October, 2012

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The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault. Surely not.

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If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

Feld Thoughts

Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day). Entrepreneur: I just wanted to touch base with you and see if you are taking on new startups right now.

How to Get a VC Meeting – the flowchart

Steve Blank

I often get asked, “how do I get a meeting with a VC?” ”  Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view.

The Two or Three Things You Need to Raise Capital

Instigator Blog

Yesterday I chatted with an entrepreneur that was looking for advice on raising capital. I’ve written quite a bit about fundraising in the past, but it’s a hard topic and a challenging thing for people to get through. ” There’s no easy answer. Here they are: Past success. First timers, of course, can’t play this card.

10 Tips to the Simplest But Effective Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Polish the overall look and feel.

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10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. The Lean LaunchPad Class. How it Works.

What Goes Wrong

Founders at Work - Blog

This is my talk from 2012 Startup School, pretty much exactly as delivered. It's been more than 7 years since we started YC. Drive moves you forwards.

10 Top Reasons For First-time Entrepreneur Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my experience as a mentor and an entrepreneur, if you fail on your first startup, you are about average. How can you improve your odds?

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America.  Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. Pre-revenue life Science, biotech and medical device deals. Other pre-revenue deals.

Never Say No to Networking


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Kauffman Sketchbook on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

started my talk off today by showing a video that the Kauffman Foundation just did for Startup Communities. It follows.

How We Fight – Cofounders in Love and War

Steve Blank

I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder. Taking Time.

Web Summit – Top 50 Hottest Early Stage Startups In The World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

4000 people attended this year’s Dublin Web Summit conference and watched two days of speeches and exhibits by leaders in the technology industry.

7 Facts of Business Life For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Jumping into a business area you don’t know, because you see a chance for big money, is a surefire path to disaster. That’s where you start.

Great Startup Teams Foster a Culture of Likability


Larry Ellison Photo by Oracle PR. You don’t have to be likeable to everyone to be a great entrepreneur, just to the people who count.

Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall


He’s c0-authored two books and many academic articles. So which is it? The best estimate of overall angel investor returns from this data is 2.5

Depression and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. So the idea of depression has been on my mind. But as I sit here, I’m surrounded by a lot of grey, and it’s not just the clouds outside that are the remnants of the storm. I’ve reached out to most of my friends in New York to check in on them.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Leaders and Feeders. It may even be right.

Mike Michalowicz’s Net Worth

Mike Michalowicz

I know exactly why you’re here. You want to know my net worth. You want my number. In fact, you are not alone. totally do. Including mine. That’s it.

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8 Entrepreneur Mistakes Which Will Kill Seed Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many people still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and people will throw money at you. Use them and win.

10 Entrepreneur Tips Dodge Million-Dollar Mistakes


Ryan Blair book image via Amazon. Thus a well-explained startup failure often can actually improve your odds of funding in the next go-round.

16 Tips for Picking the Perfect Startup Name


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Changing How We Think About Education

Feld Thoughts

also got a tour of the research lab which had an enormous number of legos everywhere as one of their key sponsors is Lego.

Fatherpreneurship: Tips on how to be a successful father and entrepreneur

The Next Web

I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about parenting. Do they know we don’t have a clue how to do this?” just thought it.

The Classy Way To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup


The following is a guest blog post by Nicholas Holmes. He was formerly a journalist and an Accenture management consultant. Start by pitching nothing.

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10 Reality Checks for Entrepreneurs From the Master

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the time, I’m all about providing encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs. It’s not going to get better – it already is. Dream on.

Startup Execution Transcends the Idea From Day One


Apple NYC image via The Washington Post. startup begins with a great idea, but all too often, that’s where it ends. during that period.

Follow the Instructions!

Life Beyond Code

I have seen this a few times on Facebook. This time I couldn’t resist capturing the image to make a point. What do you think should happen?

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The Power of a Deadline

Feld Thoughts

If you’ve ever shipped anything, you understand the power of a deadline. My top work priority is my activity as a partner at Foundry Group.

Avoiding Financial Armageddon at the Post Office

Jeff Jordan

Now it seems strange. How we used to wait for letters to arrive. But what’s stranger still. Is how something so small can keep you alive. The USPS….

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Global Multichannel Consumer Behaviour (Research/Purchase) Analysis

Occam's Razor

Rather I've had to fall back on my trusty steed: data. :). One common scenario is this: Company PJ spends $250 million on traditional advertising.

10 Keys to Real Entrepreneur Mentoring Satisfaction

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Agree on specific objectives and time frames.

Opening Up Our Research

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. And we thought the startup community would engage with us around these insights and ideas and make us smarter in the process. It was a good bet. That is exactly what happened.

3-Minute Ego Test

Life Beyond Code

Do you have an ego problem? Probably not. But, take this 3-minute ego test and find out for yourself. And, the big one in the end… 10. Bonus: 11.