Tue.Aug 23, 2011

Foundry Group Invests In MakerBot Industries

Feld Thoughts

Today we announced that we’ve led a $10m round for MakerBot Industries and I’ve joined the board. I’m super excited to be working with Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, Zach Smith, and the rest of the MakerBot gang to create consumer-grade 3D printers. When I first met Bre, Adam, and Zach at the Botcave in Brooklyn, it was love at first sight for me. The entry way to the BotCave has a series of Thing-O-Matics (the current MakerBot 3D printer) printing out all kinds of things.

Model Cap Tables With VCHub

Ask The VC

A few days ago I answered a question on AsktheVC about modeling cap tables. After a quick email conversation with Jeff Boardman (founder of LearnVC ), I realize I had left his product off the list. Jeff has done a nice job building a site that both models a cap table and provides a lot of information to empower entrepreneurs both with educational resources and software tools.

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10 Ways Startups Build Highly Responsible Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability.

Hower: Your Startup Probably Isn’t A Platform

Ask The VC

Today’s VC post of the day is from Lee Hower (NextView Ventures) titled Odds Are, Your Startup Probably Isn’t A Platform. Lee totally nails it in this post and reminds us of two important things. “Simply having an API doesn’t make your company a platform.

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The Side Hustle and Flow Interview Series: Jenny Blake

Escape From Cubicle Nation

The Side Hustle and Flow Interview Series is designed to inspire hard-working corporate employees to either start a side hustle if they are interested in eventually starting a business, or to keep going with their existing side hustle through the inevitable challenge of limited time and energy.


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More and More Young Entrepreneurs Arriving on Campus

The Entrepreneurial Mind

My favorite time of year. The beginning of a new academic year. (By By the way, my office is the first bay window on the top floor up on the top right in the picture above -- stop by and visit sometime!)

Remembrance of the Slave Trade - Child Labour and Human - Deimar


The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

How to Surf Locally – Without Being Local

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a sponsored post, written by me. All opinions and views are 100% my own. One of the most significant changes the internet has brought about has been the ability to easily communicate with people around the world instantly. It used to be that pen pals from different countries would write to each other

Snipbase Is The Ads Scrapbook


Hopeinen Norsu (Finnish for Silver Elephant ) is a Finnish company developing a service called Snipbase. Snipbase is a sort of a scrapbook for ads.

Time is Money: There is a multi-billion dollar business to be built around time

This is going to be BIG.

Yesterday, I ran the Battle of Brooklyn 10 miler in Prospect Park. When I got there in the morning, I noticed that Dave Morgan, founder of Tacoda and Simulmedia, had also checked into the park for the run. We met up and, as it turns out, he signed up the day before after noticing my packet pickup checkin at Jackrabbit on Friday. He's training for a marathon and had signed up for a few halves to prepare.

A Deeper Dive Into Supercell


I talked to Supercell's CEO Ilkka Paananen on where the company stands today and a little about their future plans as well. Supercell is a hot Finnish gaming company that closed a $12 million series A from Accel in May.

Resilience Engineering #11: Grief and Awareness – Breaking the Grip of Robustness

Active Garage

Breaking the grip of a robust approach in complex situations can be done but it is challenging. This past week validation occurred while working with a Fortune 500 company. Troubled Projects.

Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Barry J. Kramer and Michael J. Patrick of Fenwick & West LLP. Background Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2011. Overview of Fenwick & West Results. Up rounds exceeded down rounds in 2Q11 61% to 25%, with 14% of rounds flat.

Guest blog: A love letter to Business of Software

Business of Software Blog

A guest blog from Patrick Foley who produced last week's entertaining, ' All hail the Wannapreneur! ' ' video. Patrick  Patrick is an ISV Architect Evangelist at Microsoft and co-founder of the Startup Success Podcast.    [link].

How To Become Famous In Your Industry Without Using Television

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Contacting the media with a news story is not the only way to achieve massive exposure for your business and profile. There are tons of other ways to attract media attention and also that of your desired audience directly. Exposure From A Televised Event Over the past weekend, the finale of a popular reality television series went to air and a number of related businesses took the opportunity to take part in exchange for the national coverage they would receive.

What Every Social Media Marketer Should Know About Flite - SocialTimes.com

Will Price

What Every Social Media Marketer Should Know About Flite - SocialTimes.com

To the man that stood right next to me on the escalator

Jeff Hilimire

Hi there, fella. I was kind extremely humbled that you deciding that we were close enough in our relationship for you to stand right next to me on the escalator at the airport. It’s true, I only just met you as we happened to get to the entrance to the escalator at the same time, with me slightly ahead of you. But still, I can see how you thought that we were close enough in our friendship to take the leap and jump up there with me.


How To Push For Cash When You're In The Service Business


One of the well-known cons to owning a service business is that your business depends on your work in order to receive money. It can be a burden sometimes, the business and your clients are depending on your expertise.


Erply Introduces NFC Enabled Magnetic Card Reader


Erply, one of the most promising start-ups from Estonia, provide software for small and medium-sized retailers who have physical stores. We have not covered the company for almost a year and meanwhile it has been quitely growing. From 2,000 business customers in March 2010, the company grew to 20,000 retailers who daily process over $2.5 million in transactions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Summer Reading

Seeing Both Sides

One of my favorite parts of summer is having the opportunity to catch up on pleasure reading. Like many, I read so much work-related material that it is refreshing to have the luxury to broaden my thinking and information intake by reading non-work related books. Inspired in part by the Wall Street Journal's recent piece on VC Summer Reading , here are a few of the books that have been capturing my imagination lately, organized by topic. Life Management/Happiness/Health.

What Drives You to Bring in More Traffic?

Up and Running

As a business with a Web site presence, are you doing everything necessary to drive traffic to your company’s site?

Which team should you root for? Obviously the answer is the.

Mark Birch

Which team should you root for? Obviously the answer is the JETS. Unfortunately however, there seems to have been an egregious error today in Forbes where some very deluded people created a chart purporting to help people to choose a football team.


Q&A Platform Drumo To Drum Up City Discovery In Australia and Asia


Is going hyperlocal the next big thing or the latest hype? Whatever you believe, there are increasingly more mobile location-based services that focuses on providing information and content targeted at specific locales. Take newly announced Drumo ( www.drumo.com ), for example.

Visionaries, Fighters and Pretenders

Mark Birch

In any hot sector or economic cycle, there are three communities. The first are the people toiling in obscurity before any trend appears. The second are the trend spotters that find themselves a strong foothold. The last group are the late-comers looking for a quick buck.

The VC "Homerun" Myth

Possible Insight

In spreading the word about RSCM , I recently encountered a question that led to some interesting findings. A VC from a respected firm, known for its innovative approach, brought up the issue of “homeruns” In his experience, every successful fund had at least one monster exit. He was concerned that RSCM would never get into those deals and therefore, have trouble generating good returns. My initial response was that we’ll get into those deals before they are monsters.


[ADV] [Singapore] [Event] Social Media And The Changing Demands of Global Consumers On The Agenda At SMWF Asia


This year’s first Keynote Panel Discussion at Social Media World Forum (SMWF) Asia will be examining the profile of consumers that can be reached via social media, both regionally and globally and how the social web is changing their attitudes. In recent years Web 2.0 has changed the way people communicate not only with each other but with companies and brands.

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Why Not Hire the Young to Build Their Own Future?

EIN News

ideas and turn them into thriving businesses. Venture capitalists have subsidized very successful ones, especially in. unexpected -- and incalculable -- value for U.S. global strategic interests. Why not create a

RSVP for Hackers & Founders NYC Meetup #24

Mark Birch

RSVP for Hackers & Founders NYC Meetup #24 : datainsightsideas : End of Summer meetup for #24. See you there! The @hackersfounders event is one event that I really look forward to. Great crowd, great location and great food (Shake Shack, what could be better). See you there! events hackers tech

Can I use a DC for running other services?

EIN News

that can manage many servers at once. Venture capitalists continue to bet big on cloud computing, market, a move that could help the U.S. company sell to China's government agencies. Fruit

Nominate a NYC Venture Fellow

Mark Birch

nycedc : Nominations for the NYC Venture Fellows class of 2012 are now open! The NYC Venture Fellows program aims to increase collaboration among startup and established businesses, and encourages national and international startups to locate and grow their businesses in New York City. The 2012 class of Venture Fellows, like the current inaugural class, will include 20-30 entrepreneurs from New York City and around the world.

Who Saved Silicon Valley? Angels, Of Course

EIN News

capture the early stage space abandoned by venture capitalists. REUTERS California is America's most fecund cluster. financial irrigation. Since 2005, the amount of venture capital under management has fallen by 60 percent, 25% of all Angel groups in the U.S., and about 30 of those are in

How to Surf Locally – Without Being Local

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a sponsored post, written by me. All opinions and views are 100% my own. One of the most significant changes the internet has brought about has been the ability to easily communicate with people around the world instantly. It used to be that pen pals from different countries would write to each other

Should You Let Your Son Build Legos At The Breakfast Table?


My son got a Lego City Helicopter Transporter (Amazon) set for his birthday, and he really got into building it this past weekend. He was so engrossed that he brought all the little pieces to the breakfast table one morning.