2012

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The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault. Surely not.

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The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

Vinicius Vacanti

Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. tweet every 5 minutes. That’s weird. “Ugh.

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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.

Getting President Obama To Play With Your Product

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, President Obama was in Boulder. The guys at Orbotix showed up and got him to play around with a Sphero. Damon starts filming on his iPhone.

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

SoCal CTO

I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem.

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New Twitter tools for Startups in 2012

47 Hats

Here’s 5 new Twitter tools I’d recommend, and why. Buffer. What: Repeat your tweets so more people see them. In a word, Awesome. PeerIndex.

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet.  johnsmith@startup.com  <– Precision trumps brevity in this startup. What else am I missing

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When is it Time to Pivot or Quit?

Instigator Blog

Entrepreneurs aren’t quitters. To succeed you need to be resilient, thick skinned and borderline crazy. But sometimes, you have to quit.

How Perfect Pricing got me 1500 Sales in 2 Days

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

He’s worked with multiple startups and is also the founder of Folyo , a service that helps companies find vetted freelance designers. With 5.99

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How We Fooled Ourselves into Delaying Our Startup’s Launch

Vinicius Vacanti

This is a really smart way of thinking about startups. But, despite being all in on the Lean Startup movement, we didn’t do that. Lastly.

Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator. It was a fun talk.

Three Magic Numbers

Feld Thoughts

Every company I’m involved in keeps track of numbers. Daily numbers, weekly numbers, monthly numbers. Ultimately, all the numbers translate into three financial statements – the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. Not two, not five, but three. Words are good also, but I love numbers. Instead, I was looking at wallpaper.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. Compensation.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Gust

Eric Ries image via Fast Company. agree with Eric’s summary of the top ten types of pivots to consider: Zoom-in pivot. Zoom-out pivot. Platform pivot.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. cities. Beers.

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Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

10 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Beat the Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? It worked.

Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.

The Role of Product Managers

Instigator Blog

I came across an interesting discussion on Branch about the role and future of product managers. I’m not a member there so I couldn’t respond directly, but figured I’d put my thoughts here instead. Yesterday the discussion only had a few comments on it. In that way, Product Managers are very similar to CEOs. Crappy developers.

It’s a torturous chaos until it isn’t

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When you talk about explosive, profitable startup growth, a few darlings come to mind. DropBox is one. Hubspot is another. I Of course it was. Or ever?

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Have Idea for a Startup? Don’t Launch a Company, Launch an Experiment

Vinicius Vacanti

Two users. That’s it. thought LinkFalcon had some real potential. It solved a real problem for me and one that I hoped others had. Failure.

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In Defense Of Free

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have written so much about free here at AVC that it should be called AVFree. First, let me say this is specifically not about Twitter.

How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

Today’s post is a guest post from William Hertling, author of the award-winning  Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears  and  A.I. Apocalypse , near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge. They’ve been called “frighteningly plausible”, “tremendous”, and “thought-provoking”. How To Do It.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Even better, my good friend and data visualization guru Steve Wexler of Data Revelations was able to create visualizations of the data. It has not.

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10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

Image via eHow.com. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

When you work inside a startup with lots of clever and motivated staff you’re never short of good ideas that you can implement. Let me explain.

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.

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet.  johnsmith@startup.com  <– Precision trumps brevity in this startup. What else am I missing

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Niche 2 Win, Baby.

500 Hats

Most startups think they have to be AWESOME to succeed. 1 of These Things != The Other. sounds inspirational, i know, but stick with me for a minute.).

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Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds

Startup Professionals Musings

Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one. good elevator pitch is not just for an elevator discussion. It won’t work.

How should a startup founder value her time?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Almost no startup founder values her time properly. Consultants know exactly what their time is worth: their hourly rate. Because they’re dead. Let’s

Advice I Wish I Could Have Given Myself 5 Years Ago

Vinicius Vacanti

Since going down the startup path, I’ve made so many mistakes, struggled so many times, failed in almost every way you can. raised $7.3

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What Do You Look For?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm asked this question all the time. Is it team? Is it the idea? Is it product? Is it market? Why is this the right team to do this?

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If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

Feld Thoughts

Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day). Entrepreneur: I just wanted to touch base with you and see if you are taking on new startups right now.