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Niche to Win, Baby.

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Don’t Go Big or Go Home. Go Small at first, then Iterate, Dominate, & WIN. Continue reading on Medium

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Welcome to The Unicorn Hedge

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Yeah, There’s a Bubble… But it Ain’t in Tech Continue reading on 500 Hats

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

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abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. menus should be online, so they can integrate user data & purchase history to customize selection, offer discounts, and to connect with friends for favorites and referrals / group offers.

Fear of Flying.

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Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. In fact, failure is a rather warm, safe blanket for most folks around these parts.

Niche 2 Win, Baby.

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Most startups think they have to be AWESOME to succeed. 1 of These Things != The Other. Actually, this is quite far from the truth – in fact, you can be incredibly mediocre and still be quite successful. sounds inspirational, i know, but stick with me for a minute.).

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VC Evolution: Physician, Scale Thyself.

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TL:DR : This post aims to recap significant changes in the venture capital industry over the past ten years, and then make some [biased] predictions as to major forces at play in the next five years.

What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.

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Recent articles by the WSJ , Fred Wilson , & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money.

99 VC Problems But a Batch Ain’t 1

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Why Portfolio Size Matters For Returns Continue reading on Medium

late bloomer, not a loser. (I hope)

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most of the time I think of myself as a failure. when I’m optimistic, I think maybe I’m just a late bloomer. I know a lot of folks won’t understand this perspective, but when I was growing up I was always the smartest kid around. it was expected that I would do great things, by my mom, by my teachers, and most importantly, by me.

Bubble, My Ass: Some Unicorns Might Be Overvalued, But All Dinosaurs Gonna Die.

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Summary: pundits argue billion-dollar startups are overvalued, but few realize why public company valuations might also be too expensive. Continue reading on Medium

Your SOLUTION is Not My PROBLEM - Master of 500 Hats

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QUICK !!! i'm a VC. you're an entrepreneur. we're in an elevator, and you've got 30 seconds. ok, if your pitch began with "we're building an X for Y", then guess what YOU FAIL. yeah, i know in an earlier presentation i said "we're X

late bloomer, not a loser.

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(this post was originally published on svbtle.com on July 7, 2012) Continue reading on Medium

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Fear of Flying.

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Failure isn’t the worst thing to happen to you in Silicon Valley. Continue reading on Medium

Congrats SlideShare + LinkedIn -- Best Wishes Rashmi, Jon, & Amit :)

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This is a very special post for me to write, to congratulate some good friends on a job well done. I first met Rashmi many years back at TagCamp while i was still working at Simply Hired in 2005, then again at Dana Street Coffee in early 2007 when i was consulting for Mint.com.

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500 Nerdz. One Mission.

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Join Nerdz4Hillary.com To Defeat The Dark Side (aka Donald Trump) Continue reading on 500 Hats

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

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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

Startup Metrics for Pirates: SeedCamp 2009 (Sept 2009, London.

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Same old shit, just a different day (+ 1-2 new slides, not much tho): Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure

Brief Thoughts on Angel List, "Social Proof", "Spray & Pray", & The Network Effects of Large Scale Investing

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(ok folks, i've gotta take the kids to basketball practice in a few hours, so will try to power through this -- that means limited crazy fonts, profanity, wild pix. sorry little monsters, next time ;). 3 major points i plan to cover in this post: 1) Angel List Fucking Rocks. Period.  it's the single greatest innovation in our industry in the last 5 years (aside from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, & Quora) and it's great for almost all participants.

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How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On.

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[UPDATED] video & slides from my talk at Presentation Camp SF: Dave McClure - How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On) from Chris Hutchins on Vimeo How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a

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

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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

The Fail Factory

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i look kinda scruffy in this Fast Company intvw , but it's mostly on target. Big Ideas, Hot Air Dave, Friends, Family Venture Capital & Startup Finance

This ain't Technology. it's MAGIC. (Word Lens by QuestVisual)

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words cannot express: wow. Big Ideas, Hot Air Geeks, Tech, Startups Marvelous Marketing

Startups to Customers: "I Wanna FIGHT Your Father." (Father = Incumbent Solution)

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Passion is what being a startup entrepreneur is all about. Great  entrepreneurs are passionate about customers and solving their problems -- so passionate sometimes, that they will take on ridiculous odds to have a shot at fighting Goliath.

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Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own.

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Haven't really gotten on a rant in awhile. guess i've been doing a lot of travel lately, but now that i'm back in California for awhile, there's something i've been meaning to bring up that bothers me. It's kind of a dirty little

Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products, NOT.

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yeah, that's a super long-ass headline, i know. it's a personal soundbite from a Stanford BASES E-Challenge panel discussion i participated in earlier tonight over on campus. probably plenty of other people have said something similar

Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010.

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Latest & Greatest re-arranging of deck chairs on the Lean Startup Titanic: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SF, Jan 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure

Blogging Hiatus

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i'm not doing much blogging at the moment, as you can probably tell from this site. apologies however i've been kinda busy getting 500 Startups off the ground the past year or two. besides, the commenting system here is crap & i've been overdue on a redesign for about 2-3 years. for some of my more insane / incendiary rants, check out Best of 500 Hats. for more recent perspectives from the 500 Startups network, visit our company blog at [link].

The Faces, the *FACES*. it's *ALL* about the Motherf**king FACES.

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DISCLAIMER: i've never really had any professional training in user interface design. and i'm sure that's obvious from my blog fonts & colors. However, i started designing & developing applications over 25 years ago

How to Take Down Facebook -- Hint: It Ain't Twitter. (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)

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I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.    It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something "wrong" with Facebook, and it's not like I don't spend a shitload of time ego-whoring around on Twitter too. Let's face it: I'm completely & utterly addicted to social networks & tha Interwebs. but: Something is Still Missing.

Why NOT to do a Startup -- becuz yer Gonna FAIL. (spend more time with your kids)

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slides from my new talk on NOT doing a startup, from Seattle Startup Day: Why NOT To Do a Startup. View more presentations from Dave McClure

Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.

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My friend Dan Olsen is an awesome dude, and one of the valley's most talented geeks when it comes to product management, particularly for consumer internet websites & viral marketing. Dan recently did a terrific presentation on Web 2.0.

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You've Seen This Shit B4. Move Along. - Master of 500 Hats

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It's Classic. It's Timeless. It's Godawful Fucking Ugly (but colorful). And i swear and wave my arms a lot. If you still find this shit interesting, here's the latest & greatest (maybe 1 new slide, maybe not). Startup Metrics 4 Pirates

Startup Metrics That Matter (FoWA London, Oct 2009) - Master of.

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Video from my Startup Metrics for Pirates / Kill a Feature talk @ FOWA London: Start-up Metrics that Matter by Dave McClure from Carsonified on Vimeo

Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (we.

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Okay folks. i am getting really fucking tired of all your negative shit. yeah, i know it's gonna be tough. and the credit crunch / downturn / whatchamacallit has already changed the balance of power from entrepreneur to investor in

Hey, You. *Watch* This Shit. NOW.

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Giddyup. INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

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life lessons, by jack handey. er, Dorsey. - Master of 500 Hats

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jack's life lessons Originally uploaded by iluvpeperothink i fail on #1, #5, #10. most of the others, i do ok. kind of exceptional on #3 and #9, in fact

Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly. and Yes, Mike, I Have.

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So i've been debating whether to write this post all day. Unfortunately i probably have more balls than sense, but it drives me fucking insane to see some bullshit superangel conspiracy theory get whipped into a frenzy by people who

The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation.

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Here are slides from my talk at the GROW conference (Vancouver, August 2010) on changes in the venture capital industry. For more info on this topic, read my blog post "Moneyball for Startups". The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley 2.0 Story

Marketing, Metrics, & Meaning (4 Pirates, in LA @ BlueGlass.

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slides from my talk on Marketing Metrics at BlueGlassLA: Marketing Metrics 4 Pirates (July 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure

Hello World.

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after a long blogging hiatus , i hope to get back to more regular writing. one thing different here: there won’t be as much of my former crazy red bold fonts, and I’m trying to ease off the profanity and ranting (altho there will probably still be a good bit of that). perhaps I’m getting conservative in my old age, or maybe I just feel less need to grab headlines these days. that’s probably b t (whoops!), but in any case it’s still the same old me.