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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.

The best vesting schedule

High Contrast

There is no such thing as the best or optimal vesting schedule in a startup. That doesn’t mean current vesting schedules are really good but it does mean that many of the so-called best alternatives are not much better. No such thing as best. “Best&# as a concept has natural appeal. Hindsight is the harshest and probably best judge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Complementary Iteration Loops: Product and Customer Development

Market by Numbers

Please let me know what you think. Interrelated Product and Customer

The Chapter In The Bible That Appears Twice

Thinking About Thinking

This qualifies in the camp of – you learn something new every day. learned yesterday that there are two chapters in the Bible that are nearly identical. Not sure if this is common knowledge, but it was news to me. It’s Psalm 14 and 53. Here they are in the NIV version: Psalm 14. 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

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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.

The One Law That Business Owners Must Break

Growthink Blog

Last month I reached my boiling point. My son Max was driving me absolutely crazy. And something had to be done about it. What was happening? Well, a couple of months ago, he started taking forever to get anything done. For example, if you told him to brush his teeth, it would take him 20 minutes. He just didn't have any focus. read more.

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

500 Hats

Claudine Delphis: Survies d’un Juif européen: Correspondance de Paul Amann avec Romain Rolland et Jean-Richard Bloch

Grade A Entrepreneurs

Professor at the University of Paris VII, Claudine lives in Paris and Berlin. Reality at some point had to sink in. Amann was a typical European Jew.

How to Be Empathetic

How to Change the World

By definition, good marketers are empathetic. That is, they have a capacity to understand and care for the needs of others. Bruna Martinuzzi explains how to be empathetic over at the American Express Open Forum

Venture Innovation, or why the First Round Capital Entrepreneur's.

Venture Innovation, or why the First Round Capital Entrepreneur's Exchange fund is good. There is an amazing wealth of innovation around early stage venture financing, most of which developed in just the past few years

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.

In search of Stillness, or why personal high availability is a (generally) a bug

Fred Destin

These days, 2.3 seconds seems to be the average time between sending out an email and getting a response.  We live in a world of immediate interaction and a general information immersion and real-time availability.  Max thinks it's a feature; I am more batch oriented.  I thin it may be a feature in him but a bug in most. You're hanging out. . Voila. 

Memo From the Monastery

Steve Blank

Filed under: Technology.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant - a necessary evil in IT


Lately, I feel as if I have been spending an inordinate amount of time with my companies talking about marketing. 

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 Outsourcing Famine

deal architect

IBM sent me a press release announcing their $ 362 million data center in Research Triangle Park. Too bad they did not showcase it a month ago as I could have worked it into my upcoming book. In contrast, I.


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.

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.

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.

Apply Agile Thinking To Everything You Do

Some of you have heard the term “agile software development&# , which refers to a process of software development based on frequent, iterative development. crowdSPRING has been applying the principles of agile development to our own software development efforts for the past year. We were bogged down throughout much of 2009 launching new [.].

Curt Schilling Earns (an Expensive) Harvard Business School MBA

Seeing Both Sides

The setting was akin to sitting around the living room analyzing last night's World Series pitching performance. One third was more skeptical.