Tue.Oct 04, 2011

Convertible Debt – Warrants

Ask The VC

Earlier in the convertible debt series we talked about the “discounted price to the next round” approach to providing a discount on convertible debt. The other approach to a discount is to “issue warrants” This approach is more complex and usually only applies to situations where the company has already raised a round of equity, but it still pops up in early stage deals. If you are doing a seed round, we encourage you not to use this approach and save some legal fees.

Have you ever fallen into “compare and despair?”

Escape From Cubicle Nation

We have all been there. While writing a sales page, we wonder if there are any good examples out there of a similar type of product or service.

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The Myth Of Work/Life Balance: Seven Ways To Rethink Your Approach To The Daily Grind


by Jon Gordon , author of “ The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work “ In a perfect world, “work” and “home” would balance out neatly. We’d work from 8 to 5 each day, take an hour-long lunch, and then come home and spend uninterrupted time with our families.

One Day at a Time

Taffy Williams

Each day Ireview what I am doing and trying to decide if it is working! The questioning is important because it ishard to improve if you have no clear vision of what needs to be better. Layering this questioning on top of any upsand downs one may have can make some days a real challenge. During the down days, it seems likeeverything is all wrong. On the up days,why should I change anything, it is great. Somewhere in the middle is where the real issues reside.

Slice of Lime Celebrates 10 Years and Focuses on User Interface Design

Feld Thoughts

As some of you may know, we made a modest investment in Slice of Lime in 2007. This year, Slice of Lime is celebrating 10 years of being in business. This is a huge accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud of the business Kevin, Jeff, and Daniel have built.

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Do you have a plan for the success of your team?

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. One of the most knowledgeable angel investors out there, Jeff Stewart , told me that the definition of success as an entrepreneur was when you walk into work, and there's nothing for you to do. At that point, you've hired someone better than you at all of the tasks you did previously as a founder. You've built a well oiled machine and it works without kicking, prodding, or you being a key cog.

Idea Generation is Not Efficient (and you don’t want it to be)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I really have to say something about this notion that brainstorming / idea generation / ideation can be made into an efficient process. I’ve read a couple of interesting pieces on this lately, this idea it can be made more efficient, so you only get “good” ideas. If only it were so… I’ll grant you [.].

3 Quick And Dirty Secrets To Online Success

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

We’re all capable of success online. In fact, let’s define success before we go any further. If we were going to use a dictionary definition for success it’d look something like this: suc-cess [suh k-ses]. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. A successful performance of achievement: The play was an instant success. A person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

Too Lijit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

This morning Federated Media announced that it has acquired Lijit Networks in a private stock deal. I’m incredibly proud of what the Lijit team has accomplished in the almost 4 years we’ve been investors in the business – charting a course that wasn’t exactly always a straight line, but one that has always placed publishers first. As a result of this never wavering focus on web publishers, Lijit has built a large and ultimately very valuable company.

Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

David Teten

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. Benefits: * Get a $25,000 investment for your startup. * 3 months of free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC at. Times Square (January 9th, 2012 – March 30th, 2012). *

Take An Improv Class

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I woke up today and saw that Josephine Forsberg has passed away. Jo was the founder of Players Workshop of Second City in Chciago. Bill Murray went there — along with many other comic luminaries. She will be missed. She gave the world a gift, and, it’s a gift you can receive. If you are [.]. Creativity and Self-Expression Creativity improv Innovation Josephine Forsberg players Workshop of Second City

1,000 True Fans – Still Relevant?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I remember my first business plan. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t much of a business plan, because in 1995, I knew next to nothing about ‘business’ After reading an article about how critical it was to have one, I put pen to paper and jotted down some notes to myself. And then, I plugged numbers into a template.

Building the Global Startup Part 5: In Summary

John O'Farrell

This is the final installment in a five-part series on building a global company from the ground up. Summing it all up. We’ve covered quite a bit of ground together since I started this series. Here’s the executive summary: There are simple steps you should take to lay the groundwork for international expansion from the moment you start your company. Before you launch internationally, you should have an explicit, well-articulated strategy.

Is the iPhone 4S Worth the Purchase?

Soho Solutionist

I was listening in on the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event today. Most people had high expectations, and many felt the event let them down. I’m really on the fence about that. Let me explain… I bought the uncool 3GS. And I loved it.

Unless you are awesome, you will be outsourced.

Business of Software Blog

A great thought from Auren Hoffman, CEO of Rapleaf in his blog, Summation. Go and read the full post, the table is just a taster. "Here "Here are some things that will be less valued in the future and some things that will be more valued: Less-valued. More-valued. General knowledge. Judgment. Search engines will be attached to our brain   Knowing more than one major spoken language   Sales in any language. We’ll have universal translators. Coding.

Book Review: Loyalty by Eric Felten

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Browsing in a book store a couple months ago--something I wish I did more, to introduce serendipity that doesn't happen when buying books online--I noticed an item that caught my eye.

Move On - VCball


Earlier this year I sat down with Bob Niehaus. He's my former boss at GCP Capital, a $1B+ private equity firm spinout from Greenhill & Co., and the parent company for the VC fund I co-managed, GSA Ventures. Over lunch

The Art of the Personal Pivot & personal change | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

How Do You Change Corporate Culture?

Up and Running

I just finished a strategic planning meeting with one of my client organizations. They wanted to know if it is possible to change corporate culture. Interesting question, since I always thought theirs was one that worked for them.

The October cS Award and The September cS Award Winner

crowdSPRING Blog

Earlier this year, we announced that we would issue a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. October cS Award. We have been working hard to establish a new reputation system for our community.

Resilience Engineering #16: Hammering out a Schedule

Active Garage

Nailing down a schedule is one of the biggest project challenges there is. Even when you get it right things can happen in the environment that destabilize scheduling efforts.

12 Questions: Meet Kate Casey (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog Next-Gen Motorcycle Sprint’s new app to combat distracted driving Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle FCC and FEMA’s new disaster communication guidelines. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Solve hard problems and fly robots

High Contrast

Because we are in stealth mode, people regularly ask me what we do at Shopximity. Stuck between changing the topic and saying that we make shopping better for everyone, I decided to take a different tack and tell the cold, hard truth: There it is. There is no more. For now. Except that we are looking for a someone special. Front-end Engineer (UI/UX). Shopximity, an early-stage startup, is looking for a front-end engineer.

[Review] Six Pixels of Separation


Published in 2009, Mitch Joel’s book on business strategy in the age of social media titled “ Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected.

Shutting Down Your Company In Style


Joakim Achren, a Finnish entrepreneur, was one of the first entrepreneurs I met when we started ArcticStartup. He talked about his company Ironstar Helsinki with passion and of all the things they're building.

Too Lijit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

This morning Federated Media announced that it has acquired Lijit Networks in a private stock deal. I’m incredibly proud of what the Lijit team has accomplished in the almost 4 years we’ve been investors in the business – charting a course that wasn’t exactly always a straight line, but one that has always placed publishers first. As a result of this never wavering focus on web publishers, Lijit has built a large and ultimately very valuable company.

Is Facebook Advertising Getting Too Expensive For Startups?


Sofanatics , the Finnish social sports media startup, has decided to quit advertising on Facebook for the time being, citing increased costs and lower conversion rates as the main factors behind the rather radical decision. The company says that despite optimizing and targeting their ads on Facebook, customer acquisition costs have almost doubled due to higher click prices and declining conversion rates.

SXSW Eco, ArtPrize and GigaOM: 7 Days, 3 Events Apps

Austin Startup

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich The past week has been a whirlwind of travel and events: from San Francisco to Grand Rapids to Austin. Along the way, I’ve had a chance to try out apps for each event, using my trusty iPhone 3GS – yes, I’m one of those who skipped 1st gen iPhone 4 and am likely to be a 4S purchaser! Here are some impressions of the event apps, working backwards, with a [.].

Keeping things in perspective

Jeff Hilimire

It’s amazing how things in your life can have such a powerful impact on how you view the world and the way you live your life. Experiences shape us into who we are and I’m sure that continues to be the case as long as we’re on this earth.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Copper Penny Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

A penny isn’t much. It doesn’t buy anything really and the amount of copper in it is pretty negligible nowadays. However, as Melinda from this week’s Small Business Spotlight points out, most everyone has a pretty specific, penny-centric memory. For me, it’s collecting pennies with my dad and bringing to the bank for some extra spending cash. Copper Penny Marketing believes marketing should be like a penny: subtle, relatively inexpensive, but highly evocative.

Monetizing Excess Capacity


I've been kicking around different business models over the past year for Jawaya. One of the attractive catch phrases I've come up with is "monetize excess capacity". (I I say that as though I invented it, because Google puts one of my posts at the top of the search. If you're me, that's what you get, anyway; Google search supports vanity over accuracy?) So what does that mean?

Zerply Adds Premium Themes


We reviewed Zerply a few months back, calling it the next generation professional network. We weren’t wrong as the recent flare in its usage has been immense, maybe we are following all those who are part of Zerply, but we see the name more often in our timeline.

Students To Make Biodegradable Plastic Bags A Reality


Most plastic bags we use today will either get incinerated or end up in a landfill somewhere. But not if four University of Arkansas student have anything to say about that – the founders of cycleWood Solutions Inc. intends to make biodegradable plastic shopping bags into reality.