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10 Things About 1995 That Put Launching Amazon in Perspective

Inc Startups

The pet rock was still a somewhat recent memory, and a webcam of a coffee pot was still kind of a big deal

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True Story: How Bplans.com Started in 1995

Up and Running

January of 1995. Few people knew of the Internet, Mozilla, and the world-wide web. The so-called “Internet” had existed for years, but seemed to the rest of us (anybody outside of a few spook havens and ivory towers) like a nerdy background utility for emails. And I started bplans.com.

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GoPro Snags Top Apple Designer, Shares Rise 19 Percent

Inc Startups

The camera maker's new Vice President of Design, Danny Coster, is listed on Apple patents going back to 1995

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Not collapsing like 1995: This Duke not those Blue Devils

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) AP) — Simply mentioning "back surgery" and "Mike Kryzyzewski" in the same sentence is enough to give even the most dedicated Duke fan — or hater — a flashback to 1994-95

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Barry Schuler: Vision Is the Secret to Making Money

Inc Startups

Barry Schuler''s decision to sell his company Medior to AOL wasn''t an obvious choice in 1995, but he sensed a shared vision--and it paid off

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foodtechconnect: Did you know that in 1995 none of the states.

Mark Birch

foodtechconnect : Did you know that in 1995 none of the states had an obesity rate above 21%, but in 2011 the “leanest” state, Colorado, had a rate just over 21%?

Judge tosses 1995 double-murder conviction in case tied to former District Attorney Mike Nifong

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

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Painful memories linger after 1995 Asheville plant shooting

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) AP) — For years after the shooting, fire alarms at Union Butterfield were tested only on weekends, in a largely empty building

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Boulder Conversations at the Boulder History Museum on Wed 2/12/14

Feld Thoughts

As a relative youngster (I’ve only been here since 1995) it was especially humbling to be asked to part of the “ Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People” Speaker Series.

Looking Forward to 2025

Feld Thoughts

The last was dinner with Alex Rigopulos, the co-founder of Harmonix, which he co-founded with Eran Egozy in 1995, sold in 2007, bought back in 2010, and is still running today. ” The years 1995 through 2005, shown almost entirely in red ink, were “The Part Before That. If we fund an early stage startup company today and it’s hugely successful, it’ll be coming into its own in 2025. Ponder that for a moment.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

1995 – 2000 was the climb up to the Peak. This is a line my friend Jerry Colonna uses when something like the AT&T – Time Warner deal occurs. As time passes, the line has shifted to “We were right – just fifteen years early.”

Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

But we came very close to moving to Homer in 1995. We moved to Boulder in November 1995 and never looked back – it’s been amazing. Nope – Amy and I aren’t moving to Homer.

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Mark Cuban: The Key to Massive Success Is Anticipation

Inc Startups

When Mark Cuban started AudioNet in 1995, he was betting that audio and video would become essential parts of the internet

Happy 21st Anniversary @abatchelor

Feld Thoughts

We moved from Boston to Boulder in 1995 and never looked back. Lots of people get married on the summer solstice. To all of them – including those getting married today – congrats and welcome to the club!

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“There’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product”

Chris Dixon

Steve Jobs in 1995 : There’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do.

“There’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product.”

Chris Dixon

Steve Jobs in 1995 : There’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do.

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

1995) and eBay (1995), which begat Google (1998) and PayPal (1998), which begat YouTube (2005), Facebook (2004), and LinkedIn (2003) which begat Twitter (2006) and Zynga (2007), which begat Square (2010), Dropbox (2008), and many more. This weekend finds NYC in between Internet Week (which I largely missed because of my London trip) and Disrupt NYC (which I will be at on and off this coming week). So the development of NYC as a startup hub is very much on my mind.

The Long and Winding Road to Rock Band 4

Feld Thoughts

I originally invested in Harmonix as an angel investor in 1995. It’s here. And you know you want it.

The Endless Struggle That Boulder Has With Itself

Feld Thoughts

It’s also not the Boulder of 1995. I’ve now lived in Boulder for 19 years.

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“Otherwise do something else”

Chris Dixon

In 1995, I was a graduate student studying philosophy at Columbia. I remember back when I started my first company, a friend said to me “get ready to have a knot in your stomach and feel nauseous for years.” ” I laughed it off then, but it was probably the most accurate advice I’ve ever gotten. I haven’t slept well for years. Even now with my last startup sold, I stay up at night thinking about how to change the website, make payroll, raise more money, etc.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

The Golden Age (1970 – 1995): Build a growing business with a consistently profitable track record (after at least 5 quarters,) and go public when it’s time. 1970 – 1995: The Golden Age. The world of building profitable startups ended in 1995. Carpe Diem.

After Your First Big Success, What’s Next?

Feld Thoughts

This was 1995 and the path from there has been powerful and dramatic. As exits have been flowing nicely again the past few years, many of the entrepreneurs I work with have experienced their first big exit. I refer to this moment as when you find that you have life changing money in your bank account, which I like to call “f**k you money.” ” You now can do whatever you want with the rest of your life.

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Get A Free Flight To Boulder For Boulder Startup Week

Feld Thoughts

Since I moved to Boulder in 1995, I’ve watched and participated in the evolution of an amazing startup community which I believe currently has the highest entrepreneurial density in the United States. Boulder Startup Week , a five day celebration of the tech scene here in Boulder, is offering several free plane tickets to people who would consider relocating.

The First Real Intersection of Music and Virtual Reality

Feld Thoughts

In 1995 I made a seed investment in a tiny company called Harmonix founded by two guys, Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy. After one meeting with them I knew I wanted to be part of their journey and made one of my early $25,000 angel investments. The journey they went on as founders and a company was amazing. A big part of it was captured in what I think is one of the best long form magazine articles ever about the history and drama of building a company – Just Play in Inc.

Mike Maples Talks Investments, Startup Smarts and Bill Gates

SiliconHills

After his retirement in 1995, [.] By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Former Microsoft senior executive and current investor and rancher Mike Maples Sr.

A big industry is born and peaks within 13 years

The Equity Kicker

If you take the 1995 Netscape IPO as the start of the internet advertising market then that industry went from inception to decline in 19 years. It’s been widely reported this morning that music downloads are now in decline.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

Pre Internet Bubble (1995 – 2000). I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” ” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments. Following is the current table of contents. It’s still pretty dynamic as I’m adding stuff while I’m writing.

Where Is Your Technology In The Gartner Hype Cycle?

Startup Professionals Musings

back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. The Hype Cycle was a concept put forward by Gartner, Inc.

Genstar Capital Buys Austin-based Accruent

SiliconHills

Accruent, founded in 1995 in California, had raised $32 million from two investors in two rounds, according to its Crunchbase profile.

Where Is Your Technology In The Gartner Hype Cycle?

Gust

back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. Image via Wikipedia. The Hype Cycle was a concept put forward by Gartner, Inc.

Disruptive Businesses Face Some Extra Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

Christensen in “ The Innovator’s Dilemma ” way back in 1995. How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

This book was written in 1995 and published by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association so the updated subtitle should be “A One Hundred Year Renaissance – 20 Years Later.” Amy and I had a very quiet weekend hanging out with each other, Brooks the Wonder Dog, and Super Cooper the Pooper. We like Memorial Day weekend – it always feels like the beginning of summer to us. I read three books over the weekend.

More Successful New Entrepreneurs Are Baby Boomers

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the most recent report from the Kauffman Foundation , the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America shifted a few years ago to the Boomer age group, compared to Gen-X (1965 to1980) and Gen-Y (1981 to 1995).

The Dark Side of Depression ??? Robin Williams, We Loved You

Feld Thoughts

When Amy and I moved to Boulder in 1995, one of the fun quiet things I didn’t share was how cool it was to be living in Mork’s home town. I woke up with gloom in my brain this morning. Robin Williams apparent suicide really impacted me, just like it has so many other people.

In Santa Fe We Wish We Had The Boulder Problems!

Feld Thoughts

To give you some background, I moved to Santa Fe, NM from the East Coast in 1995 to start a company with my older brother. There has been a lot of recent noise in Boulder about growth, challenges, and the impact of the tech community on the city. I stirred the pot a little more with my post The Endless Struggle That Boulder Has With Itself.

Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

Chris Dixon

What is the difference between mobile devices today where the integrated approach is winning and desktops PCs in, say, 1995, when the non-integrated approach dominated?

What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

The average venture capital fund raised between 1995 and 1997 returned more than 50% per year. 2010 was a year of firming and climbing out of a hole, but the tepid IPO market and general macroeconomic malaise seemed to linger until late in the year (similar to how 1995 felt).

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No More MBOs

Feld Thoughts

I’ve only worked in what could be considered a “big” company for 18 months (1993 – 1995) and that was the company (AmeriData) that bought my first company (Feld Technologies). I am so very tired of MBO-based bonuses in startups. I knew the concept of MBOs pre-dated my time in business school, but I couldn’t remember where they came from. Wikipedia reminded me – it’s another Peter Drucker creation from The Practice of Management.

How to Scale a Successful Software Business | Stephen Allott | Business of Software Europe

Business of Software Blog

Revenue in 1995 was c £1 million. Scaling Successful Software Companies. Stephen Allott led Micromuse, a London Headquartered company that floated on NASDAQ. In subsequent years revenue tripled, doubled, tripled, doubled, doubled and doubled to £142 million in 2001. That sort of growth is hard. In this talk, Stephen shares his experiences and identifies the five critical things, aside from ambition, that you need to get right to scale a successful software business.

Silicon Valley != The Internet (The CEO of Yammer says the darndest things)

Diego Basch

You could have made the exact same argument in 1995 but used the word “computer” instead of internet.