What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

In May 1996, Open Market completed a successful IPO and more than doubled on the first day of trading, ending with a $1.2 But what if it’s actually more akin to 1996? 2011 is the first year where it feels like a real boom – much like 1996.

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The Olympics for every industry

deal architect

The country won just one Gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Britain is a remarkable Olympics turnaround story. Embarrassed and focused, it has gradually improved every four years and in London it is running 3rd behind China and. Industry Commentary

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Sense Corp. Moves Headquarters to Austin From St. Louis

SiliconHills

The company, founded in 1996, already had an office in Austin. A consulting company focused on data and artificial intelligence, Sense Corp., is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Austin. It also has operations in Dallas, Houston, Columbus, and Minneapolis.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

Austin-based SpareFoot Acquires SiteLink

SiliconHills

SpareFoot, the Austin-based online self-storage marketplace, announced Thursday plans to acquire SiteLink, a software maker for the self-storage industry, founded in 1996 and based in Raliegh, North Carolina.

Zoho’s CEO Discusses its Unique Culture and Plans for its Austin Campus on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

SiliconHills

In 1996, Sridhar Vembu founded Zoho in Silicon Valley. Today, the bootstrapped startup is still in its teenage years even as it finds its stride with the increasing popularity of its suite of software apps aimed at running everything from a small business to a Fortune 500 company. The privately-held company does not disclose its […]. The post Zoho’s CEO Discusses its Unique Culture and Plans for its Austin Campus on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast appeared first on SiliconHills.

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

These could convince you that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

8 New Ways To Focus On Customers For Trust And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, part of the change is that Gen Z (born after 1996) now outnumbers the Millennials (born after 1981). As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I find that I often have to remind them that the world of customers has changed since they started their last business.

Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The number of Baby Boomers starting a business from 1996 to 2011 rose nearly 7 percent, while the start-up rate by those aged 20 to 44 fell about 5 percent.

The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …

Feld Thoughts

” Fred is one of my closest friends in the VC business and someone I’ve learned an amazing amount from him since first meeting him in 1996 when he was just starting to work with one of my male soulmates Jerry Colonna.

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Guess How Long Overnight Success Really Takes

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp

SiliconHills

Baer founded the Austin-based company under the name of Skylist in 1996 and later sold it. Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Capital Factory, has joined the board of directors of PostUp, formerly known as PulseConnect, an email marketing software company. “Although I founded the company almost 20 years ago, PostUp still offers a […] The post Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Every Entrepreneur Dreams of an Overnight Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

These could convince you that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3

The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

Feld Thoughts

I’ve known and worked with Jerry since 1996. Jessi Hempel from Backchannel just wrote an amazing profile piece on my close friend Jerry Colonna. It’s titled This Man Makes Founders Cry.

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Baby Boomers Are Surpassing Gen-Y As Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3

I Choose Austin

Austin Startup

He founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He's currently the CEO of OtherInbox and Director of Capital Factory. Joshua has helped start a dozen companies, sold four of them, invested in more than fifty of them, and is a mentor to many others.

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Overnight Startup Successes Usually Take Years

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

Disneyland & Fingerprints

Austin Startup

All the way back in 1996, Disney added a magnetic stripe to their park pass. On the other hand, they started collecting fingerprints back in 1996 and the system is still in use today and is widely accepted.

The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Freeloader — On $3m invested, sold for $38m in 1996 — shut down in 1997. It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault.

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10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

The number of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business has grown from 14 percent in 1996 to over 30 percent last year. Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet).

Boy! If I had only learned this before spending a million!

Berkonomics

Fast forward just a few years to 1996. Back to 1996. Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else. I love absolutes – statements with no wiggle room for gray-area responses. Well, here is one of those, and it deals with market research first and foremost.

My Awesome Experience With Retrofit

Feld Thoughts

The founder Jeff Hyman is a long time friend (I was a seed investor in his first company in 1996) and is incredibly passionate about Retrofit and what he and his team is doing. When I started Retrofit last fall, I weighed 216.

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How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

Our first LPs from 1996 were industry players who put us in business: Carrefour (the large European retailer), DLJ (the former investment bank) and a billionaire software exec.

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Necessity is the Mother of Leadership Innovation

OnlyOnce

But this sure feels like that time in 1996 when the necessity of the situation forced me to change my management and leadership behaviors, for the better.

CU Boulder’s New Venture Challenge 10th Anniversary

Feld Thoughts

I was involved in the early years (1992 – 1996) as a judge and funded a number of companies that went through the MIT $100K (which was called the MIT $10K at the time.) Tonight, the New Venture Challenge at CU Boulder is having its 10th anniversary. It’s happening at the Boulder Theater from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and is open to the public. Register here to attend if you are interested.

When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out

Startup Professionals Musings

IPOs in 2008, the market was up to a still trivial 128 in 2012 (compared to 675 in 1996). Many entrepreneurs still dream of “going public,” making billions of dollars, and playing with the big boys.

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What’s Old Is New Again

Feld Thoughts

Between 1994 and 1996 I made 40 angel investments with the money I made from the sale of my first company. I know I’m getting old. I remember in 2007 when the idea of a super angel appeared, where successful entrepreneurs were suddenly angel investors making 10 or more seed investments a year. This was a “new” innovation that was celebrated with much fanfare.

A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3 Since the recent recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

Episode 50: Video Content and Profitability with Seth David

Mike Michalowicz

Seth graduated from Pace University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Seth graduated from Pace University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Also Available On. Show Summary.

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They Can’t Kill You And They Can’t Eat You

Feld Thoughts

Len and I co-founded Interliant (originally Sage Networks) with Steve Maggs and Rajat Bhargava in 1996. His last company – the one he built with Jerry Poch that had acquired my first company – was bought in 1996 by GE Capital for $500 million. It’s the summer of 2001. The NASDAQ peak is in the rear view mirror. Many Internet companies are struggling.

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Sunday Morning With the Wayback Machine

Feld Thoughts

There is a ton of history here that’s good basis for longer blog posts at some point, but for now I’ll leave you with the Flatiron Partners website from 3/29/98 along with a special bonus link to the Flatiron Partners 1996 Holiday Card.

My First Experience As A Venture Capitalist

Feld Thoughts

We never invested in anything together, but after I moved to Boulder, I got a call from Charley one day in early 1996. And it’s been very interesting since that point back in 1996. I often get asked how I ended up becoming a venture capitalist. When people ask me how they can become a VC, I point them to my partner Seth Levine’s excellent blog posts How to become a venture capitalist and How to get a job in venture capital (revisited).

Your Computer May Already be Hacked – NSA Inside?

Steve Blank

Starting in 1996 with the Intel P6 (Pentium Pro) to today’s P7 chips (Core i7) these processors contain instructions that are reprogrammable in what is called microcode. In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell.

Boomers are Driving a New Entrepreneurship Boom

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: In every single year from 1996 to 2010, Boomers between the ages of 55 and 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than Gen-Y, aged 20–34.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

We have previously raised funds in 1996 ($200 million), 2000 ($400 million) and 2008/9 ($200 million). I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. Let’s start with the fund.

Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). eBay). 1998 – “There is no room for personal productivity software startups – Microsoft will eat your lunch when you get big enough and Symantec will take the crumbs”. Evernote, Dropbox).

The future of food production – reasons to be hopeful

The Equity Kicker

Going forward here are three new technologies that should help maintain this trend: Genetically engineered crops: In 1996 there were 1.7

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

Feld Thoughts

My first company (Feld Technologies) was acquired by a company doing a rollup (AmeriData – acquired 40 companies between 1992 and 1996 when it was then acquired by GE Capital.)

How To Engage Millennials Into Small Business

YoungUpstarts

The Millennials, the generation with years of birth ranging from 1980 to 1996, is a large and diverse group – so vague generalizations would hardly be correct.

Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

Steve Blank

But Xerox instead chose to shut XTV down in 1996, despite its external success. Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation , at U.C. Berkeley in the Haas Business School. Henry and I teach a corporate innovation class together. —— Thanks to Steve for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all.