Wed.Dec 05, 2012

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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. Typing is easier.

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Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit

Redeye VC

You can imagine the scene in the board room. This model was our crown jewels -- we had invested years and millions of dollars building it. But we had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Best Buy – and they had assured us the information would remain confidential and was critical to moving forward. BUT – they did not sell the lawsuit.

Startup Visa – One Step Forward, One Step Back

Feld Thoughts

On that same day the White House announced  A New Front Door for Immigrant Entrepreneurs  President Obama said that he was not supportive of the STEM Jobs Act of 2012. This morphed into the Startup Visa Movement and I’ve written extensively about it over the past three years on my blog in the Startup Visa category. Jailed! Related articles.

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Series A Crunch, Seed Blues

Fred Destin

If you're an entrepreneur, what are you supposed to make of all this hoopla about the Series A crunch ? Bubble ? Bubble And Squeak ? Bubble Bath !

10 Reasons Why Now Is A Great Time To Be A Woman In Business


by Vickie Milazzo, author of “ Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman “. Her message was clear: “I have everything it takes to compete.” Not in my book.

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EU Commission announces The Europioneers: The European Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

The Next Web

Today, the European Commission announces The Europioneers , an initiative to celebrate Europe’s finest technology entrepreneurs.

After the Thrill Is Gone

Numerate Choir

A growing startup can be bliss. When Circle of Friends was growing rapidly, I’d wake up suddenly at three AM, my heart jumping with a mix of excitement and nervousness. Because our technology was brittle, I’d walk out to the … Continue reading → Data

From CRM to CXM: Walking the Customer Journey

Venture Chronicles

OF COURSE CRM IS NOT DEAD. CEM/CXM: SOFTWARE OR STRATEGY. First let us take a look at this thing called CXM really is.

Why I Deleted Half My Email List by Yaro Starak

Picture this. You’re logged into your AWeber control panel looking at your different email lists.

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Tips on Approaching a VC

This is going to be BIG.

Raising money is hard. VCs give out money for a living and put their email address next to it, so that should give you a sense of what their inboxes look like. So how do you get in front of them? Once you do, how much badgering is ok? Is it persistence or annoyance? You probably don't remember me" is the weakest opening line ever. Getting quoted?

Yup, News Corp’s The Daily was the antithesis of what “digital magazines” should be

Jeff Hilimire

I wasn’t at all surprised to read on Monday that News Corp’s The Daily was shutting down. The thing was doomed from the beginning. Digital or tablet “magazines” were never meant to be daily updated sources of news. That isn’t a problem we needed fixed. Of those, only The New York Times and The Occasional do it right.

Old People

Ben's Blog

Aww man, you sold your soul Naww man, mad people was frontin'' Aww man, made something from nothing —Kanye West,  New God Flow. Your startup is going well and as your business expands, you hear the dreaded words from someone on your board: “You need to hire some senior people. Really? Is now the time? If so, where do I begin? Once They Arrive.

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[Review] Return On Influence


Increasingly, influencers matter more and more in the world of marketing. Having a unique and irreplaceable niche helps. 5. Having a strategy. Klout).

Why Didn’t I Do This?

Ben's Blog

This is a guest post by our newest board partner, John M. Jack. . Is there any question in today’s economic environment that enterprises of all sizes continue to search for solutions that fit the “better, cheaper” mantra? Cloud, as we know, meets the criteria and offers other tremendous benefits to such enterprises. Chatter.

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Innovative Business Uses of Technology

[Asia] JFDI Asia Bootcamp 2013 Applications Now Open


As with last year, JFDI.Asia intends to take teams of digital start-up entrepreneurs from idea to investment in 100 days.

Validating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes

Scalable Startup

Validating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture advertising angel investor CEOing CoFounder early stage google iOS tom nora venture capital

Hack+Startup with Facebook: Joe Carrafa of Etsy

Redeye VC

Joe Carrafa (@joetastic), is a Senior Engineer Manager at Etsy where he leads the Marketplace Operations Team.

5 things a non-technical founder can do


Photo courtesy: thetaxhaven. When I started my failed startup Parrotview, I had no idea what to do. Customer Development. Customer Service.

Distribution, Distribution, Distribution

Mark Birch

Most pitches I see are all focused on product and team.  There is the requisite slide about the big market opportunity. 

The Struggle of Lego

Constantly Learning

Although I played with Lego bricks as a child, I never knew the story behind Lego. shouldn't have been surprised. The hard. is what makes it great.

Why I Love Tumblr and Barely Tolerate Twitter

Mark Birch

This week I sat down to think about why that is. Tumblr put simply is fun, fantastic, and all about the here and now.

State of the internet: Mobile and social still big growth drivers

The Equity Kicker

Taken together they tell us clearly that mobile and social are still growing very fast. 17% of consumers’ PC time is spent on Facebook.

"Treason is a strong word, but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation which."

Mark Birch

You could be forgiven for thinking this referred to the current state of our dysfunctional US Senate. However, this was from a series of articles written in 1906. Funny how some things never change. politics government Senate US corruption America governance David Graham Phillips The Treason of the State journalism

Walker Twitter Highlights: November 26th – December 4th

Scott Edward Walker

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Cheers, Scott.  . Top 5 Tweets. “Only about 20 percent of companies that have gotten a seed round…will be able to raise a Series A.” Blog-Related.

"First, I think you can’t abandon mobile. It is the future like it or not. And second, I think."

Mark Birch

“First, I think you can’t abandon mobile. It is the future like it or not. And second, I think it is critical to design for mobile first and then build a web companion. If you design for the web and then port to mobile, you will find that it is really hard to fit your UI onto the small screen. Mobile first, web second.

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Book Short: Culture is King


Book Short:  Culture is King. Tony Hsieh’s story, Delivering Happiness ( book , Kindle ), is more than just the story of his life or the story of Zappos. But as much as I enjoyed reading about a like-minded company, I also recognized the specific things that were different and had a good visceral understanding as to WHY the differences exist.

MID-WEEK METAL SLUDGE: Romulus and Remus by High on Fire - The.

Mark Birch

MID-WEEK METAL SLUDGE: Romulus and Remus by High on Fire - The next couple of weeks I am going to focus on all the new and awesome 2012 albums that I neglected to post. De Vermis Mysteriis (translation: The Mysteries of the Worm) is sonically dynamic and cathcy while it drags you through the lowest sludge pits of doom and gloom.