Thu.Jul 07, 2011

Defining Success

Instigator Blog

The Lean Startup model is all about running experiments, learning and making informed decisions on what to do next. I’m clearly a believer in the model, but there are some parts of it that are quite nuanced and challenging to figure out. One of those is with respect to experimental design. A good experiment needs a few things including a hypothesis (that’s testable) and a sizeable enough group of testers. It also needs a definition of success.

Angela Baldonero’s Philosophy On Interviewing

Feld Thoughts

I can’t remember when Angela Baldonero joined Return Path , but she’s been there for as long as I can remember. I invested in Return Path eleven years ago at the very beginning of its life. Today it is a profitable, 250 person company that is growing quickly, dominates its market segment, and is an awesome place to work. Angela has been a big part of both hiring many of the people and orchestrating the culture of the company so I very much value her point of view on interviewing.

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How to Get Certified as a Woman Owned Business

Up and Running

Image by ShashiBellamkonda via Flickr. Did you know that several companies and government agencies allot a certain number of projects/portion of their budget for contracts that can only go to woman-owned businesses?

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G+, Twitter and Tumblr are Biggest Losers

Venture Chronicles

Like a lot of my peers I have been immersed in Google Plus for the last week and I have to give credit to Google for really getting this one right. The sharing mechanism is very accessible, Circles offer welcome segmentation of your social graph, and most importantly, it’s fun to use. Much of the commentary has centered on what a successful Google + means for Facebook but I disagree that this is represents a severe near or medium term threat to Facebook.

[Infographic] The Truth Behind Small Business Lending

YoungUpstarts

If you’re wondering about how small business view bank loans, this infographic from Chicago, Illinois-based credit card processing fee comparison engine FeeFighters shows that only 42-percent of small businesses see bank loans as a viable financing option.

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Software Patents are Becoming a Tax on Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

VC Confidential: This Too Shall Pass

VC Confidential

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How We Grew Our Fashion Accessories Business To Over A Million Dollars In Sales

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

As with any company, growth happens in stages, but especially a company with physical products. Research and development, sample making, marketing the product and perhaps even handling some of the preliminary sales are some of the stages of expansion. However, with my handbag company charm and luck , to grow our business we realized we needed to find sales partners to handle our sales.

The importance of confidence and the four keys to getting it

Jeff Hilimire

Watching LeBron James in this year’s NBA Finals reminded me how important, and precious, confidence can be. LeBron had one of his best statistical years, played great through the playoffs, and then in the most important moments he crumbled.

Some Heart-felt and Humble Advice For Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz

OnStartups

Dear Rand, Really enjoyed the recent article on your personal blog, “ Inflection Points: Bravery vs. Foolishness ” Very few entrepreneurs have the courage to be that transparent. On behalf of entrepreneurs everywhere, thank you!

Cyber Crooks Target Small Business

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Criminals take the path of least resistance. If your car door is locked, they tend to go to the car that was left open. If your house looks dark and empty, it is the one they will probably break into. Same is true for your business. For years cyber crooks went after large business. After all, that is where all the cyber money is. But over time corporate America has tightened its Internet security to the point that it is no longer easy pickings.

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$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Day 45/120

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

Six and-a-half weeks ago, I started my weight loss challenge against Paul Piotrowski. As a quick recap, we each must lose 14% of our starting body weight (which works out to 30 pounds each) within 4 months (120 days). If one of us doesn’t make it, then he will have to pay the other $650.

Flexible Focus #60: Writing Tips and Tools

Active Garage

Put Your Passion on a Platform. “ If we don’t stand for something, we shall fall for anything. Peter Marshall, Chaplain (1947). Although we often associate the word platform with politics, in fact it has a far more profound relevance in how we live our lives and pursue our passions.

Richard Branson – Live

Start Up Blog

I’m going to a breakfast 7-9am with Richard Branson tomorrow – (Australian Eastern Standard time) Well we aren’t exactly sharing an omelet, but I’ll be in a prime seat near him. I intend to live tweet some interesting sound bites, and take some mobile video footage. So be sure to tune in to my tweet stream: [link] to get your share of Branson brilliance.

Third-Party Plan Releases Require Wide Support by All Creditor Classes

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Francis J. Lawall and James C. Carignan of Pepper Hamilton LLP. The ultimate objective in a Chapter 11 reorganization is the discharge of pre-existing claims against the debtor.

Lighten Up Already :: Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape.

Duct Tape Marketing

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School of Self Promotion for Awesome People who Don't Self Promote

This is going to be BIG.

Do you have friends that have really top notch experience, are thoughtful about their industry, and whip smart? Are they about a billion times more insightful than your average tech blogger? Does it kill you that more people don't know them?

Tech Wildcatters Deadlines

Texas Startup Blog

Got an idea for a startup? Tech Wildcatters is taking applications. Here are the details : “That’s right…it’s time to get your applications in for the fall class. We are looking for up to 10 of the best and brightest b2b tech startups from around the world.

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Return Path Core Values

OnlyOnce

Return Path Core Values. At Return Path , we have a list of 13 core values that was carefully cultivated and written by a committee of the whole (literally, every employee was involved) about 3 years ago. I love our values, and I think they serve us incredibly well — both for what they are, and for documenting them and discussing them publicly.

BlackLocus Raises $2.5M, Adding Austin Operations

Austin Startup

BlackLocus, the leading cloud provider of automated pricing optimization and revenue management solutions for online retailers, today announced it has raised a $2.5 million Series A round of venture capital financing. They are hiring in Austin, seeking office space, and moving significant operations here. The round was co-led by Texas-based DFJ Mercury and Silverton Partners, and included co-investment from Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works.

Start Making Video Calls on Facebook Right Now :: Small Business.

Duct Tape Marketing

Yesterday Facebook announced the addition of Skype enabled video calls inside the walls of Facebook. Hmm, wonder if they own those too - but that's a

How Your Small Business Could Become A Global Contractor

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

This post was first published on Forbes. Just this week, I spoke to another global entrepreneur whose consulting firm was able to win a substantial contract with The World Bank, to train African graduates for public service jobs in finance.

Vacation – To Tell or Not To Tell

ithacaVC

In the past 3 or 4 days, I have received blog notices from Brad Feld , Fred Wilson and Steve Blank that they are on vacation. For Fred and Steve, I think the purpose was to let their readers know to expect fewer or no posts while they are enjoying a break (actually Fred’s is apparently a combination of work and vacation).

Mini Saga #111 – Worthwhile

Life Beyond Code

Activity is rarely an indicator of productivity. Mini Saga #111 – Worthwhile. When John left the office at 3pm fourth day in a row, Sam could not take it anymore. He went to Andy, their Boss and brought it up. Andy smiled, “John would have done something worthwhile already.

i-Free Launches A New Venture Fund In Russia

ArcticStartup

After a decade of developing and distributing software for mobile apps, e-commerce and marketing, i-Free decided to start funding promising start-ups through a newly formed i-Free Ventures. Created in Russia, the fund is open for projects that concentrate on European, Asian and US markets.

Worthless and Powerful Words for Marketing Your Small Business

Marketing Junkie

Have you ever run across a clearly talented entrepreneur, whose marketing materials didn’t come close to doing their services or products justice?

Sprinting While Running a Marathon

Mark Birch

Startup culture can often resemble sprinting while running a marathon. Let me explain. The feel around startups is a mix of chaotic change and rapid iteration. There is no cookie cutter, paint-by-numbers approach to building a technology and launching a tech business.

Venture Capital Term Sheets – Redemption Rights

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction This post originally appeared in the “ Ask the Attorney ” column I am writing for VentureBeat ; it is part of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets.

It’s All About Iteration

Andrew Payne

With Google+, we’re now reading the comparisons with Facebook, and the inevitable commentary on the commentary. I think Google+ is very interesting (and doesn’t suck), but it’s too early to tell how it will play out. Google’s biggest hurdle is not Facebook’s current feature set, but Facebook’s ability to iterate product functionality.

Weak IPO market to hurt venture capital

EIN News

low to support the health of the venture capital industry, says a study. The survey which. Jensen, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and United States national managing partner for venture capital services. survey over 57 per cent of Indian venture capitalists surveyed stated that current IPO activity levels

Raising Money: From Family and Friends, to Angels to VC's

Mark Birch

This is an invaluable event for entrepreneurs looking to understand the fundraising process from people that have tons of experience. The best thing about it is that it is free, as any good advice should be. Like I said the other day, never pay for fundraising advice !

Prince William, Kate Middleton to Stay in No Paparazzi Area in LA

EIN News

for the royal couple’s visit to the United States and that they take charity work and. brings together British and American technologists and Venture capitalists to find new avenues for investment and. will then attend a job fair for U.S. servicemen and women transitioning to civilian life

Tech Wildcatters Fall 2011 Deadline Approaching

The Startup Lawyer

The application deadline for Dallas-based seed accelerator Tech Wildcatters is July 24th. Tech Wildcatters will accept 7-10 startups. What is Tech Wildcatters? Tech Wildcatters is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator that puts participating companies through an intensive 12-week program. Startups receive up to $25,000 in seed funding in exchange for a small amount of equity (~6%) and have access to mentors. Why Apply?

Britain's Royal Couple Takes On The Golden State

EIN News

Brown and other dignitaries then meet with venture capitalists, industry leaders and philanthropists. There will be. couple will attend an event supporting the U.S. branch of Tusk Trust, an international group. William's younger brother, Prince Harry, visited the United States just last year and the brothers' father