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Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. No, let me rephrase that-- AngelList is a freakin' phenomenon. Since launching just over a year ago, 2250 investors have joined, over 400 startups have

The 20X Rule

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Much of my time spent coaching is egging my clients on so they get websites done, pitch new clients and test and try new products in the market. The enemy of a new entrepreneur is endless planning and perfection.

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StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

SoCal CTO

Today I join Ben Yoskovitz , Vinicius Vacanti , Jill Hubbard Bowman and Steve Blank and others in announcing the launch of StartupRoar.

Financial Literacy

Feld Thoughts

I’m stunned by the lack of financial literacy of so many people in so many contexts. The commentary by politicians, economists, and the media on the European debt crisis and the US debt ceiling dynamics is appalling. The general media and blogosphere commentary on the financials of high growth companies, especially those who have either recently gone public or filed their S-1′s, range from perplexing to just plain incorrect.

How to make your profile photo Googley

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Google+ launched a couple weeks ago and already there are some cool add-ons and gadgets designed specifically for Google+ users. One of them is a Google+ profile photo frame. There are several to choose from, I used +me developed by Turhan Aydin.

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Personas for Customer Development

Grasshopper Herder

Personas are an amazing tool for doing customer development. They are the clearest form of hypothesis, test, and learn (a.k.a. build, measure, learn). Customer Development Entrepreneurship User Experience design lean user experience personas user experience

But I don’t want to follow you on Twitter

Venture Hacks

We post links to the very best startup advice on Twitter at @ venturehacks. We read Hacker News, the best blogs, Quora, and everything else startup-related. Then we tweet about the best content we find. But maybe you don’t use Twitter. Or you don’t want to follow us there. Or you hate us.

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How LOLcats Will Kill Your Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

Adam Smith, in Wealth of Nations , talked about an &# invisible hand “ Basically, by businesses pursuing their own interests, they end up helping society much more than they had intended, led by an “invisible hand&#.

X Does Not Always Equal X

The Startup Lawyer

I’ve done quite a few recent seed deals using various ‘standard’ seed financing docs ( Series Seed , TechStars Series AA , etc.). While using these document sets can help reduce transaction costs and the time to close, a startup can run into trouble by trusting deal documents without verification. For example, a startup requested I review a set of financing documents produced by investor counsel.

Consumers Prefer Better Looking Websites

crowdSPRING Blog

Successful businesses know that to develop long-term relationships with their customers, they must find ways to build trust. This is not as easy to do as it sounds. According to the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer study , U.S. consumer trust of companies dropped 8 points from 2010 to 2011. In fact, this trend seems to be worsening. According to a new University of Melbourne study, online shoppers are 30% less loyal to online businesses than in 2007.

The Not-So-Secret Secrets To Making It Big: Five Surprisingly Doable Steps That Will Propel You To The Top

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Feuer, author of “ The Benevolent Dictator “. Have you ever said to yourself, How in the world did [insert name of powerful business executive] get to where he is? He’s not any smarter than I am! Well, chances are you’re right.

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Every Startup Needs a Reality Check Now and Then

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the time, I’m all about providing encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs. They need it and they deserve it, because entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy.

Out of Chaos Something Remarkable Emerges

Duct Tape Marketing

Out of Chaos Something Remarkable Emerges This content from: Duct Tape Marketing kevindooley via Flickr I’ve owned my own business long enough to have experienced many things.

Innovation never ends

Start Up Blog

I happened upon this video (being a surfer and all) and was totally inspired by the product innovation. In real terms it is innovation at its core: Problem – Solution. They had to find and invent the technology to solve the problem. Rather than having some technology they were trying to find a use for. The video is worth watching, as the lesson is one any and everyone can take heed from. It also reminds me that innovation will never end.

Tech and Travel

The Entrepreneurial Mind

When I was first starting up our healthcare business back in the late 1980s the only "technology" I took with me was an AT&T phone card for making calls from the road. I would punch in a bunch of numbers and then punch in more numbers to make the call. It was actually pretty cool for the time because before that I used to have to call my wife collect from the road. Soon I added a couple of amazing new technologies. One was a car phone.

Differences Between Small Business Owners and High-Growth Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

I’m fascinated by data Steve King of Small Business Labs published a couple of weeks ago in Comparing Small Business Owners and High-Growth Entrepreneurs.

Localmind Raises Funding

Instigator Blog

Localmind was the second company we funded at Year One Labs. Localmind leverages check-in services like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places to make powerful, real-time location-based Q&A the best way of discovering a city.

Realventures.com 2.0

StartupCFO

For startups the mantra is always, “release early, release often&# – get your product out there, get feedback and iterate. We practice what we preach and we launched Real Ventures last October we had little time to optimize our web presence. We’re still working on it but I am pleased to announce a major rev on our website. We are probably the most active VC fund in Canada (12 deals since our launch Oct. 25 and counting).

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high.

Organization Sponsors Interns to Work at Israeli Tech Companies [guest post]

VC Cafe

by Nathan Gilson*. Now a sophomore at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Sam Shapiro has always aspired to work in high-tech startups. His idea for a social clothes-shopping website was recognized as a finalist in the prestigious 1000 pitches competition.

"A New Mindset and Skillset to Compete"

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Thomas Friedman writes about the changing job market in America: The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story.

Mini Saga #115 – Depth

Life Beyond Code

Winning over people becomes easier if you deeply care about what they care about. Mini Saga #115 – Depth. Mike had a set of “serial followers.” This was his fourth company and majority of his troops had followed him.

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Customer Segmentation Marketing: Are You Doing It?

Growthink Blog

Would you like a tool to attract more leads, convert more leads into paying customers, and better satisfy your customers? Well, there's a market research tool that accomplishes just that and it's called Customer Segmentation.

Startup Crib: Tripl Team And Office

ArcticStartup

Startup Crib is a series of posts dedicated to start-ups' offices. The visual tour around a start-up’s office gives readers a real-life picture of how and where entrepreneurs work and meat the team behind the company. Different offices have their own perks and peculiarities so sit back and enjoy!

Q&A Wednesday :: CopperEgg

Austin Startup

You probably heard the news yesterday about CopperEgg in either the Statesman, InfoWorld, or ReadWriteWeb. Today we have a Q&A with company co-founder and CEO Scott Johnson. Give us the elevator pitch for CopperEgg. In a nutshell, what does the company do? CopperEgg gets deep inside your storage network, file servers and cloud instances to ensure everything runs smoothly.

But I don't want to follow you on Twitter

Venture Hacks

We post links to the very best startup advice on Twitter at @ venturehacks. We read Hacker News, the best blogs, Quora, and everything else startup-related. Then we tweet about the best content we find. But maybe you don’t use Twitter. Or you don’t want to follow us there. Or you hate us.

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Shiroube.com Finds Local Guides For Travelers

YoungUpstarts

Have you ever been to a city for the first time and wish you had a guide to show what where the locals hang out, where the best brewery pubs or the most obscure but quaint shops are? I know I do.

The New Blitzkrieg

deal architect

One of the most impressive things about the 3G version of the iPhone introduced in 2008 was the speed of its global rollout. Started with 22 countries with another 50 - plus countries following over the next few months. Among. Globalization and Technology

Doing Deals – 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs (Part 1)

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction I’ve been doing deals as a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I’ve seen entrepreneurs make over and over again. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips in connection with doing deals. This is part one of a three-part series; it was originally posted on Forbes. Tips Tip #1: Be Careful with Letters of Intent.

More New Renaissance

deal architect

On the innovation blog The buzz around Google+ A symphony of light and sound The $ 32,000 startup Modern Day 7 wonders of the World. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Loads More Tips from the Experts to Help Overworked Entrepreneurs Get better Work/Life Balance

Marketing Junkie

Every entrepreneur with a thriving business eventually discovers there’s always more on the to-do list than any human can get done. That makes it really tough to achieve a decent balance between business and your personal life. But if you want to be both successful and happy as a small business owner, you have to find a way to achieve a bit of that ever so elusive balance. Otherwise you’re going to end up burnt-out and exhausted. Worst case you’ll end up closing your business down.

Harold L. Sirkin: Stop to consider why companies hire

EIN News

The U.S. economy added only 18,000 net new jobs. American entrepreneurial spirit can thrive, by rewarding venture capitalists willing to risk their money on somebody. either. Let's let the marketplace decide. The United States still has the world's largest and most-flexible

A Groupon like service for recipes?

Vikas Vadlapatla

I've been thinking about this business idea for the past day or two and I can't seem to think that it wont work! Motivation: I see a lot of similarities between cooking and shopping (clothes, electronics. or any item for that matter). Cooking and shopping, both calm my nerves. Cooking and Shopping both attract the ladies/men. Cooking and shopping can both be timeconsuming and a pain in the butt! You can be forced into doing both.

Chesapeake Energy Introduces Plan to Transform U.S. Transportation Fuels Market and Reduce OPEC Oil Imports

EIN News

is the creation of a $1.0 billion venture capital fund, Chesapeake NG Ventures Corp. CNGV), dedicated. Chesapeake's CEO, said, "We have analyzed the U.S. transportation sector during the past four years. opportunities with CNGV available to other producers, venture capitalists, private equity players and other large-scale energy