Wed.Dec 28, 2011

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Profitable: To Be Or Not To Be?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster has a great post on this topic. In typical Mark fashion, it is long, with a lot of detail and substance. I highly recommend all entrepreneurs take the time to read it end to end. For those who won't take the time to read it end to end, I'll summarize it. Many high growth companies can be profitable. This is tricky stuff.

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Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Still trying to tap your network for favors before you've offered anything yourself? Big mistake. Try to take before you give. No one cares. Not much.

Eat Global, Not Local

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

It is fashionable these days to decry "food miles." But why single out food? Should we not protest against T-shirt miles, too, and laptop miles?

Use This Dot-Point Easy System To Write Your Killer 2012 Business Plan by Yaro Starak

It’s that time again when the old year winds down (toodles, 2011), a new year sparkles before us full of potential, promise, and possibility (hey there, 2012), and savvy entrepreneurs are preparing their 2012 business plans.

Your Best ROI Measure? Employee Loyalty

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I've been thinking a lot about the numbers behind our business. Now there's some attrition that you can't do anything about. Read that again. "We

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How to Self-Promote--Without Being Sleazy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Self-promotion is a necessary evil for anyone starting a business. Here's how to do it so you don't seem like you've sold out. It seems unauthentic.

The 4 Essentials Your Blog Theme Should Have

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There has to be about a bazillion blog themes out there, ranging from free to several hundred dollars. So how do you choose the one that will work best for your blog? You could hire a designer to create a custom theme just for you, which can be pretty pricy, but a better solution for

Keep a Close Eye on the Competition.

Up and Running

Image via Wikipedia. The sluggish economy continues to be an issue for small business owners. So how do you protect yourself. Well, guess what!

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IPOs, M&As, Liquidity, & You. (the entrepreneur)


In the “good old days,” angels invested in seed-stage startups and teed up promising companies for subsequent venture capital financing. If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels, and the venture capitalists. My, my…how the world has changed. million and $4 million.

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Eat Global, Not Local

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

It is fashionable these days to decry "food miles." " The longer food has spent traveling to your plate, the more oil has been burnt and the more peace has been shattered along the way. But why single out food? Should we not protest against T-shirt miles, too, and laptop miles? I'll post a full review tomorrow. Globalization

Will Business School Extinguish Your Spark?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A Stanford Business School professor concedes that biz schools often kill the passion and creativity of students. So should you avoid higher ed?

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The Greatest Hits of the Entire Year

Duct Tape Marketing

The Greatest Hits of the Entire Year This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Peace! – John. Top 11 Posts of 2011. 1) – Work as Craft.

The Boston Consumer Tech Year In Review

Rob Go

I was reflecting on this post last week about the state of consumer web in Boston and shared a few of my thoughts in the comments. It got me thinking about this past year, specifically around consumer tech in Boston. Perhaps it’s been missed by most, but I think it was a remarkable year for this sector within this market. IPO’s/Exits.

Want To Change Tomorrow's Workforce? Here's How

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This year I became a mentor to high school students from low-income communities. What I found was truly inspiring. The result was awesome.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula.

Uncommon Interview: Finding Fulfillment with Good Company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Everyone likes New Year’s Inspiration this time of year; this interview is perfect to scratch that itch. After years of toil, Amy and Adelaide noticed that many startup founders were unhappy and unfulfilled , and decided to get to the bottom of why, and then figure out how to fix it. Transcript. Adelaide: Hi. Amy: Hi.

Kicked in the Pants by an Accountant

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Only twice in the history of my business have I been truly terrified. In 2004 I survived what I refer to as my one and only (I hope) divorce.

My year in blogging

Chris Dixon

It was a mixed year for me as a blogger. I didn’t post much as I would have liked – I spent most of the year working with eBay in a process that eventually led to Hunch being acquired. But I also learned a lot and tried to share some of those learnings here. An internet of people. Making industries “garage ready” for startups. startups


How Google Uses the Keystone Strategy to Stay on Top

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The foundation of any good business strategy lies in understanding the key players and how they interact. Take IBM for example.


How to invest $1500

Start Up Blog

Invest it in yourself. Go to local Melbourne (Y Combinator) Statup site and book a flight to San Francisco. Spend the next month working on your best idea startup idea. Get a working prototype, or do those updates you’ve been talking about for the last 6 months on your current startup. Get it in shape. Get your spiel tight.

First, put some junk up

The Startup Toolkit

Paul Graham knows how to make new things: I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly. » 6 Principles for Making New Things by @paulg. What happens when you don’t? Produc

2012: Brace for Another Weak Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Next year's economy will be hostage to the scary Euro crisis and towering debts at home. Here's how to get your business ready for a tough year.

An update to the Louis C.K. post

Jeff Hilimire

A lot of people have been reading and commenting on the Louis C.K. post I put up yesterday. I just finished listening to the B.S. social fresh

Have You Identified Your Top Priorities?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two essential steps for success: Target no more than three to five tasks you must do extremely well.

Startup New Year’s Resolution #2: Engage more.

47 Hats

What are you doing to do the same? Customer questions lead to customer sales. Let your customer talk with the real you. Stop by and give it a try.

Close a Whale of a Deal

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

So, you've landed a huge enterprise client. Here's how to close the deal without getting stuck in a legal maelstrom over the contract. Absolutely not.

Getting Started With Tekes Financing


If you're in Finland, you may find help getting off the ground with funding from Tekes , the "Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation."

What’s my blogging process?

Jeff Hilimire

I get asked from time to time what process I go through when writing blog posts. First off, I’m always thinking of new posts. Not sure why.

3 Good Reasons to Recheck Your Profitability Projections


One of my pet peeves in pitches is the triple whammy of absurdly high profitability projections. I’ve seen entrepreneurs promising 30, 40, even 50 percent profitability in their projections. Why triple whammy? It doesn’t take much research to turn up standard profitability rates of different industries.

Research Sample: University Knowledge Commercialization Book Chapter

Campus Entrepreneurship

I am finalizing a chapter for an edited volume on Universities and Knowledge Creation that Springer has agreed to publish on some contingency basis. The main thrust of my paper is the disconnect between the organization centric design of most university knowledge commercialization efforts (TTO, patents, science/industrial parks, etc.)

Today's Punt: Steve Blank interview

Today's punt is over to Steve Blank, the Customer Development evangelist, professor, guru, and all around great American. He gets it. Get out of the building". Talk to customers. Talk to prospects. Talk to lost prospects. Learn your market firsthand. Yesterday he posted this interview --worth the listen. Have a great day!

Seriously Bold Tech Startup Predictions for 2012

Mark Birch

About this time of year, folks put together lots of lists about the past year as well as the outlook on the future. Take that to the bank, Zynga.

My New Year’s Resolutions

Diego Basch

I never do this, but I thought I’d give it a try. Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. Because it’s my first time I’ll go easy and see how it turns out. I’m shooting for at least five. Tweet once a week or more. Wait at least a week before buying the new Apple gadget. Not let the milk in the fridge go bad.

BEST OF BLUEGRASS 2011 - Roll In My Sweet Baby’s.

Mark Birch

BEST OF BLUEGRASS 2011 - Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms performed by Chris Thile and Michael Daves - Great bluegrass duo featuring some intense mandolin and guitar virtuosity. While an album of only mandolin, guitar and vocals might seem sparse, they easily manage to fill the space on their record Sleep With One Eye Open.