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How a startup should leverage a personal assistant

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Rob is one of the most successful "micropreneurs" — creators of small, cash-generating startups frequently sold for cash. Introduction.

Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

Both Sides of the Table

Seth Levine of Foundry Group addresses this important topic this morning on his blog with a post, “ Has Convertible Debt Won ?&#

The Art of the Customer Development Conversation

Market by Numbers

Each of the following, while often a necessary and beneficial activity

How To Make Money With Your Blog (With Case Studies As Proof)

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

People often come to me as an expert at monetizing blogs. Read on and find out… How Do Blogs Make Money? Affiliate marketing. Frances Kerr.

Raising Financing: Convertible Debt vs. Equity

Instigator Blog

Seth Levine from Foundry Group touched off a debate on which is the best way to raise startup financing: convertible debt or equity. Paul Graham (intentionally or not) actually started things with a tweet , “Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note.&#.

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12 keys to being excellent at anything

Jeff Hilimire

So here are MY six keys to being excellent at anything: 1) You have to be passionate about it. It takes so much to be excellent at anything that if you don’t enjoy the experience, the hard work, the dedication it will take to get there, there’s very little chance you’ll ever get there. 2) Experience is mandatory. Michael Jordan.

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Service Exports - Driving U.S. Startups and Small Businesses

Growthink Blog

Almost completely shrouded in the anemic U.S. stock market performance and the drumbeat of negativity that passes as business reporting these days has been the massive growth in U.S. service exports – increasingly from U.S. startups and small businesses. based. markets, but for the most part our “entrepreneurial services” were consumed by U.S.

The Right Kind of Ambition

Ben's Blog

“Some say that I’m they favorite. But I aint hearing none of that. I’m about my team ho. Young money running back”. Drake. Stay in your place. While I sit here and rule. I’m king of a cow. And I’m king of a mule”. Yertle the Turtle. In my last post, I mentioned that you should strive to hire people with the right kind of ambition. sales?

Converts versus equity deals

Chris Dixon

There has been a debate going on the past few days over whether seed deals should be funded using equity or convertible notes (converts). Paul Graham kicked it off by noting that all the financings in the recent YC batch were converts. Prominent investors including Mark Suster and Seth Levine weighed in (I highly recommend reading their posts). While

Burnham's Beat: Why Convertible Debt Is A Sucker's Play

Burnham's Beat

Subscribe to This Blog. RSS/ATOM Feed Add This Feed To Bloglines Add to My Yahoo! Add to Netvibes. Subscribe Via Email. Tesla Worth $1.7BN. According To Its Bankers | Main

Coworking Spaces

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've never been much of a fan of incubators. Some have made the model work. My favorite of the bunch is Betaworks , based here in NYC.

Co-founder dilution

StartupCFO

When entrepreneurs talk about dilution to their share ownership, most of the time they’re talking about dilution from outside investors. Yet, more dilution, especially early on, can come from adding co-founders which is something no one seems to talk about. I am in favour of having a co-founder. Investors generally like them too.

Incorporate Your Startup at the Right Time

mashable.com

Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Follow her on Twitter @corpnet and Facebook. Now that we’re nearing the home stretch of 2010, it’s a good time to take stock of various odds and ends for your business. this.hearts.on.fire.

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The CEO as Head of Product

SVPG

One question I’m often asked is whether an early stage startup needs to hire a product manager or head of product. The answer really depends on the skills of the founders, especially the CEO. Much more often than not, I see the CEO as the head of product, and I argue that in most cases this is a good thing. He is completely committed.

Dealing with a Startup Creeper

The Startup Lawyer

Advisors are great for startups. They can provide your startup with guidance on a wide range of topics and typically take a seat on your startup’s advisory board. Awkward. How did this “advisor&# turn into a creeper? The Genesis of the Startup Creeper. Most startup founders do a tremendous amount of networking. cash, equity, geek cred).

Founder Exchange Fund for Incubators?

Leveraging Ideas

Last year, First Round Capital made an announcement that I thought was pure genius: FRC was the first venture fund to offer an  exchange fund for entrepreneurs. This is a great way for founders to help hedge personal risk, and it probably encourages more support/camaraderie across the portfolio.

Incorporate Your Startup at the Right Time

mashable.com

Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Follow her on Twitter @corpnet and Facebook. Now that we’re nearing the home stretch of 2010, it’s a good time to take stock of various odds and ends for your business. this.hearts.on.fire.

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Labor Day Advice for Employers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How can you make sure your workers are motivated to do their best for you? Here are five tips from veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky

Pricing a breakthrough product

Business of Software Blog

As the rider fell, a ripcord attaching his jacket to the saddle was pulled. How do you price something like this? Airlines do it with travel classes.

10 things about kids from which entrepreneurs can learn

crowdSPRING Blog

I have a couple of kids and, although they are getting older now and moving towards their own adult lives, I learn from them every day. Watching them grow, learn, and develop into individuals has taught me many lessons, including how to be a better entrepreneur. Kids have their own logic. Kids approach the world with eyes open every day.

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

Otherwise, grab a cup ‘o coffee … Clicking on any graph below will take you to that article. raise money now to weather any storms).

Why aren't there more women in Tech? My list of 30 great women

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The Wall Street Journal today wrote about the lack of women in tech  pointing out that 11% of venture backed companies have current or former women CEOs. The writer also pointed out that Ycombinator has just 14 female founders out of 208 companies funded. Sklar, referring to the influential tech conference." Apparently Ms. Mike responded here.

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More Web Events in Los Angeles

SoCal CTO

I’ve updated my earlier post on Networking Events Los Angeles with some great suggestions from Lorin Cha who I just met through LinkedIn. Here were the new ones: LeanLA Startup Circle Meetup I’ve gone to a couple of these. Often the presentations are pretty basic because of a fair number of newbies in the audience.

Time to start writing a new book…

47 Hats

I tend to write books when something in my life is very painful. The pain I’m feeling right now is huge and growing sharper day by day.

More Women In Tech Discussions

Feld Thoughts

missed most of it as I was pretty heads down this weekend going through the final page proofs of the upcoming book “Do More Faster.&#.

Startups and Libertarian Populism

Brad Hargreaves

As more and more people took to the startup community to save our national and our economy, it is only reasonable for things to get way more political. As more former bankers and teachers and rodeo clowns start companies

Compensating Your Key Executives - The 'Carrot' Approach

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Joseph W. Bartlett, Of Counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Founder of VCExperts.com Introduction. Indeed, managers may be required to accept stock instead of cash compensation in order to preserve cash flow for the benefit of the lenders. Sound off on this buzz in the Comments Section. The issue on this head can be of startling importance.

Time to start writing a new book…

47 Hats

I tend to write books when something in my life is very painful. The pain I’m feeling right now is huge and growing sharper day by day.

Startup Employee Metrics: Looking Beyond Work Hours

ReadWriteStart

Montreal-based entrepreneur and blogger Ben Yoskovitz knows a thing or two about hiring employees at startups. Sponsor. Startups are a unique beast.

Good Ambition, Bad Ambition

Marc Andreessen

Ben’s last post on minimizing corporate politics generated a bunch of interesting comments

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Some Thoughts On Convertible Debt

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Seth Levine has a long and thoughtful post on convertible debt vs equity. If you are an entrepreneur or active in the angel/seed sector, you should read it. He wrote it in response to Paul Graham 's tweet that said: Convertible notes have won. But since our firm does participate in select angel/seed rounds, this was interesting to me. In truth.

Time to start writing a new book…

47 Hats

I tend to write books when something in my life is very painful. The pain I’m feeling right now is huge and growing sharper day by day.

TechStars New York

Feld Thoughts

TechStars is coming to New York City. The first program runs from 1/10/11 to 4/8/11. Applications are open now. David Cohen , who is relocating to NY for January to March of next year, and David Tisch (I’m encouraging him to change his name to just Tisch to save me the brain damage of “which David&# ) will be running the program.

Back to Business – Are You Ready?

Rembrandt Communications

With Labor Day comes back-to-school and back-to-business. With this in mind, are you dreading your old routine and the cooler months ahead? Well, here are a few things you can do now to make a smoother transition and have more business success 1.      Check Your PR Action Plan. Review your plan of action for the [.].