May, 2012

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Which is better: Many customers at low price-point or few at high price?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The results of a serendipitous live experiment were recently published as guest posts on this blog.  maximizing per-unit profitability). Riskier.

9 Deadliest Start-up Sins

Steve Blank

magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from  The Startup Owner’s Manual , the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups.

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This weekend finds NYC in between Internet Week (which I largely missed because of my London trip) and Disrupt NYC (which I will be at on and off this coming week). So the development of NYC as a startup hub is very much on my mind. And so I thought I'd post about the development of startup hubs. That was not meant to be a comprehensive history.

A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros

Seed Stage Capital

8 Tips To Optimize Your Fundraising Process. It’s not that I don’t want to help. Indeed, I love making intros. Which is not where it should be.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally ran on PEHub. If you prefer the super short version – I’ve summarized the post in the final section. Morning in VC.

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Where's My Billion Dollar Check, I Wonder

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When a blockbuster deal happens, a lot of people get excited. The press is all over it, money comes pouring into startups in search of the next one, people quit jobs and school to get in the game. It's a gold rush. But there's another reaction that I have heard a lot in the past few weeks that is quite different. Startups are hard.

6 reasons to use Asana to build your startup.

47 Hats

So you want to successfully build your startup and that means building systems that get all sorts of work done. The service is Asana. Twitter. Airbnb.

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Feld Thoughts

Today SEOMoz announced that Foundry Group has led an $18 million financing and I’m joining the board. Rand Fishkin (The Wizard of Moz) has an incredibly detailed post up titled  Moz’s $18 Million Venture Financing: Our Story, Metrics and Future   describing the financing process and company history in great depth. What’s TAGFEE?

To Be Successful You’ll Need to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies.

Both Sides of the Table

felt nostalgic. They have a marker where first base was and where Pete Rose hit his record-breaking 4,192nd hit. In that sense it felt very LA. Still.

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Companies Are Afraid Of Innovation | Deimar ~ Business Tips and.


Businessman afraid of innovation. However, once there it appears that such a culture is history

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Kennedy, September 1962. Innovation. teach entrepreneurship for ~50 student teams a year from engineering schools at Stanford , Berkeley, and Columbia. For the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps this year I’ll also teach ~150 teams led by professors who want to commercialize their inventions. And who can blame them. and put U.S. What Next.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The NY Tech Meetup has produced a series of short videos talking about some of the key early challenges that startups face.

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How to Maximize the Value of Mentors in Accelerators

Instigator Blog

The questioning (negative) press about startup accelerators and incubators isn’t going to stop. It’s going to continue and likely increase. Some of it will be meaningless drivel mixed in with a healthy dose of ranting and raving (not dissimilar to the endless and cyclical discussions on whether we’re in a bubble or not.) seriously.

Guidelines For Interviewing At A Startup

Feld Thoughts

My long time friend Chris Moody , president and COO of Gnip, has offered to write some guest posts on management – we’ll call the series Moody on Management. His first post is aimed at anyone looking to get a job in a startup and talks about how to be effective at interviewing for a job. Both of these outcomes are normal and healthy. 

8 Attributes of a Real Entrepreneur That Run Deep


Business success begins in the mind of the startup founder and his team. It’s not so easy to fake the important attributes when the going gets rough.

What to do About that Chip on Your Shoulder?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m fond of saying that I look for entrepreneurs that have a chip on their shoulder. That they have something to prove. To be liked? To fit in?

6 Tips to Max Your Business Problem Solving Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

If you can’t solve problems and enjoy it, you won’t make it as an entrepreneur. Here are some basics rules: Practice active listening. Follow-up.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

With all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. But that is not true at all. Last week my partner Albert blogged about our most recent investment in Behance. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

Congrats SlideShare + LinkedIn -- Best Wishes Rashmi, Jon, & Amit :)

500 Hats

This is a very special post for me to write, to congratulate some good friends on a job well done.

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VC Rights: Up, Down, And Know What The Fuck Is Going On

Feld Thoughts

At the HBS VC Alumni event I was at last week (no – I didn’t go to HBS – I was a panelist) I heard a great line from a wise old VC who has been a VC about as long as I’ve existed on this planet. Up:  Pro-rata rights. Down: Liquidation preference. When Know What The Fuck Is Going On : Board seat. Or read blogs. Or do both.

We're creating a culture of distraction - Joe Kraus Blog

Joe Kraus

A few weeks ago I gave this rough presentation on a topic called SlowTech. wanted to cover three things.


When to Post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler for Maximum Effect

bitly blog. back to bitly. May 8, 2012. Time Is On Your Side. Different social networks have their own distinct personalities. hours ? Recently we?ve

Startup Investors Bet on the Jockey, Not the Horse

Startup Professionals Musings

In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. If not flawless behavior, what characteristics and actions do they look for?

Tolerance and Prosperity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday, my partners and I invited Paul Romer over to USV for lunch. For those that don't know, Paul is a leading thinker in the world of economics and currently a Professor at NYU. It was a fascinating conversation. Instead of limiting Pennsylvania to Quakers, they welcomed all comers. Tolerance and Prosperity go hand in hand.

A new field guide for entrepreneurs of all stripes

Startup Lessons Learned

Illustrations by FAKEGRIMLOCK. You can pre-order it starting today. It will be published by Wiley this fall. And you can pre-order it starting today.

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Too Many Seed Investment Choices

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday I sent emails out passing on participating in two seed rounds for companies I really like. They had lots of investors trying to invest and each company was competitive with two other seed stage companies we’ve seen in the past 30 days. First, some background. We’ve Next Big Sound) or $15m as our first investment (e.g. SEOMoz).

The default state of a startup is failure

Chris Dixon

If you are starting a company and wondering why nothing good seems to happen unless you force it to happen, that’s because the world wants to stay the way it is. Customers, partners, and most of all incumbents don’t want to think hard, try new things, or change in any way. My friend said: “Wow, this company is going under.”

Principles of User Interface Design

Interfaces exist to enable interaction. Interfaces exist to enable interaction between humans and our world. They are not just utilitarian, however.

8 Universal Web Design Principles You Should Know


The design of your website is more important for conversions than you think. Design is not just something designers do. Design is marketing. Exercise.

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Mastery And Mimicry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Internet is an amazing place. Last weekend an email arrived in my inbox with the subject line "Hello From MIT" That got me to open it. Turns out it was from Sep Kamvar , a faculty member at the MIT Media Lab, and before that the Stanford computer science department. I don't know Sep and was not familiar with his work. I am now.

Building It Is Not Enough: 5 Practical Tips On User Acquisition


The following is a guest post by Brian Balfour , Co-Founder and CMO of Boundless. You can read more of his writing on his blog at

Recruiting Software Developers By Showing Up With Pizza

Feld Thoughts

Once again we are in a zone where hiring software developers is incredibly challenging. The market is fully employed and while there is some movement between companies, great developers tend to be decided to what they are doing for a while, especially in an entrepreneurial context. Last night I was at Angel Boot Camp in Boston.

Facebook’s business model

Chris Dixon

Startups usually succeed because of a single major product or business innovation. Google is unusual in that they succeeded because of two major innovations: their core search product, and their keyword advertising business model. Then Overture invented keyword advertising and Google adopted the same model. The jury is still out on that model.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Lessons Learned. by Eric Ries. Contact. Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. Tweet. But such a best-case approach is hazardous.