Wed.Feb 06, 2013

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Both Sides of the Table

I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. My rationale is simple: everything goes wrong and only great teams can respond to competitors, markets, funding environments, staff departures, PR disasters and the like.

What The Rails Security Issue Means For Your Startup

www.kalzumeus.com

Kalzumeus Software. Patrick McKenzie (patio11) blogs on software development, marketing, and general business topics. Greatest Hits. Standing Invitation. Start Here If You’re New. About. What The Rails Security Issue Means For Your Startup. Posted on January 31, 2013. by Patrick.

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The Art of Graceful Disagreement

Life Beyond Code

Disagreement is hard and graceful disagreement is an art that you MUST master. Have you been in a situation where: You want to disagree but you don’t know how the other person will feel so you end up agreeing to something that you don’t buy-in.

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How to Use Personalized Content and Behavioral Targeting For Improved Conversions

ConversionXL

500 different people go to Amazon.com. Each one sees a different version of the home page. How come? It’s personalized! It’s no secret why Amazon does that: content personalization makes money.

If you don’t “get” why Snapchat is growing so fast, read this

Lightspeed Venture Partners

When we invested in Snapchat a year ago it had a few hundred thousand installs, but incredible retention and frequency of usage. Evan and Bobby painted a compelling story of how ephemeral messaging created a more real and authentic mode of communication, one where you weren’t “performing” for the every present audience in most social media, from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter.

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Top 10 Influential Business Books of All Time

Inc Startups

These ten books changed the business world forever. Thousands of business books are published each year, most of which are destined for the remainders bin. However, there are a handful of business books that have literally changed the world. Here's my list: 10.

The “I-just-got-bought-by-a-big-company” survival guide

Scott Weiss

It took almost six months for my former company IronPort’s acquisition by Cisco to close and it seemed like forever. Although I was still the CEO by name, I was essentially running a “puppet” government with every hire, major expense and strategic shift needing explicit approval from my soon-to-be-overlords. Since Cisco was a functionally organized company, I would soon be losing half of my direct reports as sales, HR, and finance would report into their respective groups.

Work With Someone You Hate? Why That's Actually a Good Thing

Inc Startups

Forget your best friend. Working with someone who drives you crazy is more likely to help you achieve your dreams. When you think about founding your dream business, you might imagine working side-by-side with your best friend, or your spouse, or your sibling. You love spending time with this person.

Not All Entrepreneurs are Cut From the Same Cloth

Startup Professionals Musings

Anyone who works with entrepreneurs will tell you that all are different. Some are really inventors, who view the challenges of building a business as a necessary evil. Others are really marketers out to make money fast, and believe that they can entice customers to any offering.

3 Secrets to Bill Gates' Extraordinary Success

Inc Startups

Contrary to popular belief, the multi-billionaire founder of Microsoft is not a visionary, but an executor. Here's how. The popular myth is that Bill Gates is a visionary.

Metrics for Series A - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

Over this last year, I have been watching a whole group of startups attempt to land their series A. One aspect that has been shown to be incredibly important for sophisticated and series A investors is showing superior metrics

Meditation, Six Months Later

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

About six months ago, I completed a Goenka 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat. With some distance, I can say that completing the 10 days of “Buddha bootcamp” has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

Branson: "Why customers come second at Virgin"

Inc Startups

In an exclusive Inc. interview, Sir Richard explains who rates highest at Virgin. And it's not investors, either

4 Steps to be a CEO in the KNOW or plan to GO

Taffy Williams

The greater the EGO the greater the FALL! An entrepreneur with a great idea and drive is unstoppable. They will aggressively pursue the development of the business in every way possible. Some of the entrepreneurs have even done it before which emboldens them to pursue the next company.

Thomas Smale, Professional Website Broker, Explains How To Value Your Website, How To Find A Buyer And Everything You Need To Know About Website Flipping

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet Download the Text Transcript in PDF. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes. Thomas Smale is a website broker, who founded Flipping Enterprises. He helps connects buyers and sellers of websites and has been involved in more than $5 million in deals last year alone.

Will Facebook Remain Relevant?

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Ekaterina Walter. With over a billion users, a place in the everyday life of over 60% of Internet users and a track record as one of the fastest growing companies in history, the title of this post may seem odd. photo credit: Anirudh Koul via photopin cc.

What does a COO do and should you hire one?

The Equity Kicker

A number of our companies have been addressing this question recently, so it’s been on my mind, and having just read some thoughts on the question on Elad Blog I thought I would get my own thinking straight.

7 Lessons From The Beatles' Biggest Failure

Inc Startups

What the Beatles' early failures can teach you about staffing, timing, market research, and product development. The words "failure" and "the Beatles" seldom appear in the same sentence.

The Next Decade Is The Internet Of Things

ArcticStartup

Since 1980‘s and 1990‘s we were constantly talking about world globalization and how interconnected we have become, partially thanks to the internet. In todays world, I think we need to coin a new term “internetiolization”, if we can pronounce it that is.

Lost a Big Sale? Don't Use These 2 Excuses

Inc Startups

All businesses are concerned with price, but that isn't the reason you failed to close that big deal. Here's why. When I ask someone why they did not win a particular sale, the most frequent reasons I hear are "price" and "politics."

Hiring Advisors or Finding Mentors

Babbling VC

As a VC and even now, I have a pet peeve about hired advisers (or board members) at very early stage businesses. In general, start-ups should not be paying for advice up until a certain point. Sure, there comes a time when you have to pay external professionals. Early on you're most likely going to need legal advice and here I urge you to work with the best. Do pay for their services as you probably won't get them for free. Same goes for bookkeepers or real estate agents and so forth.

7 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Office

Inc Startups

Out with the old, in with the new! Get a jump on spring cleaning by swapping out some of your outdated technology. It's not too early to do a little spring cleaning and sprucing up around the office. Start with your gadgets. Out with the old, in with the new! Here are seven easy things to upgrade.

The Small Business Content Marketing Paradox

crowdSPRING Blog

“Content marketing” refers to creating information (content) that has value to others. The creator of the content ultimately wants to sell a product or service to prospective buyers who benefit from the content, but the goal of content marketing is rarely to sell directly.

Branson: "The one thing that makes an average company exceptional."

Inc Startups

Sir Richard says there's one thing that can make a company exceptional. He practices it every day at Virgin. Do you at your company

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[Hong Kong] Make a Difference Venture Fellows: A New Generation of Asian Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

A new Make a Difference (MaD) Venture Fellows Programme took place in Hong Kong from 24-27 January. The Programme aims to celebrate and support a new generation of ‘doing good’ and ‘doing well’ entrepreneurs who seek to change the world for the better. “We

Branson: "In the end, you have to say, Screw it. Just do it."

Inc Startups

In an exclusive video interview with Inc., Sir Richard explains how he combats "analysis paralysis" at Virgin Group

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Leadership Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Jethro (Moses' Father-in-Law)

Seeing Both Sides

I was in synagogue last weekend for a cousin's bat mitzvah and was struck by the entrepreneurial lessons from the weekly Torah portion.

Which Comes First, Customers or Employees?

Inc Startups

Or better question: Why should companies have to choose between the two? Every so often, I'll hear an argument for why companies shouldn't chase revenues, profits, and shareholder value.

Warren Buffett's Definition of Investing

David Lee

From the Berkshire Hathaway 2011 Letter to Shareholders: with my edits. Read the whole thing here: (link). Investing is often described as the process of laying out money now in the expectation of receiving more money in the future. At Berkshire we take a more demanding approach, defining investing as the transfer to others of purchasing power now with the reasoned expectation of receiving more purchasing power – after taxes have been paid on nominal gains – in the future.

Give New Hires an Awesome First Impression: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

Think outside the HR handbook and give your new employees an unforgettable first day. Here are three ideas to get you started. All you need to do is remember meeting your prom date's parents, going on your first date, or shaking your first employer's hand to know how much first impressions matter.

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What to Consider When Starting a Company With Your Spouse

Business Plan Blog

Starting a business can be a risky endeavor (quitting your job, spending your savings, good potential for failure, and the list goes on).

Tech Trends: New Ways to Connect

Inc Startups

The skinny on new business-card alternatives. When I hand out business cards at trade shows and other events, I always wonder if they'll end up on the bottom of someone's bag--or, worse, in the trash.

The Importance of Sustained Passion

UC Berkeley

By Alexander Haislip, marketing executive with ScaleXtreme and the author of Essentials of Venture Capital. Business school students come out of their programs with a banquet of career options. You invest two years learning, training and exploring and come out hungry to start putting that investment to work and enjoying its dividends. It can be very exciting. Yet some students aren’t quite sure what suits them best. There’s the lure of the lucrative careers, working in banking or consulting.

6 Reasons to Choose a Strategic Buyer Over Private Equity

Inc Startups

Nine years and three suitors after he was first approached, this entrepreneur decided to sell to a publicly-traded strategic buyer. Here's why. I sold my largest business, BerylHealth, a health care call center company, a couple months ago.