Thu.Jan 31, 2013

I Am Enough

Feld Thoughts

I received a bunch of great comments and responses to my post Be Vulnerable. Several people asked if I was inspired by Brené Brown’s TEDxHouston talk in 2010. I hadn’t ever seen it so I watched it last night.

Why Video is the Best Way to Share Your Company Story

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A picture paints a thousand words, and those words are greatly multiplied if the picture in question is moving. In fact, studies show that when both the visual and auditory senses are stimulated, a person’s retention increases by an astounding 58 percent.

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How Reed Hastings’ Facebook Status Update Landed Netflix in SEC’s Crosshairs


Last month, the SEC announced it was taking action regarding Netflix’ (NFLX) securities compliance based on a Facebook status update posted by CEO Reed Hastings.

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Why the Best Business Ideas Come in the Shower

Mike Michalowicz

You’ve been there – in the midst of a vigorous shampooing ritual and mid-foam-up, you suddenly have a light bulb moment that effectively solves the problem you and your team puzzled over just the day before. No, it’s not the magic of warm water.

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Small Tablets Are Further Atomizing Ubiquitous Computing

Agile VC

I’ve been enjoying my iPad Mini for a couple months month now.

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Remember the square and round pegs must match the correct holes

Taffy Williams

Match the people to the correct task! The matching of shapes seems like a simple concept. Fitting pieces into a puzzle requires matching shapes if you want to see the final picture.

Write a Business Plan or Not? 2 Experts Debate

Inc Startups

Writing a business plan could be a really great idea or a really bad one, depending who you ask. Two start-up experts make their cases. You're starting a new business. Should you take the time to write up a business plan? Absolutely! says David F. McShea, partner at law firm Perkins Coie.

Eugene Chung – New TechStars NY Managing Director

Feld Thoughts

Over at the TechStars blog today, David Cohen introduced the new Managing Director for TechStars in New York, Eugene Chung. Thirty-five great candidates were interviewed for this position; the only offer we extended was to Eugene. His background includes NY-area investments BuzzFeed and Bedrocket while he was at New Enterprise Associates. Prior to that, he worked at Warbug Pincus and Morgan Stanley. We were looking for deep competence and culture fit with TechStars and we found it with Eugene.

10 Ways to Step Up Your Leadership

Inc Startups

No matter who you are, or the type of company you oversee, there are some universal ways you can be better at it. Strong leadership is a lifelong pursuit that requires continuous evaluation and improvement. Every leader has his own style, and every company needs a personalized approach.

8 Key Processes Distinguish a Business From a Hobby

Startup Professionals Musings

Even when your startup is a one-man show and lots of fun, a “business” needs some discipline and controls to keep it from being defined as a hobby by investors, and assure some financial return.

Automate Your Business for Fast Growth

Inc Startups

Automation isn't just for corporate giants. Use these eight tips to get your business running more efficiently and effectively. Every business faces fierce competition--both in terms of sales and, just as importantly, efficiency and effectiveness.

Bandits vs pirates. jConnect vs Twilio

Business of Software Blog

Blessed are the disruptors (pirates) for they shall be less of a pain in the backside than the incumbents (bandits) who can get into all sorts of nasty little habits.

3 Keys to Great Customer Relationships

Inc Startups

Customer relationships are all about emotions rather than features and functions. Relationships are emotional rather than intellectual. Therefore, rather than treating customer relationships as business agreements, approach them as an interaction between your emotions and those of the customer.

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The #hash economy

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Back in the late 90′s I started noticing URLs at the end of many TV advertisements.

Secret to More Profitable Negotiations: Food

Inc Startups

New research shows that simply sharing a meal with negotiating partners can lead to better deals.

You’ve Been Reddited: How a Single Post Increased JobKaster’s Monthly Traffic Over 2900%

Startup Houston

At JobKaster , we’re in the middle of a complete overhaul. We are rebuilding everything from the ground up to create a sturdy infrastructure as well as a better UI. With the developers completely immersed in rebuilding the site, what is a non-technical Co-founder to do?

Small Businesses Use LinkedIn More Than Facebook

Inc Startups

A new survey shows that more small business owners use LinkedIn more than any other social media platform. Small business owners use LinkedIn more than any other social media platform (yes, even Facebook), according to a new survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International.

Viber Amasses Over 50 Million Users Across Asia


Mobile communications technology platform Viber , this week announced that it has hit 160 million users globally, of which over 50 million come from Asia and growing.

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A Sales Technique that Leaves Everyone Happy

Inc Startups

Here's how asking the right questions can help you close big deals while leaving your clients confident they made the right decision. It's a win-win. A good place to start with any potential sales prospect is to assume that he or she is a smart person.

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[Infographic] How Geospatial Technology Drives Global Economic Growth


Geospatial technology, such as the use of advanced digital mapping, GPS and other location-based services, is changing the way the world works. While it used to be paper maps and printed guides that told us where to go and what to do, we’re now using such technology to do so.

Top Thing to Invest in Right Now: You

Inc Startups

Buy key-person insurance. It's the best investment you'll make this year. My company has a $1 million life insurance policy out on me. It was a condition of landing our VC funding when we launched Personal Capital. That's standard operating procedure in Silicon Valley.

A Valentines Day Chat

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

On February 14th, the entire USV partnership will be in Salt Lake City and so courtesy of our friend Bryce , we are going to do an event called Sessions @ The Leonardo. We've done this format before, usually in our event space, and its a lot of fun to do a public appearance with all of my partners. We finish each other's sentences, tee up topics for each other, and tell stories together. It is from 4pm to 6pm on February 14th at The Leonardo. The event is free but space is limited. Mobile Airtime As Currency


The scene is a crowded Nairobi marketplace. A customer is buying goods from a shopkeeper. When the shopkeeper gives the customer change, it is on a mobile minutes card. In developing countries people like shopkeepers

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How to Banish Office Politics

Inc Startups

No company is immune from infighting and gossip. How to keep politics from damaging relationships and impacting your bottom line. Ah, office politics.

Who’s on call?

John O'Farrell

Alan Bradley: [holds up his pager] I was paged last night. Sam Flynn: Oh, man, still rocking the pager? Good for you. TRON: Legacy. Here’s my card. It’s got my cell number, my pager number, my home number and my other pager number. I never take vacations, I never get sick.

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Cloud Storage: 4 Legal Issues You Need to Know

Inc Startups

Here's how you can protect your company against data loss, international subpoenas, and cyber crime.

The Nordic Startup Scene Covered In The Economist


We're excited to see that we're not just talking to ourself, The Economist has written a special report on the Nordic startup scene with the subtitle, "The Nordic region is becoming a hothouse of entrepreneurship".

Why the Customer Is (Sometimes) Wrong

Inc Startups

Customer's always right? Not always. Here's the few reasons to be wary of customer feedback. The customer, turns out, is not always right.

Seven Secrets of Billion Dollar Companies – Blueprint to a Billion Entrepreneur Version

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

The Blueprint Growth Institute. This is the institute borne from David G. Thomson’s book profiling billion-dollar businesses. But not just any billion-dollar businesses: Ones that got there better and faster than others. Below we highlight the seven keys to success espoused by the most successful billion-dollar companies studied by Thomson. Essential #1 Create and Sustain a Breakthrough Value Proposition. - Are we solving a compelling, unmet need (emotional, financial)?

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Should We Celebrate Equity Crowdfunding At The First Investment Or First Exit?


Right now we're reading about how the J.O.B.S. act is going to change crowdfunding in the United States, but I think it's worth pointing out we actually have a head start on equity crowdfunding in Northern Europe.

Rule for Success: Choose Your Playing Field

Inc Startups

Winning takes more than a big vision, no matter how brilliant it is, says Roger L. Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management. Roger L. Martin is dean of the Rotman School of Management and co-author, with former Procter & Gamble chief A.G.

[Singapore][Event] Social Media Week Singapore


Social media practitioners and enthusiasts in Singapore, rejoice – Social Media Week Singapore 2013 is upon this month, and will see over 30 free-to-participate events scheduled across 18-22 February.

What You Really Need to Know About Your 'Path'

Inc Startups

Don't roll your eyes. Awareness of what's going on inside and around you can help you to visualize and influence your future. Whether you realize it or not, you're on a path. You can look back and see exactly how you got to where you stand today.

The #hash economy

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Back in the late 90’s I started noticing URLs at the end of many TV advertisements.