Sat.Dec 15, 2012

Would the Last Blackberry User Please Turn Out the Lights? I Already Left the Building

Both Sides of the Table

My Blackberry died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know. It seems so long ago that we had to start hiding our Blackberry’s in our pockets to avoid always being chastised.

It’s Startup, Not Start-up or Start Up

Feld Thoughts

When I created Startup Revolution and began writing Startup Communities , I insisted with Wiley (my publisher) that the word be “startup” and not “start-up” or “start up” or even “StartUp” It took a while to (a) get everyone to agree to that and (b) expunge the efforts of the copy-editor to reintroduce some gross variant of “startup” but I finally got it done.

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How to calculate your royalty

How to Change the World

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What to Do When Your Biggest Obstacle to Success is YOU!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You Gotta Have Faith. Building a business requires logic, dedication, and the ability to implement ideas. Besides these practical characteristics, you’ll need the assistance of something a little less tangible; a hearty dose of faith.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Raising Outside Capital and Know It's not a Necessity for Entrepreneurial Success.

Small Business Force

For many entrepreneurs, raising outside capital is, seemingly, just another necessary step in the lifecycle of a small business. Still others think it's the only way they will get their business off the ground. While there is no right answer, those two are both wrong!

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Video Of The Week: Cities, Networks, and Growth Curves

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Kirk sent me this TED Talk yesterday. It is the Physicist Geoffrey West talking about cities, networks, and growth curves. Regular readers of this blog will recognize a bunch of themes that I am obsessed with in this talk. So check it out and let me know what you think in the comments. Venture Capital and Technology

Founders: Eyes wide open

Information Arbitrage

Raising money is a hard and sometimes scary thing. Friends & family money might be relatively easy to raise but often comes with lots of emotional strings attached. What if I lose their money? Might this adversely impact our relationship? Will I feel horrible and guilty?” Raising angel money is somewhat harder, but with less drama and entanglement. These people believe in me and are trusting me, which is a huge obligation.

The Right Time to Search for a Co-founder

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Most investors, entrepreneurs, and startup advisers discuss “should I get a co-founder” as a false dichotomy, a “yes” or “no” choice.

Founders must both fear and embrace failure to succeed

The Next Web

Most first-time founders enter the arena with only a handful of the necessary skills and snippets of domain knowledge required to make their idea work. Everything else has to be learned on the job.

So I’m addicted to Letterpress now…

Jeff Hilimire

It took me several times playing before I actually “got ” how this game worked. But now that I do, I’m obsessed with it. And I’m not afraid to throw some crazy words out there if it gets me a win :). Whoever wants to play, I’m Hill49. Let’s do this. Random


Children, Risk and #Newtown: don’t let Fear win

Fred Destin

I have 3 kids, aged 5, 7 and 9. I cannot even pretend to relate to those who lost their kids, but I can picture what an obliterated classroom would do to them and me. After the shooting news broke out I was like many people consumed by a mix of physical pain, sorrow and anger.

Weekend Favs December Fifteen

Duct Tape Marketing

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting.

My son at his cello recital (at Brooklyn Center for the.

Mark Birch

My son at his cello recital (at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts). cello recital music Suzuki Brooklyn College Prep Center for Performing Arts


Reach Out for a Lost Soul

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It’s time to reach out to the lost souls around us. No, this is not a blog about innovation. I would like to share an idea. If it resonates, please pass this along. Like nearly everyone I’m working through complex emotions related to yesterday’s events in Newton, Connecticut.

We Investors are Haunted by Our Past - DShen's Blogs


A few weeks back I met with an entrepreneur who had recently closed a round with a large VC. We got to talking about what it was like to work with that VC, and he mentioned that it was a little strange because the VC was

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter - It is a sad.

Mark Birch

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter - It is a sad day this morning. So many things in this world that are heartbreaking. You look at the innocence of youth and wonder where it all turns awry. I posted some Wayne Shorter a few weeks ago from Speak No Evil , one of the all-time great jazz albums. Infant Eyes seemed appropriate for this morning’s mood though, a song that Shorter had composed when his daughter was six months old. Be well this morning and remember those that you love.


The perspective of a gun owner

Fred Destin

I don't own guns and do not know much about them. I received a mail from my fellow startup investor John Gargasz who is someone I rate and respect, which I thought I might share with you to re-center this discussion a bit. Here we go: Fred, The horror of yesterday has us all revisiting what could be done. I'm an active hunter and gun owner who believes in the right to bear arms. As a New Hampshire yankee, I also have some of that militia sensibility ingrained in me.