Thu.Apr 14, 2011

How To Allocate Founder and Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Joel Spolsky , c0-founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange , posted an excellent answer to the question in the title of this post on the Stack site OnStartups. I'm not going to reblog the entire answer here. I'd encourage you to go read Joel's answer. However, I am going to highlight some of the most important points from Joel's post: Fairness, and the perception of fairness, is much more valuable than owning a large stake.

Do Windows or Mac Operating Systems Matter?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Robert Scoble asks "Does anyone in Silicon Valley care about Windows anymore?" I think the bigger question is "Do Operating Systems Matter Anymore?" Of course every computer needs an operating system to work, but does anyone care which one?

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If You Need Angel Investors, Avoid These Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

We are talking about angel investors here, meaning people who invest their own money in early-stage startups for a share of the equity.

Flexible Focus #49: The eight frames of life: Personal

Active Garage

The Mandala Mirror. In the Mandala view, it is in the Personal frame of life that you meet yourself and address your personal issues. This is a space for reflection, but of a particular kind, and this is where the Mandala Chart provides a unique perspective.

Every Nerd Needs A Bow Tie

Feld Thoughts

I spent a full day at MIT last month rolling around in a bunch of really cool tech. One of the meetings led to today’s Brad Feld Amazing Deal for OoOTies. I had just sat through three meetings with MIT-related entrepreneurs – two who showed me new human instrumentation products and one who walked me through a new way to develop Android apps. The guy for my next meeting showed up, sat down, and started talking about bow ties.

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The truth about confidence

Start Up Blog

Some one said these words to me the other day: “It’s easy for you. You are confident being in front of people and speaking in public…&#. I thought for a second and then told him the truth about confidence. Which isn’t verbatim, but it went something like this. Confidence isn’t something people are born with. In fact, it doesn’t really exist.

Love Jessica Darko

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

She wrote what is quite possibly the best comment that I have ever read on TechCrunch. It is in response to Vitrue's CEO Reggie Bradford's article on " Why Even Ron Conway Couldn’t Persuade Me To Move To Silicon Valley.". Not 100% of it holds true for every startup but it's a great piece of writing. . Anyone who tells you that you need to relocate to the valley for your startups is giving you bad advice and is not to be trusted.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: 1M/1M Announces Partnership With TiE Chennai


On Saturday, April 9, 2011, I arrived in Chennai at 3 a.m. after a 24-hour journey from California. At 11 a.m.,

A Summary of Current Trends in Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions - 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Mark Adkins, Michael Gans, Michael Hickey and Jeff Lloyd of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. With keen international interest in Canada's resource sector, the return of financial buyers, strategic investors looking to pursue acquisitions as a means of increasing earnings, and the recent uptick in Canadian "mega-deal" activity, there is no better time to discuss the M&A trends unfolding in 2011. M&A WILL CONTINUE ITS UPSWING.

Go on, be a…badass honey badger?

Jeff Hilimire

So much for the Be a Tiger campaign. It’s time to go out and be a honey badger. And a badass one at that. PS – If I was starting a new university, I’d seriously give thought to making them the honey badgers. Humor honey badger

The Traveling Tribe: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Up and Running

Tweet I think my friends are a little envious of my schedule. They shouldn’t be. There are many days when I would love to trade, but from a distance traveling can look fun. When I was in business school, the thought of flying across the country for business meetings seemed exciting.

Free Copy of Dell’s Trade Secrets eBook “First Impressions” – Citing Me!

VC Deal Lawyer

Go here to obtain your free copy of Dell’s Trade Secrets eBook, the first issue of which is all about making “First Impressions” Dell put this together to help small business owners share advice in a short form format. . You can check out my own personal advice on Page 5. Chris McDemus is founder of VC Deal Lawyer , a blog devoted to providing insights on start-up and emerging growth companies.


Tinkercad Brings 3D Modelling To The Average Joe


Tinkercad is new Finnish start-up that offers software for 3D solid CAD modeling in the browser. Founded 6 months ago, Tinkercad launched public beta this week. We talked with one of the founders, Kai Backman, who shared the story behind Tinkercad and its future potential. When living in US I noticed a growing trend of maker movement and 3D printing', Kai shared. A growing number of people are interested in building things by themselves or customizing existing products.

6 Secrets to Being Productive When Travelling | Startup Remarkable

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HeiaHeia Partners With Preve (Pfizer Finland)


This is pretty significant for someone like HeiaHeia (pretty much anyone going at it with limited resources). The company announced yesterday that they have partnered with Preve Ltd, a subsidiary of Pfizer Finland, to provide self-care patients with the possibility to use their platform.

BookShort: Vive La Difference


Book Short: Vive La Difference. Brain Sex , by Anne Moir and David Jessell, was a fascinating read that I finished recently. I will caveat this post up front that the book was published in 1989, so one thing I’m not sure of is whether there’s been more recent research that contradicts any of the book’s conclusions.

Eniram Grows 2010 Revenue 300%


Eniram is a company we haven't written about in a while. The last time was actually in 2009. However, they've been growing their business ever since and a while ago we received their 2010 figures. Impressive growth indeed, the company has grown their 2010 revenue some 300% compared to 2009.

Spotify To Limit Free Account In Search Of Better Monetisation


Spotify announced today that they will limit the Spotify Free account from May 1st in a few different ways. The reason behind all this is naturally to further monetise and convert those using Spotify Free to the premium accounts. At the end of March, the company also announced , as part of its move to further monetise the user base, to give all new premium subscribers a free 7-day test of the service before billing anything.

Garage48 Goes Africa Times 5!


We at ArcticStartup heart the Garage48 event for all the rush and enthusiasm that comes forth in the 48 hours of pure innovation. But the weather at the events here in the Nordics and Baltics was perhaps just a bit too cold and needed some equatorial treatment, which is exactly the treatment Garage48 will be getting. Garage48 has announced that they will be holding 5 events in Africa.