Thu.Aug 11, 2011

7 Skills Not Found at Birth in Most Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Many people believe that good entrepreneurs are naturally born, rather than trained or experienced in the art of business.

The World Is Just A Bunch Of Pixels

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, we announced that we have invested in Occipital. You may know them as the creators of the popular iPhone app 360 Panorama , the creators of Red Laser (acquired by eBay) , or just a gang of the smartest computer vision guys you’ll come across. And when I say “computer vision&# , I don’t just mean the technical part, but also a vision of where it’s going.


Tips For Emerging Young Entrepreneurs


by Oliver Wilkinson , founder of SSL247 and co-founder of As a big believer in young business talent, I’d like to share some tips – learned through experience – about honing your skills as an entrepreneur.

Going Out With His Boots On

Steve Blank

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I, Scene 2. With 37 mllion people it’s remarkable that California has one of the most pristine and unspoiled coastline in the United States.

Our Town – A Family Legacy


Michael Plummer, Jr never really wanted to follow in his entrepreneurial father’s footsteps. His father Michael Plummer, Sr had built Florida-based Our Town from scratch since 1972, but Junior had never really wanted anything to do with it.

Top 7 Reasons to Fire a Client

Up and Running

R ecently a good friend and fellow small business owner decided enough was enough and fired a pretty big client. It wasn’t an easy decision; she had been working with them for years and the money was good. But the client drained her.

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Twitter Link Roundup #97 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Menlo Park and The Silicon Valley Renaissance


During this week's roundtable, we started off by discussing the pre-incubation procedure we are recommending with audience members from different parts of the world.

5 Ways To Use Google+ Social Circles Like A Pro by Yaro Starak

Let me level with you: I am not a big fan of social media. I just don’t have the time and the energy for it, it’s that simple. However, social media traffic generation has always been and undoubtedly will remain one of the best referral traffic sources on the web.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week:

crowdSPRING Blog

Business cards supposedly reveal a lot about a person. There are seemingly dozens of decisions to be made when choosing a business card, rounded versus square corners to color choice to card stock thickness. Like it or not, people judge on the aesthetic merits of a business card. It has to be clean, professional, pleasing to look at, but also reflect what the individual or company wants to stand for.

5 Keys to Raising Money Today

Growthink Blog

Luke Fishback is a smart guy. After graduating college with an engineering degree, he got a job at Lockheed Martin. But within a few years, he had had enough. read more. Dave Lavinsky

Begin With the Customer Experience in Mind

Duct Tape Marketing

Begin With the Customer Experience in Mind This content from: Duct Tape Marketing When most businesses create a new product or service offering they initially develop the attributes of the product or service. Makes sense, you don’t have anything to sell unless you create something people want to buy.

Doing the right thing

VC Adventure

One of my favorite services is It’s a gmail plug-in that with one click lets you rid your inbox of unwanted newsletters. I recently analogized newsletters to tending a garden. You have to stay on top of the weeds or they get out of control. lets you do that.

Peter Principle, Applied to Management


Peter Principle, Applied to Management. My Management by Chameleon Post from a couple weeks ago generated more comments than usual, and an entertaining email thread among my friends and former staff from MovieFone. One comment that came off-blog is worth summarizing and addressing: There are those of us who should not manage, whose personalities don’t work in a management context, and there is nothing wrong with not managing.

Doing the right thing

VC Adventure

One of my favorite services is It’s a gmail plug-in that with one click lets you rid your inbox of unwanted newsletters. I recently analogized newsletters to tending a garden. You have to stay on top of the weeds or they get out of control. lets you do that.

iPad in the Enterprise


Yesterday I finally received and read iPad in the Enterprise that I had pre-ordered a while ago. If you’re involved in enterprise mobile whether it’s C-level strategy or implementation for a business unit, this book is worth a read. In truth, this book is really two books in one.

Should You Meet With VC’s Early for Feedback?

Rob Go

I was on a panel yesterday on VC fundraising. One audience member asked how early one should start talking to VCs, and whether it made sense to meet with VC’s at all before raising money. My friend Jeff Bussgang suggested that it’s a good idea to meet with VC’s early, to get feedback and share your plans. The idea being that the VC will get to know you better over time, see how well you execute, and you’ll be in better shape when the time comes to raise money.

HTML5 – A Wonder Drug

Venture Chronicles

I was reading up on some of the commentary surrounding Amazon’s release of an HTML5 reader, one of the best comes from Constellation’s Charles Brett : Amazon’s announcement of its Kindle Cloud Reader, based around HTML 5, is a wonder of irony. Apple has successfully been taking 30% of purchases made via anything bought through an app that was installed through the iTunes Store.