Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

Endlessly curious, I went from startups in military intelligence to microprocessors to supercomputers to video games. I reached what I then thought was the pinnacle of my career when I raised tens of millions of dollars and became CEO of my seventh startup… a hot new video game company.


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. Grainy low-def youtube videos are perfectly adequate.

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Trending Sources

6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. 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. Startups that launched in 2011 can supply them.

10 Video Introductions and Media Plugs for Israeli Startups

VC Cafe

Video is a great way to get your startup some viral visibility. According to Cisco , by 2015, one million minutes of video – the equivalent of 674 days – will cross the internet every second (!) The video, and sharing options are also prominently shared on the home page.

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What I’ve learned about creating product videos

47 Hats

Over the past year, I’ve done a bit of work producing videos and in this post I discussed the importance video has played thus far in marketing, support and training people how to use Decal CMS. Wistia video hosting for business (gotta love the stats!). Marketing videos.

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Start With Customer Experience

Feld Thoughts

I was reminded of the importance of starting with the customer experience while I was watching this brilliant video from WWDC 1997 of Steve Jobs. In the video, Jobs appears to be responding to attack by a troll , but is actually doing something much more interesting.

Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2011

VC Cafe

Below are the headlines for December 2011 (mid month update!). Microsoft bought visual identification video search engine Videosurf , which developed a technology that locates video clips on the Internet. mm in diameter, the camera is the world’s smallest video camera.

Protect The Internet

Feld Thoughts

If you don’t want to read the bills, watch the following four minute video for another excellent summary of what they are about, especially how the bills will be used by existing large companies.

My Video Toolbox

Duct Tape Marketing

My Video Toolbox This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. I sat in on a session at the BlogWorld Expo led by Steve Garfield, author of Get Seen and long time advocate of video use. YouTube – believe it or not YouTube recently added some basic video editing functionality to its service.

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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.

How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

Vinicius Vacanti

Create a Demo Video. Even if your prototype isn’t ready, create a demo video of what your prototype will be doing. Dropbox did this and their video appeared at the top of Digg giving them 100,000 email addresses wanting access to their site.

Kauffman Sketchbook: Where Do Entrepreneurs Get Their Money?

Feld Thoughts

My friend Paul Kedrosky – who spends some of his time as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation – has a thoughtful short video (as part of the Kauffman Sketchbook series) on where entrepreneurs get their money. It’s a creative three minute video with plenty of meat to it.

A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

Intended for cloud infrastructure service providers, enterprises with spare capacity in their private clouds, startups, companies doing image and video processing, and others. For the past three months, we’ve run an experiment in teaching entrepreneurship.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It had various media types (photos, videos, long form text, short form text) and underneath each was a large social platform that had been built on and for that media type. This video expresses it well. "Sound"

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It has developed both protectitive technologies like DRM and alternative distribution services like premium streaming audio and video services such as Netflix, Spotify, and many others. 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.

How To Build a Web Startup – Lean LaunchPad Edition

Steve Blank

Embed a slideshow on your site with Slideshare or embed a video/tour using Youtube or Vimeo. As part of our Lean LaunchPad classes at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and for the National Science Foundation, students build a startup in 8 weeks using Business Model Design + Customer Development. One of the problems they run into is building a web site.

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Flite's New Company Video

Will Price

Please find below Flite 's new company video. Flite Company Video from Flite on Vimeo Let me know what you think.

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Case Study: The Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Startup Lessons Learned

When I saw the rough cut of the videos they were producing, I knew they would be a powerful teaching tool. Below, you'll find two videos: one about the lab, and one containing a case study of the team at work. video case study

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PBS Newshour on Accelerators

Feld Thoughts

If you don’t understand what an accelerator is, or just want a nice eight minute overview, watch this video. PBS Newshour has a neat eight minute segment on accelerators. TechStars is featured, along with several others.

How to Use Video to Increase Conversions


Online video keeps getting more and more popular. This year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday saw huge growth in in video views with major retailers. Treepodia says video is one of the few strategies that seems to work well regardless of the category in which it is deployed.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Video (and Audio) - if you have video, are you hosting it or can we use YouTube, Vimeo? Do you want Flash video, HTML 5 video, or both? Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do.

Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing

Internet online video Uncategorized video Web/TechMany journalists have offered their opinion on Netflix’s recent changes, its stock price decline, and their even more recent branding changes (Qwikster). Yet in each article, it appears as if the journalist all agree that the price move (creating separate prices for streaming and DVDs) was a bad strategic move. As an example, Techcrunch notes: “Raising prices for those of [.].

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

It’s no surprise that it has now become one of the most viewed networks of video programming in the world, achieving 500 million video views per month having only raised $3 million in venture capital. I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me.

Metrics that Matter for 2011 (One Page PDF)

Life Beyond Code

I have created a ONE PAGE self-asessment checklist called “ Metrics That Matter for 2011. &# You can download it by clicking on image to the left or the download button below. Speaker Main Page 2011 metrics year end review

Future of TV: The Quick Version

Both Sides of the Table

I’m still planning to write some in depth pieces on the topic but I thought, “given that this is about how video will consume the Internet over the next 5 years, what better way to exemplify this than with a 10-minute video.” It is the new distributor of video.

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

If you want a deeper dive I shot some video on calculating ownership and dilution over tim e. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.”

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony. As George appropriately describes in his video, the Internet and the Web are two different, but related things.

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Entrepreneurs Are Artists

Steve Blank

The FounderLy team interviewed me and got me to give a better explanation of what I was trying to say in this 2 minute video clip. If you can’t see the video click here. I wrote about entrepreneurs as artists in a previous post.

I’m A VC

Feld Thoughts

In the “if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at&# category, I present the video I’m A VC. The formal press release, Foundry Group Premiers Documentary Film About Secret Lives of Venture Capitalists , explains things more fully.

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The full story of “the one important thing” for startups

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Get more involved in the Bay Area startup community: Join the WebWallflower mailing list to get a calendar of upcoming startup events and exclusive discounts sent right to you every two weeks. Powered by LaunchBit ).

Two Cold-Emailed TechCrunch Pitches That Worked

Vinicius Vacanti

Create a demo video so they can add it to their post about you (we did that for both 140it and UnHub). Please see our demo video at [link] (The password for the video is 140.). Flickr for photos, Youtube for videos, etc.).

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10 Surprising Brand Winners of 2011

Inc Startups

Some corporate, personal and conceptual brands captured unexpected headwinds in 2011. The strategy paid off in 2011 with IPO that rivaled dot-com debuts of yore. Verizon entered 2011 crippled by its lack of an Apple offering.

I’ve Found Nirvana

Feld Thoughts

My twitter stream this morning had a conversation between Kara Swisher and Chris Sacca about a TED video from Jill Bolte Taylor. Kara recently had a TIA (minor stroke) and wrote about it.

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Anatomy of an (un)fundable startup

Venture Hacks

Here are the video and slides: Some of my favorite quotes from the presentation: “If you can’t generate traction, do you really want to raise money?&#. Presentations VideoNaval and Mark Suster recently gave the keynotes at the 7th Founder Showcase.

Remote Board Attendance Via Skype

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been vacillating between a “physical attendance at all board meetings&# approach or “video conference at all board meetings approach&# to life. It’s impossible for me to physically attend all board meetings, but there’s no reason why I can’t attend by video conference. I’m now encouraging everyone I work with – as well as everyone that has a board meeting – to have a physical + video conference approach.

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Google Summer of Code 2011

crowdSPRING Blog

Since 2005, Google has led a wonderful open source program called Summer of Code. The goal of that program is to promote open source software development.

Raise Cache

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here's a video that explains it well. On the evening of November 17th, the NY tech community is going to throw a party to raise $100k for HackNY. It is called Raise Cache and it should be a lot of fun.

American Censorship Day Is Tomorrow (11/16/11)

Feld Thoughts

While you can try to understand the bills, this short video does a phenomenal job of summarizing their potential impact along with second order effects (intended or unintended).

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How to Make a Demo Video for Your Startup (Video)


There's no better way to show off a new web application than by navigating through it with an expert hand, telling its story and recording a short demo video. Some startups pay a pro to make their videos but more people make their own.

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Check out the wonderful things my clients shipped in 2011!

Escape From Cubicle Nation

On this last day of 2011, as we prepare for a rocking 2012, I am tremendously proud to celebrate and share the people I have been lucky enough to work with this year. Angelica Perez , of , won the 2011 Top Latin@ 2011 Award, awarded by LATISM (Latinos in Social Media).