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The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern. Of course, some never get past the trough of sorrow. But many do.

Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

Like most first-timers, I learned the hard way. Negotiating was a subset of every activity in a startup – it really was a way of life. And smart.

Games Where The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play

Feld Thoughts

My partner Jason Mendelson called this on 2/28 when he wrote his post Goodbye Yahoo! Crosses The Line. However, Yahoo has now played.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 2 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Team ParkPoint Capital. Team DentalOptics.

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The myth of the overnight success

Chris Dixon

Angry Birds was Rovio’s 52nd game. They spent eight years and almost went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing websites in history, but struggled for a long time. You tend to hear about startups when they are successful but not when they are struggling. startups

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Lean Startup and Big Vision Are Not Diametrically Opposed

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Recently, I presented Lean Canvas and an extended Problem-Solution Canvas (that we created at Year One Labs) to FounderFuel’s second startup cohort. It was a lot of fun, and hopefully useful for the teams. (If If you’re curious, FounderFuel is a Montreal-based accelerator program that runs twice per year.).

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Website Ads are Not a Revenue Stream for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest red flags I see in many Internet-related business plans today is advertising as the initial revenue stream, or a key part of it.

A Big Data Imperative: Driving Big Action

Occam's Razor

Is there anything in the analytics space that is so full of promise and hype and sexiness and possible awesomeness than "big data?" ").

Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

Ask The VC

On the heels of Yahoo suing Facebook for patent infringement followed by Tim Armstrong at AOL saying “hey Wall Street – look at me – I’ve got great patents also “, Andrew Parker (Spark) wrote a post that brought me out of my “intellectual property depression” titled Open Source and For-Profit Companies.

The 5 Most Powerful Words in Sales

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your words help you build relationships with customers--so choose them carefully. Words build relationships. People buy from people. You need revenue.

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5 Branding must-haves for startups

Up and Running

This is a guest post from Amina AlTai , Marketing Director at Imagemme, a New York-based packaging design and branding agency.

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

David Teten

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital ‘s approach to building a fitness office. Thanks Tim!) Shoes.

Suster: Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why

Ask The VC

There were very few VC posts today – I’m guessing most VC bloggers are either sleeping late, at SXSW (and possibly sleeping late due to their hangovers), or not blogging today (yeah – I know the third one is – well – a tautology). Mark Suster (GRP) has a great post up titled Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why.


5 Employee Morale Killers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Guaranteed methods to boost attrition and sap employees' motivation. For the next few weeks I worked harder than I had ever before. I was stunned.

The Big Picture Trumps Technology Every Time

Startup Professionals Musings

The most successful entrepreneurs and executives I have seen are savvy business people first, and experts in their field second. This may seem counter-intuitive to technologists, especially in an era when technology seems to be driving the world. Learning is a never-ending requirement for every entrepreneur. Understand the business, then add value.

Searching for the Kinect Killer App

Genuine VC

We at NextView have been thinking about and looking for investments in seed-stage startups which leverage the megatrend of transitioning computing away from a standard fixed-web PC world. Of course that includes “mobile-first” applications and companies which ride the adoption of tablet devices (more on those in upcoming posts).

Dear German VC's: Being Plan B Sucks

Babbling VC

I've always defended Germany and venture capital here. Yet, it's always been a bit behind and slow to adapt and I think it may be completely missing the boat (again). Further, the damage may be irreparable if the VC's don't adapt quickly. While the US goes in one direction, Germany seems to be going in another. but that's about it. Germany though???

How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority: 5 Smart Tricks

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's easy to be overwhelmed when the to-do list gets too long. Here's how to cut things down to size. First things first!

Are You an Entrepreneur Who Can Make a Business Fly?

Startup Professionals Musings

After the idea, it’s all about execution. In fact, it’s not clear that even the idea is all that important. Proactively sets metrics and track goals.

Key to Sustaining Rapid Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

After helping to bring several startups to market including Dropbox, LogMeIn and Lookout, I found that the key to sustaining rapid growth is understanding your “must have” experience and then aligning the entire business around that experience. This includes aligning the product roadmap, funnel optimization, and messaging. This is not a pivot.

How do you keep your footing when your life explodes?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Me, Guy Kawasaki and Sohaib Athar , SXSW 2012. He was kind enough to agree to be interviewed, and I included him in Chapter 5 of my book.

6 Ways to Make Your Own Luck

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

While luck isn't an exact science, there are certainly ways to cultivate your own luck. Here are six easy ways. You can't predict it. Be humble.

Don’t Be Gunshy Because You Dealt With Bucketheads The Last Time Around

Feld Thoughts

For all of you out there who are wondering, Amy is doing fine. We’re in Boulder, she’s happy, in some pain, but enjoying the delightful impact of Percocet, and making her way through MI-5 Season 8. Thanks for all of the support, emails, and kind words. The call was about a potential financing he is considering.

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done

Duct Tape Marketing

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Planning the Hiearchy of Important Work.

Don’t Think Big. There, I Said It.

Market by Numbers

Those who run in #LeanStartup circles know too well the problems encountered with language. Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others are criticized for choosing terms and phrases — lean, customer development, MVP, fail fast, etc. It’s generally not helpful to remove phrases from their context and critique them standing on their own.

3 Things My Mentors Taught Me

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A great mentor won't actually do the work for you--but he or she will help you develop your own opportunities. Here's how. All of that was on me.

Signal to Noise - How to Cut Through the Clutter

Seeing Both Sides

There's a principal in signal processing regarding measuring the quality of information coming through a channel called the signal to noise ratio. It is a measure of how much valuable information (signal) is included in a stream of data relative to the amount of useless information (noise). The SXSW conference is emblematic of this issue.

Why Social Search Is Rotting Our Brain

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Social Search Is Rotting Our Brain This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Into a tool that forces bite sized popular ideas onto our plate.

Wilson: The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) must not be at SXSW because he’s got a great post up titled The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving. ” Or they are tweeting “I’m still awake and I’m at an epic party.” ” Or they are asleep and hung over. I wonder if anyone will notice.


Mentor Like You Mean It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Being a great mentor requires more than experience and time. Learn to weave the right web. Five steps. It's something entirely different.

Be Captain Of Your Destiny - Not Prisoner Of Wishful Thinking


The following is a guest post by Mike Troiano. You can follow him on Twitter at @miketrap , and connect with him elsewhere through About Me. Pin It.

50 Miles Is Too Many

Feld Thoughts

Some time last year Katherine McIntyre, my partner Ryan’s wife, asked me if I wanted to do a 50 mile race with her. I think she was expecting me to say no, in which case she could have decided it was a silly idea. But my reaction, without thinking about it, was “sure – that sounds cool.” I love the running. miles.

Design Staff ? How to build an opinionated product: design the.

Design Staff

Many years ago, I worked on Microsoft Encarta. Each year, when the

Why Facebook Laps Twitter on Business Strategy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And, whew, are they bad. We have a request in to Twitter for a comment.) Twitter seems to have jumped on that bandwagon with both feet.