November, 2011

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How cold calling (properly) works better than AdWords

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> This is a guest post from Robert Graham — a solo bootstrapper who  blogs about the experience. He is a Ph.D.

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Don’t Sell Technology, Sell Magic

Instigator Blog

Tech startups aren’t in the technology business. Startups need to sell magic. Most don’t care. They don’t need to. That’s it.

Racism in Tech

Feld Thoughts

There was a huge kerfluffle over the weekend about racism in Silicon Valley which tried to end when Michael Arrington wrote a post titled  Oh Shit, I’m A Racist. And I’m sure there will be more posts, including this one. Of something that happened last week. Just to remind all of us that racism is alive and well in the US and in tech.

The Innovator’s Secret Weapon

47 Hats

By Jarie Bolander. Founder, EnduranceLeader.com. Thomas Edison was famous for saying: Invention is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. Guest Posts

Want To Be A VC? Start A Company.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Steve Blank has a great post up on his blog suggesting that VCs should require startup CEO experience in their partners' resumes. He quotes from me in that post but I'm not going to state which one came from me. You can guess if you want. You might be surprised to know that I agree with Steve. have never run a startup company.

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Books On Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

I love books. love to read. realize I’ve had a dry spell – I’ve hardly been reading books at all this fall. That hasn’t stopped them from piling up as my infinite pile of books to read remains – well – infinite. gobbled down some entrepreneurship books in the last week. Yes – I loved it. Buy some books!

Your startup needs a pre-launch signup landing page

47 Hats

[After last week's post on A prelaunch page for your startup , Josh Ledgard of KickoffLabs reached out to point out his alternative. by Josh Ledgard.

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Continuous Feedback

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have a portfolio company that will remain nameless that does something I want to call out as super awesome. Every board meeting, as homework after the meeting, they ask each board member to fill out a simple Google Form with two questions; three things we are doing well and three things we need to do better. This makes a ton of sense.

10 Preparation Steps to Win an Angel Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded by an angel investor. Line up an experienced team. Get your Internet domain name and website.

If You Don’t Have a Discrete Hypothesis You Are Incapable of Failing

Both Sides of the Table

There are very few people in Silicon Valley who have such a precise grasp on what defines success of early-stage startup companies than Eric Ries.

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Be Selective in Early Beta Programs to Find the Ideal Customers and Use Cases

Instigator Blog

The goal of a startup is to find a sustainable, repeatable and scalable business model. And so much of a startup’s success is dependent on the early “beta period” where you provide access (to your product) to a limited group of prospects. Getting people to sign up for your beta is getting easier and easier. are all over the map.

PBS Newshour on Accelerators

Feld Thoughts

PBS Newshour has a neat eight minute segment on accelerators. TechStars is featured, along with several others. TechStars accelerator startup bootcam

Behind the scenes: Creating custom cartoons

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). The general topic was “honesty,” so after finding some quiet, I set my brain chewing on it. When is it good?

What Exactly Is A Lead Investor?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. But you don't get given that designation. You earn it.  Pierre made a point of being there the day one of his other companies went public. That last bit is the key point. It is what VCs should do.

STARTUP IS VISION

Startup Lessons Learned

The following is a rather unusual guest post. can't seem to help tuning into comment threads on blogs, news aggregators, etc. STARTUP IS VISION.

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability

uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com

Magazine. Network. Job Board. Smashing Directory. Coding. UXDesign. Wordpress. Designinformer. Facebook. Twitter. Newsletter. All categories. Coding.

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Sleeping Under Your Desk

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ) I’ve slept under my desk before. A few times in fact. never used it, but my partner did. Others may have as well.

15 Years Of Technology Progress

Feld Thoughts

Next week at Defrag I’ll be giving a talk titled “Resistance is Futile” I’ll be talking about my premise that the machines have already taken over. A few days ago a friend of mine emailed me a perfect image to summarize where we are today. Ponder and enjoy. Technology humor machines

Why MANY smart people are not social?

Life Beyond Code

You and I both have met enough smart people who are not social. went on a journey to explore the reasons for the same. Here are reasons that I got: 1.

Healthcare

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A few weeks ago, I met with a VC who has been investing in healthcare for over 30 years. He asked if we invested in healthcare and I told him that we'd like to but we don't really know how to fit it into our investment thesis which is focused on large networks of engaged users disrupting large markets. Then we mostly lost touch.

Jedi Mind Tricks: 17 Lesser Known Ways to Persuade People

ConversionXL

You want to be persuasive. The power to influence people to get what you want is sometimes all it takes to be successful. Be confident, talk fast.

10 mistakes I’ve made so you won’t have to

Jeff Hilimire

Here are 10 mistakes that I’ve made over the past 15 years that I thought I’d share. Started a company when I was in college. So dumb.

The Curse of Knowledge in Product Design

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ) You know your product best. You know every feature, how it all works, the bugs, nuances and hiccups too. You know what’s coming next in the product roadmap. You definitely know more than your customers, right? Yup, you have the Curse of Knowledge. Des Traynor has a great blog post about this: The Language of Interfaces.

Don’t Forget To Bootstrap

Feld Thoughts

I recently spent some time with a long time friend and entrepreneur who I’ve funded in the past. He’s working on a new company which I think is really neat and I’m already a user of. He called me for feedback on his fundraising strategy as well as to see if it’s something that we’d be interested in investing in. It was.

How do I sell a general-purpose tool?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) How do I get unstuck? And so on. Fabulous!

Raise Cache

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

On the evening of November 17th, the NY tech community is going to throw a party to raise $100k for HackNY. You can see all of them here.

Legal Checklist for Startups

Scott Edward Walker

I’ve been a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I’ve seen startups repeatedly make. 

Benchmarking Cassandra Scalability on AWS - Over a million writes per second

techblog.netflix.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Benchmarking Cassandra Scalability on AWS - Over a million writes per second. million client writes per second. The m1.xl

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The Specification is Dead; Long Live the Specification

Instigator Blog

In the olden days, most people followed a waterfall method. It involved writing “complete” specifications on exactly what had to be built, how it would be built, how it would work, look, etc. You’d have the “complete” package of documentation up-front and then you’d start coding. like to write. Quite the opposite.

The Real Cost of Patent Trolls

Feld Thoughts

James Bessen, Jennifer Ford, and Michael Meurer of BU School of Law have written a phenomenal paper titled The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls. Some highlights from the paper follow: Regarding money: From 1990 – 2010 NPE lawsuits are associated with $500 billion dollars of lost wealth to defendants. This is a classic logical fallacy.”

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Blind spots that smart people should be aware of

Life Beyond Code

Blind spots are a problem for everyone – not just for smart people. have picked 7 such blind spots to consider. Photo credit: John K on Flickr.

NYU Poly Speech

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Then I got up on stage at NYU Poly and explained why I had recently become a Trustee of both NYU and Poly.

The CEO Should Be The Chief Experience Officer

OnStartups

Earlier this week, I was chatting with my friend, co-founder and CEO of HubSpot , Brian Halligan. There's a better way to describe the role.

That old-time startup religion

Startup Lessons Learned

Warning: the video below may be offensive to some readers. It contains irreverent use of religious language. Viewer discretion is advised.