Viva La Revolucion! Why Cuba Is Truly a Country of Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Cuba may have a new revolution -- an entrepreneurial one

Elon Musk Just Revealed the Secret Story of Tesla on Twitter--and It Is Epic

Inc Startups

It all started in 2003, when GM forcibly recalled all of its electric vehicles. No one could have predicted what would happen next.


Cadaver dogs search for body of Mooresville woman missing since 2003

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

The Mooresville Police Department sent out teams with cadaver-sniffing dogs Monday morning after receiving new clues in a 2003 missing persons case

SC man accused of chaining woman confessed to 2003 quadruple slaying, police say

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

WOODRUFF, S.C. — A South Carolina man accused of holding a woman chained inside a storage container was due in court for a bond hearing Sunday after investigators say he confessed to an unsolved quadruple murder that happened 13 years

No, the cloud model is not dead

deal architect

2003 was by the far the worst financial year for our The meltdown of stocks like LinkedIn, Tableau and Splunk is leading some people to say “cloud is the new”. To start with, the term brings painful memories.

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How This Entrepreneur is Democratizing Access to the World’s Data

Inc Startups

In 2003, Google acquired his company and used it to create AdSense, which revolutionized digital marketing. Today, Gil Elbaz has even bigger plans to democratize the world's access to information, so that every business has the ability to collect "Google level" data

CSO Research of Austin Merges With MBA Focus


MBA Focus, founded in 2003, provides graduate business school career service software and recruitment technology. CSO Research, which makes undergraduate career service software and founded in Austin in 2001, has merged with MBA Focus, based in Dublin, Ohio. It works with more than 2,000 companies and students at 75 graduate schools. Erik Mulloy is the […] The post CSO Research of Austin Merges With MBA Focus appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Seeing Through The Fog

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad taught me this trick back when we started USV in 2003. When something new comes along, like the Internet in 1993, Web 2/Social in 2003, Mobile in 2007, or Blockchain in 2011, initially it is opaque, like mist, as Simon said to me. I was talking to my friend Simon yesterday and he observed that the essential skill of entrepreneurs and early stage VCs is to “be able to see through the fog of an emerging market and pick out the winning idea.”

If I Could Start Over As An Entrepreneur Again This Is One Thing I Would Do Differently by Yaro Starak

It was the year 2003… Like most days, I started my morning lying in bed on my back, feeling a combination of excitement and stress as I stared at the ceiling, thinking about all the things I’d like to change about my life.

Age of companies when they achieve $1bn valuations

The Equity Kicker

The fact that the trend has been going for some time – Google was founded in 1998 and Tesla and Facebook in 2003 and 2004 respectively – suggests that the bubble explanation can’t be the whole story.

The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Aileen Lee has a really good post up on TechCrunch , in which she analyzes the number of companies that have been started since 2003 that have gone on to be worth $1bn or more. Aileen calculates it as roughly four per year (39 to be exact) in the ten years since 2003. This is a very useful exercise in the VC business since it is these big wins that produce the vast majority of returns in the business.

Optimism and Obstacles on the Road to Success with Stella & Dot


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News In 2003, Jessica Herrin started Stella & Dot, making jewelry kits out of her home in Austin, Texas. This year, the company will do $220 million in revenue, Herrin said at Startup Grind 2014 in Mountain View, Calif. Stella & Dot sells boutique-style jewelry and accessories through […] The post Optimism and Obstacles on the Road to Success with Stella & Dot appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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How the Declining Loonie is Attracting US Business for Canadian Agencies

Inc Startups

for the first time since 2003, causing a major shock to run through citizens who take their business outside the country The Canadian Dollar recently dipped below $0.70


Happy 10th Birthday, LinkedIn!

Numerate Choir

I had no knowledge of LinkedIn’s existence on the day it launched in 2003. Ten years ago today, LinkedIn was born. It’s radically changed my life over the past decade. But a few days later, I got an invitation from … Continue reading → Data


The Hard Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. We had both been successful VCs in other firms and we had a thesis that the second wave of the Internet was upon us and that large networks were going to get built in this phase. The term “web 2.0”

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

2003 – 2012 was the climb to Enlightenment. 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.”

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Welcome to The Frontier – An Ode To Startups

Feld Thoughts

The summer of 2003, I started an open-source (Drupal-based) project for the campaign (Deanspace), got a job in the campaign HQ in Burlington, VT, dropped out of school, and had about the most profound professional experience one could at age 19 in 2003. “Duh, you can raise a ton of money for a presidential campaign online” is now common knowledge, but in 2003, we were looney. Following is a guest post by Zack Rosen , co-founder and CEO of Pantheon.

Customer (product) value trumps brand value – M&A data

The Equity Kicker

It’s pretty stark – brand value as a percentage of enterprise value fell by nearly half in the ten years from 2003 to 2013.

Technological Revolutions And Financial Capital

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 2003, when Brad and I were starting USV, we were struggling to make sense of the bubble and its aftermath, what it meant for technology and what it meant for venture capital.

Go For Culture Add, Not Culture Fit

Feld Thoughts

I’ve come to despise the phrase “culture fit.” ” I don’t remember when I first heard it, but it was many years ago. Over time, it became woven into the world of entrepreneurship, as companies used it as a primary frame of reference for hiring.

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The Awesomeness of Battlestar Galactica

Feld Thoughts

I have no idea how I missed the re-imagining of the series in 2003. ” Season 1 from 2003 was stunningly good. I was totally fried and fighting off a cold yesterday so I decided to spend my digital sabbath on the couch watching Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica.

Rooster Teeth Rules the YouTube Roost


Rooster Teeth celebrated its eleventh anniversary on April 1, and its much-loved series Red vs. Blue, which debuted in 2003, is now the longest-running American sci-fi show and has sold 1 million DVDs. […] The post Rooster Teeth Rules the YouTube Roost appeared first on SiliconHills. By LESLIE ANNE JONES Reporter with Silicon Hills News It might be the biggest online entertainment production house you’ve never heard of.

All you need to know about the 2015 EU VAT changes and how we implemented them at TNW

The Next Web

Note to tech companies outside the EU: Although nothing changes for you when selling digital products to EU companies or consumers, officially you have to charge VAT rates of the country of the buyer (since 2003).

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Topic Mining AVC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He did some data science on this blog, starting on September 23rd, 2003, which is when I wrote the first post here.

[Infographic] Five Of The Top Email Mistakes That Will Send You To The Spam Folder


For example, the CAN-SPAM ACT of 2003 dictates that that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) weed out promotional spam that violate its guidelines.

Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

Feld Thoughts

In 2003, it was spun out of the Kauffman Foundation into a separate non-profit but, at the 20th reunion in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation made a new gift to the Kauffman Fellows Program to accelerate the midwestern venture capital ecosystem. In September, I joined the board of Kauffman Fellows. If you aren’t familiar with the Kauffman Fellows Program, it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Life Is The Bucket

Feld Thoughts

” I know him from an angel investment in Dogster, a company he founded and ran from 2003 to 2011 when he sold it to SAY Media. I’m sitting up in Amy’s office on a beautiful Tuesday morning listening to the Liz Wright station Pandora. Amy is downstairs doing something with the dogs. I just cried for a few minutes after reading Ted Rheingold’s post As I Lay Dying. When I got to the final section, which he calls “Now,” I read it three times.

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

And in 2003 the Haas Business School at U.C. You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad class taught at Stanford , Berkeley, Columbia , Caltech and for the National Science Foundation. Now you too can take this course.

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How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg, while attending Harvard as a sophomore, concocted “Facemash” in 2003 to get a lost girlfriend off his mind. 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.

Rover Cuddles Up to $12 Million

Feld Thoughts

By 2003 nearly all of their competitors had failed, the companies that went public pre-bubble were trading sub-$1 / share, but ServiceMagic was growing like crazy and was very profitable. Today, Rover announced that Menlo Ventures has led a new $12m round of financing. As is our style, we participated, but we’re excited to have a new partner to join us, Madrona, and Petco in this fast growing adventure. Lots of VC firms are once again talking about online marketplaces.

Europe’s growing share of $1bn startups

The Equity Kicker

Aileen Lee of early stage fund Cowboy ventures wrote a post for Techcrunch yesterday looking at the characteristics of 39 startups founded since 2003 that are worth over $1bn. Fred’s Hackpad lists $1bn+ value companies founded after 2003 and founded before 2003. She calls them ‘Unicorns’ There has been a lot of discussion since.

Happy 5th Anniversary linkedin (& congrats Reid, Dan & team :)

500 Hats

May 2003 Originally uploaded by Chris Congrats to Reid, Dan & the entire LinkedIn team (past & present) Youve come a long way baby. (& Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. The Internet Revolution, Act III.

Report: Software Companies More Profitable

Inc Startups

A report on 284 publicly traded software companies shows that profits in the space have increased by almost five-fold since 2003 to $75 billion, according to a study released yesterday. The average net income per employee is $3,700, a significant leap from a net loss of $61,600 in 2003.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

The Beginning of the Next Wave (2003 – 2011). 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.

ICYMI: Google’s Self-Driving Car Project at SXSW


In 2003, the U.S. Defense Department launched the DARPA Grand Challenge to have a car drive 150 miles by itself across the Mojave desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. That’s when Google’s Chris Ursom, director of its self-driving car project, first got involved with autonomous cars. More than 100 teams registered the first year […] The post ICYMI: Google’s Self-Driving Car Project at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

A Calling

I met Judy Wicks in 2003 in Philadelphia at a meeting of the Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network. It''s been months since my last post. Forgive me, but I''ve been, well, thinking. She encouraged me to go to an SVN conference in the Fall, and seeking like-minded entrepreneurs, I did (and seeking campaign contributions, sadly). It was there that I learned about Greyston Bakery and dozens of

Spam Laws, Email Marketing, and Compliance

Duct Tape Marketing

This act, passed in 2003, establishes guidelines for sending behavior, content, and subscription compliance, while defining commercial email messages (which are different from transactional or relationship-based emails). Belgium – Etat des lieux en juillet 2003, July 4, 2003.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve seen friends (and family members) lose much of their savings that way over the years because “Black Swans” happen and in 1987, 2001, 2003 & 2008 (just to name a few from my memory) huge market gyrations caused much financial distress to people seeking short-term gains.

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My roller coaster ride as an entrepreneur

Jeff Hilimire

2001 – 2003: Focused times (starting to figure out how to build a business). 2003 – 2008: Fast times (doubled every year for 5 years). I was honored a few weeks back to be asked to speak at Startup Grind Atlanta.

Opening Up Our Research

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. One of their big questions we got from them about the kind of open firm we wanted to create was "how will you be able to make money if you share all of your proprietary insights?"