Tue.Nov 13, 2012

Trending Sources

How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. I was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy. One is a personal thing.

If it Didn’t Happen on Twitter it Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote this post a long time ago. When I did it was a little too close to home for a company to have me publish it. Much time has passed. My take.

PR 114

The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Simple as that.

Teeny bit of traction — what next?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

The Future of Selling

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The profession of selling will go through a huge transformation over the next decade. The Web will make salespeople MORE important. Like this post?

Sales 49

More Trending

Social Media Is One Big Cocktail Party

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Apply the same skills that you might use to work the room of a cocktail party to build the right relationship with your followers and fans.

Don’t Look For Investors for All the Wrong Reasons

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the book, “ Small Business, Big Vision ,” by self-made entrepreneurs Adam and Matthew Toren, it’s really a question of need versus want.

5 Tips for Highly Effective Pinterest Boards

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Pretty pictures help, but if you want to make the most of Pinterest, you need a more thoughtful strategy. Hayden recommends these steps: 1.

The VC Shakeout: Are We There Yet?

Agile VC

[ This also appears as a guest post at PandoDaily ]. Over the weekend, I read Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily article that the VC shakeout is taking too long. It’s rather thoughtful and definitely worth reading if you haven’t had a chance to yet. So what’s actually happening? Are there a bunch more shoes to drop?

LP 31

3 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Day Job

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You can't choose a path to entrepreneurship - it chooses you. Ambitious people usually don't work well under corporate confines.

Spend Your Time Wisely: Conferences & Marriages

Babbling VC

It is not money that you need to be most careful of when running a start-up. It's time! No matter how much money you are able to raise (or how's-this-for-novel, earn) time is always working against you. Unfortunately, I recently made the mistake of wasting my own time. Don't misunderstand the term "wasting time" as being completely derogatory.

Negative Thoughts? Put Them to Good Use

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ignore all those motivational speakers that say you need to stay positive to be successful. Bah humbug! Why does it work? What works instead?

3 months of runway

The Startup Toolkit

You quit your job with 3 months runway to go full-time on your project. You launch in 3 months — hooray! But now you’re out of money and don’t have time to see if the business is going to work. Plus, it’s going to take you a month to find a job. You’re in a tight spot. You’ve got a month to build, max.

4 Ways to Gauge Your Start-up Concept

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How do you choose which idea to turn into full-fledged business venture? Here's one method to choose your best idea. Technology is cheap. Customer.

5 Alternatives to PowerPoint Presentations

Duct Tape Marketing

Over the years I’ve given lots of presentations and attended lots of presentations. photo credit: Gue?rgui. rgui. Question me this. Break a case.

How to Bulletproof Your Company Culture

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Growth often comes at a cost: Acquisitions and fast hiring decisions can wreak havoc on your company culture. Here's how not to let it happen.

Seven tips for lean market research

Google Ventures

Want fast answers to big questions about your market, competitive products, or customers’ behaviors and attitudes? First look for existing research. When companies start exploring new features, new products, or new markets, they often need to answer big research questions. When and why do consumers rent cars vs. use other transportation options?

Lean 30

How to Close Deals Faster and Smoother

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Follow Warren Buffett's example and your deals will get done quicker and with fewer headaches. billion. Lots of Buffett's deals are done fast.

Stay Excited And Stay Hungry. Achieve The Impossible!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! Ah, the wonder of youthful enthusiasm. The joy of youthful exuberance. How do they do it? Recklessness.

Your Path To Greatness


Real success, however, is less about results or a bottom line, and more about the process of achieving goals and dreams. Speak the truth.

What's Your App Worth? Here's How to Know

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Check out some tools that will help you price your app--and sell it to the highest bidder. How Much Is an App Worth?

Design Staff ? Seven tips for lean market research

Design Staff

Want fast answers to big questions about your market, competitive products, or customers' behaviors and attitudes?

Our Most Recent Marketplace Investment, DogVacay from Los Angeles


Earlier today, DogVacay, an exciting new startup in Los Angeles, announced that Benchmark Capital has led its most recent round of financing.

Should an Angel Investor also get Advisory/Board Equity?

Venture Cyclist

It’s demo day time of year in New England. Last month was the big MassChallenge finale. Last week was demo day for BetaSpring in Providence, RI, as well as for HealthBox Boston. This week it’s Techstars Boston Demo Day. Those people may be right. Equity is very precious, and so advisory or board equity should not be granted lightly.

How Education Entrepreneur Chris Whittle Disproved Skeptics

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The same guy who created Channel One and Philadelphia's Edison Schools has a new obsession: a global private school he calls Avenues

Rethinking Scheduling


As an alumni of Tungle , scheduling is near and dear to my heart. I live and die by my schedule and am efficiently scheduled weeks in advance. But with the Tungle service closing on Dec. 3 I’ve decided to rethink the pros and cons of such rigid scheduling. Life as a VC is series of calls and meetings. S**t happens. Issues come up.

Lessons From a Time Square Street Peddler

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A street hawker may seem like an unlikely teacher, but you can use their simple techniques to increase the power of your sales force. Here's what: 1.

The existential threat to on-premise models

deal architect

4 years ago when I interviewed Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho for The New Polymath, the prime driver in the marketplace for SaaS adoption was better economics compared to on-premise. But Sridhar also spoke about agility in SaaS delivery Feature. Industry Commentary

Agile 4

Airbnb Moves into the Travel Guide Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The start-up unveiled two new initiatives that, if they work as planned, will make Airbnb a destination for all things travel related.

Knowing When It’s Time To Sell Your Startup


by Christopher Wallace, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amsterdam Printing. This begs the question. Here are a few to consider. Zappos.

The Easiest, Most Cost-Effective Way to New Profits

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Winning new customers is all well and good, but there's a much better way to increase your company's profitability.

TradeHero – Making And Following Stock Market Champions


Does stock trading scare the bejeezus out of you? Well, it should – you can literally bet the farm on stocks and lose it within minutes.


Guarantee Your Company Turns Up a Lot in Search Results

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Developing online content? Aaron Aders, co-founder of Slingshot SEO, describes what you need to know about search engine optimization


Why You Should Care About a VC Term Sheet? (Video)

Early Growth Financial Services

What is a term sheet, and why should you care about it? Check out my quick overview. Questions about term sheets? Ask in comments below, or contact Early Growth Financial Services for help understanding your term sheet, and other financial support. Equity / Debt / Venture Funding Videos term sheet vc venture capital