Tue.Nov 13, 2012

How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. I was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy. They are struggling to get the business back to where it was before the hurricane. One is a personal thing. The other is a work thing. But they are the same thing.

If it Didn’t Happen on Twitter it Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote this post a long time ago. When I did it was a little too close to home for a company to have me publish it. Much time has passed. And I felt it was instructive still so I thought I would publish. I decided to water down some details to protect the innocent.

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The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business.

Customer Development in Japan: a History Lesson

Steve Blank

The Japanese edition of The Startup Owner’s Manual hit the bookstores in Japan this week. The book has been shepherded and edited by a great Japanese VC at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, Takashi Tsutsumi, with help from Masato Iino.

Teeny bit of traction — what next?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live. To get your question answered , email me at asmartbear -at- shortmail -dot- com.

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Spend Your Time Wisely: Conferences & Marriages

Babbling VC

It is not money that you need to be most careful of when running a start-up. It's time! No matter how much money you are able to raise (or how's-this-for-novel, earn) time is always working against you. Unfortunately, I recently made the mistake of wasting my own time. Don't misunderstand the term "wasting time" as being completely derogatory. Let me explain! I went to London to attend an event. Many people whom I know had mentioned that it was good and that they would be there again.

3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong

Inc Startups

Think you're a great leader? Make sure you aren't guilty of one of these three reality-distorting traits. Every great leader possesses a degree of what Walter Isaacson (in his biography of Steve Jobs) describes as "an ability to distort reality."

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5 Alternatives to PowerPoint Presentations

Duct Tape Marketing

Over the years I’ve given lots of presentations and attended lots of presentations. photo credit: Gue?rgui. rgui. I read about it, study it and do what I can to get better at the art.

Social Media Is One Big Cocktail Party

Inc Startups

Apply the same skills that you might use to work the room of a cocktail party to build the right relationship with your followers and fans.

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3 months of runway

The Startup Toolkit

You quit your job with 3 months runway to go full-time on your project. You launch in 3 months — hooray! But now you’re out of money and don’t have time to see if the business is going to work. Plus, it’s going to take you a month to find a job. You’re in a tight spot. You launch in 3 months, but after the second month, you start hedging your bets by looking for jobs.

3 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Day Job

Inc Startups

You can't choose a path to entrepreneurship - it chooses you. Here are three signs that it's time to leave your corporate job and start chasing your dream. Ambitious people usually don't work well under corporate confines.

Seven tips for lean market research

Google Ventures

Want fast answers to big questions about your market, competitive products, or customers’ behaviors and attitudes? First look for existing research. When companies start exploring new features, new products, or new markets, they often need to answer big research questions. For example: How has Internet radio changed the way people listen to FM radio? When and why do consumers rent cars vs. use other transportation options? What are people’s use and attitudes towards online security?

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5 Tips for Highly Effective Pinterest Boards

Inc Startups

Pretty pictures help, but if you want to make the most of Pinterest, you need a more thoughtful strategy. You have a Pinterest account for your business. That's a good first step, but are you using it to full advantage?

The VC Shakeout: Are We There Yet?

Agile VC

[ This also appears as a guest post at PandoDaily ]. Over the weekend, I read Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily article that the VC shakeout is taking too long. It’s rather thoughtful and definitely worth reading if you haven’t had a chance to yet. There are some obvious structural reasons why a shakeout in the venture capital industry takes a long time.

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Negative Thoughts? Put Them to Good Use

Inc Startups

Ignore all those motivational speakers that say you need to stay positive to be successful. Turns out, those with a more pessimistic outlook have certain advantages.

Your Path To Greatness


by Ben Newman, author of “ Own YOUR Success: The Power to Choose Greatness and Make Every Day Victorious “ Success is defined in different ways by different people, but more and more it has become synonymous with money and status.

4 Ways to Gauge Your Start-up Concept

Inc Startups

How do you choose which idea to turn into full-fledged business venture? Here's one method to choose your best idea. Now is a great time to start a business. Technology is cheap. Funding is more available than ever.

Design Staff ? Seven tips for lean market research

Design Staff

Want fast answers to big questions about your market, competitive products, or customers' behaviors and attitudes? First look for existing research. When companies start exploring new features, new products, or new markets

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How to Bulletproof Your Company Culture

Inc Startups

Growth often comes at a cost: Acquisitions and fast hiring decisions can wreak havoc on your company culture. Here's how not to let it happen. Outstanding company culture: hard to build, even harder to maintain--especially when you grow rapidly through expansions and acquisitions.

Stay Excited And Stay Hungry. Achieve The Impossible!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! Ah, the wonder of youthful enthusiasm. The joy of youthful exuberance. The endless one word replies to any question about their day. The mind of a young person knows no bounds. It’s fresh and not weighed down by cynicism and defeatist attitudes.

How to Close Deals Faster and Smoother

Inc Startups

Follow Warren Buffett's example and your deals will get done quicker and with fewer headaches.

Our Most Recent Marketplace Investment, DogVacay from Los Angeles


Earlier today, DogVacay, an exciting new startup in Los Angeles, announced that Benchmark Capital has led its most recent round of financing.

Should an Angel Investor also get Advisory/Board Equity?

Venture Cyclist

It’s demo day time of year in New England. Last month was the big MassChallenge finale. Last week was demo day for BetaSpring in Providence, RI, as well as for HealthBox Boston. This week it’s Techstars Boston Demo Day. One thing most of the presenting companies have in common is that they are raising seed investment funds from the angel, micro-VC and VC communities.

What's Your App Worth? Here's How to Know

Inc Startups

Check out some tools that will help you price your app--and sell it to the highest bidder. It used to be if you wanted to sell an app to another developer, entrepreneur, or company you had to use your own network to shop it around.

Rethinking Scheduling


As an alumni of Tungle , scheduling is near and dear to my heart. I live and die by my schedule and am efficiently scheduled weeks in advance. But with the Tungle service closing on Dec. 3 I’ve decided to rethink the pros and cons of such rigid scheduling. Life as a VC is series of calls and meetings. In between, you try and keep up with email and try harder to carve out time for other value add activities.

How Education Entrepreneur Chris Whittle Disproved Skeptics

Inc Startups

The same guy who created Channel One and Philadelphia's Edison Schools has a new obsession: a global private school he calls Avenues

The existential threat to on-premise models

deal architect

4 years ago when I interviewed Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho for The New Polymath, the prime driver in the marketplace for SaaS adoption was better economics compared to on-premise. But Sridhar also spoke about agility in SaaS delivery Feature. Industry Commentary

Lessons From a Time Square Street Peddler

Inc Startups

A street hawker may seem like an unlikely teacher, but you can use their simple techniques to increase the power of your sales force. I was recently in New York City for business and I stayed in Times Square.

Knowing When It’s Time To Sell Your Startup


by Christopher Wallace, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amsterdam Printing. For years, the most desirable exit strategy for startup companies was to go public through an initial public offering. A volatile stock market and economic recession have since changed much of this thinking.


Airbnb Moves into the Travel Guide Business

Inc Startups

The start-up unveiled two new initiatives that, if they work as planned, will make Airbnb a destination for all things travel related. For Airbnb, it's all good in the hood.

TradeHero – Making And Following Stock Market Champions


Does stock trading scare the bejeezus out of you? Well, it should – you can literally bet the farm on stocks and lose it within minutes. But a new mobile stock trading app/game called TradeHero may just help give you enough confidence to wade into that very scary stock investment space.

The Easiest, Most Cost-Effective Way to New Profits

Inc Startups

Winning new customers is all well and good, but there's a much better way to increase your company's profitability.

Why You Should Care About a VC Term Sheet? (Video)

Early Growth Financial Services

What is a term sheet, and why should you care about it? Check out my quick overview. Questions about term sheets? Ask in comments below, or contact Early Growth Financial Services for help understanding your term sheet, and other financial support. Related Posts: Seven Things You Need to Understand—and Care About—In a Venture Capital Term Sheet 9 Ways to Negotiate Your Best VC Terms Calculating Your Equity Value. Equity / Debt / Venture Funding Videos term sheet vc venture capital

Guarantee Your Company Turns Up a Lot in Search Results

Inc Startups

Developing online content? Aaron Aders, co-founder of Slingshot SEO, describes what you need to know about search engine optimization