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5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory. Most were on paper and video; 20 were invited to pitch in person. just do.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

You need to be able to structure problems / solutions at the appropriate level to communicate effective and drive decision-making. Heresy. discuss.

3 Rules to Actionable Metrics in a Lean Startup

practicetrumpstheory.com

First, what is an actionable metric? An actionable metric is one that ties specific and repeatable actions to observed results. Running Lean

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When Is A Startup "Venture Fundable?"

Seed Stage Capital

I spend a healthy chunk of my time helping startups think through their capital raise strategies.

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No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part 1 of the series: 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches. P.S. Next week I'll talk about what are real competitive advantages. Silly, right?

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Thank Google for sniffing your network!

Texas Startup Blog

This is the story that won’t die and perhaps that is a good thing. Some background: Google hires drivers to carry their photographic and wifi listening equipment on almost all of the streets of the world.

Optimizing your Customer Acquisition Funnel

For Entrepreneurs

Almost every sales and marketing funnel has blockage points where the conversion rates are lower than hoped, or the process cannot be scaled.

Getting to Product-Market Fit

Startup Marketing Blog

Getting to Product-Market Fit. I'm very excited about this guest post and confident that it will be a huge help for anyone struggling to find Product-Market fit. Enjoy! Guest Post By Patrick Vlaskovits

Buyer Beware: Generic Logo Design

crowdSPRING Blog

Finding a great logo design for your business is an important part of creating your brand identity. Trendy logos can also quickly become outdated.

In Customer Interviews Don’t Rush to Pitch the Solution

Instigator Blog

All the theory in the world won’t make a lick of difference if you don’t get into the field and do something. That’s why advice isn’t worth as much as it should be, and isn’t nearly as effective as it should be. Founders are doers, simple as that. Not theorists. Not passersby. Not partipants. Doers. Practitioners.

Boulder New Tech Meetup Helping Local Non-Profits

Feld Thoughts

There are many things I love about Boulder. One of them is the powerful sense of community that exists. Talking about this is fine, but examples are better. Given my travel, I can’t make it regularly but I try to go a couple of times a year. Last week Robert and the NewTech gang decided to do something different.

Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s)

Steve Blank

The collapse of the IPO market and dysfunctional math in the venture capital community has stacked the odds against you. Here’s why. Source: NVCA.).

Legal Risks And Dangers Of $99 Logo Stores

crowdSPRING Blog

You have alternatives when purchasing a logo for your business. You could buy a logo template for a few dollars and add your business name.

Republicans hate the unemployeed?

Texas Startup Blog

The Washington Monthly is running an article by Steve Benen titled, “Republicans just don’t like the unemployed.&# Feel free to read the post, but the title really says it all. Democrats like Steve (generally) think that extending unemployment benefits will help ‘fix’ the jobs problem here in the United States.

The Ten Commandments of an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation. Don’t take your idea too seriously, either. You can’t do it all by yourself.

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Spencer Fry — On Writing

Spencer Fry

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Legal Risks And Dangers Of $99 Logo Stores

crowdSPRING Blog

You have alternatives when purchasing a logo for your business. You could buy a logo template for a few dollars and add your business name.

Some Thoughts On The Seed Fund Phenomenon

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There have been quite a few posts written about this meme in the past few weeks.  Chris Dixon wrote an interesting response. Then what do you do?

Entrepreneurs Must Keep Going Says Winston Churchill

Growthink Blog

Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." This quote is really applicable to entrepreneurs. Sure it's not fun.

Flickr - The Best Kept Social Networking Secret?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Chances are good that when you think of social networks, you think of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, and when you think of Flickr, you think photo sharing.  We recently posted an article on paid and free image sites, in which Flickr was included (with a few caveats) as a great source of free images. 

Role Model Entrepreneur: Brad Bergersen Interview

Startup Professionals Musings

A few days ago I met a 26 year-old entrepreneur with an attitude that exemplifies what I believe it takes to succeed in this new economy and new world.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

Both Sides of the Table

Lots of discussion these days about the changes in the VC industry. Here’s my take: 1. So the people who invest in VC funds have two problems.

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Go Into Sales

Brad Hargreaves

Let's say you're a college student who wants to be an entrepreneur. Let's also say — for one reason or another — you don't want to jump in and dedicate all your time to an idea right now. Maybe it's money, maybe it's confidence

Media Exponential

Start Up Blog

The speed at which media consumption has grown is mind boggling. Makes you wonder what’s next? Answer = what we create.

Turning Snark Into Humor

Feld Thoughts

Who knew that Papyrus was so hated by TechCrunch readers? Who knew there was a Papyrus Watch website for font offenders? All All I could think of was that the Standing Cloud font was better than the old Feld Technologies font, which was in Bauhaus. Please, no Bauhaus.

Are You Chasing Rabbits?

Growthink Blog

I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs. Which I love to do. love hearing cool, new ideas. love hearing the passion. And I love figuring out how I can help them successfully go from point A to point B. But one thing that frustrates me is seeing entrepreneurs making the same mistake over and over and over again. And I hear this all the time. read more.

Crowdsourcing The Indian Rupee Symbol

crowdSPRING Blog

A few years ago, the British Royal Mint crowdsourced the design of new coins. That competition attracted 4,000 entries from 500 people.

Nuke’em ‘Till They Glow – Quitting My First Job

Steve Blank

I started working when I was 14 (I lied about my age) and counting four years in the Air Force I’ve worked in 12 jobs. Life Is Good. universities.

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Stock Purchase Agreement

VC Ready Blog

NOTE: This is the ninth post in our series about standard terms in early stage equity financings. These posts refer to the model Series A Term Sheet put out by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and available for download here. * * * * * * * * * *. Representations and Warranties. Conditions to Closing. Counsel and Expenses.

How The SEC Is Violating My Wife’s First Amendment Rights

Feld Thoughts

Over the past 24 months, a deplorable activity in the money management business came to light.  It got the name “pay to play&# , but was just another form of bribery. However, I do know that our state treasurer has called me asking for campaign contributions! And I’ve politely declined. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S.

Crowdsourcing The Indian Rupee Symbol

crowdSPRING Blog

A few years ago, the British Royal Mint crowdsourced the design of new coins. That competition attracted 4,000 entries from 500 people.

Many Great Entrepreneurs Use Servant Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. What is servant leadership? Greenleaf in 1970.

Is Tumblr the new 4chan?

Brad Hargreaves

I'm not sure anyone who reads Startup Adventures has been paying attention to the sad story of Jessi Slaughter, 4chan's latest tween meme-toy, but you can read about it on KnowYourMeme here or ED here (NSFW). It's a fascinating story

Founders 2010 #8: The Team

Feld Thoughts

“The Team&# The Founders | TechStars Boulder | Episode 8 from TechStars on Vimeo.