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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t.  Why Buy Anything?

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Startup Metrics

SoCal CTO

A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. You only build what you need to prove that model. Great stuff.

Ardent 2: Get Out of My Building

Steve Blank

Some of the most important business lessons are learned in the most unlikely ways. At Ardent I learned many of them with a sharp smack on the side of the head from a brilliant but abusive boss. Not a process I recommend

Founders Make the Best Startup Marketing Leaders

Startup Marketing Blog

Founders Make the Best Startup Marketing Leaders. CEOs often ask for my advice on the ideal candidate profile to lead their ongoing customer growth efforts once we've completed the key steps to unlocking growth

How Language And Math Intersect: Chinese v. English

Thinking About Thinking

Following my 1+1= post, here’s another post about numbers. But, this post is less about numbers and more about the words used to articulate those numbers. Below, you will see a comparison of the actual words used to say the numbers represented on the left. So the sequence is (#, English, Chinese). 10: ten, ten. Nothing earth shattering here.

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Don't Get High On Your Own Supply

aweissman.com

"Lesson number two: don't get high on your own supply" -- Elvira Hancock. At betaworks we try to (over) simplify some key principles (no business development, for example) to operate our businesses, and look for inspiration

Financial Modeling for Startups-- How Much Will It Really Cost?

Seed Stage Capital

Christine does a great job of breaking out Mint's costs by

How To Wind Down Your Company – New Series | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

Of the most popular posts that Brad and I have created are our series on Term Sheets, Compensation, and Mergers and Acquisitions. One of the subjects that

When Clarity is Not the Same as Brevity

David Silverman

Often my suggested revision to an email or document makes it longer than the original. Invariably, I am leapt upon by the brevity police. imagine them at their keyboards, hunched liked winged monkeys, ready to pounce on any sign of verbosity. It's too long!" they immediately screech. There's an example of this on my (and probably your) desk. CFrwd.

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The VC Gender Gap - Are VCs Sexist?

Seeing Both Sides

I find the preponderance of males in VC an annoying and stubborn phenomenon.  As the father of a capable, ambitious daughter, perhaps I'm over-sensitive to the issue, but since becoming a VC seven years ago, I find it amazing that only 5-10% of the VC industry is made up of women.  What other major industry remains 90-95% male-dominated? 

Popular Posts

Altgate

Once again, here is a list of some of the more popular posts on this blog.

SlideShare launches AdShare, LeadShare: Performance-based social.

500 Hats

Over the past 3 years i've been (in order) a user, fan, advisor, and investor in SlideShare. I was first introduced to the product via a TechCrunch blog post, and i've been hooked ever since. Since October 2006 i've posted more than 60

Hard to Evaluate Knowledge Workers

SoCal CTO

Some Dilbert backup on why it's hard to Evaluate the Performance of Knowledge Workers

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Speaking at Virtual Goods Summit – 15% off code

Lightspeed

I'm speaking at the Virtual Goods Summit on Oct 29-30th. I'm moderating an all star panel including Min Kim from Nexon, David Wallerstein from Tencent, Bill Wang from Perfect World and Dai Watanabe from DeNa. Between them, these four

New Study: Market Structure is Causing the IPO Crisis

Pascal's View

In addition to revitalizing America’s slipping global competitiveness, restoring emerging company IPOs in the U.S. will efficiently create new jobs and drive a new, sustainable economic growth cycle in our country. The paper is a follow up to Grant Thornton’s original study, Why are IPOs in the ICU? which was published in November 2008.

How To Wind Down Your Company – New Series

Ask The VC

Of the most popular posts that Brad and I have created are our series on Term Sheets , Compensation , and Mergers and Acquisitions. One of the subjects that we've wanted to tackle has been the dissolution of companies. It's never fun to think about failure, but it happens a lot. Take it away, Roger. Start-up failures are legendary.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

SoCal CTO

I've helped organize the Los Angeles CTO Forum for almost 10 years. As part of doing that, I've had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of different chief technical officers from different kinds of companies over those years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies.

New Space & Updates for Isaac Business Services

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

(The inside foyer of my new office space in downtown Columbus) I haven't posted for over a week (which is unlike me because I try to post at least once a week) so I am deeply apologetic to you my precious readers. Before I go further, I must advise that if.

Glenn Kelman has some good reasons i might be wrong - Master of.

500 Hats

Glenn Kelman is a friend and experienced entrepreneur i respect. He presents several reasons i might be wr. wrong. COUGH

The Unofficial Cool Parent Test

Thinking About Thinking

Are you a cool parent? It all depends on whether or not and under what circumstances your teen has “friended” you on Facebook. The following ranking is principally based on real experiences of parents I know. Kudos to you, you’re cool. You’re in the top 10%. You signed up with Facebook and invited your teen to friend you.

VC Confidential: The Significance of the Karma Bracelet

VC Confidential

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Ardent 1: Supercomputers Get Personal

Steve Blank

Last month on an east coast college tour with my daughter, I found myself in North Carolina for the first time in nearly 24 years. I had last been in Chapel Hill on a winter's day in 1986, traveling with the VP of Sales of our new

Boring is good: A global view of the housing bubble

Fred Destin

Unusually for me, a short post on property on the back of this great illustrative graph from McKinseyQuarterly. Boring is good.

The curse of prevention

Startup Lessons Learned

Beware! have detected a secret virus in your CPU. Due to an interaction effect between your hardware, solar flares, and quantum flux, this virus will crash your computer and erase your hard drive sometime soon

Cracking The Code: Impact of the recession on SaaS.

Cracking the Code

Impact of the recession on SaaS Sales&Marketing productivity.

When Clarity is Not the Same as Brevity

David Silverman

Often my suggested revision to an email or document makes it longer than the original. Invariably, I am leapt upon by the brevity police. imagine them at their keyboards, hunched liked winged monkeys, ready to pounce on any sign of verbosity. “It’s too long!” ” they immediately screech. Inspect. SendAllCalls. CFrwd. SpDial.

Is Europe going to emasculate venture with misguided regulation ?

Fred Destin

Basically Mr Rasmussen feels like we need to be transparent and seems to think that we pose a systemic risk to the economy. through regulation !)

IZEAFest at SeaWorld Recap

Florida Venture Blog

After attending IZEAFest @ SeaWorld last weekend, I was planning to share a summary of the event here. However, I see that Convention News TV has already created a very nice video detailing the event, including clips from speakers such as Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan), Aaron Brazell (@technosailor), Rae Hoffman (@sugarrae), and others.

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Slides from performance and KPI webinar

Watching Websites

We had a good discussion about performance and its impact on KPIs like analytics and conversion with Strangeloop this week. Here are the slides, available for download or viewing, on Slideshare. Impact of web latency on conversion rates

Friday Random Ramblings…and Some Good Weekend Reading

Ask the Angels

Interesting post on Jason Calcanis’ blog this week (also picked up by Ben Kuo and SocalTECH ) with further thoughts on Angel groups charging startup companies to pitch. All of his posts on the topic are not only good reading, but accurately describe what goes on within some Angel groups (e.g., Have a great weekend. Patenting Inventions.

Cracking The Code: Laughing Out (c)Loud

Cracking the Code

Laughing Out (c)Loud. funny video of Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle on Cloud Computing. It was taken at a Churchill Club event last month. But does Larry hate cloud computing that much or is he hiding a potential future

IZEAFest at SeaWorld Recap

Florida Venture Blog

After attending IZEAFest @ SeaWorld last weekend, I was planning to share a summary of the event here. However, I see that Convention News TV has already created a very nice video detailing the event, including clips from speakers such as Chris Brogan ( @chrisbrogan ), Aaron Brazell ( @technosailor ), Rae Hoffman ( @sugarrae ), and others.

Scott Cook - Wisdom

Will Price

On Monday, Widgetbox and I were invited to attend and present at Intuit's inaugural entrepreneurship day. Intuit's founder, CEO, CTO, and senior management hosted twenty plus companies to share ideas on innovation and to explore avenues of partnership. focus on what you choose to do? How does it manifest itself? What would be the benefit?

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First Season of Fringe

ExtendsLogic

I’ll start off by saying that I don’t watch TV at all. When I say that, I mean I never, ever, watch TV. EVER. I’ve mentioned that before and I’ve had people say “Oh yeah, I don’t really watch TV either. Maybe an hour or so, but that’s it.” ” Well that’s not what I mean [.]. Everything Els

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