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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) 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.

Why Product Managers Wear Sneakers

Steve Blank

The gist of the talk was to observe that: startups are not smaller versions of large companies. Except they won’t be called Product Managers.

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Attracting Smart People To Your Community Accelerates Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Entrepreneurial communities grow up around smart people. they don’t move somewhere else), you’ll be delighted with the results over a long period of time (think 20+ years). Computer Math Degree Recipients: 7.84 percent. Science Degree Recipients: 3.15 percent. Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 24.22 percent.

Boys Rules, Girls Lose – Women at Work

Steve Blank

My two daughters are now in college and have put their toes in the working-world with summer jobs. As they’ve grown older, they’ve heard their parent’s advice about women in the workforce. This post is not advice nor is it a recommendation of what you should do. It’s simply my interpretation of what I observed watching my daughters grow up.

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.

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Incorporate Your Startup at the Right Time

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.

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Has convertible debt won? And if it has, is that a good thing?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Paul Graham, founder of Y-Combinator , sent out a tweet on Friday saying: “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.”. It’s an interesting data point on Y-Combinator companies, but is this truly a macro trend? Have convertible notes really won? Conclusions?

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.

Marketing Is About Values

crowdSPRING Blog

Today, Apple is considered one of the best brands in the world. The iPod wasn’t the first mp3 player but it redefined the entire industry.

Incorporate Your Startup at the Right Time

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.

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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).

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?

Taking a Prudent Course

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Some polls out this week tell us that small business owners are becoming more cautious. The latest Intuit poll on small business employment suggests that hiring in small businesses has, once again cooled off. While there were some gains earlier this year, the modest improvement we had been seeing seems to have stalled. for another downturn.

Nine Ways to Work Less and Do More In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The universal challenge of every startup founder is to get everything done that needs to get done, and still have a life. Stop procrastinating.

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

23 Tweetable Startup Insights From Seth Godin


Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a long-time admirer of Seth Godin. Enjoy. tweet]. 2) Sell the problem. Last is the worst. tweet].

Thermometers Versus Thermostats and Success As An Entrepreneur

Growthink Blog

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? Thermometers are instruments that measure temperature. The difference between the two is critical. Etc. 2.

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.


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

What Should You Do When Your Web Service Blows Up?

Feld Thoughts

Every major software or web company I’ve ever been involved in has had a catastrophic outage of some sort.  I view it as a right of passage – when this happens when your company is young and no one notices, it gives you a chance to get better. But eventually you’ll have one when you are big enough for people to notice.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Anna Banana’s

crowdSPRING Blog

Boone is not only home to Appalachian State University but also of Anna Banana’s, a new consignment shop opening soon.

How Entire Industries Become Unethical

Brad Hargreaves

Every office building in New York City grows by a few percent per year. Each stuffy pre-war tower, art-deco complex and shiny corporate center. They're all growing, like those Kafkaesque SimTower projects that added a few lone offices

The #1 Rule of Speaking

Growthink Blog

Ten months ago I watched a seminar given by public speaking coach Patricia Fripp. In it, she repeated the phrase, "We speak to be remembered and repeated " over and over again. And I think she's right. We do speak to be remembered and repeated. Clearly, you want the latter. Unfortunately, few entrepreneurs speak to be remembered and repeated.

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.

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

School days… Hooray!

Jeff Hilimire

I have a lot of friends whose children started kindergarten this year. Most of them started weeks ago. Unfortunately


Effective Pitch Helps you Stand Out

The Entrepreneurial Mind

With a growing number of people seeking entrepreneurship as an alternative path in this rough economy, there is increasing competition for the key resources that can make or break the startup venture. New entrepreneurs are competing for essential resources, such as the funding, the customers and the staff they need to build a successful business.

Different: escaping the competitive herd (a book review)

Business of Software Blog

One of the speakers pulled out of BoS2010 a couple of weeks ago, leaving a gap in the schedule that I've been trying to fill since. For me, the best speakers at previous years have been those who've left my brain throbbing gently by the end of their talk. People like Geoffrey Moore, Don Norman, Seth Godin and Jennifer Aaker. I've been struggling.

Continuous Partial Exercise

47 Hats

I’m about 40 pounds overweight; worse, odds are good you are too. As an added bonus you might meet a someone attractive. There are others.

Deal Machine - Not Just Another CRM Tool


Deal Machine , which just recently launched, is a new Finnish startup shooting to take on the CRM giants. more--> CRM field is very competitive market.