Wed.Dec 28, 2011

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Profitable: To Be Or Not To Be?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster has a great post on this topic. In typical Mark fashion, it is long, with a lot of detail and substance. highly recommend all entrepreneurs take the time to read it end to end. For those who won't take the time to read it end to end, I'll summarize it. Many high growth companies can be profitable. This is tricky stuff.

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Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Still trying to tap your network for favors before you've offered anything yourself? Big mistake. Try to take before you give. No one cares. Not much.

Eat Global, Not Local

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

It is fashionable these days to decry "food miles." But why single out food? Should we not protest against T-shirt miles, too, and laptop miles?

How to Self-Promote--Without Being Sleazy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Self-promotion is a necessary evil for anyone starting a business. Here's how to do it so you don't seem like you've sold out. It seems unauthentic.

Use This Dot-Point Easy System To Write Your Killer 2012 Business Plan by Yaro Starak

It’s that time again when the old year winds down (toodles, 2011), a new year sparkles before us full of potential, promise, and possibility (hey there, 2012), and savvy entrepreneurs are preparing their 2012 business plans.

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5 Steps to Creating More Customer Value

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By focusing efforts on your best customers, you can increase customer value and grow your business. Using “cost-plus” pricing (i.e.,

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The Kinect Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

As someone obsessed with human computer interaction, the Kinect is an important piece of hardware. Recently, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator , a program created to incubate startups building the next generation of innovative experiences for the Kinect. Manu Kumar, Investor, K-9 Ventures. Eran Egozy, Founder and CTO Harmonix.

Keep a Close Eye on the Competition.

Up and Running

Image via Wikipedia. The sluggish economy continues to be an issue for small business owners.  So how do you protect yourself.  Explore the Internet. 

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Startup New Year’s Resolution #2: Engage more.

47 Hats

What are you doing to do the same? Customer questions lead to customer sales. Most of my MicroConsults in 2011 started that way. Help them! Go Social.

Will Business School Extinguish Your Spark?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A Stanford Business School professor concedes that biz schools often kill the passion and creativity of students. So should you avoid higher ed?

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Eat Global, Not Local

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

It is fashionable these days to decry "food miles." The longer food has spent traveling to your plate, the more oil has been burnt and the more peace has been shattered along the way. But why single out food? Should we not protest against T-shirt miles, too, and laptop miles? Globalization

The Greatest Hits of the Entire Year

Duct Tape Marketing

The Greatest Hits of the Entire Year This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Peace! – John. Top 11 Posts of 2011. 1) – Work as Craft.

The Boston Consumer Tech Year In Review

Rob Go

I was reflecting on this post last week about the state of consumer web in Boston and shared a few of my thoughts in the comments.  It got me thinking about this past year, specifically around consumer tech in Boston. Perhaps it’s been missed by most, but I think it was a remarkable year for this sector within this market. IPO’s/Exits.

Uncommon Interview: Finding Fulfillment with Good Company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Everyone likes New Year’s Inspiration this time of year; this interview is perfect to scratch that itch. After years of toil, Amy and Adelaide noticed that many startup founders were unhappy and unfulfilled , and decided to get to the bottom of why, and then figure out how to fix it. Transcript. Adelaide: Hi. Amy: Hi.

Want To Change Tomorrow's Workforce? Here's How

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They worked on businesses ranging from a brownie catering service to a mobile oil change company, and everything in between. The result was awesome.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world.  The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. 

Kicked in the Pants by an Accountant

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Only twice in the history of my business have I been truly terrified. In 2004 I survived what I refer to as my one and only (I hope) divorce.

My year in blogging

Chris Dixon

It was a mixed year for me as a blogger. didn’t post much as I would have liked – I spent most of the year working with eBay in a process that eventually led to Hunch being acquired. But I also learned a lot and tried to share some of those learnings here. An internet of people. Making industries “garage ready” for startups. startups

How Google Uses the Keystone Strategy to Stay on Top

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The foundation of any good business strategy lies in understanding the key players and how they interact. Take IBM for example.


How to invest $1500

Start Up Blog

Invest it in yourself. Go to local Melbourne (Y Combinator) Statup site and book a flight to San Francisco. Spend the next month working on your best idea startup idea. Get a working prototype, or do those updates you’ve been talking about for the last 6 months on your current startup. Get it in shape. Get your spiel tight.

Have You Identified Your Top Priorities?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two essential steps for success: Target no more than three to five tasks you must do extremely well.

Seriously Bold Tech Startup Predictions for 2012

Mark Birch

About this time of year, folks put together lots of lists about the past year as well as the outlook on the future.  Take that to the bank, Zynga.

2012: Brace for Another Weak Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Next year's economy will be hostage to the scary Euro crisis and towering debts at home. Here's how to get your business ready for a tough year.

An update to the Louis C.K. post

Jeff Hilimire

A lot of people have been reading and commenting on the Louis C.K. post I put up yesterday. just finished listening to the B.S. social fresh

Close a Whale of a Deal

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

So, you've landed a huge enterprise client. Here's how to close the deal without getting stuck in a legal maelstrom over the contract. Absolutely not.

First, put some junk up

The Startup Toolkit

Paul Graham knows how to make new things: I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly. » 6 Principles for Making New Things by @paulg. What happens when you don’t? Produc

What’s my blogging process?

Jeff Hilimire

I get asked from time to time what process I go through when writing blog posts. First off, I’m always thinking of new posts. Blogging

Getting Started With Tekes Financing


If you're in Finland, you may find help getting off the ground with funding from Tekes , the "Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation." Getting

Startup New Year’s Resolution #2: Engage more.

47 Hats

What are you doing to do the same? Customer questions lead to customer sales. Most of my MicroConsults in 2011 started that way. Help them! Go Social.

3 Good Reasons to Recheck Your Profitability Projections


One of my pet peeves in pitches is the triple whammy of absurdly high profitability projections. I’ve seen entrepreneurs promising 30, 40, even 50 percent profitability in their projections. Why triple whammy? It doesn’t take much research to turn up standard profitability rates of different industries.


Research Sample: University Knowledge Commercialization Book Chapter

Campus Entrepreneurship

I am finalizing a chapter for an edited volume on Universities and Knowledge Creation that Springer has agreed to publish on some contingency basis. The main thrust of my paper is the disconnect between the organization centric design of most university knowledge commercialization efforts (TTO, patents, science/industrial parks, etc.)

Today's Punt: Steve Blank interview

Today's punt is over to Steve Blank, the Customer Development evangelist, professor, guru, and all around great American. He gets it. Get out of the building". Talk to customers. Talk to prospects. Talk to lost prospects. Learn your market firsthand. Yesterday he posted this interview --worth the listen. Have a great day!

Windows Phone 7 Marketplaces Surpasses 50.000 Apps


All About Windows Phone is reporting that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace recently reached 50 000 apps and seems to have hit some sort of critical mass. It took over a year to get to 40 000 apps, but just 40 days to get to the next 10 000-- a sign of good exponential growth on the platform. This acceleration can be attributed to a few factors.


BEST OF BLUEGRASS 2011 - Roll In My Sweet Baby’s.

Mark Birch

BEST OF BLUEGRASS 2011 - Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms  performed by Chris Thile and Michael Daves - Great bluegrass duo featuring some intense mandolin and guitar virtuosity. That is why this is my pick for best bluegrass album of the year. Chris Thile Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Sleep With One Eye Open best of bluegrass music Michael Daves