Wed.Apr 27, 2011

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data.

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The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

Note: All information contained in this post is based on my best understanding and perception of what transpired. I have confirmed with the founders that none of the information contained herein is deemed confidential and is therefore fair game for me to share in this post.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data.

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Office Hours

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday I did office hours for the second time. We started doing office hours in the fall of last year and try to do them once a quarter. Brad, Albert, Christina, and I all do them. Christina does office hours way more often than the rest of us. But we all do them. We were inspired by Josh Kopelman and Brad Feld who have been doing their equivalent of office hours for some time now. Here's how we do them. We use Nate Westheimer 's Ohours platform. Here is USV's Ohours page.

Don’t Miss the International Startup Festival in Montreal

Instigator Blog

Tweet. The International Startup Festival is happening in Montreal from July 13-15th. Mid-summer is a great time to visit Montreal, and now entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone interested in tech startups has the perfect to visit.

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For a Services Business, a Blog Trumps a Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure.

Information Arbitrage - The Entrepreneur/VC Dynamic

Information Arbitrage


Ben's Blog

This biography was unauthorized. Nas, U.B.R. Unauthorized Biography of Rakim). Great chefs find things in the style, presentation and technique used in a meal that the ordinary diner never sees. Great musicians hear things that casual listeners completely miss. CEOs evaluate other CEOs much differently than the popular press or the general population. In mainstream thinking, the absolute success of the company determines the CEO’s success.

Where Brainstorming Misses the Boat

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

There is a growing realization that brainstorming (aka ideation, aka idea generation) sessions are set up for failure. This is arguable, and I expect I’ll hear how I’m wrong about this. Many facilitators have a religious belief in the power of brainstorming. While I believe they can be truly productive, I do think brainstorming “works&# , [.].

Angels Resurrected

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

Last night was the monthly meeting of the Atlanta Technology Angels. It is the first ATA meeting I have had an opportunity to attend since Mike Eckert became chairman and executive director of the group. And oh my gosh what I difference. To give you some flavor the last ATA meeting I attended in Q3 of 2010 had about 20 angels in attendance. Last night close to 50. And they are getting active. You may have read about ATA investing in HireIQ.

More New Renaissance

deal architect

on the innovation blog Why everyone can learn from Cirque du Soleil The Civil War – on your iPad Royal Wedding 2.0 Technology at the (Taubman) Mall. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

How to Take on a Giant :: Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct.

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Stephen Denny (Click to play or right click and "Save As" to download - Subscribe now via iTunes or subscribe via other RSS dev

I've Joined Launch Capital - DShen's Blogs


To some of you, the news has been trickling out but now it's time to do a real announcement: Yes, I've left the ranks of angel investing and joined Launch Capital, a seed stage fund based out on the East Coast. I met Launch

Can Leo and Michael reshape the enterprise?

deal architect

On the heels of my “The arrogance of enterprise tech”, I read a Fortune interview with Leo Apotheker of HP and a Forbes interview with Michael Dell. Both tout how they can use their agility in consumer markets to change

Bigger, Faster, Better - Daily Deals M&A

Growthink Blog

The "daily deals" market was abuzz last week with lots of acquisitions. To begin, eBay bought ( [link] ) which provides mobile daily deals solutions. For how much? A cool $135 million.

The Interest Graph, People are Complicated

Venture Chronicles

For several years now we have become comfortable with the computer science notion that a graph maps our people connections. The concept of social graph has moved from arcane geek speek to that of mainstream concept, thanks largely to Facebook but certainly not exclusively because of Facebook. In the U.S.

My Very Initial Take on Empire Avenue

Duct Tape Marketing

My Very Initial Take on Empire Avenue This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Empire Avenue The latest shiny object to grab the buzz of the online marketers and social media set is something called Empire Avenue

Startup Blog: Staff & Money or Money & Staff

Taffy Williams

At this point in the process, you should have a business plan, a slide show, an elevator pitch, and maybe you practiced your presentation at a venture fair, a local angel meeting, or some event

Why Building A Startup In Russia Is Less Risky Than In The Valley


Serge Faguet is a Russian-born serial entrepreneur. Having built and exited a successful start-up in the Silicon Valley, he recently moved to Moscow and founded a new venture. Serge shared his reasons for switching countries in an interview with

How Can Venture Capital Funds Differentiate Themselves [VC Wish List Part 2]

VC Cafe

10 things VCs can do to differentiate themselves and provide more value to potential investments – based on feedback from dozens of entrepreneurs. This is the second part of the Entrepreneur’s Wish List. Entrepreneurs use a variety of fundraising sources when looking for many.

As the Paradigm Shifts #C: Commitment, Consciousness and Creativity

Active Garage

We are rarely 100% committed to what we say we want. I’m assuming that because you are reading this that to some degree you are committed to the concept of bringing spirituality into business. On a scale of 1-100, where would you put yourself in relation to the degree to which you are committed?

Don't Pay Tax Twice on Each Dollar of Earnings - Part 3 of 4

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Jeanne P. Goulet, CPA, Senior Consultant at Marks Paneth & Shron LLP. How to Avoid Double Taxation and Membership in the "100 % Club". Many experienced entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who have successfully operated in the past in their local environment are unaware of the tax pitfalls involved in cross-border transactions. It is easy to fall prey to serious missteps and to pay tax to more than one government for the same dollar of earnings.

WOT Continues To Grow, Crosses 20 Million Downloads


Web of Trust or WOT, the safe surfing software that protects surfers from malicious links, spyware and spam continues its growth that has been exponential in the last one year especially. The service recently crossed the 2 million registered user mark and out comes another update.

HP Simplifies Software Performance Testing

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

To anyone not in the business of creating SaaS applications or other software products, it might seem like a fairly easy prospect, as long as you know the programming language. What many don’t consider is the amount of testing that must go into any software before it is ready for the public to see.

Mini Seedcamp Stockholm, Companies Taking Part


A few weeks ago we put out a post promoting the Mini Seedcamp event in Stockholm taking place on May 4th. Yesterday, it was announced that a record number of companies had applied to the event and Seedcamp also listed 20 of the companies taking part in the event.

You’ve Either Started a Company or you Haven’t

Up and Running

Tweet I Have to apologize to Chris Dixon, because this is his entire post quoted here. I never do that because it feels unfair to the author. But his There are two kinds of people in the world is too good to pass over, or quote from, or riff on. Here’s what he says: You’ve either started a company or you haven’t. Started’ doesn’t mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out.

Nokia Announces Restructuring Of Its Business


Nokia has today announced its "third and fourth" steps in its realigning of its organisation to meet the new strategic goals of the company. Basically this means that Nokia will look to lower its headcount by about 7000 in total, while 3000 of these will move to work with Accenture. Accenture will be made responsible of Nokia's Symbian development. In the Nokia Conversations blog , the company expects the majority of the restructuring to be done by the end of 2012.

A principle isn’t a principle unless it costs something

Jeff Hilimire

“A principle isn’t a principle unless it costs something.&#. This is a quote I’ve heard my colleague Steve Swanson say many times. Steve heads up Client Services for Engauge. He’s a fellow Evernote-addict, tennis player and he’s knows our industry as well as anyone I’ve ever met. You should follow him on Twitter.

What Seed Funding Bubble?

Possible Insight

At the moment, people seem to believe there’s a “bubble” in seed-stage technology funding. Many limited partner investors in VC funds I’ve spoken with have raised the concern and related topics seem popular on Quora (see here , here , and here ).


The Product Guy

Open source media publishing platform. via The Products. Filed under: screenshots. screenshots

Picscout Sold to Getty Images for an Estimated $20 Million

VC Cafe

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CasaSiegel: Random synapses firing.


Having a hard time doing a single theme for this post, so some disjointed thoughts in the meantime. While sitting through an Energy Efficiency conference at UCSB it struck me that no one has mentioned the importance of