Fri.Sep 09, 2011

Promises and Platitudes – The Dangers of Low Quality Advisors

Instigator Blog

Having great mentors can make a huge difference for you, individually, as an entrepreneur. I’ve never had a mentor, but looking back I’m certain it would have been very helpful. Even today. Mentors are there to help you, and by extension (potentially) your startup. But even if your startup fails, or you’re not going where you want with your job, etc. a mentor is still there adding value. The same should be true with advisors.

SaaS Math: Why “I” love SaaS!


Hey folks, this is the 1st post in the SaaS Math series. Today I’d like to start with I love SaaS. And when I say “I&# , I mean investors. When I entered the startup World, most companies sold software under a perpetual license.

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The One Thing Every Venture Capitalist Wants

Growthink Blog

A venture capital firm is a financial institution that focuses on providing capital, in the form of equity, to companies who offer them the prospects of significant growth. The partners and associates at venture capital firms are known as venture capitalists.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged With Me – Part 2

Feld Thoughts

Last spring Brad Bernthal and Jill Van Matre turned the tables on me and interviewed me for CU’s Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. Normally I’m the interviewer (with one of Bernthal or Jill) – this time I was the interviewee.

What Motivates You?


I've found myself thinking a lot about the research being conducted by the Startup Genome Project these days. The data is an absolute goldmine and provides quantitative benchmarks for issues I've thought about for years.

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How getting laid off twice in two years got Joshua Waldman a book deal

Escape From Cubicle Nation

I had the pleasure of working with Joshua Waldman last year, and was very impressed with his tenacity and creativity.

[Infographic][U.S.] Unemployment By The Numbers


So we all know that the recent financial crisis has left a devastating wake on the American economy – and especially on unemployment – but how bad was it, really? Here’s an infographic that shows the sobering figures.

Startup Lessons from a Muay-Thai Master | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

The Trouble with Non-Investor Investors

Mark Birch

You can file this under investors to avoid. There are plenty of situations that I have seen where non-investor types get involved in startup funding. These range from wealthy family members and benefactors to corporations and government organizations.

Logistics Required Before Approaching Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time.

Leader driven Harmony #39: Do the Crappy Little Jobs FIRST!

Active Garage

It is so easy when running a business (or office, branch, etc.) to put off doing the crappy little jobs.

Checking out this Mightybell app

Jeff Hilimire

I read this morning about a new service called Mightybell , which is Gina Bianchini’s new outfit. You might recognize her name as she was the former CEO of Ning. My 1st Mightybell experience.

Women Business Owners – This Is Your Moment

Up and Running

Yesterday I was sent a link to a study on women owned businesses. While some of the data is a few years out of date, I was caught by this particular piece of information: In 2004, Women owned 10.6 million businesses in the United States. They employed 19.1

Kayaks and Startups: Signalling direction on the open water by making a hard turn

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. I kayak on the waters around Manhattan--which is a ton of fun but can also be a bit precarious when it comes to navigating ferry traffic. A few weeks ago, we were with a group of paddlers and came face to face with a ferry boat heading in our direction. We wound up between it and the pier that it wanted to turn into coming around a bend.

Remake The Nokia Tune With Audiodraft


Audiodraft , the Finnish audio crowdsourcing service (and startup by the same name) has landed a major partnership with Nokia to remake the hugely popular Nokia Tune. The most liked tunes on the Audiodraft page are actually very good and I'd seriously be thinking of using one for my iPhone.

It's Lonely at the Top. Guidance for the Early Stage CEO

Small Business Force

So you proved your concept. You have some actual customers, driving real revenue and maybe even have an employee or two. Have enough funding to last a little while, but some nagging doubts. You've never done this before. In fact, you've never really run a business.

Arctic15 Exclusive: Derek Sivers - Uncommon Sense (3/8)


In the run up to our Arctic15 conference , we've announced an exclusive video series with Derek Sivers , the founder of CD Baby. The story why all this is relevant can be read from the introduction to the first video.

It's Lonely at the Top? Guidance for the Early Stage CEO

Small Business Force

So you proved your concept. You have some actual customers, driving real revenue and maybe even have an employee or two. Have enough funding to last a little while, but some nagging doubts. You've never done this before. In fact, you've never really run a business.

Which Marketing Tactics Should You Use to Grow Your Business?

Marketing Junkie

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are notoriously over-busy. We’re swamped by mile-long to-do lists that never seem to grow shorter no matter how many hours we work. Trying to market your business on top of everything else just adds to the stress and confusion.

Know Your Battlefield, Pick Your Battles

Small Business Force

An army going into battle would never think to not understand what the topography of the battlefield was, including critical areas that needed to be captured to ultimately defeat the enemy. They would know where the enemy was entrenched and what resources in manpower and armaments they possessed.

One Of These Days by Pink Floyd - Awesome.

Mark Birch

One Of These Days by Pink Floyd - Awesome instrumental…video from the Live at Pompeii album , showcases Nick Mason, one of the more unsung yet legendary drummers in rock history. music rock instrumental drums Pink Floyd Nick Mason One Of These Days live concert Pompeii

[Survey] [U.S] Small Business Owners Poised For Growth in 2012; Concerns Remain About Economy


Despite all the negativity we hear in the press about the sad state of the economy these days, the latest Citibank small business survey shows that the majority of small business owners believe they are poised to grow or are already in growth mode.

Getting My School On

Mark Birch

I am going back to school this Monday. I applied to a new certification program at General Assembly for front-end web development where we get to delve into the world of HTML, CSS and JavaScript for ten weeks.


More Innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog The logistics of moving the 9 ton Amenemhat II Energy Harvesting Displays Uncle Sam’s App Store Farmer’s Mobile Catastrophe Fleet. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

What’s Wrong With the Twitter API via @orian

Mark Birch

What’s Wrong With the Twitter API via @orian : All the big Internet platforms create some level of API anxiety within their developer community. Recently Facebook got slammed at the worst of the API’s in a survey by Trove.

Facebook doubles revenue

EIN News

Zynga Poker and Rovio's Angry Birds. Some venture capitalists and industry experts see early signs that. all internet display advertisement impressions in the United States in June, more than the combined total

COVER FRIDAY: Have a Cigar performed by Foo Fighters - I am on a.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Have a Cigar performed by Foo Fighters - I am on a Pink Floyd kick this week and this is one HEAVY version. music rock cover song Foo Fighters Pink Floyd Have a Cigar


5 Mistakes Carol Bartz Made as Yahoo CEO

EIN News

months at Yahoo. To be sure, the venture capitalists might have preferred to cash out via. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page; legendary venture capitalist John Doerr; Paul Otellini, Intel CEO; Ann. cultural hero among Chinese, both in the U.S. but worldwide. And China is one market

daryn: J. Mascis - Circle (Edie Brickell cover) The year that.

Mark Birch

daryn : J. Mascis - Circle (Edie Brickell cover). The year that this song was tearing up the airwaves was the same year that Dinosaur Jr.’s s Bug was released. I don’t think Bug-era J. would have believed you if you told him that 23 years later he’d be recording this, but it works…. From this week’s Daytrotter session. Could not pass this up for COVER FRIDAY, J Mascis covering Edie Brickell’s Circles?


Research and Markets: What Venture Capitalists Need to Know Before Structuring or Negotiating Their Next Employment Agre

EIN News

has announced the addition of the "What Venture Capitalists Need to Know Before Structuring or Negotiating. your next founder employment agreement as a venture capitalist A roadmap to the most important practical, and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager, U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 Copyright

COVER FRIDAY: Mother performed by Sinead O’Connor &.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Mother performed by Sinead O’Connor & Roger Waters - From The Wall Live in Berlin , not quite a cover in the truest sense, but just a great job by Sinead singing a great song. music rock Sinead O'Connor Roger Waters Pink Floyd The Wall Mother


NREL to Help Four Start-ups Ramp up Solar Energy Innovations

EIN News

awarded $5.8 million to work with the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory. turn lowers risk and gives assurance to venture capitalists and other private investors that the technology

9/11?s 10th


9/11′s 10th. I wasn’t yet writing this blog on 9/11 (no one was writing blogs yet), and if I had had one, I’m not sure what I would have written. The neighborhood immediately surrounding the World Trade Center had been my home for more than seven years before the twin towers fell, and it continued to be my home for more than seven years after they fell. That same neighborhood was Return Path ‘s home for its first 18 months or so, across two different offices.

What The New Patent Reform Act Means For Innovation

EIN News

into law the first large-scale reform to U.S. patent laws in 60 years. It brings. that this enables a new angle for venture capitalists to get in to smaller companies, with