Tue.Dec 18, 2012

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Hire For Cultural Fit Over Competence

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Cultural Fit Trumps Competence. Also, I’m going to be doing online office hours with the WSJ on Friday 12/21 at 3pm ET – join and ask questions! The first people you hire in your startup are critical to your company’s success.

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21 Quick Quotes From The New OnStartups Book


tl;dr Woo hoo! There is a brand-spankin' new OnStartups book available. And here are some of my favorite snippets from the book.

15 Seconds to an Awesome Presentation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention. Have somebody else introduce you. Why should they bother?

11 Silent Enemies that Wreck Havoc in Life

Life Beyond Code

When you have enemies like these internally, you don’t need external enemies to wreck havoc. Fear of Failure. Please see: Pushed to an edge ].

Why Dublin's Tech Scene Is Booming

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook, tech start-ups from around the world are now flocking to Dublin. Our No.

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Nexus: Awesome Near Term Science Fiction

Feld Thoughts

Nope – I’m not talking about an Android phone. I’m talking about an amazing book titled Nexus by Ramez Naam. Ramez sent me a pre-release version last month. I read it over my holiday in Mexico while I was recovering from kidney stone surgery. I saved it for the end when I was reasonable rested and cogent – it was amazing.

The Power of Praise

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Do you only pay lip service to the value of praise and recognition? Here's a good way to find out. Someone has done something awesome for you. Great!

Startups Looking to Hire CU Students?

Feld Thoughts

In the Startup Communities , I talk extensively about leaders and feeders. I assert than anyone in the startup community should be able to start / create / do anything that is helpful to the startup community. They don’t have to ask permission – there is no VP Activities in a startup community. We would like to fix this issue.

3 Steps for Motivating Your Team

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Successful businesses are built around people, not ideas. Here's how to keep your team motivated and working toward a common goal. Stay positive.

3 Potent Ways to Use Social Media in Sales

Duct Tape Marketing

photo credit: francistoms via photopin cc. It’s amazing to me that this mentality remains. Mining. Connecting. Engaging. to create custom pages.

Instagram : follow your dreams, CANCELLED

Fred Destin

From social profiling to content appropriation. Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic is wondering it is time to get " back to paid ". We love our users".

Programming Your Culture

Ben's Blog

I do this for my culture. To let them know what a nigga look like when a nigga in a Roadster. Show them how to move in a room full of vultures. Industry is shady, it needs to be taken over. Label owners hate me, I’m raising the status quo up. I’m overcharging niggas for what they did to the Cold Crush. Jay-Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A.).

The Power of Thinking Long-Term

crowdSPRING Blog

Amazon is an unusual company. It focuses on the long-term (typically 10 to 20 years) instead of short term (typically quarterly earnings).

Heroes in Our Failures

VC Confidential

Below is the overview from my talk this year at the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs' Summit at Sundance. Maria at BuiltInChicago ( click to join ) encouraged me to post on this, so here goes. The Hero’s Journey. Matthew McCall. Partner at New World Ventures and Co-Founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Venture Partners. There is no safety net.”.

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Your business in the Gartner Hype Cycle

Venture Cyclist

I was recently asked to contribute to a series of articles for the Scalable Startups project at UC Berkeley. Comments welcome! Tech industry Opinion

Email Marketing: It's Not Dead Yet

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's what you can learn from how some of the big box retailers used emails to boost sales in 2012. Don't discount email marketing just yet.

On Why We’re Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first


Consider this (emphasis is mine): Ads are the Internet’s tax on users who want free apps and websites. Allmost all free apps and services have ads.

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Building a Startup is Navigating an Obstacle Course

Startup Professionals Musings

It would be no fun if starting a business was simply plotting a straight line between your idea and success, with no challenges along the way. Be one.

Programming Your Culture

Ben's Blog

I do this for my culture To let them know what a n@#!a a look like when a ni&%!a a in a Roadster Show them how to move in a room full of vultures Industry is shady, it needs to be taken over Label owners hate me, I''m raising the status quo up I''m overcharging n$%^a for what they did to the Cold Crush —Jay-Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A.). Yoga is a perk.

4 Tips to Expand Your Niche Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The potential opportunities might be much bigger and broader than you think. Think outside your niche with these tips. The bad part? Not too shabby.

Entrepreneurial Re-entry — Businesses for Moms

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Recently Gotham Gal opened the question: What does workforce re-entry mean for the modern mom? ” // “OK baby, let’s play barn!”

10 Biggest Holiday Party Faux Pas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's only one rule of office parties: Enjoy the entertainment; just don't be the entertainment. Check out the worst offenses. Start doing shots.

The Next Web introduces 12 local Startup Awards to celebrate entrepreneurship across Europe

The Next Web

Startup founders and investors across the world love The Next Web, and we love them right back. We didn’t want to leave it at that, though.

Share Your Wifi Karma


“Remember to set a password for your WiFi, otherwise you may compromise your online security and attract leeches.” No, not this karma.

Why 'Whatever' Will Sink Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's easy for staffers and loyal customers at a start-up to get burned out. How to keep the focus on the right things. Why does this matter to you?

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More Charts: Murders, GDP, Inequality

Diego Basch

I decided to plot country murder rates against gross domestic product per capita, and also against Gini coefficients. GDP per capita (Wikipedia).

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We Grew So Quickly We Had to Shut Down

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This entrepreneur's business grew so quickly that she had to shut down to get a handle on things. What she wishes she'd done differently. But by 5 p.m.

What Job Are Your Customers Hiring Your Products To Perform?

crowdSPRING Blog

If you have an existing product or service, how can you improve that product or service to increase sales?

What Every Boss Really Wants For Xmas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What do bosses really want for Xmas? See if your list is the same as the one in this heartfelt letter to Santa. I tried to be fair and honest.

Scoopshot Makes Crowdsourced Photo Commissioning More Appealing To Professional Photographers


Crowdsourcing is more than a buzzword; generating content from a broad audience has been a disruptive force in number of industries.

Non-Technical Founder? 3 Ways to Be Useful

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Can't code? A fellow non-technical founder lays out ways you can add value in the very early days of your start-up. On Women 2.0 No dashboards.

RusBase Launches With An Aim To Solve All Your Russian Needs


After all that is a very sizable amount for such a service, so something must have gotten the investors excited.

3 Smart Ways to Set Sales Quotas for Next Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Michael Alter, president of SurePayroll, explains exactly how to incent your sales team

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Another Financing Risk

David Lee

This post is designed mainly for companies raising their first seed or VC round of $500K-1 M and have multiple entities who want to fund them. In the past year, we’ve tried to help many companies with acquisitions - specifically when they are running low on cash and are unable to raise more. I’ll describe by illustration. Discuss