Mon.Nov 26, 2012

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?”

How to Communicate Your Core Difference

Duct Tape Marketing

Every effective marketing strategy lives and dies by the ability to capture and communicate the strategies core point of differentiation in a simple, yet compelling, manner.

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Cubes Are For Squares: The Startup/Corporate Matrix – Where Do You Fit?


By Melissa Thompson , CEO of Talk Session. Everyone wants his or her dream job, but few have the courage to take big risks. Two years ago I attended my Business School reunion and it was clear that I was part of the 1% who effusively loved her job.

Wind Up and Throw a Screaming Fastball of a Linkedin Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When you’re starting to get your name out there, you’ve got to reach out in several directions at once. LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool that provides an amazing platform to connect professionals across the globe.

Early Stage Entrepreneurs Don't Need a Business Plan, They Need a Battle Plan!

Small Business Force

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of time early stage entrepreneurs spend creating a business plan that's, often, a combination graduate thesis, Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, with graphics that would dazzle the folks at Pixar.

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Feeling Negative? How to Overcome It

Inc Startups

Your negative emotions are powerful guides to what needs to change in your life. Since you're a human being, you're going to feel emotions while you're at work. Hopefully, the bulk of your emotions will be positive, like excitement, wonder, gratitude, and joy.

Kathy Sierra – Building the Minimum Badass User

Business of Software Blog

This is a summary of Kathy Sierra’s Business of Software 2012 presentation. Getting Customers. It starts with “I’m going to start a startup.” ” Then your friend tells you you need to get funding first. “Funding?,”

7 Tips for Dealing With Slacker Employees

Inc Startups

Chances are, you're spending too much time on employees that don't deliver. Here are seven tips to pull yourself out of the time suck. Ever feel like dealing with under-performing employees is a huge time suck? You're not alone.

Getting Back to Work - Multi-Dimensional Entrepreneurs

Seeing Both Sides

"I can't wait to get back to work. This fundraising is a real drag on my day job.". Startup CEO raising capital. We have a number of portfolio companies that are raising money. When I talk to my CEOs that in the midst of this process, almost all of them complain about the same thing.

Do More by Working Less

Inc Startups

Do you really believe that neglecting yourself and living in overdrive will grow your business faster? Time to debunk that myth. Imagine that you are a pilot, flying to a dream destination.

The Collaborative Web: Github is the New Flickr

This is going to be BIG.

I can't take credit for this meme, even though I've already invested in it.twice. Once with Docracy, once with a super cool company launching in the first quarter of 2013.). I was chatting with Thor Muller a couple of weeks ago about web trends--and he made a very insightful point as I talked about how I see more and more models around getting people to work together in different ways. He said that Flickr taught us all about social applications--and gave birth to Web 2.0

4 Decision-Making Mistakes to Avoid

Inc Startups

Every day you must make decisions large and small. Here's what's keeping you from making them more confidently. Decision making is critical to entrepreneurs. Every day you have to set out on a course of action, choose tactics, evaluate results, and otherwise choose from arrays of options.

How Entrepreneurs Should Dress

Mike Michalowicz

Clothes, Will Make Or Break The Man. Mark Twain was right about a lot of things, but one of my favorite truths was what he had to say about clothes: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

A Conflict-Free Organization Isn't Great. It's Near Death

Inc Startups

Great organizations aren't devoid of conflict; they embrace it. Many business leaders imagine that success is harmonious, and creativity friction-free. They could not be more wrong. All organizations have conflict. That's inevitable when you bring people together.

Is Your Business Giving You the Results You Want?

Growthink Blog

Take this short quiz to find out: Are your revenues growing month after month without fail? Are your profits rising, and allowing you to pay yourself enough money to spend freely on the things you want? Do you have plenty of customers, with no need to get more? Do your employees care as much about the success of your organization as you do? Do you have enough cash flow to radically grow your company? Would your business thrive if you took the next month off?

3 Tips for Coming Up With Start-Up Ideas

Inc Startups

At Y Combinator, Paul Graham has seen some of the best start-up ideas of the past few years. Now he shares where they usually come from. You're burning to do a start-up and think you have what it takes to succeed. Only problem: First you need a great idea.

“How My Blog Business Works” Web Strategy Summit Video Presentation by Yaro Starak

Last week I presented at the Web Strategy Summit in Brisbane. The organisers of the event, Adam and Toby , invited me to come in and do a short presentation of 18 minutes, then a 10 minute question and answer session. The event featured panel discussions for about 45 minutes and several 18 minute “keynotes”, so they could get through … Read the rest of this entry » Last week I presented at the Web Strategy Summit in Brisbane.

Small Business Saturday By the Numbers

Inc Startups

Consumers preferred big-box stores on Black Friday. But, according to retailers--and social media--Small Business Saturday is actually gaining traction. American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 with a basic concept: If you build it, they will come.

Metrics and Compensation for SaaS Inside Sales

For Entrepreneurs

The Bridge Group have recently published a report titled: Inside Sales for SaaS Metrics and Compensation Report for B2B technology companies The report is based on a survey of 197 B2B technology companies, and covers topics such as: Ramp and Retention Compensation and Quota Activity and Infrastructure Inside Sales Management Management’s top challenges They [.]. Building for Success SaaS SaaS inside sales SaaS sales SaaS Sales Compensation SaaS sales management

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[Infographic] Global Trade Set To Grow More in 2013: Alibaba


The world is already very well connected, but we’re set to become even more global than before come 2013.

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2 Restaurant´s Tricks that Will Boost your Company's Sales


These are some of the tricks used by the best restaurants for you to spend more and how to apply them to increase the sales of your business. In many kinds of businesses employees do not have the opportunity to interact and meet customers as those working in a restaurant.

Web Of Trust Raises €1 Million


Helsinki-based Web Of Trust announced they have raised €1 million investment led by Inventure, the cross-border VC group based in Finland and China. Also in on the deal was Risto Siilasmaa, and the Finnish Industry Investment.

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4 Year-End Tax Moves for Investors

Inc Startups

Tis the season to review your tax strategy. If you haven't already, look at your personal portfolio and consider these four tweaks before 2013. In addition to tax-smart moves you should consider locking in for your business before 2013, now is the time to review your personal portfolio.

Legal Challenges Related To Crowdfunding: Volume 2


Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Antti Hemmilä, a Specialist Partner at Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd. While crowdfunding is not a new concept, it is getting a lot of media attention nowadays.

Clothes Or The Lack Of Them Will Make Or Break The Man

Mike Michalowicz

Clothes, Will Make Or Break The Man. Mark Twain was right about a lot of things, but one of my favorite truths was what he had to say about clothes: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Social Q&A Network From Riga With 9 Million Daily Uniques - Ask.Fm


? is a service where anybody can ask you questions directly or anonymously, and has seen explosive growth. What is great about the service is that you can only “post” if there is a question for you. So users do not posting every little thing you did today, as many do on Twitter.

KQED Forum + conference update + a chance to win tickets

Startup Lessons Learned

I've done a seemingly endless stream of TV, radio, podcasts, webinars, hangouts in the past year. And I've mostly refrained from posting about them here, but today I'm making an exception. Plus, I have very cool conference updates (our full conference program + more than 300 simulcast locations!) and a chance to win free tickets, if you keep reading. KQED Forum: LIVE at 10am PST this Wednesday Nov 28 When I first moved to Silicon Valley, I used to have a pretty short commute.

Austin Tech Happy Hour on Thursday

Austin Startup

Does it seem crazy to be talking about holiday parties already? Especially since it’s going to be 82 and sunny in Austin today. We’ve scheduled ours for Thursday, November 29th so that we can set the bar for all the other holiday parties you will attend this season! Plus we’re pretty sure that we won’t [.]. Events athh SubtleData

Negotiation: How to Play the Doomsday Strategy

Inc Startups

Threatening impending doom--like the so-called fiscal cliff--can be a risky, yet effective, negotiation strategy. As January 2 looms ever-nearer, leaders in Congress are feeling the pressure to make a deal before we go over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

25 First Round Capital Cyber Monday Deals

Redeye VC

At First R ound Capital, we’ve been big believers in the future of online commerce - and over the past few years have invested in many eCommerce companies, all at the seed stage.

More Help for Sandy-Affected Businesses

Inc Startups

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new grant program for small businesses still struggling with hurricane damages. Right in time for the holiday rush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Small Business Saturday a new $5.5

Google Cloud Platform gets new storage options, 20% price cut, more European datacenter support

The Next Web

Google on Monday announced new Cloud Platform features, including new storage and compute capabilities, lower prices, and more European Datacenter support. The news comes just under three weeks after the company gave its Cloud SQL service a big update.


5 Ways Washington Can Help Innovation

Inc Startups

Manufacturers know that making commodity products is not the key to success. Only innovation will distinguish us from our global competitors.

Creating An Instant Board Of Advisors

Business of Software Blog

This is a guest post by Brian Turchin. Brian is CEO/Founder of Cape Horn Strategies , a consultancy devoted to helping software CEOs create vibrant and flourishing businesses.