Mon.Nov 19, 2012

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The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

Vinicius Vacanti

Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. Boom. A tweet every 5 minutes. That’s weird. Really?

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What makes you happy?

Life Beyond Code

Think about this for a brief moment. What makes you happy? This seems like a million dollar question. Two Influencing Factors. It does not make sense.


You Don't Charge Enough. Here's How to Fix That

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Constantly undercharging, or not charging at all? Don't give away the farm. Ask yourself these powerful questions to grow your confidence--and profits!

6 Clues That You May Be Cool as an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Actually, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s a good start. But it’s easier for me to look in from the outside than it is for you to look out.

Why Employees' Personal Growth Matters

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your ability to grow a company is dependent upon your ability to help others grow. Why do some companies continue to grow, while others falter and die?

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Bounce Back From a Bad Hire: 10 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Once you realize you've made a bad hire, don't get mired in regret. Instead, focus on what to do next.

Find and Talk to other Startup Founders of Similar Startups


They have both chosen to launch first in a particular geography. Who has launched a similar kind of business? Come up with various ideas. Be brief.

What Color is the Sky in Your Entrepreneurial World? Are You Dealing with Reality?

Small Business Force

"Reality isn't the way you wish things to be, nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are." Robert J. Ringer, Entrepreneur, Motivational Writer/Speaker Early stage entrepreneurs often have so much passion and belief in their business concept that they become blind to the realities of the world around them. He's been there.

Shark Tank Season 4 week 10 breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

I cover one of them, for Nearly Newlyweds, over at Tie Try. Most of their ties retail at the $80-90 range. Corks Away. Ruck Pack.

5 Tips to Getting Your Voice Heard

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The following are a handful of tips for tapping into your employees' outgoing personalities and encouraging them to have a voice.


Chris Dixon

VCs are experts at analyzing industries and identifying new opportunities, which is why it’s odd that the VC industry itself has so stubbornly resisted change. Two years ago I wrote a post where I argued that innovative new VC firms are finally starting to change this: Top tier entrepreneurs are frequently selecting their investors, not vice versa.

Using Social Media to Reach a Niche Market

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Instead of reaching the masses with your social media campaign, hone in on your target customers with the content they need.

[Infographic] A Look At The Wealthiest People On The Planet


Get ready to be jealous – green with envy, to be more precise. Are you weeping yet? Others infographic richest people wealth

Beware the Achievement Trap

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Just because you believe you should achieve something doesn't mean you will. Here are four ways to avoid this common trap. It doesn’t. Be humble.

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[Infographic] How Apple Is Dominating The Classroom


Technology is changing the face of education. Hell, you can even use QR codes for classroom purposes ! iTunes U. See this infographic to find out more.

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Risk-Takers? Not Most Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Contrary to most stereotypes, entrepreneurs characterize themselves as more cautious than crazy, adventurous types. A mere 3.6%

Tim Ferriss Talks About His Latest Book “The 4-Hour Chef”, How To Learn Anything In Half The Time And Why He Went To Sniper School by Yaro Starak

Download the Text Transcript in PDF. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes. This is a good interview. Trust me. You’re not going to want to miss this. Just hit play now. Then grab a copy of Tim’s latest book – The 4-Hour Chef. Timothy Ferriss needs no introduction. This is a good interview. Trust me. Just hit play now.

Mark Suster Writes About Entrepreneurshit, But Still Wants to Be an Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Like thousands of serial founders, Mark Suster would like to chug some Gatorade, and head back to the starting line. The Truth About Building Startups."

Why You Should Play Games In Inefficient Markets

Numerate Choir

Team Rankings, a business I started in 2000, takes a quantitative approach to understanding and predicting sports events. Over the years, we’ve built products targeted at a number of different groups within the world of sports enthusiasts. Two products we’ve … Continue reading → Data

The Future of Brick and Mortar

This is going to be BIG.

As we prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I think a lot about the future of the physical retail landscape. The count is unfortunately high.

Mark Cuban Strikes Again at Facebook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The investor and Mavericks owner takes more shots at Facebook, suggesting it's increasingly less valuable for entrepreneurs. Talk about pressure."

The Medvedev Effect On Finnish Startups - NordicHug In Particular


Meeting the Prime Minister of Russia is great, but can it have a profound effect on your business? Is this the type of publicity everybody dreams of?

Manufacturing Cells by the Billions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Cellular Dynamics eliminates two big problems with stem cell research: the difficulty of producing enough cells, and the thorny ethical dilemma.

Chris Dixon

Marc Andreessen

I’m excited to welcome Chris Dixon to Andreessen Horowitz as our seventh General Partner! Highly successful personal angel investments in more than 50 startups including Hipmunk, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Stripe, Pinterest, Dropbox, Codecademy, Stack Overflow, Bloomreach, Optimizely, Trialpay, OMGPOP, and our own favorite, Skype.

Secrets to Great Customer Research

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Are founders incapable of doing great UX? A pair of Silicon Valley veterans debate whether start-ups should outsource user-experience research.

Playing the Paid Membership Game to Win

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There are a number of ways to monetize your online efforts. The Cult of Free. But nobody pays for anything directly anymore, you may opine. Not really.

CheckedTwice – 2 months, 2x growth

Startup Houston

For the last two months, Houston startup CheckedTwice has been on a wild ride. The brother/sister startup targets the gift-giving market, providing a site that makes it easy to manage a family-size wishlist. This is the busy season for gift-giving, and CheckedTwice has already doubled in size. What is your value proposition? But we keep the fun!

“It’s a Feature, Not a Company” – Build a Company

Scalable Startup

This is a line that was pretty common in Silicon Valley until recently. Steve Jobs even (ab)used that line on Dropbox when trying to buy them out of the market (They turned him down.). Now that’s all changed, for the moment. In other word, the barriers have dropped if you’re willing to do most things yourself, which is a good thing.

Two New Startup Books You Need to Read

David Cohen

Brad really goes deep with this stuff, and in the past few years has written a lot about startup communities. Blog Startups

Glyder – A Mobile App For Small Business Marketing


“They don’t have the time required to figure out all the platforms or the money to hire an employee or consultant.”

Living and Working in South Africa

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What challenges does a businessperson face living in South Africa? Avondale's Bill Stewart shares his story of a year abroad in Johannesburg.

Brian Sharples Wins National Entrepreneur of the Year

Austin Startup

Brian Sharples, Co-founder and CEO of HomeAway, has been named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Services Award winner. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Events EOY

Lean Planning Drives Growth For Small Business

Up and Running

These days more than ever, as a business owner and entrepreneur, you need to innovate or die. So how do you keep innovating? So now….

Are You A Good Fit For A Seasonal Pop Up Store?

Mike Michalowicz

When they open their doors I know I’ve only got 30 shopping days until Halloween. We see it happen every Halloween and Christmas around here.