January, 2013

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Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists. ” If the answer is no, we stop.

6 Things You Need to Pivot Successfully

Instigator Blog

Pivot. We’re all familiar with the word — and many people now roll their eyes when they hear it. The word has been bastardized, overused, and taken out of context. But it doesn’t mean pivots aren’t important. Dont hate the word, hate the people that use it incorrectly and ignore its importance. Pivot. Say it with me. Pivot.

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A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. Get electronic access to his calendar.

Who You Want On Your Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the guys who taught me the venture capital business used to say "success is in inverse proportion to the number of VCs you have on your board." He was right. For a few reasons. First of all, most VCs get on your board by virtue of financing rounds you do. And that sucks. And it means you had to raise too much money too.

My simple ways to be a happier, smarter 30-something

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Real ice cream is melted at room temperature, but it’s cream and sugar; not gross. But if a Wendy’s Frosty melts, it’s weird. How-T

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One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

Both Sides of the Table

Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. It’s called Startup Life and you can order it here. ‘The Call.”

Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning. The challenge is to find the right Angel for you, and for your situation. AngelList.

A compass is not a map

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

An entrepreneur confided in me recently that he didn’t like Lean Startup; did I think that was OK? Or is he not cut out to build a startup?

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  The origin.

Who Owns Your UX Philosophy?

Feld Thoughts

But the UX broke down quickly, especially as you went from novice first time user to experienced user. Now, it’s not that the apps sucks. In each case, the apps ranged from good to great. They had huge amount of functionality, did unique things that other apps didn’t do, and solved a clear set of problems in a compelling way.

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7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors

Gust

Image via Flickr by artemuestra. We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward. Historically high failure rate category.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

think many board members (including VCs) were trained 10+ years ago when life was very different and their advice often comes from an outdated lens.

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Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More

Startup Professionals Musings

Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far. Marty Zwilling.

The Third Way

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What do you do when you don't want to sell your company and you don't want to go public either? Venture Capital and Technology

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  Read it first.

Urban Airship Meeting Rules

Feld Thoughts

I love Scott Kveton , the CEO of Urban Airship. He and his team are building an amazing company in Portland. If you do anything mobile-related and use push notifications of any sort , or real-time location targeting , you need to be talking to them. But even more impressive is how Scott leads his company. Do we really need to meet? 1. Be on time! 3.

Startups Need the Right Team Mindset to Survive

Gust

Image via Facebook.com. Since the days of Henry Ford, mass production has been the Holy Grail of business, rather than build-to-order. John M.

Where Can I Find Information on Starting Salaries for a SaaS Startup?

Ask The VC

Q: Where can I get some good starting salary information for a SaaS startup?  I need the information for CEO, CFO, CIO, CINO, Director of Sales. We have posted about this topic many times in the past and have often covered specific aspects in great detail – take a look at the  Compensation  archive. Although

10 Attributes of That Rare Ideal Manager at Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone can recognize a great manager a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? " Plan and delegate. You are a guide, not a commander.

Kickstarter in 2012

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Kickstarter published a retrospective on 2012. It's worth browsing. Here's the lead in. Venture Capital and Technology

Don’t Sell Solutions to Universal Problems

Instigator Blog

“Would you like to make more money?” ” “Is hiring people hard?” ” “Are you overwhelmed by email?” ” “Do you wish you were healthier and more fit?” ” For most people the only answer to these questions is “yes” They’re truisms. Universal truths.

Be Vulnerable

Feld Thoughts

We are told that leaders must be strong. They must be confident. They must be unflinching. They must hide their fear. They must never blink. They cannot be soft in any way. B t. The first was that I expressed incredible vulnerability in my talk. She thanked me for that. She was absolutely correct on both fronts. Human. They allow others in.

Startup Mentors

SoCal CTO

I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. suggested that they should look for someone like me, but on the business end. Then we discussed how they could go about finding this startup business advisor.

One Of Our Investors Just Closed Shop. What Should We Do?

Ask The VC

Q: What is the best path to take if a VC which has invested in my company closes down, but we have not exited and are still operating profitably ? There are lots of specific points in time to consider. Let’s start with two magic milestones – year 5 and year 10. 1.  The VC is outside their five year investment period.

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Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Marty Zwilling.

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

VC Cafe

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign "Becoming an Entrepreneur" Kickstarter campaign.

7 Social Media Tactics Your 2013 Budget Needs to Succeed

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The Importance Of A Monthly Cadence With Close Friends

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about  Aaron Swartz the past few days. didn’t know him, but knew of him and have a lot of friends who knew him. I’m still processing it, especially the dynamics around his suicide, and expect I’ll have plenty to say in the coming weeks about depression and entrepreneurship.

7 Incredible Web Design, Branding, Digital Marketing Experiences

Occam's Razor

We are surrounded by incredible digital experiences. Masterful design, branding and marketing. There are 7 in total. What can you expect? Songza.

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Issues with Equity Misalignment

Ask The VC

Q: In our startup we have 4 founders, two of whom are not full time.  We’ve all put in a good sum of cash thus far. The two founders with the least equity happen to be the two tech founders. Furthermore, this is a common problem and one of the reasons I strongly encourage every founding team to have four year vesting on their stock.

10 Tests of Your Modern Entrepreneur Lingo Savvy

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you have heard some of the new terms, but can’t explain how, when, and why they are relevant to your startup, you may be in jeopardy. Gen-Z.

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

Key examples included Cisco, Yahoo, eBay, Google, and many smaller companies. In Think of Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, or the late Steve Jobs. The Web 2.0

Don't Write Off Relational Databases For Big Data Just Yet

readwrite.com

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

US Immigration Fails Entrepreneurs Again

Feld Thoughts

I’m so sick of how – as a country – our authorities treat people as though they are criminals. hear a story about it almost daily and I’m now having someone I’m directly connected to or involved with impacted at least a month. It seems to be getting worse, not better, which just sucks. ” Awesome.