Tue.Oct 04, 2011

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Convertible Debt – Warrants

Ask The VC

Earlier in the convertible debt series we talked about the “discounted price to the next round” approach to providing a discount on convertible debt. If you are doing a seed round, we encourage you not to use this approach and save some legal fees. In this case the investor will get a warrant for $20,000. This is where it can get a little tricky.

Slice of Lime Celebrates 10 Years and Focuses on User Interface Design

Feld Thoughts

As some of you may know, we made a modest investment in Slice of Lime in 2007. This year, Slice of Lime is celebrating 10 years of being in business. This is a huge accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud of the business Kevin, Jeff, and Daniel have built. To showcase this, Slice of Lime created a 10 Year Anniversary Site.

Have you ever fallen into “compare and despair?”

Escape From Cubicle Nation

We have all been there. While writing a sales page, we wonder if there are any good examples out there of a similar type of product or service.

The Myth Of Work/Life Balance: Seven Ways To Rethink Your Approach To The Daily Grind


We’d work from 8 to 5 each day, take an hour-long lunch, and then come home and spend uninterrupted time with our families. Not so. It does not exist.

One Day at a Time

Taffy Williams

Each day Ireview what I am doing and trying to decide if it is working! The questioning is important because it ishard to improve if you have no clear vision of what needs to be better. Layering this questioning on top of any upsand downs one may have can make some days a real challenge. During the down days, it seems likeeverything is all wrong.

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Top 10 Signs You Need To Retool Your Business


The folks at Heller Communications Design have this wonderful "About" page that has some pointers on when a potential client should hire them. So here is my own top ten list, somewhat modified from Heller's. Sponsor. You need to create a future that is far more sustainable than your current business state. Guess what? You can't! Discuss. Analysis

Idea Generation is Not Efficient (and you don’t want it to be)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I really have to say something about this notion that brainstorming / idea generation / ideation can be made into an efficient process. I’ve read a couple of interesting pieces on this lately, this idea it can be made more efficient, so you only get “good” ideas. If only it were so… I’ll grant you [.].

3 Quick And Dirty Secrets To Online Success

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

We’re all capable of success online. In fact, let’s define success before we go any further. If we were going to use a dictionary definition for success it’d look something like this: suc-cess [suh k-ses]. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

Building the Global Startup Part 5: In Summary

John O'Farrell

This is the final installment in a five-part series on building a global company from the ground up. Summing it all up. We’ve covered quite a bit of ground together since I started this series.  Before you launch internationally, you should have an explicit, well-articulated strategy. Some closing thoughts. Involvement builds commitment. 

Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

David Teten

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. industry experts. To apply:  [link

Take An Improv Class

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I woke up today and saw that Josephine Forsberg has passed away. Jo was the founder of Players Workshop of Second City in Chciago. Bill Murray went there — along with many other comic luminaries. She will be missed. She gave the world a gift, and, it’s a gift you can receive. If you are [.].

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Do you have a plan for the success of your team?

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. One of the most knowledgeable angel investors out there, Jeff Stewart , told me that the definition of success as an entrepreneur was when you walk into work, and there's nothing for you to do. At that point, you've hired someone better than you at all of the tasks you did previously as a founder. Few startups I've seen do that.

Book Review: Loyalty by Eric Felten

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

bought it. In the introduction, Felten says "loyalty is the virtue of being trustworthy." It means keeping your word. That's up to you. So which is it?

Is the iPhone 4S Worth the Purchase?

Soho Solutionist

I was listening in on the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event today. Let me explain… I bought the uncool 3GS. And I loved it. dunno yet.

1,000 True Fans – Still Relevant?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I remember my first business plan. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t much of a business plan, because in 1995, I knew next to nothing about ‘business’ After reading an article about how critical it was to have one, I put pen to paper and jotted down some notes to myself. And then, I plugged numbers into a template. Readers loved it.

Unless you are awesome, you will be outsourced.

Business of Software Blog

A great thought from Auren Hoffman, CEO of Rapleaf in his blog, Summation. Go and read the full post, the table is just a taster. "Here are some things that will be less valued in the future and some things that will be more valued: Less-valued. More-valued. General knowledge. Judgment. We’ll have universal translators. Coding.

Move On - VCball


Earlier this year I sat down with Bob Niehaus. He's my former boss at GCP Capital, a $1B+ private equity firm spinout from Greenhill & Co., and the parent company for the VC fund I co-managed, GSA Ventures. Over lunch

The Art of the Personal Pivot & personal change | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

How Do You Change Corporate Culture?

Up and Running

I just finished a strategic planning meeting with one of my client organizations. They wanted to know if it is possible to change corporate culture.

Resilience Engineering #16: Hammering out a Schedule

Active Garage

Nailing down a schedule is one of the biggest project challenges there is. Presently I am working with a client who wants a scheduling system.

More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog Next-Gen Motorcycle Sprint’s new app to combat distracted driving Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle FCC and FEMA’s new disaster communication guidelines. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Solve hard problems and fly robots

High Contrast

Because we are in stealth mode, people regularly ask me what we do at Shopximity. Stuck between changing the topic and saying that we make shopping better for everyone, I decided to take a different tack and tell the cold, hard truth: There it is. There is no more. For now. Except that we are looking for a someone special. Try us. We have a mission.

The October cS Award and The September cS Award Winner

crowdSPRING Blog

Earlier this year, we announced that we would issue a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community.

[Review] Six Pixels of Separation


″   Regular followers of social media gurus will probably be familiar with many of the strategies proposed. Connect Your Business to Everyone.”,

12 Questions: Meet Kate Casey (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. Kate lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1.

Keeping things in perspective

Jeff Hilimire

It’s amazing how things in your life can have such a powerful impact on how you view the world and the way you live your life. To prison.

Too Lijit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

As a result of this never wavering focus on web publishers, Lijit has built a large and ultimately very valuable company. I’ve always thought that Federated was the natural acquirer for Lijit (and we’ve been partners with Federated for some time now). The fit is a natural one. Congratulations to both the Lijit and Federated teams!

Shutting Down Your Company In Style


Joakim Achren, a Finnish entrepreneur, was one of the first entrepreneurs I met when we started ArcticStartup. It's part of the ride.

SXSW Eco, ArtPrize and GigaOM: 7 Days, 3 Events Apps

Austin Startup

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich The past week has been a whirlwind of travel and events: from San Francisco to Grand Rapids to Austin. Along the way, I’ve had a chance to try out apps for each event, using my trusty iPhone 3GS – yes, I’m one of those who skipped 1st gen iPhone 4 and am likely to be a 4S purchaser!

Is Facebook Advertising Getting Too Expensive For Startups?


Sofanatics , the Finnish social sports media startup, has decided to quit advertising on Facebook for the time being, citing increased costs and lower conversion rates as the main factors behind the rather radical decision. For Sofanatics, the price of Facebook advertising has risen 50% during this year. Talk about honesty towards your users.

Monetizing Excess Capacity


I've been kicking around different business models over the past year for Jawaya. One of the attractive catch phrases I've come up with is "monetize excess capacity". (I say that as though I invented it, because Google puts one of my posts at the top of the search. Commercial kitchens. Planes. Trains. Automobiles. It's a long list. models

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Copper Penny Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

A penny isn’t much.  It doesn’t buy anything really and the amount of copper in it is pretty negligible nowadays. However, as Melinda from this week’s Small Business Spotlight points out, most everyone has a pretty specific, penny-centric memory. Yet, they often have stories that reach back generations. People want to learn. 

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Zerply Adds Premium Themes


We reviewed Zerply a few months back, calling it the next generation professional network. In short where it matters the most.

Students To Make Biodegradable Plastic Bags A Reality


Most plastic bags we use today will either get incinerated or end up in a landfill somewhere. Image from OutsmartWaste.com ).