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73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

Both Sides of the Table

How to Interpret Analyst Reports. The headlines in the media are filled with that latest stats. Stats sell. of all statistics are made up. OK, yes.

My experiments in lean pricing

Venture Hacks

This guest post is by Ash Maurya , a lean entrepreneur who runs a bootstrapped startup called CloudFire. Should I charge for my MVP? The Results.

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2009 First VC Investments in Israel Down 50 Percent

VC Cafe

In 2009, Israeli VC funds made 77 first investments in technology companies, compared to 119 investments in 2008.

Common Contract Terms: Indemnification

VC Ready Blog

If you own your own business, sooner or later you’ll encounter a contract with legal terms that will send you scrambling for a dictionary (or a lawyer). A Quick caveat: Indemnification is one of the most nuanced areas of commercial contract law, so this is necessarily a very simplistic overview. With that out of the way ….


App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Both Sides of the Table

Absolute Power Corrupts, Absolutely. I was living in Europe in 2000 when the first WAP phones (Wireless Access Protocol) were introduced. Enter Apple.

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I Would Only Fund an Entrepreneur with High Integrity

Both Sides of the Table

Back in November I agreed with Nivi over at VentureHacks to do a series on the ten most important attributes of a successful entrepreneur.

How to optimize web apps with KISSmetrics

Venture Hacks

Thanks to KISSmetrics for supporting our interview with Sean Ellis. If you want an intro to KISSmetrics, send me an email. I’ll put you in touch if there’s a fit. Thanks. Hiten Shah from KISSmetrics recently sat down with me to discuss how to optimize funnels with their upcoming analytics tool, KISSmetrics. Transcript: See below. Prerequisites.

Understanding Liquidation Preferences

VC Deal Lawyer

A liquidation preference is exactly what it sounds like, priority treatment for certain stockholders upon the liquidation, sale, merger, IPO or dissolution of a company. It is a typical Series Preferred Stock right in venture financing transactions. Common Stock in venture-backed companies never have liquidation preference rights. Shares. .

Sunk Costs: An invisible, pervasive peril

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Many of my mistakes can be traced back to a failure to recognize and appreciate "sunk cost.". Sometimes it's easy to do the right thing. Obvious!

Nature vs Nurture and Entrepreneurship

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I went down to Philly yesterday and spent the afternoon with students and faculty at Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, the entity that administers the entrepreneurship major/courses at Wharton and runs a bunch of fantastic "outreach" programs like the Venture Initiation Program.  2) A confidence bordering on arrogance.

Oblong Dazzles More Than Just Me

Feld Thoughts

I’ve put my money where my mouth is as Foundry Group has invested in a number of companies around human computer interaction , including Oblong.

MicroISV Digest – 02/13/2010

47 Hats

Community News: The 19th annual Software Industry Conference will be held this year in Dallas, Texas at the Hyatt Regency DFW, July 15-17, 2010.

Don’t Let Your Ignorance Stop You by Yaro Starak

This is the fourth article in a series on Positive Change. My goal with this series is to give you the tools necessary to manifest positive change in your reality, or simply put, to get what you want and eliminate what you don’t want in your life. What I Can Teach You About Getting What You Want. Beware Your Own Ignorance. Accepting Change.

10 Questions Never to Ask a Reporter

Rembrandt Communications

When you prepare to contact a reporter, it is essential to conduct some research first. Media members receive hundreds of calls and e-mails each week, and you want to make a good, first-impression without being annoying. To stand out and get your story heard, here is a simple reminder of ten questions you should never [.].

Love A Little Today

Feld Thoughts

Owen’s rules of love are (1) Don’t limit your love, (2) Let yourself be loved, and (3) Never give up. Good lessons for all human beings.

Permissionless Innovation and Patents

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad Burnham wrote a post today explaining why he disagrees with  Nathan Myhrvold's recent Harvard Business Review piece  in defense his patent holding company, Intellectual Ventures. They no longer had to ask permission of the hardware vendors. Patents Are A Weak Measure Of Innovation Activity (

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12 Months to your Business Launch


Two years ago I started a business that centered around the theme of helping aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups create a business model within a year. Before that, I was working in banking and advising people to do the same. Why a year?

10 Questions Never to Ask a Reporter

Rembrandt Communications

When you prepare to contact a reporter, it is essential to conduct some research first. Media members receive hundreds of calls and e-mails each week, and you want to make a good, first-impression without being annoying. To stand out and get your story heard, here is a simple reminder of ten questions you should never [.].

Are We Already Working For The Computers?

Feld Thoughts

Daniel said: “What if we we are already working for the computers?”. While The Matrix and Horton Hears a Who! And we need to demand that. ”.

How Unique Is A Unique Visitor?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I know that I am not your typical web user. I keep both Firefox and Chrome open at the same time on my main machine (my macbook pro). I use three machines most every day, my macbook, my office desktop, and our "kitchen computer" And I use two mobile devices every day. But I am illustrative of something important.

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New moderators and flair on Answers OnStartups

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The startup community over at Answers OnStartups has really taken off! It's a total blast — you should come check it out. Tim of StackOverthrow.

Entrepreneurs are Survivors, Never Victims

Startup Professionals Musings

People with a victim mentality should never be entrepreneurs. I’m sure you all know someone who is the perennial victim. There seems to be no way out.

Phenomenal Essay On Why Software Patents Are The Problem

Feld Thoughts

If there is one thing you read today, go read Brad Burnham at Union Square Ventures excellent essay titled Software patents are the problem not the answer. Several years ago my partner Jason Mendelson agreed and since then he’s become outspoken about his desire for the end of software patents.

SeedStart NYC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For several years, we've been talking on this blog about programs like Y Combinator, TechStars, SeedCamp, and many others. I call them startup accelerators. One thing I've consistently heard is that NYC needs its own startup accelerator. Well it is happening this summer, courtesy of the city's own NYC Seed fund.

Death By Revenue Plan

Steve Blank

They don’t. Reality Meets the Plan. I got to see this first hand as an observer at a board meeting I wish I could have skipped. All this takes time.”

Business 2010 – A Time for Optimism and Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism on the horizon for 2010. Just yesterday, a new study “ U.S. More work needed.


Patents Are A Weak Measure of Innovation Activity

Feld Thoughts

After not seeing the word patent in my daily information routine for a few weeks, I saw it twice today – first in an article titled Turning Patents Into ‘Invention Capital’ (in the NY Times) and then in Region Sustains Robust Patent Production in the WSJ. Both stirred me up early this morning, but for different reasons. Patent and Trademark Office.

Some Interesting Facts About Chatroulette

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We had a very interesting discussion about Chatroulette here last week. Since then, reporters at the NY Times got the founder to talk and they posted the email exchange here. Here are some interesting facts from the NY Times piece: The founder, Andrey Ternovskiy, is a 17 year old high school student who lives in Moscow.

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People Putting an Extra 50k Miles Or More On Their Cars

Venture Chronicles

Read this an it immediately resonated with me. According to a study by Auto MD, which is owned by the US Auto Parts Network, Inc.

Tune In to the Secrets of Real Business Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

They did a series of interviews with CEOs to understand how technology companies create success, and why most fail. Build from the market outside-in.

Water Equals Food Equals Income

Feld Thoughts

Innovation happens all over the place. While I typically write about innovation in software and the Internet (which are the two areas I invest in), it’s useful to occasionally step back and tell a story about innovation in a different area that I’ve been exposed to. But Driptech’s contribution to poverty eradication doesn’t end there.

Logos: Watch Out! A Real-World True Story

Up and Running

Leaders get copied. Poets and novelists do the same thing. Buddy cop movies? Reality TV shows? That’s humanity. You be the judge. Some nerve.

Author’s Journey #9 – Cultivating the habits of writing success

Active Garage

The best way to achieve writing success is to cultivate the habits shared by successfully branded authors. These have included: ? Targeting. 9] [link].

Startups Need a Grand Vision but Micro Focus

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s great to dream big, but your startup needs a laser focus in the beginning to get market and investor attention. Can you? Need to be nimble.