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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  So do advisory boards really add value?  And if you decide to have one how do you best implement it?

Venture Cyclist: Y chromosome genetics

Venture Cyclist

Y chromosome genetics.

Are Twitter and Facebook Killing Blogs?

Software By Rob

Yes, Twitter and Facebook are the darlings of

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My Slides from Steve Blank's Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class

Startup Marketing Blog

My Slides from Steve Blank's Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class. spent a fun evening with Steve Blank's class. Here are the slides from my guest lecture. There are a few additions to the slides I presented at Seedcamp last month in

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. This is what happened to me. Burger?

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Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

Both Sides of the Table

Since I already attacked one sacred cow, let me come right back with my second: Board Observers. What exactly is a board observer? So here is the rub. 

RethinkHawaii.com (Nov 1-5): Come Get Your Geek On. - Master of.

500 Hats

Sometimes we all need a little time to Think. Time to get in touch with our Inner Geek. Time to get in touch with Water, Land, & things Blue-Green.

Everything I Need to Know About Entrepreneurship I Learned at the.

Altgate

Last week I was back in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the first time in something like 12 years.

Tags not Folders - LinkedIn Saved Profiles

SoCal CTO

I'm a big fan of LinkedIn and think that there's incredible value in the site. This is how Google does things. Well I should be a little more exact.

Let's Be Friends

Spencer Fry

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The Female Entrepreneur & Business Financials

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

This week I had the honor to speak on the topic of business financials at a panel discussion held by WELD (Women For Economic Leadership & Development). The discussion centered around the importance of women entrepreneurs becoming comfortable with assessing business financials, and exploring financing opportunities in order to grow a business.

The problem with VC Motivation

Fred Destin

Many VC's, particularly in Europe, are disappointing in their (lack of) intensity. Why is that ? So being a VC keeps me entertained, frankly. Q.E.D.

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Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles – Cliff Allen

SoCal CTO

Cliff, remind me about your background? moved into writing software to analyze audience data, and wrote a lot of computer graphics software. in 1998.

The Contract - Purchase Agreement, Shareholders Agreement, And Rights Of First Refusal

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The term sheet, in time, segues into a formal agreement. The understandings between the parties (as set out in the term sheet or simply by oral agreement) may be primitive: "Here's some cash, give me some stock." Accordingly, the simplest investment contract?"one one share, one dollar"?is Sound off on this week's buzz in the Comments Section

Start-up Sales Mishap

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

A couple of months ago I was on a conference call with Key Bank's Key 4 Women Club. The featured speaker was Jennifer Openshaw; author of Millionaire Zone; 7 Winning Steps to a Seven-Figure Fortune. Among other things, Jennifer stressed the importance of building relationships by remembering to "give, not just take."

Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video

Angel Blog

The Northwest Energy Angels invited me to Seattle to talk about exit strategies for Angel investors. The video is online here

Los Angeles Social Media Starters

SoCal CTO

I'm hoping you can help me figure out who I should be connecting with on this. find myself speaking at various venues in Los Angeles to tell people (most often service providers) about how I've used social media and particularly my blogs, LinkedIn, twitter and topic hubs as part of my own services business. Doing these things you are talking about?

Fun For Hours

Steve Blank

Charts like the US Frequency Allocation Chart keep me amused for hours. Download it here.

Insecure Communications - Constantly Learning

Constantly Learning

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Startup 2.0 talk at Canada National Angel Summit conf - Master of.

500 Hats

Slides from my keynote tonight at the 2009 Canada National Angel Summit conf: Startup 2.0: A Silicon Valley Story View more presentations from Dave McClure

Visible Networking

SoCal CTO

This past week has had an interesting confluence of events that's led me to conclude that I want to start doing a lot of visible networking among the tech / web crowd here in Los Angeles. want to take you through a bit of what brought me here, because I think it will help explain what I mean by visible networking. More often 4.

If you have to interview a business person, talk politics with them.

Jessica Mah

If I could pick any one interview question for hiring a business person, I would ask them to talk about the conflict in the Middle East. What’s their perspective? Do they take a stance? Do they try to argue something that they have no education on? What do they think of the supposed “enemy? Especially here at Berkeley.

Innovation inside the box

Startup Lessons Learned

I was recently privy to a product prioritization meeting in a relatively large company. It was fascinating. The team spent an hour trying to decide on a new pricing strategy for their main product line. One of the divisions

Exit Early - Exit Often Keynote Video

Angel Blog

This is the high def video of my keynote at the Capital Connects! Successful investing requires two things: buying right and exiting well.

Real-Life Lessons From Shark Tank

Don't Go South

North was recently quoted dropping some knowledge in the article, Real-Life Lessons From Shark Tank on Entrepreneur.com. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Pre-Launch Update

ExtendsLogic

So far so good. I’ve received some great feedback and I’ve had a lot more people sign up than I thought would So far, my visitor to account signup conversion rate is at about 25%! And about half of those are paid accounts. received some “media buzz” from about.com: Blog post [link] Product review [.]. Everything Else

On Thneeds and Market Research

Market by Numbers

Guest post at VentureBeat, The hidden secrets of market research. The last time I checked, the world's population was around 6.8 billion. If only 0.1 percent were to visit your website… and if you were to convert only 1 percent of those

Bloomberg TV: Understanding Why Decimalization in the U.S. Disproportionately Hurts Small Cap Stocks

Pascal's View

Decimalization, quoting stock prices in decimals instead of fractions, isn’t a problem in and of itself.  Why does this matter?  Because if you can’t make money risking your capital by providing liquidity for others, you won’t.  This change to decimalization occurred in 2001. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO LINK. Share and Enjoy

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Ardent War Story 4: You Know You're Getting Close to Your.

Steve Blank

In 1985 Ardent Computer was determined to create a market niche for personal supercomputers.

Bidsketch is Live!

ExtendsLogic

I’ve just launched Bidsketch! It’s been a very exciting day today. Last night I was starting to get nervous thinking that no one would sign up for either the premium or free accounts. The premium is just $9/month which is really low, but it’ll be going up in three days. The URL currently is: [link] [.].

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Our Favorite FREE Networking Events in the Boston Area

VC Ready Blog

With dozens of networking events every month in the Boston area it’s difficult to figure out which events to attend. So for what it’s worth, we thought we’d give our readers the benefit of our experience by sharing a few of our favorite local events. OpenCoffee ( [link] ). When: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Mass Innovation Nights ( [link] ).

FINRA Proposes Sweeping New Disclosures for Mutual Funds and Broker-Dealers

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In June 2009, FINRA issued Notice 09-34, which proposes significant changes to the long-standing NASD rule governing the disclosure of relationships between mutual funds or other investment companies and broker-dealers. The proposed rule would replace current NASD Rule 2830 with a new proposed FINRA Rule 2341.

Ardent 3: Supercomputer Porn

Steve Blank

Our Favorite FREE Networking Events in the Boston Area

VC Ready Blog

With dozens of networking events every month in the Boston area it’s difficult to figure out which events to attend. So for what it’s worth, we thought we’d give our readers the benefit of our experience by sharing a few of our favorite local events. OpenCoffee ( [link] ). When: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Mass Innovation Nights ( [link] ).