Thu.Feb 16, 2012

Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway. I'll let a tweet tell the story:   We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!

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Who Dares Wins – The 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

Alexander Osterwalder and I spent last week in Salt Lake City, Utah as judges at the 2 nd Annual International Business Model Competition , hosted by Professor Nathan Furr , and his team at the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship.

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You Can’t Motivate People

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting on my balcony on the ninth floor of a hotel overlooking Miami Beach thinking about motivation. Specifically, mine. I’m deep into writing the first draft of Startup Communities and – with Amy – decided to plant myself in a warm place for two weeks as I finished up this draft. We got here late Monday night. Today is the first day I wrote any words on the book.

10 People Who Will Drain Energy From Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Every organization, no matter how small, has one or more people who are quite simply obnoxious, and they drain energy from everyone and can strangle your company. Sometimes they are also intellectually brilliant, or closely related to the boss, so there is no easy way out.

Useful value proposition examples (and how to create a good one)


Value proposition is the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. It’s also the main thing you need to test – if you get it right, it will be a huge boost.

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An example of how I’m currently validating a project idea

The Startup Toolkit

This is a follow-up to Give it away in response to the question: “How do you validate interest before the product is built?” ” I’m going to walk through my thought process and strategy around a new project I’ve been playing with to [hopefully] show what’s happening under the hood. After failing at business blogging several times and then quasi-succeeding, I began to wonder whether many other people suffer from the same problems.

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AskBob: How do we grow our user base and following?

47 Hats

(Got a startup question? Ask it at AskBob and I’ll take a stab at it. And if it’s a question that other startup founders are asking, look for it as a post here.). Andrew of CliqFlip asks: We’re about to release and we are starting to build ‘hype’ around our product.

What Corporations Can Learn from Coworking Spaces


By Liz Elam, founder/curator of Link Coworking. I don’t have anything bad to say about my time in Corporate America. I will tell you that I now enter my work day excited to go greet my members and provide a place for them to get their work done, whatever it maybe.

How Do I Get A Job In A Venture Capital Firm?

Ask The VC

In 2008 my partner Seth Levine wrote what I think is the definitive post about how to get a job in venture capital. His post followed an insightful earlier post of his that he wrote in 2005 titled how to become a venture capitalist. Each post is required reading for anyone interested in a job at a venture capital firm. I get asked this question at least twice a week and use Yesware to send out an automated answer that includes a link to Seth’s post.

There Can Be No Real Commitment Until You Surrender All Doubt

Duct Tape Marketing

There Can Be No Real Commitment Until You Surrender All Doubt This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. mirandiki via Flickr CC There can be no life, passion or purpose in a business that lacks commitment. It’s just too hard otherwise.

10 Quick Tips to Become a Better Writer

Inc Startups

It's not about being a highly skilled artist; you just just need to become a better technician with words. Here's how. Dear Jeff, I feel like I spend most of my day writing. I mostly write emails but I also do reports, project justifications, and analysis papers.

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Innovation Infarction #2 – Leaders Must Balance Perfection and Risk

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I posted not to long ago about organizations that don’t stay fit with regards to innovation. This, I said, would lead to an innovation infarction when an emergency crops up. Consider this post a “Yes+AND” as I’ve spotted a great piece by Scott Anthony that looks at that problem through a slightly different lens. Do [.].

7 Networking Tips for Women Owners

Inc Startups

Want to grow your business? Do what men do. Have big networks filled with people who can connect you to money, markets and talent. At this point in history, men entrepreneurs (on average) are more successful than women entrepreneurs (on average) at growing their businesses.

What’s your mantra?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

The Salt River which runs through Saguaro Lake Ranch. In a few hours, Charlie Gilkey , Angela Wheeler and I will kick off another Lift Off Retreat at Saguaro Lake Ranch. It is hard to describe the feeling of anticipation that comes before Lift Off.

10 Meaningless Sales Terms

Inc Startups

At one time, these phrases made a real impact on potential customers. Not anymore. Words—spoken or written—can make sales happen. Or not. Read Web copy and brochures. Listen to salespeople. Often you see and hear the same old words and phrases. Once those words made a real impact.

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Social Media Gurus

Grasshopper Herder

This is my socially incorrect feeling whenever I get cornered at a networking event by someone proclaiming themselves to be a social media guru. Managing Entrepreneurship guru social media

Brand vs. Branding: When Less is More

Inc Startups

When it comes to branding, the larger danger is spending too much, rather than spending too little. It's a myth that having lots of brands and plenty of branding is good for business. After a certain point, both brands and branding cease to be useful–and, in fact, can be positively toxic.

Unlearn While You Learn

Babbling VC

As you may or may not have heard , I've once again transitioned in my career. I note "once again" as I believe this is technically my sixth grown-up job. I am leaving out the multiple stops which were there in the run-up to my "career" (including newspaper delivery, landscaping, snow shovelling, bicycle mechanic, pool builder, bouncer/go-go dancer security.don't ask, office assistant, gym trainer, waiter and water company utility guy.) I'll admit I have done a lot of learning along the way.


What Social Media Actually Costs

Inc Startups

A Procter & Gamble chief defends marketing cutbacks by referring to the less expensive benefits of digital marketing. Um, really? When was the last time you chose to work for free? Last time I looked, that wasn't called "work"; it was called "volunteering" (or, for college students, "interning").

Are You Committing the Seven Deadly Sins of Business Transformation?


by Mohan Nair, author of “ Strategic Business Transformation: The 7 Deadly Sins to Overcome “ Every day millions of Americans arrive at work filled with low-level dread and resignation. Since the recession hit (or perhaps before), they’ve been overloaded, overstressed, and overwhelmed.

2012: The Year of the Health Tech Start-up?

Inc Startups

Healthcare in America is in shambles. Can tech start-ups come to the rescue? It’s shaping up to be the year of the health tech start-up. When I came up with the list of entrepreneurs for my recent Women to Watch in Tech list, a full one-third of the chosen ladies came from the health sector.

Connecting a World Changer / George Page


Every now and then, my team stumbles upon an amazing individual who is destined to change the world. I try and tell these stories to as many people as I can. So forgive me if you have received a personal note but enjoy the story if you haven’t. George Page is an extraordinary inventor.

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A Better Way to Treat Your Employees

Inc Startups

These aren't worker bees. They are whole individuals with human needs and desires. Appreciate those and you can make your company stronger. From the mid 1980s to early 2000s, my world was about creating and delivering training to customer-facing professionals from high-tech blue-chip companies.

Work. Life. Balance.

Up and Running

Christiane Erwin is owner and CEO of Crestview Doors, Inc. Using more than a decade of experience spent designing and launching web-based e-commerce applications for businesses in a variety of industries, Christiane and her husband David started Crestview Doors in 2007. Crestview Doors has shipped thousands of products worldwide and been featured on television, in print, and on the web for their rapid growth despite the downturn in the housing market.

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Top 6 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Inc Startups

When filling a top leadership slot, these are the blunders you don't want to make.


The Equity Kicker

My latest column for The Kernel. It was published on Monday. Can, and should, advisers play a greater role in start-ups looking to raise funds, asks Nic Brisbourne? What role do advisors play for start-ups? Advisors are typically small partnerships, or individuals, who help startups raise money from venture capitalists. They usually charge some form of retainer, and then a success fee of a percentage of funds raised and perhaps some options.

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What Motivates Tomorrow's Great Entrepreneurs?

Inc Startups

A new study reveals that young entrepreneurs are driven by rule-breaking, thinking outside the box, and friendship.

What happened to us?

deal architect

In the hundreds of interviews in the upcoming book were a couple of especially fascinating ones with Don Graham, CEO and Vijay Rajandran, Chief Digital Officer of The Washington Post Co. Not about political coverage but how the Post has. Industry Commentary

How Twitter Can Improve Your Management

Inc Startups

Communication has been streamlined to short messages. Your management should be too. I’m a big fan of short, concise, summarized communication.

[Infographic] How To Build A Dependable Workforce


This may not come to you as a surprise, but 53-percent of job applicants list some sort of untruth on their resumes. That’s not even talking about what they choose NOT to list.

The Fullback Strategy: Getting Ahead By Helping Others Succeed

Inc Startups

Throwing a few block can help you shine more than carrying the ball. We all love overnight celebrity stories about breakout stars who suddenly catapult to the forefront of a scene and completely own it out of sheer talent and brilliance. Sure, it's inspiring and romantic, but not always the case.

[New York] [Event] America Means Business


Here’s a new New York-based entrepreneurship event to rival New York Entrepreneurship Week – America Means Business is a three day event, held on June 13-15, that will see various activities relating to entrepreneurship take place in New York.

Want to Be More Inventive? Think Like a Fifth Grader

Inc Startups

A cognitive psychologist has developed a toolkit to help anyone be more inventive by shedding their preconceived ideas and thinking like a kid. Every entrepreneur is trying to do something new and better.

Planning Your Communication Success: 3 Tips

Soho Solutionist

Have you heard of the Mere-Exposure Effect? Wiki-Pedia describes it as, “…a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words…” Think [.].