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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 Power of Why

Feld Thoughts

Simon Sinek’s TED Talk from TedxPuget Sound (Sept 2009) has been posted and is just awesome. Some know HOW they do it.

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The Shortcut We Took to Build Yipit in Three Days

Vinicius Vacanti

Family, friends, journalists, potential investors and palm readers will tell your idea is brilliant or foolish but they don’t really know. Crazy?

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Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

Part of my job description involves prepping startups to raise capital. " I understand this concern; raising money puts a very

What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill. Everyone knows what a startup is for – don’t they?

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MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.

500 Hats

My apologies. this is a long piece (~2500 words). Not for the faint of heart. If you want the short story, read the abstract below

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

OnStartups

Everyone thinks that being a startup CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. You know the press articles I'm talking about. Don't.

How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The Google hiring process is designed to hire the most talented, creative, and articulate people in the world who will be the best fit for Google.

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is Part 2 of the series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.??? What if someone copies your awesome business idea? How can I answer this question?

My TEDxBoulder Presentation on The Quarterly Week Off The Grid

Feld Thoughts

The video of my presentation follows. If you’ve heard me talk about this before, you’ll recognize some of my schtick.

6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for  Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

Business development is fun. It's a bit like a triathlon

Job Titles That Can Sink Your Startup

Steve Blank

I had coffee with an ex student earlier in the week that reminded me yet again why startups burn through so many early VP’s. And Lessons Learned.

Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

Both Sides of the Table

Professor Christensen uses real data from the disk drive industry to make his points. So the startups tend to focus on totally new customers. billion.

Startup Development

SoCal CTO

I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. Thought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your Startup

8 Things to Look for When Hiring Startup Talent

Instigator Blog

Once you have an aggressive system in place for building a recruiting magnet and sourcing talent you need to have a clear sense of what to look for in each potential candidate. When initially sourcing, you don’t need to spend a ton of time reviewing people’s profiles, analyzing resumes, etc. You just find interesting people and connect.

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the sayings I hear from talented managers in product development is, “good enough never is.”

Visual Guide to NoSQL Systems

Nathan Hurst

I've developed this visual

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

www.forentrepreneurs.com

SolidWorks 2: The best VAR management program in the world? SolidWorks 3: The best VAR management program in the world? This is a mistake. Good luck.

Solving the "marketplace" business model

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Marketplace companies are notoriously difficult to start, so I'm constantly amazed that so many entrepreneurs chose this route. So what's the problem?

Just Make It Faster

Feld Thoughts

As a user, how often have you thought “I wish this web service was faster.&#  As a CEO, how often have you said “just make it faster.&#  Or, more simply, “why is this damn thing so slow?&#. People who develop broad skills also tend to develop a good mental model of how different layers of a system behave.

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How We Knew When to Launch Our Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

From a PR perspective, I like to think of the internet as an ocean full of schools of fish. It’s tragic and a huge blown opportunity. So smart.

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7 Reasons Why You Need To Work For A Big Company

OnStartups

The following is a guest post by MArk Stephens. Mark is the founder and CEO of IDR Solutions. Large companies tend to be regarded as dull and unsexy.

Perfection By Subtraction – The Minimum Feature Set

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.&#. The Minimum Feature Set is Not The Goal. Why A Minimum Feature Set?

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

Every team configuration is different. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. But barely.

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Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.

500 Hats

I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours. but fuck it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go. note: extremely raw, uneven, long, 1st draft publish & shoot; will revise l8r

10 Steps to Successfully Sourcing and Recruiting Startup Talent

Instigator Blog

Hiring people remains one of the biggest challenges and mysteries for startups. Since most CEOs and founders aren’t trained recruiters, they generally have very little idea about how to recruit properly. And because they’re so busy running their startups, they rarely invest enough time in the recruiting process. Or, stick with Excel.

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. This is a great configuration for a starting team.

If you’re aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.

Chris Dixon

My most useful career experience was about eight years ago when I was trying to break into the world of VC-backed startups. I applied to hundreds of jobs:  low-level VC roles, startups jobs, even to big tech companies.  I got rejected from every single one. Big companies rejected me outright or gave me a courtesy interview before rejecting me.

How to pick a co-founder

venturehacks.com

Venture Hacks Good advice for startups. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. Date first. It’s not the person you like the most.

Why I feel like a fraud

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

" I feel like a fraud. I've been at this for 16 years and I still feel like a fraud. felt like a fraud every day. Aren't I too young? And we're wrong.

Suggestions for Angel Investors

Feld Thoughts

I’m on an Acela train between Boston and New York (listening to Boston’s More Than A Feeling – how recursive) on my way to the TechStars Boston 2010 Investor / Demo day. It sounds like Angel Boot Camp rocked. My long time friend and co-angel investor Will Herman wrote a post titled Angel Investing that summarized some of his advice.

How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

Odysseus resisting the Sirens. On my three year startup journey that lead to Yipit , I had over 30 other completely unrelated ideas. Each time I got the idea, I would immediately start sweating profusely for three straight hours in a ridiculous state of unbridled excitement and optimism. Sounds great, right? Not really. The Temptation. The Danger.

Why PHP Is Fun and Easy But Python Is Marriage Material

OnStartups

I think a lot about choices and decisions at startups. It’s very hard to change this decision. We ended up picking C# at the time. Not bad.

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