Sat.Dec 29, 2012

Fear of Flying.

500 Hats

Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. In fact, failure is a rather warm, safe blanket for most folks around these parts.

Does Your Startup Work Hard But Not Gain Momentum?

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs confuse motion with momentum and results. We all know someone who repeatedly tells us how “busy” they are, when it’s hard to see what they get done. Momentum is moving things forward (mass x velocity).

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How to screw up your life by getting promoted

The Startup Toolkit

Maybe the smartest thing I’ve done over the past few years is to avoid raising my expenses. I have friends who took jobs in finance 2 years ago, saying it was just to get settled and gain some experience and save some cash before doing what they really wanted. But then, each year’s raise goes into a slightly bigger flat and slightly nicer restaurants.

How to increase Pinterest traffic and direct it to your site

The Next Web

While its popularity has evened out over the last few months, Pinterest is still carrying a lot of the momentum it gathered at the beginning of the year.

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Labels You Secretly Love

Life Beyond Code

I am not talking about your Title. If you don’t like it, change what you do or change your job and there is nothing else you can do about it. I am talking about your internal labels. Labels that you secretly love.

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New Year Resolution: Startups, improve your branding!

The Next Web

I have two passions in life: technology and building brands. This is why it hurts me so much when I see so many promising startups who don’t care about developing their brand. Usually branding is seen as an afterthought. First we build it, then they come, then we make it look pretty.

Case Study: Tea of a Kind

Inc Startups

After spending three years and $10 million, Don Park didn't like where his business was headed. Was it too late to shift gears? The Backstory Am I crazy? That's what Don Park kept asking himself during his flight back to Los Angeles from Germany.

Founders: Stop Pitching, Start Engaging

charliecrystle.com

I love the founder spirit--the earnestness, the drive, the hope, the belief in doing something better, the commitment to improving people's lives and maybe making a buck while doing it. And that earnestness leads to emails like this: Mr. Smith, My name is Charlie Crystle.

Weekend Favs December Twenty Nine

Duct Tape Marketing

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting.

Deciding which features to build for a big demo

The Startup Toolkit

You’ve got a big pitch/demo coming up and an even bigger list of stuff you’d love to fix about the product before then. One way to decide which stuff to prioritise is to mentally walk through the demo and just fix all the bits you find yourself apologising for. “Oh, yeah, sorry about that… just click over here. No, there. We’ll have that fixed in the real version.” ” Apologies ruin the tempo of a demo.

Pop quiz: Name these shows

Jeff Hilimire

Ok, here are two of my favorite Christmas presents this year. Style points if you can name one of them, but you earn my respect if you can name both ;) And you’re on the honor system not to skip down to the comments. Personal

Say Hello to the New Way of Raising Money

UC Berkeley

by Morten Lund, repeat entrepreneur based in Denmark, the chairman of LundXO and Tradeshift, and a prolific seed-stage investor. Backer of many of the most successful technology startups to come out of Europe, including Skype, BullGuard & Zyb. Whenever I talk with entrepreneurs in the U.S., I hear about one of the exciting new ways of raising early stage investment dollars: Kickstarter, AngelList, Y-Combinator, and the list goes on. Many of these programs seem new, different, exciting.

Product Management 101

Platforms and Networks

This fall at Harvard Business School , we launched Product Management 101, a course for academic credit that uses a "learning-by-doing" approach to build basic PM skills, rather than the classic HBS case method approach. I describe our course design below with the hope that colleagues at other universities will adapt and improve it. First, a nod to the two MBA candidates who proposed, designed and oversaw PM 101: Prem Ramaswami and Rana Kashyap.

What do you on Monday?

John Morris

The post What do you on Monday? appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. As you finish your 2013 operations plan, commit your team both big and small to meet regularly to review progress on your plan’s execution. Your big picture goals require short term actions or steps to take to achieve the longer … Continue reading → The post What do you on Monday? appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. Leadership

Goodbye to a Patriarch

Numerate Choir

This morning, my grandfather passed away. Robert K. Greenfield was ninety-seven. He lived a long and interesting life, and he had a real impact on the world in which he lived. When I was in sixth grade, I was given … Continue reading → Data

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Gift Cards Are Impersonal

Constantly Learning

One day before Christmas, I was in Target and noticed 15 people standing around the gift card display, urgently grabbing handfuls of gift cards for their friends and family. Many selections were available, including movie theaters, outdoor sports stores, and even the International House of Pancakes. These people couldn't be bothered to go to different places to get the gift cards. They were located in one store, so they could do all of their shopping in 10 minutes.

"Every single person said they were willing to try anything. So I was able to order exactly what I."

Mark Birch

“Every single person said they were willing to try anything. So I was able to order exactly what I thought was most interesting and representative of each regional cuisine – even in a Sichuanese hotpot restaurant, where it is customary to eat a fair amount of offal and rubbery delicacies. The son of the owner joined us for dinner, and couldn’t believe it when he saw a bunch of Westerners tucking into tripe, goose intestines and rabbit’s kidneys.

One quick question

ConversionXL

Thanks in advance. Just pay attention to your emotional response. (If If you don’t see a poll below, click here ). Which of these book titles creates the strongest positive emotional reaction in you? The Art of Making Your Website Sell. The Science of High-Selling Websites.

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: ‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk -.

Mark Birch

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: ‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk - It close to that time of year where we ring in the new year. When I think of music for this momentous occasion, I am either thinking something in the hardcore punk/extreme metal vein or some jazz type thing. While the classic jazz route would be Big Band, there is something timeless and ethereal and just down right classy about jazz piano.

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