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You Can’t Motivate People

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting on my balcony on the ninth floor of a hotel overlooking Miami Beach thinking about motivation. Specifically, mine. I’m deep into writing the first draft of Startup Communities and – with Amy – decided to plant myself in a warm place for two weeks as I finished up this draft. We got here late Monday night.

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Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

duckduckgo.com/traffic.html. duckduckgo (@duckduckgo) February 14, 2012.   One million searches per day is not chump change. Related articles.

Who Dares Wins – The 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

The Business Plan  ?- a roadmap for execution. In an existing corporation, the business plan is the execution document for sustaining innovation.

How to find that first big customer

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

Compromise vs. Problem Solving

Feld Thoughts

I spent all day Sunday at Silicon Flatirons’  Digital Broadband Migration Conference. This is a key national conference held in Boulder at the intersection of technology and public policy with a particular focus on the Internet. This year’s conference subtitle was “ The Challenges of Internet Law and Governance.”

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It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur. Marty Zwilling.

The End of the Mexican Road

Both Sides of the Table

Negotiations. We all think we’re good at them. Most people aren’t that good. ” In some situations this is the right answer. Only $20.

A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

Genuine VC

We at NextView Ventures often invest in a startup’s first round alongside other funds; either seed stage focused ones like ourselves or larger traditional firms.  Just as often, however, we’re investing alongside individual angel investors who are participating in the round as well.  Angel investors come in many shapes and sizes, however. 

Useful value proposition examples (and how to create a good one)

ConversionXL

Value proposition is the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. Attention grabber.

10 People Who Will Drain Energy From Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes they are also intellectually brilliant, or closely related to the boss, so there is no easy way out. In fact, they may even be the boss.

How to Evaluate a (paid) iPhone App Idea

Tony Wright dot com

This post details what we learned about the paid apps market and it contains data that I don’t believe exists anywhere else. Per user!  Average!

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Startup Summer Colorado

Feld Thoughts

One of the fun projects I am involved with is Startup Colorado, a community focused initiative to spur new company creation in Colorado.  One of Startup Colorado’s most promising projects is Startup Summer. The Startup Summer Seminar Series featuring prominent entrepreneurs teaching classes on entrepreneurship. Colorado internships startup summer

10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Confessions you wish you could make to your team but can't. There’s also a lot employees don’t know about you. want you to like me. And me.

Entrepreneurs Due Diligence on Investors Is Smart

Startup Professionals Musings

Due diligence should always be a two-way street. Taking on an investor is like getting married – the relationship has to work at all levels.

eBay vs Amazon: decentralized vs centralized e-commerce

Chris Dixon

Note: The company I cofounded, Hunch, was acquired by eBay in November 2011. I am now an eBay employee. But all the opinions expressed below are my own, and were developed prior to the Hunch acquisition, through my own research on e-commerce. Amazon and eBay are the two largest e-commerce companies. First, some background. startups

5 Essential Spreadsheets for Social Media Analytics

mashable.com

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Join Mashable on Google+ Welcome to Mashable! World Featured in US & World Videos Featured: Grammys YouTube Google+. Trending Stories. February 9, 2012 by Ann Smarty. “).

Become More Optimistic: 6 Smart Tricks

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To acquire a more positive attitude, all you really need is a more powerful vocabulary. Try these linguistic shifts. The answer? Stop complaining.

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Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor, but not a Critic

Startup Professionals Musings

The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” Mutual respect. Similar ethics.

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

crowdSPRING Blog

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. What can entrepreneurs learn from politicians? Politicians  compete. 

Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Ahmed Takatkah, a VC in Jordan titled The Next Big Thing in VC. He He starts with a question and the answer he often gets. What’s the next big thing in VC?” Whenever I see a VC from the states or even from the region, I ask this question, but none of them gave me a satisfying answer.

How Lincoln Became A Great Leader

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It wasn't Abraham Lincoln's strengths but the self-discipline with which he put those strengths toward the right purpose. What made him change?

7 Dumb Leadership Mistakes Smart Managers Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, leadership is best demonstrated while not in a position of authority, and is a skill that must be sharpened every day of your life.

Between failure and Facebook

Chris Dixon

Recently, a friend was trying to recruit a programmer to join his early-stage startup. The programmer had just graduated from college and his impression of startups was shaped mostly by popular media. His main concern, he said, was: “What if we end up being the next MySpace instead of the next Facebook?” startups

How Do I Get A Job In A Venture Capital Firm?

Ask The VC

In 2008 my partner Seth Levine wrote what I think is the definitive post about how to get a job in venture capital. His post followed an insightful earlier post of his that he wrote in 2005 titled  how to become a venture capitalist. Today, I noticed a new post from Alex Taussig (Highland Capital Partners) titled 3 ways to land a job in VC.

The Best Time to Start a Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't wait. Here are seven reasons to launch a venture today. You're young The best time to start a company is when you are young. Just the opposite.

Book: Avogadro Corp

Feld Thoughts

I gave a talk titled ”Resistance Is Futile” yesterday in Park City at the annual meeting for one of our LPs. This is a version of a talk I’ve given several times, starting at Defrag last fall. The slides don’t change, but I make up the talk each time and tune it to the audience. My guess is very few have.

Venture Capital Funding: It's MORE Than the Dollars

Growthink Blog

Many years ago I was involved in a business targeting the shoe market. Through some connections I made, I was introduced to a potential investor.

There’s No Such Thing as a Nominal Investment

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Micah Baldwin has a great post on the confusing roles and responsibilities between mentors, advisors and investors. It’s a must read for any entrepreneur (particularly those in accelerators where the roles are often mashed together even more.). And he’s absolutely right. Every amount invested is huge.

4 Leadership Styles to Master

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's not enough to have just one way of leading, you need to learn to identify and use different managements styles based on context.

5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline This content from: Duct Tape Marketing.

What Makes The Boston Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

There continues to be great interest around the world regarding how to build innovation clusters. View more PowerPoint from Jeffrey Bussgang.

Is kiteboarding is the new golf?

Texas Startup Blog

Two or three years ago I began doing business with a fellow entrepreneur named Philip McNamara. Philip told me about his passion – kiteboarding.

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Bad Boss? 7 Management Moves to Avoid

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't be tempted to use these cheap tricks. There are better ways to handle employee challenges. Make sure you're following the better example.

Learning JavaScript With Code Year

Feld Thoughts

Six weeks ago I saw a tweet about a new thing from Codecademy called Code Year. It promised to teach you how to code in 2012. signed up right away and am now one of 396,103 people who have signed up as of this moment. Like a good MIT graduate, I’ve procrastinated. JavaScript – not so much. Week 1 was trivial.

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