August, 2012

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Advice I Wish I Could Have Given Myself 5 Years Ago

Vinicius Vacanti

Since going down the startup path, I’ve made so many mistakes, struggled so many times, failed in almost every way you can. raised $7.3

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Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

A founder’s skill is knowing how to recognize new patterns and to pivot on a dime. And that’s where the problem was. A Pivot a Week. he’d declare. “We

How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Both Sides of the Table

This is a hot topic I’ve been asked a lot about recently. You’re on a first date with a VC – how much should you tell them? The First Meeting.

An Amazing Rendition of Dark Side of the Moon

Feld Thoughts

Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite album of all time. When I was a sophomore in college, I had an early NAD CD player.

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Lockups and Insider Selling

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks. As someone who has played this game a few times, I tought I'd post some thoughts about this. It is an investors job to return capital.

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VC Evolution: Physician, Scale Thyself.

500 Hats

In particular, I hope to highlight some less obvious [r]evolutionary shifts that people outside the industry may overlook. Mega VC, Micro VC.

All CEOs Should Be An Outside Director For One Company

Feld Thoughts

This week I had two meetings with CEOs of companies we’ve recently invested in where the question of “what is an ideal board meeting” came up. One of the things I always suggest to CEOs is that they be an outside director for one company that is not their own. Being CEO of a fast growing startup is a tough job.

These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable


People ask me if they really need ANY business plan, unless they are looking for an outside investor. Solution and benefits. Focus is the keyword here.

No Battle Plan Survives The First Enemy Fire

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have been using this line a lot lately. It is a bastardized version of Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke 's "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength." " I always encourage entrepreneurs to get on with the business of putting their product in the market.

10 Comments You Never Want to Hear in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. So what about you? I’ve hit this before, but I still hear from too many unhappy entrepreneurs.

When Microsoft Threatened to Sue Us Over the Letter “E”

Steve Blank

By 1997 E.piphany was a fast growing startup with customers, revenue and something approaching a repeatable business model. While I understand. sign.

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Trello versus Asana

Both Sides of the Table

I seem to be really good at kicking off well-structured lists, but less good at “working them.” It started simply enough. What to do?

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A Software Entrepreneur On The Madness Of Software Patents and Trolls

Feld Thoughts

I regularly get emails and have discussions with entrepreneurs who are on the receiving end of a software patent lawsuit. Many of these are young companies, often with little or no revenue. It’s total, completely madness. My startup, all five employees and $0 revenue, is being sued by a patent troll. It is madness. Break through, right?

Adding Slides Does Not Enhance Your Investor Pitch


A perfect round number is ten slides, with the right content, that can be covered in ten minutes. Give the “elevator pitch” for your startup. Have fun!

How Algorithms Rule The World

Skip navigation. Fast Company. Subscribe. Newsletter. Search. Stumbleupon. linkedin. Google+. Co.DESIGN. Co.CREATE. Co.EXIST. Co.LEAD. TECHNOLOGY.

These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable

Startup Professionals Musings

People ask me if they really need ANY business plan, unless they are looking for an outside investor. Solution and benefits. Focus is the keyword here.

Massacre at IBM

Steve Blank

Long before there was the Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas or Customer Development there was a guy in Santa Barbara California who had already figured it out. Frank Robinson of SyncDev has been helping companies figure out their minimum viable product and pivots since 1984, long before I even knew what it meant. Here’s a guest post from Frank.

Bitcoin Update

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote a post about Bitcoin last November wondering if it was over or if we were just in a down phase in the hype cycle ([link]. In the nine months since that post, Bitcoin has made a nice recovery. The price is up and volume of transactions is increasing. Bitcoin is still very much a fringe thing and is tiny as these things go.

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The Vomit Moment

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had my share of vomit moments – both in business and in life. It’s that moment where a specific thing happens that causes you to want to run into the bathroom and vomit, which you sometimes actually do. Some of the vomit moments, like the last one, are tangible. Others are conceptual. ” (John Galt in Atlas Shrugged).

How do I raise prices?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

Investors Know A Product Doesn’t Make a Business


Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? Don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely positive to have a product plan.

The Best Entrepreneurs Ask The Dumbest Questions

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of the old adage "There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers." According to Gary B. Ensuring accountability. Listen.

Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers


This is a guest post by Avi Flombaum. Avi is the Dean of The Flatiron School, an intensive program to learn Ruby on Rails in New York.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

He says. “In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that. (1) How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5

The Power of Passion When Starting Your Company

Feld Thoughts

It was the second week of TechStars and I was doing office hours with each of the 11 teams going through the Boulder 2010 program. I was sitting across the table from Adam Wilson and Ian Bernstein who each looked tired and dejected. In front of them were three slides. I asked them what was wrong. Now they just looked defeated. I asked. I asked.

Doubling SaaS Revenue By Changing The Pricing Model

Kalzumeus Software. Patrick McKenzie (patio11) blogs on software development, marketing, and general business topics. Greatest Hits. About. by Patrick.

10 Things That Make a Business Plan NOT Fundable


I really like Martin Zwilling’s post here yesterday, 10 things that make a business plan fundable. Problems with the founders. No Competition.

Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, these Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom. Marty Zwilling.

Ten million users is the new one million users

Chris Dixon

Entrepreneurs and investors have been enamored with consumer internet startups for the last few years. But there are signs this is ending. Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months. Hence, many early-stage consumer startups are switching to transactional models. - startups

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read Brad Feld’s thought provoking piece encouraging founders to sit on the board of another startup company. Entrepreneur Advice

Founder Market Fit

Feld Thoughts

We constantly hear about “product market fit.” ” But my post yesterday about The Power of Passion When Starting Your Company was about “founder market fit.” I stumbled on the phrase a few times over the past year and it’s been rolling around in my head a lot since. And Adam and Ian were obsessed with the idea.

You Should Probably Send More Email Than You Do

Kalzumeus Software. Patrick McKenzie (patio11) blogs on software development, marketing, and general business topics. Greatest Hits. About. by Patrick.

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Networks And The Enterprise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Many think that USV is a consumer web investor. We don't think of ourselves that way. We invest in networks and for most of our short history, that has meant investing in networks of individuals connecting with each other. Thus the consumer web investor moniker. MongoDB is an open source datastore for web scale applications. Lots of them.

Will the Real Crowd Funding Model Please Stand Up?

Startup Professionals Musings

The problem is that crowd funding means something different to everyone, and even I have been confused by the different ways the term gets used.