October, 2011

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> You might tacitly assume that I have no major blind spots when it comes building little tech startups. NOAH: OK.

BE ON FIRE

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago a guest post titled Minimum Viable Personality   appeared on Fred Wilson’s blog. And, I grinned with relief when I finally made his #NOEATFRIDAY list. Recently, while pondering how Yoda would deal with Optimus Prime, I got a tweet from FAKEGRIMLOCK asking if I wanted a guest post from him. Without hesitation I said yes. FIX IT.

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. It happens.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

This is the first of two posts about Finland and entrepreneurship. government that’s trying to help, but gets in the way. The Helsinki Spring.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs. We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.    The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Fast forward to today. It is this last point that is critical.

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Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. They had never met.

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds

Gust

An “ elevator pitch ” is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one. About 150-225 words. It won’t work.

What We Are Seeing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says " Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch." There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing: 1) There are so many startups out there raising money. I don't think this is a bad thing. It's a good thing.

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The $250,000 Funding Trap

Instigator Blog

$250,000 is a lot of money. Venture investors might not think so, but for most of us it’s a lot of moolah. And for early stage startups it’s often the amount they ask for coming out of the gate (or $500,000 – which seems to be pretty standard as a first, seed ask). Maybe more. So they start spending. Office space. Office furniture.

Deep dive: Cancellation rate in SaaS business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I wanted to expand on the practical and mathematical implementations of the cancellation rate I referred to in last week’s post. Son of a bitch!

Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Feld Thoughts

All of us were stunned silent for a minute as we reflected on the amazing impact that Steve has had on our lives.

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Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.” million at a $7.5 million.

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? Are Are VCs simply looking to diversify the type and stage of companies in which they invest, or do they employ other financial hedging strategies? I’m not aware of VCs using classic financial hedging strategies. This ebbs and flows. 4. Venture Capital hedging risk vc

OccupyAppStore

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It was tne Nth time I've had this conversation in a board meeting, "We can't figure out how to get on the leaderboards. The app stores aren't working for us as a distribution channel." To which I replied "All the app stores use a leaderboard model which makes the rich richer and everyone else poorer. Discovery is worse.

Pricing experiments you might not know, but can learn from

conversionxl.com

Extra Lucrative Conversion Advice. Services. About & Contact. Guest Post Guidelines. RSS |. Oct 31, 2011. How much to charge? Does it really work?

My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machine

The Startup Toolkit

After a brief, failed experiment paying me to do chores, my dad tried something really neat. He gave me a vending machine. That didn’t last.

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Entrepreneurial Communities Must Be Led By Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

I’m about to head out to TechStars New York Demo Day. Our investment in SideTour – one of the TechStars New York companies – was announced yesterday and I’m excited to introduce them along with hanging out with all of the other great entrepreneurs from this session. It’ll be happening live at 9pm ET/PT.

We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

Both Sides of the Table

I have written extensively about Twitter in the past. still find that many people don’t understand the basics. Call it “Strategic Twitter.”

How early product failures led to huge successes

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Failure is not an option.it is a requirement.to future success. Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element of success. doubt it.

Building A Company vs Building A Business

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Matt and his team built the company first then the business, which is backwards , but it worked. Matt is right that most of our portfolio companies build the product first, then the business, then the company. And building a company is often difficult for founders because they are so focused on the product.  Venture Capital and Technology

Case Study: The Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Startup Lessons Learned

Today's case study answers a bunch of questions all at once about Lean Startup principles: can they be used inside a Fortune 500 company?

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Best Social Media Metrics: Conversation, Amplification, Applause, Economic Value

Occam's Razor

Update: Please see update #2 below, you can now easily measure what's recommended in this post.]. So why break the rule? Hurray!"). ").

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology

Gust

Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. These angel investors generally invest $25,000 to $100,000 in a round totaling $250,000 to $1,000,000.  In 2011, the valuation of pre-revenue, start-up companies is typically in the range of $1.5–$2.5 RANGE.

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. ” [it's short, you should read it]. At 20.

Ten Tips on How to Get the Entrepreneur X-Factor

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.”

Sound

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met Alex Ljung , founder/CEO of SoundCloud a number of times and each time he pitched me on his business. Each time I said no. One slide.

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7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Life Beyond Code

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Amplify without Accomplishment. It makes sense that way.

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How To Compute The Valuation of Your Startup

FairSoftware's Blog

Startup valuation is a misunderstood and complex topic. But that’s not the right approach to understand how valuation works for your startup.

Execution Is An Order Of Magnitude Easier Than Opportunity

Feld Thoughts

” In the context of young startups, I often feel exactly the opposite. Opportunity is everywhere, but execution in a bitch. But then I thought about this a little. For a big company that dominates a market, it’s totally focused on execution. The company is built for execution and, assuming it is built well, just cranks things out.

The Controversial First Role to Hire After Your “A Round”

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve thought a lot about team construction of early stage companies. I was once asked on Quora what my idea startup team would be. Nothing else.

10 Quotes That Tag You as a High Risk Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route.

What We've Lost And What We've Gained

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I shed my tears when Steve Jobs stepped down less than six weeks ago. That's when I knew it was over. The news came to me last night during a board dinner. My 18 year old daughter kik'd me. asked her if she was sure. Steve Jobs has passed away" Six entrepreneurs and VCs in that room. Among the best I've ever worked with.

Being Responsive is Critical for Successful Customer Development

Instigator Blog

Most customers tolerate bugs. Most customers tolerate products with missing features that they need (or think they need!) Most customers tolerate the quirks and hiccups that come with new technology and software. This is true of early adopters, but it’s even true to some degree, of late adopters. Customers can be quite forgiving.

Data Analysis 101: Seven Simple Mistakes That Limit Your Salary

Occam's Razor

Data analysis is not easy. It takes years to get good at it, and once you get good at it you realize how much more there is to learn. Try it? Always.