Wed.Dec 19, 2012

Document Your MVP for a Developer


I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

7 Things That Make Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Inc Startups

All the greats--Mayer, Page, Zuckerberg--have these things in common, and this list is what makes them better than all the rest. Silicon Valley has gazillions of successful entrepreneurs and brilliant innovators. You can’t walk down the street in Palo Alto or Mt.

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Take extra care when reviewing content

Taffy Williams

Errors look bad ! Twitter is full of blog links and other useful information for startups and job seekers. The writers offer lots of advice and some articles are fun to read. Startups create content they hope will attract customers and/or investors.

World's Coolest Offices: Your Picks

Inc Startups

asked our Facebook community to submit photos of the world's best offices. Then we put them to a vote. Here are your favorites--plus one from the editors.

Four ways to boost your app’s rating

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Whether on Facebook or mobile, when a potential user first comes across your app, they typically see name, logo and rating. There is only so much you can do to change name and logo. But rating is definitely something that you can affect. Your user rating is too important to leave up to users! The first and most important thing to do is of course to build a terrific app , one that users love.

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Does Every Consultant Need To Write a Book

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Guy Kawasaki. photo credit: Patrick Gage via photopin cc. I asked the question contained in the title of this post in a community I moderate on Google+ ( Consultant Exchange - join us if you are a coach or consultant).

Brand Winners and Losers of 2012

Inc Startups

My picks of the best and worst branding efforts of the year. The year is drawing to an end, so it's time for my annual branding post. This year, I'm presenting the worst and best together, because that makes it easier to draw lessons from both.

Starting a Business is Good For You and Your Resume

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the many people still searching for that job lost during the recent depression, or about to dump the loser of a job you have now, you should be working on starting your own business, in parallel with looking for that ideal job.

2013 Trend: Customers Will Be in Your Face

Inc Startups

Used to be you had to please your customers, your investors, and the press. What happens when your customers are your investors and your press? This article is part of Inc.'s s special report on How (and Where) to Make Money in 2013 (and Beyond).

Plans are worthless, but planning is indispensable

The Equity Kicker

Every now and again I come across a phrase which I wish I’d come up with myself and this is one: Plans are worthless, but planning is indispensable.

Rockstar Test: 6 Interview Questions

Inc Startups

If you're still impressed with a job candidate after posing these questions, you might have a winner. We all know that "every hire counts" and "the people make the company." What could be more obvious? But most of us have hired someone who seemed right in the interview and turned out wrong.

10 Tips For Starting A New Business On A Budget


by Thomas Ford, Marketing Director of Starting a new business might sound like a complicated endeavor, and many would-be entrepreneurs probably shy away from creating a company from the ground up because of the expected costs involved.

7 Avoidable Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

Inc Startups

You have no excuse not to see these potential hurdles coming--so don't let them trip you up. Failure--and the importance of failing quickly and often--is a trendy topic.

Key Digital Marketing Trends For 2013

crowdSPRING Blog

Whether you run an established small business or startup, or plan to start one in 2013, you will need to understand how to leverage digital marketing to find new customers and increase sales. Market firm eMarketer recently put together a helpful slideshow, highlighting digital marketing trends they believe to be most important. The five key trends, according to eMarketer, are: 1. Fragmentation is everywhere. Online-first is becoming outmoded; mobile-first is the new priority.

How to Get More Social Media Followers

Inc Startups

Likeable Media founder Dave Kerpen says one group of people is more important--and more readily accessible--than any other

It’s the every day things that matter…


When we think about VC value add, it’s usually in a few key areas like strategy, management hires, raising capital and exiting your business. These are all super important, but they are also rare events. If you’re changing your strategy all the time, that’s a bad thing. You will make only a handful of key management hires, etc, etc. Yesterday, I spent time looking for a better phone system for one portfolio company.

4 Demotivators That Will Cost You

Inc Startups

Keeping everyone on your team focused and motivated is not easy, especially if you fall into one or more of these common traps. If you feel that people are the most valuable asset at a business--and we certainly do--it's important to keep everyone motivated and sailing towards the same port.

MediSafe Project – Mobile App For Medication Reminders


Those who are on medication – whether short or long term – are aware of the dangers of missing out on taking their medication, or worse, taking multiple doses by mistake.

How Dating Someone Hot Helps Your Business (Really)

Inc Startups

Entrepreneurs can't be fearful. Exercises to help overcome your fears, from asking out that hot chick (or guy) to bungee jumping. Hey, it's for the business. Fear can choke a start-up.

uShip Completes Mammoth Raise With Top Tier Venture Firm

Austin Startup

From the iconic downtown building that houses their headquarters, to the TV series "Shipping Wars", to the famous SXSW parties, uShip is an awesome part of the Austin technology ecosystem. Today they announced a huge round of funding with one of the most successful, and top tier, Silicon Valley venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Digital Funding uShip

Take a Guilt-Free Holiday Break

Inc Startups

Stressed about balancing holiday festivities and your responsibilities as a business-owner? Here are tips to beat your anxiety. It's late December, the season for gathering with family and friends, toasting the holidays, and taking stock of the year that's been.

More Innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog Next-gen Magnets The Outside office evolves “Proton Jeff” GoPro or Go Amateur Videographer City Planning in a fast moving world Boston re-imagined Sweden wants your trash “The earliest mobile apps”. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Secret to a Successful Family Succession

Inc Startups

You're mistaken if you think that selling your business to a family member will be easier than selling to a stranger. Family get-togethers are a much-loved part of holiday festivities.

[Asia] Tony Fernandes To (Finally) Tell You You’re Fired On The Apprentice Asia


If you’re looking to work with – or get fired by – one of Asia’s billionaires, you may want to know that The Apprentice Asia is finally set to hit this part of the world. Modeled after the familiar U.S

How To Lead Everyone

Inc Startups

Even well-intentioned leaders often omit whole groups of employees without meaning to. How to make sure you get the most out of each staffer. As an entrepreneur, your challenge is to get the best out of everyone.

EBRD Report: Russia Scores Poorly In International Innovation Rankings; Government’s Top-Down Approach Shows Mixed Results


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has just issued a 96-page report on the Russian economy. The report takes a detailed look at policies that can help achieve the country’s economic diversification. Ending [the Russian economy's] heavy reliance on exports of oil, gas and minerals, [is] a very specific and difficult challenge,” the report states, with two chapters dedicated to the development of innovation and related issues. Here are some excerpts from the report.

How to Fix the Solution

Inc Startups

Some problems are best tackled with a counter-intuitive approach. Great innovators often experience an “a-ha” moment--a moment when they finally stumble upon a solution to a problem.

How my yearly donations say a lot about the times


In the past couple of years, Curt and I have been donating to different causes. Even though I’m an entrepreneur and don’t pay myself a lot, I’ve had a fortunate life and want to give back.

Don't Make This Common Year-End Mistake

Inc Startups

The world may seem to slow between Christmas and New Year's, but it doesn't stop. And neither should your business. The inclination of many--I'll be quick to raise my hand--is to knock off work if possible between Christmas and New Year's. For an entrepreneur, it might seem to make sense.

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Happy Holidays

Redeye VC

As many of you know, this time of the year is one of our favorite at First Round Capital - and not just because it's the holiday season.

Entrepreneurs on Their Favorite Gifts

Inc Startups

We asked business owners to describe their most cherished present--and one thing they're hoping for this year. Case of Handpicked Wine Cost: $750 My wife and I received a case of wine from a group of friends after our wedding, in 2008.

How my yearly donations say a lot about the times


In the past couple of years, Curt and I have been donating to different causes. Even though I’m an entrepreneur and don’t pay myself a lot, I’ve had a fortunate life and want to give back.

Danny Meyer: 2 Things My Father's Bankruptcy Taught Me

Inc Startups

"It really took me a long time to separate me from my dad," confides Union Square founder Danny Meyer

Education is Changing

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Stanford’s Tina Seelig. Emma Collins writes a guest post for me today with an article on sustainable innovation — in education. Innovation in education has been slow to arrive, but recently there have been some significant shifts, for instance the free courses Stanford is offering.