January, 2013

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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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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

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Feld Thoughts

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. By doing so, they are saying to the world “welcome immigrant entrepreneurs – please come start your business in Canada.” While in some cases this has improved the interpretation of the rules, we are still totally missing the boat here in the US.

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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.

What is the Appropriate Time Horizon of a Financial Model for VC’s

Ask The VC

Q: When building a financial projection model for a pitch to VC’s, should you include future rounds of funding in the model or simply show what measurable goal you are trying to achieve with the current round you are seeking? A (Brad): It depends on the stage of the company. In early cases, they are going to focus on cash / monthly-burn-rate.

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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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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

Give Before You Get

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in my LinkedIn Today column titled Give Before You Get. post unique content on LinkedIn a few times a month (I ultimately reblog it here) but if you want to get it when I first publish it and you are a LinkedIn member, simply follow me on LinkedIn. To understand the difference, here’s an example.

We Need to Have Sympathy for Those With Depression. It is an Illness

Both Sides of the Table

Somebody commented that in 2013 I have done a lot more personal posts than usual. didn’t set out that way. It just happened. Aaron Schwartz.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

Goodbye Jody. You Really Were Awesome

Both Sides of the Table

You’re gone too early. We still had so many more times to spend together. loved this image I saw posted by Andy Rankin. You came back. Ok, Jody.

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.

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.

7 Social Media Tactics Your 2013 Budget Needs to Succeed

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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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Small Experiments, Often

Feld Thoughts

This post first appeared in the WSJ Accelerators series titled The $100,000 Experiment  in response to the question “When should you make a substantive change to one or more parts of your business model?” ” During the past few years, the word “pivot” has become one of the most overused words with regard to startups.

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

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.

Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The first cavewoman (or caveman) to open her mouth and utter an intelligible word changed the game for the local tribe. Finally, the Internet was born.

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