Sun.Nov 25, 2012

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


Eric Ries image via Fast Company. The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies , I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). And the big falloff is not in seed rounds, which are still getting done, but in follow-on rounds, which are not. So what has changed in the past couple years? A lot, actually.

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What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.

500 Hats

Recent articles by the WSJ , Fred Wilson , & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money.

5 Military Lessons For Entrepreneurs Raising Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time.

Small Business and Startups: 5 DIY Things To Do For Your Brand!

crowdSPRING Blog

As the end of the year approaches, small businesses need to think not just about wrapping up the year that is fast coming to an end, but also towards planning and strategy for the new year.

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A Phone For The People - An Interview With Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla


Following the launch at Slush, that we covered earlier , we had a nice interview with Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla. Marc is formerly the COO of Jolla and in the recent restructuring of the company, replaced Jussi Hurmola as the CEO.

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Realize the Potential of Your Social Strategy

Inc Startups

Livestrong CEO Doug Ulman says a smart strategic social media supports the mission of your company

Common Mistakes Made By Social Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Blog

As with any entrepreneurial venture, a social enterprise is bound to encounter some challenges in the process of starting up and becoming established. Below are some examples of mistakes social entrepreneurs have made and how they have learned from these mistakes.

More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog Guy Kawakasi: The art of innovation in 10 steps “Chasing Ice” Sandy in full fury and glory How do they feed everyone at industry events “Rental Nation” Trick or Track Bluebird by Amex The Unwatering of. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Find Your Purpose & Find Success

Inc Startups

Bright Pink founder Lindsay Avner found meaning in her work. Here's how

What best sellers have in common

Start Up Blog

If you’re an author it’s often an objective to get on the New York Times best sellers list. If you’re in any form of pop culture there’s usually a best selling list that is worth getting on. While getting on it is an indicator of how well you have done, it also perpetuates further success through attention and validation. The interesting thing about these ‘lists’ including the NY Times Best Seller list is the name itself.

Are we getting dumber?

Jeff Hilimire

Doing two things here. First, I want to test out a branch in a blog post. I recently created a branch on the site asking people if they like the iPad mini better than the original iPad, and the conversation was pretty good, so I thought I’d try it out on a blog post. Second, this is a curious hypothesis – that people are dumber today than they were perhaps even a thousand years ago – and I’m interested to hear what people think about it.

The new industrial revolution – Chris Anderson

Start Up Blog

I’ve been a big fan of Chris Anderson for a long time. And he’s done it again. While I haven’t read his new tome “Makers – the new industrial revolution” – if this talk is any indication of the content, it will be mind blowing.

My favorite TED talks

David Cohen

I recently picked some of my favorite TED talks for a story that ran on Mashable. Here’s the post on Mashable if you want to check it out. I would have embedded the actual talks here, but I want Mashable to be rewarded handsomely in page views for their efforts, and thus, I must redirect your butt over there. Enjoy.


Plan well, execute the plan

Information Arbitrage

A new market entrant. A competitor that gets a bunch of great press. A peer that just raised a ton of money. The external environment presents myriad distractions that can cause founders and their teams to “freak out” and deviate from their established game plans. And in my experience, when plans and behaviors are quickly adjusted in response to short-term exogenous events, bad things happen.

WORSHIP SUNDAY: Most High by Hiillsong United - When I accepted.

Mark Birch

WORSHIP SUNDAY: Most High by Hiillsong United - When I accepted Jesus as my savior, I found that there were certain expectations around worship service. Namely, rocking out during worship was deemed not acceptable. Since I was going to a relatively conservative church, that was what it was. Glad I was wrong. Most High by Hillsong off the King of Majesty album was the first song that I had heard that blew the doors off that staid concept of church service.

"We are small on purpose. We don’t want to be the market. We want to invest in a tiny slice of."

Information Arbitrage

“We are small on purpose. We don’t want to be the market. We want to invest in a tiny slice of the early stage ecosystem where our thesis collides with great teams and unique and differentiated products.” - Fred Wilson, What Has Changed , November 25th, 2012

Thankful – 2012


Another Thanksgiving in the US has passed. It’s nice to have a holiday to remind us to be thankful and grateful for the many positive things in our lives as well as for the challenges we have overcome.