Kinnernet 2006 – geek camp

BeyondVC

I just got back from a week in Israel having spent some time in Jerusalem for an Answers board meeting and then making my way to the Ohalo Resort on the Sea of Galilee for Kinnernet 2006. The post Kinnernet 2006 – geek camp appeared first on BeyondVC. Kinnernet is a techie geek camp organized and run by Yossi Vardi (cofounder of ICQ). At Kinnernet, I had the privilege to spend time with some great people from Israel, Europe, and the US.

Seven Steps to Creating a Data Driven Decision Making Culture.

Occam's Razor

The title of my presentation at the Washington DC Emetrics summit was: Creating a Data Driven Web Decision Making Culture – Lessons, Tips, Insights from a Practitioner.

Excellent Analytics Tip#5: Conversion Rate Basics & Best Practices

Occam's Razor

It is only fair to follow up a post titled " Stop obsessing about conversion rate " with this post. Just in case you have not read the Stop Obsessing post that please read that first for more context). Conversion rate is a very important metric, used properly.

Explaining why TMT M&A deals at highest level since 2006

The Equity Kicker

Over the weekend the FT wrote that the value of TMT M&A deals in Q1 was $174bn, the highest level since 2006 and up 65% on the year ago period. The market is hot right now. No doubt about it. The $174bn includes a bunch of cable deals that aren’t relevant for the startup community, but even with those stripped out I’m sure the picture is still very healthy. ‘Is this a bubble?’ ’ I hear you say. I don’t think so.

July, 2006 in Review

Spencer Fry

The 10 / 90 Rule for Magnificent Web Analytics Success

Occam's Razor

Numerous studies have pointed out that while almost all Fortune 500 companies have great investments in "Web Analytics" they still struggle to make any meaningful business decisions. Most people complain that there are tera bytes of data and giga bytes of reports and mega bytes of Excel and PowerPoint files. Yet no actionable insights, no innate awareness of what is really going on through the clutter of site clickstream data.

Excellent Analytics Tip #8: Measure the Real Conversion Rate & "Opportunity Pie"

Occam's Razor

Experimentation and Testing: A Primer

Occam's Razor

This post is a primer on the delightful world of testing and experimentation (A/B, Multivariate, and a new term from me: Experience Testing).

Excellent Analytics Tip #7: The Adorable Site Abandonment Rate Metric

Occam's Razor

How many metrics can you call adorable? Site abandonment rate is an adorable metric, to me : ), for these reasons: Money, money, money baby.

Trinity: A Mindset & Strategic Approach

Occam's Razor

Some of you have heard me speak at a conference , I always have a deep passion and excitement when I talk about the “Trinity” I wax and wane about it and go on and on about how fantastic the “Trinity” is.

August, 2006 in Review

Spencer Fry

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Globalization and the world economy

BeyondVC

I remember 2 years ago the brouhaha over globalization and how every startup needed to adapt or it would die. I truly am a fervent believer in globalization and how offshoring some development work can make a ton of sense from a cost and time advantage (24×7).

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Lab Usability Testing: What, Why, How Much.

Occam's Razor

On this blog we have talked about the importance of the “Why” often. Web Analytics usually simply helps us understand the “What” Clickstream data typically does not tell us why something happened.

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Top Ten: Signs You Are A Great Analyst

Occam's Razor

I am often asked what we look for when we hire Web Analysts or what quality do good Analysts possess or how to measure if a resource that already exists is optimal or how to mentor / motivate / guide our more junior Analysts to propel them to become great Analysts.

Paul Graham 2006: Advice to entrepreneurs – Don’t get your hopes up

The Equity Kicker

Someone just linked me to a Paul Graham essay from 2006 titled The hardest lessons for startups to learn. All seven lessons are great, but the last one really struck a chord with me: 7. Don’t Get Your Hopes Up. Startup founders are naturally optimistic. They wouldn’t do it otherwise. But you should treat your optimism the way you’d treat the core of a nuclear reactor: as a source of power that’s also very dangerous.

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Cracking The Code: Betting on the right guy

Cracking the Code

Saturday, December 16, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Betting on the right guy.

Overview & Importance of Qualitative Metrics

Occam's Razor

Imagine walking into and out of a supermarket. If you did not purchase anything then the supermarket managers probably don't even know you were there. If you purchased something, the supermarket knows something was sold (they know a bit more if you use a membership card). Visiting a website, you leave behind a significant amount of data, whether you buy something or not.

Cracking The Code: Zune vs. Ipod

Cracking the Code

Thursday, December 07, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Zune vs. Ipod. Is the Zune going to dent Apples disproportionate share of the online music market?

McKinsey highlight #1 - Cracking The Code - Yes

Cracking the Code

Saturday, December 09, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. McKinsey highlight #1: the art of cost cutting or how to save 70m with a measuring spoon.

Podcast: Having A Candid Conversation with Angel Investors.

Tim Keane

Managing Investor Relationships » June 28, 2006. Its a talk for Entrepreneurs (this recording is from the State Entrepreneurs Conference in June 2006) about how to select angel investors and also meet their expectations. Its a talk for Entrepreneurs (this recording is from the State Entrepreneurs Conference in June 2006) about how to select angel investors and also meet their expectations. Startups and angels: Along the way to success.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping - Startups and angels: Along the.

Tim Keane

Calculating Market Share » October 11, 2006. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Increasing the Probability of Success | Main. The Sound of One Hand Clapping.

Having too much money can be a curse, not a blessing

BeyondVC

Trust me, I love having well capitalized companies. However, having too much money can be a curse, not a blessing. More often than not, I see management lose financial discipline and avoid making hard decisions when capital is abundant and not scarce. To many executives, money does solve all problems. And yes, having money allows an entrepreneur to do many things with his business like hire more talent, scale the back-end infrastructure, and ramp up sales and marketing.

I Wish I'd Sold More - Startups and angels: Along the way to success

Tim Keane

Planning for a Harvest » September 13, 2006. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Doing Lunch Rather Than Being Lunch | Main. I Wish Id Sold More.

The state of consumer security

BeyondVC

I had the pleasure, and I mean pleasure, of recently rebuilding two of my home PCs running Windows XP because of performance degradation and other issues. I ended up doing a clean wipe of the hard drives and reinstalling Windows XP from scratch.

Dual mode phones – convergence of cellular and wifi

BeyondVC

Are You Learning Every Day? - Startups and angels: Along the way.

Tim Keane

The Entrepreneurs Financial Toolbox » May 09, 2006. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Getting Over The Capital Hurdle | Main. |

Tips for talking to investors - Startups and angels: Along the way to.

Tim Keane

Compensation for Entrepreneurs » May 18, 2006. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Anticipating The Customers Needs | Main. Tips for talking to investors.

Lessons Learned: A Successful VC Reflects on his Experience.

Tim Keane

The Equality Conundrum: Where 50-50 equals Zero » April 24, 2006. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Questions for Entrepreneurs | Main. |

VOIP and IM World Update

BeyondVC

Congrats to the Sipphone team (full disclosure-portfolio company and I am on board) for getting the Gizmo Project client out for the Nokia Internet 770 Tablet (see Andy Abramson’s blog for more on this).

Setting unattainable goals can hurt your company

BeyondVC

It is near the end of the year and I would hope by now that most companies have been through a revision or two of their strategic plan and budget for 2007. While strategic planning and budgeting is a task that some may find quite onerous or even useless, it is an imperative process and one that will help align your team and continue driving the growth of your business.

Cracking The Code: Best Venture and Technology Podcasts for 2007

Cracking the Code

Thursday, December 28, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Best Venture and Technology Podcasts for 2007. Being a San Francisco-Menlo Park commuter, I spend an average of 90mn per day on the road. I make the most of this time by listening to my favorite tech and venture podcasts.

Cracking The Code: Cracking the SMB code

Cracking the Code

Saturday, December 02, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Cracking the SMB code. Small and Medium businesses have been the holy grail of High tech and software companies for quite some time now, but the quest is far from ending. "If

Cracking The Code: Why I disagree with Tony Zingale on the future.

Cracking the Code

Saturday, December 16, 2006. ▼ 2006. (7). Cracking The Code. Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Why I disagree with Tony Zingale on the future of SaaS. A couple weeks ago, I attended the 13th Silicon Valley Annual VC/Entrepreneur luncheon organized by NVCA. The guest speaker was a well known and highly successful Silicon Valley veteran: Tony Zingale, President and CEO of Mercury Interactive.

When to hire a VP of Sales

BeyondVC

As I mention in an earlier post , companies evolve and need different types of management with different profiles as they grow. A clear kiss of death that I have seen more often than not is hiring a VP of Sales too early. Here is the typical scenario – you just signed 3 or 4 customers in a couple of different verticals and you feel that all you need is some bodies on the street to grow your business.

Links for 2006-10-05 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

Feld Thoughts: Falling Down and Getting Back Up. Brad's colorful, quick posting on "how running is like entrepreneurship "

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Links for 2006-08-16 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

Fractals of Change: Are You an Entrepreneur? Tom Evslin's entertaining Top 10 Ways You Know You're an Entrepreneur. Some may dovetail nicely if I ever write up my read of The Fountainhead through entrepreneurial lens

Is the bar lower for a tech IPO?

BeyondVC

From the introduction of our solutions in 2000 through September 30, 2006, our enterprise subscriber base has grown to approximately 1,500 companies who spend from $2,000 to more than $100,000 annually, including companies such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, UPS and Cisco Systems. From April 2001 through June 30, 2006, we achieved 21 consecutive quarters of revenue growth. million of cash in the three months ended June 30, 2006.

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Links for 2006-07-27 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

Techdirt: India Says No Thanks To The $100 Laptop. It's kind of a "Let Them Eat Cake!" " response -- which kind of makes sense, given our recent trip to India

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Links for 2006-07-26 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

The dangers of relying on collective intelligence revealed! Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored (From The Onion -- hilarious

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Links for 2006-07-24 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

A VC: Scars From The Last Bubble. Fred has a good posting on some of the downsides of having managed through the bubble bursting. I wrote about this (a little bit) last year in Ratcheting Up is Hard to Do ([link] but Fred's posti

Links for 2006-07-01 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

Seth's Blog: Nine things marketers ought to know about salespeople (and two bonuses). Great blog posting from Seth Godin on things the rest of us need to remember about how challenging it is to sell.and a couple pointers for the sales team about how to handle the rest of us

Links for 2006-06-25 [del.icio.us]

OnlyOnce

Kevin Menzie. Slice of Lime, Inc. CEO Kevin Menzie, who I have known for years, writes a good summary of his thoughts on the early days of getting a startup off the ground and growing fast

When competitors are acquired…Socialtext and Jotspot

BeyondVC

Socialtext will migrate JotSpot wiki content and provide one year of Socialtext Professional hosted wiki service to any JotSpot customer who signs up by the end of November 2006. In an earlier post titled "When Competitors are acquired" I discussed that rather than sulk and wish it were you who was bought, smart companies will go out and capitalize on the opportunity as their competition is temporarily distracted and inwardly focused on creating synergies.

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