December, 2011

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Hiring Employee #1

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). There’s already a lot of great advice about hiring at little startups. Or therapy. Potential earnings (e.g. Why so long?

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Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes. Twitter is a great example of this. The piece itself was pretty good.

The Silent Killers

Feld Thoughts

On my run yesterday in Central Park, I was thinking about the characteristics of some of my favorite companies. Suddenly a phrase popped into my head about what ties all of these companies together – they are the silent killers. When I look at the Foundry Group portfolio , we’ve got a bunch of them in it. They just do it.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability. Internet scale. Operating Costs.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

Over the last two months the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. Say what?

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Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” ” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments. Following is the current table of contents. Foreword. Boulder As A Laboratory.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me. And it’s something I think you ought to consider when building your Internet businesses.

The Startup Team

Steve Blank

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. SEAL Team saying. Over the last 40 years Technology investors have learned that the success of startups are not just about the technology but “it’s about the team.”. We spent a year screwing it up in our Lean LaunchPad classes until we figured out it was about having the right team. Here’s why.

Profitable: To Be Or Not To Be?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster has a great post on this topic. In typical Mark fashion, it is long, with a lot of detail and substance. highly recommend all entrepreneurs take the time to read it end to end. For those who won't take the time to read it end to end, I'll summarize it. Many high growth companies can be profitable. This is tricky stuff.

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When being “first” is not a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). ” This is how one of our competitors attempts to differentiate and compete with us at WP Engine. Is it effective?

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7 Reasons Big-Company Executives Fail in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations thrive in the early-stage startup environment. Never cover your a$$.

Google Apps Marketplace Ecosystem

Feld Thoughts

Recently my partners and I spent some time discussing three of our recent investments – Spanning , Yesware , and Attachments – which are each applications built on top of Google Apps. Specifically, they are built for Google Apps and available in the Google Apps Marketplace or the Chrome Web Store. Spanning is all about cloud backup.

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The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog  with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony. The money slide is the graphic below.

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Best Web Metrics / KPIs for a Small, Medium or Large Sized Business

Occam's Razor

We have access to more data than God wants anyone to have. Life does not have to be that scary. " The approach I'm going to use is to 1.

2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. Staying up late and sleeping late seems to be a good way to bring in the New Year. But even so, my version of sleeping late is getting up at 8am. My family's version of sleeping late is getting up at noon.

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Recruiting programmers to your startup

Chris Dixon

Here are some things I’ve learned over the years about recruiting programmers to startups. This is a big topic: many of the points I make briefly here could warrant their own blog posts, and I’m sure I’ve omitted a lot. - The most important thing to understand is what motivates programmers. There are no shortcuts here. Screening.

10 Rules For Picking a Company Name That Sticks

Startup Professionals Musings

First things first – your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make.

Be An Entrepreneur In Residence To Help Create A Startup Visa

Feld Thoughts

As many of you know, I’ve been involved in advocating for the Startup Visa since the idea was first conceived in the fall of 2009. While Other than that, my mentors who know how DC works much better than I do encourage me to stay patient and unemotional and to keep trying. Here’s the crux of the announcement. “Most recently, U.S.

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Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries

Both Sides of the Table

A few weeks ago I was reading a blog post by MG Siegler that really struck a chord. agree with that mentality. Don’t be a Grin Fucker. 2.

How to make failure sustainable (and career entrepreneurship possible)

The Startup Toolkit

I’ve done nothing for the past 5 years but drive companies out of business. Through doing so, I’ve learned how to make failure sustainable.

Should You Introduce Yourself To Me At A Bar?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Saw this question on Hacker News today: Went to a talk by a VC who is very active in my area. Didn't get a chance to introduce myself after the talk (there were < 25 ppl at the talk but the VC had to run). A few hours later, was out for drinks with a friend and saw he was at the same bar but talking with someone else. It was great.

10 New Years Resolutions For Small Businesses and Startups

crowdSPRING Blog

Not all of these are for every company, but I hope that you find a few on the list that make sense for you. Try some experimentation.  Or your office.

7 Keys to Startup Survival in Today’s Now Economy

Startup Professionals Musings

Since the days of Henry Ford, mass production has been the Holy Grail of business, rather than build-to-order. John M. Stop bossing and start teaching.

Kauffman Sketchbook: Where Do Entrepreneurs Get Their Money?

Feld Thoughts

My friend Paul Kedrosky – who spends some of his time as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation – has a thoughtful short video (as part of the Kauffman Sketchbook series) on where entrepreneurs get their money. It’s a creative three minute video with plenty of meat to it. Financing Entrepreneurship kauffman foundation

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Where Are the Worst Talent Shortages?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These will be the five hardest slots for you (and any start-up) to fill in the new year. The year flew by mostly because it was a very, very busy one.

How I come up with new startup ideas (in 4 steps)

The Startup Toolkit

The approach I follow is a combination of customer discovery and effectuation , constrained by lifestyle goals. Begin with constraints. Just be honest.

Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor. These five companies are all trading for north of $1bn market cap. Pandora is at ~$1.5bn. LinkedIn is at ~$6bn. Some will say they are too high. With a lot of revenue.

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Let Me Introduce Myself

Both Sides of the Table

I am a big believer in VC pitches that the bio slide should come up front. Actually, I think the advice in this post applies to any sales meeting also.

6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

mashable.com

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Awards Join Mashable on Google+ Welcome to Mashable! World Featured in US & World Featured: Facebook Year End 2011 Awards. Trending Stories. So You Got an iPad 2? boxers ? Follow.

Resistance Is Futile

Feld Thoughts

Marc Andreessen recently wrote a long article in the WSJ which he asserted that “ Software Is Eating The World.”

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14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These simple strategies will keep you energized through the holidays and well into the new year. Condition your mind. Condition your body.

An internet of people

Chris Dixon

Over the past few years, a bunch of web-based marketplaces have gotten popular – Etsy, Kickstarter, AirBnb, to name a few. Many of these business ideas had been tried before but are succeeding only now. When a trend like this emerges, it’s always interesting to ask “ why now ?” startups

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – Class 2: The Business Model Canvas

Steve Blank

The Lean LaunchPad class for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps is a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. Part one is here.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. There are people who are natural musicians, but that doesn't mean we don't try to teach them music.