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The Importance Of A Monthly Cadence With Close Friends

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about  Aaron Swartz the past few days. didn’t know him, but knew of him and have a lot of friends who knew him. I’m still processing it, especially the dynamics around his suicide, and expect I’ll have plenty to say in the coming weeks about depression and entrepreneurship.

Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Marty Zwilling.

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

VC Cafe

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign "Becoming an Entrepreneur" Kickstarter campaign.

The Endless Frontier: U.S. Science and National Industrial Policy (part 1)

Steve Blank

The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. The irony is that while the U.S. In lieu of the U.S.

The Best Approach To A Board Package

Feld Thoughts

I joined my first board of a company other than mine in 1994 (NetGenesis). Since then, I’ve sat on hundreds of boards and been to a zillion board meetings. crushes my soul a little to think of the number of board meetings I have sat through that were ineffective, poorly run, or just plain boring. Voila – an interactive board package.

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Concentrate Mostly On One Company

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the  Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series. A few our entrepreneurial heroes work on more that one company at a time. Steve Jobs (Pixar, Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn, Greylock). It’s takes an extraordinary talented entrepreneur to be able to do this.

7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward. You need to know these guidelines to set your expectations on funding.

6 Things Every Customer Wants

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Contrary to popular belief, customers are less interested in price than in these six things. Well, sort of. Move to the close.) Like this post?

Blog Content 2.0: How To Create Pillar Articles In Today’s New Media Obsessed World

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Is The Pillar Concept Still Valid? Other sites online reference and link to your article in their content. The Mega Top List. The Infographic.

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Why I’m Off The Grid Today To Reset My Brain

Feld Thoughts

If you are reading this on Friday, 1/18/13 I’m probably  doing one of a couple of things right now. She could hear fatigue in my voice.

SaaS Metrics 2.0 – A Guide to Measuring and Improving what Matters

For Entrepreneurs

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” – Lord Kelvin This article is a comprehensive and detailed look at the key metrics that are needed to understand and optimize a SaaS business. It is a completely updated rewrite of an older post.  For this version, I have co-opted two real experts in the [.].

8 Simple Steps to Extreme Personal Productivity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to turn an ordinary workday into an incredibly productive day - no programs, expensive tools, or fancy apps required. And it's free. Use it. 2.

The Biggest Facebook Mistakes To Avoid

Mike Michalowicz

We are far past the wild west days of Facebook, yet many users continue to treat it arbitrarily making faux pas after faux pas. Their b.o. Emoticons!

Last Chance to Apply to TechStars in NYC

Feld Thoughts

Techstars (Photo credit: Wikipedia). TechStars New York City has just been a great program. after the program.

TIME.com Redesign: a Responsive Global News Site | TIME.com

techland.time.com

fixed above the page and still position correctly -->. Skip to Content. Sections → NewsFeed U.S. CES 2013. Gadgets. Video Games. Apps & Web.

10 Things Better Than Money

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Money does buy happiness, but happiness also creates wealth. Except that it doesn't prove that at all. Correlation isn't causation. Love 'Nuff said.

I’m Back. Why I Love January

Both Sides of the Table

It’s January. Happy New Year! My last post was December 17 – nearly a month ago. That’s how you learn.”). ”). Never.

A Different Approach to Refreshing Stock Option Grants

Feld Thoughts

Every year in December and January I go through the same cycle for all the boards I’m on. It’s the annual bonus, next year bonus plan, option grant refresh cycle. embrace this – my goal is to help these entrepreneurs and management teams win. know compensation is an important part of the feedback / reward loop.

Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming

Startup Professionals Musings

Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 million) made by either Angels or venture capitalists, or both. Stay alert.

Your Employees Just Aren't That Into You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new survey shows that employees who aren't into their jobs cite their relationship with their boss as the biggest problem. And you might be to blame.

Six Steps to Growth: What I Learned as 500 Startups’ Growth Hacker In Residence

Numerate Choir

I just finished up a six month stint as Growth Hacker In Residence at 500 Startups. want to share a few of my learnings. But before I do that, a couple of things to get out of the way. … Continue reading → Data

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Cubelets at CES 2013

Feld Thoughts

A bunch of the companies we’ve invested in were at CES 2013. It was mobbed. came back around a few other times and it continued to be mobbed.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

WHen “friend” means one of 852 on Facebook, it’s interesting to ask what a friend really is. Bueller? They didn’t. Who cares.

Essential Leadership Lessons for Gen Y

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It might be a brave new world, but an old-school approach to leadership still works. Take notes. Wish I knew then what I know now. Take big risks.

5 Startup Marketing Actions to Impress Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

When questioned, founders usually mention word-of-mouth, viral marketing, and a top quality product. Get exposure for your expertise. Marty Zwilling.

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We’re All Junkies with a Need for Speed (Does Your Website Deliver?)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Sometimes there is a simple answer to a problem that is hard to identify because of its obviousness. Why haven’t your leads been converting? Speed.

Aaron Swartz: He Inspired Me to Think in Public

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Web pioneer and writer Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday. He was 26. Sitting in classes, going to parties, talking to people in dorm rooms.

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One Leadership Skill That Will Set You Apart

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This skill probably isn't one you've ever thought about developing--and that's a big mistake. He is a brilliant visionary and leader. Your family.

Nurture 5 Top Entrepreneur Success Characteristics

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. Goal setting. Alignment. Accountability. Ownership.

Do’s and Don’ts of Naming Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Coming up with a great name for your business should never be taken lightly. This is trickier even than it sounds. Do: Make it Catchy.

12 Month Total Online Presence Blueprint

Duct Tape Marketing

photo credit: someToast via photopin cc. That was a really long sentence to say – “Dang, there’s a lot you have to do to get this right.”.

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5 Customers You Should Fire

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 18 years of running my own business, I've found it's important to know when to turn the tables and fire a client. Here are those five times. Try it.

GRP Excited to add Sam Rosen to Its Ranks. How Did He Get the Role? Hustle. Here’s the Story.

Both Sides of the Table

It made me realize that we’ve never properly introduced our associates: Graham Gelwicks. Jordan Hudson. Kevin Zhang. Sam in the perfect example.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

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Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard via ShinyShiny.tv. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Why not try to follow in his footsteps? Just do it.