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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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“Stealth mode” and other f’ing brilliant strategies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Here’s some of my super-secret winning strategies from fifteen years of building startups. Stay in stealth mode until the last minute. Satire

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


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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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.

Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them


Last weekend I caught Mashable announcing that Ebook Sales Surpass Hardcover in the U.S., And in January I saw that digital music

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. So consider this my first-ever guest blog post.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation. organizational) changes corporations need to make. In the U.S.

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.

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.

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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Document Your MVP for a Developer


I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. Specifically Twitter has said that they will only used these assigned patent rights defensively to protect themselves against hostile actions. You can read the entire set of provisions on GitHub. will end this post with a story.

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011


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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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.

6 Clues That You May Be Cool as an Entrepreneur


Google's Larry Page image via Coolspotters.com. Actually, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s a good start. Risk energizes you.


Feld Thoughts

I first heard the word “ grinfucker ” a decade or so ago from a close friend who was a former investment banker. He said, in response to a meeting we were in with a person who was very polite and charming “he’s such a grinfucker.” During that dinner we started talking about SOPA/PIPA. We talked about that for a while.

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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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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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.

How Many Metrics Do You Need to Run Your Startup?

Instigator Blog

Answer: Only one. One of the concepts we’re pushing hard in the Lean Analytics book is the One Metric That Matters (OMTM). Just one.

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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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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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


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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How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. I was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy. One is a personal thing.