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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. 

Relentless – The Difference Between Motion And Action

Steve Blank

Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway. One of an entrepreneur's greatest strengths is their relentless pursuit of a goal. But few realize how this differs from most of the population. Watching others try to solve problems

Preparing to Wind Down a Business: What information do you need.

Ask The VC

We continue to work our way through wind downs in the third part of the series from Roger Glovsky. Roger, you have the floor… The primary

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Putting entrepreneurs first | Seth Levine

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Shout-out to Sequoia for featuring Omar Hamoui on their home page today (he's the CEO of AdMob which was acquired by Google today for $750M). Well done

VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

Both Sides of the Table

Full partner meetings are almost always on Mondays and if it isn’t already booked yet for Monday, November 16th (e.g.

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Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Your A round investors are not stepping up. - You raised $1.5 Issue off the table. 

New York: three straight days of Lean Startup (two of which are free)

Startup Lessons Learned

Greetings from Europe, where I'm just wrapping up an incredible (and exhausting) speaking tour. I've been so busy with talks and travel that I haven't had much chance to post updates to the blog, but many of the events here have had

Who Is The Best Looking U.S. President Of All Time?

Thinking About Thinking

So out of sheer curiosity (a common refrain in this blog), I pulled together the images of all 42 Presidents courtesy of the White House website.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

SoCal CTO

This time I'm getting to know Mark Geller ( LinkedIn , @markgeller ). Tell me a bit about your background. In L.A. What are you working on now? In L.A.,

From Employee to Employer; Complimentary Tip E-Book

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

How do you make the transition? Once you've decided that you not only want to become a business owner, but you want to also be an employer. You want to shed your "can't do it" hat for the "jack of all trades hat." You want to give someone else a job opportunity that they may have not otherwise had.

Preparing to Wind Down a Business: What information do you need?

Ask The VC

We continue to work our way through wind downs in the third part of the series from Roger Glovsky. Roger, you have the floor… The primary responsibility for shutting down operations and liquidating assets falls on the managers and/or owners of the business, at least until or unless the creditors or court system takes over. Financial Information.

How to Work with the Media for Free Publicity

Rembrandt Communications

You’ve got an interview scheduled with a key media venue. Great! To have a good experience and improve your chances of being quoted correctly, follow these helpful tips: 1) Know your company. Review your company’s website, history and key events. Understand your company’s marketing messages, key practices, products, and services.

SEO for Startups

SoCal CTO

I recently had a conversation with an pre-launch startup where they discussed how SEO was going to be really important for them. That's pretty low.

Web Analytics 2.0 Book: In Stores Now!!

Occam's Razor

I am absolutely thrilled that my book Web Analytics 2.0 has been released and is in retail stores now, online and offline! Hurray!! Request for help.

Can VC and entrepreneurs just get along?

Startup Economy

I've been thinking about the discontent between entrepreneurs and VCs. I'm working on a hot company that's going to change the world. No product?

How to Work with the Media for Free Publicity

Rembrandt Communications

You’ve got an interview scheduled with a key media venue. Great! To have a good experience and improve your chances of being quoted correctly, follow these helpful tips: 1) Know your company. Review your company’s website, history and key events. Understand your company’s marketing messages, key practices, products, and services.

Cracking The Code: Unveilling of the Bessemer's 10 laws of Cloud.

Cracking the Code

International stores, video advertising, and the Windows 7 launch

Watching Websites

We're in Amsterdam this week, presenting at a Measureworks conference on web performance and optimization and attending a Tweetup.

Startup vs. Big Company - Politics

Startup Economy

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The often internally conflicting interrelationships among people in a society. What's your story?

Free & Low Cost Tips for Start Up Businesses – Part #1 – From Robert Tuchman & Young Guns

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

The Small Business Administration’s latest statistics show that a new startup has about a 50 percent chance of surviving for five years or more.

Cracking The Code: New SaaS 13 Index: Welcome to LogMeIn.

Cracking the Code

New SaaS 13 Index: Welcome to LogMeIn (Nasdaq: LOGM)!

Book review: Inbound Marketing

Startup Musings

I've been reading “Inbound Marketing” by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah from Hubspot.com. Dharmesh is also the author of the blog OnStartups.

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Simulation of the Monty Hall dilemma

Non-Linear Growth

For those that are still skeptical of the answer to the Monte Hall dilemma I posted  on a few days back, my colleague Tom Simonson has written an excel simulation. Tom’s simulation  proves that across 5,000 observations, you are two times more likely to win by “switching” doors than by keeping the door you originally chose.

Google acquires portfolio company Gizmo5

BeyondVC

Congratulations to Michael Robertson and team at Gizmo5 for all of their hard work and perseverance!  There is not a lot I can tell you about the future plans for Google Voice , but I do believe it is important to look back to see how we got here.  We made our investment in Gizmo5 (aka as sipphone and gizmo project) in early 2006. 

What Makes Boston's Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

(follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bussgang ). A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson posted a presentation he delivered on What Makes the NYC Start-Up Scene Special. I was inspired to deliver a similar presentation today to a group of Harvard Business School students who are interested in entrepreneurship in Boston.

Have you flipped a burger lately?

Startup Musings

I came across a great article that challenges founders to go flip some burgers – ie do the grunt work. Amen to that! In fact I think this should apply to not only the founders, but to everyone in a startup. have no patience for people

I’m not so crazy about Twitter

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

Twitter is for the mass stalker.  I think that Twitter’s 140 character limit sucks.  I sometimes don’t like the character limit that Facebook imposes on my status updates.  Maybe I’m just a person that has too much to say. You have a captive audience who wants to hear what you say.  Not bad. 

A fun (and potentially infuriating) mental exercise

Non-Linear Growth

Every couple of years, I run into this probability puzzle that reminds me just how bad humans are at assessing probabilistic outcomes. Its called the Monty Hall problem, named after Monty Hall, the host of the famous gameshow, Lets Make a Deal. The puzzle goes something like this. Suppose you are given the opportunity to choose between three doors.

FashInvest Conference and Presenting to Angel Investors

VC Deal Lawyer

The conference had a great panel consisting of: Jon Brilliant from the Atelier Group; Adam Burgoon from KarpReilly LLC ; Shira Sue Carmi from Launch Collective ; Mark Friedman from Trilea Partners ; John Nowaczyk from Milestone Partners. The panel was moderated by Robin Harris from Luxeology.  Integrity - people can smell bull * 20 feet away. 

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10 Signs you aren't developing a Minimum Viable Product

Startup Musings

You picked an embedded processor that yielded a firmware footprint headroom of 127% for future expandability. 9. Your firmware person often writes innovative features beyond what's in the spec to harness some of that excess power in

What Makes Boston's Start-Up Scene Special? - video

Seeing Both Sides

Here's the video from the talk I gave at HBS on what makes the Boston start-up scene special

The Consequences of a Win/Win Agreement

Our Start Up Story

I’ve been reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  It is an “old school&# book, and is a much heavier read than a lot of the more recent business related books.  The content is golden, though.  very small part of this chapter talks about how consequences are the natural result of a win/win agreement. 

Per-Proposal Plan

ExtendsLogic

Today I had a user (anonymous) post a suggestion about a “per use” payment plan for Bidsketch. link] They state that certain designers just don’t write enough proposals to pay on a monthly basis. This makes sense in a way, a lot of people starting out might not use it all that much. This would [.]. Bidsketch Running a Business

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Analysis Paralysis

Startup Musings

I came across a nice article on analysis paralysis today. It is highly apropos since I've been thinking about two startups that I had become emotionally invested in. The management team of the former is mildly prone to overanalyzing