as well as the West Village. Jane Jacobs , a community activist, led the community resistance to the highway.

Case Study: To Sue or Not to Sue

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Right Mix Wendi Levy (left) and Kim Etheredge had a big hit with hair products for multicultural women.'> The rival: enormous. James T. Carlos F.