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How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. More on that later.

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7 Ways and Why to Treat Your Career Like a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, helped me crystallize these similarities with his new bestseller “ The Start-up of You.” Take intelligent risks.

Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV.   Then I took questions. This group doesn't spend a ton of time on AVC, Techmeme, Hacker News, or the tech industry in general. USV 2004 is instructive. That stings.

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Raising money is a dirty job, but someone has to do it right? Get your house in order. Accounting. Or outsource the work.

Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their VCs


Note: This is intended be a light-hearted piece that hits just close enough on some counts to (hopefully) be funny. Well, he was kind of a schmuck. 2.

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Ten Common Arrogance Traps for Startups to Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Lack of confidence in your self, your product, and your startup is a surefire recipe for disaster. VCs and angel investors hear this one all the time.

Why Dropbox Is A Major Disruption

Back in October, Techcrunch announced that Dropbox had raised $250mm at a seemingly absurd valuation. Many firms, including my firm Benchmark Capital, participated. When this happened, many people asked us why this was a special company that would cause us to break our standard investment paradigm.

Fix Your Elevator Pitch

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What you think is an elevator pitch will actually alienate customers. Instead, have a conversation that creates a real sales opportunity. don't.

How to convince a startup to hire you

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.

Build Measure Learn vs. Learn Measure Build

Grasshopper Herder

The Build Measure Learn loops is backwards. There is a presumption that if you build something and slap some analytics on it then you will inevitably learn. Lean Startups and Customer Development build measure learn Minimum Viable Product startup

Book: Inside Apple

Feld Thoughts

I expect many of you have read at least one book on Steve Jobs and Apple since Jobs’ death. If you, like me, grabbed and consumed a copy of  Steve Jobs  by Walter Isaacson, I have a recommendation for you. Go buy a copy of  Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works  by Adam Lashinsky.

11 Easy Ways to Make Work Fun

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you're employees aren't having fun, they're probably not performing at their highest level. So ease up already and try one of these tactics. Smile.

Here is Why You Need a Good Startup Exit Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

If you startup is your dream, why would you want to think about an exit? Wrong. Remember that equity investments are not like loans with interest.

Whatever the question, “create” is the answer

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Rosie in the kitchen, solving all the world’s problems with a paintbrush. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” Create.

Marketing Is the New Selling

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Is the New Selling This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. In the new model there can be little distinction. Educating is the new presenting.

Smart Talk for Busy People: 5 Rules

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No one has time to listen to chit-chat. Use these tricks to get more out of less in conversations with busy executives. Keep it interesting. 2.

Why SOME smart people give bad advice?

Life Beyond Code

Once I attended a conference where a serial entrepreneur was sharing his advice on what works now. The problem? They have vested interest. Reason?

8 Keys for Work at Home Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Working your own hours in your pajamas whenever you feel like it and never having to leave your house – and being paid for it – sounds pretty fantastic to most people!  Unfortunately, working from home is not necessarily all that simple. Sure, there is the advantage of forever avoiding rush hour traffic, but there


How to establish credibility in front of a crowd without being a complete blowhard

Escape From Cubicle Nation

You invest time, money and energy to clear your agenda so you can be there. The lights dim and the first speaker is introduced. ” Right?

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10 Common Sales Mistakes to Avoid

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you blow it at a face-to-face meeting, you'll have wasted both your time & your client's. Being late to the meeting. Acting way too friendly.

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How Twitter and Facebook create social ads

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Today I saw an advertisement in my Twitter stream. Not off to the side in a sponsored area, but right in my main stream. This could be big!

How Forbes Stole A New York Times Article And Got All The Traffic

Nick O'Neill

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how much is a title worth? The best content in the world will fall flat without a great title.

Data Killed the HiPPO Star

Jeff Jordan

Facts are simple and facts are straight. Facts are lazy and facts are late. Facts all come with points of view. Facts don’t do what I want them to.

Your Perks Aren't Motivating Your Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Frustrated that your office fussball table or employee wellness program doesn't seem to be motivating your team? Here's why your perks are ineffective.

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Want to get in front of a VC? Be a little creative--human even.

This is going to be BIG.

Since I launched my fund , I've gotten around 50 offers to work with me. For some reason, everyone wants to be a VC. Instead of responding, I decided to sit on them. The way I figure it, how someone approaches me is indicative of how they'd approach an entrepreneur. So what happened? The "applicants" (not that I'm hiring) went 0 for 50. Seriously?

Why you must link your personal goals with your business? | Deimar.


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Foursquare Turns Into Powerful Local Search Engine

Duct Tape Marketing

Foursquare Turns Into Powerful Local Search Engine This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Find by tips. Filter by your history. Claim and participate.

4 Things Pinterest Won't Tell You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We're not saying Pinterest won't help your business--it very well might, especially if you're in retail, design or travel. Addiction has a price.

How to Give Your Startup Idea The Sniff Test

Startup Professionals Musings

I have a certain friend who called me a while back, all excited about his latest revelation. No known patents filed. Large and growing market.

How to find great participants for your user study

Google Ventures

“It’s too hard to find users for usability tests.” Startups often point to recruiting users as one of the biggest reasons they’re not regularly talking to their users. The process can seem mysterious and time-consuming; just a big hassle. But it’s actually pretty simple and straightforward when you know how. Don’t wait. Be selective.

The silent contributor to your results

Life Beyond Code

Take any domain and you will find a silent contributor to the results you are producing in that domain. Obviously you didn’t get them by birth.

Why Co-working Spaces Actually Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They're low-cost, and provide the typical office amenities--conference rooms, photocopiers, etc. What are these? Opening your own business is scary.

The Case for Hardware + Software + Internet Startups - DShen's Blogs


"Makers are enthusiasts who hack and modify the world around them in interesting and whimsical ways. Tools and services that used to be inaccessible to all but large manufacturers are now available to everyone. Foreign

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Lead Magnets: Email List Building on Steroids


More than 95% of your visitors won’t buy anything on their first visit. You’re just going to turn them away faster. What are lead magnets?

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