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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. Typing is easier.

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Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact ) first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation. —-. Full disclosure. In the U.S. Lessons Learned.

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did. Most of the email is truly spam. Ever.

Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here. If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation about Pandora and Spotify and the royalty negotiations they have with the record labels. And it is a powerful one.

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Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About. Contact. Advertise. Privacy. Search. Follow us. Share. Share… on Facebook. Cloud.

Is Your Brand Magnificent At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

Occam's Razor

A small bang here, a big sizzle there, one big paid search campaign and … VICTORY! Reality, as is its wont, is much more complex. Do this. Sweet!

Top 10 Must-Follow Entrepreneur Twitter Accounts

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Penelope Trunk. EntrepreneurInc. Magazine called Trunk, a dedicated author and blogger, “the world’s most influential guidance counselor.” Mark Suster.

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Startup Professionals Musings

I agree with Eric’s summary of the top ten types of pivots to consider: Zoom-in pivot. Zoom-out pivot. Customer segment pivot. Customer need pivot.

Introducing Lean Planning: How to plan less and grow faster

Up and Running

Today, I want to introduce you to a new concept for starting and growing successful companies: Lean Planning™. Do startups have a manual? How much?

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Why You Need to Be a Wordsmith

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A couple of high-profile business leaders insist their teams flex their atrophying writing muscles. Want to meet a friend? They have verbs.

The Things Successful People Don’t Do

Mike Michalowicz

Excuses are a dime a dozen, and successful people aren’t. Do you see the correlation? That decisive choice to fight against odds. Multitask.

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Build Social Media Into the Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Social media connections, if they exist, are buried elsewhere or reserved for monitoring purposes only. You need insider “deciders” here.

Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit

Redeye VC

You can imagine the scene in the board room. The CEO of our portfolio company, Techforward , is discussing a “make the company opportunity" -- Best Buy wants us to to power their nation-wide buyback program. And Best Buy is talking about launching it with a Super Bowl commercial! Fast forward a few months and many more meetings in Minneapolis.

How I Inadvertently Ran an MIT Student Hacking Contest For $3,001


It was 6:30pm on a random Tuesday evening in Cambridge. There I was, carefully counting a wad of crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope. Uh oh.

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5 Essential Leadership Lessons From Tim Cook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's a lot you can learn from the CEO of the world's most valuable company. Check out some key insights. We want diversity of thought," he says. "We

How to design a “touching” thank you card…

Life Beyond Code

Question : First of all, what is the need to design a “touching” thank you card? b) The card has to bring an emotional appeal.

Startup Visa – One Step Forward, One Step Back

Feld Thoughts

On that same day the White House announced A New Front Door for Immigrant Entrepreneurs President Obama said that he was not supportive of the STEM Jobs Act of 2012. Infuriating. This morphed into the Startup Visa Movement and I’ve written extensively about it over the past three years on my blog in the Startup Visa category. Jailed!

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The product lens

Chris Dixon

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the markets for startup financing. Many of the discussions use words like “valuations” “bubble” “crunch” etc. Words like that generally mean the writer is discussing the world through the lens of finance. First, some background. Two markets. These markets are correlated but only partially. And so on.

How to Think Globally

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Business smarts are not enough. The best global leaders are also political gurus and experts in dealing with the nonrational. Chakravorti spoke to Inc.

The two most important stories of your life

Escape From Cubicle Nation

He was concerned about holes in his experience, and the impact they would have on securing a good job. He felt scared, uncomfortable and insecure.

Robotic Balls Dancing In Union Square

Feld Thoughts

28 Spheros + 1 Boombox. + 4 Android phones = Mind Blown. Wow – have you bought a Sphero for Christmas yet?


Punch Up Your Writing With Agile Combinations

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As an online entrepreneur, you no doubt understand the importance of good writing. Strike that. Great writing. Well, it’s kind of the same.

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Lead So Others Will Follow: 6 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No matter what kind of leader you hope to be, you need to get people behind you. Here's how. He and his partner weren't aligned.

When Is Saying No The Right Thing To Do? by Yaro Starak

Recently Glen Allsopp wrote a follow-up blog post to his announcement that he was writing a “For Dummies” book. His new announcement?

Users Guide to Startup Advisors


What’s an advisor to a startup deal? Technically, advisor is one of those bucket terms that means anything and everything, depending on context. When advisors come up in a pitch, I immediately ask how advisors are compensated and what they really do. . Everybody’s busy. Equity is forever. Options can become equity.

6 Core Elements of Winning Startup Launch Content

Startup Professionals Musings

Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload.

13 Ways to Fix Your Worst Meetings

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Meetings get a bum rap, especially from Gen-Y founders. What are the youngest entrepreneurs actually doing behind closed conference doors? The benefit?

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Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

Agile VC

I was talking with an entrepreneur recently about this phenomenon. Why is this? Why wouldn’t Fund IV invest at this stage?

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Who are the Good and the Lucky?

Growthink Blog

Yes, getting a business valued and sold based on factors other than its earnings while by no means impossible nor uncommon, is HARD. They Get Lucky.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We quietly rolled something out on a few weeks ago and Brian (who led the effort to build it) announced it on yesterday.

6 Simple Ways to Be a Better Boss

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are six changes to your management style that will make your employees happier. Last week, I described the 7 traits of extraordinary bosses.

How Business Huddles Work

Mike Michalowicz

Touchdowns From Business Huddles Not Meetings. Have you? It’s all they need. The purpose? Case in point – the painfully long and drawn-out meeting.

5 Ways to Improve Sales Without Selling

Growthink Blog

There is a big difference between marketing and sales. The act of selling generates revenue when a product is sold. radio ads). read more.