Thu.Dec 27, 2012

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Love in an Elevator (Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Heads up. Describe your business in under a minute. Was it convincing? Now shorten it to 30 seconds. Still effective? Not so easy, is it? Tell a Story.

8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if You're Not)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Can't be creative on demand? Not many people can. Fortunately, it's a skill you can improve. Don't believe me? Try it. Right now. I'll try it too.

How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?


Understand your business. It sounds obvious, but the majority of entrepreneurs who pitch me have obviously never thought through many of the major issues surrounding their companies. You should know EVERYTHING about your business, product, customers and competition. Understand what investors are looking for , what they usually invest in, and why.

4 Non-negotiable Traits of a True Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Successful founders are as different from each other as they are from everyone else. You must be up for an adventure. You have to be patient.

Embracing the mess of 2012 to invite the grace of 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

What has this year been like for you? Most people have had a whole series of accomplishments. Then, there have been the not so great moments. Name it.

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Few Entrepreneurs Achieve Extreme Leadership Status

Startup Professionals Musings

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. It all comes from within themselves. Most entrepreneurs are not both. Generate energy.

Filling That Social Media Job: 7 Ways to Get It Wrong

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hiring someone to manage your company's social media? Don't make the same mistakes everyone else is making. Don't conflate personal and professional.

“A-Commerce” To Rise In 2013, Says Schedulicity


It’s accepted that the more than 27 million small businesses operating today in the United States form the bedrock U.S. economy.

10 Guiding Principles for Start-ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To build the most successful small business in the world, it takes 10 key principles. Every small business owner wants to succeed.

Learn from my Customer Development…What Works, What Didn’t

Startup Noodle

Are you doing customer development right now? I want to learn from you! I’ve been working on Go Finish for a couple of months now. As with Lean startups, we are currently on the discovery stage. This means that we are trying to find what is the product we are [.]. General

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Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Making warm and fuzzy promises to yourself doesn't work. Here's what does. They usually take one of five forms: 1. Want to know what I think? Great.

Newsflash: Winning Is Everything


?. By Andrew Collins, Founder & CEO of Mailman Group?. Winning IS everything. That’s right. And winning is what people want to follow.

Meet the Latest Start-up to Take on Space

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Golden Spike, a start-up founded by the former chief of NASA's space and earth science programs, has plans to reach the moon by 2020. Richards.

[Singapore][Event] Ideas.Inc 2013 Looks For New Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs


The Ideas Inc. If you meet the criteria , you can submit your idea here.

Dennis Crowley: 'Our First Instinct Was That We Broke Something'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Foursquare co-founder describes how he adjusted the app in response to the way people used it (differently than he expected

How The Press Calls Two Data Points “Analysis”

Nick O'Neill

I’ve read multiple articles today about how Facebook’s Snapchat competitor, Poke, is a flop. This news comes less than a week after the company launched the product. The application effectively debuted at #1 in the app store and has since dropped to around 50, just above Google Chrome (clearly a horrible position). Hardly. Analysis

Anxiety: How It Impacts Decisions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Think anxiety heightens your senses and makes you cautious? Research out of Wharton and Harvard finds quite different results. The takeaway is simple.

Punt to Fred: Following Through

Fred has a great post on following through with your promises. The context is important to note as well--a ton of startups raised seed rounds from angels over the past 18 months. Some of them have or will raise a follow-on round from the angels; fewer will raise a formal venture round. And a lot will shut down because they didn't focus on revenue.

4 Ways to Protect Your Assets From Your Great Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By all means, pour everything you have into that brilliant idea. But don't drain your assets. You have to go large. Find a partner. Let's hope so.

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Tough Love for Southwest Airlines

deal architect

I sent Gary Kelly and Herb Kelleher of Southwest the letter below on December 9. Within a week, I started getting calls from their reps.

Why Predicting Customer Behavior Is Problematic

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Using data to predict your customers' moves is a tricky art and science--and it's not for the uninitiated. Like playing the next level of Angry Birds?)

Two nations separated by a common language

deal architect

This time of the year brings even more memories of the UK. I met Margaret during a posting in London in 1989. Globalization and Technology

How to Close the Big Sale

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When the numbers get big, the risk factor--for everyone--grows. As an entrepreneur, you have two big, important jobs. The other is to sell. Guess what?

How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups

David Teten

Drew Hansen just posted a very interesting piece on Forbes on, “ How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups ”.

JJ Ramberg: 'Remember Everything You've Done Throughout the Year'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Advice on how to wrap up the year from the host of MSNBC's Your Business and co-founder of

Warm pork curry soba noodles…simply perfect. (at Cocoron.

Mark Birch

Warm pork curry soba noodles…simply perfect. (at at Cocoron Soba


Danny Meyer: How to Find Employees Who Go Beyond

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't ask candidates if they have integrity, says the founder of Shake Shack and Union Square Cafe. Do this instead

COVER FRIDAY: Nutshell performed by Ryan Adams - There are many.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Nutshell performed by Ryan Adams - There are many great Alice in Chains songs that have been covered, but none seem to be performed as much as this tune off the Jar of Flies album. Why is that? Because despite the loneliness that the lyrics evoke, it is one of the most accessible songs out of the the entire AIC catalogue.


Scott Harrison: From Nightclub Promoter to Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The charity: water founder talks about his troubled youth and how he started over

Measure Interest Before Building Products

Constantly Learning

Before you ever sell a product you should be marketing to everyone. Unlike traditional marketing, which includes branding, this is a different approach. You determine the interest of users before you ever try to sell your product. Joel Gasgoine of Buffer did this before launching Buffer. He setup some simple landing pages to test the idea.

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Do Entrepreneurs Destroy Businesses?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Entrepreneurs are calculated risk takers, but do they have the right skills to manage a sustainable business? I'm bored.

Hollow by Alice in Chains - This is a band that is both as.

Mark Birch

Hollow by Alice in Chains - This is a band that is both as revered as it is cursed. Revered in the sense that AIC stands as one of the greatest metal bands of the 90’s, in large due to the dynamic song writing duo of Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley. I have been on the fence with the post-Staley era. Clearly, Jerry is hugely talented.

Links for a Lazy Day

Startup Houston

Consider this the calm before the storm. While you’re relaxing in the holiday afterglow, here are a few links to pass the time: David Brake (of Houston startup LRNGO) reflects on his journey as a startup CEO. Chris Schulz outlines next steps for the New Orleans startup community. hat tip Marc Nathan ). Not every story is a success story.

Do You Even Need to Form a Partnership?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of contracts and cost sharing, ask yourself if you actually need a partner.