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Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

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Systematic Creativity: Four Templates for New Product Ideation, Innovation and Invention

Creative Distraction

Is brainstorming the best way to be creative? Doubt it.

Customer Development Manifesto: Market Type (part 4) « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

This series of posts of the “Customer Development Manifesto” describes how the failures of the Product Development model for sales and marketing led to the Customer Development Model. In future posts I'll describe how Eric Ries and the

The cardinal sin of community management

Startup Lessons Learned

Once you have a product launched, you will the face the joys – and the despair – of a community that grows up around it. won't sugar-coat this: it is one of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of building a company online

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

photo courtesy of Atlanta Braves. This is part of my ongoing series “ Pitching a VC.&#. The “Triple Play&# of VC Presentations. Practice.

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A Tale of Two Pitches

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. Tale of Two Pitches. ’s strategy and missteps.  This meeting was a 10/10 for me. 

Serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at HBS

Seeing Both Sides

When I was at Harvard Business School (HBS) in the early 1990s, entrepreneurship was an afterthought.  When I joined the venture-backed Internet start-up Open Market in the spring of 1995, I was one of only a handful of graduates that joined a start-up out of business school (at a fraction of the salary of my classmates, I might add!).

Convenience; Make It "Easy" for your Customers

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

Usually when I buy a product or service, it's because the seller has made the process easy. Simple. Non-complicated. For me, when I make a choice to buy, price matters but convenience is higher on the list for me. Think about it, when you're in a hurry you'll most likely stop at your favorite fast food restaurant.

Inexpensive User Testing

Vinicius Vacanti

thegongshow: When I talk to startups about the benefits of constant, iterative user testing in product design cycles, many people think that cost is a hurdle. Booking 10 in-person sessions in a rented listening lab with a one-way mirror

You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. That is, until I lost.

registering your username on many social media sites: the pros and.

Watching Websites

Part 1 deals with the process of registering my user name on many

Business Week Report on “Radical Future of R&D” Misses Critical Capital Markets Link in Innovation Ecosystem

Pascal's View

The magazine includes a story written by Adrian Slywotzky , “How Science Can Create Millions of New Jobs.” million a year. 

The Customer Development Manifesto: The Startup Death Spiral (part.

Steve Blank

This post is part 3 of the “Customer Development Manifesto” series and makes more sense if you read part 1 and part 2. This post describes how following the traditional product development can lead to a “startup death spiral

LAST CHANCE for GeeksOnaPlane DC/Europe 2009: Countdown in 7 days.

500 Hats

COUNTDOWN to GEEKS On a PLANE in 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We're getting everything ready for the upcoming GeeksOnaPlane.com trip to Europe, which begins with a kickoff event in Washington, DC next Friday, 9/18. For you folks making

Sin Tax on Soda

Visions from a Visionary

Didn't your mom tell you soda was bad for you? Sure it tastes great but there is no refuting the harm it does. percent of total calories to 8.3

manhattan orifices

Watching Websites

Thanks for being patient as we moved to a different data center. We'll continue this week with our regular scheduled programming. manhattan-orifices

SaaS Startups: Knobs and Dials And Other Insights

OnStartups

If you're building a SaaS (Software as a Service) startup you're in great company. Insights On SaaS Startups. 1. You are financing your customers.

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We’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Ask the Angels

I recently reviewed a set of investment ready criteria published by a respected Angel Group (not the Pasadena Angels). All the usual factors were there–what problem was being sold, the extent of competitive advantage, the experience of the management team, size of market, etc.  Only then can we deal with the other criteria.

Healthcare and Entrepreneurship

Seeing Both Sides

President Obama's compelling healthcare speech last night made the case for acting now. In a follow-up email that he sent to millions, he urged action to finally address this pressing issue, positing that we are "closer now than we have been in 60 years." Anything that creates friction in entrepreneurship is a bad thing for our innovation economy.

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twitter suspends legitimate accounts, many related to oreilly.

Watching Websites

suspended on twitter! I saw a tweet this morning in TweetDeck which I found bewildering. friend of mine, Lori, claimed that my account was suspended. loaded up my profile page and, sure enough, the owl of doom stared back at me

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Happy blogiversary (my present: a brand new URL)

Startup Lessons Learned

It's official: Startup Lessons Learned has passed the one-year mark. 130 posts (and dozens more that mercifully never saw the light of day), tons of comments, and, of course - you, the awesomest subscribers on the internet. Thank you

The Healing of America

Will Price

Reid's book, The Healing of American: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, is an important read. why does American spend 2x per capita on health care while leaving 45m uninsured? should health care be considered a right or a privilege? why are administrative costs 4% of spend in France and 20% of spend in the US?

Amazon Usability Failure

ExtendsLogic

I love Amazon. think it’s one of the best websites you’ll find when it comes to usability. But there’s one thing that’s been bugging me for years now. It’s this screen right here. completely, absolutely, hate it.  Today I was checking out a book from Amazon when I encountered this screen. This is [.]. Everything Else

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Words of widsom from my youth

Altgate

Fn_solarcar_archive_2. I'm preparing for a presentation in about a month at the University of Michigan.

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What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups?

Startup Lessons Learned

I'm writing this post from an airplane headed to Washington DC, where I'll be presenting at the Government 2.0 Summit. It's an honor to be invited, and I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of people with a background very different from

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

Many entrepreneurs want to put a value on their company before the ink on their incorporation documents is dry, but valuing an early stage company is as much art as science, and a bad valuation can be worse than no valuation at all. And, of course, there is the entrepreneur’s natural bias that inevitably sneaks into the valuation.

Blogging: A Cultural Difference Between Boston And Waltham VCs

Thinking About Thinking

Scott Kirsner, a Boston Globe writer and freelancer, wrote a provocative blog post a few weeks ago entitled “Why Waltham Doesn’t Matter ” Scott’s basic claim is that Waltham VC’s “don’t matter” as they are being displaced by the new aggressive and open culture of VCs emerging in Boston and Cambridge.

My "ista" take on Larry Cheng's VC Blog Ranking

Adventurista

Larry Cheng updated his popular VC Blog Ranking and included some fun analysis, particularly on how Fred Wilson continues to lead the VC blogging show. If you haven't already, take a look. non-dealmaker) professionals and 2) females. dos is pretty straight forward, but I might need some user generated editing for #uno. 148) 10. Anyone I'm missing?

In this tough economy, the fastest growing e-commerce sector is.

Lightspeed

In a sign of how consumers' newfound thrift has hurt

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

Many entrepreneurs want to put a value on their company before the ink on their incorporation documents is dry, but valuing an early stage company is as much art as science, and a bad valuation can be worse than no valuation at all. And, of course, there is the entrepreneur’s natural bias that inevitably sneaks into the valuation.

Fred Wilson Is Doing Something Right

Thinking About Thinking

Thanks to TechCrunch’s support of the VC Blog Directory. Erick Schonfeld highlighted the Sept 2009 update yesterday and Leena Rao wrote about the original May 2009 version. As Erick points out, Fred Wilson was ranked #2 in May, and still remains #2 in Sept. But, that belies an amazing trend underneath the surface. growth in 3+ months.