Wed.Jan 02, 2013

Startup Mentors


I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. I suggested that they should look for someone like me, but on the business end. Then we discussed how they could go about finding this startup business advisor. Then I got an email that asked: I'm leading the marketing efforts for an early-stage startup.

Google Analytics Tips: 10 Data Analysis Strategies That Pay Off Big!

Occam's Razor

In the coming year, based on current announcements , Google Analytics is set to go through an almost unprecedented amount of evolution. My postulation is that by this time next year the tool will be almost unrecognizable. [My

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Issues with Equity Misalignment

Ask The VC

Q: In our startup we have 4 founders, two of whom are not full time. We’ve all put in a good sum of cash thus far. The two founders with the least equity happen to be the two tech founders. Some of us feel that we made a mistake when allocating shares in the beginning – there is one founder in particular who does not do any work, and he has the second-most equity (the split goes like this: 32%, 26%, 10%, 7.5% with the rest for employees + advisors).

The first step in your 2013 plan – anchor the why, the whom and the what

Escape From Cubicle Nation

A new year can feel like a fresh-smelling sheet just taken off a clothesline in a Swiss village. Or it can feel big and daunting, like staring off the side of a big cliff.

How to pitch to investors in 10 minutes and get funded

Up and Running

I know what it’s like to pitch to investors – both angels and venture capitalists. I’ve raised close to $1 million from angel investors for my previous technology start-ups. Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to the investors (or less in some cases). Below is a format I’ve successfully used, as well as helped many other first-time start-up CEOs raise investment capital. Powerful Investor Pitch in 10 mins.

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So You're Going To Start A Huge New Web Project

CSS -Tricks. treehouse : what would you like to learn today? Web Design. Web Development. iOS Development. Show search box. Search. Search in: All. Articles. Forums. Snippets. Videos. ?. Forums. Snippets. Gallery. Videos. Almanac. Demos. Deals. Navigation n Search. So You’re Going To Start A Huge New Web Project. Published. December 18, 2012. by Chris Coyier. I was asked this past week to consult for a company embarking on a huge new website redesign.

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Early Evidence Is Often Too Early And Not Really Evidence


The Lean Startup method strongly advocates experiments -- and for good reason. It's critically important for a startup to acquire validated learning as quickly as possible. How quickly can you get through a learning cycle? How efficiently can you get to the answers to crucial questions?

12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013

Inc Startups

This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action. At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months.


Entrepreneurs: *DO* Be A Hero


A few minutes ago, I came across this tweet from my friend and co-founder at HubSpot , Brian Halligan. This got me to thinking (which is often a dangerous thing), am I taking enough risks? Am I being daring enough? Am I being a hero? Answer: Not often enough.

Be a Master Networker: Everything You Need to Know

Inc Startups

Forget platitudes and theory. Here's the only advice you'll ever need to make business networking pay off. If effective business networking is so important, why do so few people see any benefits? The problem starts with expectations. Most people approach networking as a key driver of sales.

My favorite apps to keep productive in 2013

Up and Running

I’m a sucker for any app that helps me be more productive. I’ll try any new to-do list and I’m always on the lookout for the next great project management tool. Over the past year, there have been some fantastic new productivity apps as well as some refreshes of a few classics. To help you increase your productivity in 2013, here are my top 12 favorite apps from 2012. These aren’t just apps that I’ve read good reviews about.

Top 10 Traits of an Exceptional Boss

Inc Startups

The first lesson in business is figuring out who you should listen to and who you shouldn't. Let me ask you something. Would you trust a surgeon who’s never performed an actual procedure? How about a litigation attorney who’s never seen the inside of a courtroom? Of course not.

Banking and Unbundling

You might be somebody's landlord, you might even own banks, but you're gonna have to serve somebody - Bob Dylan If it is the case that the Internet unbundles things , that the " power of connected networks such as the Internet is that they unbundle all that came before them," then looking at areas that might be in the process of unbundled might be interesting. I've previously thought this was mainly and initially happening in media and education.

6 Steps to Productive Brainstorming

Inc Startups

Think big and follow these tips to make the most of your next brainstorming session. Running a productive brainstorming session is an art form--it can also be the most productive fun that you'll ever have.

Hit Reset, It’s 2013

Feld Thoughts

My long-time friends Fred Wilson and Joanne Wilson each had powerful posts about saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in 2013 yesterday. Fred’s is titled Putting 2012 To Bed. I know many people who don’t know Fred other than via his online presence, public actions, and reputations. I expect that 99% of them, when asked if Fred had an awesome 2012, would say ”of course – he has an amazing life.”

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5 Ways to a Better Business in 2013

Inc Startups

If you want to take your business further this year, here's what you need to focus on. As you start the new year, learn from the five most valuable lessons I've learned in my career as an entrepreneur. Spend smart.

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[Singapore] Startup Asia Singapore Back For 2013 Edition


After a series of successful startup events in Singapore, and Jakarta and Bandung in Indonesia last year, Asia-based online technology news site TechinAsia will be kicking off Startup Asia Singapore ‘s second edition later in April this year.

Simple Secret for Happy Employees

Inc Startups

Want to boost your employees' well-being? A new study weighs the emotional effects of workday duration, engagement, and time off. The results will surprise you.

Some of the Most Memorable Marketing of 2012

Mike Michalowicz

The world not ending on December 21, 2012, wasn’t the only memorable marketing moment in 2012.

Are You a Fearless Leader? 3 Questions

Inc Startups

Fearless leaders know how to face reality, take decisive action, and accept responsibility for the outcome. Are you one of them? What kind of leader will you be in 2013?

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"Markets that don’t exist don’t care how smart you are."

Bryce Dot VC

“Markets that don’t exist don’t care how smart you are.” - Marc Andreesen

Taking Stock, Part II


Taking Stock, Part II. Last year, I wrote about the three questions I ask myself at the beginning of every year to make sure my career is still on track. [ [link] ] The questions are: Am I having fun at work? Am I learning and growing as a professional? Is my work financially rewarding enough, either in the short term or in the long term?

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The Year of the Timeless Stream

Rob Go

I’ve been noticing something that I think will make some big strides in 2013. It’s a trend that I think we’ll see in consumer services. That’s right, even amidst the gloom of the series A crunch and the flock towards enterprise focused software, I think we are going to see a big and important shift in consumer facing services in the coming year and beyond. That shift I think is the movement from real-time to the timeless.

Crowdfunding Roundup In The ArcticStartup Region


Is that €50 bill Grandma slipped into your Christmas card burning a hole in your pocket? There are a decent amount of crowdfunding projects going on in the Nordics and Baltics, and here are a few that may spark your interest.

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The One Good Thing About the Fiscal Cliff Resolution

Inc Startups

The fiscal cliff resolution may or may not help small businesses. But it has at least one very, very good (perhaps unintended) consequence. The fiscal cliff crisis has been averted! But wait: No one seems happy. The Democrats want more tax increases. The Republicans want more spending cuts.

Focus on the line, not the dot

Yesterday I noticed the Who’s Hiring? thread pop up again on Hacker News. If you’re hiring, it’s a great place to share that fact. Since around half a year ago, we’ve been actively hiring and so I’ve made it a task of mine to post to the thread when it appears on the first of the month. As I sat down to write the listing for Buffer in the thread yesterday, the writing came very easily. At the same time, those words I wrote on that thread have had a huge impact.

[Review] Mastering Story, Community & Influence


There are those on social media, and then there are those who define how to really use social media. Jay Oatway , former journalist and leading social media authority calls the latter Socialeaders.

New Years Resolution To Lace Up Your Running Shoes? Check Out MyNextRun For Running Events


It's 2013 - a new calendar, and new year to start fresh and make some new habits. Up there on my list is participating in more running events, and maybe a triathlon if I ever replace my stolen road bike (I'll never stop looking for you, ol' blue!).

Convert Customer Loyalty Into Cash

Inc Startups

You've worked hard to build your company's reputation in the local community. Convert that goodwill to real value as you prepare to sell your business. Valuation can make or break the sale of your business.

Perfecting the Art of the Pitch: 8 Young Entrepreneurs Weigh In

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally posted on Tech Cocktail. The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

Startup Weekend Lancaster, PA

Startup Weekend Lancaster is coming up in late February--here's the first blog post by one of the organizers. It's a national program sponsored by the Kaufman Foundation, and finally coming to Lancaster. The premise is simple: people get together and create startups over a 54-hour period. Have an idea? Come on out. Coder? Welcome. It's a great program, and we're lucky to be able to host it here in the hometown. Learn more here

[Interview] Hitachi Data Systems’ Hu Yoshida On Startups And Storage Virtualization


We managed to speak to Hubert Yoshida of Hitachi Data Systems when he was in Singapore recently to share his top ten predictions on storage virtualization in the IT industry in 2013.

How to Thrive (at a Big Company) After Acquistion

Inc Startups

Can a mission-driven enterprise accelerate impact within a larger corporation? It's been almost five years since The Coca-Cola Company first invested in Honest Tea, and nearly two years since Coke purchased the remaining portion of Honest Tea.

My (and your) favorite posts from 2012

Jeff Hilimire

At the end of every year I take the time to look back and see what posts you liked the best (using Google Analtyics and comments) and which ones I was happy that I wrote. I also like to reflect on how my blog has evolved and what trends I see emerging. In 2012, I shared more of my personal thoughts than I had in the past. If I look back at the type of posts that were the most popular over the years, it looks like this: 2009 – Social media and digital dominated my posts.