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Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products, NOT.

500 Hats

yeah, that's a super long-ass headline, i know. probably plenty of other people have said something similar

Lessons Learned: Achieving a failure

Startup Lessons Learned

We spend a lot of time planning. We even make contingency plans for what to do if the main plan goes wrong. But what if the plan goes right, and we still fail? This is the my most dreaded kind of failure, because it tricks you into

Optimum Share and Option Vesting

Angel Blog

I believe vesting is the most important element of corporate structure. It is essential to ensuring that both entrepreneurs and investors are treated fairly and equitably. Vesting has incredibly powerful effects on the group psychology, culture and corporate performance. have seen many companies literally fail due to flaws in their vesting.

How will Twitter make money?

Niall Kennedy's Blog

Micro-blogging service Twitter will celebrate its third birthday in March and may have a revenue model to support the company over the long-term. Last month Twitter CEO Evan Williams told Kevin Maney of Porfolio.com the company will kick off new revenue streams by March 2009 to avoid raising another round of venture capital funding. What is Twitter?

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What Makes A Great Startup?

Startup Marketing Blog

What Makes A Great Startup? That's the zillion dollar question. And no one knows the answer definitively. Even the most successful VCs have major duds in their portfolios. But every startup that becomes a large profitable company has

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What is the World's Largest Fraud?

Altgate

So what does 17% mean in terms of dollars

Ideas On Hiring

Ask The VC

Today's great VC post is from our partner Seth Levine who wrote a post on his blog titled Hiring As A Core Competency. It's worth a careful read for when you are ready to start hiring again

hiring as a core competency

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Most startups spend plenty of time working on things like their product plans, requirements docs, market studies and the like. They are important aspects of running their companies and the kind of things that improve with collaboration

Is Angel or VC Financing Best?

Angel Blog

Entrepreneurs and directors frequently ask me whether angel or VC financing would be best for their company. Fortunately, the answer is usually easy to determine based on the characteristics of the company and its current shareholders. The Corporate DNA of angel investors and venture capital investors is quite different. Best Funding Source.

@altgate » Blog Archive » Randy Komisar on Failure

Altgate

Failure seems to be the topic of today. Came across this gem of an interview with KPCB partner Randy Komisar.

Girls Gone Geeky - and Getting Funded

Christine.net

I'm glad to be supporting TWO upcoming events designed for women entrepreneurs. If you're a woman entrepreneur in Silicon Valley - or would like to encourage one - then read on, forward this information, and register. You don’t even have to be from the computer industry. You just have to be a woman who identifies as a geek." Apply to pitch here.

Lessons Learned: Refactoring yourself out of business

Startup Lessons Learned

Let me start out by saying I am a big fan of refactoring, the ongoing process of changing code so that it performs the same behaviors but has more elegant structure. It's an essential discipline of good software development

Spread the Wealth: The Gasparilla Experiment

Florida Venture Blog

In honor of FAQFriday, this post is about a bunch of questions our society wrestles with daily. This year was a bit different, though.

Serial Inventor Woody Norris Talks Innovation at TED

Altgate

I hadn't heard of this guy before seeing this talk, but he seems quite the entrepreneur. My favorite snippet is the part

Danger of Self-Confidence Bias

Startup Economy

Thanks to TechCrunch for publishing an article to amplify my post about biased decisions. Inclusive data sources leading to self-confidence bias 1.

IDEA #96 - Agent Intermediary between Celebrities & Web Startups

Steve Poland

This idea sounds like a dream job if you're a techie and looking for access to spend other people's money.

Spread the Wealth: The Gasparilla Experiment

Florida Venture Blog

In honor of FAQFriday, this post is about a bunch of questions our society wrestles with daily. This year was a bit different, though.

My wishlist for the future of the Blackberry

Eric Friedman

I am thinking about upgrading my Blackberry in a few weeks and have been bouncing around some ideas for what I wantneed in a mobile phone device.

How to Make Unbiased Decisions in Startups

Startup Economy

A recent article in MIT Sloan Management Review "Decision 2.0: The Power of Collective Intelligence" presents a great decision framework. sort of.

IDEA #97 - Tagging All Photos with people, places, objects

Steve Poland

Fred Wilson discusses a (great!) You'll probably see a few AVC community

Burnham Institute Update

Florida Venture Blog

in downtown Orlando. For those of you into interesting art and architecture—it’s a “must see” and a good reason to visit downtown Orlando.

Resolutions

Permanent Record

At the end of every year I always get asked what my New Year resolutions are.  My answer is always the same….I

Asking the right questions - Using Negative to Draw on Customer Insights

Startup Economy

Let's just face it. When it comes to innovations and improving products/services, customers just do not give much valuable feedback.

IDEA #94 - Dear WTF (aka “Dear Abby for Techies”)

Steve Poland

I really like this idea and thought I was going to really move forward with it. still believe this idea has potential for a nice niche

Burnham Institute Update

Florida Venture Blog

in downtown Orlando. For those of you into interesting art and architecture—it’s a “must see” and a good reason to visit downtown Orlando.

Venture Cyclist: Greg Gretsch: The Midas Touch

Venture Cyclist

Sigma Partners' own Greg Gretsch continues to reap well-deserved recognition after the sale of his portfolio company EqualLogic, to Dell (reported by me in Nov 07), which was completed early in 2008. Greg is #19 on the

WayTooEarly: @Martin RIP

WayTooEarly

Actually, I doubt that Martin wants peace - he always wanted to be where there was some interesting action. I, as many others, was shocked to learn yesterday that Martin Schaedel (@Martin), involved early with Farecompare

IDEA #98 - Live Music Concert Tracking

Steve Poland

I wrote this email to the founders of Tourfilter, but had never sent it. I've sent it now and thought I'd republish here. This was from a few months ago, so some of these may have been carried out. Also since then, some competition by

hiring as a core competency | Seth Levine

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Most startups spend plenty of time working on things like their product plans, requirements docs, market studies and the like. They are important aspects of

Bandwidth Throttling? Find out with Measurement Lab

Eric Friedman

Google today announced a new product , called Measurement Lab , to help you determine if your ISP is throttling bandwidth and perhaps interfering with your downloads. The product is described as follows: Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. Marketing.fm

Market By Numbers

Market by Numbers

For the last several years, marketing professionals have been discussing and blogging about “marketing by numbers,” ie, metrics-driven marketing. As a matter of fact, marketing by numbers has become its own lucrative market

IDEA #95 - URL Filter for filtering Adult websites using Google.

Steve Poland

It seems to me that there should be a web app with an API that I can easily send it a URL and it'll toss back to me whether that URL is an adult website, or has been scanned and has adult keywords on it, or the URL has been officially

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Openness | Seth Levine

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We were talking today at our regular Monday partner lunch about accessibility and openness. At Foundry we strive to be transparent and available - from our

Introducing Blidget Pro

Will Price

Widgetbox just released Blidget Pro : the next generation of our successful Blidget tool and our first subscription-based service. The Blidget Pro is a far more powerful version of the Blidget - a tool that has converted nearly 100,000 blogs into widgets and served 2.3 billion impressions since its initial launch in 2007.