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Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

View from Seed

This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Subscribe here  for more. Endowments. Foundation s.

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Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Click the image to view a larger version.).

How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

Feld Thoughts

Guest Post By William Hertling – williamhertling.com  (Author). Apocalypse. Maybe you want to write an app or a book. Enter the Craziness.

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The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, ”, a partner from a VC firm asked us. Ugh. I had no answer for that. What happened?

The Importance of Understanding Your Best Users

Instigator Blog

You need to define what a “good” user is for your startup. In Lean Analytics we call this the Stickiness Stage. Clicks? Page views? tl;dr.

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Working with Developers


There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. Go watch a few episodes.

Prepaid SIM Card USA 2014

Ask The VC

Searching for an inexpensive plan on iPhone offer, or perhaps you wish to use an unlocked worldwide cell phone? Several prepaid wireless companies now are providing SIM-Only service, in which you bring in your personal cell phone, catch in a SIM card and enjoy. Best Plans Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

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The Silent Benefits of PR

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Or, in the case of a convertible note, they’ll explicitly state a valuation cap. Lower-Than-Market Value. Market Value. Above-Market Value.

The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it. His new book does three things: 1. Product/Market fit. Online Tools.

The Deep, Dark, Emotional Challenges of Being a Leader

Feld Thoughts

I got to spend a lot of time with my close friend Rand Fishkin the past few days. Go read it now – I’ll wait. ” Whatever.

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What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

Grasshopper Herder

When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups.

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The First 10 Questions I Ask Entrepreneurs When Investing

Instigator Blog

want to be aware of the biases that I have and at least question them freely in my own mind before jumping to conclusions. What motivates you?

App Constellations

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you made a list of all the non-game mobile apps that have more than 10mm MAUs, it would be a pretty short list. So that got me thinking. Dropbox).

Framework Benchmarks Round 9


The latest round of our ongoing Framework Benchmarks project is now available! View Round 9 results now. Round 9 notes and observations. that of i7.

10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup


Eighty percent of new entrepreneurs use this approach, with only six percent using investor funding. You will be happier and under less pressure.

How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. Freemium model. Cost-based model. Value model. Feature pricing.

Top Cell Phone Companies That Offers Best Deals

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Choosing a wireless provider is important as getting a Smartphone. The service provider offers the network, considering that you'll possibly end up spending an acceptable price for the service, and there is no reason in keeping with a poor service. However, there is no assured way to forecast this. Best Plans Cell phone companies

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. What is a founder to do? And not a point-of-view I particularly believe in.

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim , former co-founder of Web 1.0 But what do COOs actually do for startups? When should founders hire one?

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”. Book of Five Rings. Customer Discovery. This was a great call. Whoah.

How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company?

Feld Thoughts

came across one from  Nic Brisbourne (Forward Ventures) titled  I’m a stock picker. Our view of a strong success in an investment in a 10x return.

For marketing early startups: Deep, not wide

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

All of them worked a little bit, so together it was substantial — a trickle from each that added up to a river. That’s never how it works.

Launch Your Startup When You’ve Already Won

Instigator Blog

The tech industry is overly-obsessed with making noise, being self-congratulatory and too often, focused on the wrong things. doesn’t help them.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of chatter recently about ageism and the old vs young debate in tech. The New Republic has a post up today on the topic.

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right?

How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?


Image via Wikipedia. One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. Freemium model. Cost-based model.

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out?

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Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

Ask The VC

If you don’t want to be bound to a contract, a prepaid plan is an. excellent fit. There are small companies that offer the best prepaid. phone plans with unlimited talk, text and nice amount of data. There’s actually. something for any budget-and you’ll save over a postpaid plan. Below are the most affordable prepaid cell phone plans with.

Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate

Both Sides of the Table

Yet along with “authenticity” they are two of the key attributes I look for when I meet with companies I may consider funding one day.

Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter

View from Seed

Josh Porter is the founder of What to Wear Daily , a service that helps you prepare for your day. You Found a Problem to Solve. How do you learn that?

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How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? But what about for us, a consumer hardware hardware company?

My Ideal Board Meeting

Feld Thoughts

Thankfully, all four of them used my ideal board meeting template. While I prefer prose to a PowerPoint deck, either is fine.

The 7 Attributes of People Who Get Things Done

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done?