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What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill. Everyone knows what a startup is for – don’t they?

A Tradeshow Checklist, born of experience

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Eric Sink says that tradeshows are like sex : When it's good it's really really good, but when it's bad. 3-6 months before the tradeshow. Have a goal.

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Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

Business development is fun. It's a bit like a triathlon

Startup CTO or Developer


I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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Building Products for Mass Adoption

Both Sides of the Table

They use products because the products solve a need they have. Here’s my take on the topic: 1. Blah, blah, blah. Kind of the obvious next step.

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010.

500 Hats

Latest & Greatest re-arranging of deck chairs on the Lean Startup Titanic: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SF, Jan 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure

Branding Secrets Of The World’s Best Brands

crowdSPRING Blog

The name of your company and your logo are two creative elements of your brand, but your brand is much more than the name and logo. Who are they?

Los Angeles Web Developer


Yesterday, I met with someone at the early stage of a startup. He has a great concept with some complexity to it. He was struggling to find high quality developers in Los Angeles. Just the kind of person I like to meet. :) But I was a bit surprised when he emphasized how hard it had been for them to find a web developer in Los Angeles.

Dear MBAs who want to work at startups

This is going to be BIG.

So you just finished up the year at Harvard/Wharton/Stanford/NYU, etc. and since your lifelong dream of being a banker doesn’t seem like a viable route anymore, you’re thinking that a startup might be the place for you. take some of these meetings, but right off the bat, the approach is wrong on nearly all of them. Startups don’t need more reports.

Your Charisma Coach, Olivia Fox Cabane: Impressive Results, Impressively Fast

Grade A Entrepreneurs

I had a cup of coffee at Il Fornaio earlier this week with Olivia Fox Cabane. You need a competent practitioner to take you to that stage.

Help! The proposed “software tax” stinks

Colorado Startups

You may have heard by now that Governor Ritter is rushing a new tax on software through legislation at an unprecedented rate, with an effective date of March 1, if passed. The bill proposes a new tax on any software purchased or installed in Colorado. Yes, a tax on software. Wait, it’s worse. million per year to its Colorado operations.

Prehistoric Steve Jobs Introduces The New Apple iRock Tablet [cartoon]


Though it's easy to get caught up in Apple's new tablet announcement, let's not forget the original idea that sparked the whole thing.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

Both Sides of the Table

The list is getting quite long. Nobody can be super human all all fronts. OK. I had to say it. 9.  You need to fight for every inch. Every win. Maybe.

VC Board Management Best Practices: 5 Early Warning Signs of Trouble

Pascal's View

Public companies such as Google, Cisco and Intel, all initially venture-backed, today represent 17 percent of U.S. Share and Enjoy

A Cool Communication Concept

Entrepreneur Success Blog

Recently I purchased Dell’s Wireless Projector ( The 4610x ). found this projector and the rest is history. would love to hear them.

On The Blind Men And An Elephant

Thinking About Thinking

Perhaps my favorite online video series is the Authors @ Google series where they bring the best and the brightest to Google to talk about their area of expertise.  Tonight I was watching the video of Tim Keller (below), founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.  He was speaking at Google about his book – The Reason for God.

Why I Share and Why You Will Too

Leveraging Ideas

My good friend Mike authored a great post tonight on “ behavior generated content.” An all-star cast followed up with great comments ( @lessin , @andyweissman , @jonsteinberg , @ericfriedman and others). It’s worth a read. Each successive push goes further: Twitter to Foursquare to Blippy”. simple but powerful observation. Why Am I Sharing Publicly?

What Makes an Entrepreneur (7/11) – Detail Orientation

Both Sides of the Table

The full list is now posted there if you want a sneak preview.  I’ll try to add a few extra comments in my posts to keep in interesting. Buh-bye.


New Training Program: "Ultimate Internet Marketing System"

Growthink Blog

UPDATED Wednesday, January 27th at 2:01pm EST The "Ultimate Internet Marketing System" is Now Available. Click Here to Get All the Details UPDATED Monday, January 25th at 5:27pm EST Be sure to check out the " Special Announcement " at the bottom of the this blog entry. And I'm finally ready to reveal what's included. Why Did I Create It? Questions?


Ten Common Arrogance Traps for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Lack of confidence in your self, your product, and your startup is a surefire recipe for disaster. VCs and angel investors hear this one all the time.

The iPad is Steve Jobs’ Waterloo

Venture Chronicles

Jobs has put together a remarkable track record at Apple over the years, not only releasing a string of hit products (overshadowing the few duds… like Apple TV) and making the company solidly profitable with a plurality of analysts rating it a solid buy even with a P/E of 20:1. The iPad is also much bigger and weighing it at about 1.5

Balloon Wars

Steve Blank

In the 1950’s the U.S. Military and the CIA enlisted balloons (some as tall as a 40-story building) as weapons systems targeting the Soviet Union. Throughout the decade they launched a series of Top Secret/ codeword balloon projects and thousands of balloons, to gather intelligence about the Soviet Union.  Why Balloons? For the first time, U.S.

Sharing and Exchanging.

Redeye VC

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year.   Not because Steve Jobs unveiled an iPod with a 9 inch screen.  Doing deals with each other. 

A Geek's Guide To Hiring Marketing People


The following is a guest post by Jason Cohen. Interviewing developers is easy. OK, not easy. Do they say the right things? Do they give up? Frugality.

How Freelancing Can Help You Make The Leap Into Entrepreneurship by Yaro Starak

Ali Hale has jumped in with this post explaining the virtues of becoming a freelancer as an in-between step to become a full on entrepreneur. Since this is the exact path she is walking now, Ali in a great position to help explain what it is like. Here’s what Ali has to say about it… Entrepreneurship. First, a reality check. Blogging.

What’s Your “Lucy” Moment in Copywriting, Marketing or PR?

Rembrandt Communications

Last week, I was on a much-awaited, exclusive teleconference with a well-known and very successful business and marketing consultant. As the call began, the tips and ideas started flowing, and I feverishly took notes and tried to digest all of the information. Everything was going really well, but then…things started to get ugly. About half [.].

Time Horizon Does Matter

Thinking About Thinking

Ever since I started in the investment business, entrepreneurs would often ask in meetings, “What’s your typical time horizon for an investment?” ” To be candid, I never thought this was a particularly relevant question. No institutional VC or growth equity firm will say we’re trying to flip our investments in a year.

Think Inside the Box; Grow Your Business with what you already have


A client asked me the other day, "as a banker, what was the key advice you would give your small business clients who wanted to grow?" I replied, "Cross sell, cross sell, cross sell."Cross Cross selling is my version of thinking "inside your box." What do you already have that you're not taking advantage of?

Spencer Fry — Carbonmade: A Year In Review

Spencer Fry


Most inspiring speech ever

Venture Hacks

Actually two dueling inspirational speeches. Very NSFW — contains, as they say, “strong&# language.

If A Board Meeting Was Like The State Of The Union

Thinking About Thinking

The CEO would make his way to the board room through a processional in the company’s hallways, flanked by clapping employees, shaking hands and giving thumbs up to the staff along the way. The meeting would start with the CFO announcing the entrance of the CEO, and all board members standing and applauding. She waves at the mention of her name.


Should a Founder License IP to a Startup?

The Startup Lawyer

Often a startup founder will desire to license his or her intellectual property to a new startup venture, rather than transfer ownership to the startup at incorporation via a technology assignment agreement. This is a bad idea. Founder IP License Problem. Quite simply, the startup will be without its only asset of value. Conclusion.

The Monster In Your Head

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are a bunch of CEO coaches I can recommend. But my favorite CEO coach is my former partner at Flatiron Partners  Jerry Colonna.

Disrupting the Law with a Lending Tree for Startups

47 Hats

It’s been an axiom of mine for a long time: everybody wants justice, but you’ve have to have the money to buy it. law questions. Contracts.