Mon.Jan 09, 2012

How to Create an Enchanting Pitch #OfficeandGuyK

How to Change the World

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts I’ll be doing as part of a partnership with Microsoft and Office Web Apps.

The 2015 Digital Marketing Rule Book. Change or Perish.

Occam's Razor

It is the season to be predicting the future, but that is almost always a career-limiting move. So I'm not going to do that. It is a lot easier to predict the present. So I'm not going to do that either.

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What I Learned From Reviewing 45+ Websites (Are You Making The Same Mistakes?)


Recently I critiqued a number of websites (links at the bottom of the post) and made suggestions for improving their conversion rates. I noticed that the key problems were pretty much the same for most of them. It’s highly likely your website suffers from the exact same problems.

If NYC is going to be a real innovation hub, we can't have our own senators supporting SOPA/PIPA

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. I haven’t spent much time talking about SOPA and PIPA , the two twin bills trying to make their way through Congress right now. When I saw folks like Fred Wilson, who has a much bigger reach than I do, and all the major internet companies lining up against it, it’s easy to think, “Well, what more can I do to add to the volume… they’ve got it covered.”

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Do You Allow Your Employees to Fail?

Small Business Force

Once, long ago, I was being interviewed for a position to run a division of one of the few large companies I ever worked for. As the interview was coming to a close, the Chairman/CEO, who I had known for years, asked me if I had any questions. I said I just had one. "Do

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Avoid the 50/50 co-founder model - here's why

I recently received an email asking some advice about co-founders, specifically about whether a 50/50 ownership split makes sense for a startup. This is certainly a topic which has had heated discussion many times previously. So why would I choose to add even more noise to this debate?

How to Pitch: 6 Things You Must Know

Inc Startups

Rule No. Your story is never unique. So don't even try to pitch it as such. columnist Jeff Haden on what it takes to get his attention. I get dozens of pitches every week from PR professionals and business owners who hope to get products or services featured in an article.

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What Is Shared Culture

Duct Tape Marketing

What Is Shared Culture This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. I wish I could give you a crisp definition of what the word culture, with regard to business, really means. It’s a tricky word that finds its way into most discussions regarding the workplace these days.

How to Compete on Value, Not Price

Inc Startups

Use these three steps to get customers to look beyond price to see the value your company truly offers I always compete on value. I will not compete on price. If you follow these three basic rules, you can do it too. There are lots of ways to create value.

Survey For Book on Startup Boards

Feld Thoughts

I’m working on a book with Mahendra Ramsinghani called “Startup Boards” where we are trying to provide clear best practices for how the boards of startup companies should work. You may recognize Mahendra’s name – he wrote The Business of Venture Capital which I reviewed recently. This book is part of my continuous effort to dramatically improve startup company boards.

Who You Gonna Call? Navigating the Existential Crisis

John O'Farrell

This series of posts starts off with a short quiz for the startup CEO: Q: Who’s responsible for developing your product? A: That’s easy—Engineering! Q: Who in your company is responsible for selling your product? A: That’s easy, too—Sales! Q: Who in your company has primary responsibility for: Mapping and networking your ecosystem ? Building long-term relationships and driving deals with strategic partners ? Identifying, evaluating and executing acquisitions ?

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Technology Waves and Valuations - Roger and Mike's Hypernet Blog

Roger and Mike

A Start-up to Create 23 Million Jobs in America?

Inc Startups

Serial entrepreneur Howard Leonhardt talks about his plans to start a new kind of stock exchange that will cater to start-ups and small business. He has invented 21 products for treating heart disease.

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#BEONFIRE Chat Tonight

Feld Thoughts

I’m going to participate in a Twitter chat tonight (#BEONFIRE). It’s a new initiative by @pistachio and @redheadwriting. Their first guest last week was @FAKEGRIMLOCK who, as usual, was ON FIRE. It’s happening from 8pm – 9pm Mountain (10pm – 11pm Eastern). There’s a real time Twitter chat up or you can just follow me and participate by tagging things with #BEONFIRE. Either way, I’ll be answering any and all questions via Twitter for an hour tonight.


How to Manage Entrepreneurial Personality Disorder

Inc Startups

One side of you loves risk, the other side of you cant stand it. Heres how to use your multiple personalities to your advantage. When I was a junior in high school , I was pretty sure I wasn’t ready for college.

Negotiation Points

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

It is clear to the point of obviousness that there are cultural differences between the entrepreneurial mind-set and the corporate mentality, having largely to do not so much with perverse people but with the structure of large institutions. James Buchanan won the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics for elaborating elegantly on a more or less obvious proposition: that people within a political system behave so as to maximize their personal outcomes


"Owner:" Popular Gen Y Job Title on Facebook

Inc Startups

Forget teacher or assistant, among those aged 18 to 29 on Facebook, owner is a more popular job title, underlining the strong connection between this generation and entrepreneurship. Exactly how entrepreneurial is Gen Y?

In Your Small Business, Do You Celebrate Small Victories?

Small Business Force

Choosing to be an entrepreneur means you believed enough in yourself and your business concept to risk the security of a regular job, a regular paycheck.

Be the Beatles, Not a Flock Of Seagulls

Inc Startups

THE FAB FOUR: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison in a promo photo for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967.'> The Beatles didn't just have musical talents. The band's longevity and success was largely the result of group dynamics--the same ones start-ups require.

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[Singapore] [Competition] SLA OneMap Challenge


It wasn’t quite so long ago at GovCamp Singapore that citizens were arguing for more openness of public data.

Dysfunctional Family? You'd Make a Great Entrepreneur

Inc Startups

Most successful founders are no strangers to chaos and stress. In fact, they learned how to deal with it gracefully at a very young age. If you’ve never founded a company , rest assured it never happens as elegantly and smoothly as articles in Inc.

Information Arbitrage - Pacing

Information Arbitrage


3 Ways to Build Customers' Trust

Inc Startups

With online retail in particular, trust is a critical element in building sales. Here's how to demonstrate your company's reliability. Any selling relationship has a lot to do with trust.

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They Just Don't Get It!

Small Business Force

Having spent most of my career around technology, I have always been fascinated by the brilliance, intensity and passion of the entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists in that space.

3 More Reasons SOPA Should Scare You

Inc Startups joins the ranks of companies hoping that Congress doesn't vote to break the Internet by approving SOPA and PIPA. Here's why. Sometime quite soon , your member of Congress will vote to destroy the Internet, or not.

Finnish Operator Required To Block Access To ThePirateBay, Among Others


Elisa , one of the largest internet service providers in Finland, has been forced to block access to The PirateBay for its customers. Elisa issued a press release (in Finnish) on the matter moments ago. The decision was given by a local district court in Helsinki.

Why the Movie Industry Can't Innovate

Inc Startups

The movie industry has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its business. Now it can't innovate, leading to SOPA. This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S. from box-office revenue.

This Is Why I Don't Give You A Job


Editorial note: This is a guest post by Andor Jakab from Hungary. In fact, this is a cross post from his blog. The post outlines well many of the challenges early stage entrepreneurs face. Even though things aren't quite as bad here in the Nordics and Baltics, it's good to understand the realities.

Canaan announces fund IX


Canaan is pleased to announce its ninth fund - a $600M global early stage tech oriented fund. We will continue to invest in healthcare and IT, and across US, Israel and India. Details here. News/ Events

Albert Einstein quotes | Deimar ~ Business Tips and Strategies for.


A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. A question that sometimes drives

When Fraud Detection Hinders Rather Than Helps

Venture Chronicles

I’ve had a long relationship with Patelco Credit Union , they were the first financial services company I became a customer of when I first entered the work force and even though my needs have exceeded the services they offer I do rely on them for a credit card that I use almost exclusively. I like the idea of community banks and have tried to support them over the years.

A Stroll Through The NextView Portfolio

Rob Go

A year ago, I wrote a post detailing some tidbits about our portfolio. One year later, we’ve made more investments and learned a lot. I believe that the best way to understand an investor is to meet the founders that they work with. Second best is to understand their portfolio. So here is an unscientific cut of our portfolio and some commentary below. Hopefully it sheds some insight into who we are, how we work, and what we tend to gravitate towards. We have made 16 investments.

Use Improv to Brainstorm Effectively

Inc Startups

At Kohort, we take a cue from theater and comedy to generate new ideas--and enhance morale. Once a company starts operating, brainstorming often falls by the wayside. But there's a cost to that—big ideas get missed and, unexpectedly, your team's morale may lag.

News You Can Use: School of Business Launches this Week with Deep Discounts

Up and Running

Monday, January 9, 2012— launched the School of Business section of its website today, in partnership with leading online education provider, Udemy. The newest addition to the site will feature.