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How to Structure Good Hypotheses for Your Lean Startup

Instigator Blog

Tweet. Crafting good hypotheses for your startup is hard. Most people focus on solutions rather than problems. That leads to a ton of products getting launched with zero traction.; the all-to-common “solutions looking for problems.&# A good hypothesis is important because it leads to good experimental design. Just do it. Daily? Weekly?

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First Time vs Serial Entrepreneurs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've been thinking a lot about the differences between first time and serial entrepreneurs. We invest in both and do not have a preference betweeen the two. But there are significant differences. The best first time entrepreneurs have been stewing on their idea for quite a while. They know when to step on the gas and where.

Gnip Is On Fire

Feld Thoughts

One of my favorite times for me in the life of a company is when it finds its sweet spot and really turns on the juice. Over the past year, we’ve had a number of our Boulder-based investments find this magic moment, including Trada and SendGrid. The most recent Boulder-based company to really hit its stride is Gnip.

The Future of Advertising will be Integrated

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Banner Ads. They first started in 1994 and are therefore almost as old as the Web itself. In the steam.

Innovative Techniques To Simplify Sign-Ups and Log-Ins

Most designers are familiar with the conventional ways. Here are a few innovative techniques that will make your forms faster and easier to fill out.


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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally ran on TechCrunch.  I’m in Seattle this week. really liked BigDoor, MediaPiston, OpsCode, BuddyTV, SEOMoz and much more.

Don’t Code What You Can Mechanical Turk

Instigator Blog

Tweet. Mechanical Turk is a great system for outsourcing repetitive, tedious tasks. People use it (and other similar services) for all sorts of things: filling out surveys, getting research done, data analysis & acquisition, etc. There are over 138,000 tasks available on Mechanical Turk right now. For Lean Startups this is extremely useful.

Flying Software Engineers To Boulder For Startup Week

Feld Thoughts

Boulder is full of software engineers, but we need more. A lot more. So, several local companies pitched in some bucks and the organizers of Boulder Startup Week are buying plane tickets for five people to come out between May 18th and May 22nd. If you don’t know about Boulder Startup Week, take a look at the killer agenda. Your phone number.

Bootstrapped Analyzd Sells for Tens of Millions

VC Cafe

The wave of Israeli startup exits continues. Analyzd is less than one year old and completely self-funded by the Samet brothers, Ohad and Yuval.

I’m Back. Here’s Why.

47 Hats

For the past two months, hell for the past 3 decades, every time I sit down in front of computer to create I have to push myself to do it. But try and write, try and create, and a truckload of rationalizations, excuses, distractions, emotions and other crap springs out of my screen like some sort of weird airbag. So how and why am I writing this?

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Social Media Accounts are Intellectual Property

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. Patents.

HOW TO: Sign Up Users Even Before You Launch Your Startup

); //]]> Welcome to Mashable! Sign in with Facebook or Twitter to get started! Have an account? To this day, the purpose of the site is still secret.

Best practices for raising a VC round

Chris Dixon

Having raised a number of VC rounds personally and observed many more as an investor or friend, I’ve come to think there are a set of dominant best practices that entrepreneurs should follow. 1. If your number is too high, you scare people off. Never tell VCs the names of other VCs that are interested. Get to know the VCs. Timing. startups

Your idea is overrated

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I’m not going to rehash the “why I don’t sign NDAs&# stuff that I’ve written about in the past ( here it is if you want to see it), but being asked a few times this week to sign NDAs has gotten me thinking about the value of ideas. Ideas are great. But they’re not as valuable as most people make them out to be.

How To Temper Entrepreneur Passion With Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

Every existing and budding entrepreneur should internalize these reality principles: Ready yourself as a founder. Attach to the market, not your idea.

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Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

); // Welcome to Mashable! Sign in with Facebook or Twitter to get started! Have an account? Kayserian believes they will. Great share anyways Sarah!

The Art of Giving and Getting Help – Part 2

Life Beyond Code

In the first part of the article , we covered the necessary background and ideas for effectively giving help. It is far from reality. Is that easy?

3 Simple Steps to Increase Customer Retention

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It takes effort and money to bring customers to your website. When a customer visits your site and they leave it’s a major bummer! The best customers are the ones that already use your product. Here are some simple things you can do to keep the customers you already have and make them super users.

The Right Startup Advisory Board Has A Big Payback

Startup Professionals Musings

These should be carefully selected, with a proven track record, willing and available to help, and be completely trustworthy. Let’s talk specifics.

Use a Manifesto to build your brand, grow your list & sell more books

Active Garage

well-written manifesto can do a better job of helping you build your brand and grow your list, paving the way for you to sell more books. Sunday night.

The Art of Giving and Getting Help – Part 1

Life Beyond Code

When I talk about this topic, most people raise their eyebrows. Some openly say “I didn’t know that there is an art and science for help.

Entrepreneurship and Youth Go Hand-in-Hand

Growthink Blog

Younger workers – the so-called Millenials or those born after 1982 - with all of their creative talent and intellectual savvy, and all of their flightiness and senses of entitlement - offer unique challenges and opportunities for 21st Century managers seeking to build well-functioning teams that work and win together. Well, that is dead-end talk.

Primer On Funding Trends for Early-Stage Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t be embarrassed, since even professional investors are often confused these days by the new terms, as well as old terms used with new meanings.

What to expect from your Angels


I spent last week in the Valley and met a number of entrepreneurs that either recently raised $ or were in the process of raising. I won’t comment on the crazy valuations going on out west (that’s been covered already ). The Valley is blessed with a large pool of active angel investors. These were the types of comments I was hearing.

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42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role, by Pam Fox Rollin: a constructivist approach to leadership

Grade A Entrepreneurs

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis. Take charge of your start. Start your Wins : If your dream is fast glory, forget it. Book Review

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Get Busy Doing and Stop Being Busy Reading

Babbling VC

I was reminded of the wonderful quote from Shawshank Redemption where the main character says to "Get Busy Livin' or Get Busy Dyin'!" .  .

Business Communication is Not Just Talking Loud

Startup Professionals Musings

Effective communication is an absolute requirement for successfully starting a business, but it doesn’t come naturally to many entrepreneurs. Empathy.

The Mentality Of The Young Entrepreneur by Yaro Starak

My name is Ken Sundheim. I am a 29 year old business owner of an executive search firm by the name of KAS Placement based out of New York City at Herald Square. started KAS shortly after I graduated from Fordham University , after resigning from a corporate sales job after three months of being at the company. Then think another time after that.

Twitter Link Roundup #84 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. Digital?

Three Lean Startup Principles to Live By

Grasshopper Herder

Three principles that everyone at the TechBA lean startup bootcamp by TechBA agree on including Patrick Vlaskovits, Brant Cooper, Tim McCoy and Hiten Shah. Customer Development Entrepreneurship lean startup startup

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Your Toughest Competitor May be Your Best Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Companies today are paranoid, afraid that even their friends will steal their business. You have to take the risk, but keep your wits about you.

Half In / Half Out


Recently I met a great entrepreneur working in a hot space. Like many entrepreneurs he’s bootstrapping his company by running a services business on the side. Today, I passed on that opportunity. Does not yet have a clear vision and direction. - Not working on it full time. These points are completely related BTW. You just can’t.

10 Tips for small business: surveying your customers

crowdSPRING Blog

One of the most important things a business can do is to invest the time to understand its customers. Good luck! 1. Define a goal. Behavior? Wufoo.

How My Facebook And YouTube Profiles Led To An Invitation To Become A High Paid Speaker by Yaro Starak

Greetings once more Entrepreneurs! I’m going off on a tangent today about engaging in the world of social media to build your profile, build your brand and grow your business. But I’ve still been able to use it to launch me to a level of connection and communication with people who I would LOVE to be associated with and do business with!

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