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

Brand Measurement: Analytics & Metrics for Branding Campaigns

Occam's Razor

One of the ultimate excuses for not measuring impact of Marketing campaigns is: "Oh, that's just a branding campaign." You too!

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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

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

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

Software By Rob

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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.

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.).

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

Why Raising Venture Capital Requires Helmets and Shovels [cartoon]

OnStartups

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

5th Anti-Lean Startup Archetype – We Already Do It

Market by Numbers

I recently blogged about 4 anti-lean startup archtypes. These are people who, in my opinion, are at first blush, unwilling (or unable) to adopt Eric Ries' lean startup principles, and specifically, Steve Blank's customer development

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.

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.  .

The Customer Development Manifesto: The Startup Death Spiral (part.

Steve Blank

This post is part 3 of the “Customer Development Manifesto” series and makes more sense if you read part 1 and part 2. This post describes how following the traditional product development can lead to a “startup death spiral

Development Through Self Empowerment

thebarefootvc

While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country.  Some roads are paved but many are not — one day, it took us 10 hours to travel a little over 200 kilometers on a bumpy dirt road winding through the hills.  They would all stop and stare. 

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

Digital Family Summit

SoCal CTO

Just a quick note that I'm going to the Digital Family Summit on Wed around online communities. Hope to run into some people there

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. 

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

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).

Business Plan Tips from the CoFounder of Hotmail

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

The story of hotmail: The idea for hotmail actually came about when Sabeer Bhathia and Jack Smith were working on their first startup idea; while holding down full-time jobs. During the process, they had become frustrated because their employer installed new firewall protection that prevented them from accessing their personal emails.

Inexpensive User Testing

Vinicius Vacanti

thegongshow: When I talk to startups about the benefits of constant, iterative user testing in product design cycles, many people think that cost is a hurdle. Booking 10 in-person sessions in a rented listening lab with a one-way mirror

GeeksOnaPlane @ Ignite Paris (Brady Forrest) - Master of 500 Hats

500 Hats

Geeks on a Plane @ Ignite Paris Originally uploaded by rsepulvedagreat GeeksOnaPlane.com photo of @Brady Forrest by @Rodrigo at Ignite Paris.