Mon.Jan 07, 2013

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Launching Startup Life: Surviving And Thriving In A Relationship With An Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

The second book in the Startup Revolution series, Startup Life: Surviving And Thriving In A Relationship With An Entrepreneur , is shipping in the next week or so. My wife Amy Batchelor and I wrote this one, with contributions from about 20 other entrepreneurial couples. Amy and I have been friends since we met in college in 1984. We have been together as a couple since 1990. We got married in 1993. Our marriage almost ended in 2001. Today, I am ecstatic in my relationship with Amy.

One Of Our Investors Just Closed Shop. What Should We Do?

Ask The VC

Q: What is the best path to take if a VC which has invested in my company closes down, but we have not exited and are still operating profitably ? What happens to the LLC entity that was formed at the time of investment? Do we ask the VC for our shares back or buy them back at a discount? . A (Brad): First, you need to understand what actually happened to your VC firm. There are lots of specific points in time to consider. Let’s start with two magic milestones – year 5 and year 10.

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7 Social Media Tactics Your 2013 Budget Needs to Succeed

www.clickz.com

); //. Marketing News & Expert Advice. ClickZ Awards. ClickZ.asia. ClickZ Academy. Search Engine Watch. SES Events. Topics Stats & Tools Training & Education Jobs White Papers. Subscribe to Newsletters. Touch Edition. Marketing.

How to detect if you are slightly brainwashed?

Life Beyond Code

Ask yourself a few questions below: 1. Are you open-minded? Are you a team player? Are you a good leader? Are you a quick learner? Are you a lifelong learner? Can you communicate well? Do you come up with good ideas? Are you likeable? Are you passionate about your work?

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

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The product design sprint: prototype (day 4)

Google Ventures

At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own design sprint. On day 2 you drew concept sketches.

How Leaders Make the Most of Social Gatherings

Inc Startups

The best leaders use social events as opportunities to strengthen relationships, engage with shy colleagues, and express appreciation.

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” ” Specifically I was predicting that we’d see a strong barbell effect in VC fundraising. From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.

8 Awesome Resolutions You Actually Can--and Definitely Should--Keep

Inc Startups

The vast majority of New Year's resolutions end in failure. Here's an easier, more effective approach to making awesome changes. How are you doing with those New Year's resolutions? Not very well? That's no surprise.

The product design sprint: prototype (day 4)

Design Staff

At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own design sprint. On day 2 you drew concept sketches.

3 Easy SEO Tools to Improve Your Website

Inc Startups

These companies can help take the mystery out of SEO and get your site on its way to ranking higher in Google. When it comes to marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) is probably the most mysterious of them all. And yet, it's one of the most important things you need to get online visibility.

Concentrated Production, Diversified Consumption

Growthink Blog

Watching the disaster of a process that was the D.C. fiscal cliff drama this past week, I found myself with a curious reaction. And maybe even a little bit of a selfish one.

Great Customer Service Is Like Physical Fitness

Inc Startups

The CEO of Zendesk explains how developing great customer service resembles keeping that New Year's resolution to start a daily running habit.

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2013: The Year of Grit

Seeing Both Sides

grit . grit/. Small, loose particles of stone or sand. . Clench (the teeth), esp. in order to keep one's resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty. 2013 is going to be an "interesting" year (evoking the Chinese curse).

Are Power Seekers Good or Evil?

Inc Startups

Does power motivate successful executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders and, if so, is that a good thing? Every successful executive and business leader can look back and point to pivotal moments in his or her career--those times when everything seemed to change, as if all at once.

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CES 2013 Preview: What Happens in Vegas, STAYS in Vegas

VC Cafe

This week marks the annual orgy of PR excess known as the Consumer Electronics Show. More than 150,000 (mostly male) visitors, many sporting T-shirts with mysterious acronyms like “4K in HD3D”, will. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

ShopAtPlaces.com – Replacing The Middleman In India’s Retail Scene

YoungUpstarts

E-commerce is getting huge in India – according to industry watchers, the industry is expected to grow a compound annual growth rate of 57 per cent and is likely to reach US$34.2 billion by 2015.

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4 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

What special mix of ingredients separates the best business-builders from the rest of the pack? Entrepreneurs from Brightbox share their perspective.

Zero notifications

joel.is

A couple of months ago, my co-founder Leo gave me an interesting suggestion: he said I should try disabling all notifications on my iPhone. I find this suggestion especially interesting because it is one that goes against the normal phone setup. It’s so usual to stick to how things are , and with iPhone apps the easiest thing to do is to “allow” all those notifications. It seems almost odd to even consider doing things any other way.

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Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm

Inc Startups

The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early.

PostalPix – Photos From Phone To Doorstep

YoungUpstarts

We take tons of photos with our mobile phone. Most of them are destined to remain trapped in the deep recesses of our devices’ internal memory storage and never seen again.

'I Want to Take a Lot of Credit'

Inc Startups

Zipcar founder Robin Chase dishes about the Avis acquisition, the next big thing in car-sharing, and her latest venture, Deniam. Last week, when Avis announced its intention to acquire Zipcar for $500 million, founder Robin Chase wasn't too surprised.

What Is NextView’s Focus? Another Stroll Through Our Portfolio

Rob Go

This year will mark the third year of NextView’s existence. As a founder, it feels like a long time, but it’s really a blip on the radar in the scheme of things. As such, I still get asked pretty often to articulate our focus as a firm. Amidst the mass of new initiatives, new firms, new strategies, etc that constantly pop up in the early stage investing landscape, it’s helpful to have a clear articulation of what VC’s are focused on and how they see the world.

7 Reasons to Do Business in India

Inc Startups

Start with 500 million young people aspiring to a better life. Add an improving economy and you have a ground floor worth getting in on. In 2013, India stands at a point where the compass of its destiny is, once again, in its own hands.

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Resonance Is the Ultimate Objective of Strategy

Duct Tape Marketing

A vibrating object will pick out its resonant frequencies and vibrate at those frequencies, essentially “filtering out” other frequencies present. photo credit: Biappi via photopin cc.

Start-up Launches to Crowdfund Solar Projects

Inc Startups

Mosaic, an Oakland-based start-up, will allow investors all over the country to fund clean-energy projects and earn interest on the energy sold to customers. Want to invest in a clean-energy future? Forget the rhetoric, now you can--literally. Starting at 12 p.m.

The Next 10 Years Of Infocomm Technology

YoungUpstarts

What will the future of InfoComm Technology (ICT) be like? How will these trends impact the way we work, live and play?

Zulily: Fresh, Fast, and Worth $1 Billion

Inc Startups

Zulily co-founder Darrell Cavens on how technology, and speed, have helped his company break new ground in retail. Darrell Cavens co-founded Zulily in 2009, and just three years later, the company had achieved a billion dollar valuation.

Tekes Restructuring Organization Model To Become More Agile

ArcticStartup

For our readers outside of Finland this may not be too interesting, but changes at Tekes (The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) can have a noticeable impact on the financing of Finnish startups.

You Don't Have to Be a Start-up to Be Like One: 5 Ways

Inc Startups

You can maintain your entrepreneurial culture--long after you raise funding, and start making money. Here's how. Early in my entrepreneurial career, American Express acquired my first start-up, a company called Competitive Technologies.

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” ” Specifically I was predicting that we’d see a strong barbell effect in VC fundraising. From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.

New Report: There’s Tech Jobs In Austin But Others Lead In New Tech Growth

Austin Startup

A recent report shared by the Austin Technology Council and sponsored by Engine Advocacy, was part reinforcement and part surprise. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute prepared the report, “Technology Works: Patterns of High-Technology Employment and Wages in the United States,” and shows Austin and the Austin-San Antonio corridor is a favorable hub for high-tech employment. That’s not the surprise. Given the size [.].

Spotify Kills Purchased Download Links (Not That It Mattered Anyway)

ArcticStartup

Spotify has gotten rid of purchased download links, but it doesn't seem to matter one way or another. Spotify's revenue is doing just fine from paid subscriptions and ads to its free service. At a press event in early December, Spotify has released some statistics on its streaming service.

iPhone That Can Smell? Start-up Tackles Human Senses

Inc Startups

Your iPhone may soon be able to detect the smells around you thanks to Adamant Technologies. Can taste and smell be digitized? At least one start-up is trying just that. Meet Adamant Technologies , a small start-up based in San Francisco.