September, 2009

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Basecamp? Ditto.

Startup Metrics for Pirates: SeedCamp 2009 (Sept 2009, London.

500 Hats

Same old shit, just a different day (+ 1-2 new slides, not much tho): Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure

12 Facts About Entrepreneurs That Will Likely Surprise You

OnStartups

I have a picture in my head of what the average entrepreneur is. like. I’d guess pretty young (think Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.) living the.

Proof that speeding up websites improves online business.

Watching Websites

conversion rate and order value Do faster web pages mean better business? Definitely. But what about other websites? How big an impact does

Systematic Creativity: Four Templates for New Product Ideation, Innovation and Invention

Creative Distraction

Is brainstorming the best way to be creative? Doubt it.

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Customer Development Manifesto: The Path of Warriors and Winners.

Steve Blank

The first four posts of the Customer Development Manifesto described the failures of the Product Development model.

Don't be the Ice Cream Glove

Startup Lessons Learned

I have a new post up today on O'Reilly Radar, called "Is your product an Ice Cream Glove or a Snuggie?" It is based on two videos I normally use in workshops - each of which contains an important entrepreneurship lesson for all of us

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Why Raising Venture Capital Requires Helmets and Shovels [cartoon]

OnStartups

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When Should a Startup Start Charging?

Startup Marketing Blog

When Should a Startup Start Charging? I've recently changed my long held belief that all startups should charge immediately upon the release of a new product. I now believe that non-enterprise targeted startups should only charge once

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons”. On Kool Aid: Today I want to talk about Kool Aid. Yours. million A round. Not so much.).

VC Confidential: Appreciating Your Immediate World

VC Confidential

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Customer Development Manifesto: Market Type (part 4) « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

This series of posts of the “Customer Development Manifesto” describes how the failures of the Product Development model for sales and marketing led to the Customer Development Model. In future posts I'll describe how Eric Ries and the

The cardinal sin of community management

Startup Lessons Learned

Once you have a product launched, you will the face the joys – and the despair – of a community that grows up around it. won't sugar-coat this: it is one of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of building a company online

Why A Link from TechCrunch Will Not Make You Rich | Software by Rob

Software By Rob

Washers, dryers and secret sauce - why naming your technology is important

BeyondVC

Our washer and dryer was on the fritz today, and as I started to do some research on large capacity stackable units I started to get overwhelmed with all of the new terminology and features. After all, isn’t a washer a washer and a dryer a dryer. While the technology performed as advertised, naming it definitely gave it some cache.  .

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#. Only then are you truly aligned. Not FU money, but “feed the family&# money. think too many VCs simply don’t understand this. Let me start with a couple of stories. For a while but not forever.

Did Your Email Get Lost in Translation?

David Silverman

I’ve written before about how the “cold call” email can leave the recipient feeling, well, cold. Below is a guest post from Nadia Nassif on the topic from the international perspective. work predominantly with international folks grappling with English. Here’s an example that was sent to me recently: From: Sridar Patel.

Global VC Blog Directory – Ranked By # of Google Reader Subscribers (Sept 2009)

Thinking About Thinking

This is an old version of the VC Blog Directory.  Click Here for the updated Q409 version: Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques (Q409). The Global VC Blog Directory (# of Subs). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (24,356). Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (21,881).

Living History: Larry Ellison

Will Price

Last night, Ed Zander (ex-CEO of Motorola) interviewed Larry Ellison at the Churchill Club. The interview proved to be fascinating, with Ed Zander a perfect choice to push and prod Ellison on topics ranging from ORCL's early years, his motivations for buying Sun, to politics, sailing, and the prospects for the US economy.

Why “Luck” is a Terrible Marketing Plan for Your Startup.

Software By Rob

I look at the advantages of building a software product or website that solves a problem for a market, rather than going for a hot idea startup

The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards

Seed Stage Capital

A recent post on Vator.TV got me thinking about startup advisory boards. But it needn't be so; setting up a startup advisory board

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

photo courtesy of Atlanta Braves. This is part of my ongoing series “ Pitching a VC.&#. The “Triple Play&# of VC Presentations. Practice.

Did Your Email Get Lost in Translation?

David Silverman

I've written before about how the "cold call" email can leave the recipient feeling, well, cold. Below is a guest post from Nadia Nassif on the topic from the international perspective. work predominantly with international folks grappling with English. But sometimes the problem is that the writer comes across as insincere and impersonal. Hi, Nadia.

Founders Agreements

VC Ready Blog

Whether you’re starting a company with your best friend or a few guys you met at a coffee house, you can’t predict how the relationship among Founders will change over time. Founders Agreement can cover any number of topics, but here’s a summary of some of the most common: Vesting of Founder’s Stock. Termination. Tag-along Rights.

Let's Fire Our Customers

Steve Blank

As a board member, investor and consumer, I've encountered companies firing their customers. While this sounds inexplicable to an outside observer, sometimes it makes sense. Other times it's just plain dumb. Pattern Recognition

The Most Challenging Part of Becoming a Freelance Developer.

Software By Rob

In this post I talk about the major hurdle to becoming a freelance developer (finding work) and how to overcome it

An Open Letter To All TechCrunch50 2009 Startups: The TC “Bump.

Watching Websites

Disclaimer 1: All site-related data found in this post comes from compete.com.

A Tale of Two Pitches

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. Tale of Two Pitches. ’s strategy and missteps.  This meeting was a 10/10 for me. 

Birthday greetings as a proxy for how communication is becoming.

Lightspeed

Equally, it is important to be SEEN to have a lot of people wish you a

Founders Agreements

VC Ready Blog

Whether you’re starting a company with your best friend or a few guys you met at a coffee house, you can’t predict how the relationship among Founders will change over time. Founders Agreement can cover any number of topics, but here’s a summary of some of the most common: Vesting of Founder’s Stock. Termination. Tag-along Rights.

Take your Startup from Point B to C with 5 Tips

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

Today was my business planning meeting days with my startup clients. As I discussed with a client the importance of implementing steps for business image now so that the road is paved for later, I thought of a few startup tips to share.You can go from point B to Point C once you learn these five tips: Plan to succeed.

The Most Expensive Commercial Real Estate In The World Is A Place For Computers, Not People

Thinking About Thinking

These days, you can get great office space in the heart of Boston’s financial district for $40–$60/square foot (maybe cheaper). Rents in these areas can be $200–$400 per square foot. Rents on those streets can be $1,000–$1,500 per square foot. And this space is not even for people, it’s for computers.

Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet

Startup Lessons Learned

It's been an exhilarating first day here in Washington DC for the Geeks on a Plane tour. We met a number of policy makers from the White House and State Department, and had a solid Startup2Startup all about government policy and

DC 3

I met with an investor, what happens next?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#  Getting a meeting with a prominent angel or VC is difficult enough. Let’s be honest.