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Another Day, Another Patent Troll

Feld Thoughts

These days I’m regularly exposed to patent trolls. Sometimes I read about them, sometimes friends email me about them, and sometimes companies I’m an investor in gets sued by them. Whenever I read the claims in the lawsuits, I often think that the claim in question is “obvious.” Such a change cannot come soon enough. Patent

How do I sell a general-purpose tool?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) How do I get unstuck? And so on. Fabulous!

Using Veri to Understand Term Sheets

Feld Thoughts

For some time Jason and I have felt that VC’s have had an unfair advantage when it comes to understanding term sheets. So a few years back we wrote a whole series of blog posts (the Term Sheet series ) which became the basis for the book  Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. And hopefully have some fun in the process.

The End of SEO as We Know It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Meet Siri. She'll write your emails, check the weather, update your calendar--and potentially disrupt the way future customers find your business.

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Forget The MBA: How About a Masters In Startup Awesomeness?


This weekend marks the 6 year anniversary of (it was launched on November 5, 2005). The OnStartups community has grown -- a lot. People.

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Come for the X, stay for the Y

Google Ventures

I recently caught up with Kevin Fox , who was the first designer on Gmail. We remembered that when Gmail first launched, it had just three value propositions for users: search, storage, and conversations. And with just those three, it was wildly successful. But the other two, search and conversations, they didn’t mean a lot to me at first.

Do You Have A Closed Mind or Are You Really Interested?

Taffy Williams

Being anentrepreneur requires changing direction and activities regularly with the solepurpose of making things work. Thismeans trying to keep an open mind about how to get tasks accomplished. It is sometimes hard to remain open tosuggestions when you get too focused on how a project is to be completed. But what if it is much better?

Is your business idea a teen crush or mature relationship?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

It was 1979 and I was thirteen. Ah, Mike Keller. Handsome, mysterious, with long feathered hair and a sly smile. Is your business idea a Mike Keller?

Pay for Publicity with Equity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Wahooly aims to match your start-up with influencers who can propel your company's name into the social media stratosphere. The price: A little equity.

What I learned from a month of blogging and 250k visits

The Startup Toolkit

Roughly a month ago, I decided to give blogging another try, in earnest. I put out an article most days and up to 3 per day when I was experimenting with new channels. It has been fascinating. That being said, this is not  a post about blogging tactics. It’s about what the experience has taught me about startups. Perhaps I should have!

Sell Me Something Damn It

Duct Tape Marketing

Sell Me Something Damn It This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. It’s time to stop being so sensitive about promoting what you do for a living.

The Charles Darwin School of Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, only the fittest survive. Here's how it works in the business world. The same is true in business.

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Are you the master of your domain?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The title of this post is meant to be taken literally, not metaphorically. Do you control your domain? Last Friday one of our portfolio companies briefly lost control of its domain. Different registrars have different rules for transferring domains around. So seriously. Make sure you are the master of your domain. Company Creation

Seriously, You Want to Launch Your Own Fund?

Babbling VC

A good friend wrote a mail this morning asking for a quick list of ideas regarding the launching of a first-time fund. Without really thinking it through extensively, below are 10 things I think are relevant if a team is about to go and raise their first fund. It's shooting from the hip: 1. MUST GET ALONG. Need to have complimentary experience.

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The Other Side of Dropping Out to Pursue Entrepreneurial Career

The Entrepreneurial Mind

In May of this year, Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, awarded 24 young, aspiring entrepreneurs $100,000 to "drop out of school and become world-changing visionaries." None of them was part of Thiel's program, but each dropped out to chase his entrepreneurial dreams.

Customer Centric Trumps Customer Service Every Time

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer centricity is far more than providing excellent customer service, although that’s a step in the right direction. Marty Zwilling.

The Startup Name Game

Nick O'Neill

I’ve been asked by a number of people about naming startups since launching, a name which to say the least, did not come cheaply. People have asked me everything from how to name a startup, to how much you should spend, to how important the name is. The Importance Of A Name. What You Don’t Want In A Name. Was it worth it?

The end or the beginning? Thoughts on the current startup environment

This is going to be BIG.

Just as an additional disclosure, these are my thoughts, not that of First Round Capital, my employer. The other day, Adeo Ressi wrote in TechCrunch about how we need more venture funds, because. Every investor and entrepreneur knows there is something scary about the current startup economy. In the end, more funds will save the good companies.".

Counteroffers and Threats

Texas Startup Blog

Companies like ShopSavvy are in hiring mode. They are looking for the best and brightest in their fields to come join their teams.

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RTP: The first 60 days

Passionate Intensity

Sixty days passed, and I have been gathering the data instead of blogging about it. Here are the facts. Tinfoil was a seed investment.

Hey MongoDB Haters: The Problem Isn’t Mongo, It’s You

Nick O'Neill

I spent the weekend reading over all the conversations on Hacker News (effectively summarized in this post ) about how MongoDB had failed this one company, and all the follow-on conversation about why or why not to use Mongo as a database solution. Will it have problems at some point? hope so! There are even books on the topic.

A Pat on the Back

Growthink Blog

Whatever one's politics, those interested in seeing entrepreneurs prosper in America have to be heartened by the sea of change in “regulatory attitude” emanating from Washington. Let’s have an amen for that! And let me tell you, it aint pretty. And as it is for all leaders of companies of promise and ambition, this is a huge job. word of praise?

Unconventional Comparables

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

There is one often reliable, and almost never discussed, way to price early stage valuations and that is assessing comparable transactions. And, let me distinguish the method I suggest from the conventional 'Comparable Transactions' methods. let's call my suggestion the "Unorthodox" or "Maverick" Comparable methodology.

Blogtrepreneur Interview: Shahed Khan of

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

He’s impressive by just about any measure, but for a teen working on his first startup, Shahed Khan is worth taking a closer look at. Shahed is the founder of Viatask, an application that’s launching 11/22/2011 and has been called Craigslist for chores. There’s no doubt in my mind that his is a name we’ll

Quiz: Will Customers Say Yes?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Turns out, your customers are more predictable than you think. With these two checklists, you'll never have to guess again. are slim indeed.

Are you the master of your domain?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The title of this post is meant to be taken literally, not metaphorically. Do you control your domain? Last Friday one of our portfolio companies briefly lost control of its domain. Different registrars have different rules for transferring domains around. So seriously. Make sure you are the master of your domain. Company Creation

Affiliate Marketing Update: 250 Leads in 1 Day An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

I gave an update on my recent resurgence into affiliate marketing a couple of weeks ago. 250 Leads in 1 Day. Affiliate Marketing

Million Dollar Report 2, Startup Remarkable | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

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Social Media is a Boon to Startups Who Do It Right


If your startup can’t be bothered with social media, or has no plan to take advantage of it, then you are definitely at risk these days.

[Event] Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 To Hit Record 123 Countries


This year, a record 123 countries world take place in the world’s largest week-long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Why public speaking should be at the top of your list for 2012

Jeff Hilimire

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right?

Principles of effective blog design


People judge books by the cover and other people by their looks. Which one would you rather have babysit your children? … and so on. agree.

Why I Started Over at 60

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bruce Lyon traded his own Oscar-winning company for a cushy job at Sun Microsystems. million IT services company in Hollywood. 284 on this year's Inc.

Founder Re-org: Possible Outcomes

Peter Levine

Below are the possible outcomes to the hypothetical situation I posed in my previous blog post, “Founder Re-org” When I arrived as the CEO of XenSource in February 2006, I faced a similar (though not exact) situation to what SpiderNet is facing.  At XenSource, we had an incredibly talented founding team, located in Cambridge, UK.