Sat.Nov 24, 2012

Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

Google Ventures 2012: year in review | Google Ventures

Google Ventures


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Startups Should Learn to Walk by Themselves

Startup Noodle

A couple of days ago a CEO of a startup company called me for advice. This guy has a team of 5 developers and spending around $10K on his start up every month. He came with the following request: “Help me raise money for my start up. If by the end of [.]. General CEO Startup advice

Don’t Pass this up: Getting your business on Apple’s Passbook, DIY style

The Next Web

The long-term overall impact of Apple’s Passbook has been a hot topic over the last two months since it was launched with iOS 6 on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

What If You Can’t Find Customers to Develop?

Kevin Dewalt

Summary: You’re following the advice of Ash Maurya or Steve Blank and trying to talk to customers but are having trouble finding them.

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Weekend Favs November Twenty Four

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.

The Inspiring Story of a Group of Inner-City High School Students

Scott Edward Walker

Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

"We work really, really hard to make everything seem effortless."

Bryce Dot VC

“We work really, really hard to make everything seem effortless.” - James Jebbia


Saving the Stream

I wasn't close with Doug, who died this week from colon cancer. It was already 4th stage at the time they discovered it, and the typical "kill or be killed" chemo approach didn't work. By summer he was looking pretty skeletal. My brother's partner, Carol, is Doug's older sister, and I know her a lot better. Great woman, deeply caring. It was tough to see her go through the same process my brother, family and I did when Dad died in 96, wasting away until he was gone.

An Entrepreneur-Kids Holiday Season Discussion Guide

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

When you control your own business, you can also use that power for good. This holiday season – in the car, on the plane, at the breakfast table, huddled around the iPad or droid – consider the following discussion: doing well, while doing good. What does it look like for an entrepreneur?

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Common Pitch Chile

David Cohen

I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trip to Santiago, Chile where I’ll be speaking about startup communities at Common Pitch Chile along with some incredible people including Al Gore , who is the keynote speaker. (I’m I’m very excited to have lunch with him and learn all about the Internet!).

The art of storytelling

deal architect

Abe Lincoln inspires a whole range of emotions in people. One aspect of his life I was not very familiar with till I saw the Spielberg movie was his endless stream of stories and his wicked sense of humor even. Industry Commentary


The great unbundling

Information Arbitrage

Earlier this week it was announced that the Big 10 conference (which currently has 12 teams) is undergoing yet another “realignment” - Maryland and Rutgers are being added for NCAA football, substantially expanding its geographic footprint and, at least in this man’s opinion, further diluting its history and tradition. This was a brazen move by Big 10 leadership for which its motives are crystal clear: money. Greater geographic coverage in advance of a new broadcast rights deal.

Citizenship to the Cloud

deal architect

I had a manager at Gartner who had weaned paper out of his life. He would review tons of our draft research papers on a good old screen. And this was 15 years ago. Dennis Howlett says he has similarly

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Wild Flower by Wayne Shorter - There are.

Mark Birch

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Wild Flower by Wayne Shorter - There are few jazz composers living today that have been as prolific or influential as Shorter. He first gained prominence as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, but soon established himself as one of the greats in Miles’ second great quintet, his solo work for Blue Note, and his formation of the renowned fusion group Weather Report.