Mon.Jan 28, 2013

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth. From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm.

Boulder Startup Life Event Tonight at Riverside

Feld Thoughts

I’m going to be doing the first public Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur talk tonight at Riverside at 7pm. If you don’t know Riverside, it’s a new co-working, event, and cafe space on 1724 Broadway in Boulder. It’s a beautiful old building that’s been a fixture in Boulder for a very long time. There’s a nice article about what Christian Macy and Richard Moser are working on with Riverside in the Boulder iJournal.

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth. From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm.

7 Incredible Web Design, Branding, Digital Marketing Experiences

Occam's Razor

We are surrounded by incredible digital experiences. Masterful design, branding and marketing. Yet, it would be fair to say we are also drowning in awful digital experiences – or, at the very minimum, experiences that seem to be stuck in 1991.

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Entrepreneurs Unplugged – Tuesday 1/29 Interview of Jeremy Bloom (Integrate)

Feld Thoughts

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, 1/29) I’ll be doing another Entrepreneurs Unplugged – this time I’ll be interviewing Jeremy Bloom , the co-founder of Integrate. We are investors in Jeremy’s company which is doing extraordinarily well. Jeremy has been a total joy to work with and has an amazing story. If you recognize his name, “olympic ski champion”, “college football star”, and “NFL football player” may come to mind.

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9 Tips for Shorter, Better Meetings

Inc Startups

Avoid the unfocused meetings that murder your team's productivity. Too many business meetings are utter wastes of time. People drone on and on and little is accomplished, other than the avoidance of actual, productive work. Here are a set of simple rules to keep your meetings brief and to the point.

Startups Need the Right Team Mindset to Survive

Startup Professionals Musings

Since the days of Henry Ford, mass production has been the Holy Grail of business, rather than build-to-order. Too many businesses haven’t noticed that we have come full-circle, where mass customization is required now to win.

Beware Employees Who Boast About Multitasking

Inc Startups

Those who claim to be best at multitasking are actually the worst at it, a new study says. If you've ever worked in a large organization, you're probably already familiar with the Dunning-Kruger effect even if you don't know the psychological term for the phenomenon.

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Website Usability Testing: A Must for Boosting Conversions


Usability testing is the black horse of boosting conversion. If your site is difficult to use or understand (= has usability problems), it kills conversions. Website usability testing helps you identify all the main sources of friction, and thus boost conversions.

Evan Williams's Rule for Success: Do Less to Do Better

Inc Startups

The co-founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium explains the importance of obsessing over one thing at a time. Evan Williams is co-founder of Blogger, Twitter (on which he's known as @ev), and, most recently, the blogging platform Medium. He told his story to Inc. reporter Issie Lapowsky.

80% 95% of Success is Showing Up

Mike Michalowicz

Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up. That was clearly before Al Gore invented the Internet. Showing up today gives you 95% of success. I realized it this weekend. I was at a spin off event of TEDxHoboken , and it was nothing short of soul shifting. The speakers were amazing.

Reading This May Be Your Only Non-Sales Activity Today

Inc Startups

Daniel H. Pink talks with Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan about his latest book, "To Sell Is Human," and the ubiquity of sales today.

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Do you really know how to learn?

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. As I finished up my weekly newsletter of NYC's tech events and classes , I thought a lot about some recent conversations I've had with some new entrants into the startup ecosystem--enthusiastic young professionals whose stated goals centered around learning. I sometimes find myself wondering in this world of classes, accelerators, and religious zealotry around methodologies if anyone is, in fact, learning anything.

Surprising Way to Fund Your Business

Inc Startups

Investors, bankers, friends, and family: These are the people we traditionally think of when we need to infuse money into a business. Here's a better way. The bank declined your loan application. Mom, Dad, and the next-door neighbor don't have money to spare.

Social TV Has Arrived…Is There a Business Model?

VC Cafe

Nielsen has made it official- Multi-tasking across screens, particularly while watching TV, is now the norm. With US Smartphone penetration on pace to reach 80% next year (Asymco) and 2012 tablet sales of 136 million units, the era of Social TV has arrived. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

3 Tactics to Breed Innovation

Inc Startups

Great ideas need adequate space to develop. Follow these three rules to make sure you stay out of the way. Without innovation, you're relegated to following others and reaping the meager offerings of a commodity business.

What Do Sam Walton, Ray Croc, and Howard Schultz Have in Common?

Growthink Blog

Wal-Mart. McDonalds. Starbucks. What do they have in common? Well, for one, they are businesses that were not started and grown from scratch by their original founders.

To Get Big, You've Got to Start Small

Inc Startups

A Benchmark Capital founding partner explains why, contrary to what you may believe, the secret to attracting a broad market is to appeal to a tiny, passionate one first. This fall I was fortunate to have John Morgridge guest teach one of my classes at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

5 Attributes of a Can’t Miss New Product

Duct Tape Marketing

This post brought to you by Grow America. Grow America announces its $35,000 Innovative Product Competition for passionate entrepreneurs. Enter the competition to get going and get growing. photo credit: Ric e Ette via photopin cc. There are lots of great product ideas floating around out there.

Create an Awesome Welcome Email: 7 Tips

Inc Startups

That first email is like the all-important first impression on a hot date. Here's how to pique your customers' interest. When it comes to marketing your business, you know it's critical to establish an ongoing relationship with customers and prospects, especially when you're just starting out.

The Five Characteristics of a Great Leader #blindpost

Jeff Hilimire

This is a blindpost* from the Fast Company article, The Five Characteristics of a Great Leader. Basically, I read the title and write the article from my point of view, without ever reading the original article. So, here is my list of the five characteristics of a great leader.

What Your Customers Would Love to Tell You

Inc Startups

Customers are your best insight into launching a new product if only you're willing to listen. We have been working with an early-stage enterprise tech company to help them get their product to market. We recently gathered to watch their first customer installation.

How to deal with the Series A crunch

Version One Ventures

Since CBInsights released its report in December, conversations have accelerated about the pending “Series A Crunch.” With headlines declaring that more than 1,000 seeded startups will soon be orphaned, it’s only natural that startups are concerned about the future funding landscape. While experts may differ on the implications or severity of the Series A Crunch, the numbers provided by CBInsights are straightforward. Seed financing grew from 89 fundings in Q1 2009 to more than 500 in Q3 2012.

Starting Up? Consider Going Global

Inc Startups

One entrepreneur makes the case that international markets are too big an opportunity to pass up. Allowing borders to dictate the limits of your business could mean you're missing out on a huge opportunity. "If

How $375 and Craigslist Saved Me Months of Customer Development

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Steve Blank and others advocate having lots of face-to-face interviews with potential customers.

It's Data Privacy Day: 3 Things You Must Do

Inc Startups

Today serves as an annual reminder to be more vigilant about your online activities. Check out these simple ways to start protecting yourself. January 28 marks Data Privacy Day, an annual reminder to be more diligent about your online activities. It's not on your calendar? It should be.

Great, Simple Cap Table Tool for Startups from SMARTASSET

Scalable Startup

One of the top 3 to 5 worries when launching a startup is is “Who gets how much stock upon start or joining? Founders, Co-Founders, next employees, Investors, Etc. The founders of SmartAsset went through this process and decided to open it up to the world. These guys put together something very cool and it follows the “Give before you get” rule. They call it STARTUP ECONOMICS. Here it is…

Persuasion & Startups

Start Up Blog

This video was a nice reminder of what motivates people in life. I dig the animation, but I did think that the examples were kind of naff. In the spirit of de-naffing – I thought I’d list out the 6 key motivators, and then give an example of how a startup can employ it in a cool way that makes sense. According to the science these are the key drivers that persuade people to take action. Reciprocity. Scarcity. Authority. Consistency. Liking. Consensus.

Report: More People Tracking Health via Technology

Inc Startups

A new Pew study shows that 21 percent of those who track their health due so through some sort of technological device. According to a Pew study released this morning, a large percentage of Americans are using technology (smartphone apps, spreadsheets, websites etc.)

[Review] How Pleasure Works


Why does pain sometimes feel like pleasure? Why do we enjoy music and art even though there aren’t any adaptive advantages ? When does “one man’s meat” become “another man’s poison”?

Did you know 1099s are due January 31, 2013?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Running a business is no laughing matter. Not only do you have to develop and deliver a great product or service, but you have to find people kind and willing enough to take out their credit cards and pay for it. Then there are taxes.

[Hong Kong][Event] CARTES Asia And E-Commerce Asia Shed Light On Mobile Payment Revolution In APAC


Mobile commerce is expected to continue its stellar growth in 2013, and Asia is expected to spearhead much of that growth.

3 Mistakes That Can Thwart a Great Idea

Inc Startups

Getting to take-off isn't easy as a first-time entrepreneur. Don't let these three common hurdles get in the way. It’s that time of year again--the annual crumbling of the noble goals you outlined so resolutely on December 31. The diet has gone to pot. The gym membership is already languishing.

Tallinn, Gothenburg Represented At Seedcamp London


I find it interesting to follow what Seedcamp and the other big European accelerators are doing. It's useful to see what the trends are, and I also enjoy selfishly finding hot new services to check out before my friends. The following list has been invited to the Seedcamp London event, including three startups from the ArcticStartup region: Actual Reports and GateMe from Tallinn, and Together from Gothenburg.