2011

Startup Lessons Learned

I'm excited for 2011, and I want to share some of my plans for the coming year. Much more is needed, and 2011 will see the first few buds of that research project flower. In 2011, we will do sllconf again, probably in mid-May. I believe 2011 will be even better.

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Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University. While I teach at Stanford and Berkeley, to be honest… this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.

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6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

mashable.com

World Featured in US & World Featured: Facebook Year End 2011 Awards. 6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011. December 28, 2011 by Sarah Kessler. As the innovation engines of the economy, what startups figured out in 2011 will likely appear on other sectors’ trend lists in 2012. These six trends in particular stood out to us in 2011. Startups that launched in 2011 can supply them. In 2011, he and others succeeded in doing so.

Conference 2.0 (Summit Series 2011)

Entrepreneur Success Blog

So as I sit here in Palm Springs for another insane weekend (Coachella baby) I reminisce about the life long friends I made at Summit Series 2011. I just got back from a 3 day cruise. I don’t quite know exactly where we went.

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Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

VC Cafe

According to the report, 137 startups raised $522 million in Q3 of 2011, up 53% from the equivalent period in 2010, but down 8% from the $549 million raised in Q2 2011. Since the beginning of 2011, 422 Israeli startups raised $1.57

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

thebarefootvc

But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me. What We Saw in 2011…. 2011 was finally the year when the media spotlight shone on how under-represented women are in almost all power structures in business, government, technology and media – and how crucial it is that we leverage the leadership skill set that they bring to the table to tackle the problems facing the world today.

The Best Product Person of 2011 is…

The Product Guy

The Best Product Person of 2011 nominations have begun! To nominate someone you think should be recognized as The Best Product Person of 2011: Submit your nomination’s…. name , a paragraph as to why you think they are The Best Product Person of 2011, and how they can be contacted.

Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011 - NextWala

NextWala

Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011. June 2011. January 2011. Mobile-Only is the Future: A Rebuttal » June 16, 2011. Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011.   2000 2011. Posted by: Dkhare | June 19, 2011 at 09:11 PM.

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TechStars 2011 Startup Madness Tournament

Feld Thoughts

So, I’m psyched that I get to play TechStars 2011 Startup Madness this march. Who said March Madness was only for college basketball fans? I’m a proud nerd, am pretty good at basketball, but my college team (MIT) never ahem did much in March so I missed out on the whole March Madness thing in college. We are picking 64 companies to participate. To qualify, you must enter by March 9th and meet the following requirements.

TC Disrupt SF 2011 easy to start company, hard to build business

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

TechCrunch Disrupt has 30 companies on stage and 200 more in the Startup Alley. Here are the 7 finalists picked by judges. And here is a good review by Jeremiah Owyang. So, what looks interesting and what are the trends?

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", ", I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood. For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.

Global Innovation 2011

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

If you are interested in the big picture of global innovation, you might want to download this report from INSEAD — the 2011 Global Innovation Index. It ranks 125 countries by measuring various indicators, both inputs and outputs to the innovation process. INSEAD is essentially a global business school with points of presence all around [.].

The Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success

Vinicius Vacanti

Hustling from our shared workspace cubicles. “So, what do you do?&#. I hated that question. The truth was that we were trying to start a new venture but we hadn’t really made any progress.

Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company

Vinicius Vacanti

Back in November of 2006, before NY Mag and TimeOut put startups on the cover, before the “tech bubble&# , before Twitter and Foursquare were popular, before working at a startup in NY was considered a reasonable thing to do, I was a private equity investor for a $1.6

Top 10 Posts for 2011

Taffy Williams

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors Supervising Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say Are You Involved or Committed in a Startup? Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug. Clash of the Titans Go Back and Make It Work Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Ex. SME’s: Get More of What you Want – 8 Tips to Help. Is the Financing Really Done? entrepreneur project planning investor organization skills Startup management leadership

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

Vinicius Vacanti

As a current or aspiring entrepreneur, you should be meeting with a ton of people (potential customers, investors, biz dev partners, employees, journalists). You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them.

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Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 13 July 2011 Hacking Angel List 7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. link] July 13, 2011 12:49 PM Nivi said. July 13, 2011 12:49 PM Nathan Beckord, CFA said. July 13, 2011 4:46 PM Navalsaid.

How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Image via Wikipedia. I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

2011 ATDC Startup Showcase

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

I am particularly excited and proud of the 2011 graduating class. It's that time of year again. It happens every Spring. It's time for the atdc Startup Showcase.

Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

VC Cafe

Top 50 Israeli startups for 2011. For the third consecutive year, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist put together a list of the top 50 startups in Israel (in Hebrew). VC Cafe took note, and now we bring you the full list of top 50 Israeli startups in English.

Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit

VC Cafe

I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. WATEC 2011 cleantech cleanvest corporate investments corporate sponsorships energy spectrum Entrepreneurs event government of israel investors startups Technology WATEC waterThis is a pre-WATEC summit where startups got a chance to present their ideas to investors and hopefully have someone catch their bait.

Some Lessons from 2011

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Jeff Wuorio shares a collection of 2011 lessons learned from various entrepreneurs that he posted at Business on Main. Here are two of my favorites: "The biggest lesson I learned in 2011 was for our business to question our beliefs. We all have preconceptions about what our customers want, how best to market to them, how best to support them and so on.

Business 2011 - Optimism, But Heed the Lessons

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2011. A majority of small business leaders intend to be more aggressive in 2011 by implementing a range of actions to advance their businesses.

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

And it certainly seems to have worked with reports of: Branchout has seen explosive growth in January 2011, growing from 10K to 250K monthly users, with a total usership now in the hundreds of thousands.

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2011 Thoughts

Leveraging Ideas

Follow on rounds and talent shortages have me a bit worried and I think 2011 will be a challenging year for many for those two reasons. Anyway, here’s to a fantastic 2011 and a resurgence in blogging. 2010 was a challenging year for me personally and I took a fair amount of time off from blogging. I’m hoping to get back into the groove of writing this year. Initially I thought I’d write a lengthy retrospective about my year, but who wants to dwell in the past?

How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

Vinicius Vacanti

The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. The bad news is that it’s really hard to get those people to turn into users, users that create an account, users that come back repeatedly and users that tell their friends about your site.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data.

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10 Trends In Innovation (March 2011)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It occurred to me that as a cultural trend spotter and scanner, I’ve not posted about current trends in my own field of Innovation. No time like the present! Like any industry or concept things fall in and out of fashion. This is just my view, but a fairly well informed one. So, here are [.].

Small Features

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ) We often measure the “size” of a feature based on how hard it is to build (development time) and how hard it is to use (for end users.) So a “small feature” is one that’s easy to code and easy to use.

Top Ten Posts in 2011

Scott Edward Walker

Below is a list of my top ten posts in 2011 based solely on pageviews. Indeed, I was inspired by Chris Dixon and his post of last night (which you should definitely check-out). Moreover, I’m publishing an eBook with Hyperink entitled The Startup Law Playbook , which should be available shortly. If you ping me, I’ll send you a free copy (provided that you agree to give me feedback). Happy New Year! Legal Checklist for Startups 2.

Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

SoCal CTO

As I discussed in Matching Algorithm , I end up talking to a lot of startups who want to become the eHarmony of careers, eHarmony of clothes, eHarmony of jobs, eHarmony of tutoring, eHarmony of services, eHarmony of investments, etc.

Want To Be A VC? Start A Company.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Steve Blank has a great post up on his blog suggesting that VCs should require startup CEO experience in their partners' resumes. He quotes from me in that post but I'm not going to state which one came from me. You can guess if you want. You might be surprised to know that I agree with Steve. I have never run a startup company. By Steve's measure, that is a weakness in my background and experience. And I agree that it is.

Digging Deeper into Lean Business Model Canvases

Instigator Blog

I’m a big fan of Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas. I was also very impressed with Steve Blank’s new initiative Lean Launch Lab , which combines a canvas business model tool and a blogging tool for startups to use and share information regularly with investors.

[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2011

YoungUpstarts

Echelon , Southeast Asia’s biggest conference for technology startups, is back for its 2011 edition and looks to be even more exciting than before. Young Upstarts is a media partner of e27 and Echelon 2011.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs. We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.    The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It received unanimous support in the Senate and was signed into law by President Clinton in 1998. It is a complex piece of legislation but it contains four "safe harbors" for "network service providers.

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

While Google and Facebook will buy “acquihires” (at least as of Dec 2011), many acquirers hate the idea of buying companies that aren’t profitable. There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability.

Why I'm Rooting For Google+

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite. I got the invite late that day and started playing with the service. Here's my profile. I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it. At some point Google will open the service to everyone and I expect this page will be public, but I'm not sure. In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds.

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

SoCal CTO

This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. Some of it is a bit tongue-in-cheek and certainly we are greatly simplifying things. The people around the table included a bunch of us who would be prey in some situations.