Wed.Feb 15, 2012

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Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Ahmed Takatkah, a VC in Jordan titled The Next Big Thing in VC. He starts with a question and the answer he often gets. What’s the next big thing in VC?” Whenever I see a VC from the states or even from the region, I ask this question, but none of them gave me a satisfying answer.

10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Confessions you wish you could make to your team but can't. There’s also a lot employees don’t know about you. I want you to like me.

5 Essential Spreadsheets for Social Media Analytics

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Join Mashable on Google+ Welcome to Mashable! World Featured in US & World Videos Featured: Grammys YouTube Google+. Trending Stories. February 9, 2012 by Ann Smarty. “).

Bad Boss? 7 Management Moves to Avoid

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't be tempted to use these cheap tricks. There are better ways to handle employee challenges. Make sure you're following the better example.

Startup Summer Colorado

Feld Thoughts

One of the fun projects I am involved with is Startup Colorado, a community focused initiative to spur new company creation in Colorado. One of Startup Colorado’s most promising projects is Startup Summer. As an added layer of fun and relationship building, we’re expecting Startup Summer interns to live together in CU housing in Boulder.

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4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I've been collecting data about startups and compensation since 2001. But when it comes to pay, you need data. Myth number 1. Myth number 2.

3 Reasons Why Potential Customers Will Walk Away From Your Online Business by Yaro Starak

Have you ever wondered why it is that some online businesses thrive and continue to do so, while others just fail miserably? It is interesting to observe the differences between successful online businesses and those that, while they have a presence, just are not profitable at all!

5 Reasons You're Getting Stalled

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you can't get past the excuses, your deal is doomed. Make sure you've got these 5 elements in place. 1 priority" "We will get back to you."

Presenting Your Case to Investors is Rarely Free

Startup Professionals Musings

This practice has caused a rousing debate among key players, with some calling it a scam, and others defending it as necessary to cover expenses.

All Employees Deserve Paid Sabbaticals

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I've learned so much from my own wanderlust that I decided to pass it on to my employees: Everyone gets a free one-month trip every five years.

Design Staff ? Micro-surveys: a faster way to learn about your users

Design Staff

Why did you click on this blog post? Right now, you're probably able to answer that question with relative ease.

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3 Brilliant Mistakes: How Failure Can Be the Best Teacher

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Afraid of failing? You shouldn't be. Those who embrace their mistakes can find new meaning in failure. So, Lynch decided to make a mistake.

Twitter Link Roundup #120 – 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.

Why God Loves Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you ever wondered whether starting a business is worth the hell you put yourself through, read this. But it gets even more interesting.

Give it away

The Startup Toolkit

The quickest way to validate your value proposition is to give it away. If they aren’t lining up to take it for free then they aren’t going to buy it. If you want to open a consultancy, try having open office hours. If nobody knows you exist, you’ve got a visibility issue. I love it. That’s okay though.

How Not to Become 'Shark' Bait

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Shark Tank' contestant Megan Cummins learned the hard way what can happen to investor promises. Five ways to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

Beware of the overdraft protection

Life Beyond Code

An overdraft protection is a feature of a checking account in a bank. It is as good as the bank giving you an instant (very high interest) loan.


Micro-surveys: a faster way to learn about your users

Google Ventures

Why did you click on this blog post? Right now, you’re probably able to answer that question with relative ease. several weeks later. Thanks, Sasha.

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Book #6: Balsamiq Interviews is out!

47 Hats

So what’s the “secret sauce” of Balsamiq Mockups ? That’s what I set out to find out in Balsamiq Interviews ( available today , free download) – a set of 9 interviews of cheerfully rabid Balsamiq fans. All of these people wrestle every workday to express the rightness of intangible ideas. No art degrees needed. Tools

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Localmind 2.0 – Tapping into Real-Time, Local Knowledge with “Area Questions”

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Localmind came out of Year One Labs (where I’m a Founding Partner.) That’s how Localmind started.

TBPP2011: Advice from Chris Sarette

The Product Guy

What is quickly becoming tradition, we are kicking off the first series of the year looking at our most recent winner of The Best Product Person. Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011 , is the estimable subject of this series. Advice… > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Finding balance.

The Alien Entrepreneur: Top 10 SaaS Applications for SaaS.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

VC Cafe

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!).

Use Video to Inspire Your Team

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Employees are looking for motivation. Here's how video can be an effective way to deliver it to them. He used them to make his points.

Will a business plan help you raise money?

Up and Running

The necessity of a business plan is a controversial topic. What is the importance of a plan? Do you only need a plan if you’re looking for investment? Or can a plan help your business succeed in the long run? Do you think a business plan will help provide you with a leg up if you’re trying to raise money for your business?

How to Crowdfund to Raise Money

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's 4 tips to take advantage of social networks to raise money from investors.

5 Blingy Things Your Website Just Doesn’t Need

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

These days having a great website is pretty much essential for any type of business to succeed. Even companies without any apparent need for a webpage a few years ago, now run the risk of falling the way of the dinosaurs without one. I mean really, when was the last time you saw a phone


Launching Tech Ventures - Untitled Article

Launching Tech Ventures

When Managing Salespeople, Stage Matters by McCann, Erin Does sales management really come down to pushing back on excuses? Several founders have asked me this question in response to Mark Suster’s sales management advice. Feedback isn’t always an excuse Early sales hires understand your clients best. 1 Leslie, Mark and Charles A. Holloway. Print.

Clarity NOT Charity

Taffy Williams

Communication is one of the most important skills anexecutive or an entrepreneur needs, especially when it comes to running astartup with a highly focused and skilled team. The spoken words must convey the clarity and specificity needed to getwhat you want done completed. Clarity isespecially needed in making the value proposition for your startup.

One Secret to Enjoying Your Free Time More

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Since the time of Ben Franklin busy entrepreneurs have been told 'time is money,' but is this common mindset actually making you miserable?

Announcing… Fantastic Spring Line-up of Classes from Power Teaching students

Escape From Cubicle Nation

In January, I ran another session of my Power Teaching class. Out of the 87 participants, around 32 were ready to go live today. Go Power Teachers!


All Markets Are Not Created Equal

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Developing a better understanding your markets and competitors will give you better insights about where and how to compete. Answer: Not always.

At-The-Market Offerings - Current Trends and Developments

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

At-The-Market offerings ("ATMs") are one of the most efficient ways for public companies to raise capital. Any publicly traded company that meets the requirements to use an effective shelf registration statement may sell its shares over the existing trading market from time to time by engaging an investment bank as a selling or distribution agent.

10 Questions for Brooklyn's Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

Next Wednesday night, I'm hosting a roundtable discussion between Brooklyn innovation community stakeholders on how to make this side of the river a better place to create, build businesses and grow. At the time, though, we didn't know what we know now. Now, it's actually true. There's a ton of enthusiasm out there, but now it's time to get to work.