Fri.Nov 30, 2012

The maker/manager transition phase

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8 Ways Entrepreneurs Seek Real Paradigm Shifts

Startup Professionals Musings

What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible.

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Entrepreneur Tools: The Returns Analysis

Secret Formula

tl;dr: To successfully target VCs, view your deal through their eyes. I got an outstanding piece of advice in my first job: “Always see the world from the other person’s point of view.”. If you’re trying to sign the pivotal customer, think from their perspective about what price they can accept.

How to Breathe and Why You Must

Duct Tape Marketing

A few weeks ago I started a series of posts I’m calling Recover You. The series is focused on practices and habits that I believe lead to a healthier mind, body and spirit, a healthier business and ultimately a healthier economy. You can catch the entire Recover You series here.

A maker-manager’s schedule

About. Twitter. Subscribe. Ben Kamens. is lead dev at Khan Academy , and has been a proud part of Fog Creek. A maker-manager’s schedule. Paul Graham’s Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule meant a lot to me.

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5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Make the Best Employees

Early Growth Financial Services

Many entrepreneurs balk at the idea of hiring a fellow entrepreneur.

Thanks to BitTorrent, The 4-Hour Chef goes from being boycotted by Barnes and Noble to a bestseller

The Next Web

Self-help guru Tim Ferriss may have had a troubled start with his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef , but now it’s flying off the shelves. The book in question has gone from being boycotted by Barnes and Noble to becoming the first BitTorrent bestseller. Here’s the story.

Twitter Link Roundup #156 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

Walkbase Run The Numbers On Slush With New Retail Analytics Tool [Infographic]


Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Kostas Papageorgiou , a copywriter in Finland who creates engaging content for startups. Retailers are in luck when it comes to analyzing their customers’ in-store behavior.

Conflicting Court Cases Regarding the Nature of Social Networks

Venture Chronicles

I was catching up on news this morning and 2 unrelated stories jumped out at me, the first being a case brought by ad company Sanbreel against Facebook.

Catching Up With AppCampus: €1.7 Million Distributed, New Accelerator & Co-Working Space


AppCampus has become a force of its own since opening its doors in May.

From Doer to Leader

— About — Research — Entrepreneur — Misc — Teaching. Explore. george tziralis log. personal webpage, blog and everything in between. January 16th, 2012. From Doer to Leader. ¶ ¶ Getting from a couple of entrepreneurs to a team of 5 or 20 employees is one of the most difficult tasks startup founders are facing. I call this the transition from being a doer to becoming a manager and then, eventually, a leader.

Thought for the weekend: I’d rather be a missionary than a mercenary

The Equity Kicker

Jeff Bezos was interviewed by his CTO Werner Vogels at the AWS: Reinvent show yesterday. I’m a big admirer of Bezos. As well as building an amazing company he has a great business brain and regularly comes up with pithy quotes and insights which help us to understand the world better.


Friday Wrap Up


It's Snowpocalypse here in Helsinki, so make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate, curl up next to the fire, and browse through this week's selection of extra news, events, and jobs to keep on your radar. Top story this week is another promotion of our meetup event thrown together with The Next Web.

East Coast Offense

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In Walter Isaacson?s s biography of Steve Jobs, Isaacson describes the time that Jobs cold called Wendell Weeks, the CEO of Corning, Inc., to learn about Gorilla Glass (which is now used in more than 500 devices). Weeks? assistant refused to. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: RIP Zig Ziglar (1926 – 2012)

Scott Edward Walker

Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs. Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur.

Mobile Measurement Failure: Comscore, Moody’s and the Tyranny of Standards

Immersive Web

Immersive Web The news release that Comscore now includes mobile measurement is plain and simply embarrassing. Mobile usage has been around since 2008 and growing exponentially since then. Mobile measurement has been in Google Analytics since Oct 2009.

“There are eight ways of contacting me through my phone.

Mark Birch

“There are eight ways of contacting me through my phone that don’t involve me having to talk to you. Use one of those.”. Also, do not send me Facebook messages…. humor LOL mobile phone calling

The end of demographics

Start Up Blog

I think demographic segmentation should be added to the bundle of tools from yesteryear. The redundant list. Note just because it is a cold and dehumanizing concept, but because we no longer have to use economic and social indicators to guess who cares about something. In a connected world, where we opt in to tracking our own behaviour guessing is no longer required. Instead we can know precisely who cares, and what matters to them.

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SHRED WEEK COVER FRIDAY: Moonage Daydream by Racer X - So we.

Mark Birch

SHRED WEEK COVER FRIDAY: Moonage Daydream by Racer X - So we finally get to the Paul Gilbert portion of the program. This was the short-lived Shrapnel Records creation that put Paul Gilbert on the guitar legends map. While he clearly fell into the neo-classical strain of shred guitarists, he soon developed his own distinct style that was technically brilliant but did not take itself too seriously. I am a sucker for a good David Bowie cover.

Peter Bauer – Founding Principles vs. Scaling Principles

Business of Software Blog

This is a summary of Peter Bauer’s Business of Software 2012 presentation. Founding and scaling principles. According to Peter, the four principles to a successful company are: Build something with friends. Deal constructively with fears about success. Never allow an investor to change the chemistry or assert their agenda above that of the company. Clear intent and logistics. Build something with friends. Mimecast started in 2003 before cloud computing was cloud computing.

"The numbers I’ve heard from most everyone is that only about 20 percent of companies that have."

Mark Birch

“The numbers I’ve heard from most everyone is that only about 20 percent of companies that have gotten a seed round in the last year will be able to raise a Series A.” - “ The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed? ” via PandoDaily. Folks, this is not a Series Whatever crunch, this is how the system should work. In the first DotCom era, companies would get $5 million out of the gate and most would crash and burn without so much as a working demo of the product.

"We’re tracking 134 seed accelerators in 33 countries. These accelerators have funded over 2000."

Mark Birch

“We’re tracking 134 seed accelerators in 33 countries. These accelerators have funded over 2000 startups, and seed companies have raised over $1.6 billion in funding. One hundred of these companies have already sold for an estimated total of over $1 billion.” - “ Tracking Global Growth in Seed Accelerators ” via AllThingsD. The numbers are certainly impressive, but I wish the focus was not on funding.