Mon.Mar 26, 2012

How Getting Rejected By Founder Collective Helped Save Our Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

In January 2010, I remember shaking Founder Collective’s Eric Paley ‘s hand after pitching Yipit to him for an hour and struggling to smile as we left his office. The meeting had been a complete disaster. Founder Collective wasn’t going to be investing. Maybe nobody would.

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – What America Does Best

Steve Blank

We ran the first National Science Foundation Innovation Corps class October to December 2011. 63 scientists and engineers in 21 teams made ~ 2,000 customer calls in 10 weeks , turning laboratory ideas into formidable startups.

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Why Youth Has an Advantage in Innovation & Why You Want To Be a Learn-It-All

[Follow Me on Twitter] A few relevant scenes from the recent blockbuster Moneyball: Peter Brand: Billy, Pena is an All Star. And if you dump him and this Hatteberg thing doesn’t work out the way that we want it to, you know, this is…this is the kind of decision that gets you fired. It is! Billy Beane: Yes, you’re right. I [.]. Internet social networking Uncategorized Venture Capital experience innovation youth

Give away the diagnostic, sell the remedy

Chris Dixon

Companies that employ the “ freemium ” business model give away a product or service for free and then charge for additional features. The freemium model has gotten more popular as the cost to deliver free services has dropped but the cost of employing sales and marketing people hasn’t. One of the hardest questions around freemium models is deciding how to divide free from paid features.

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7 Competition Crushing Value Propositions

Duct Tape Marketing

7 Competition Crushing Value Propositions This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Page one of Warby Parker's infographic laden annual report. One of the biggest challenges that any small business faces in the area of marketing is standing out from everyone else that say it’s doing what you’re doing.

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Top Tips for Building a Great Team | Deimar ~ Business Tips and.


Mangers make the mistake of assuming that a team is formed by bringing people together to work on the same projects or workspaces. Even if a group of people works in cooperation, are in constant interaction with each other

5 Steps to Better Leadership Charisma

Inc Startups

Charisma is not a substitute for genuine leadership. These five steps can help you develop, and blend, the two. Leadership charisma and personal charisma are very different things.

Avoiding Founder Failure: 26 Quick Tips and Real Data


Several years ago, I met with Noam Wasserman who had recently joined Harvard Business School as a professor. I initially came across Noam because he was doing some fascinating research on startups -- particularly in the arena of founder relationships.

8 Things Great Consultants Say

Inc Startups

You may not want to hear some of these things--but your project will be better for it. Hiring the right consultant is tough, especially since there often is no physical product to evaluate. Aside from checking credentials and references, your decision often rests largely on what a consultant says.

An act of highest contribution

Life Beyond Code

A common and guaranteed problem in the life of many smart people is “lack of time.” ” However, it is hard to believe that assertion when we think about the following (not the entire list, of course). Recent movie “Hunger Games” grossed $68 million on the opening weekend.

How to Be Popular at Work

Inc Startups

If you want to be appreciated at work, make sure everyone else feels welcome. Whenever people gather in any social setting, there is always one person who becomes the primary center of attention. People want to be around that person, and unconsciously seek his or her approval.

Are More Facebook Likes Better for Business?

Up and Running

How to Capitalize on Your Lack of Focus

Inc Startups

Lack of focus can be a core competency. Here are six principles to encourage innovative thinking, lots of experimentation, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Three Steps to Getting Funded


Lots of people, myself included, have written lots of posts on how to get funded. In fact, a whole section of this blog is devoted to that topic. While all those details are great, it struck me recently that there are three keys to getting funded: Team: A founding team (being a sole founder is tough for investors) consisting of one product / UX person and one well-rounded developer. At least one of you needs to be completely consumed by this idea. Later stage teams are different of course.

Staying True to Yourself in Business Communications

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As an entrepreneur owning and running a business, it’s hard to delineate between a professional persona and your authentic “you” at times. Being a business owner frequently means pouring nearly every bit of yourself into building your company.

4 Traits of Dream Start-up Talent

Inc Startups

Just good enough doesn't cut it. Here's how to identify, and test for, these very important qualities. Let's face it: People who work at start-ups are an unusual breed.

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SAP TCO spreadsheet cell D45

deal architect

Dennis Howlett reporting from Australia picks up on worries about Oracle DB costs in SAP customers. For the 20 years I have dealt with SAP customers, it has been a line item in their TCO spreadsheet, but the accounting is. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Can This Company Become the New Disney?

Inc Startups

Rovio, the maker of the wildly popular Angry Birds game, has stolen a few pages from Disney's playbook. And it just might work. It all started with one angry bird and one very addicting mobile game.

Re-think in orders of magnitude

The Startup Toolkit

How many sales calls can you make a day? You prep for each one, take notes afterwards. That last one was stressful and the guy yelled at you, so maybe you get a cup of coffee. You’re barely break even, and you’re paying yourself peanuts. Sales guys have way higher salaries than you do. The model works, but how will you ever scale? Can you increase the number of calls you make by 50%? That would be a nightmare.

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Fear, Forgiveness, and Funky Smells

Inc Startups

What happens to entrepreneurs who refuse to forgive themselves for their mistakes? A six-time Emmy Award-winning producer explains. Have you ever felt angry or disappointed with yourself? Sure you have. As entrepreneurs, we have to take risks—it comes with the territory.

4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Noam Wasserman

I’ve been collecting data about startups and compensation since 2001. Here’s what entrepreneurs think they know about startup pay–and what actually happens. Entrepreneurial decision-making is often guided by anecdotes, rules of thumb, and intuition.

The Difference Every Boss Can Make

Inc Startups

How seemingly insignificant moments can have a lasting impact on your employees' lives. The smallest moments almost always make the biggest difference—whether in our lives, or in the lives of others.

[Malaysia] [Event] InfoSecurity World 2012 – Combating The Rapid Rise In Cyber Threats


by Yi Ning Lim, marketing specialist at GMO GlobalSign. The Infosecurity World Exhibition & Conference 2012 ( ISWec 2012 ) was held at Putra World Trade Centre from 21 to 22 March 2012.

4 Ways Big Data Can Trick You

Inc Startups

Analyzing heaps of data can give you an edge. or make you fall flat on your face. It all depends on how you use the results.

Join Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha for a Live Chat

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha — authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-up of You — are hosting a live, hour-long webcast in which they will discuss how you can accelerate your career today. When: Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 PM PST. Where: Register here. You can get your questions prioritized by leaving them in the comments here or tweeting them with the hashtag #startq.

Integrate a Company You Acquire: 6 Steps

Inc Startups

Merging a business into your own is like rebuilding a plane while in flight. Heres how to keep flying. Acquiring other companies can be a great strategy to grow your company. It can help expand your product, team, market share, revenue, or geographic presence.

IVC: Most Active Venture Capital Funds in Israel - 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In 2011, venture capital funds made 140 first investments in Israeli and Israel-related companies. Seventy-three first investments by 23 foreign VC funds accounted for 52 percent of the total number of investments, while Israeli VC funds accounted for the remaining 48 percent. This compares to 31 percent and 69 percent by foreign and Israeli VC funds in 2010, respectively

Secret Wish Cartoon #9, Creativity and Fame

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Andy Warhol’s famous quote from 1968 , that everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes has come true hasn’t it? I just watched a YouTube of a 12 year old dancing to the Maverick’s “Dance the Night Away” — 38,000 views and counting (authentic if nothing else).

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Why Employees Should Decide Who Gets Bonuses

Inc Startups

At both Linden Lab and his new company Coffee & Power, Philip Rosedale took a radical approach to bonuses: He let employees decide how to give them out.

Mobile Payment Platform Swiff Launches in Singapore; Targets Other Markets


Earlier this year, I commented during the launch of UOB’s mobile banking iOS application that mobile payment options such as that offered by Square would be a boon to small business owners.

Turn a Hunch Into a Strategy

Inc Startups

A low-cost, low-effort way to test your instincts--and prove a meaningful insight--before it's too late. We all have hunches: that a new market is about to explode, that there's a problem in finance, that consumer behavior is changing. Most people hold very strong opinions about their hunches.

The Alien Entrepreneur: How Michael Dell personally made me a.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

Jumpstart Our Business Startups!

Growthink Blog

Thursday’s incredibly exciting news that the Senate approved H.R. 3606 - the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) bill - should hearten all that grasp the negative impact of the tangling knot of regulation on the flow of capital and the success of entrepreneurship in America today. Included in the bill is H.R. 2930 - the Entrepreneur’s Access to Capital Act - which for the first time legalizes investment-based crowdfunding.

SAP and Sustainability

deal architect

SAP’s annual sustainability report is out. As usual it is prodigious and professional. In the past i have commented that it was too focused on internal SAP efforts and what its customers were doing broadly, not how SAP’s software contributes. Sustainability, Green Computing