Wed.Feb 01, 2012

Who is an Entrepreneur?

Life Beyond Code

It’s hard to “box” an entrepreneur as there are so many different kinds of them. However, there are several characteristics that will make it easy to spot one. I have picked 11 really good definitions of an entrepreneur. Here they are (in no particular order). #1

The Hacker Way

Startup Lessons Learned

I don't normally comment on the day's news, but I want to make an exception today to share something from Facebook's S-1 filing. Over the next few days, astronomical amounts of attention are going to be paid to Facebook's incredible business results: the 800+ million active users, the $3.7 billion (!) in revenue, and their growth rates, too. I hope at least some of that attention will be paid to the culture and process that made those results possible.

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Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club

abovethecrowd.com

Attached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation. Brief disclosure, Benchmark Capital has a minority position in Facebook as a result of the acquisition of FriendFeed, a company that was incubated in our offices. I thought it would be useful to look at Facebook using the scorecard from our [.]. Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech

Burn Rate vs Runway

StartupCFO

Recently a CEO in our portfolio asked me a question that I get often: As a startup with limited capital is it better to be cautious and stretch runway or should you be aggressive and reduce runway? The answer of course is “it depends” You cannot save your way to greatness. If you don’t invest enough in your business you will likely not generate the growth and momentum needed to secure additional capital.

Who is an Entrepreneur?

Life Beyond Code

It’s hard to “box” an entrepreneur as there are so many different kinds of them. However, there are several characteristics that will make it easy to spot one. I have picked 11 really interesting quotes about an entrepreneur. Here they are (in no particular order). #1

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No-excuse Workflow Reminders

47 Hats

Two of my favorite tools for managing my startup are Evernote and Followupthen.com. You’ve heard of Evernote – the in-the-cloud information storage for practically every kind of non-databased information in your life.

The 7 Undeniable Truths of Employee Pay

Inc Startups

To you, their salaries are just a line item in the budget. To your employees, they're much more. Your employees are your business, so ignore the following truths at your peril: 1. Policy, schmolicy: Employees talk.

Did You Forget Something?

Taffy Williams

Why is it thatsmart people sometimes forget to do smart things? I am always amazed at how stories from othersmatch my experiences and confirm failures of people trying to make contact. Negotiations, networking, searching for jobs,seeking funding, and many other activities are common events. A person reaches out to another and desiresto discuss obtaining something. Inapproaching others, why do some people not take time to learn about those theyplan to approach? This is notsmart!

4 Reasons to Fire a Client

Inc Startups

Sometimes walking away is worth millions of dollars in lost revenue. Firing a client will be one of the best things you will ever do for your business. Don't get me wrong; it's not something I like to do. And it's definitely not something I hope you ever have to do.

Twitter Bootstrap Themes Are Coming

Nick O'Neill

Twitter Bootstrap, a framework for quickly developing front-end web interfaces, has permanently changed the way web applications are built. Not surprisingly, in the few months that Bootstrap has been available, it has risen to become the most popular repository on Github of all-time.

Does Your Marketing Make the Grade

Duct Tape Marketing

Does Your Marketing Make the Grade This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing podcast with Laura Fitton (Click to play or right click and “Save As” to download – Subscribe now via iTunes or subscribe via other RSS device (Google Listen).

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Exposing the Myths About American Manufacturing

Inc Startups

American Giant, an apparel line launched today, signals that American manufacturing is making a comeback. Still, there are obstacles--and misconceptions--to overcome. Don't ring the death knell yet. Manufacturing is alive and well and living in America.

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It's Been Quiet Around Here

Babbling VC

As you've probably noticed I haven't blogged much in the past two months. This is a proactive choice. I needed to get away from venture capital, technology and all things start-up for a little bit and didn't want to pull myself back in by blogging in the meanwhile. Nevertheless, I couldn't stay away that long (note to self: figure out the "downtime thing" at some point in life!). Actually, I've missed the outlet that this blog has become to think things through openly. Therefore, stay tuned!

What To Ask the Person in the Mirror

Inc Startups

Harvard Business School professor Robert S. Kaplan explains his questions for effective leadership, and identifying the impact you want to make

Social Media is a Boon to Startups Who Do It Right

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup can’t be bothered with social media, or has no plan to take advantage of it, then you are definitely at risk these days. But simply jumping in is not enough. Before you start spending money and time being a user, you need to understand how it can help you and your business.

3 Steps to Winning over Your Employees

Inc Startups

Be a little vulnerable, show a little interest in your employees' lives and listen to what they think. It's basic, human stuff. Which is the whole point. How do great leaders build strong relationships with key employees? Are they nicer than less successful leaders? Are they tougher?

How to make a Big Decision | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

Start-up on a Budget: 14 Cheap Tools

Inc Startups

Starting a business and trying to keep costs down? Use these expert tips to find resources that can cut your overhead. As a small business owner, you already know that “fast,” “easy” and “cheap” are magic words.

SEC Approves NASDAQ's BX Venture Market- a New Listing Option for Smaller Companies

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The NASDAQ OMX Group has received approval from the SEC to launch its new listing market, the BX Venture Market. The BX Venture Market is intended to serve as a new listing alternative for early stage and smaller companies that do not qualify for a NASDAQ Capital Market listing, bridging the gap between the over-the-counter markets and NASDAQ's existing listing venues.

Entrepreneurship is Really Risky, Right?

Inc Startups

A pair of experts on start-up life challenge the conventional notion that other career paths are far safer than starting your own business. To be an entrepreneur you need to be bold, the usual thinking goes.

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Capital Innovators Graduates First Class of Entrepreneurs

ReadWriteStart

Tonight in downtown St. Louis the second group of companies to be funded by Capital Innovators will be announced. These will receive $50k in seed funding, free office space and credits toward other useful services as part of their acceleration program.

What to Do When a Good Cause Goes Bad

Inc Startups

Cause marketing seems so simple. until it's not. How Susan G. Komen could have avoided a public relations disaster. Cause marketing seems so simple. until it's not, and then you're in crisis management mode. Susan G.

UPrinting.com: A Stand-Out Online Printing Service

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. As online entrepreneurs, it might seem as though you wouldn’t have much need for printed materials. Depending on your industry though, finding a good printer can become necessary more often than you might guess. For example, most everyone can benefit from networking and attending

He's Just Not That Into You: VC Edition

Inc Startups

Venture capitalists hate to say no. But they turn down plenty of small companies with little explanation. Here's what's going on behind the scenes. “Do you really need venture capital?”

Starwood and AT&T #FAIL And Bless Me With $180.76 Of Phone Charges

Feld Thoughts

Put this in the “every business traveller thinks this on a regular basis” rant category. Sure – I’m whining, but I imagine I’ll feel better after I get done. I doubt it has any impact on the universe, but hopefully it’ll be a story that rings true to some of you out there who travel as much as I do. And to my friends at Starwood and AT&T, you made my day yesterday, which was already intense, a lot harder than it needed to be.

3 Ways to Lower Your Break-even Point

Inc Startups

Taking steps to improve profitability can actually help you to increase customer value and build brand equity. Every business has a break-even volume on their product line. For example, GM’s break-even point in 2011 is estimated to be 2 million vehicles ( 20 percent share of a 10 million U.S.

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A concrete example of how to get yourself to “do the work”

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Golden Gloves contender Amanda Wang and Pamela Slim. Photo by proud cousin Abe Cajudo. They say the best way to learn something and reinforce positive behavior is to teach it.

Facebook IPO: 6 Smart Takeaways

Inc Startups

Few IPOs will be of the size of Facebook's. But the company's path to going public can teach any entrepreneur how to better navigate her own road to getting funding. Facebook plans to file its IPO paperwork with the SEC today, according to reports.

Videoplaza Secures $12 Million Series B

ArcticStartup

Videoplaza has just come out with an announcement that they have secured a $12 million investment aimed for global expansion. The Series B funding comes from Qualcomm Ventures and Innovacom. We've written about the Sweden based company before as well, regarding their strong growth.

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Website Smackdown: Mayo Clinic vs. Cleveland Clinic

Inc Startups

Two of the country's most respected hospitals: Which one has mastered the art -- and science -- of great website design? In this week's Website Smackdown, I’m taking a look at the websites for two of the biggest hospital complexes in the world, the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.

[White Paper] 7 Simple Smartphone Privacy Tips

YoungUpstarts

The mobile phone is an indispensable tool these days, be it for personal or business use. Our phones are chockful with sensitive information – your contact list, critical emails, and in many cases, user names and passwords – which only means that losing a phone can be disastrous.

Can a Shoe Color Really Be Trademarked?

Inc Startups

With a Federal Court Case underway many are asking can the color of the soles of shoes be protected as a trademark. The answer may surprise you.

The Best Laid Plans, Part III

OnlyOnce

The Best Laid Plans, Part III. Once you’ve finished the Input Phase and the Analysis Phase of producing your strategic plan, you’re ready for the final Output Phase, which goes something like this: Vision articulation. Get it right for yourself first. You should be able to answer “where do we want to be in three years?” in 25 words or less. Roadmap from today. Make sure to lay out clearly what things need to happen to get from where you are today to where you want to be.

Inside Facebook's S-1: What Investors Are Saying

Inc Startups

We dug into the IPO filing. Is Facebook really worth $100 billion? What does it mean for capital markets? Well, it's official: Facebook is on the road to going public.

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