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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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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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.).

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.

Flexible Focus #10: Become the change

Active Garage

Empowerment is a process that is often confused with its common cousin, entitlement. Time is on our side. Technology on a human scale. Self-reliance.

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.

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

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.

Telling It Like It Is

Marc Andreessen

As the ranking officer, the CEO has a huge impact on their company’s culture

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Easy local repository browsing for Git or Mercurial

Nathan Hurst

In both Git and Mercurial, there's a very easy way to browse your local repository in a web browser that I didn't know about until recently. You should really try these right now. They've already made a huge difference for me

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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.

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.

Review: Blog Writing Service - Water My Blog?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a Sponsored Post written by me. All opinions are 100% mine. So you have a business, your website is going strong, and you’re working on your SEO and other marketing to get more traffic to your site and take your business to the next level.  You’ve heard that everyone needs to have a blog. 

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Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010

SoCal CTO

Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year. This continues my series of posts: Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March There was some really great content in June. Here are the top 30 along with a brief snippet from the post. Now I have.

Founders 2010 #8: The Team

Feld Thoughts

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

I Want My CIC! … The Benefits for Startups to Be Co-Located

Both Sides of the Table

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Now I know I’m in the wrong neighborhood…

47 Hats

Just came across a tweet by Rapportive’s Martin Kleppmann about this cool Google Map.

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?

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.

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.

Why I keep doing what I do.

47 Hats

We’ve been operating our own boutique software company for over a decade now, producing thoughtful, useful software. Thanks! link].