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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

This was evident at the Twiistup pre-event company pitch last week at UCLA. Show some energy! You’re on stage! Get out of your comfort zone.

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

SolidWorks 2: The best VAR management program in the world? SolidWorks 3: The best VAR management program in the world? This is a mistake. Good luck.

Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.

500 Hats

I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours. but fuck it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go. note: extremely raw, uneven, long, 1st draft publish & shoot; will revise l8r

Launch: StartupList — a new way to reach angels

Venture Hacks

Yesterday, we launched AngelList , a curated list of angel investors, representing $80M going into early-stage startups this year. Runners-Up. Privacy.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Startup Advice. Pretty laid back and non-hierarchic.  I also loved learning all of their sayings. Nobody likes that.

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The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

Both Sides of the Table

TechCrunch ran my article yesterday as a guest post but I wanted to have a copy here for anybody who missed it and for future readers of this blog.

Launch: AngelList, a curated list of angel investors

Venture Hacks

I’m psyched to announce AngelList , a curated list of super high-quality angel investors. And how to reach them. Angels: How to join AngelList.

Rude Q&A

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Nothing clarifies things quite like a hyperactive, all-knowing, all-seeing, real asshole of a devil's advocate beating the living crap out of you.

The Day I Didn't Become CEO

David Silverman

This is the first in a series of stories from CEOs of their most life-changing day in their careers. Sometimes the result was promotion to the upper reaches of business, and sometimes a steep fall from grace. I'd first met him electronically. Second, he wrote every day. still don't know how he managed that. Ten years? thought you said ten ure.

Entrepreneurs Don’t “Noodle” They Do

Both Sides of the Table

But in the end I ended up with 12.  So only two more after this. I’m not anti VC. Obviously.  I am one. They still do. Literally. The minutiae.

Startup D.O.A

Instigator Blog

How often have you seen startups go down the following road? couple people come up with an idea. They’re excited. Really, really excited. They get nervous about competition or people stealing their plans. So they get very hush hush. They start building something. They raise money quickly. Lots of code is being written. People are pumped.

Why You Should Re-architect Your Career to Amplify Your Strengths

Software By Rob

Each of us has our own set of strengths and weaknesses but we never take the time to figure out what they are.

Analysis Ninjas: Leverage Custom Reports For Better Insights!

Occam's Razor

There is nothing particularly wrong with the standard 19,000 reports in your web analytics tool. Sometimes they even get it right. My thanks to Horia.

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White-Label Mobile App Users: Who Owns Them?

The Startup Lawyer

As mobile applications continue to gain popularity, more white-label mobile app deals are popping up. And while both the startup and the large company will certainly contract with respect to intellectual property asset ownership, an asset that may be overlooked is the ownership of the white-label mobile app’s users. Nothing New. Conclusion.

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Be Better Than You Ever Thought You Could Be

Don Dodge, a Developer Advocate at Google (and before Google, a startup evangelist at Microsoft), wrote a fascinating post a few days ago about ways that Google measures success. In his post, Don talked about Google’s impossible goals: Google sets impossible bodacious goals…and then achieves them.

From MSFT evangelist to Mac enthusiast - the other side of the road

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

For five years I was a Microsoft evangelist to the startup and venture capital community. That ended a couple months ago. I am now a Developer Advocate at Google and I love it. After years of defending Microsoft against the Apple fanatics I decided to go to the other side of the road to see for myself. The move from Microsoft was complete. love it.

How To Profit Helping People Become Famous – Interview With Laura Roeder by Yaro Starak

Make sure you look out for Laura’s cat – she features in this interview too. Click here to download the audio-only MP3 [ 54 MB ]. This interview is a great story, which for many online entrepreneurs will seem very familiar – as it was for me. How Exactly Does Laura Make People Famous? Just click play above to begin listening.

The 5-Second Guide to Choosing Your Startup’s Legal Entity

The Startup Lawyer

Corporation. Because if you can log on to the Internet, you can handle the complexity of a corporation. Don’t be scurred.


Part-Time Startup CTO?


I love blog conversations. Based on my posts Startup CTO or Developer and Acting CTO , Chris O’Meara wrote an interesting post Startup CTO: Could It Work? Chris starts with a description of the person that pretty much every startup is looking for: Their primary characteristics are deep technical skills and a hacker mentality. Sure it can.

NYC BigApps Winners Announced

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've posted about the NYC BigApps contest a few times here. And you all helped me with my chore of judging all 85 apps. Thank you for that.

Telling Compelling Stories With Video

Instigator Blog

Video is a powerful storytelling medium. Just ask Thomas Clifford , who has been using video for many years to tell some great stories. Video = good.

The 5-Second Guide to Choosing Your Startup’s Legal Entity

The Startup Lawyer

Corporation. Because if you can log on to the Internet, you can handle the complexity of a corporation. Don’t be scurred.


MicroISV Digest – 01/30/2010

47 Hats

Community News: Rob Bazinet , , has purchased Expens’d from Atlantic Dominion Solutions ( Robert Dempsey ). Seriously.

Quirky and The Cone Of Silence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My dad is a former engineering professor. He thinks it would be hard to develop successfully. But I am not giving up.

How’s That Resolution Going?

Rembrandt Communications

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? How’s it going? Well, if you’re having a tough time keeping your resolution, how about creating goals instead? You’ve heard it all before. Well, I once felt the same way. But actually writing down your goals can have a significant impact on your happiness and wealth. [.].

SnapCamp in Boulder – All for Good and Lots of Fun

Feld Thoughts

I think Boulder is one of the absolute best places to start a tech company. The depth of talent and overall strength of our tech community here is superb. It turns out that makes it a great place to start a community-based tech nonprofit startup, too. I’ve written before about SnapImpact’s great work in making doing good easy.

Who wants to know a "Nobody?" Everybody!


So here's some real talk for you: stop trying to be a know-it-all-smarter-than-everyone-else-local-celebrity-too-full-of-myself-talk-a-lot-without-doing-you're-beneath-me-acting somebody. could go on with this list but I'll stop here.People really don't care about status. That's right, I think entrepreneurs can have.

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues.

Don’t Get Burned By Your Startup Burn Rate

Startup Professionals Musings

Cash is the fuel of every startup. That refueling is when you will need more investment, or when you will break even and begin to make a profit.

With Apologies to Kathy Sierra & Paul Graham: Make Something Users.

500 Hats

Dress Up Your Startup


When you're new in business, it's hard to be taken seriously so don't make it even harder on yourself by not projecting the right image. Do a few things to get your start-up noticed:If you don't have an address, get one. Lot of start-ups start from home. You're literally starting from scratch. Your potential clients don't need to know this though.

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Ask The VC

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese. Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally disagree).

Memo From the Monastery

Steve Blank

Filed under: Technology.

Inventors Need to Find an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, inventors aren’t interested or aren’t very good at building a business, and entrepreneurs aren’t usually good scientists.