Fri.Nov 23, 2012

Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

Steve Blank

Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes. KP – Kitchen Patrol.

Some problems are so hard they need to be solved piece by piece

Chris Dixon

Andrew Parker had a great post a few years ago where he sketched out all the startups going after pieces of Craigslist: Startups that have tried to go head-to-head against the entirety of Craigslist (the “horizontal approach”) have struggled.

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Indicators that a startup idea is a good one

The Equity Kicker

I always enjoy reading Paul Graham’s essays and his latest one How to get startup ideas is another great read. If you are an entrepreneur looking for ideas then I highly recommend you read the whole thing, particularly taking note of the common errors (building for a problem nobody has and trying too hard to come up with startup ideas). I’m going to focus on one of the by-products of Paul’s essay which is a list of indicators that an idea might be good or an idea might be bad.

Some Advice for Celebrities and Startups Seeking Their Endorsements

Both Sides of the Table

I live in LA. And I’m a VC. So you can imagine I see my fair share of celebrities looking to get into the technology industry. And equal numbers of startups seeking celebrity endorsements in exchange for equity. For the most part my advice is simple, “don’t bother.”

Get Early Customer Sales To Validate Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

“Will the dogs eat the dog food?” This rather crude expression weighs heavily on the mind of all good startup founders, no matter how confident they appear. We all know the products they give away, and the ones purchased by family and friends don’t count.

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Tax Moves to Make Before 2013

Inc Startups

It's anyone's guess what next year will bring for taxes. So do yourself a favor and start planning your strategy now. Between now and year-end the best investment you can make in your business is some extra face time with your accountant or CFO to talk taxes. Yes, growing revenue is Job No.

[Infographic] Why You Should Protect Your Online Reputation


Think you can do as you will online without any thought about consequences? Well, think again.

12 Ways to Unwind During the Busy Holiday Season

Inc Startups

For start-ups, especially in the retail space, now is the time to ramp-up sales--not to relax. But that doesn't mean your team can't find time for a little holiday cheer.

Twitter Link Roundup #155 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

The 3 Jobs Your Startup Should Outsource

Early Growth Financial Services

Article originally posted in Forbes If you’re running an early-stage startup, chances are there are some knowledge gaps in your core team. You may be strong on the technical side or a product whiz, but what about financial strategy, administration, HR? Are you prepared to manage the day-to-day of your startup, from recruiting new talent to bookkeeping to financial planning? If you have a knowledge gap within the ecosystem of your organization, you need to fill it.

Surround Yourself With the Best

Inc Startups

Bright Pink founder Lindsay Avner says she built a solid crew and the benefits of good people are endless

Podcast Your Line into a Sea of Listeners

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Hello, friends and listeners. Welcome to another episode of “Lamps and Stamps,” the only podcast devoted to a weekly breakdown of the hottest news from the lamp and stamp community. We’ve got a special show today.

Holvi Announces Funding Led By Thomas Madsen-Mygdal


Holvi , the online banking startup, has announced Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, the Danish serial entrepreneur and investor, has led a "significant" round of funding in the company.

13 Stealth Ways to Save Money When Starting Up

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Inc. The Young Entrepreneur Council asked 13 successful young entrepreneurs about the unique ways their companies save some extra cash. Here are their best answers.

Musopia Launches FourChords Worldwide


Musopia, the creators of FourChords , have launched their guitar karaoke app worldwide. Karaoke is insanely popular in Finland, with near every backwoods bar having a karaoke setup.

One Way the Government Stinks at Start-Up Formation

Inc Startups

Significantly fewer start-ups are launched by immigrants today than in 2005. Author and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa explains how it happened. Small businesses are great. Just ask any politician.

What’s in it for me? Think like your stakeholders.


If you want to best describe the motivation behind the action, think “What’s in it for me”? Your employees, your shareholders, your customers, and your suppliers are all driven by this question.

Honestly, this couldn’t happen fast enough…

Mark Birch

Honestly, this couldn’t happen fast enough…. 3D printing Internet ecommerce shopping tech Black Friday

Mission That Doesn't Suck

VC Confidential

Great piece from Aaron Levie, the founder and CEO of In essence, he talks about the important of the purpose/reason of what you are doing. Without a sense of purpose beyond making money, flipping your company or being involved with a hip company, you will eventually come to dread your role/job. . "As As I thought about it more, I realized it was the mission we were on that compelled me to keep at it.As

COVER FRIDAY: Revolution by Mudhoney - The day after.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Revolution by Mudhoney - The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As I write this, people have already bum rushed the stores like zombie mobs hellbent on price busters deals and exclusive in-store specials. It is such nonsense, but I digress. To celebrate this orgy of shopping, here is a song called Revolution by Spacemen 3. They were a UK 80’s psychedelic rock band that came to prominence largely on the strength of this single in late 1988.