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If you saw your competitor’s roadmap would it matter?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

Search versus Execute

Steve Blank

When does a new venture focus on customer development and business models ? And when do business planning and execution come into play? Strategy.

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Always Go Home with the Lady Who Brought you to the Dance

Both Sides of the Table

think you should look at it.” ” I’m sure I’m not the only one he called. He also called the company. The CEO called me.

The Nature Of The Firm and Work Markets

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Those who watched the video I posted on Sunday saw me talking about this. But I didn't do it justice so I'm going to do a full post on this. The brilliant Nobel prize winning economist Ronald Coase (who is still alive!) wrote a seminal essay called The Nature Of The Firm in 1937. This is an important work and something everyone should read.

10 Ways to Build a Business Culture Like Apple

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge is how to do it, and how to do it right. Be clear about what you stand for, inside and outside your company. Train all the time.

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10 Useful Findings About How People View Websites

ConversionXL

Eyetracking and research have studied how people look at websites. Here are 10 useful findings you can use. 1. Image credit. People read in F-patterns.

You Knew it was Coming: It’s Time to Talk about Google+ for Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Many small businesses feel overwhelmed by the multitude of social networking sites that are becoming more and more “must have”. Make Google happy.

The problem with investing based on pattern recognition

Chris Dixon

A famous  story in artificial intelligence is how the US military developed algorithms to determine whether an image had a tank in it. This method worked for a while but then mysteriously stopped working. The algorithms had fixated on the most obvious pattern – the color of the sky. startups

5 Things You Should Say Today

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They're small things--but they can completely change someone's day. left the company years ago for another but I still run into former colleagues.

Begin With a Job at a Startup, Then Start Your Own

Startup Professionals Musings

But first you should ask yourself if you are prepared for the realities. Working for a startup is not a career choice, but more of a lifestyle.

4 Steps to maintaining your cool when faced with stinging criticism

Escape From Cubicle Nation

When I pulled up to the house, I noticed a number of signs that were taped to my front door and lamppost. The first instinct: Blood boiling defense.

I’m getting sick of the bullshit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I love the start-up world. love working with founders and young companies. love the excitement of working on business ideas that are new and different. love seeing the success that often comes from this hard work. I’ve never before in my professional life seen a time of such innovation and creativity. love helping entrepreneurs work on their ideas.

11 Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These behaviors drive employees crazy and limit your own advancement. Here's how to avoid them. After all, "if ain't broke, don't fix it."

Imitation - The cornerstone of Creativity | Deimar ~ Business Tips.

Deimar

Business tips, growth strategies, and advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs, by Deimar Gutierrez (@deimargd

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The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders | TechCrunch

techcrunch.com

Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion. Events. CrunchBase. Hot topics. Editor’s Picks. Apple. Facebook. Google. Android. Disrupt NYC. europe. Comment. The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders. guest author. Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. Comments. Uh oh. Not convinced? Scott Allison.

The One Page Seed Stage Dashboard

StartupCFO

believe all successful startups are data driven. So having a dashboard that everyone sees regularly keeps people focused. One that is engaged.

What's the One Skill You Need to Be an Entrepreneur?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Is it selling? Pitching? Leadership? Creativity? Nope, not quite. For the answer, just ask Charles Darwin. What is it? The ability to evolve.

The Lean Startup at SXSW 2012

Startup Lessons Learned

SXSW is less than a week away. Lean Startup ideas will be a big part of the festival this year. Our complete agenda is here. See you in Austin!

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5 Tricks that Every Marketer Needs to Know to Exploit the New Facebook Page Design

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Tricks that Every Marketer Needs to Know to Exploit the New Facebook Page Design This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. The Cover Image. The Pin.

Design Staff ? Get better data from user studies: 16 interviewing tips

Design Staff

One of my favorite parts of my job is interviewing a huge variety of people about their habits, needs, attitudes, and reactions to designs.

What Makes You Special? Start With 'Why'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Customers buy brands, not products. If you can't articulate the reason for your company's existence, you're going to lose out. Having difficulty?

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Overly-Direct Feedback to VC Pitches

Genuine VC

When I first started in the VC business in 2004, I usually shared some reactions with entrepreneurs whenever we passed on pursuing an investment, but I admittedly erred towards communicating generic thoughts that were fairly non-specific but perhaps mildly helpful.  And possessing that skillset is not a necessary one to become a good investor.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

crowdSPRING Blog

When we come across successful products, services or startups, we often wonder – where did the idea come from?

Entrepreneurs: Connect to Today’s Customer Network

Startup Professionals Musings

recent book by David L. Every organization today faces the expectations of an always-on world. Engage customers with relevant and valuable content.

8 Essential Sales Skills

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you haven't mastered these simple sales skills, you won't be able to sell at the highest level. Make sure you've checked them all off.

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How to Set Business Goals that Yield Results

Growthink Blog

If you're like most people, you put some things off until the last minute. Not very good planning on their part, and the result is less than desirable.

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Get better data from user studies: 16 interviewing tips

Google Ventures

One of my favorite parts of my job is interviewing a huge variety of people about their habits, needs, attitudes, and reactions to designs. like the challenge of quickly getting strangers to talk freely and frankly about themselves, and to try figuring out new designs and products in front of me. That’s what I aim for. Get into character. Smile.

The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There's a bill in Congress to reduce the regulatory burdens for public companies that have less than $1bn in revenues and/or have been public for less than five years.    The name is too long so I call it the "sub $1bn IPO bill." This is a good bill. It should become law. hope it will. Here are some blog posts on this topic.

The 5 Qualities of Remarkable Bosses

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Consistently do these five things and the results you want from your employees--and your business--will follow. You and your business benefit greatly.

Wanted: More women franchise owners

Up and Running

In my role as a franchise ownership advisor, I’ve worked with dozens of women who were interested in exploring franchise business ownership.

Roger and Mike's Hypernet Blog ? What Is the Hypernet? ? What Is.

Roger and Mike

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This Much I Know is True

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). I’m a big believer in intellectual honesty. We emphasized it at Year One Labs by pushing teams through a lean startup methodology. And when I reflect back on my failures, there were clearly times when I was lying too much to myself. Call it “exaggeration” if you’d like.

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8 Old-School Rules for Gen Y

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Younger & older workers have different rules & expectations. Here's what Gen Y should learn from more senior colleagues. ”) 1.

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Venture Cyclist: Four Reasons for a Business Model

Venture Cyclist

Everyone could, or said they could, but in