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Ignore Trends and Predictions

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Don’t Believe the Hype. Every year, at this time, I get a flurry of requests for my “predictions for 2013” or “exciting, hot, new trends for 2013 that I’m looking at.”. I respond with “I don’t care about trends and my only prediction is that one day I will die.”. This is usually not a particularly satisfying response to whomever sent me the request.

9 Reasons Why Your New Year Resolutions Fail

Life Beyond Code

First of all, why am I even qualified to talk about this topic? I am just like you – lot of my resolutions have failed and lot of my projects have failed but when I have succeeded small number of times, I have done so with flying colors. A couple of examples where I succeeded: 1.

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What You Can Learn About Startups From Great Cooks

Startup Professionals Musings

I realized a while back that creating a new company for the first time is a lot like whipping up a great dinner entree for the first time – you need a recipe, even though it may look simple. You know the basic ingredients, and you can visualize the results you want.

Top 10 articles for 2012 from the Startup Blog

Taffy Williams

Startup Blog has been on line for about 2 years now. Changes you may have noticed are inclusions of photos (I shot most of them) and more real-life experience stories. More than 200,000 have enjoyed the articles in Startup Blog and more than 50,000 have read the Examiner articles.

6 ways to monetize a user-based business model

The Next Web

How do you monetize a unique business model based on users rather than selling an actual product? We asked members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council for their thoughts. Giving it away at Contently. “At At Contently, our core monetization strategy is through marketplace transactions.

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Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2012

Platforms and Networks

Here's my compilation of 2012's best posts about managing startups. I assembled similar lists at the end of 2011 , 2010 and 2009. Many thanks to all of the authors. The generosity of the startup community is amazing, and these insights are invaluable to those of us who teach and coach aspiring entrepreneurs. Apologies to authors whose work I've omitted. Please use comments below to suggest additional posts. Happy New Year!

Startup Frustration? Feel Better with Advice from This American Life’s Ira Glass

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Feeling frustrated by your lack of startup success? Don’t worry, this is normal. When I’m feeling discouraged I listen to some sage advice from Ira Glass, host of This American Life.

2012 Predictions: How'd I do?

Last year it was fun to make predictions for 2012. Reading back on them, it strikes me what was on my mind that day--mobile phones and service because I was ditching ATT and wanted to try Android for the first time, startups, and venture capital. Let's see how I did; the ones I think were largely accurate are green , ones that were partially accurate are blue , largely wrong ones are red , and undecided, unknown, or TBD are gray. Hey, everybody's doing it, why not me?

The year that was and the one that will be

deal architect

On New Florence been running the best of 2012 Best 2012 photos Discover Magazine - Top 2012 Science Stories The Culture Street Journal - WSJ on best of 2012 art, architecture Scientific American’s 2012 “Game changers” Fortune’s Top Businesspersons of. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Book Review: The Founder’s Dilemmas, by Noam Wasserman

Pascal's View

While every company founder makes trade-offs in building a company, few entrepreneurs appreciate the far-reaching implications of several critical decisions they will are required to make at the outset of a startup’s evolution.

A powerful personal testimony by Brian Head Welch, former.

Mark Birch

A powerful personal testimony by Brian Head Welch, former guitarist of Korn, who went from depression and drug addiction to salvation and new life in Jesus Christ.

I Have No Competition! - DShen's Blogs


This must be the favorite sentence uttered by entrepreneurs. But who can really lay claim to this statement being true? Could someone truly have no competitors? Usually what happens is, after the pitch I go back to our

Walker Twitter Highlights: December 17th – 30th

Scott Edward Walker

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets (via ) for the past 10 days and a few blog-related tweets. If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here. Cheers, Scott. . Top 5 Tweets.


WORSHIP SUNDAY: The Narrow Door by Awaken - The current state of.

Mark Birch

WORSHIP SUNDAY: The Narrow Door by Awaken - The current state of the Christian hard rock/metal scene is pretty derivative. However, this says a lot about how far Christian rock has moved in the past decade that we could get to a point where there is enough bands making enough music that it starts to meld. Never before could I recall such a bounty of decent material. Every once in a while however, a small indie band will catch my ear.


"Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the."

Mark Birch

“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” - Micah 7:8 NIV. bible Christian Micah sin