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Some lessons learned

Chris Dixon

Note: Google was kind enough to invite me to give a short talk at their Zeitgeist conference earlier this week. It was a really interesting conference and I got a chance to meet a lot of people I admire. For my talk, I decided to use material from some of my blog posts over the years that I thought might appeal to a broader audience. startups

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

Both Sides of the Table

Email. Ah, email. ” I was lamenting it tonight when I saw the most brilliant response Tweet by Andrew Hyde . ” Brilliant! Is that OK?

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Why Startups Fail - 20 Top Reasons Gleaned from 32 Startup Failure Post-Mortems

www.chubbybrain.com

Education. About. Investors Companies. Analyzing 32 Startup Failure Post-Mortems to Find the 20 Top Reasons that Startups Fail. January 11th, 2011 the Chubby Team 34 Comments. Tweet. Many of you read those post-mortems and asked, what are the most common reasons for failure cited across those posts? Startups are hard.  To some point that was true.

Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist (continued)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Earlier this year I blogged about this book. The authors, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, will be in NYC next week to talk about it. They are doing an event at the offices of venture law firm Cooley next Thursday. If you want to attend, you can RSVP via email. Venture Capital and Technology

25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems of All Time

www.chubbybrain.com

Education. About. Investors Companies. 25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems of All Time. October 3rd, 2010 the Chubby Team 48 Comments. Tweet. Want more entrepreneurial goodness? You should sign up for our newsletter here. Also worth a read after you review these startup failure post-mortems. However, this survivorship bias is problematic. ”).

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Woman-Oriented Startup: $4 Million Funding in 4 Weeks, $100 Million Valuation

Up and Running

I was browsing yesterday when I picked up this post by Alyson Shontell of Business Insider on LearnVest, a finance tools and information site for women, founded by a 27-year-old woman and funded very quickly by major venture capital. million. Here are some points I found especially interesting: I hate the unequal representation of women in startups.

SEC Rule 10b-5 Now Has A Sister And She's Mean!

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This clearly applies to issuers and sellers but the perennial question has been the extent to which intermediaries in a securities transaction can be found liable for the issuer's or seller's primary violation. Somewhat surprisingly, the U. S. Supreme Court has addressed this question three times in the past 17 years

43 Pithy Quips On The Business of Software

OnStartups

My favorite conference both as an attendee and as a speaker is the Business of Software Conference. They're my peeps. No sponsored speaking slots.

"When in doubt, look different". Geoffrey Moore at Business of Software. Video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

What is context, what is core? "I have to say if I have, to be in a business during this economy, I would want to be in a software business. service led software business. Because it's the most flexible.   If you book by 1st October and use the code, BoSSep, you will save $350 on the full ticket price. Certainly in my lifetime. Right?

Blog Mastermind Closing Forever This Friday (Plus A Story About Video Games, Magic And Skating)

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

This is your final warning about the closing of Blog Mastermind. When Friday passes, the end of September 2011, my coaching program will be closed to new members. Only current members and those who join before Friday night will have ongoing access. It all began with a nintendo entertainment system. In a couple of years I mastered roller skating.

One tablet, phone for work and play

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

On 9/26 Monday and 9/27 Tuesday, GigaOM held its Mobilize conference in San Francisco. expense, secure) corporate data from personal data. containers).

Quick Tip: CEOs Should Sell The Story

Rob Go

Every now and then, I meet with a company where the CEO does not lead fundraising discussions. Right or wrong, I think this almost never works. And I’ve seen all sorts of different founding team dynamics: Balanced team – ie: 2 or 3 cofounders all very similar in seniority.

Innovating in a Mature Industry

Duct Tape Marketing

Innovating in a Mature Industry This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. That’s it, and people line up for blocks to come and get it.

Artists I Like: Mark Levin

Venture Chronicles

I have not written an Artists I Like post in quite a while so I decided the time was right to pen one on someone who exhibits great technical skill with the eye of an artist. Mark Levin has a pretty wide range in his portfolio but the pieces that I gravitate to are in his Leaf Series.

Angry Birds Coming After Your Coffee, As Rovio And Starbucks Partnership Gets A Flare

ArcticStartup

It comes as no surprise that Rovio is eager to build a strong retail presence. What are we looking at?

Privacy Obfuscation at the WSJ

Venture Chronicles

The WSJ updated their privacy policy , I read it and read it again and then one more time before admitting defeat… I have no idea what their privacy policy is now. Why can’t companies express privacy policies in plain and simple language that says what they will do and what they won’t do?

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Vesting Restrictions.  The first deadly mistake relates to vesting restrictions.  IP Ownership. 

As the Paradigm Shifts #W: Will

Active Garage

I’ve been thinking about this blog for awhile, specifically the intention I had in mind – what I wanted to convey regarding our will.

I’m Headed to Orlando, Florida

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

It is currently 11:40 P.M. as I’m writing this. By this time tomorrow, I should arrive in Orlando, Florida. after sleeping for only 4 hours).

Pricing relativity

Start Up Blog

When I buy something via iTunes it doesn’t feel like money. Especially when it is an app that is a few dollars at most. It’s easy to press a button which confirms a purchase at a value which is lower than anything you can buy in the real world. coffee or coca-cola is $3.50 these days. it doesn’t end there though. itunes $2.99.

$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Conclusion

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

First off, I apologize for the 12-day gap since my last post. will blog more about that later in the week. The Final Weigh-In. and Paul’s was 187.6.

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How to Lose a Customer in Six Easy Steps

Grasshopper Herder

It started simply enough, there was a fairly obvious $8,364,175.00 error in my financial statement from Mint.com that prompted me to contact customer support. Customer Development Customer Support customer support

Prevent Your Start-up From Crashing

YoungUpstarts

(Click on picture to enlarge article). The truth is that most tech start-ups will crash and burn. But don’t let that scare you.

Picking Ventures: Part 2 - Startups and angels: Along the way to.

Tim Keane

Sometimes the dog really does eat it. And sometimes it's a big dog. Tom Perkins, in telling the Tandem Computer story says "when the first product performed as expected, the company went to $100MM very quickly." " We all

The truth about degrees

Start Up Blog

Education is vital, but the obsession we have with where we get it from is very unhealthy. It’s exclusionary, it’s elitist and it goes against the fundamental reason education should exist: To build collective knowledge for mutual benefit. The biggest change the web has brought us is access. entrepreneurship

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charliecrystle.com

ATT, it's been too long. Wayyy too long. Verizon, I hate your customer service. But your actual wireless service is great. said I would never go back to Verizon. Well, necessity is the mother of hypocrisy. No, I didn't get Verizon cell service, though that's on the way in February. And it's really quite fast. Happened over the summer. Travel.

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Radvertising from Calsberg

Start Up Blog

Here’s the latest piece of radvertising according to Startup Blog. Why is it rad? It’s simple. It reminds us what deserves a Carlsberg – It’s sharable. like it. entrepreneurship

NaturallyCurly Rebrands as TextureMedia

Austin Startup

Acknowledging its growing impact in hair care, the parent company of the textured-hair communities of NaturallyCurly.com™ and CurlyNikki.com™ has adopted a new corporate name: TextureMedia™, Inc. www.TextureMediaInc.com), formerly known as The NaturallyCurly Network. Consumer

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Mark Birch

caterpillarcowboy : suitep : I just ran across this photo of a bacone, while eating a BLT. Coincidence? Step by step how-to here.

Customer Engagement is Key for SaaS

Guy Nirpaz

Customer Engagement is key for software-as-a-Service business. recent post by David Skok explains how and why to measure customer engagement. Summary.

More Ridiculously Annoying Startup Memes

Mark Birch

I read the tech press not for information, but for comic relief.  In fact, they should use Comic Sans font on their blogs just to emphasize the point. 

Rochard Is The New Space Hero Protecting Us From Aliens!

ArcticStartup

Gravity defying, men against alien pirates, set to save planet Earth from evil, sounds like a typical video game. It is based in Helsinki, Finland

SterilMed Acquired by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson and Johnson Company

EIN News

repair services for healthcare providers across the United States and Canada. EES is a global leader. in July 2010 from a group of venture capitalists. Mark Taber, a Partner at Great Hill

Waiting Room by Fugazi - The bass line bores into your skull and.

Mark Birch

Waiting Room by Fugazi - The bass line bores into your skull and the lyrics force you to move. This is hardcore at its finest.  If you need to kick it up a few notches this morning, crank up the volume and give this song a spin or two. music hardcore Fugazi Waiting Room bass

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