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How to Get a VC Meeting – the flowchart

Steve Blank

I often get asked, “how do I get a meeting with a VC?” ”  Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view.

10 Tips to the Simplest But Effective Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Polish the overall look and feel.

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America.  Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. Pre-revenue life Science, biotech and medical device deals. Other pre-revenue deals.

Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall

He’s c0-authored two books and many academic articles. So which is it? The best estimate of overall angel investor returns from this data is 2.5

Web Summit – Top 50 Hottest Early Stage Startups In The World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

4000 people attended this year’s Dublin Web Summit conference and watched two days of speeches and exhibits by leaders in the technology industry.

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Fatherpreneurship: Tips on how to be a successful father and entrepreneur

The Next Web

I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about parenting. Do they know we don’t have a clue how to do this?” just thought it.

Stealth Mode Entrepreneurs Only Increase the Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I hear about a new startup that is in stealth mode, I wonder what problem they are hiding from whom. Get concept feedback early.

Global Multichannel Consumer Behaviour (Research/Purchase) Analysis

Occam's Razor

Rather I've had to fall back on my trusty steed: data. :). One common scenario is this: Company PJ spends $250 million on traditional advertising.

9 People to Remove From Your Inner Circle

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When you're trying to get a business off the ground, the people you surround yourself with matter. Keep these nine types at a distance. Just move on.

Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall


Conventional wisdom dictated that they made reckless investments in very early-stage ventures mostly doomed to fail. So which is it? Only they’re not.

Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Key Disciplines

Startup Professionals Musings

It is this vision that is the beacon to drive the right people behavior, leading to the success of the business. Able to identify important issues.

Why Developers Aren’t Interested In Your Startup

Numerate Choir

A few months after we launched Circle of Moms, I hired my first superstar senior back-end developer. Brian had it all: his coding practices balanced speed and scalability, he’d been around the startup block as a founder and employee, and … Continue reading → Data

5 Reasons People Fail (& What to Do Instead)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These barriers to success are easy to overcome, but only when you know they're there. Why do some people achieve their goals while others fail?

Case Study: 13 Pre-Launch Traffic Strategies for Startups (Part 1 of 3)

Software By Rob

This article is a guest post by Dan Norris, founder of  Web Control Room. Part 1 (of 3) – Introduction and Onsite Content. Traffic strategy 1.

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Why Some Entrepreneurs Undermine Their Own Success

Startup Professionals Musings

This is billed as a must-read for any entrepreneur who needs a shot of optimism. Success will lead to envy. Success will change my lifestyle.

Troubled media sharing startup Color Labs said to be acquired by Apple

The Next Web

From what we know, founder Bill Nguyen has been away from the office for three months, after a period of intense strain between him and the board.

5 Ways to Get People to Actually Listen

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You may be a fact- and logic-driven leader, but others don't think like you do. Learn to get your point across through emotional connection. Not true.

Startup Map & Trends Analysis – September 2012


September’s Startup Map showcases the latest trends in startup profiles created on Gust between September 1 st and September 30 th. Some of the entrepreneurs chose to keep their startup profiles private and therefore are labeled as unpublished in this month’s map, and were not included in the trends analysis. Invested Interests

The economic logic behind tech and talent acquisitions

Chris Dixon

There’s been a lot of speculation lately about why big companies spend millions of dollars acquiring startups for their technology or talent. The answer lies in the economic logic that big companies use to make major project decisions. Here is a really simplified example. Suppose You have two options: build or buy. startups

How to get ridiculously cool testimonials

Life Beyond Code

If you walk into a Five Guys restaurant, you might see a notice board. Here are few that I can think of: 1. Social proof that kids love this place.

Killer Motivating Tactic: Break the Time Clock

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bring your company into the 21st century where work is about goals accomplished, not hours clocked. Your employees will thank you. It's distracting.

Convertible Debt, Priced Equity Rounds and Deal Timing


An impromptu Twitter debate arose among Fred Wilson, Dave McClure, Mark Suster, Chris Dixon and others about convertible debt, priced equity rounds, and the nuances of early stage financing.

Great user experience (UX) leads to conversions


What’s user experience got to do with conversions? Everything. Great user experience is a means to an end. User experience matters a lot. Usable.

Prepare Your Startup Now for International Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one. This approach, popularly known as “glocalization,” means you have to design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market in which you operate. Be ready. Find global sources now.

5 Technology Trends to Watch

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Consumer Electronics Association unveiled its annual look forward to the most promising tech developments of the year.

5 Actions may enhance customer diversity or allow you to recover from a loss

Taffy Williams

What plans do you have before they are GONE? San Francisco is a great place to visit and walk around. No sea lions were present!

Innovation through Creativity: Jumpstarting Your Mind

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” - Pablo Picasso. Be Playful. It’s nearly impossible to create on demand.

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Project Management For High Performing Lazy People


by Wil Schroter, founder of Project management sucks. Yet without it, we fall apart. Time and time again, they failed us. Completed.

10 Dumb Lies That Lousy Bosses Tell

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Telling the simple truth is far more productive than trying to fool your employees. I'm paying you a competitive salary." Okay, this one's just silly.

You need these must-have clauses in your freelance contracts

The Next Web

If you are a freelancer, at some point you have been told to get a contract together for your clients. I bet those advisors weren’t as helpful when it came to what you should put in your contract, though! While it is easy to say “get a contract,” it isn’t as easy to say what should go in it. Bare-bones starter information.

So Much Better Than Yours That You Hug Criticisms of It In Self-Defense

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I’m reading D.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace. Early in his writing career, Wallace was sent a galley of Jonathan Franzen’s first novel. It reminded me of a note I got from Cal Newport when he was writing his book: “I took a break from my manuscript writing and read a novel by a Nobel prize winner in literature.


The product design sprint: understand (day 1)

Google Ventures

At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. Design

6 Essential Books for Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Starting a business, personal productivity, marketing skills--these good reads cover the essentials an entrepreneur needs to master. haven't. It's not.

Why Are Indians So Entrepreneurial In The U.S.?


A recent study exposed an alarming trend in the tech industry. Except for one group: Indians. What makes entrepreneurs from India so different? So OK.