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Investing in and Joining the Board of

Feld Thoughts

We just announced Foundry Group’s investment in this morning. We led a $7m financing in the leader in digital  dog boarding  that connects dog owners with approved, reviewed, and insured sitters. Two years ago we probably wouldn’t have considered as it would have fallen outside our active themes.

Great Entrepreneurs Build Deep People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurship is more about building a business than inventing a product. They exchange more emails, texts, and tweets every day. Marty Zwilling.

Avoiding Undue Diligence: My Strange Approach To Angel Investing


In a few weeks, I'm going to write a $25,000 check to invest in a company that currently does not exist. There is no company. There's no team. Cheers.

The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week (This Is Not a Joke)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One researcher says people should work less per week, but work more weeks total. Crazy or brilliant?

Building a Consistent Blog Readership

Duct Tape Marketing

Many bloggers dream of writing that epic blog post. photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc. Wednesday – This is podcast day. An action worth doing.

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CallingCube – A Business Card In A New Dimension


We all know the value of a good business card – it’s still one of the best tools for networking and marketing.

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What Makes Employees Unhappy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Infographic: Employees may not be jumping ship, but a big chunk of the workforce is disgruntled. Take a look at why--and what you can do about it

A Bridge Too Far

Taffy Williams

“ A Bridge Too Far ” is the title of a book and a movie filmed in 1977. Developing a business is like fighting a battle.

9 Traits of Companies That Beat the Odds

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What distinguishes perennially great companies from the pack? Innovative business strategies that work over the long haul. We simply can't all win.

Tips for Using Postcards as Direct Mail Coupons

Up and Running

As a small business owner, you are probably always on the lookout for the most effective way to promote your company, to draw new customers, and to encourage current customers to do business with you again. Send these coupons directly to consumers, and your chances for a high ROI are even greater. Postcard Design Considerations. Tara Hornor.

How to Really Praise Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't just say, 'Nice work!' Psychologist Carole Dweck emphasizes the need to compliment the specific effort employees put in. Nice work!" How come?

Apple's iOS (iPhone 5) vs Android (Nexus 4) - My Thoughts

Babbling VC

I just received the Nexus 4 from Google last week as I felt it was time to get to know Android a bit. I'm so accustomed to the iPhone that I felt technology may be passing me by on iOS. I had played with various devices running different flavors of Android in the past. wasn't impressed. Many even went as far as to claim it's better. Is it better?

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on LinkedIn

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If your customers are other businesses or have specific industry interests, you might want to give LinkedIn a second look. Where to begin?

#Estonianmafia Is Going Strong: Gate.Me Wins At SeedCamp London


Tallinn based Gateme won at the latest SeedCamp event, which shows just how strong the ArcticStartup region really is. Gateme was one of those Top 5.

Leave Behind More Than Just Memories: How to Build a Legacy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This isn't about people just remembering who you were. Here's how great leaders build a legacy that goes beyond fond memories. Know what matters.

Twitter hacked – reminder of connected Twitter apps

Eric Friedman

I was in the 250,000 or so users who “may” have had their Twitter account compromised last week. WOW – ALMOST 200  APPS!

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What a Killer Domain Name Is Really Worth

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Serial entrepreneur Jesse Stein bought the domain for $12,500 and turned it into a $19.5 million retail business. Run with it.'"

Slush Lightweight Winner Fishbrain Receives Funding From Almi Innovationsbron


Göteborg-based Fishbrain , sort of a mobile Facebook for fishermen, has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Sweden's Almi Innovationsbron.

Think Employment Law Doesn't Apply to You? Think Again

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Even small businesses may find themselves subject to employment laws designed to cover big firms. So know the law. Quick quiz: You have 35 employees. London Black Cabs Saved By China


London black cabs survive. thanks to the Chinese: Firm behind Capital's iconic taxis saved from. link] at 8:38 AM

Hello, Middle America. The SBA Wants to Get You Funded.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Some 70% of start-up capital goes to just three coastal states. The SBA's chief says she wants to even the balance, and she has the programs to do it.

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iSideWith: Personalize Your Politics in New News Feed

Wired Wired West

You’re pro-open carry in classrooms and pro-Big Bird as long as your taxes aren’t paying his pension. You’re a proud Italian, Irish, African or Korean American, but don’t support amnesty. You’re pro marriage: but not for everyone. You’re a fan of cheaper produce but not psyched about federal farm subsidies or disaster relief.

Stealing Time: How Highly Productive People Get More Done

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You can get discouraged by all the things that take minutes here and there from your day--or you can steal some of that time back.

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IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

I’ve started watching Netflix’s new original show, House of Cards.  I’m only ~2 episodes in; it’s rough in some places, but I like it.  It definitely has a unique feel and visual style. More deeply, it’s a $100m bet by Netflix they can “ become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” HBO), and cable companies.

Rule for Success: Emphasize Steady Progress

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Harvard Business School professor Teresa M. Amabile explains the importance of "inner work life." Harvard Business School professor Teresa M.

IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

I’ve started watching Netflix’s new original show, House of Cards.  I’m only ~2 episodes in; it’s rough in some places, but I like it.  It definitely has a unique feel and visual style. More deeply, it’s a $100m bet by Netflix they can “ become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” HBO), and cable companies.

7 Floors to Millions of Dollars

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You've got a seven-floor elevator ride to sell your business idea to an investor. Can you do it? Probably not. You better be able to.

Mojang Posts Turnover Of €133 Million for 2012


Indie game developers had their heads turned to Stockholm this weekend. CEO Carl Manneh ( listen to last years' podcast interview here) tells

JJ Ramberg: Never Say 'No' to a Potential Customer

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Instead, the host of MSNBC's Your Business says you want to talk up something you do offer. Here's how

Win8 like a first time visit to WalMart

deal architect

I have been playing with my Win8 Ultrabook for the last week, gradually exploring its features. My friend Louis Columbus tells me Microsoft has bought into “Personas” in its development philosophy simulating how different roles navigate its software. think

Avoid a Publicity Nightmare

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Buyer beware! Choosing the wrong PR agency can break the bank and tarnish your brand. Here's how to avoid a costly mistake. What could go wrong?

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The Real Deal: Art Mesher on ENTRUSTS the next Big Thing in Supply Chains and SaaS

deal architect

This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. first met Art Mesher in 1995. We were both freshmen Gartner analysts and in class and bars he would passionately talk about. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist


It Might Be Time to Break Up With Your Bank

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Banks still aren't lending much, but there's a universe of alternative financing to discover. Here's a look at some of the options. percent.

Why incumbents fail to respond to the threat of new entrants

The Equity Kicker

Fred Wilson posted yesterday about the emerging battle between Netflix and HBO. The same might happen to TV series.