Wed.Dec 26, 2012

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. As I have said before, we have had the wind mostly at our back for the past seven years and I feel the winds changing on us. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now.

Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs, like Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Casey Sheahan of Patagonia , have long since realized that influence is no longer something that you do to someone to get what you want, but requires listening and relationship building to do what they want, with a win-win outcome.

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Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. In addition, there are a bunch of courses now using the book that are referenced on the web that include additional materials that are helpful.

Tips For an Awesome Social Media Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

For small businesses and international corporations alike, social media platforms have become an essential part of marketing strategies. It’s relatively inexpensive, and a great way to reach out to new customers, and give existing customers a platform to discuss your business. But it’s not easy.

Doubtliers: Erroneous Lessons From The Exceptional

OnStartups

There are great lessons to be learned from many exceptional companies like Google, Apple and Amazon. But, can you just copy the best practices from these amazing companies and use them to succeed at your own business? I doubt it. There is risk of pulling out the wrong lessons from these outliers.

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6 Habits of Extremely Likeable People

Inc Startups

They're charming. They're genuine. And they can make an entire room full of people smile. When you meet someone, after, "What do you do?" you're out of things to say. You suck at small talk, and those first five minutes are tough because you're a little shy and a little insecure.

?????????? – Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

Steve Blank

This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post , it’s short. I reminded my Startup Owners Manual co-author Bob Dorf this is how entrepreneurs played the game, blah, blah, blah. As usual Bob did one better.

iA Writer Is My Killer App

Constantly Learning

It's taken me a long time to identify a killer app. Since purchasing the iPad, I've experimented with many different use cases attempting to find a justification for it. I love technology and Apple products, but, was hesitant when the iPad arrived. Other than being cool, I couldn't understand a device that lived between my phone and laptop. I held out on purchasing my iPad until the 3rd generation was released. It's taken me 6 months to find a reason for owning it.

“Has that horse bolted” - State of angel investment in India

VentureWoods

Sumanth posted this comment on my earlier post regarding 2013 predictions for startup ecosystem in India. The topic interested me enough to write a full post on the subject of where angel investors seem to stand in the ecosystem. I write this post as one member of angel investment community in India. First, an anecdote - I got a call from a very dear and active angel investor friend couple of weeks back. He is one of the better performing angel investors in the country.

Why Perks Aren't Company Culture

Inc Startups

Just because you let your employees have dogs in the office, doesn't mean you have a great company culture. Here's why. One of the most misunderstood concepts in the business world is company or organizational culture.

2013: Year of “How To” Lean Startup

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Lean Startup advocates have won the theoretical argument and the meme is spreading worldwide. Entrepreneurs are now telling me, “ Ok, I get Lean Startup theory. But what should I actually DO ?”

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Mashable's Pete Cashmore: 'I Obsessively Looked at the Numbers'

Inc Startups

Pete Cashmore founded Mashable in 2005, when he was 19 and lived in Scotland with his parents. Today, the social media news site is read by millions of people each month

We Are All Artists Now

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Seth Godin. Few people have captured the post industrial world of work like Seth Godin. Now, you may think of him as a marketer – and he is a brilliant one indeed.

Where Smart Entrepreneurs Go for Advice

Inc Startups

Sure, it's lonely at the top, but even business demi-gods need advisers. Evernote's CEO offers some (partly tongue-in-cheek) tips on where to find them. Question from an entrepreneur in his 30's: I have found that being a CEO is a lonely job. Do you have someone you ask for advice?

Four Apps For SMBs For A Less Stressful 2013

YoungUpstarts

by Xenia von Wedel, VP at SocialRadius. In case you are thinking about New Year’s resolutions, here some new tech solutions for SMBs that would definitely help to make 2013 more efficient, time saving and altogether less stressful. Voxeet.

Increase Your Chances of Start-up Success

Inc Startups

Launching a company isn't an easy path. Get your bearings before you travel the start-up road. Seems like everywhere you read, students are dropping out of college or quickly exiting business school to start their own company. Start-ups are like the gold rush of our era.

Dying is Easy, Starting Creative Projects is Hard

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Michael Flannery was a comedy peer of mine back in the day. I’m in Cincinnati visiting for Christmas and coincidentally have been invited to the First Annual Cincinnati Comedians Homecoming Show.

4 Reasons 2013 Will Be a Good Year to Sell Your Company

Inc Startups

Dealmaking was slow in 2012, but the stage is set for a rebound. The so-called “middle market” has driven U.S. mergers and acquisitions activity for the past several years, with over 90% of transactions taking place in companies valued at less than $500 million.

More New Renaissance

deal architect

On the innovation blog The technology skills shortfall Earth as art Eco-warriors Santa’s sleigh Simulate controllers at London airports For your car’s midlife crisis Megapixel surveillance Energy efficiency apps marketplace. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Your Office Needs This 'Dream Day'

Inc Startups

Ditch the brainstorming meetings. Forget the annual off-site. Let me introduce you to Dream Day, my office's creative time for collectively scheming ways to be better.

New Business Idea? 13 Easy and Cheap Ways to Collect Feedback

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Noobpreneur What’s a cheap, fast way to get feedback on a new business idea? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Test the Marketplace Whenever I come up with a new idea, I often try a less expensive option to see how the idea will hit my target market.

Make an Effective Mobile Web Site

Inc Startups

Don't just shrink your site for mobile viewers, says AnswerLab CEO Amy Buckner Chowdhry

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Series A Crunch.just Darwin at work

Professor VC

As December and 2012 draws to a close, I've decided to weigh in with my thoughts on the impending (or not depending on which blogs you read) Series A Crunch.

Gain More Digital Market Share in 2013

Inc Startups

Focusing on these four major trends next year can up your credibility online and on mobile devices. If you are not ranking in the top of the search engines, most likely you are missing a huge opportunity.

7 Necessary Components For Your New Business Plan

YoungUpstarts

by Lyndsey Freeman. If you’re starting a new business, do not take one more sip of coffee, one more step and spend one penny before you write your business plan. Here are 7 things you need to include: 1. Executive Summary.

Think the Fiscal Cliff is a Big Deal? Think Again.

Inc Startups

Everyone's talking about the fiscal cliff. Please. Let's talk about small business' real problems. I am responsible for reviewing new contracts with our clients and I recently came across something that floored me. One of our client agreements calls for payment terms of net 75.

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Hüsker Dü live at Camden Palace in London This is about the best.

Mark Birch

Hüsker Dü live at Camden Palace in London. This is about the best quality video upload I have seen of a live Hüsker Dü performance. The show is apparently from 1985 supporting the New Day Rising release from earlier that year. Hüsker Dü live Camden Palace London hardcore New Day Rising

How Warby Parker Reinvented Retail

Inc Startups

Warby Parker will finally get a conventional storefront in 2013. Here are four retail experiments that helped the brand get there. The first showroom Warby Parker ever had was Neil Blumenthal's dining room.

Call me Ishmael

deal architect

My friend Michael Krigsman has been running a series on "Industry Influencers". Personally, I cringe when I hear the term – I know it sounds ungrateful since many include me in the lists of influencers they compile. Trust me, I. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others) Industry Commentary

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5 Ways to Tell If Your New Business Prospect Is Worth It

Inc Startups

How to determine which prospects are a fit for your organization. The success of any organization is based upon its ability to grow in both a good and bad economy.

ReadWrite – Predictions for 2013

VentureWoods

Interesting post around startup predictions for 2013 here. Somewhat US centric, and I thought I’d overlay my comments for India alongside. Accelerators will slow down: India may see a lag in slowing down of accelerators, and this may not happen in 2013. We might in fact see more accelerators come up. However, I am already beginning to see angel investors getting shy.

Hardware Wants to Be Free

Inc Startups

Technology is getting cheap--so cheap, in fact, that gadgets alone may cease to be the moneymakers. Tech start-ups, take note. Everyone loves something for nothing. In fact, the word "free" continually tests as one of the most powerful words you can add to an advertising or direct mail headline.

“Has that horse bolted” – State of angel investment in India

VentureWoods

Sumanth posted this comment on my earlier post regarding 2013 predictions for startup ecosystem in India. The topic interested me enough to write a full post on the subject of where angel investors seem to stand in the ecosystem. I write this post as one member of angel investment community in India. First, an anecdote – I got a call from a very dear and active angel investor friend couple of weeks back. He is one of the better performing angel investors in the country.

Why the Small-Business Landscape Isn't So Gloomy

Inc Startups

Instead of peering over the fiscal cliff, small business owners should turn their gaze inward. They might find there's more to concentrate on in-house than what's happening in the White House.