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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. organizational) changes corporations need to make. In the U.S.

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. How-To

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

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. Country!

Top 10 Must-Follow Entrepreneur Twitter Accounts

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Penelope Trunk. EntrepreneurInc. Follow Penelope Trunk: @penelopetrunk. Entrepreneur Magazine. Thankfully, there is plenty of room. Will Schroter.

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

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


It was 6:30pm on a random Tuesday evening in Cambridge. The bills were new enough that they sort of stuck together. There were supposed to be 30.

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Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit

Redeye VC

You can imagine the scene in the board room. This model was our crown jewels -- we had invested years and millions of dollars building it. But we had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Best Buy – and they had assured us the information would remain confidential and was critical to moving forward. BUT – they did not sell the lawsuit.

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 people to be themselves.

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?


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? Page 4 (Back of the card). Page 3 (Inside main page).

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.

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. 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! Related articles.

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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.

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.  . These are people who probably will return calls, and make calls, and pitch in to help. .

How to hire the right developer for your tech startup

The Next Web

Getting to this state has been a process wherein we learned really valuable lessons. How to get the right development talent in place is one of these.

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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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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.

Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

Agile VC

Why is this?  If Acme Ventures has a new supply of capital with fund IV, wouldn’t they want to reserve some of that for companies in Fund III?

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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.

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.

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. And much more.

How Business Huddles Work

Mike Michalowicz

Have you? Every successful (and not-so-successful) sports team on the field starts the game with a huddle. It’s all they need. The purpose?