In a World of Startup How-Tos, What About Bucking the Trend? [Traction #37: Chad Laurans, SimpliSafe]

View from Seed

Chad Laurans is the CEO of SimpliSafe, a large and growing tech company located in the Boston area. Years ago, in the span of 30 days, three of Chad’s friends were robbed. That led to Chad’s thriving business today. Today, we discuss how Chad built an Internet of Things-like product before that phrase existed, before the hype helps your marketing or fundraising, and before anyone was thinking about the connected home.

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CopperEgg Posts Record Growth for 2013, Announces Chad Bockius as CEO

Austin Startup

The company also named Chad Bockius as CEO, Heidi Farris as vice president of marketing, and Chris Yndo as vice president of sales. CopperEgg today announced year-end results for 2013, achieving 380 percent growth in monthly recurring revenues year-over-year, and adding 440 new customers.

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Social Media — For Those Who’ve Been Left Behind

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Hill, CEO of HubShout. Chad Hill is the CEO of HubShout , a U.S.-based Previously, Chad served as Business Development Director at America Online and worked in product management at FOLIOfn Investments, Intuit and the financial services group at American Management Systems.

3 Things To Do Before Creating An Online Form

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Reid, Director of Communications for JotForm. Chad Reid is a career marketer and currently Director of Communications for JotForm , a popular online form builder. Professionalisms Chad Reid online forms Online marketing sales conversions sales leads

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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Show The Planet Some Love On Earth Day

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Reid, Director of Communications for JotForm. Chad Reid is a career marketer and currently Director of Communications for JotForm , a popular online form builder. Thinking Aloud Chad Reid Earth Day eco-friendly green business small business

Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka

SiliconHills

Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler founded Deep Eddy Vodka in 2010. Austin Chad Auler Clay Christopher Deep Eddy Vodka Heaven Hill BrandsHeaven Hill Brands of Kentucky announced this week it is buying Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka for an undisclosed amount.

Austin-based makexyz Gets Investment from Intel Capital

SiliconHills

Chad Masso is the other co-founder. Austin Chad Masso makexyz Nathan Tone Makexyz, a startup in the 3-D printing industry founded by ex-indeed.com employees, landed an investment this week from Intel Capital. The company can’t disclose the details of the funding or the amount, Nathan Tone, one of the co-founder, said in an email. “Our goal is to help people make […] The post Austin-based makexyz Gets Investment from Intel Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Songs In The Wild

entrepreMusings

Chris Tondre (Guitars and Bass), Derek Morris (Keyboards), Chad and Natasha Hudson (Background Vocals), Ron Wikso (Drums). I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.

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Top 3 Startup Winner: Digs

The Startup Magazine

My co-founder (Chad Johnson) and I are both architecture graduates, so housing has always been a passion of ours. I am a homeowner but my co-founder (Chad Johnson) is a renter, and one day we got talking about ways to assist renters in their journey to become homeowners.

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Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders

Gust

We sat down with fund managers Chad Gomes, Johnny LeHane and Paul Hakim as they shared insights into their investment process, what they look for in both group members and startups, and. Hudson Valley Startup Fund brings together a network of the region’s successful business and community leaders to give back, supporting the launch of the next Hudson Valley visionaries.

Promoter.io Helps Companies Collect Customer Feedback

SiliconHills

That’s the key question behind San Antonio-based Promoter.io, founded by Chad Keck and Ricardo Reyna. By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News How likely are you to recommend our company to a friend or colleague?

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Atlantans supporting Atlantans…

Jeff Hilimire

My good friend Chad started this Indiegogo to help support Atlanta nonprofits. Here’s a short video Chad made explaining this campaign: Support this awesome campaign!

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Robots Love Ice Cream: The Card Game!

Jeff Hilimire

And thanks to my buddy Chad , it continues to live on! Chad started a company called 25th Century Games and he just launched a Kickstarter for Robots Love Ice Cream: The Card Game. It’s really well done (great job, Chad!).

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The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

Feld Thoughts

It’s not an official thing, but there is this almost secret society of people who’ve been coached by Jerry.” – Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO. 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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The Market Is Hot for Code Climate, NextView’s Newest Investment

Genuine VC

When Chad Pytel introduced me to Bryan Helmkamp , CEO/Co-founder of Code Climate , I knew that I had to pay attention. Chad is the CEO of thoughtbot, a consulting firm that makes web + mobile apps for early-stage startups. As an Advisor to thoughtbot the past couple years, I’ve come to place a lot of weight and trust in Chad’s opinion. Chad Pytel at thoughtbot, many of the NextView portfolio companies, tens of thousands of developers, and I are already believers.

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College Students Souring on Business Degrees

Campus Entrepreneurship

American Exceptionalism Campus Eco-System Entrepreneurship Programs Students aacsb American Freshmen Survey business education Chad Moutray Smeal College of BusinessInside Higher Ed ‘s Dan Berrett writes about recent data from the American Freshmen Survey and business school admissions anecdotes to ask whether today’s college students are less interested in studying business.

Austin-based Milestone Brands Acquires American Born Moonshine

SiliconHills

Chad Auler, co-founder of Deep Eddy Vodka,and Eric Dopkins, former […] The post Austin-based Milestone Brands Acquires American Born Moonshine appeared first on SiliconHills. One of Austin’s newest spirit companies, Milestone Brands is on a buying spree. The company announced Wednesday its acquisition of American Born Moonshine from Windy Hill Spirits, based in Nashville. Milestone recently acquired Dulce Vida Tequila. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

7 Ways College Degrees Can Expedite Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

While we all know a few good entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, the Internet is full of stories on many more who capitalized on at least four years of college, including Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Chad Hurley of YouTube and Bob Parsons of GoDaddy.

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Your Online Forms Can Unlock The Key To Conversions

YoungUpstarts

by Chad Reid, Director of Communications for JotForm. Chad Reid is a career marketer and currently Director of Communications for JotForm , a popular online form builder. If you’re a marketer, you live and breathe conversion rates. They’re the very lifeblood of your business.

Promoter.io Featured on A Slice of Silicon Hills

SiliconHills

Founded by Chad Keck and Ricardo Reyna, Promoter.io By ANDREW MOORE Reporter with Silicon Hills News Every business knows that it’s important to create a loyal customer base. They may not know, however, how many loyal customers they actually have or why those customers are loyal in the first place. was created to help companies […] The post Promoter.io Featured on A Slice of Silicon Hills appeared first on SiliconHills.

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What Happens to Farming When Water Is 10x More Expensive & Labor Is Scarce?

Hunter Walker

Chad faces a security and humanitarian crisis very much linked to a pivotal water resource drying up. I haven’t written much about Homebrew’s investments in the agriculture space but there are two of note, and both are based on beliefs which might be controversial to some.

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Worldwide Investor Network Event Tuesday, November 15th

David Teten

Chad Raube , Partner at Dawn Capital (London) (business school classmate). I hope you’ll join us on November 15 th at 5:30pm for the final Worldwide Investor Network event of the year.

Book: Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

I started off at 20 Jay, saw NYU Poly Incubator , went for a long walk around DUMBO with Charlie O’Donnell , had an awesome lunch with Chad Dickerson (Etsy CEO), and then walked to MakerBot and hung out with the team there for a while. On Digital Sabbath #5, I read Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community. I got through half of it on my flight home from New York on Saturday morning; the balance laying on the couch next to Amy on Saturday evening.

How to Segment A/B Test Results to Find Gold

ConversionXL

This is especially true of big businesses: Chad Sanderson, Subway. Chad Sanderson explains that you must have a methodology to segmentation: Chad Sanderson, Subway. Chad Sanderson explains why he prefers segmenting beforehand, which he calls “pre-registration.”.

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7 Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs Who Stay In School

Startup Professionals Musings

While we all know a few good entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, the Internet is full of stories on many more who capitalized on at least four years of college, including Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Chad Hurley of YouTube and Bob Parsons of GoDaddy.

Panjo: We Gonna Bring Sexy (eBay) Back

Mucker Lab

As an investor – I’m looking forward to seeing the flywheel gain more momentum, Chad & Co execute to perfection as he has always done, and beating up Chad along with with Andrew Parker of Spark.

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10 Guidelines For Storytelling To Hype Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Examples of great storyteller entrepreneurs include Howard Schultz , founder of Starbucks, and Chad Hurley , founder of YouTube.

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How To Optimize Entrepreneurial Learning In School

Startup Professionals Musings

While we all know a few good entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, the Internet is full of stories on many more who capitalized on at least four years of college, including Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Chad Hurley of YouTube and Bob Parsons of GoDaddy.

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The Playbook

OnlyOnce

Thanks to the following friends for their contributions to this post: Jack Sinclair, CFO of Stack Overflow; Angela Baldonero, SVP Human Resources for Kimpton Hotels; Tom Bartel, CEO of ThreatWave; Chad Malchow, CRO for Gitlab; and Dennis Malaspina, CRO for Parsley.

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How Stories Best Communicate Your Startup Value

Startup Professionals Musings

Examples of great storyteller entrepreneurs include Howard Schultz , founder of Starbucks, and Chad Hurley , founder of YouTube.

Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More

Startup Professionals Musings

Examples of great storyteller entrepreneurs include Howard Schultz , founder of Starbucks, and Chad Hurley , founder of YouTube.

Best Job Boards for Recruiting Startup Engineers

David Teten

In a HBS Angels panel I spoke at last week, Chris Fralic of First Round Capital quoted Chad Dickerson of Etsy on this topic. Speaking at a First Round-organized event, Chad said Etsy requires 100% of their engineers to be active in the technical community: give talks, blog, etc. One of our portfolio companies asked me this week, “Do you all have a list of job boards your portfolio companies have had great success with in recruiting high quality engineers?”.

Panjo: We Gonna Bring Sexy (eBay) Back

Mucker Lab

As an investor – I’m looking forward to seeing the flywheel gain more momentum, Chad & Co execute to perfection as he has always done, and beating up Chad along with with Andrew Parker of Spark.

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How to Structure Your Optimization and Experimentation Teams

ConversionXL

Chad Sanderson, the Experience Optimization Manager for Subway, creates an analogy for how the centralized model is set up: Chad Sanderson, Subway. As Chad Sanderson explains below, if your company is small, you may want to choose the model that works best within your budget.

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The Magic of the Irish – Dublin’s Resurgence on the Global Tech Scene

Both Sides of the Table

Having seen that this could be a successful format for attracting people to Ireland Paddy hosted another the following year and called in favors to get the likes of Jack Dorsey, Chad Hurley and again Matt to visit.

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Don’t waste time finding the best person

Start Up Blog

Eric Clapton and Cream, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Every now and again there’s a rock band who are global superstars, who also happen to have world class musicians in the band.

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Is Your Next Startup an Ultralight?

Up and Running

Image credit: Chad Zemendorf/The Chronicle. Funny how the labels work: The lean startup tends to be called that because of a trendy and fast strategy, a lot of flexibility, and a high-powered startup mentality. Emphasize the phrase “high-powered.&# But ultralight startups?

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Stop trying to please Google with SEO and start properly hyper targeting your audience

The Next Web

In this case, if I’d like to see what Biz Stone, Chad Hurley and Dave Morin were sharing on Twitter, I’d use the query: Filter:links from:@biz OR from:@Chad_Hurley OR from:@davemorin.

13 Ways to Maintain a Strong Company Culture as You Grow

Up and Running

For example, we recently took the whole company go-karting after a “marathon month.”. – Chad Halvorson, When I Work. Half the fun of starting your own business was creating your ideal work culture. But as you grow and scale, this can be hard to maintain.

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Singapore Image Recognition Technology Used by Asia’s Newspapers

YoungUpstarts

An agreement was recently concluded with Thailand’s Nation Multimedia Group that owns regional papers Kom Chad Luek and Krungthep Turakij. by George Graver.

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The Lean Startup at SXSW 2012

Startup Lessons Learned

SXSW is less than a week away. Lean Startup ideas will be a big part of the festival this year. Last year SXSW invited me to produce an official Lean Startup track for the conference, which I did in partnership with 500 Startups.

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Want to get more done? Get yourself a system.

Jeff Hilimire

I found the following passage in this article about email habits: The online marketplace CEO (Etsy CEO, Chad Dickerson) told Fast Company that you need to have a system for everything, no matter what it is. I have a few friends, who shall remain nameless as they’d be embarrassed for me to say this, that are huge nerds like me when it comes to figuring out how to get things done.

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You Are Not Your LDAP: Why Leaving Your Job Doesn’t Mean Losing Your Identity

Hunter Walker

YouTube founder Chad Hurley was also very generous with me, which resulted in invites to parties, meetings, and meals above my paygrade. I started thinking about leaving YouTube in late 2010 once Chad announced that he was stepping down from the CEO role. hunter@google.com: From 2003-2013, it was a pretty powerful email address for me. I was the first “Hunter” to work at Google, so I got the six-letter name (the second Hunter went for retnuh@ — “hunter” backwards.

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