Sun.Jul 17, 2011

Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have written a book with this title. It is now available on Amazon. I got a preview copy and gave it a read. It's a textbook on venture capital deals. If you plan to do one of them, as an investor, advisor, or most importantly, as an entrepreneur, you should get this book and read it. A friend of ours recently got a new job. Part of her job will be doing venture investments for her new employer.

Before product-market fit, find passion-market fit

Venture Hacks

Before product-market fit, find passion-market fit. Building a product is a process, not a discrete action. And the Internet is efficiently arbitraged. Every single simple thing that can be done is being done, or has been done. The lesson of history is that product-market fit is very precise—one wrong tweak or slightly bad timing and you can miss the whole thing.

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Product Evangelism

SVPG

In my last article I wrote about the importance of product passion , and I said that one of the reasons this passion is necessary is for product evangelism. Product evangelism is, as Guy Kawasaki put it years ago, “selling the dream.” ” It’s helping people to imagine the future, and inspiring them to help create that future.

Before product-market fit, find passion-market fit

Venture Hacks

Before product-market fit, find passion-market fit. Building a product is a process, not a discrete action. And the Internet is efficiently arbitraged. Every single simple thing that can be done is being done, or has been done. The lesson of history is that product-market fit is very precise—one wrong tweak or slightly bad timing and you can miss the whole thing.

Find the Best of the Best Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

With as many as 100 million active blogs (web logs) in English alone on the Internet, how can you find and read the ones you need to be a leader in your business domain? I’m a speed reader, but that’s a challenge for even the best of us.

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: Do It

Scott Edward Walker

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar Welcome to our weekly series entitled “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we post a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Day 55/120

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

I started my weight loss challenge against Paul Piotrowski nearly 2 months ago. As a quick recap, we each must lose 14% of our starting body weight (which works out to 30 pounds each) within 4 months (120 days). If one of us doesn’t make it, then he will have to pay the other $650.

More innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog Cisco’s tablet wrinkles “Social” Architecture Pyrotechnic Science Technology at the Home Depot. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

[Review] Full Engagement!: Inspire, Motivate, and Bring Out the Best in Your People

YoungUpstarts

One of the challenges that any business has is making sure that employees are happy and fully contributing to the business. It’s an even bigger challenge for small businesses and startups, who often can’t compete with the pay and financial perks that larger organizations can give.

The Economy as an Accelerant - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

Definition: Accelerants play a major role in chemistry. Most chemical reactions can be hastened with an accelerant. Accelerants are catalysts which alter a chemical bond, speed up a chemical process, or bring organisms back

Small business and startup tips: training day!

crowdSPRING Blog

Just like our larger brethren in the Fortune 100, lots of small businesses have training programs for their workers: lectures, classes, role-playing exercises, and motivational speaker sessions.

An SEO Reminder – What Do Your Customers Really Want?

Rembrandt Communications

In past entries, I’ve talked about how SEO (search engine optimization) copywriting is all about providing value to your customers. Well, the number one way to do that is to give your customers what they want. And how do you do that? Ask them! Find a free and simple tool like Survey Monkey, Zoomerang or [.]. Copywriting SEO SEO Copywriting Web Copywriting sales search engine optimization

Mommy Book Club

entrepreMusings

Call me crazy, but I’ve joined a book club with currently 14+ moms from the neighborhood. I love reading. I love reading good fiction because I find there is so much tie to real life. I work full time and have two kids so I haven’t had time to really read much for the last 8+ years. I’m hoping that belonging to a book club, something I haven’t really done before, will get me back into reading.

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Bike rally at Crossroads

Mark Birch

Bike rally at Crossroads. motorcycles bikes rally

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China concepts stocks overseas

EIN News

top Internet service provider company, made its United States market debut on Oct 1, raising $84. curbed the appetite of private equity and venture capital firms looking for the next set of. billion. It counts private equity companies and venture capitalists IDG Capital Partners, SAIF Partners and Qiming

Best of the Week on Strong Opinions

Mark Birch

Here is a roundup of the top stories for the week on Strong Opinions: Why Your Fundraising May Be Tough Going. How to Determine Seed Round Valuation. Thoughts on Angel Bootcamp. We Are NY Tech - job board is live! Do Not Press Send and 10 Other Smart Working Tips. Enjoy and good reading!

Investing in America's Growing Assets: Minorities

EIN News

to emerge as the majority of the U.S. population? Investing today to uplift America's minority. than 1 percent of GDP. The National Venture Capital Association boasts venture-backed companies produced $2.9T. no such risk capital infrastructure. Angels and venture capitalists across the nation focus their investments on

Convertible Debt vs. Equity: Which Is Right for Your Startup?

Angel Investing News

In a recent post, Bill Clark, CEO of Microventures , did a nice job of summarizing the Convertible Debt versus Equity option for startup investors. Unfortunately he left out the primary disadvantage to investors, which is why you won’t find most savvy angel investors who are part of angel groups using convertible debt. Convertible debt can substantially reduce returns for angels, which is why I seldom consider convertible debt as an early stage investor.

Engineering the energy industry's next big breakthrough

EIN News

Jersey. I was in finance in the United States and worked on several technology startups. talking to venture capitalists. We rejected a venture capital deal for $2-million a couple of months. Rutgers. Worked in technology finance in the U.S. Employed by CIBC while studying for MBA

Los Angeles, I’m Yours by The Decemberists

Mark Birch

Los Angeles, I’m Yours by The Decemberists. music

So my last rant.

charliecrystle.com

well, it's time to get back into massive travel planning mode. Today I was able to, unbelievably, book a flight from Lancaster to San Jose for $550. I drive 15 minutes, get on a plane, and I'm in great shape. And after looking at travel for Sept and Oct, I'm able to book enough in advance to lock in a non-shocking rate. There was a time when I flew a ton and there was a lot less competition for seats. Things have really changed though--every flight seems packed.