Mon.Oct 24, 2011

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Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication


That post looked at when and why you would use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. as part of your registration and authentication mechanism.

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How early product failures led to huge successes

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Failure is not an is a future success. Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element of success. doubt it.

Taxonomy of the Lean Startup Anti-Pivot

Grasshopper Herder

Sometimes pivoting describes how entrepreneurs adapt to customer feedback. Sometimes it's an annoying buzzword, grating to the ears. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Investment Lean startup Pitching anti-patterns lean startup pivot pivot

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What I learned from raising venture capital

Takin' VC Money (Money Cash IPO's) by Smixx Forewarning Be forewarned, this post is long. You can tl;dr it by reading the section titles. It's long because I'm compressing the last four months into one post. don't normally do that, but I didn't want to influence my funding by blogging about it in the middle of it. I'm new at this. Background.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Put a Ring on It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Stop rushing it with customers over social media; play the long-game, and earn life-long customers and fans, says the founder of

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The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say

Taffy Williams

Sometimeswords have multiple meanings depending on the spelling. They may sound the same, but are spelleddifferently. The word spoken of in thisarticle is not any of these. In fact lookit up, the meaning is not ambiguous and it is short. That said the word when heard by realentrepreneurs carries multiple meanings. alwayslike a challenge.

Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

VC Cafe

The latest IVC Online report is out and it offers interesting color on the funding of Israeli startups. Ofer Sela, KPMG).

Workday breaking the cloud scale barrier

deal architect

In aviation, shattered windows aside, we have always admired planes which break the sound barrier. Over the last decade, the general assumption has been cloud/SaaS is a SME phenomenon. But that’s a barrier Workday has refused to accept since its. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Simple Act of Record Keeping Can Make All the Difference in Success

The Entrepreneurial Mind

In the rush to start a new business, the simple act of keeping records often gets put on the back burner. But poor record keeping has been the demise of many otherwise successful businesses. The entrepreneur needs clear and accurate records to help manage the challenges of the startup. Carefully document every expense paid from the business account.

Good Business Writing is Not a Mark Twain Novel


In the world of business, you only get one chance for a great first impression. We both lose when that happens. Make every word focus on that purpose.

Venture Deals Book Event In Boulder on Thursday 10/27

Feld Thoughts

It’s not quite halloween, but our friends at SVB are hosting an event for me and Jason Mendelson in Boulder on Thursday night to discuss our new book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. There might be halloween candy and I’m certain there will be some tricks as well as other treats.

Go Big or Bug Off

Babbling VC

No, I wouldn't ever say that to an entrepreneur but it's the painful truth. just finished giving this advice to a couple guys who came to me. thought I'd share it here because it's not the first time I've repeated it. . When VC's look at your opportunity they want to know whether it can be "big". First, time! Second, risk! Third, there is cost!

The Most Important Element of Your Employee Handbook

Duct Tape Marketing

The Most Important Element of Your Employee Handbook This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Here’s how to spot our ideal client.

Make Your Point and Have it Stick

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Do you want to get your customers attention? Odds are you are starting your conversations with the wrong word. In their recently published book, As We Speak; How To Make Your Point And Have It Stick , Peter Meyer’s and co-author, Shann Nix teach their audience the skill of high performance communication. ” Why not? You might think.

Go with the Flow

Growthink Blog

Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of attending Jamie Wheal’s and Steven Kotler’s “ Flow Salon ” at the Summit Series’ awesome home in Malibu, California. The evening was memorable - to say the least - on many levels. To fully understand and document the neuroscience and biochemistry and maybe even the quantum mechanics underlying it.

IM Creator – High Class Websites for the Masses, with 126,000 Websites Created and Counting.

VC Cafe

IM Creator is gaining speed on its Israeli competitor to become a leading WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web design website.

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St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Feld Thoughts

Marathon #20 is in the books. Yesterday I did the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with Matt Shobe. The amazing Amy Batchelor once again sherpa’d for us. The weather was perfect, the course was pretty but hilly, the support was outstanding (as it typical of Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons), and I came in at a solid 4:51:26.

Give it a listen today!

47 Hats

The Business of Software Conference starting today in Boston is live streaming , beginning at 9am Eastern. If you want to hear and watch some of the sharpest minds in the software business, get yourself registered on this page and start partaking. Watch videos of previous talks. 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Laura Fitton. Corey Reid, Freshbooks.

Calculating Depreciation and Amortization

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are a few things you should know when calculating depreciation for your company's assets. Depreciation is a fairly simple concept. When a business owner buys a fixed asset, that asset loses its value over time, and so its most current value must be accounted for on the company's balance sheet. Dig Deeper: How Risky Are Cash Advances?

People First

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. On Friday, Matt Blumberg from Return Path came to talk to a group of First Round portfolio companies on scaling your organization from a management perspective. Many of our companies are at the stage where they have only one person, if any, in each functional area—and many areas are probably being covered by someone else.

My Client Became My Partner

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Great business partnerships are often forged out of friendship. Sergey Brin and Larry Page met in college. year later, Bates decided to relocate.

The Effects of Going Off the Grid and Exploring Nature

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Is going off the grid and retreating into nature sure to be relaxing and rejuvenating? Not for Rob Horning, who spent some time in Idaho for a nature trip awhile back. Instead, as I was out hiking, I would think of this dormant blog and wonder how I’ll ever manage to catch up ,  a nagging thought that filled me with vague, unshakable uneasiness.


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The Revised Model Act provides perhaps the most extensive and best-considered provisions on indemnification by the corporation of directors and officers to be found in any codification.


How to Spread the Word Effectively

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Advertisement: Energy costs facilities $202.3B / year. Take the bite out of rising energy costs and reliable power sources.

Engauge gets pets

Jeff Hilimire

Agency Life


Why the Federal Government is a Profitable Place for You to Seek New Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Have you considered going after a government contract ? You might be wondering where to even start. These contracts offer the opportunity to work with the largest spender in the United States, and successful execution of a defense contract can result in a highly profitable relationship with the U.S. government.

Help with Board Meetings - DShen's Blogs


Recently an entrepeneur asked me about holding board meetings, and what kinds of things are discussed at them. sent him these most excellent posts: Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups by Mark Suster


How to Win Google's Backing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Want Googles money? sweet spot for Google Ventures managing partner is where the cloud meets genome sequencing. Want Google’s money?

Happy Monday! #BoS2011 Live Stream & almost $8,500 of stuff - for free - for you.

Business of Software Blog

Two ways to treat yourself at the start of the week. Come and watch the FREE livestream of Business of Software 2011 starting at 9.00 am EST TODAY ! First  First speaker is Professor Clayton Christensen who will be followed today by Jason Cohen, Alex Osterwalder, Dharmesh Shah, Jeff Lawson and Tobias Lütke. Enough said?

The University of Texas System Invests $10 Million in MyEdu

Austin Startup

As part of the partnership, the UT System is making a $10 million investment in MyEdu, which is [.]. Consumer Funding

Episode 3: Smart Bear Live!

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s Episode 3 my little “ Loveline for startups. ” Introduced a few months ago as an Austin event, I’m now doing this live audio advice column to the web, taking phone calls from startups around the country. My co-hosts were Bob Walsh  and Patrick Foley , hosts of the well-known Startup Success Podcast. Why listen? Thanks.

Will Groupon Revive IPOs?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Burt Helm talks to Ernst & Young markets expert Herb Engert about the rocky road ahead he expects for initial public offerings. billion valuation.

DealDash Sees Explosion Of Growth


CEO William Wolfram tells us during the last 12 months the company has quadrupled its revenue and is operating profitably. We successfully did so

Ten Steps to Becoming a Notable Expert in an Anything

Mark Birch

It seems almost impossible to get noticed these days.  With these ten simple steps, you will be on your way to getting Internet famous in no time*!