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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

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. 

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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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.

“Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch

Steve Blank

I joined the board of Cafepress.com when it was a startup. But Cafepress's most memorable moment was when

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Give Me A Dollar and I’ll Give You 90 Cents Back

Thinking About Thinking

This is the purest business idea of all time – give me a dollar and I’ll give you 90 cents (or something less) back. Ridiculous, right?

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. 

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi

SoCal CTO

I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years. It has been fun to get to know her again. Remind me about your background. Having fun again.

Venture Cyclist: Chief Common Sense Officer

Venture Cyclist

It has always struck me that a better title for Dennis would be

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.

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.

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.,

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.

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

Error messages are part of your UI

Jason Crawford

I just placed a needless call to tech support. I was trying to get Internet access through one of those services that captures you using a proxy and makes you log in.  In this case, you could enter a username and password, or just a prepaid code; I had a code.  Maybe I needed to register some sort of account?  Error messages are important. 

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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.

Spencer Fry — Story Time With Carbonmade

Spencer Fry

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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.

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.

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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. 

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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Relationships are expectations

Jessica Mah

I’ve found this to be true across every type of relationship: friends, family, colleagues, classmates, and of course, significant others. Or how about that school project where all 5 of your team members seem to suck? His reasoning had nothing to do with the idea, the team, or anything related to the business.

The Law of Large Numbers

Thinking About Thinking

There have been a number of great venture-backed acquisitions recently, and WSJ.com does a great job outlining the Top 10 acquisitions that have closed this year. Here they are: Zappos ($847M). CoreValve ($700M). Pure Digital ($590M). Visiogen ($400M). SpringSource ($362M). BBN Technologies ($350M). Evalve ($320M). Ablation Frontiers ($225M).

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

Cracking the Code

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

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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.

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. 

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.