Tue.Nov 13, 2012

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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.

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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 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.

Customer Development in Japan: a History Lesson

Steve Blank

The Japanese edition of The Startup Owner’s Manual hit the bookstores in Japan this week. ————-. The Crater in my rookie days.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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? The lights go off and whoever is still there moves on.

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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. Question me this. Draw on the right side.

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.

Our Most Recent Marketplace Investment, DogVacay from Los Angeles

abovethecrowd.com

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

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.

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?

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?

Your Path To Greatness

YoungUpstarts

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

Rethinking Scheduling

StartupCFO

As an alumni of Tungle , scheduling is near and dear to my heart. 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. Issues come up. No rigid schedule.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Dalla Terra Winery

crowdSPRING Blog

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (next Thursday– it’s early this year). It’s just that time of the year. If so, what and why?

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?

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.

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.

Lessons From a Time Square Street Peddler

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They go after almost everyone, especially tourists who easily identify themselves by constantly starring skyward at the tall buildings in the city.

TradeHero – Making And Following Stock Market Champions

YoungUpstarts

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.

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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

Want More Customers? Talk to Your Customers Like You Do Your Friends

Mike Michalowicz

Sometimes I think terms like, “night and day,” or “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” were coined to describe business people. You’ve been there. The irony!

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.

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

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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

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