Thu.Jan 17, 2013

A Different Approach to Refreshing Stock Option Grants

Feld Thoughts

Every year in December and January I go through the same cycle for all the boards I’m on. It’s the annual bonus, next year bonus plan, option grant refresh cycle. For many management teams, especially in rapidly growing, or mature companies, it’s an important part of their existence as culturally we’ve oriented compensation, bonuses, and future compensation around an annual cycle. I embrace this – my goal is to help these entrepreneurs and management teams win.

Six Steps to Growth: What I Learned as 500 Startups’ Growth Hacker In Residence

Numerate Choir

I just finished up a six month stint as Growth Hacker In Residence at 500 Startups. I want to share a few of my learnings. But before I do that, a couple of things to get out of the way. … Continue reading → Data

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5 Startup Marketing Actions to Impress Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s not uncommon for me to see a startup business plan “mission” to be the “premier brand” for their product, yet their marketing budget in the financials is trivial.

6 Ways to Uncover Highly Targeted Referral Prospects

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Matt Anderson – Enjoy! One of the most important elements of getting more highly targeted referrals is to make it EASY for others to open the right doors by being crystal clear about what you want.

“Indecent Proposal” For Startup Founders

VC Cafe

Would you accept an offer of $8000 to build an MVP for that idea you've been toying with and had no balls to act upon. It seems that while the cost of creating a startup has significantly declined, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Would you accept an offer of $8000 to build an MVP for that idea you've been toying with and had no balls to act upon.

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Major Change: Facebook Just Obscured App Reporting

Nick O'Neill

Remember the good ‘ole days when you used to be able to track the daily, weekly, and monthly active users of Facebook applications? Yeah, those were the days (a.k.a., last week). In fact, those days existed up until yesterday when all of a sudden Facebook changed their reporting mechanisms. Now, Facebook is providing ranks of apps in a way similar to the iTunes store. Rather than displaying daily, weekly, and monthly active users, Facebook is now providing a ranking model.


Think For Yourself--Best Leadership Tip Ever

Inc Startups

Here's how one famous consultant changed the face of leadership and what you can learn from him. There was a time when nobody talked about leadership. We managed our companies to develop great products that beat the competition.

Why You Need To Systematize Your Business

Mike Michalowicz

Systematizing your business means freedom. Not just one type of freedom, but many. You are freed from doing the work. And systems even give you the choice to simply watch the business run or improve how it runs. You are freed from the limits of your time. And since systems (done right) don’t need you, your business can grow without limit while you do something else. You are freed from confusion and knee jerk reactions. You become an observer of the process, not the doer.

Make Every Day More Productive: 6 Tips

Inc Startups

I love new beginnings. But getting tons of stuff done--well--is much more fulfilling. Here's how I do it. My favorite part of any process is the beginning.

Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

Jeff Hilimire

“I found Fido! Hey, I found Fido!” ” Thanks to parislemon for pointing this one out to me. Humor


Digg Founder: Trust Your Gut. Always

Inc Startups

Fear almost prevented Kevin Rose from starting Digg. Now, as a partner at Google Ventures, Rose advises other entrepreneurs on conquering the fear of failure.

Six Tips For Firing Compassionately


by Rob Wilson, CEO of Employco USA. As many companies slowly recover from the down economy, even large corporations are still being forced to downsize. Most recently, American Express will be cutting their travel business, with thousands of employees being laid off as a result.

3 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Productivity

Inc Startups

An expert in behavioral economics reveals how human nature could be working against you--and how you can get back on track. Collin Camerer, the Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at Caltech, literally wrote the book on behavioral game theory.

Boomlagoon Launches Noble Nutlings: Is Helsinki The Mobile Gaming Capital Of The World?


Over 600,000 downloads in just 7 days and a steady 300,000 in daily average users would be dream launch statistics for most mobile gaming companies. In Finland, however, it is becoming a standard occurrence.

How to Finally Wake Up Earlier

Inc Startups

Not a natural lark? People have probably been hectoring you to get up earlier since high school. Here's how to finally reset your waking time. It's personal productivity month here on and the site is chockablock with great tips to get more done.

Gartner has increased their mobile ad projections, display to grow fastest

The Equity Kicker

Gartner have just released revised mobile advertising projections, showing a total market of $11.4bn for 2013, up 19% from last year.

Entrepreneur vs Wantrepreneur: Knowing When to Quit

Inc Startups

Taking a risk is not the same thing as putting your entire family in financial peril. As much as there’s an art to starting a successful business, there’s an art to quitting, as well. Founding a business is tough enough, but shutting it down can be even harder.

What Does Your Website Say?

Rembrandt Communications

Do You have the Right SEO Copy in Place? When new people visit your Website, what’s the first thing they see and click on? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. Check your Google Analytics and see what is going on. This is important. While you may think you have a great [.]. Business Marketing SEO SEO Copywriting sales search engine optimization search optimization

Inside a Successful Celebrity Ad Campaign

Inc Startups

A big name and a pretty face help--but there's much more that goes into making a celebrity endorsement work. Do you really want to deal with someone who requires a constant supply of truffles and Coke Zero in a dressing room cooled to precisely 68 degrees?

CIOs and social networks

deal architect

Vala Afshar, Chief Customer Officer at Enterasys Networks, a unit of Siemens Enterprise, lists who he considers the 50 most social CIOs on Twitter. In a side conversation, I asked him if tech sector CIOs dominated his list. You would. Industry Commentary

Death Wish? Discuss Politics at Work

Inc Startups

Discussing politics at work is a sure way to derail a safe, inclusive, and constructive environment.

Yandex Builds Powerful Data Mining And Search App For Social Networks


Yandex , Russia’s leading search engine, is developing a voice-activated search application that retrieves and displays relevant data from Facebook or other social network content, TechCrunch reports from unnamed sources. The new mobile app, codenamed “Wonder,” could enable users to see results – including images – that feature places where their friends have checked in or posted photos, the sources say.

Small Business Survey: Best Ideas, Biggest Challenges, and New Year Resolutions

Inc Startups

SurePayroll president Michael Alter writes about small business sentiment as we turned the corner into 2013. The last month of 2012 was very much like most of the year. Hiring was slightly down (0.1 percent), according to SurePayroll's survey of more than 40,000 small business owners.

Telling Your Story

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

When meeting new people, it is inevitable after having established a basic rapport, that the question “What do you do?” ” comes up. I like asking this question along with a follow up question…”How did you get into that?”


How to Avoid a Desperate Decision

Inc Startups

When things get bad, it's tempting to try something--anything--to right the ship. Don't fall into these common traps. In the face of hopelessness, frustration, and obstacles, it’s all too easy to make only a token decision, and then hide under the veneer of "at least we got something done."

Free Mini-reviews (Part 4)


Part 4 of my annual free mini-reviews. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen any analytics or survey data for any of these websites, and all my comments are only based on my experience in the field. I’m only spending very little time on each site, so there’s going to be superficiality.

5 Unusual Things You Should Trademark

Inc Startups

Filing a trademark shouldn't stop at words and logos. There are many other ways to protect your brand that you may be overlooking. Grand chocolatier Nestle recently won a trademark battle with rival confectioner Cadbury. The case was about the unique shape of Nestle's famed Kit Kat bar.

From Dreamliner to Nightmare

Venture Chronicles

Complex systems fail in complex ways not anticipated by engineers. You can over-engineer the systems, test every imaginable scenario, build redundant system coverage, test again. and you can still fail.

Brian Chesky: Design-Thinking Is the Future

Inc Startups

The Airbnb founder said that designers in the tech sector should be respected as much as engineers. Could design-thinking solve Airbnb's biggest challenges?

“Next Made-in-China Boom: College Graduates” via The.

Mark Birch

“ Next Made-in-China Boom: College Graduates ” via The New York Times. China is making a $250 billion-a-year investment in building up its future workforce and the tool of choice is college.

The Sticky Customer Trap

Inc Startups

Are you creating value with your best customers, or is it just an illusion? Here's how growing revenue can lull you into complacency. Most people tend to think revenue is good, and growing revenue is even better--a completely understandable mindset.

datainsightsideas: Great, interactive deck from Google on the.

Mark Birch

datainsightsideas : Great, interactive deck from Google on the “busy executive’s guide to winning in Mobile”. mobile tech Google

Why an IPO Can Kill Your Innovation

Inc Startups

A Stanford study finds that tech companies undergo a major innovation slowdown after going public. Think going public will give you the money you need to expand and really fuel your passion and innovation?


Destructive Intelligence Limits Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

My illustrious partner at KILN , the subtly dynamic Mr. Indy Neogy , MBA, has penned a very insightful piece on how research and analytical intelligence actually hoses innovation.