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. Pivot a Week. ” Pivot as an excuse. Find a Brainstorm Buddy.

How Many Metrics Do You Need to Run Your Startup?

Instigator Blog

Answer: Only one. One of the concepts we’re pushing hard in the Lean Analytics book is the One Metric That Matters (OMTM). Just one.

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.

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.

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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? Entrepreneurs accept things as they are and deal with them accordingly.

An Amazing Rendition of Dark Side of the Moon

Feld Thoughts

Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite album of all time. If you are a Pink Floyd fan, it’s worth eight minutes and 24 seconds of your life.

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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.

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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Adding Slides Does Not Enhance Your Investor Pitch


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!

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.

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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.

All CEOs Should Be An Outside Director For One Company

Feld Thoughts

Being CEO of a fast growing startup is a tough job. Given that I am no longer a CEO (although I was once – for seven years) I don’t feel the pressure of being CEO. As a result I’ve spent a lot of the past 17 years being able to provide perspective for the CEOs I work with. Now, imagine you are a CEO of a fast growing startup.

Trello versus Asana

Both Sides of the Table

” I know there’s no real point in creating a task list if you’re not actually going to open it up and parse through tasks.

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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. You won't.

How Algorithms Rule The World

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

A Holistic View of Products and Product Management

Instigator Blog

My definition of “product” is broader than most. think of product as everything and anything a company outputs that touches customers. Your product isn’t just the physical item you deliver to customers, or the software that your customers use. It’s the entire experience your customers have with your company. Fantastic!

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.

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?

Sprint Like An Egyptian: A Tech Entrepreneurship Revolution in Alexandria


Never mind that tourists of all nationalities, sizes and colors streamed past us carrying similarly weighty “prosumer” equipment.).

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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. There will be a lot more consumer talent acquisitions. startups

What Are Your Immutable Laws?

Mike Michalowicz

The Rules Of Your Life. Immutable Laws are the rules of our lives. They define you. They define your business. What is acceptable and what is not.

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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10 Personal Productivity Mantras For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder feels the pressure of the thousands of things that need to get done, all seemingly at the same time. Avoid these. Marty Zwilling.

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. asked them what was wrong. Now they just looked defeated. Adam kept going.

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.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

He says. How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5 minute response on Bloomberg is here  in this interview I did with Emily Chang.

5 Common Words That Create Failure

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your level of success is predetermined by the words you use on a day-to-day basis. Avoid these five "failure" words. Here they are: 1. It's the events.