Wed.Sep 07, 2011

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What Should You Do When An Investor Asks You For A Business Plan?

Ask The VC

Dan Shapiro has an excellent post up titled What to do when an investor asks you for your business plan. In it he addresses something we missed in Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. In the section where we discuss business plans, we say: “We haven’t read a business plan in over 20 years.

The Last Lean Startup Bundle: 48 hours to claim $3,000,000 in prizes

Startup Lessons Learned

The Lean Startup Book launches in just under a week. How many copies will this book sell in its first week – real, hardcover, paper copies?

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Can Yahoo or AOL be saved?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Yahoo was once the biggest and most valuable web company in the world. AOL was a dominant company too. MySpace was the clear leader in social networks. Dinosaurs once ruled the world too. They didn't die because they were big and slow. They died because they couldn't adapt to change. Can Yahoo be turned around ? It looks impossible.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community, Sept 2011

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. However, Boston is a transient town, especially for the student population that refreshes a large population each year. MIT 100K.

‘Out of Control’ Startups Fail on 8 Key Processes

Startup Professionals Musings

Like it or not, you are now entering the dreaded realm of “formal business processes.” The right question is “What is the minimum that I need?”

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I’m a VC – Behind the Music

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

For 5:56 of video (including outtakes) we spend hours recording and filming (not to mention all the time Jason spent mixing, re-recording and editing).

Nairobi Weekend: New Startups in East Africa


30 minutes later I'm crossing a floor-mat welcoming me with "there's no place like" He's sticking his nose in far too many things. Discuss.

Authenticity Is Easy

Duct Tape Marketing

Authenticity Is Easy This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. The thing is, authenticity is the easiest thing there is. Purpose is authenticity.

Twitter Link Roundup #101 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. Rise Of R?nin

Someone that can't do email should not be at a technology conference but this is different!

Business of Software Blog

Last year at Business of Software 2010,  Young Me Moon gave a talk called, 'Different' It was.  It doesn’t start out like this.

Are You Making These 3 Common Conversion Testing Mistakes With Your Sales Copy? by Yaro Starak

Copywriting 101: How To Refine Your Sales Letter In previous articles I led you through how to construct a sales page. But I know the readers of Entrepreneurs Journey are a savvy bunch and will want to know how they can take their sales letters and refine them for maximum sales. How do you refine a sales letter and boost sales? With testing.

Google’s Spidering Rate Is 3000 Times Faster Than Bing In The First Month

Thinking About Thinking

This is only one data point but I thought it was interesting. About a month ago, my wife launched a website called Activity Yard.

Section 409A Revisited: Severance Plans and Other Deferred Compensation Programs

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Stephanie Schroepfer and Justin Coddington of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Common Design Impacted. Surprise Interpretation by the IRS. XI.D, Full Bio.

IBM: SAP, Sabre and Smart Systems

deal architect

Kudos to Vijay Vijayasankar for saying “he is very proud to be an IBMer” as he continues a debate we have been having for a while now about whether IBM is innovative or not. He cites SAP and Sabre (the. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

How To Setup A New Mac For PHP Web Development

Nick O'Neill

Inspired by 37 Signals post on how to set up a new laptop for Ruby development, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing how I configure my own laptop in preparation for development. It’s a process I had to go through over the past 48 hours as I was forced to wipe my entire hard drive when installing the new Mac OSX Lion.


Tonight’s Interview With Phil Weiser – Reflections On Serving In The White House

Feld Thoughts

Tonight I’ll be interviewing Phil Weiser , currently the Dean of CU Law School, on his experience serving in the Obama Administration. We will be doing this in the Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but please register here.

In Praise of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Up and Running

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending all day with about 90 people who teach and advise entrepreneurs and small business owners at various Small Business Development Centers ( SBDC s) around the country. This was as part of the annual conference of Small Business Development Centers, starting today in San Diego. How to start? Marketing? Sales?

A Quick Overview of IDN and Punycode An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

About a week ago, I was approving a new publisher to when I noticed that his submitted website domains were very suspicious. He had entered half a dozen domains that looked like the following: xn— , xn— , xn— , etc. and so I did a bit of research. IDN (IDNA). Chinese – ??.com.

Time for Real VAS?


With impending blockage of SMS spam from 27th September, and requirement of reconfirmation of subscription at every renewal, there is a potential for large scale shift in Mobile VAS. The two “facilities&# mentioned above have led to a business model for VAS driven by push and dubious billing. Thoughts? Ecosystem


Give us a taste

Start Up Blog

I was recently flying with Emirates and got talking to the cabin crew. When I later asked for a cappuccino they gave me a nice little extra effort.

20 US Startup Trends: Get Inspired and Launch in Your Country

VC Cafe

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? See the full list after the jump. Photo Sharing -.

Pick a graph, any graph: Thinking about Facebook connect vs creating a new graph

This is going to be BIG.

When Facebook first started out, it was a social network that connected you with people who went to your college. What you were signing up for when you friended someone, at least at the time, was pretty clear. You could justifiably say that if the functions and features of the application is consistant, you might not even need privacy features.

If music be the food of BoS, sign up and play on.

Business of Software Blog

If anyone wants to get involved in the music at Monday night's event at the Whiskey Priest, please get in touch. We have a really good core of guitarists, bass, keyboard, bongos etc but would welcome more of the above or other instruments. We need more cow bell. In fact, we currently have no cow bell. Thank you very much.

Why I Love My Board, Part III


Why I Love My Board, Part III. My prophesy is starting to come true. In Part I of this series four years ago, I asserted that. Fred may be the only one of my directors who has done something this dorky, this publicly , but quite frankly, I could see any of us in the same position. Now, Brad Feld is no shrinking violet.

Capital Factory Demo Day

Austin Startup

Today marks the 3rd Capital Factory Demo Day! About 300 investors, entrepreneurs, and press have shown up to see the five companies that have gone through the program this year. Watch the live stream here! Here is a brief summary of the five companies that went through the program this year. The company makes creating [.].

[Interview] Pekka Viljakainen, Author of “No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age” (Part II)


Leading business information architect and IT entrepreneur Pekka A. This is Part II of the interview. into Europe. are idiots. He’s my neighbor.

InfoChimps Acquires Keepstream

Austin Startup

Two of my favorite companies have now combined forces. Today in my email I received a message from the founder of Capital Factory company Keepstream. I will re-post it here for you. Congratulations to everyone involved! Keepstream is joining Infochimps! Consumer acquisition infochimps KeepStream

Learning How To Say No by @alextaub

Mark Birch

Well, now I am talking about learning how to say no. I have a problem. I have a hard time saying no to anyone. I try to make everything work.

As the Paradigm Shifts #T: Turbulence

Active Garage

To state the obvious, there’s no question we are living in turbulent times. Everything is getting shaken up. More stress and fewer fulfillment.

Android Apps Grow Up

Mark Birch

It is official; Android apps are the real deal. This is coming from someone that was a dedicated Blackberry user for many years. So what changed?

Buy a book, save a life

Escape From Cubicle Nation

In college, my major was International Service and Development. I remember working in a day care center on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia.

Clouds on the startup horizon?


I rarely watch the news. Too depressing. But last night we tuned in for a bit. People are protesting, governments are in a bind.

Top 3 Metrics to Measure Customer Engagement

Guy Nirpaz

Businesses these days are making significant efforts to delight their customers, and for good reasons. Activity Time. Visit Frequency.

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Sulake CEO Timo Soininen Steps Down


After leading Sulake for 10 years, Timo Soininen, steps down from the position of CEO and joins the board of directors, according to a Sulake press release. The board of directors has named Paul LaFontaine the new CEO. He was previously the vice president for Global Distribution at Disney Playdom.