Wed.May 04, 2011

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I Love Google’s Style

Feld Thoughts

Today Google announced that they had now raised the limit on number of contacts to 25,000 (from 10,000) for all Gmail users (including Google Apps users.) Boom – done – deployed for everyone – and announced in a short and to the point blog post. Suddenly, I couldn’t add any new contacts at all. For everyone. Well done Google.

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Megatrend Crosscurrents

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It is an exciting time to be an entrpreneur and an investor in tech startups. The history of tech investing is a series of waves or megatrends that come one after another. Mainframes to minicomputers to PCs to client server to Internet, for example. But right now we are in the midst of a number of these megatrends all happening at the same time.

Best practices for raising a VC round

Chris Dixon

Having raised a number of VC rounds personally and observed many more as an investor or friend, I’ve come to think there are a set of dominant best practices that entrepreneurs should follow. 1. If your number is too high, you scare people off. Never tell VCs the names of other VCs that are interested. Get to know the VCs. Timing. startups

Your Toughest Competitor May be Your Best Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Companies today are paranoid, afraid that even their friends will steal their business. You have to take the risk, but keep your wits about you.

3 Simple Steps to Increase Customer Retention

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It takes effort and money to bring customers to your website. When a customer visits your site and they leave it’s a major bummer! The best customers are the ones that already use your product. Here are some simple things you can do to keep the customers you already have and make them super users.

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The Situation Room Photo

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I've looked at it several times. It's the Situation Room during the Osama bin Laden assault. Gripping. The posture of the president is fascinating.

Never get comfortable OR comfortability is the enemy of innovation

Jeff Hilimire

When I look back at my life and see the periods where I wasn’t creating “new&# , its because I became too comfortable.  I think its a big reason why I decided a few years ago that I would never have my own office again. Creating “new&#. Getting comfortable almost always leads to taking things for granted that you shouldn’t.

Selling Companies: An Interview with Jeff Bowling

Growthink Blog

I recently interviewed one of my clients, Jeff Bowling. interviewed Jeff since he has started and sold several businesses. figured he had several great points to share with you (which he did). One of my favorites was his strategy of becoming a thorn in the sides of his competitors. Memoir of a Young Entrepreneur." Dave Lavinsky

Jeff Bezos on Why You Should Have a Plan

Up and Running

Tweet I was happy to pick up this quick piece from Jeff Bezos last month on Business Insider. Jeff, founder of, ought to know. Twitter.

How to Say Thank You :: Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct.

Duct Tape Marketing

Last week I asked readers to share their stories of the best thank you they had ever received.[caption

Entrepreneurial Lessons from 6 Miles Through the Forest

Growthink Blog

Last weekend, I ran a 6 mile adventure race called the Leatherman's Loop. I had to cross three rivers and go through tons of mud. So I made it.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: High-Octane Energy In Pune


On April 17, I was in Pune for a 1M/1M live event. Well, Persistent Systems and IncuCapital hosted a highly interactive and engaging session. Sponsor.

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What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur – Mark Achler

crowdSPRING Blog

Each episode will focus on one company or organization. The current episode features Redbox Founder Mark Rechler.

Three things quick

47 Hats

First off, a hardy thanks to those who commented on this post , or tweeted, or emailed, or IM’ed, or called. Like the song says, I get by with a little help from my friends… Speaking of help, if you need to kick your web site into a higher gear, you could do worse than attend AppSumo’s Action Class today at noon, PST. at Amazon.

Don't Underestimate the Impression Your Assistant/Receptionist Makes

Babbling VC

Here's a tip I give to all my companies. Hire the best damn assistant and/or receptionist you can get. By "the best" I don't mean "the hottest!" If they look good, great. If they are rude, dumb, unattentive or disrespectful, you're screwed. Crap, it doesn't even have to be a woman. We're out of the 50's! These people are rare!

May 18: Young Jewish Professionals Private Equity/Hedge Fund Summit

David Teten

On Wednesday May 18th, the YJP, I, and some other colleagues will be hosting our Young Jewish Professionals Private Equity and Hedge Fund Summit.

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As the Paradigm Shifts #D: Dignity, Denial and Detachment

Active Garage

In our interactions with these organizations, what we are wanting is to experience qualities of dignity, first and foremost. Detach from Fear.

More Innovation

deal architect

on the New Florence blog Chase mobile deposits Google: Big Data, Simple Algorithms Eggs – HighTech and Low-tech FastCompany’s version of innovation. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

May 26- Capital Roundtable Deal Sourcing Conference

David Teten

The Capital Roundtable is holding a MasterClass May 26 on “ Best Practices for Sourcing Quality Deal Flow & Developing New Business for Private Equity Funds “, and I’m honored to be one of the speakers. The conference is being chaired by Bob Fitzsimmons, of High Road Capital Partners. It’s in Midtown Manhattan. David C.


Executive Summary Examples

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

It was one of the best seed stage executive summaries that I have ever read and I have read a lot of them. The company had little operating history.

Horse Trading


“Horse trading” is a bad phrase in the startup/VC community.  It typically is used in the context of someone (often a VC) attempting to change deal terms between a signed term sheet and the closing of the investment. Yet I see it all the time.  I guess it is part of the VC investment game. So, what to do about it? Here is an example.

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The Top Five Traps in Health Care M&A Transactions

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Sandra M. DiVarco of McDermott Will & Emery. In addition to the typical pitfalls and traps of corporate deals, health care M&A transactions also give rise to additional risks related to compliance with the specific laws and regulations that govern this complex industry. Importance of In-Depth Due Diligence and Increased Regulatory Scrutiny.

Spotify Enables iPod Syncing, Aims To Replace iTunes


Spotify has taken a major step forward today with the announcment of their new feature to enable iPod syncing. Previously, the company has enabled mobile syncing to only premium customers, but today - that too is being opened up to everybody. However, it isn't quite what you're expecting. Why would users then want to do this through Spotify?

Social Entrepreneurship Business Models

Campus Entrepreneurship

Inc Magazine lays out some social entrepreneurship business models. What do you think? the article goes into more detail on each type of social venture). The Social Entrepreneurship Spectrum: B Corporations. To become B Corps, businesses must prove that they care as much about society and the environment as they do about profits. And plenty do.

Founders House Opens Its Doors To (Some) Startups


This week Danish entrepreneurs in Copenhagen celebrated the creation of Founders House , a new co-working space for start-ups. The space was created by 5 serial entrepreneurs because they felt Copenhagen was missing  'a coworking space exclusively for talented die-hard tech entrepreneurs', as they state on the Founder's House homepage.

Eyeview Raises $1 Million Round from Innovation Endeavors

VC Cafe

In 2008, VC Cafe  covered the story of EyeView. Three But since then, very little was heard about the company until now.

Russian Search Engine Yandex Shared Information With FSB


Yandex has been on top when it comes to coverage recently and sharing another piece won’t be surprising. Unless it isn’t positive.

Decline in Private Equity Deals in Israel for Q1 2011

VC Cafe

IVC Research Center has released the Quarterly Survey of Israeli Private Equity Deals for Q1 2011. Figure 1: Private Equity Deal Value by Quarter ($M).

How Helping Newbies Led To Big Profits And A Closing Down Sale (Discount Price Ends Friday) by Yaro Starak

Everyone starts as a beginner. Enter Gideon Shalwick. He quoted $5,000 to create the ten videos we talked about and I agreed.

Information Arbitrage - Thoughts on Data Privacy and the "Penny Gap"

Information Arbitrage


Launching Tech Ventures: Selling the Dream

Launching Tech Ventures

by Tawanda Sibanda.

Busy Lissy

The Product Guy

Simplified, streamlined project management wrapped in a nice UX. via The Products. Filed under: screenshots. screenshots

Launching Tech Ventures: Learnings from Applying “Lean Startup” to.

Launching Tech Ventures

Do the Work

So I've created a profile for Jawaya on, but alas, no angels, no action. The guys behind it have been great to me, but I'm getting the feeling that I can't just post the profile and expect something to happen. Let's see--name investors (check). Great advisors (check). Stellar Intergalactic Visionary Product (check). Video (nil).