Tue.Jan 08, 2013

US Immigration Fails Entrepreneurs Again

Feld Thoughts

I’m so sick of how – as a country – our authorities treat people as though they are criminals. A month ago a successful Boston entrepreneur who has been incredibly engaged in the Boston startup community was thrown in jail for three days after a CPB agent decided she didn’t have a valid visa (she did have a valid visa, and she was from that extremely dangerous country of Canada.).

Don’t Sell Solutions to Universal Problems

Instigator Blog

“Would you like to make more money?” ” “Is hiring people hard?” ” “Are you overwhelmed by email?” ” “Do you wish you were healthier and more fit?” ” For most people the only answer to these questions is “yes” They’re truisms. Universal truths. Universal problems. And they’re unsolvable. Too many startups confuse big vision and trying to solve universal truths. Big vision is important.

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In Between: The Tough Place To Be

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In a comment on the latest tally of VC fundraising , NVCA President Mark Heesen said: “The venture capital fundraising environment has settled into a ‘new normal’ which is characterized by a barbell structure of larger funds which are stage and industry agnostic on one end, and smaller, early stage, industry or region specific funds on the other. This is certainly true and has been for a long time. The two successful models seem to be the large megafund and the small early stage fund.

Experimenting With Writing On More Channels

Feld Thoughts

Historically, most of my writing has been either on my blogs or the books that I’ve written. Occasionally I’ve written for magazines, like a year-long stretch I did for Entrepreneur a few years ago, and longer form articles of mine appear in different places every now and then. But pretty much everything I write ends up on Feld Thoughts at some point. I’m going to experiment with some different channels this year.

APE now available in softcover

How to Change the World

Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. . Publisher explains how to produce both ebooks and printed books.

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A Template for Updating Your Investors

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. The last thing I ever want to do is create work for my portfolio companies. That being said, I think that there's a certain amount of management communication that serves a purpose well beyond just letting the investors know what's going on in the company. Ideally, investor communication serves the following purposes: Focuses the attention of the CEO on goals over a fixed about of time: "What are we going to accomplish between now and the next update?".

Secret to More Refreshing Weekends

Inc Startups

The busiest and most successful people use this strategy for restorative weekends to keep burnout at bay, according to author Laura Vanderkam. You work like a maniac at your business all week, so what do you usually do come Friday?

Resolve to Start Your Business in 2013

Up and Running

The world continues to turn, many new opportunities lie ahead, and now is the perfect time to fulfill dreams of taking charge of your future. 2013 is the year to kick business planning into high gear and start your own company.

5 Magical Tips for Achieving Your Goals

Inc Startups

Do you fail at achieving your most significant goals? Chances are, you are missing these vital strategies. We've all been taught about "SMART "goals (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited), but there's something missing from this piece of wisdom.

APE: Author, Publisher Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book now available in softcover

How to Change the World

Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. . Publisher explains how to produce both ebooks and printed books.

5 Reasons Your Customer Service Needs to Be Social

Inc Startups

Engaging your customers on social media can reap great rewards, and ignoring them could cost you. A customer publicly shames your product on Facebook. If you handled the complaint well , you can turn a disgruntled individual into a loyal customer.

Your Startup Pitch: The Simple Formula

Startup Noodle

Last week I had a very interesting meeting, where I learned the importance of the famous elevator pitch to the extreme! I like talking to other entrepreneurs and give my help to them, sometimes a simple advice can help a lot. I see various entrepreneurs with different mindsets and different problems and try to [.]. General

5 Uncommon Thoughts That Guarantee Uncommon Success

Inc Startups

Big ideas are great.but to be successful, all you need to do is decide you'll think differently than other people. It's hard to think differently and be able to dream new dreams.

How To Raise Money For Your Business

Mike Michalowicz

Money is like oxygen. And the flow of money is like breathing. You need to breathe to live. And you need the flow of money to keep your business alive, right? Pretty simple. But what happens if you get too much or too little air? Too much oxygen can make you delirious or light-headed.

How to Make $400 Million in 10 Years

Inc Startups

5 ways to infuse your business with entrepreneurial spirit and encourage explosive growth, from Chattanooga incubator Lamp Post Group. Want to know the secret to explosive growth? Look to companies like the Lamp Post Group for clues.

Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers

Startup Professionals Musings

The buzz from startup executives, especially high-tech ones, has long been that startups are no place for Baby-Boomers (1946-1964) – you must have the high energy and crazy determination to work 20-hour days to succeed. Only the under-35 age group need apply.

An Unlikely Road to $1 Billion: Fisker

Inc Startups

Henrik Fisker says people still have a hard time believing he has started an independent car company. Now that business, Fisker Automotive, is worth $1 billion. In 2007, Henrik Fisker embarked on something no one had managed in a generation: He started a new car company in the United States.

2012 in Tweets


2012 was probably my quietest year on the blogging front with only 44 posts. Turns out being a VC is more time consuming and demanding than I ever imagined. All good. Still, since this is the first post of the new year, like always, I am beginning by looking back. Without further ado, I have pulled the key insights or messages from each of those posts into a tweetable takeaway. Enjoy. Getting Funded. Don’t let VC meetings “happen” to you.

Great Leaders Aren't Just Role Models

Inc Startups

Managers, employees, customers, and other entrepreneurs need a lot more than inspiration. Every year, I judge an award for high-achieving women. The nominations are always sensational, proof--if it were needed--that there is no female pipeline problem.

Want to Have a Startup AND a Life? Read This Book.

David Cohen

Just a reminder that Startup Life: Surviving And Thriving In A Relationship With An Entrepreneur, by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor , will be coming out very soon.

6 Symptoms of a Self-Made Saboteur

Inc Startups

Some leaders will sub-consciously create an environment in which others will fail, solely so they can ride to the rescue and "fix it." Are you killing your business by constantly rescuing it from self-inflicted problems?

Crazy! 189 Answers To The Top Startup Questions On Your Mind


Maple Butter. Search for: Videos. About. You are here: Home » Hiring » Crazy! 189 Answers To The Top Startup Questions On Your Mind. Crazy! 189 Answers To The Top Startup Questions On Your Mind.

5 Ways Small Retailers Can Compete (& Win)

Inc Startups

Specialty retailers won't survive against big box stores unless they get aggressive and smart. Here are five ways to compete on experience instead of price. A few months ago, I read a conversation on the discussion boards of The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).

College Doesn't Teach You Software Development

Constantly Learning

I've known I wanted to be involved with technology and software since I was young. So, when I was researching colleges to attend, I chose a university with a good computer science department. After graduating from college nearly 8 years ago, I realize how little I learned in college about developing good software. I'm not the strongest developer. I can get code working, but I'm still learning how to better optimize it. I try to suck less every year.

8 Ways to Help New Employees Succeed

Inc Startups

Hire the right people. Then make sure they can contribute right away. Making the right hire, and making the most of new people once they come on board, can energize your business. Here’s how to get started on the right foot: 1.

Scar Tissue

David Lee

When I first started investing in 2007, I heard some investors turn down opportunities because of “scar tissue.” ” They had previous brutal (and usually money-losing) experiences with an idea/sector/market and this prevented them from doing it again. The canonical example for us is Ron Conway and music. Ron spent the better part of a decade “dealing with” the music industry with Napster and Snocap.

Why You Should Launch Your Start-up at CES

Inc Startups

This year, 150 start-ups are angling for the spotlight at the world's biggest tech trade show. Chairman Gary Shapiro explains why. International CES, the world's largest tech trade show, opens today in Las Vegas.

HBO Nordic Underwhelms Early Adopters


Last fall when HBO announced they were coming to the Nordics with a streaming service, the world was clearly jealous.

The Challenger Sale: Not Very Challenging

Inc Startups

The bestselling book simply repackages old ideas in a new wrapper. In 2012, the most popular book about sales technique was The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson. In my view, the book is both original and good.

Interesting stats show Facebook mobile ads are working, especially on Android

The Equity Kicker

There was a good round up of Facebook mobile advertising stats on Techcrunch yesterday, culled from a number of different sources. These are the highlights: 20% of ad spend on Facebook now goes to mobile, from a standing start last March and up from 14% since October.


New Approach to Annual Performance Reviews

Inc Startups

Tired of the traditional annual performance review? Try starting the new year off with this fresh approach. For some reason, I have always hated the traditional annual review that I was required to perform for all of my team members early in my career.

Leader of the Pack – Tips For Moving Your Small Business


by Jay Harris. No one would ever dispute the fact that moving is a giant pain. But when you’re moving your small business, it’s imperative to make sure that the move does as little as possible to disrupt your daily activities and inconvenience your clients.

Polaroid Comeback? Meet the Entrepreneur Reinventing the Classic Brand

Inc Startups

Polaroid's trying to come back in a big way. Here's the entrepreneur (yes, entrepreneur) making it happen. Polaroid made headlines last week, when it announced it would open 10 retail stores, or Polaroid Fotobars , across the U.S. this year.

12 Tips for Successfully Borrowing Startup Money from Family Members

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Small Business Trends. Starting up with just the next big idea is just that: an idea. In reality, new businesses need money, usually more than that amount initially calculated alongside that very first draft of the business plan. And sometimes, those funds can come from family. However, borrowing capital from family members is risky business.