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Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

For a long time I’ve ranted against naming your startup community “Silicon Whatever.” The LA startup community is called LA.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. It motivated me to do the same.

Content Marketing for Startups

47 Hats

The Prime Enemy of your startup is obscurity. It’s the new eyeball attractor, the new banner ad, the new blinking text that when liberally slathered over your baby startup will perform miracles of marketing for you. That’s not how it’s ever worked for startups. Startups that get that, like Zapier , prosper.

Startup Boards Is Shipping

Feld Thoughts

Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors  is shipping. Startup Boards boards Books startup boards

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The Manual-First Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

It’s now clear to me that not building that crawling technology early on was one of the reasons our startup succeeded.

Book: Startup Rising

Feld Thoughts

On my vacation a few weeks ago, I read  Chris Schroeder ‘s book  Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Chris creates a framework for how to think about the different participants in the Middle East startup community. The post Book: Startup Rising appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

The Largest Startup Community In The World

Feld Thoughts

As Boulder Startup Week 2014 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the power of startup communities today. When I wrote Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , I made some assertions about how to build startup communities and what the impact of them would be on society. 501 cities.

A Mixer for Startup Mixology

Feld Thoughts

The post A Mixer for Startup Mixology appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books book tour event frank gruber startup mixology tech.co

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, But, how in the world is a startup supposed to have an unfair advantage?

Structure Matters (Scaling Startups)

Instigator Blog

Lean Startup provides a methodology for how to do things, but generally the work and overall experience is pretty chaotic. Scaling StartupsWhen you first start a company there’s very little structure involved. You have a couple founders, an idea and (hopefully) a ton of passion for the problem you’re trying to solve.

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Three Startup Books To Buy Today

Feld Thoughts

As a huge reader, I love the recent plethora of startup / entrepreneurship books. I’m involved in three new ones – one that I’ve co-authored, one that FG Press has published, and one where I’m part of a Kickstarter campaign. The first is Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job.

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

Gust

But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and Read more >.

The Resetting of the Startup Industry

Both Sides of the Table

Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business. Startup Lessons

The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. That means the potential scale of European startups is as large as US startups. Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. Since 2010, we’ve invested in 47 companies (roughly 8 per year) and 11 of them have been in Europe (roughly 2 per year).

Building Startup Communities to Last

Feld Thoughts

So it was an incredible honor to interview Jim for 45 minutes last week at the Startup Phenomenon event about Startup Communities. Enjoy!

Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order

Feld Thoughts

My newest book,  Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors , will ship at the end of the month. Between now and Sunday, if you pre-order a copy of Startup Boards on Amazon , you will be entered into a random drawing. If you need immediate gratification, the Kindle version of Startup Boards is already shipping.

Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

Feld Thoughts

If you are a founder, an employee in a startup, or an investor in a startup, you have to be playing a long term game. The post Current Startup Market Emotional Biases appeared first on Feld Thoughts. read it again this morning when I woke up. And I expect I’ll read it at least one more time. But why? Period.

Cash Policies for Startups

Feld Thoughts

I heard a rumor on a call the other day that some startup companies are starting to keep balance sheet cash in higher yield instruments such as corporate debt. As a high growth startup, I think you should be focusing on maximum protection for your cash, even if the yield is 0%. This scares the s**t out of me. Be careful out there.

Launch Your Startup with an Infographic

crowdSPRING Blog

Image credit: Everlane. In 2011, it was relatively unknown that most designer tees are marked up as much as 10 times. Image credit: Everlane.

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

So this weekend was about startup communities with a bonus book on the startup visa tossed in for good measure. He writes extremely deep stories about each startup community, along with strengths, weaknesses, and things that are going on that shape them. Books immigration silicon valley startup communities Startup Visa

Startup Marketing: 5 Startups that changed their name (and why)

crowdSPRING Blog

A lot of time can be spent choosing the perfect startup name. Unsure if your startup is in need of a new name? When Untitled Startup Inc.

The State of NYC Seed: Startup Trends & VC Data [REPORT]

View from Seed

Since joining NextView, we’ve talked often and excitedly about the New York startup ecosystem. Thanks for taking a look. year total = $923M.

Startup Physics

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

also wrote one about the numeric relationship between creators, curators, and consumers on a platform but I’m having trouble finding it and linking to it right now. Yesterday I suggested another to William Mougayar  via Kik when he observed to me that valuation mania has emerged in the blockchain for financial institution space.

The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern. Growth curves of startups (cdixon.org).

The Startup Therapist

Feld Thoughts

My long time friend Jeff Hyman has started a new business called Startup Therapist. Jeff’s awesome.

Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. —-. The question is – why?

Startup Summer – Applications Close 2/28

Feld Thoughts

It’s a daily occurrence that a college student emails me asking how they can get involved in the Boulder startup community or any startup ecosystem. For those students looking to get involved in Boulder and in Denver, I always point them towards  Startup Summer , a program out of  Startup Colorado.

Startup Porn

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Problem With Startup Porn. That’s the nature of porn, startup or otherwise. I like Bryce ‘s post so much I am cross posting here in its entirety. found a box of old Playboy magazines buried in the woods behind my house. couldn’t have been older than 10 or 11 years old at the time. In my haste, I did not read the articles.

8 Battle Strategies Every Business Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory.

10 Answers That Make Your Startup Plan Investable

Startup Professionals Musings

Name the three top ones, and present your sustainable advantage as well as barriers to entry for new startups.

Taking Advantage of Startup Accelerators

Instigator Blog

Last week a company that I advise, Qimple, got accepted into 500 Startups. Startup Accelerators It’s great to see. Lots of people are congratulating them on Facebook and Twitter. They’re incredibly excited. In Canada we buzz about our entrepreneurs “making it” south of the border. All warm and fuzzy.

Startups for Startups: The Top B2B Tools Used by Startups

VC Cafe

Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. Why do so many founders build things no one wants? – Paul Graham, Ycombinator.

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A discussion about creating startup hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Andrew Ross Sorkin and I talked about creating startup hubs yesterday at the New York Times’ Cities For Tomorrow conference.

Startup CTO

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016

Brandanew

Except the question: what are the new digital trends , how do you market your Startup brand in 2016? The Internet has democratized our world.

How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

Make sure everyone accurately posts their role with your startup on social media profiles, resumes, and references. Status of the solution.

Startup Opportunities Book Tour, Presented by Intuit QuickBooks

Feld Thoughts

Sean Wise, my co-author for my next book,  Startup Opportunities , is a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Registration here.

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Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense

Gust

When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically.