November, 2012

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The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

Vinicius Vacanti

Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. tweet every 5 minutes. That’s weird. “Ugh.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

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Eric Ries image via Fast Company. agree with Eric’s summary of the top ten types of pivots to consider: Zoom-in pivot. Zoom-out pivot. Platform pivot.

How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. I was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy. One is a personal thing.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. cities. Beers.

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Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

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What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies , I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). What does that mean for USV?

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

Both Sides of the Table

Every so often I find myself caught up in a really hectic 3-4 week schedule where it seems like I float endlessly betweens meetings. Pitches. Intros.

Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

Steve Blank

KP – Kitchen Patrol. Peeling potatoes was a small bit in the thousands of things that had to go right every day to keep 10,000 of us fed.

What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.

500 Hats

Recent articles by the WSJ , Fred Wilson , & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money.

Teeny bit of traction — what next?

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.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

Image via eHow.com. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points. NewCo doesn’t have any of these yet.

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

Both Sides of the Table

For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video. The concise guide is here.

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to  give back to the community that helped me. assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools. customer development.

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

This latter persona is still hungry, but is able to really leverage that experience-set. Today the landscape is very different from 2004.

Some problems are so hard they need to be solved piece by piece

Chris Dixon

Startups that have tried to go up against pieces of Craigslist (the “vertical approach”) have been much more successful (e.g. StubHub, AirBnB).

7 Keys to Positioning Your Competitors to Investors

Gust

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates image via Facebook.com. Here are some common pitfalls or traps to avoid: Above all, don’t say you have no competitors.

5 Key Ingredients of Satisfaction for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Meaningful work. Financial independence.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. It is election season. So why re-hash Bush v. Before that he was a US senator. Call on me. ” 3.

What I'm Reading This Sunday Morning

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A Capitalist's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen. The Money Quote: The answer is that efficiency innovations are liberating capital, and in the United States this capital is being reinvested into still more efficiency innovations. In contrast, America is generating many fewer empowering innovations than in the past. internal rate of return).

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Sorry, No Calls

OnStartups

The following is an article inspired by my earlier article, MustSayNo.com , which has literally been life-changing for me. hate them. bliss!)

The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Simple as that.

How many start-ups in the US get seed/VC funding per year?

Gust

In very general terms, roughly 1,500 startups get funded by venture capitalists in the US, and 50,000 by angel investors. VCs look at around 400 companies for every one in which they invest; angels look at 40. original post can be found on Quora @ : [link] *.

10 Avoidable Mistakes Cause Entrepreneurs Much Pain

Startup Professionals Musings

When you try new things, you make mistakes, and I’ve seen many. The simple answer is to do something, and start simple. Quick to hire and slow to fire.

If it Didn’t Happen on Twitter it Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote this post a long time ago. When I did it was a little too close to home for a company to have me publish it. Much time has passed. My take.

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Is There More Than One Type Of Convertible Debt?

Ask The VC

Troy Henikoff and I had lunch a month or so ago in Chicago and the conversation turned to convertible debt. I’d recently made an offer to invest in a company Troy was an investor in and the entrepreneur and I got tangled up in the definition of pre and post money in the context of existing convertible debt. Related articles.

Recruiting Developers? Create An Awesome Candidate Experience

OnStartups

tl;dr: If you're trying to attract awesome developers, you need to create an awesome candidate experience (CX). Something that makes them go "WOW!".

Excellent Analytics Tip #21: Convert Complex Data Into Simple Logical Stories

Occam's Razor

I love this quote from Richard Branson: Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.

Forget Presidential Politics: Here’s How We Create Jobs — And How You Can Help

Gust

Yet amidst all the partisan cheerleading and name-calling, there has been some discussion of substance. misses an opportunity. Intellectual Property.

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

The Next Web

What have you built lately? All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. remember this lesson well. Failure is critical. Anyhow. So what is that?

But I know that he knows that I know

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Generally people feel this game is fair, meaning there’s an equal likelihood of each participant winning, losing, or tying. But hold on. Awesome!

How A 17-Year-Old In India Bootstrapped To $7M In Revenue

OnStartups

The following is a guest post written by Sanket Nadhani. But that's not the interesting part. Also, brevity is good. It's not even sexy. Final words.

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Crossing the Chasm is a Major Startup Challenge

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Product development chasm. Marketing and sales chasm. Marty Zwilling.