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How David Garland built a community of 100,000 followers in 24 months

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Two years ago I started my website The Rise To The Top in October 2008. Of course, like many of us, I really had no idea what I was doing. Zippo.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Let me explain. One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g.

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How To Become Legendary- 23 Things Michael Jordan Taught Me About Entrepreneurship


If you know me personally, or even digitally , then you know that I am a physical fitness and athletic enthusiast. Have the courage to fail. DON'T.

3 Awesome, Downloadable, Custom Web Analytics Reports

Occam's Razor

In a world where we are overwhelmed with data and metrics and key performance indicators and reports and dashboards and. love custom reports. Sorry.

5 Ideas to Spot an Opportunity

Life Beyond Code

Note : A shorter version of this article was published first in my newsletter. Here are some ideas to consider: 1. Look for gaps. Look to Listen.

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Invest In The Mess

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There's a front page story in the NY Times today about the hyperactivity in web startupland. They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and Evelyn did a nice job with the story. The thing that's clear from reading the story is the hyperactivity is in the early/seed stage market and the late stage market.

The Lean LaunchPad – Teaching Entrepreneurship as a Management Science

Steve Blank

I’ve introduced a new class at Stanford to teach engineers, scientists and other professionals how startups really get built. Why Teach This Class?

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Going Down? Q3 VC Investments in US Tech Drop 14%

VC Cafe

T he latest VentureDeal quarterly report is out (see pdf) and it suggests that VC activity in tech has slowed down in the third quarter. million.

Bashing the Competition

Instigator Blog

When pitching investors, don’t bash the competition. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend bashing the competition under any circumstances – when meeting with prospects, clients, or even internally. It sends the wrong message and positions the conversation around others and not you. They might not be. What are unfair advantages?

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Why Being a Young Entrepreneur is a Good Thing

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When you start out as an entrepreneur at an early age, you find that one of the things that stands in the way of your entrepreneur success isn’t the world, but it’s you.  Yes, you.  As a young entrepreneur, you often split your focus between two ideas: You’re too young to know better. You’re too

The Power of a CEO 360 Review

Feld Thoughts

I recently sat through an annual CEO 360 review at a company that has been very serious about executive development since inception.  It reminded me how powerful this is when it’s done correctly. In this particular case, the entire board and management team had an hour-long facilitated discussion without the CEO in the room.

Israeli Startups Look to New York, and increasingly Shanghai

VC Cafe

Meir Brand, Google’s GM in Israel said Israel should start thinking more strategically about its future rather than just reacting to threats.

Be Sure Your Startup Has a Clear Value Proposition

Startup Professionals Musings

To address this gap, I’d like to discuss a basic value proposition definition below. The customer’s problem and the pain that it causes.

Five Excellent Ways to Brainstorm for Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Ideas are what allow you to turn a dream into reality.  But coming up with new ideas isn’t always the light bulb experience that others seem to have.  In order to stimulate your brain, you need to have tools ready to capture your ideas and turn them into action steps.  These five ways of brainstorming


New Amazing Deal – Give The Gift Of Learning

Feld Thoughts

The latest Brad Feld Amazing Deal is online. A few weeks ago I was approached by Sympoz , a company in Boulder that is excited about building online classrooms where anyone can take a courses in categories like Wine, Personal Finance, Cooking, etc. The have a nice looking site, and their classes are self serve, at your own pace, in HD. Deals deals

How I Discovered And Changed One Of My Most Deep Rooted Limiting Beliefs by Yaro Starak

I currently have two coaches in my life and they both happen to have the name “Tony&#. I’m not working with these two Tonys personally, though it feels like it for me as they “talk&# to me every day. One is Tony Horton , who you may know as the leader of the P90X exercise training program. and I wanted to do the same.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

Both Sides of the Table

This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch. emerge and are there any lessons to be gained about the future? chuckle.

SaaS Economics – Part 2: Scaling the Business

For Entrepreneurs

Discusses the cash flow trough that happens to SaaS, or other subscription/recurring revenue businesses when they decide to scale their business by ramping sales and marketing. Provides an Excel spreadsheet model and PowerPoint slide deck that can be used by readers to model their own data.

Tracking Every Release

Code as Craft

We spend a lot of time gathering metrics for our network, servers, and many things going on within the code that drives Etsy. It’s no secret that this is one of our keys to moving fast. We use a variety of monitoring tools to help us correlate issues across our architecture. Change to application code (deploys) are opportunities for failure.

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Flexible Focus #31: Mobile Mandala

Active Garage

Flexible Focus is Physical. One of the best ways to benefit from the Mandala Chart is to put it to use, engage in it physically. Where this is going.

3 Essential Tips for Sales in a SaaS model

Guy Nirpaz

SaaS forever changes how software is developed and delivered to customers. This shift is well understood, frequently discussed and represents a major shift in the way software is built by vendors of all sizes. Often less discussed is the impact the service model has on the way software is sold. Selling SaaS is different.  Business Insights Sa saas

Jeff Immelt on Leadership

Will Price

The Sunday NY Times ran a very good piece on GE. The article centered on GE's strategy to focus future growth and profits on manufacturing vs. financial services. GE Capital used to deliver 50% of GE's profits, however, the recent financial crises led GE to return to its roots. The article also touched on his leadership style. loved this quote.

What’s your entry strategy?


Investors are fond of asking entrepreneurs about exit strategy. After all, Investors get in in order to get out or exit. And these days the predominant exit is to be bought by another company. So, getting a sense of who would buy you and why is a logical part of the investment decision.  . That’s how important exit strategy is. .

Is it OK to Want to Make Money?

Both Sides of the Table

This past October I was honored to be invited by Steve Blank to speak at Stanford for their Enterprise Thought Leader (ETL) series. The truth is that I love Stanford, Palo Alto and the Bay Area in general.  I grew up in NorCal and I formerly lived in Palo Alto. You can download the deck here. Basically, financial pressures percolate and become real.

Great reads on small business and entrepreneurship

crowdSPRING Blog

Small business news. NY Times. Governments Clearing the Way for Small Business Creation, Report Says. American Public Media: Marketplace.

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Why MANY smart people fail to make the most of their BIGGEST strengths

Life Beyond Code

The answer: There is an invisible weakness related to your biggest strengths. It is really a blind spot. The Problem. Why does that happen? Good luck!

Edison DID NOT Invent the Light Bulb

Growthink Blog

Did you know that Thomas Edison DID NOT invent the light bulb. Why do I tell you this? And their fear is unjustified. That's right. read more.

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

Both Sides of the Table

This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch. Social Networks: Past, Present & Future. chuckle. The Past (1985-2002).

Innovative People Laugh and Have More Fun at Work

Startup Professionals Musings

As I was looking through the literature, I did find evidence that many strong business leaders, like John D. Here are a few: Escape the inhibitions.

The Null Hypothesis

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Those who have been in my classes know that I often bring in knowledge from other disciplines to add to our understanding of the process of entrepreneurship. One concept that all aspiring entrepreneurs should pay attention to comes from statistics. It is the null hypothesis. your hypothesis is to refute the null hypothesis. Rather than trying to.

How to Build an Amazing Corporate Culture

Growthink Blog

Reed Hastings, CEO and Founder of Netflix, was recently named Fortune's Business Person of the Year. read more. Dave Lavinsky

Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas

crowdSPRING Blog

If you have a great idea for a new business, should you freely share that idea with others? What if they steal your idea?

Mini Saga #70 – Perspective

Life Beyond Code

Reality is not always what you think it is… Mini Saga #70 – Perspective. Laura spoke passionately. Disgusted, he left immediately. Note: 1.


Spencer Fry — What's A Non-Programmer To Do? (Advanced)

Spencer Fry