Wed.Jul 13, 2011

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.

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. Finds Local Guides For Travelers


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.

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StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


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

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


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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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.


Is Email A Bigger Productivity Killer Than Marijuana? (UK Study Says Yes) by Yaro Starak

Tim sits at his desk. He fidgets. He knows he has to get some work done, but he can’t. He is going to be in big trouble if he doesn’t. Oops, his mind wandered off again, quickly, back to the task at hand. He fidgets again. Ohhh, this is so hard. I feel uncomfortable” his mind groans. He looks at the clock, how long has it been? Is it time yet? The tension is building, it’s like a kettle boiling over. This is so hard. Tim isn’t a 12 year old school student needing to do an assignment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Why You Should Eliminate Titles at Start-ups

Seeing Both Sides

There has been a recent dialog around a theme I'll call "hacking the corporation" - creating novel approaches to building young companies, particularly when they are in their formative start-up stage and pre-product market fit.

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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.