Mon.Feb 20, 2012

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. She did her first tech startup after the age of 30. And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. Tracy built her company, Recycled Media , out of necessity.

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7 Ways and Why to Treat Your Career Like a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The days when you locked and loaded your career in school, and then blasted away down that same narrow path the rest of your life, are gone, never to return.

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The Biggest Mistake Web Analysts Make… And How To Avoid It!

Occam's Razor

The single biggest mistake web analysts make is working without purpose. We work very hard. We torture SiteCatalyst. We send out a lot of data. Then we resend it again and again. And yet our work results in very little impact on the business in terms of action taken by company leaders.

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Book: Inside Apple

Feld Thoughts

I expect many of you have read at least one book on Steve Jobs and Apple since Jobs’ death. If you, like me, grabbed and consumed a copy of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I have a recommendation for you. Go buy a copy of Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky. It’s much better, much more interesting, and in many ways, more revealing. I’ve long admired Lashinsky’s writing in Fortune.

Why you must link your personal goals with your business? | Deimar.


Setting personal goals is critical to the success of your business, not only allows you to choose the right type of Business for you, but also to understand your business as a tool to build a successful and fulfilling life. In brief, a

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Win Every Sale with Visual Thinking

Inc Startups

Is your product or service a coveted diamond or a chunk of coal? See the forest for the trees by following one author's inventive process. If you view sales as pitching your service or product to a prospect you might be cheating yourself of profits.

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Whitney Houston’s Legacy And What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Her Rollercoaster Life by Yaro Starak

It might seem a bit weird to have an article about a recently deceased pop singer on a blog about Internet Marketing, but bear with me, today we’re talking about Whitney Houston.

Husband And Wife VC Posts Of The Day

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) and Joanne Wilson (Gotham Gal) have the two best posts up today. Each one involved another person. Fred’s post - The Management Team – Guest Post By Jerry Colonna – is by – wait for it – Jerry Colonna. If you don’t know Jerry, you are missing out. Jerry was Fred’s partner at Flatiron Partners and an amazing VC in the 1990′s.

Need a Revenue Boost? Try This Simple Formula

Inc Startups

An easy way to break down your revenue goals into specific, actionable items. You know you need to increase revenue. But write "increase revenue" on your to-do list and I'd be willing to bet that you never get around to it. The problem will defeat you before ever really get started.

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Are You Over Your Capabilities?

Taffy Williams

I wrote anarticle titled “ The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say.” The word is Can’t just in case you have not read it. It is true that real entrepreneurs do not usethis word and their primary mode of action is to seek ways to solve problems;go around them, over them, under them, or through them. The never give up attitude is critical tosuccess. However, there is a cautiouswarning that sometimes there will be situations or businesses that you cannotfix or build.

Thought Readership #2: Er, Who Did You Say You Were?

Active Garage

We all know the three pillars of marketing, right? Know, Like, and Trust. Then why do so many non-fiction authors, many of whom intend to use their books as marketing tools, ignore this when they write? They dive straight into their material as if that’s enough for us to trust what they have to say.

How Venture Capitalists Talk - A Short Primer

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This post reviews basic terminology commonly used in the venture world. First, the entities into which capital sources are aggregated for purposes of making investments are usually referred to as "funds," "venture companies," or "venture partnerships." " They resemble mutual funds in a sense but are not, with rare exceptions (AR&D was one), registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940

Enterprise Vendors: Big Hat, No Cattle

deal architect

From MIT Technology Review: “"Customers are coming to us and saying 'I'd like a Watson,' " says Stephen Gold, IBM's director of worldwide marketing for Watson. Eventually, that might be possible, but first they need to have the right data. Industry Commentary

TBPP2011: Looking Foward with Chris Sarette

The Product Guy

What has quickly become a tradition, we are finishing off the first series of the year looking at our most recent annual winner of The Best Product Person. Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011 , is the estimable subject of this series. Over the past weeks I have shared segments from a Q&A session I had with Chris — lending some insight into why Chris truly is The Best Product Person of 2011. In this final installment of the series we explore the path leading from here.

Knowing your startup like the back of your.napkin.

This is going to be BIG.

When Chantel Waterbury came to pitch me back in August of 2010 for chloe + isabel , she started off the conversation with a simple description--that there were four other companies in her space each doing over a hundred million dollars of revenue and that, in total, they still made up a small percentage of the overall market.

Chip Conley on How to Fight Fear

Inc Startups

The founder of Joie de Vivre hotels on his new book, Emotional Equations, and the trick he uses to combat paralyzing anxiety. Chip Conley knows fear.

Facebook, Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom

Growthink Blog

Over the last two weeks, we have discussed the lessons of liquidity , sector, and outliers to be learned from the extraordinary returns earned by Facebook's early investors. Now let's turn to the only topic that self-interested and red-blooded investors really care about when it comes to Facebook and its IPO. Which of course is, how the heck can they get a piece of a company like Facebook before it becomes, well, Facebook?

A telecom Happy Hour?

deal architect

I was at a restaurant recently which had an every day/all day 2 for 1 happy hour. And it occurred to me how bars and telcos share a common trait: awkward hours for convenient pricing. Well this restaurant – Chili’s. Telecommunications


Why FastCompany Gets "The Lean Startup" Almost Completely Wrong


Normally, I don't like to criticize someone else's content — particularly when it's from a source like FastCompany, which I respect and enjoy reading. But, today, I came across this article that talks about the values of the “Not-So-Lean” Startup.

The Best Way to Keep Your Team Focused

Inc Startups

To keep myself and my employees focused, I follow a simple rule I learned from the great football coach Don Shula. The life of an startup is full of ups and downs, an emotional roller coaster ride that you can’t quite imagine if you’ve spent your whole career in a corporation.

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Facebook IPO repurcussions

Start Up Blog

The upcoming Facebook IPO is a very interesting scenario. Not just from a startup / social media or tech point of view but from an economic one. There are a lot of facts and figures being thrown around, but from my point of view I’m interested in just a few of them and what they mean for tech entreprepreneurs: 100 Billion Valuation: If the IPO is successful the expected valuation is 33 times their current revenue. And around 100 times their earnings.

How to Use Foursquare for Business – 8 Smart Tips

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Rumor has it that social media will overtake conventional marketing within the decade. Think about it. When deciding where to take a date for a nice dinner or using a new accountant, are you more likely to take the word of a paid advertisement or the word of your unbiased friend? If you say paid

Facebook IPO repurcussions

Start Up Blog

The upcoming Facebook IPO is a very interesting scenario. Not just from a startup / social media or tech point of view but from an economic one. There are a lot of facts and figures being thrown around, but from my point of view I’m interested in just a few of them and what they mean for tech entreprepreneurs: 100 Billion Valuation: If the IPO is successful the expected valuation is 33 times their current revenue. And around 100 times their earnings.

How to Achieve Anything - Interview with Dan Brodky-Chenfeld.

Startup Remarkable


Where to Snag Hot Start-Up Talent?

Inc Startups

Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley both have incredible talent, but theyre two very different ponds for fishing.

Zervant Raises Second Angel Round


Zervant has announced they have closed their second angel round. While the specific details of this recent round are scarce, they do share that during the last 2 years Zervant has raised over €1 million from private investors and governmental funds in Finland.

Mobile Sales Lessons From Girl Scout Cookies

Inc Startups

What does a pet product start-up have in common with a Girl Scout selling cookies? They can both teach you about mobile payments. After moving to Florida in the economic downturn, Anthony Santarsiero did some market research to start his own business.

Qubulus Receives Investment, Focuses Indoor Positioning On Events


Last friday Qubulus , the mobile indoor positioning out of Sweden, announced it has completed a funding round led by angel investor Jean Pierre Payat followed by the Swedish government backed investment fund, Innovationsbron. The existing shareholders have also joined the round, including IT consultancy company Jayway , retail re-development company Reteam , as well as Qubulus' management. The size of the investment was undisclosed.

SXSW 2012 Schedule

Startup Houston

SXSW Interactive is only a few weeks away, but as anyone who has ever been before will tell you, the time to start choosing what to do is now. If it’s your very first time, the prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of people, panels, parties and marketing distractions. For newbies and veterans alike, I highly recommend this post by Houston’s very own Black Sheep Agency to get you started: Amateur Hour is Over.

Mojang Raises Over $450k For Charity


Last weekend, Mojang spent some 2,5 days developing games at their offices for the good of charity.

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Video: mass production of millimetre scale flying robots

The Equity Kicker

The robots are coming. I made that point in a tweet last week about Google’s driverless cars, and if you watch the video below you will see that insect sized robots are on the way too.

The Profit Motive

Start Up Blog

Has been a guiding business maxim certainly since the industrial revolution. But I’ve now found a replacement terminology I can really feel. Then: Profit Maximisation. Now: Purpose Maximisation. This comes from a book worth reading called Drive by Dan Pink. Sure, startups need cash to stay alive, but our purpose is what people really care about. entrepreneurship startups Motivation profit motive new era

METAL MONDAY: Beneath the Remains by Sepultura - One of the all.

Mark Birch

METAL MONDAY: Beneath the Remains by Sepultura - One of the all time classics of thrash metal. Sepultura is every much a part of the thrash elite with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, and they proved it with this breakthrough album. This entire album from this first track till the end was a constant pile driver of metal ferocity. There were better produced and more cohesive releases such as Arise and Chaos A.D., but this is the one I always go back to.