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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> You might tacitly assume that I have no major blind spots when it comes building little tech startups. NOAH: OK.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

This is the first of two posts about Finland and entrepreneurship. government that’s trying to help, but gets in the way. The Helsinki Spring.

What We've Lost And What We've Gained

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I shed my tears when Steve Jobs stepped down less than six weeks ago. That's when I knew it was over. The news came to me last night during a board dinner. My 18 year old daughter kik'd me. asked her if she was sure. Steve Jobs has passed away" Six entrepreneurs and VCs in that room. Among the best I've ever worked with.

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. ” [it's short, you should read it]. At 20.

Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Feld Thoughts

All of us were stunned silent for a minute as we reflected on the amazing impact that Steve has had on our lives.

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Going For It

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He gets the "going for it" award for this performance. Venture Capital and Technology

What Makes a Successful Business Plan?

Up and Running

Every year, I spend a lot of time reading and judging  business plans for business plan competitions. The idea of an “elevator pitch” is critical here.

Entrepreneurial Density Revisted

Feld Thoughts

I’m in San Francisco right now and then New York later this week. When I look at my schedule, and where I’m hanging out, I realize that even though I’m in two very big cities, I’m going to spending most of my time in a very small area. Boulder is a small town – the city itself is only 100,000 people.

Smart Entrepreneurs Follow the Zig Zag Principle

Startup Professionals Musings

It would be no fun if starting a business was simply plotting a straight line between your idea and success, with no challenges along the way. Be one.

Convertible Debt – Early Versus Late Stage Dynamics

Ask The VC

Once again we continue our series on convertible debt deals. Today’s subject is early versus late stage dynamics. Traditionally, convertible debt was issued by mid to late stage startups that needed a financing to get them to a place where they believed they could raise more money. Thus, these deals were called “bridge financings.”.

Choosing A Minimally Viable Co-Founder


If you're starting a company, one of the most important decisions you'll make early on is the selection of a co-founder. Isn't it all about speed?

Great Board Meetings

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had a string of great board meetings lately. They all had several similar attributes. But I read this independent of the board meeting (which wasn’t on a monthly cadence) and asked questions in reaction to getting the monthly reporting package rather than taking up air time in a board meeting. There was no time limit.

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It’s Time for Entrepreneurs to Shift and Reset

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s time for more entrepreneurs to reset their focus, and shift their thinking to completely different ways of doing things. You decide.

Convertible Debt – Warrants

Ask The VC

Earlier in the convertible debt series we talked about the “discounted price to the next round” approach to providing a discount on convertible debt. If you are doing a seed round, we encourage you not to use this approach and save some legal fees. In this case the investor will get a warrant for $20,000. This is where it can get a little tricky.

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This is going to be BIG.

credit: Marion Siegel Yes, cultural. because when school funding gets cut, arts get squeezed and libraries close, our whole culture suffers. AVERAGE.

Looking Bigger

Scott Weiss

“We like what you guys are doing but there’s no way we’d replace the aorta of our communications infrastructure with a beta box from a 20-person startup.” ” —Director of IT, Fidelity Investments (circa 2002). At IronPort, we had built a radically better email gateway. We were so good, but yet so puny. How would they do it?

10 Rules For Writing An Effective Sales Letter by Yaro Starak

I’m Tom McSherry , EJ’s newest columnist. I’ve been self-employed for the past two years thanks to the world of Internet marketing and my skills as a freelance copywriter. In this column I’ll be focusing on how different forms of writing are indispensable to success in business generally and Internet marketing specifically.

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How Many Shares Should I Use To Incorporate My Company?

Ask The VC

Question: How many shares should I use to incorporate my company? Keep it simple. The more shares you authorize, the more you’ll have to pay in taxes (although these are not large numbers). They key is having enough shares to have the ability to grant all sorts of equity to different people who help your company. Company Creation

Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles


I saw a great post from Tristan Kromer Pivoting on Investor Feedback a.k.a Beware of Mentors. It was a top post on StartupRoar on Tuesday.

3 Ways to Use Twitter to More Deeply Engage Influential Prospects

Duct Tape Marketing

3 Ways to Use Twitter to More Deeply Engage Influential Prospects This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Scan the favorites.

My favorite blog posts from the last 6 years

Escape From Cubicle Nation

My kids Rosie and Josh have grown with my blog. Photo by Lewis Stewart, otherwise known as grandpa. What a magical mystery tour it has been.

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Teaching With Our Book – Venture Deals

Ask The VC

We’ve been flattered through the years to hear that several highly acclaimed universities have used our term sheet series to teach business, law and engineering students the ins and outs of the venture financing term sheet. Jason co-teaches a class at the University of Colorado Law School called VC 360 with professor Brad Bernthal.

My Interview With Carlota Perez

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are many people who should get credit for Union Square Ventures' investment strategy.    The community here at AVC is certainly on that list. But possibly at the top of the list is Carlota Perez. Carlota is from Venezuala and lives in the UK and doesn't visit the US very often so this is a pretty special event. Web 2.0

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10 Apps I Use Every Single Day

Duct Tape Marketing

10 Apps I Use Every Single Day This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. TweetDeck – This is my primary social media dashboard. Great time saver.

Have you ever fallen into “compare and despair?”

Escape From Cubicle Nation

We have all been there. While writing a sales page, we wonder if there are any good examples out there of a similar type of product or service.

Warrants In A Deal With An Advisor

Ask The VC

Question: I am a startup about to receive a convertible loan investment. My friend has been advising me on an adhoc basis re. the financials on a barter basis with me. Now he’d like to formalise his agreement with the company. He has made his money as an entrepreneur and now travels alot but will be available for consultancy for us.

SayAhh’s Revenue Projections

Feld Thoughts

Since last checking in with the SayAhh team, they have spent a few months consumed with building an early version of the product and speaking to potential customers, all the while watching their cash balance steadily diminish. The co-founders decided to divide-and-conquer, with Dick tackling expense projections and Jane tackling revenue projections.

Twitter Link Roundup #105 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! New Business Plan Format is Concise and Personal -  [link].

5 Common Entrepreneurial Mistakes to Avoid

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There’s no mystical secret when it comes to being a successful business owner. There is certainly no definite set of rules to follow, either. However, you can learn a lot from entrepreneurs who have tried, failed, and finally succeeded before you. We are all bound to make mistakes along the way, and there’s so much

Brisbourne: The Math Behind Anti-Dilution (With Examples)

Ask The VC

Well – I fell off that particular horse. That would be the “I’ll blog daily about the best VC blog post of the past 24 hours.” ” I could make some snarky comment about how there weren’t any for the last few weeks, but that wouldn’t be true. just fell of the horse. ” So I got back on the horse.

Too Lijit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

As a result of this never wavering focus on web publishers, Lijit has built a large and ultimately very valuable company. I’ve always thought that Federated was the natural acquirer for Lijit (and we’ve been partners with Federated for some time now). The fit is a natural one. Congratulations to both the Lijit and Federated teams!

Building the Company vs. Building the Business


One of the conversations we had in the interview was around the topic of building the company vs. building the business. This is probably related to my theme from a few months ago about building Return Path “Backwards.” ” What do I mean by building the company as opposed to building the business?

The Predictable Flood of Politics Oriented Web Startups

Feld Thoughts

I received at least one email a day last week pitching a politics oriented web startup. The emails start off something like this. Over $8 billion dollars will be spent on the upcoming 2012 election. The web and social media are critical tools for any candidate. Did I say that over $8 billion dollars will be spent ? Politics howard schultz startups

Weiss: Looking Bigger

Ask The VC

The post of the day is from Scott Weiss (Andreesseen Horowitz) titled Looking Bigger. Scott’s a new VC blogger – I’ve gotten to know him over the past few years on the Return Path board and he’s a dynamite thinker. VC Post of the Day marketing positioning scott weiss vc post of the day