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My New FiberHouse in Kansas City

Feld Thoughts

I bought a house in Kansas City on Monday. It’s next door to the Homes for Hackers  and KC Startup Village. It will have Google Fiber in it. hope it becomes an integral part of the nation’s first Google Fiberhood. I’m not going to be living in it. Instead, I’m going to let entrepreneurs live / work in it. Rent free.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder


I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. Plan for past the initial MVP.

How do you tell a non-technical person that they can’t understand?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

Beware of Ballers on a Budget

Both Sides of the Table

The other day I was at a Mercedes dealership. Unfortunately my wife was hit head on in December by a woman who lost control of her car. Back stage.

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Trust Can Scale

Feld Thoughts

Following is a guest post from Chris Moody. Chris is president and COO of Gnip , one of the silent killers in our portfolio. Once the main stream tech press starts noticing Gnip, they will be blown away at how big they got in such a short period of time by just executing. Does this new process help us be more efficient? Trust can scale.

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Create the Best Product

Feld Thoughts

I’m mid 2011 I wrote a post titled Competition. wrote a few more posts about competition but then drifted on to other things. Or the best UX.

Equity basics: vesting, cliffs, acceleration, and exits

The Startup Toolkit

false As a cheatsheet, the “normal” equity structure is: Founder terms: 4 year vesting, 1 year cliff, for everyone, including you. Advisor terms ( 0.5–2.0%

The credentials trap

Chris Dixon

I talk a lot to people who are deciding between startups and established companies. They’re usually early in their careers and have been exclusively affiliated with well-known schools and companies. As a result, they’re accustomed to praise from family and friends. You go to college and everyone says, “Great!” But he didn’t.

Back to School – VC Homework Assignments

Genuine VC

VCs like to give out homework. They won’t call it that, though. But rather they use words like “diligence” and “information requests.” Just like in school, the homework can actually be productive, as in this case it can lead to a new customer or advisor. Whether it’s about the market, competition, etc., Validate thinking. Build trust. Delay.

The Naked Entrepreneur Interviews

Feld Thoughts

Sean Wise, a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, has an awesome web interview series called The Naked Entrepreneur Show. Enjoy.

7 Qualities of Über-Productive People

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They work hard, and they work smart. But highly productive people also tend to think about their work differently from everyone else. He's crazy good.

Master mobile navigation

A Future Site â?¼. Register. Login. Search: Print subscribers can now's March issue (238)! Tutorials. Features. Interviews. Opinions.

How To Get Photographic Memory Instantly

Mike Michalowicz

Before you read this post I need you to make me a promise. OK, OK, it’s a big promise. Ready? Here We Go. Let’s try it out. Rusty razor blade, 2.

Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

I’ve regularly blog about patent trolls harassing startups and impeding innovation, the experiences of immigrant founders, and the battle for a free internet. That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in. A few months ago, I joined the Advisory Board of Engine to lend my support to an organization that is doing amazing work for the startup ecosystem.

Think Like a 5-Year Old (the Best Leaders Do)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Want to grow your business? As is often the case with five-year-olds, I was about to get a whole lot more than I bargained for. To a kindergartner.

Don’t Let Early Adopters Distract Your Market Focus


Image via Stock.xcng. For most new high-tech products, the first customers are always “early adopters.” Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations book.

7 Steps to Achieving Entrepreneurial Lifetime Goals

Startup Professionals Musings

Many people are very hesitant to set specific goals, due to lack of self-confidence or whatever. Write it down. It is vague and insubstantial.

Ask forgiveness, not permission

Venture Hacks

AngelList “corporate policy” is that team members should ask forgiveness, not permission. We would rather have someone do something wrong than ask permission to do it. Or better, we would rather have someone do something right and not need permission to do it. This is the most common outcome. We can fix it on production. But it’s really rare.

How LinkedIn Is Beating Facebook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By every meaningful metric, LinkedIn is kicking Facebook's butt. How awful is Facebook doing compared to LinkedIn? smarter and more mature) management.

Why MANY smart people defend themselves aggressively

Life Beyond Code

The question: Have you seen any of your smart people defending them or their actions aggressively? The person really believed in what he said.

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10 R’s of Motivation Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the keys to maximizing the productivity of your team, as well as yourself, is motivation. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Resources. Rewards.

1-man startups

Venture Hacks

The AngelList team is roughly organized into 1-(wo)man startups. That means we expect you to treat your project like a startup. You come up with the idea, do the design, write the code, release it, market it, support customers, collect external and internal feedback and then get to work on the next version. Or a designer. Or a product manager.

5 Ways to Generate Office Happiness

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Is your office feeling blah? Learn five ways to perk it up that may surprise you. No workplace should ever feel drab and dreary. Like this post?

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5 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Started Late In Life

Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurship is for the young. After all you need energy, stamina, relentless focus, and the most important thing, time on your side. B t! Jack A.

10 Sage Quotes From $100M Entrepreneur Winners

Startup Professionals Musings

All the quotes come from entrepreneurs who have built and sold at least one $100 million company. You can play a role. Give and take. Marty Zwilling.

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Balance and StartUp Life

Seeing Both Sides

Living the startup life is a hard roller coaster. Until now. Additional context:  we have three kids (now ages 16, 13 and 10). And I'm ok with that.

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bill Gates

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What would you ask the wealthiest man in America? Check out the highlights from the Microsoft founder's Q&A session on Reddit. I'm Bill Gates.

How To Get Solutions From Employees That Are Better Than Yours

Mike Michalowicz

By Guest Contributor  Sabrina Schleicher , PhD, PCC, BCC. No More Distractions. questions. Don’t Be The Problem Solver. your way), you get upset?

Even Virtual Startup Teams Must Work Closely

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a small world, so these team members may not even be in the same town, or the same country. conflict management mechanism. Marty Zwilling.

Searching For A Better Way To Make Airline Reservations

Feld Thoughts

I travel constantly – at least 50% of the time and sometimes as much as 75% of the time. My partners at Foundry Group all travel a lot – think 100,000 miles per year for each of this. We committed to this when we started Foundry Group as our strategy was to invest across the United States while being based in Boulder. Travel travel

Want Higher Productivity? Stop Treating Employees Like Children

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Monitoring every minute of your employees' day may make you feel better, but it keeps them from doing their best work. I'm sure that is true.

The 4 Steps To Negotiating Winning Business Deals

Mike Michalowicz

If you don’t know how to negotiate the right way , you don’t know how to negotiate at all. You are a horrible negotiator. You’re done. Great!

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The 6 Disciplines of the New Sales Professional

Duct Tape Marketing

The art of selling has evolved tremendously over the last few years. photo credit: lissalou66 via photopin cc. Teaching sells today.

7 Steps to Ensure a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

We all read the stories about how crowdfunding could earn you thousands of dollars in just days. Some imagine it happening for our own projects.