Thu.Feb 21, 2013

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. Here are short term and long term returns for the venture capital business over the past ten years compared to the public equity markets in the US.

Revisiting Median vs. Average With Accelerator Data

Feld Thoughts

US Median Income – 1947 to 2007 – 20th, 40th, 60th, 80th, 95th Percentiles (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

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The 51 Best Customer Service Tips For Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

Few things are truly more important to entrepreneurs and small business owners than getting and keeping customers. After all, you’re not even in business unless you have products or services to sell and paying customers to buy them. So for many of us, customer service is no small thing.

SEO Consulting in 2013: What the Pros Know that You Don’t

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Chris Warden. – Enjoy! photo credit: SEOPlanter via photopin cc. SEO is changing, and for the most part, the life of an SEO consultant is getting better.

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6 Keys to a Satisfied Yet Successful Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s sad when the startup is “successful,” but the founder still feels totally unsatisfied. I see it happening all the time. The business is a winner, but the family or other relationships are broken by the stress.

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One Year Anniversary Slideshare: Start-Up of You Executive Summary

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

A year ago, we launched The Start-Up of You. To celebrate the anniversary, we put together a 190 slide deck on Slideshare summarizing the key themes. It’s beautiful, with vivid images accompanying text. In just over 24 hours, it’s been viewed more than 100,000 times.


Turn Failures Into Stepping Stones: 5 Ways

Inc Startups

Surely someone's told you to 'embrace failure' before. Here's what that means, actually, and how to do it. Failure can be extremely painful. Indeed, the "normal" psychological reaction to failure is to distract yourself and do something completely different right away.

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Recruiting 101 (via Greg Brockman of Stripe)

Scott Edward Walker

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

4 Ways That Employees Manipulate Bosses

Inc Startups

Use these tactics to thwart four common dirty tricks that employees play on their bosses. While most people are well-meaning, there is always a subset who thinks they can get a head by manipulating others to do what they want.

Advisoray, Know How and Even Greater Vitality in March!

The Product Guy

Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest record-turnout roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, Balsamiq Studios , Sunshine Suites , and Ryma Technology Solutions. Thursday night, keeping with the theme of Product Management Know How, also saw the launch of a new and exciting program rife with opportunities for Product Management mentors and mentees. If you would be interested in mentoring or being mentored visit [link] today!

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Get More Time To Think: 4 Tips

Inc Startups

When's the last time you gave yourself some time for quality, focused, creative thinking? Start here. Without a doubt, the explosion of the Internet and mobile technology has made business faster, more efficient and less expensive. That’s the good news.

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[Infographic] Going Green For Small Business, Without Breaking The Bank


Many small business owners think that only large corporations with big budgets can afford to go green. But they couldn’t be more wrong. You don’t need deep pockets to in order to implement eco-friendly solutions at your workplaces.

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Three Out of Four Hires Fail: How to Beat the Odds

Inc Startups

Bad hires suck up time, energy, and money. How to avoid them. The Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams famously said baseball is “the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer.”

2012 Recap and Final Close at $19M

Version One Ventures

While crunching the data and reflecting on the past year, it’s clear that 2012 was busy. Version One Ventures made eleven investments, including three angel investments that rolled over into the fund. Here are some of the more interesting details to share about our activity in 2012: Version One invested more than $2.5M

The True Test of a Business

Inc Startups

Do you want to build a business or a job? Many entrepreneurs don't understand the difference. What's your top priority as a business owner?

Ten Sneaky Bad Habits That Hurt Client Relationships


by Joseph and JoAnn Callaway, authors of “ Clients First “. If you’re like most business owners, you probably assume your client relationships are pretty good. After all, you have enough clients to still be in business (which, in light of our recent economic death spiral, is saying something!).

Top 10 Most Generous Tech Acquirers of 2012

Inc Startups

Where might you get the biggest payday, if you decide to sell your tech firm? Look no further. Private company research firm PrivCo has compiled a list of the top 10 most generous buyers of private tech companies in 2012. Call it the money-is-no-object list. According to PrivCo, Zillow was the No.

Presenting to Win

Venture Cyclist

“ Whether you are presenting to investors or to startup competition judges, you are faced with some amount of random behavior.” A while ago I wrote a piece on “ How to Score an Investment for your Startup ”. Following that theme you can now read “ Presenting to Win ”, my latest article written for Scalable Startups project at UC Berkeley. Tech industry Opinion

7 Ways to Save More Money Now

Inc Startups

A growing business has expenses. Use these steps to cut costs and ramp up your profits in 2013. Once a quarter I sit down with our CFO and review our budget, projections for the upcoming months, and ways to reduce or control overhead to ramp up profitability.

More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog The Big Data of Water Leaks Reinventing the Red Light The mind of a gamer Your tax dollars at work Mid-level recruiting goes more social Rethinking China’s cities Surf Air: No TSA, no tickets Bruce’s world. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Your Start-up Needs Some Structure

Inc Startups

As your company grows you need to think less like an entrepreneur and more like a CEO. As entrepreneurs, we inherently resist structure and conventionality. Entrepreneurs succeed in many cases because they break the mold and think about things differently.

5 Steps to Calculating Your Startup Costs

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in AmEx Open Forum. You can’t create a realistic business plan without knowing how much it will cost to get your business up and running. If you don’t have an idea of your startup costs, you won’t know how long you’ll have to bootstrap, how much funding you’ll need or how quickly to scale. In other words, without calculating your startup costs, you don’t really know where you’re going—or how you’re going to get there.

Can't We All Not Get Along? 5 Rules for Healthy Conflict

Inc Startups

How to initiate professional conflicts without upsetting your colleagues or getting accused of being a "hater." We all know that healthy conflicts are an essential part of any well-oiled management team’s routine. But initiating conflict is never easy.

Share Your Consumer Experiences And Get Paid Using Good Vs Bad App


Helsinki-based app, Good vs Bad , is an interesting take on the consumer ratings sector. Rather than going for the 5-stars approach, Good vs Bad lets you do what the name suggests- you can share experiences at stores, restaurants, or other places as a good or bad experience.

Want to Get Acquired? Get Your Funding From These VCs First

Inc Startups

You may recognize many of the firms on this ranking of most successful VC firms. But there are a few noteworthy surprises, too. Have your eye on an acquisition as your exit strategy? Here's a list you might want to print.

How To Find Profitable Facebook Campaigns An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

As you may know, I use Facebook as one of my primary traffic sources for my affiliate marketing campaigns. Facebook is an awesome paid traffic source because of the sheer amount of traffic it has.

Franchise: Buy New or Used?

Inc Startups

A franchise can be a great on-ramp to small business ownership. Here's how to decide on a new or existing franchise purchase. Becoming a franchisee can be a great path to entrepreneurship.

The third option

In the recent months I’ve realized I am very much in a bubble. Everyone I know is building a company. Amongst my circle of friends, that is the norm.

The Pitch Meeting, Demystified

Inc Startups

Whether you think your pitch meeting went well or poorly, you can improve your next one with an intelligent de-briefing. When you walk out of a big pitch meeting, what comes next? We all know you shouldn’t discuss the meeting on a public elevator or within earshot of your hosts.

How Failure Led To Success: A Story Of Three Startups And Import2


Full Disclosure: I used to consult Sourcekibitzer in 2006/2007 on marketing. Since I knew the team from before, I thought that their story is impressive and would be filled with good advice for everyone.

What Social Media Can't Do: Ben Kaufman

Inc Startups

During Social Media Week, Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman said when it comes to product innovation, there are limits to what social media can do.

3 Tips to Small Business Public Relations Success

Rembrandt Communications

What is small business public relations? If you are a new entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of using press releases and publicity to help boost awareness for your products and services. However, you may not know exactly what public relations is and what it can do for your business. Small business public relations is really just [.]. PR Small Business Public Relations Writing Tips sales SEO SEO Copywriting

4 Quick Tips to Be Funny on Twitter

Inc Startups

A few Twitter pros remind us that to be funny, you have to take a risk. Among the many events currently taking place as part of Social Media Week , a panel of experts talked Thursday about a topic not easily executed by most people: How to be funny (like really funny) in 140 characters or less.

A world without constraints?

deal architect

I was talking to a tech executive at a multinational and he was describing the labor pools he had access to in India, E. Europe, S. America, China and he said “I don’t think technical talent will ever be a. Industry Commentary