April, 2011

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How to Know If Your Startup Idea is the Next Big Thing

Vinicius Vacanti

How do you know if your startup idea is the next next big thing? It’s easy. It isn’t. Most Great Companies Started With Bad Ideas.

Never say “no,” but rarely say “yes.”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Everyone says small startups require focus. Learn to say “no!&#. Ah, but then again you must also experiment with new ideas. Fail fast ! Pivot !

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Finding And Buying A Domain Name

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It's not in my top ten but it could be. It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment. Del.icio.us good domain name is short and memorable. Find an intermediary.

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A Message To Graduating MBA’s

Feld Thoughts

I gave a talk yesterday to a class of soon-to-graduate MBA students at CU Boulder yesterday. It was their last class in the course that had been filled with a bunch of interesting VC and entrepreneurial guest lecturers. thought for a moment and then said an abbreviated version of the following. Is your work, and life, full of meaning? San Francisco?

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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How to Have Startup Swagger Without Being a Complete Asshole

Instigator Blog

Tweet. You need a sizeable ego to succeed in the world of startups and venture capital. Without that ego propelling you forward it’s going to be hard to wake up every morning, take the risks you need to take, and aggressively go after what you want. You won’t be able to motivate others around you when things are crumbling. Me too.

I Encourage Entrepreneurs To Ignore The Word “Bubble”

Feld Thoughts

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.&# – Macbeth. Every time I hear the word “bubble&# I think of that quote from Macbeth. also think of Tulip Mania and the South Sea Company which purportedly was the source of the concept of an economic bubble. Whatever – have fun and good luck.

How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

Both Sides of the Table

You Manage What you Measure. Having a set of metrics that you watch & that you feel are the key drivers of your success helps keep clarity. Don’t.

Entrepreneurs Are Artists

Steve Blank

I wrote about entrepreneurs as artists in a previous post. If you can’t see the video click here.

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Recycling Capital

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Gotham Gal and I have been fortunate to accumulate signficant capital over the past fifteen years. And the vast majority of it is invested in startups. We get distributions from a sale of one company and within months that capital (after taxes) is invested in more startups (including non profit startups). guess we can't help ourselves.

You Don't Know JavaScript

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Over the last year or so I've noticed an irritating phenomenon developing.

A Day in the Life of Your Customer

Instigator Blog

Tweet. To sell something effectively you really need to understand your customer. Another tactic is to create a “day in the life&# storyboard.

Rethinking My Social Graph

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had a number of interesting conversions about the intersection of the virtual and the physical world since I wrote the post Did Someone Ruin Foursquare For Me Yesterday? When I reflect on this, it’s clearly a “me problem&# and not a “Foursquare problem.&# First, I’ll reset how I use my social graph.

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Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

Both Sides of the Table

His words, “we find things on Sunday morning that will be on the Today show on Tuesday morning.&# That’s why people turn up to Buzzfeed.

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Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Om Malik runs  Gigaom , probably the most interesting and accurate site on the blogosphere. Om was kind enough to have me in for an interview.

The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

Note: All information contained in this post is based on my best understanding and perception of what transpired. Progressive refinement at its best.

Insight From Dropbox: Failure Is Not The Worst Outcome, Mediocrity Is

OnStartups

Big news from Dropbox today. They announced hitting 25 million users. I'm a big, big fan of Drew Houston (founder/CEO of Dropbox). Good company.

How To Allocate Founder and Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Joel Spolsky , c0-founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange , posted an excellent answer to the question in the title of this post on the Stack site OnStartups. I'm not going to reblog the entire answer here. I'd encourage you to go read Joel's answer. It never makes sense to give anyone equity without vesting.

Founder Institute This Summer in Colorado

Feld Thoughts

I strongly believe that entrepreneurial education and community building is not a zero sum game. have enormous regard for Jim and Jon Nordmark, his co-host of the Founder Institute Denver program and want to be supportive of anything they are involved in. If you read Brad’s blog, you probably have some connection to the world of startups.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. It’s nearly impossible to get a services company financed by VCs. You’re a small fish. Period.

The Apprentice – Entrepreneur Version

Steve Blank

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. Ernest Hemingway. The reality is these are the exceptions not the rule.

Skip the MBA if Entrepreneur is Your Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

I don’t have an MBA. It will get you a higher starting salary, and a valuable edge in your credentials at every promotion opportunity. Marty Zwilling.

The Economics of Dropbox

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Dropbox's recent 25 million user milestone got me thinking about the economics behind the company and what it would take for them to be profitable.

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Going Out On Top

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last night we went up to Madison Square Garden with some friends to see James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem go out on top. For those not into LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy is a producer and record label owner who started LCD Soundsystem as a project in the early part of the last decade. They put out three records, each one besting the one before.

Amazing Deal – Entrepreneurship Courses

Feld Thoughts

I’ve got an entrepreneur focused deal on  Brad Feld’s Amazing Deals today. The deal is for Udemy.com , a website that has online courses on a variety of interesting topics. When Udemy came to me, they were interested in offering a deal on one of their $99 courses that was pertinent to startups. Deals deals

Don’t Miss the International Startup Festival in Montreal

Instigator Blog

Tweet. The International Startup Festival is happening in Montreal from July 13-15th. Startups can apply to pitch at the event: [link].

8 Startup Lessons You Could Learn from Gotham Gal

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, as she tells it, in their early career when Fred was young in VC, Joanne was earning 3x more money. She came in and took over the business.

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Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F. Focus on things that don’t really matter. Marty Zwilling.

The Freeconomics of Dropbox - Projecting Freemium

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

In a previous post I covered a set of quick calculations to gauge the profit potential of Dropbox.

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Ben Horowitz On The Psychology Of Being CEO

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Every once in a while I come across a blog post that so totally nails something and I am reminded why professionals blogging about their craft is such an important development in the world of media. Yesterday Ben Horowitz posted about the psychology of being CEO. If CEOs were graded on a curve, the mean on the test would be 22 out of a 100.

Learning the Right Lessons from the Amazon Outage

Feld Thoughts

As most nerds know, Skynet gained self-awareness last week and decided as its first act to mess with Amazon Web Services, creating havoc for anyone that wanted to check-in on the Internet to their current physical location. Following are Dave’s thoughts on learning the right lessons from the Amazon outage. That’s all. Rapid scalability.

There are two kinds of people in the world

Chris Dixon

The important distinction is whether you risked everything, put your life on the line, made commitments to investors, employees, customers and friends, and tried – against all the forces in the world that try to keep new ideas down – to make something new. startups

13 Ways To Pull Off A Killer Demo Day Presentation

OnStartups

There are over a hundred seed accelerators in the world and many more are popping up every year. Without further adieu, here's how. Be bold. Love it.