Tue.Feb 19, 2013

Crazy enough to change the world

Steve Blank

“ Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Don’t Tell Me Your History In Chronological Order

Feld Thoughts

I meet a lot of people. I hear a lot of people introduce themselves. I interview a lot of people. Sometimes I want to hear their story; most of the time I don’t. I’ve realized recently that I’m tired of hearing histories. And I’m tired of telling mine. It’s easy to find out most by a simple search on the web. Or a scan through LinkedIn. Or listening to one of the video interviews I’ve done where someone has said “tell me your story.”

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10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.

Classes They (Thankfully) Don't Teach At Startup School


The following are some hypothetical classes that I'm thankful they don't teach at places like Y Combinator, TechStars and 500 Startups. 11 Classes They Should't Teach Founders. Dress To Impress VCs: The Art of Wearing A Tie.

How Stripe built one of Silicon Valley’s best engineering teams

Redeye VC

Stripe, the payments company that makes it simple to accept payments on the web has quietly been amassing one of the strongest engineering teams in Silicon Valley. In this First Round Capital CTO Summit talk, Greg Brockman, Founding Engineer at Stripe, pries open the black box and shares how Stripe recruits. Below is an interpretation, not a transcript, of Greg’s talk. The credit goes to him for all the good stuff and you can watch the complete talk in the video below.

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Dropbox and Evernote are OS independent…and I love that.

Jeff Hilimire

In the past, I’ve wanted Apple or Google to acquire Dropbox and Evernote, two of my tools of choice. It’s crazy, by the way, how much I love and use these two tools. I thought how nice it would be if the seemingly perpetually half-baked iCloud services would act more like Dropbox.

11 Life-Changing Questions You Must Ask Yourself

Inc Startups

Ask yourself these questions every day. Without fail. And then, based on your answers, take action. Keep this list handy. Ask yourself these questions every day--without fail. And then, based on your answers, take action. Who would cry the most at my funeral?

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Four Qualities Of Great Entrepreneurs


By Trevor Blake, author of “ Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life “ I have found that many entrepreneurs struggle with the same basic difficulties. We are often so caught up in our own ideas that we forget the aspects that are essential to our success.

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How to Sell Anything to Anybody

Inc Startups

Whether you're selling products to customers, ideas to your boss, or yourself to an employer, we're all in sales. Here's how to get the deal done. You may not realize it, but the most critical junctures in your career involve selling.

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[Singapore] Google Maps Goes Indoors For Your Shopping Convenience


So if you’re anything like me who often get lost in the labyrinthine maze we call the Singapore shopping mall and likewise hate to look for a map directory or consult the nearest mall employee for assistance, help is near. In fact, it’s now in the palm of your hand.

10 Best Reasons to Be an Entrepreneur

Inc Startups

When the work is hard and the hours are long, these are the reasons why founders keep doing what they do.

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Brussels Diamond Heist - International Masked Men - Chaganomics


Diamond heist at a European airport? Eight masked men hijacked $50mil worth of diamonds from Brussels Airport. Authorities say it took less than five minutes, but conflicting reports have put the operation at eleven minutes

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8 Hidden But Powerful Google Tools for Business

Inc Startups

Google is far more than a search engine. If you know where to look, you can find a treasure trove of free or practically free tools to help grow your business. Just about everyone uses Google in some form for their business. I'm sure you know about Google Maps, AdWords, Google Analytics and Gmail.

Welcome To The Creativity Economy

Mike Michalowicz

Say goodbye to the status quo. The past economy was about industrialization. If you could make the same thing, consistently the same way, you won. The new economy is The Creativity Economy. The money is now being awarded to the most innovative companies, the most creative people, the rule breakers. Are you breaking the rules of your industry? If so, you are fully participating in The Creativity Economy. If not you better start innovating before it’s too late.


How to Be Creative: Tips From 5 Incredibly Funny People

Inc Startups

Great comedians make their living by seeing the world in a fresh way and creating high-value "product" to match. Could your team learn from that? Ask just about any entrepreneur, and he or she will tell you that creativity is the most valuable attribute a team of employees can have.

Notabli Lets Parents Show Kids Off To Close Friends And Relatives


Kids can be cute and all, but don’t we all hate it when friends flood their Facebook walls with photos, videos and other similarly annoying updates of their children. every. single. damned. We don’t need to see what you newborn just poo-ed, thank you very much.

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24 Rejuvenating Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

Inc Startups

Eating a cold sandwich at your desk while you surf Facebook doesn't count. Shake things up with one of these energy boosters. Ideally lunchtime--the hump of the workday--should involve a change of scenery.

Book Review: The Best American Essays of 2012

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

This year’s edition is curated by David Brooks, and as usual, it’s phenomenal. One of the things I most look forward to in my annual reading diet is diving into the latest Best American Essays series.

Should I Make a Counter Offer?

Inc Startups

When good workers quit, counter offers are tempting. Why it's time to let go and move on. Dear Evil HR Lady, My operations manager just came to me and said she has a new job offer--at a 10 percent increase in salary. I cannot afford to lose this person right now, as we're stretched pretty thin.

Does Your Startup Business Need an Audit?

Early Growth Financial Services

Often I work with business owners who think their company is in need of a traditional audit. My first question for them is always…why? In some cases, the high level of assurance of an audit is required and no other substitute will do. Third parties, like investors and lenders, may insist on assurance that the financial statements they are basing their decisions on accurately represent the state of your financial condition.

Does Facebook Work for B2B Marketing?

Inc Startups

Some firms have had success, while others say the social network does little for them. Inc.com talks to Facebook's small business director to learn more. Facebook marketing? A must according to many companies. Not worth the trouble to some.

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Don't Evaluate Yourself With Bad Metrics

Constantly Learning

Measure twice, cut once. How are things going?" is a question we ask one another to be polite. In the startup world, that question means something different. When an investor, share holder, business partner, or employee, asks that question they are asking, "How is the business doing?". You are only as good as your metrics. No one cares about your opinion. To answer the question objectively you need to use your external data to support the answer.

Get Back More Free Time: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

Overly busy? Struggling with delegation? Get back more free time with these three helpful tips. There are things you love to do, and things you have to do. Eventually everyone finds there is precious little time to do all of both.

The Leadership Challenge

Will Price

Reading Kouzes and Posner's The Leadership Challenge. I enjoyed the Practices of Leadership and Commitment to making overcoming the Leadership challenge.

5 Ways to Create Your Long-term Vision

Inc Startups

It is too easy to lose sight of the long term as you focus on delivering results this week. Here are five steps for turning your vision into action. Will your business take actions this week that will help you deliver your long-term vision? How about this month? This quarter?

The Post On-Premise Era

deal architect

In June 2010, Steve Jobs talked about the post-PC era “When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

4 Ways to Know You're Ready to Start a Business

Inc Startups

Thinking of starting a company? There are many things you need to consider, but first, are you even ready? As a recovering serial entrepreneur, the unsolicited question I get asked most often is some version of: "How do I know if it's the right time to start my own business?"

How to Ask for Startup Advice – Part 2

Kevin Dewalt

In Part 1 I covered some basic guidelines for getting good startup advice. These are a few additional tips. Forget “Startup Gurus” – Ask Smart People for Advice. Nobody knows nothin. Mark Andreesen, at a speech I heard him give in 2001.

No, I Won't Sign Your NDA

Inc Startups

I'm in the business of backing great teams, not stealing from them. In other words, you're going to have to trust me. You've come to my place, at my invitation, so that we can talk about your idea.

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Hangout with an Ecopreneur: Caroline Cummings on Feb 19, 4 pm EST

Up and Running

On a new Hangout-on-Air series on Ecopreneurist called “Hangout with an Ecopreneur” we will chat with an entrepreneur who is creating an impact through a viable business. We hope these inspiring stories and lessons learned will encourage you to dream big and do good.

Think on Your Feet or Die Where You Stand

Inc Startups

There's only one thing to do when your plan hits a snag: Keep moving. “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity.” ” -- The Navy SEAL Creed When my SEAL team was deployed in Iraq, one of our jobs was to identify and eliminate high value targets, or HVT’s.

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Looking Back On TC Baltics, We All Need To Hop On More Planes


Last week Dmitri and I took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, gave a short presentation about startup media tips at Garage48 HUB, and then made the 4 hour drive down to Riga. Now that we've gotten some time to sleep on it, I think it's time for a retrospective.

The Epidemic Entrepreneurs Should Fear

Inc Startups

The flu outbreak made me pause and consider another powerful contagion. Lately, you can't turn on the TV without hearing about a flu outbreak. Most people can relate to being busy at work and hesitating to take a sick day, but this often cuts even deeper for entrepreneurs.

Happening now: live webinar on MVPs & prototypes

The Startup Toolkit

false For the next 30 minutes, I’ll be talking a little bit about MVPs and prototyping. You should be able to watch it live here, and afterwards it will hopefully magically become the recorded video. Forgive me if this live experiment goes horribly wrong. Product