December, 2012

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. Compensation.

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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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Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact )  first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. So consider this my first-ever guest blog post.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation. organizational) changes corporations need to make. In the U.S.

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Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.

Hire For Cultural Fit Over Competence

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Cultural Fit Trumps Competence. Also, I’m Also, I’m going to be doing online office hours with the WSJ on Friday 12/21 at 3pm ET – join and ask questions! But what does this actually mean? But what about the other two cases?

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Customer Development in a Diagram

Steve Blank

Thanks to: Alexis Finch,  Sketchnotes / UX Research Consultant @agentfin. Filed under: Customer Development. Customer Development

Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mary published this presentation this past week. love these "state of the internet" presentations Mary does.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Gust

ABC Shark Tank Angels via Elite Daily. What is this daunting process, and what can you do to optimize your chances of surviving it?

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I got a call Sunday from a business colleague while I was sitting in the lounge at LAX waiting for yet another delayed flight. Sorry. Not possible.

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Fear of Flying.

500 Hats

Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. ” Exactly. for a quarter? every day for a year? Godspeed

My Smart Phone Is No Longer Working For Me

Feld Thoughts

I spent two weeks without my iPhone. I was completely off the grid for the first week but then spent the second week online, on my MacBook Air and Kindle, but no iPhone. I got home on Sunday and have had my iPhone turned on the past few days. I’ve used it as a phone, but I’ve largely stayed off of the web, email, and twitter with it.

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10 Entrepreneur Qualities That Tag You as Fabulous

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Be delightfully authentic and honest. Able to just “get it.”

Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here. If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation about Pandora and Spotify and the royalty negotiations they have with the record labels. And it is a powerful one.

Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Steve Blank

In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University , U.C. Berkeley and NCIIA , Jerry Engel and I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class.

Would the Last Blackberry User Please Turn Out the Lights? I Already Left the Building

Both Sides of the Table

My Blackberry died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know. – I have one of these, too. To do 3 simple things: contacts, calendar, tasks.

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10 Perspective Checks on Your Startup Aspirations

Gust

Image via Facebook.com. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail.

Hope Is Critical To A Strategy

Feld Thoughts

There has been a cliche going around the last decade or so that goes “hope is not a strategy.” In it Dov has a great punch line. “No doubt you’ve heard the old business cliché that hope is not a strategy. During the recent presidential election one candidate in fact said this very thing in an attack ad against the other.

Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

We now live in a world where even subtle persuasion efforts are suspect. Master listening to learn where other people live. Are you? Marty Zwilling.

Arduino, 3D Printers, Kickstarter, and BitCoin

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

AVC regular Dan Ramsden posted a thougtful essay on GigaOM yesterday. After I read it, I sent Dan an email and I said "do you think big beats little in this phase we are in?" Dan replied that he did and asked me what I thought. think David beats Goliath all day long if you are focused on the right sectors. have said this before.

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A 50-Point Checklist For Creating The Ultimate Landing Page

unbounce.com

Build, Publish & A/B Test Landing Pages Without IT. Support | Log In or. About. Features. Templates. Landing Page Examples. Partners. Pricing.

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How To Set Up A Stand Up Desk And Why It Could Save Your Life

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Sitting Down Is Killing You.

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist.

Will 2013 Be Harder For Startups Than 2012?

Feld Thoughts

tl;dr: F**k, I don’t know. I’m not in the prediction business. But plan for it. And behave accordingly. A lot of people have been talking about how 2013 will be harder for startups and fast growing companies. Counterarguments prevail as different people try to predict and justify what’s going to happen. Related articles.

10 Key Entrepreneur Success Drivers May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

We can all dream about what it takes to make our startup a success. It’s the learning; not success or failure, that makes the difference.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. That could be revenues but may not be.

Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

readwrite.com

Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About. Contact. Advertise. Privacy. Search. Follow us. Share. Share… on Facebook. Cloud.

Is Your Brand Magnificent At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

Occam's Razor

small bang here, a big sizzle there, one big paid search campaign and … VICTORY! Reality, as is its wont, is much more complex. Do this. Country!

21 Quick Quotes From The New OnStartups Book

OnStartups

tl;dr Woo hoo! There is a brand-spankin' new OnStartups book available. And here are some of my favorite snippets from the book.

Ignore Trends and Predictions

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the  Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Don’t Believe the Hype. Every year, at this time, I get a flurry of requests for my “predictions for 2013” or “exciting, hot, new trends for 2013 that I’m looking at.”. Actually, I don’t. Black swans. So don’t. Every single day. For a very long time.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone. Line up an experienced team.

Video Of The Week: NY Enterprise Tech Meetup Talk

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Earlier this week I attended and spoke at the NY Enterprise Tech Meetup. Here it is: Venture Capital and Technology

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The Right Question(s) to Ask VCs about Their Availability of Capital

Genuine VC

Most first and second pitch meetings with VCs are fairly lopsided, where entrepreneurs spend the bulk of the time sharing their businesses, rather than being a true exchange of both parties in developing a relationship. However, it’s rare that a venture capitalist is going to point-blank admit that his pockets are empty. It just all depends.