Wed.Sep 28, 2011

Some lessons learned

Chris Dixon

Note: Google was kind enough to invite me to give a short talk at their Zeitgeist conference earlier this week. It was a really interesting conference and I got a chance to meet a lot of people I admire. For my talk, I decided to use material from some of my blog posts over the years that I thought might appeal to a broader audience. Unfortunately, I was still recovering from a nastly cold/flu so I didn’t deliver the talk as well as I’d like. Below is the text.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

Both Sides of the Table

Email. Ah, email. That great productivity drain that we somehow all buy into. I’ve taken to saying, “Email is our personal to-do list that anybody adds to – whether they know us or not.”

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Why Startups Fail - 20 Top Reasons Gleaned from 32 Startup Failure Post-Mortems

Education. About. Investors Companies. Analyzing 32 Startup Failure Post-Mortems to Find the 20 Top Reasons that Startups Fail. January 11th, 2011 the Chubby Team 34 Comments. Tweet. We’d previously highlighted the top startup failure post-mortems of all-time here (32 in total) written by a group of startup entrepreneurs gracious enough to share their lessons learned from their startup’s failure.

Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist (continued)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Earlier this year I blogged about this book. The authors, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, will be in NYC next week to talk about it. They are doing an event at the offices of venture law firm Cooley next Thursday. Here are the details: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 Discussion: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm  |  Reception: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm COOLEY LLP   The Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. If you want to attend, you can RSVP via email.

25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems of All Time

Education. About. Investors Companies. 25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems of All Time. October 3rd, 2010 the Chubby Team 48 Comments. Tweet. Want more entrepreneurial goodness? You should sign up for our newsletter here. Update – As a followup, we analyzed all of these startup failure post-mortems to identify the top 20 reasons for startup failure. Also worth a read after you review these startup failure post-mortems.

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SEC Rule 10b-5 Now Has A Sister And She's Mean!

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Under Rule 10b-5, adopted by the SEC in 1942 pursuant to Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, it is unlawful "to make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading" in connection with the purchase or sale of securities.

Woman-Oriented Startup: $4 Million Funding in 4 Weeks, $100 Million Valuation

Up and Running

I was browsing yesterday when I picked up this post by Alyson Shontell of Business Insider on LearnVest, a finance tools and information site for women, founded by a 27-year-old woman and funded very quickly by major venture capital. Here’s Alyson’s quick summary: In July, LearnVest raised a $19 million round, bringing its total funding to $24.5 million.

43 Pithy Quips On The Business of Software


My favorite conference both as an attendee and as a speaker is the Business of Software Conference. I've spoken there for the past three years and am once again speaking this year. There's a full video and transcript of my 2010 talk.

"When in doubt, look different". Geoffrey Moore at Business of Software. Video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

What is context, what is core? "I "I have to say if I have, to be in a business during this economy, I would want to be in a software business. A service led software business. Because it's the most flexible. It's the most, it can run to value faster than anything else on the planet." " Business of Software 2011, Boston, MA, October 24-26 th 2011 [link]  For people growing sustainable, profitable, software businesses. 

Blog Mastermind Closing Forever This Friday (Plus A Story About Video Games, Magic And Skating) by Yaro Starak

This is your final warning about the closing of Blog Mastermind. When Friday passes, the end of September 2011, my coaching program will be closed to new members. Only current members and those who join before Friday night will have ongoing access. Make $5,000 to $30,000 A Month From Your Blog Blog Mastermind teaches anyone willing to put in some effort how to make from $5,000 to $30,000 a month from a blog.

Innovating in a Mature Industry

Duct Tape Marketing

Innovating in a Mature Industry This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. This Local Color video, featuring creative small businesses around the globe, is part of a marketing series sponsored by HP. Sometimes people look at an industry and wonder if there are any innovations left.

Artists I Like: Mark Levin

Venture Chronicles

I have not written an Artists I Like post in quite a while so I decided the time was right to pen one on someone who exhibits great technical skill with the eye of an artist. Mark Levin has a pretty wide range in his portfolio but the pieces that I gravitate to are in his Leaf Series.

Pricing relativity

Start Up Blog

When I buy something via iTunes it doesn’t feel like money. Especially when it is an app that is a few dollars at most. It’s easy to press a button which confirms a purchase at a value which is lower than anything you can buy in the real world. A coffee or coca-cola is $3.50 these days. it doesn’t end there though. When we get the bill on our credit card it’s the smallest number on the page. Mobile phone plan $59. Restaurant XYZ $179. itunes $2.99.

Privacy Obfuscation at the WSJ

Venture Chronicles

The WSJ updated their privacy policy , I read it and read it again and then one more time before admitting defeat… I have no idea what their privacy policy is now. Why can’t companies express privacy policies in plain and simple language that says what they will do and what they won’t do? When it comes to contextual terms like “personally identifiable information” they should spell out what that is.

One tablet, phone for work and play

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

On 9/26 Monday and 9/27 Tuesday, GigaOM held its Mobilize conference in San Francisco. Over the next couple of posts, I will talk about the trends that were discussed during the conference. One of the hot topics was the disruption of tablets and personal smart phones in the workplace.

Angry Birds Coming After Your Coffee, As Rovio And Starbucks Partnership Gets A Flare


It comes as no surprise that Rovio is eager to build a strong retail presence. The company is, after all, already selling a million T-shirts and plush toys each month. Bloomberg reports that the makers of Angry Birds are now eager to setup a partnership with Starbucks Corp.

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction This post was originally part of the “ Ask the Attorney ” series I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs). Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.

As the Paradigm Shifts #W: Will

Active Garage

I’ve been thinking about this blog for awhile, specifically the intention I had in mind – what I wanted to convey regarding our will. The third step of the Twelve Step Program came to mind: We turn our will over to the care of a higher power as we understand it.

I’m Headed to Orlando, Florida An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

It is currently 11:40 P.M. as I’m writing this. By this time tomorrow, I should arrive in Orlando, Florida. I have to “get up” in 5 hours to catch the 2-hour ferry to the mainland, then take a 45-min taxi ride to the airport.

Quick Tip: CEOs Should Sell The Story

Rob Go

Every now and then, I meet with a company where the CEO does not lead fundraising discussions. Right or wrong, I think this almost never works. We actually just invested in a company where this dynamic existed initially – but because the non-CEO co-founder had become a personal friend, I was able to give that feedback very directly and they took it to heart in future discussions.

$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Conclusion An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

First off, I apologize for the 12-day gap since my last post. My hard drive was completely fried on the 21st and it has taken me a long time to get back set up since my last backups were 3 months old. I will blog more about that later in the week.


Prevent Your Start-up From Crashing


(Click on picture to enlarge article). The truth is that most tech start-ups will crash and burn. According to research, more than half of small businesses are destined to fail in their first five years. But don’t let that scare you.

How to Lose a Customer in Six Easy Steps

Grasshopper Herder

It started simply enough, there was a fairly obvious $8,364,175.00 error in my financial statement from that prompted me to contact customer support. Customer Development Customer Support customer support

Picking Ventures: Part 2 - Startups and angels: Along the way to.

Tim Keane

Sometimes the dog really does eat it. And sometimes it's a big dog. Tom Perkins, in telling the Tandem Computer story says "when the first product performed as expected, the company went to $100MM very quickly." " We all

The truth about degrees

Start Up Blog

Education is vital, but the obsession we have with where we get it from is very unhealthy. It’s exclusionary, it’s elitist and it goes against the fundamental reason education should exist: To build collective knowledge for mutual benefit.

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ATT, it's been too long. Wayyy too long. Verizon, I hate your customer service. But your actual wireless service is great. I said I would never go back to Verizon. Well, necessity is the mother of hypocrisy. No, I didn't get Verizon cell service, though that's on the way in February. Today i got the Mifi, a wifi router that connects to the web through 4g cell service. And it's really quite fast.

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Radvertising from Calsberg

Start Up Blog

Here’s the latest piece of radvertising according to Startup Blog. Why is it rad? It’s simple. It reminds us what deserves a Carlsberg – It’s sharable. I like it. entrepreneurship

NaturallyCurly Rebrands as TextureMedia

Austin Startup

Acknowledging its growing impact in hair care, the parent company of the textured-hair communities of™ and™ has adopted a new corporate name: TextureMedia™, Inc., formerly known as The NaturallyCurly Network. Our mission to create multiple offerings and communities, with consumer and professional focus, within the world of textured hair has evolved,” says Crista Bailey, TextureMedia, CEO. “We

caterpillarcowboy: suitep: I just ran across this photo of a.

Mark Birch

caterpillarcowboy : suitep : I just ran across this photo of a bacone, while eating a BLT. Coincidence? Step by step how-to here. Half the fun is looking at the photos of how they made it. Jesus. I was wrong before, this is the real reason why America is fat

Customer Engagement is Key for SaaS

Guy Nirpaz

Customer Engagement is key for software-as-a-Service business. A recent post by David Skok explains how and why to measure customer engagement. If you are a SaaS executive and haven’t read it yet, read this first.

More Ridiculously Annoying Startup Memes

Mark Birch

I read the tech press not for information, but for comic relief. In fact, they should use Comic Sans font on their blogs just to emphasize the point. The sheer inanity of it all led me to post last month the top ten most annoying memes in the startup scene , but I clearly could have gone on.

Rochard Is The New Space Hero Protecting Us From Aliens!


Gravity defying, men against alien pirates, set to save planet Earth from evil, sounds like a typical video game. But with all the hype surrounding Rochard , I am sure Sony Online Entertainment and Finnish Recoil Games have done a quite an impressive job.

SterilMed Acquired by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson and Johnson Company

EIN News

repair services for healthcare providers across the United States and Canada. EES is a global leader. in July 2010 from a group of venture capitalists. Mark Taber, a Partner at Great Hill

Waiting Room by Fugazi - The bass line bores into your skull and.

Mark Birch

Waiting Room by Fugazi - The bass line bores into your skull and the lyrics force you to move. This is hardcore at its finest. If you need to kick it up a few notches this morning, crank up the volume and give this song a spin or two. music hardcore Fugazi Waiting Room bass