Tue.Feb 05, 2013

Better for whom?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We looked at all the products in the space and thought, “We can do it better.” ” So we did. – most founders It’s a common refrain, and I suppose this is what all founders should think!

How Etsy Grew their Number of Female Engineers by Almost 500% in One Year

Redeye VC

At First Round Capital, we spend a lot of time and resources supporting our technical leadership from across our 170+ companies. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned


About. Twitter. Subscribe. Om Says. About Me. Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is a venture partner at True Ventures. Om is the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.

What Is Your Inner Animal Spirit?

Feld Thoughts

I asked Amy to send me a picture of my inner animal spirit. She won’t let me share her’s, but that’s me on the left. I’ve always felt like a bear. A big, cuddly, nice, soft bear. Mellow. I like to sleep. I like to eat. I wander around, a little curiously larger than comfortable in my slightly oversized body. I’m really f **g ferocious when I’m mad. Which doesn’t happen very often (maybe once a year). Don’t poke the bear.

3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers


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How I negotiated my startup compensation


Youre reading Radical Transparency — a blog brought to you by the team at Keen IO. Michelle Wetzler. Engineer, arranger, communicator, amateur photographer. Follow @michellewetzler. How I negotiated my startup compensation. Tweet. August 21, 2012. Hi, I’m Michelle.

The New York Times Launches TimeSpace, Its Own Startup Incubator/Accelerator

VC Cafe

The New York Times is launching a new startup accelerator, TimeSpace, a 4 month program taking in early stage media startups into the NYT Headquarters.

Build a Winning Team Dynamic

Inc Startups

These seven tips will generate teamwork in any organization. Success in any organization is based upon its employees and their ability to work together as a team.

How and Why I Use Workflowy to Keep Organized

Duct Tape Marketing

I’ll admit it; I’ve looked high and low for just the right tool to keep me organized, on task and up to date on all my to-do lists and projects. There are seemingly hundreds of tools and systems that have been created to address this obvious challenge and I’ve tried at least a dozen of them.

Top 3 Sales Call Errors

Inc Startups

Face time with your customer is far too valuable to waste. Customers hate it when you waste their time, even when it's partly their fault that you're wasting it, according to Jeffrey Seeley , CEO of Carew International.

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How to Get Traffic That Converts


It’s not unusual in our line of work to see the exact same landing page convert at 11% one month, and 55% the next – without making any changes. How so? Your conversion rate is mainly determined by the quality of traffic.

Made to Measure: J.Hilburn Gives Direct Selling Some Style

Inc Startups

Hil Davis took a business model people love to hate, gave it upscale polish, and left the menswear industry wondering, Why didn't I think of that? The lights dim and the fashion show begins, naturally, with a breathy disco-house remix of a classic funk track.

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How to Maximize Results in the Art of Persuasion

Startup Professionals Musings

Being a good entrepreneur means being able to effectively convince an investor that you have a great idea, persuade partners that your approach is right, and convince potential customers that the solution is right for them.

3 Big Ideas to Steal From Netflix

Inc Startups

Take a look inside CEO Reed Hastings' people management manifesto--a document that's won much admiration among Silicon Valley execs. Netflix has made controversial headlines recently after releasing all 13 episodes of its new original series “House of Cards” at one time.

Mini Saga #127 – The Search

Life Beyond Code

Mini Saga #127 – The Search. “My companion should be someone who will put more life in me” – Mark was frustrated. Years had passed by and he had no luck. So, when Jim mentioned he had found someone who could put more life in Mark, it was pure delight.

If You Haven't Worked for a Failing Company, Here's What You're Missing

Inc Startups

Want to gain confidence, wisdom, and leadership skills in record time? Go to work for a floundering company. If you've never worked for a floundering company, you don't know what you're missing. I'm serious. Nothing will prepare you better to lead. And nothing will prepare you better for life.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It's no secret that USV invested in Hailo at the end of last year. What is less well known is why we would do that. Hailo announced the financing today and also a bunch of impressive hires for their US and Asia operations and they also disclosed a bunch of numbers for the first time. Hailo is as big in their home city (London) as Uber is in SF and across the ten markets they are in, Hailo has similar scale as Uber in total transactions per day, week, month, and year.

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Turn Customers Into Your Best Salespeople: 4 Tips

Inc Startups

If you're not using your best clients to pitch your brand, you're missing out on one of the most powerful resources you have. If you're not engaging your customers to make them ambassadors for your company, you're missing out on one of the most potent marketing strategies there is.

Presidential Innovation Fellows, round two

Startup Lessons Learned

Yes, there are Lean Startups even in the United States federal government. I know this is an unpopular thing to say, since it sounds so patently absurd. But I've seen the teams with my own eyes and witnessed their results first hand. For my take on how this is possible, you can see my previous post on Lean Government here. Today, I'm excited to share the latest round of startups that are being run by the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Why Gen Y Doesn't Care About Cars

Inc Startups

Generation Y's indifference to the automobile is going to affect millions of businesses. It’s not Gen Y’s fault that they don’t give a whit about cars. If you’re living in your parent’s basement with no job, buying a car isn’t at the top of your to-do list.

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[Infographic] Small Business Concerns In 2013


Small business sentiment on the economy this year remains skeptical, according to a new survey of 600 small businesses by Alibaba.com , Vendio and Auctiva.

Richard Branson On Taking Risk

Inc Startups

"Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them


Come join the IA Ventures Family

Information Arbitrage

I started IA Ventures a little over three years ago with Brad and Ben. The original thesis: build an early-stage venture firm designed for the long-term that focused on companies seeking competitive advantage through data. Infrastructure. Platforms. Applications. All of it.

Hiring Mistake You Can't Afford

Inc Startups

The candidate seems ideal in almost every way. except one. But that one factor is too toxic to ignore. I recently overheard the following conversation at a local coffee shop. "So, So, why aren't you getting any more users?" Said with frustration] "No one knows about it.

7 Ways To Spark Innovation In Your Business

Mike Michalowicz

7 Ways To Spark Innovation In Your Business. Leaders innovate. Followers follow. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was quoted as once saying, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” And he should know, right? But it’s true!

Why You Should Freelance First

Inc Startups

Test the waters before you sink your capital and time into a new venture you may not enjoy running. A few years ago, Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown said, "No one I know has a job anymore. They've got gigs." Still debating whether or not you want to take the risk to open your business?

What? Avoiding Undue Diligence? Seriously?


I suspect this is one of those provocative posts that gets misquoted, misaligned and misunderstood, and definitely not to be taken at face value.

9 Tips for Handling a Q&A Session

Inc Startups

You aced the presentation--don't let the Q&A take you down. How to be ready for anything they throw at you. Whether you run a company or are a one-man band, you probably talk in front of groups, both in prepared presentations and question and answer sessions.

Meet Startups And Cloud Services @ TechDays


Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post by Microsoft. Developers take note: Finland’s largest technical event, TechDays13 , will have the honor to present few startup solutions that utilize Windows Azure cloud platform.

Taxi-Hailing Battle Heats Up in New York City

Inc Startups

Hailo announced it raised a new $30 million round of funding led by Union Square Ventures. Here's what that means. As taxi-hailing-app maker Hailo attempts to tackle the crucial New York City market, it has investor Fred Wilson on its side.

New Affiliate Marketing Record: $6,585 in 1 Day!

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

I swear to God that I’m starting to get as sick of these "new record" posts as you guys probably are by now, but as long as they keep happening, I’m going to be posting them. I mean, how frequent can they really be?

Richard Branson On Failure

Inc Startups

"I will work day and night to avoid failure, but if I can't, I'll pick myself up the next day. The most important thing for entrepreneurs is not to be put off by failure

10 Tips for Giving Better Work Presentations

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally posted in Fox Business Small Business Center Fox Business asked YEC members for their best tips for giving better work presentations. The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.


Is There a Place for Liberal Arts in Business?

Inc Startups

Math and science education is all the rage these days, but is there still room for liberal arts in the business world? Here's a case for why it's useful. The value of a liberal arts education has long been a source of skepticism in the business community.

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