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Website Ads are Not a Revenue Stream for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest red flags I see in many Internet-related business plans today is advertising as the initial revenue stream, or a key part of it.

A Big Data Imperative: Driving Big Action

Occam's Razor

Is there anything in the analytics space that is so full of promise and hype and sexiness and possible awesomeness than "big data?" ").

The 5 Most Powerful Words in Sales

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your words help you build relationships with customers--so choose them carefully. Words build relationships. People buy from people. felt the same way.

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Lean Startup and Big Vision Are Not Diametrically Opposed

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Recently, I presented Lean Canvas and an extended Problem-Solution Canvas (that we created at Year One Labs) to FounderFuel’s second startup cohort. Hopefully that’s not the case. My goal is to simply share what I’ve seen work, what I’ve done (good and bad), and what I believe will help. Wrong.

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Mentor Like You Mean It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Being a great mentor requires more than experience and time. Learn to weave the right web. Five steps. It's something entirely different.

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12 Customer Dos & Don'ts

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Use these quick and easy rules to make sure your customers keep coming back for more. It's easier to sell to existing customers than to acquire new ones, so it's good sense to keep the customers you've already got. Here are some simple rules to ensure that customers continue to come back for more. DO put connection before content. Remember: ABC Inc.

Wilson: The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) must not be at SXSW because he’s got a great post up titled  The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving. ” Or they are tweeting “I’m still awake and I’m at an epic party.” ” Or they are asleep and hung over. wonder if anyone will notice.

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My Secret for Turning Fear Into Opportunity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Feeling like a failure in business? If you're frustrated and overwhelmed, use this method to go from an F to an A++. Who knows? ” she said.

Positivity at Work by Chris Edmonds and Lisa Zigarmi

Life Beyond Code

My friends Chris Edmonds and Lisa Zigarmi have written a wonderful book called Positivity at Work Tweet. First, quick bios of the authors: S. Enjoy!

How to Lead Without Being There

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In the army, leaders make their intent clear and then let the team on the ground make the decisions. Here's how that can work at your company.

Thought Readership #3: What’s wrong with “chocolate fireguard” books – and what to do instead

Active Garage

When aspiring authors ask for my opinion on what they can do to make their book more credible, my answer is always “research.”

5 ways to prepare for Facebook Timeline

Up and Running

The change will make your Facebook page a more visual representation of your brand. So what do you need to know or do? 1) Choose a cover photo.

Think Your Business Is Big Enough? Think Again

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Our business made it into the top 100 of last year’s Inc. 500 list. And we struggle every day. So far, it’s worked.

Your readers will benefit from this!

Life Beyond Code

He also mentioned that I could use it however I want. knew the trick, so I politely replied that I will pass for now. Better Way.

SXSW Day 1: Startup Buses Take Texas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Fast pitch: They've created a company over the past 72 hours. And it gets crazy. Strobe lights are pulsing and MGMT's indie anthem "Kids" is blasting.

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

I've recently received several emails from people looking for a technical cofounder for their startup. Here's an example of that kind of email.

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Avoid Distractions and Remain Focused - Constantly Learning

Constantly Learning

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Anticipate Your Customer's Next Click

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to fine-tune your website to give your customers exactly what they're looking for. Many e-commerce websites focus on the same thing: the homepage.

Ants Is A Fast And Simple Ridesharing App

ArcticStartup

Ants is a mobile-based ridesharing service inspired by Foursquare and Instagram, and is free to use. Ants can be downloaded here

Jive Comes Around, Focus on Customers

Venture Chronicles

Social communities are instrumental to both social media and customer support strategy. Jive’s announcement this past week to focus more on Social Customer Service is further validation that customer communities are instrumental to both social media (marketing) and customer support strategy.

Scaling CI at Etsy: Divide and Concur, Revisited

Code as Craft

Our Jenkins dashboard was quite verbose. Some tests were executed on every commit. Some tests were executed when the QA button was pushed. Enjoy!

Venture Cyclist: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything

Venture Cyclist

President Dwight Eisenhower once said Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. agree with this and want to provide a little more nuance to my recent dismissive attitude to business plans. In a recent discussion at

What Do Accenture, Amazon, Wegmans, and Zappos Have in Common?

Growthink Blog

Jim Stengel’s powerful new book, " Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies", is a clarion call for all those that ask and seek a lot from the companies they work for and the companies they buy from. And, of course, it can't be just words and platitudes. read more. Investing Jay Turo

Private Placement Memorandum And Regulation D

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Private Placement Memorandum And Regulation D: The §4(2), or private-offering, exemption is the basis on which most emerging business enterprises are able to sell securities in the United States. The term refers to that section in the '33 Act that contains the exemption

Kony 2012: Making Video Go Viral

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Almost overnight, millions of people watched and shared this 30-minute video. Here are five things it got right. Make it simple. Make it actionable.

Hiring an Associate at Bessemer

Adventurista

We are looking tohire an Associate to join me and my colleague Jeremy Levine at Bessemer. This is a Silicon Valley-based opportunity,though we anticipate that it will involve frequent and extended travel to New York, at least initially. As an Associate, you’ll be prosecuting all stages of due diligence from financial analysis to customer references.

Take a Tour Through Windows 8

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Microsoft is letting you try its latest operating system before you buy. Here are the business features not to miss. You can now mount an ISO file.

When there is no map, you need a compass

Jason Crawford

In his latest essay , Paul Graham provides advice on how to achieve “frighteningly ambitious” goals: Empirically, the way to do really big things seems to be to start with deceptively small things. Want to dominate microcomputer software? Start by writing a Basic interpreter for a machine with a few thousand users.

Acquired Companies Can Retain Independence, Innovation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's how one Israeli company acquired a start-up company, and helped innovation, independence, and creativity flourish there.

Angry Birds Passes 10M MAU On Facebook

ArcticStartup

The title says it all, Rovio's Angry Birds game has reached over 10 million Monthly Active Users on Facebook's gaming platform.

Founder's Dilemmas - what do you worry about when growing a business?

Business of Software Blog

I am still celebrating the news (you heard it first here!) that Professor Noam Wasserman has agreed to speak at this year's Business of Software on the subject of Founders Dilemmas. Not only that, he has generously agreed to try to answer some of your questions in a guest blog to be published at the end of this month. Here is where you come in.

Looking to the use cases of big data

The Equity Kicker

As I’m sure you’ve noticed big data has been a hot topic for a while now. Everyone is rushing to use big data technologies like Hadoop and Cassandra and VCs have been pumping money into companies associated with the big data trend for at least the last couple of years. Will this idea work? Ultimately I see this as a subset of the 3. gigaom.com).

50 Blogs That Will Make You A Better Manager

YoungUpstarts

But while you may be a great manager now, there is always the possibility of becoming a better one, if only you just know how. Better Managers Blog.

Wrapp Begins Global Launch, Now Live In The UK

ArcticStartup

The app has seen a fairly decent amount of traction in Sweden, becoming visible to 1/3 of all Swedish Facebook users during their beta trail. market. .