Mon.Apr 11, 2011

Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

Both Sides of the Table

I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour with Jon Steinberg, president of Buzzfeed , a company who focuses on helping media companies make their content go viral. His words, “we find things on Sunday morning that will be on the Today show on Tuesday morning.&#

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Attacking your sucky excuses for not blogging

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

You already know that nowadays you’re invisible without some sort of social media presence. You already know the (alleged) benefits of having a personal or business blog. But you still don’t blog, and for good reason, right? Blogging is work, and ten other things are more important.

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Follow Seven Rules for a Creative Startup Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Within the startup realm, there is a big difference between having an innovative product versus an innovative business. Some startups have a new technology, but stick to a tried-and-true business model. Others take an existing product, and give it new life with a creative business model.

The real entrepreneurs of New York City

Startup Lessons Learned

The Lean Startup Machine looks a lot like reality television for startups. It's intense, the teams go head-to-head, the protagonists live and learn, and it's all very entertaining. But there is something serious at work, too.

Amazing Deal – Entrepreneurship Courses

Feld Thoughts

I’ve got an entrepreneur focused deal on Brad Feld’s Amazing Deals today. The deal is for , a website that has online courses on a variety of interesting topics. When Udemy came to me, they were interested in offering a deal on one of their $99 courses that was pertinent to startups. After some negotiation, we decided to do an offer where you get their five top startup courses, priced at a total of over $400, for only $59.

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Don’t call it AdTech. It’s “Adhesive”

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

For about the past year my partners have been pushing me to write up some thoughts on AdTech investing. “We’re not AdTech investors,&# I’d push back, “we just have a bunch of companies in the portfolio that are working in and around online advertising.&# And for a while that worked pretty well. Most of our AdTech investments would be labeled “glue&# (they were all connecting or intermediary technologies – just applied to online advertising).

Guide to Creativity & Innovation Conferences (2011)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Spring, Summer and Fall are the seasons for creativity AND innovation conferences. The guide I’m posting here isn’t meant to be comprehensive — but a quick glance at what’s on and why or why not you might want to go. Everybody has different criteria, so, take my thoughts with a grain of salt. And if [.].

Venture Cyclist: Walking through closed doors

Venture Cyclist

Now this would be a neat trick, if anyone could really do it: 2011-03-11_08-54-25_177. If you were expecting something deep and meaningful, perhaps about entrepreneurs finding ways to make their startup successful in the

3 Keys to Successful Integration Projects

Active Garage

Integration Projects. When a company goes through a merger, acquisition, purchase of a business unit, a strategic partnership, etc, there are activities that need to take place to make multiple entities into one cohesive unit.

Information Arbitrage - Some thoughts on rational market regulation

Information Arbitrage

Not a Fan of Angel Investment Tax Credits

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Milt Capps who published Venture Nashville Connections contacted me the other day to see what I thought of a bill here in Tennessee that would create tax credits for angel investors. Here is what I told him: Targeted tax credits for angel investments do little to spur new investments or to increase the overall activity level of angel investing over the long term.

Meet Waldo, Head of Corp Dev

This is going to be BIG.

Back in 2005, when I was with Union Square Ventures, we changed our brochureware homepage into a blog. A few other VCs had been blogging before, but no one had gone as far as to make the whole front facing effort of their firm into something so interactive. It changed the way we worked with entrepreneurs.

Tyler Durden’s take on mobile marketing #FightClub

Jeff Hilimire

Ok, so maybe its not directly Tyler Durden’s (one of the greatest characters in movie history!) take on mobile marketing, but hey, I get points for including a Fight Club reference in my most recent MediaPost article right?!

The Marketing Experiment

Growthink Blog

This experiment has been done many times at events. At one end of the table, they place a box of donuts. At the other end of the table, they place a bunch of fruit. The attendees filter out of the room on a break.and see the table. Fifteen minutes later, the attendees go back into the main room.

Do You Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

Up and Running

Tweet Could you describe your company in 60 seconds? They call it the elevator speech, or elevator pitch, and it’s a good exercise. I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches , two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. These are good examples of classic elevator pitches, limited to 60 seconds. The first, from Visiray , a team representing the University of Oregon: And the second one, KarmaGoat , from UCLA.

Swedish Pixamid Beats Color In Photo Sharing


The company that brought us Color, the photo sharing app for the iPhone, received $41 million in funding some time ago and we questioned if this was another sign of a tech bubble emerging. Color is essentially a photo sharing app that apparently got its launch all wrong.

Selling My Personalized Rate Card and Amazon’s New Kindle Pricing

Venture Chronicles

Amazon announced a version of the Kindle that can be had for $25 less , providing you are willing to subject yourself to screensavers that are ads and banner ads at the bottom of the home screen. I don’t have a problem with ads but my reaction is still negative. Amazon is saying I am only worth $25. Okay so Amazon has to create the market first but with their volumes they won’t have a problem doing that.

Wordy Professional Editing Gets Wordier: Multiple File Uploads And New pricing


Publishing content online might be considered to be the easiest job for many but for those who mean serious business, pushing content online is a matter of great importance. Many bloggers out there would readily agree to this when they switch from writing for their personal blog to someone else’s.

hot or not?

Jason Ball's TechBytes

Facebook is going to be irrelevant in 10 years time. Google has lost the search war. Microsoft has lost the desktop war. We live in exciting times. Change is in many ways the only constant we have.

Shopximity wants to give you $10,000

High Contrast

I was prompted by a comment on a recent blog post about recruiting top engineers to formalize a simple suggestion I’ve made to startups over the years: if you have the money to use recruiters, offer a $10K referral bonus to anyone who helps you make a hire. That’s what we are doing at Shopximity. The reason is simple.

Marketing And Selling: GameBook


In this series, we study companies on how they market and sell their products or services. In the this post we'll be looking to interview Kalle Väinölä, the co-founder and CEO of Freedrop Innovations Ltd. The company is behind the Gamebook concept that golfers can use to make the most of their round.

Blogger Training

Business startup, taxes, and technology

Are you a rookie blogger and not sure where to begin? Are you wondering if it makes sense to start a blog or add one to your web site? Are you a veteran blogger who's struggling to get readers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I highly recommend [.]. Blogging

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Intoloop Kids: Your Child’s Most Memorable Events Come Online


There is one thing that parents love the most when it comes to kids and that's sharing the most memorable moments with everyone they know. The problem is you can take photos of the first step they take, their first giggle, etc but sharing them is a huge problem.

Massachusetts Sales Tax “Fairness”

Andrew Payne

In case you missed it, H.1731 and S.1554 are winding their way through the Massachusetts legislature. These bills attempt to make large vendors like Amazon subject to state tax, by arguing that MA-based affiliates create an in-state presence. I’ll concede that the US Constitution has made our in-state/out-of-state sales tax system a bit quirky.

Coming Soon: Better Ads

Cloud Marketing Lab Blog

Outside of marketers who use Adwords, does the thought of Google serving up better ads really excite anyone? From the makers of revolutionary services like Page Rank, Gmail, and Maps, comes “Better Ads in Gmail

Who are we? And where do we come from? (2011 edition)

crowdSPRING Blog

It is almost 3 years since we opened the doors to crowdSPRING and in that time we have grown dramatically. In May of 2008, we started out with fewer than 600 registered users.

Don’t call it AdTech. It’s “Adhesive”

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

For about the past year my partners have been pushing me to write up some thoughts on AdTech investing. “We’re not AdTech investors,” I’d push back, “we just have a bunch of companies in the portfolio that are working in and around online advertising.” ” And for a while that worked pretty well.

Interview Questions, Part II


This week is the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration (April 14th and 15th). See [link] for more information. I am one of the primary planners for this event so my blogging time this week is running on empty. Remember that I asked for your favorite interview questions on the April 6th Interview Questions post. A few responses came in to augment the list. Here they are (verbatim): 1. What is the most humbling job you’ve had? What is in refrigerator right now?

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Watchdog Breathalyzers

crowdSPRING Blog

As children, we’re often told to learn from our mistakes. Some of us take this to heart more than others. After a humbling DUI conviction over ten years ago, G.R. Rush wanted to be proactive and help others help themselves. This is why he started Watchdog Breathalyzers. The company provides personal breathalyzer devices, ranging from $49 – $149 apiece.

What Renée Zellweger and Elephants Have in Common

Growthink Blog

Perhaps the biggest challenge for 21st century companies is how fast and well they respond and change in the face of incredibly fast-evolving market and competitive conditions. It is not hyperbole to define a successful organization as one that finds the balance between a) making the right changes at the right time and b) having the discipline to “keep on keeping on” and just do more of what is working.

Digby Lands AT&T Deal

Austin Startup

AT&T today announced a new service, Digby Mobile Commerce from AT&T, created specifically for retailers to help them design, deploy and manage mobile commerce web sites and rich applications optimized for smartphones. It’s a big deal, and we’ve already seen coverage today on The Statesman , and TechCrunch.

Forecast your cash position and sleep more soundly.


In the past insight, we created an example to demonstrate that it truly takes money to make money; that growth calls for increases in working capital. The example we crafted proved that companies can easily find themselves strapped for cash during periods of rapid growth as well as in downturns. There are many techniques and time horizons for forecasting cash.