Mon.Oct 24, 2011

Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication


I continually face the challenge of designing and building registration / sign-up pages on a wide variety of different web sites and mobile applications.

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How early product failures led to huge successes

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Failure is not an is a future success. Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element of success. When I speak at conferences around the world I say "In America we don't use the word failure.we call it experience".

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Taxonomy of the Lean Startup Anti-Pivot

Grasshopper Herder

Sometimes pivoting describes how entrepreneurs adapt to customer feedback. Sometimes it's an annoying buzzword, grating to the ears. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Investment Lean startup Pitching anti-patterns lean startup pivot pivot

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What I learned from raising venture capital

Takin' VC Money (Money Cash IPO's) by Smixx Forewarning Be forewarned, this post is long. You can tl;dr it by reading the section titles. It's long because I'm compressing the last four months into one post. I don't normally do that, but I didn't want to influence my funding by blogging about it in the middle of it. And historically I've been bad at doing serial posts, so here you go. I'm new at this. I recently raised venture capital for the first time.

Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

VC Cafe

The latest IVC Online report is out and it offers interesting color on the funding of Israeli startups. According to the report, 137 startups raised $522 million in Q3 of 2011, up 53% from the equivalent period in 2010, but down 8% from the $549 million raised in Q2 2011.

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Workday breaking the cloud scale barrier

deal architect

In aviation, shattered windows aside, we have always admired planes which break the sound barrier. Over the last decade, the general assumption has been cloud/SaaS is a SME phenomenon. But that’s a barrier Workday has refused to accept since its. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Gary Vaynerchuk: Put a Ring on It

Inc Startups

Stop rushing it with customers over social media; play the long-game, and earn life-long customers and fans, says the founder of Gary Vaynerchuk has some advice for you. He would like it if you stopped behaving like a 19-year-old boy when managing your social media.

Follow the Leader

Scott Weiss

In 1950, my Uncle Ed Kalin opened a small designer furniture store. After years of hard work, he saved up and opened a larger one. Growing up working there, I’d observe him doing things that, at first, were hard for me to understand. First of all, when he walked around the store, he was constantly picking up trash. Little wrappers, paperclips, cigarette butts and the squashed paper cup that didn’t quite hit the trash can.

Simple Act of Record Keeping Can Make All the Difference in Success

The Entrepreneurial Mind

In the rush to start a new business, the simple act of keeping records often gets put on the back burner. But poor record keeping has been the demise of many otherwise successful businesses. The entrepreneur needs clear and accurate records to help manage the challenges of the startup. These records can help manage cash flow and will provide financial statements that can help monitor the progress of the new venture.

Good Business Writing is Not a Mark Twain Novel


In the world of business, you only get one chance for a great first impression. The stakes are high – you are asking an investor for money, a customer for an order, or another executive for a partnership.

The Most Important Element of Your Employee Handbook

Duct Tape Marketing

The Most Important Element of Your Employee Handbook This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Lots of companies invest money and resources in the creation of employee handbooks.

Go Big or Bug Off

Babbling VC

No, I wouldn't ever say that to an entrepreneur but it's the painful truth. I just finished giving this advice to a couple guys who came to me. I thought I'd share it here because it's not the first time I've repeated it. . When VC's look at your opportunity they want to know whether it can be "big". Big is probably different for VC's than it is for you and they probably want it far "faster" than you do.

IM Creator – High Class Websites for the Masses, with 126,000 Websites Created and Counting.

VC Cafe

IM Creator is gaining speed on its Israeli competitor to become a leading WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web design website.

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Venture Deals Book Event In Boulder on Thursday 10/27

Feld Thoughts

It’s not quite halloween, but our friends at SVB are hosting an event for me and Jason Mendelson in Boulder on Thursday night to discuss our new book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. We’ll be handing out signed copies of our book along with answering any questions about venture capital, startups, entrepreneurship, beer, or our upcoming halloween costumes.

People First

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. On Friday, Matt Blumberg from Return Path came to talk to a group of First Round portfolio companies on scaling your organization from a management perspective. Many of our companies are at the stage where they have only one person, if any, in each functional area—and many areas are probably being covered by someone else.

Make Your Point and Have it Stick

Inc Startups

Do you want to get your customers attention? Odds are you are starting your conversations with the wrong word. In their recently published book, As We Speak; How To Make Your Point And Have It Stick , Peter Meyer’s and co-author, Shann Nix teach their audience the skill of high performance communication. Understanding these skills is imperative to any entrepreneur, even if you are not a public speaker.

Go with the Flow

Growthink Blog

Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of attending Jamie Wheal’s and Steven Kotler’s “ Flow Salon ” at the Summit Series’ awesome home in Malibu, California. The evening was memorable - to say the least - on many levels. First, by whatever name you call it - "the runner's high," being "in the moment," "in the zone", "when time slows down," "the opposite of writer's block,” flow has been studied and celebrated by mystics, athletes, artists and their coaches and guides for centuries.

Give it a listen today!

47 Hats

The Business of Software Conference starting today in Boston is live streaming , beginning at 9am Eastern. If you want to hear and watch some of the sharpest minds in the software business, get yourself registered on this page and start partaking. Watch videos of previous talks. Here’s the speaker schedule, with my personal favorites/recommendations in bold. All times are Eastern): Monday, October 24 th.

St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Feld Thoughts

Marathon #20 is in the books. Yesterday I did the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with Matt Shobe. The amazing Amy Batchelor once again sherpa’d for us. The weather was perfect, the course was pretty but hilly, the support was outstanding (as it typical of Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons), and I came in at a solid 4:51:26. This race was an experiment – I wanted to see if I could do a marathon two weeks in a row while living my normal life.


Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The Revised Model Act provides perhaps the most extensive and best-considered provisions on indemnification by the corporation of directors and officers to be found in any codification. Indemnification provisions may be drafted either in the charter or bylaws, but one school of thought, to which this author subscribes, will place them in the charter so as to provide maximum dignity to often controversial provisions.


The Effects of Going Off the Grid and Exploring Nature

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Is going off the grid and retreating into nature sure to be relaxing and rejuvenating? Not for Rob Horning, who spent some time in Idaho for a nature trip awhile back. He reports : Contra Thoreau, retreating into nature, instead of bringing me back to myself, made me feel like less of a self and a bit more like one of the many undifferentiated bison one encounters out there. I don’t feel replenished for the assault on the backlog of posts I intend to read and write.

Calculating Depreciation and Amortization

Inc Startups

Here are a few things you should know when calculating depreciation for your company's assets. Depreciation is a fairly simple concept. When a business owner buys a fixed asset, that asset loses its value over time, and so its most current value must be accounted for on the company's balance sheet. A computer bought in 2008 for $2,000, for instance, can't be listed on a company's balance sheet in 2011 as an asset valuing $2,000 (and doing so would constitute fraud).

Help with Board Meetings - DShen's Blogs


Recently an entrepeneur asked me about holding board meetings, and what kinds of things are discussed at them. I sent him these most excellent posts: Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups by Mark Suster


My Client Became My Partner

Inc Startups

After working together as client and vendor, a real estate broker teamed up with his Web services provider to launch a firm that combines each of their best skills. Great business partnerships are often forged out of friendship. Sergey Brin and Larry Page met in college.

Happy Monday! #BoS2011 Live Stream & almost $8,500 of stuff - for free - for you.

Business of Software Blog

Two ways to treat yourself at the start of the week. Come and watch the FREE livestream of Business of Software 2011 starting at 9.00 am EST TODAY ! First  First speaker is Professor Clayton Christensen who will be followed today by Jason Cohen, Alex Osterwalder, Dharmesh Shah, Jeff Lawson and Tobias Lütke. Enough said? Well the conference would cost $2,495 to attend if we hadn't sold out, so some pretty well informed people think it is worth it.

How to Spread the Word Effectively

Inc Startups

Advertisement: Energy costs facilities $202.3B / year. Take the bite out of rising energy costs and reliable power sources. Everywhere you use energy, there’s an opportunity for savings. Let Grainger improve your bottom line with products to help you conserve energy and save.

The University of Texas System Invests $10 Million in MyEdu

Austin Startup

MyEdu, the nation’s leading student academic platform for completing college, announced today that it has partnered with the University of Texas System (UT System) to provide an enhanced student academic platform, helping students across UT System institutions to significantly increase their return on education by raising graduation rates, decreasing time to graduation and supporting career readiness goals.

Why the Federal Government is a Profitable Place for You to Seek New Business

Inc Startups

Have you considered going after a government contract ? You might be wondering where to even start. These contracts offer the opportunity to work with the largest spender in the United States, and successful execution of a defense contract can result in a highly profitable relationship with the U.S. government. It can be daunting, for sure, but it can also be highly profitable and worth it to your business.

Engauge gets pets

Jeff Hilimire

Agency Life


Episode 3: Smart Bear Live!

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s Episode 3 my little “ Loveline for startups. ” Introduced a few months ago as an Austin event, I’m now doing this live audio advice column to the web, taking phone calls from startups around the country. My co-hosts were Bob Walsh and Patrick Foley , hosts of the well-known Startup Success Podcast.

How to Win Google's Backing

Inc Startups

Want Googles money? A sweet spot for Google Ventures managing partner is where the cloud meets genome sequencing. Want Google’s money? A sweet spot for Google Ventures’ managing partner is where the cloud meets genome sequencing.

DealDash Sees Explosion Of Growth


DealDash filled us in with some exciting numbers that must make the Helsinki/Sunnyvale based "shopping as entertainment" company one of the fastest growing startups coming out of Finland today.

Ten Steps to Becoming a Notable Expert in an Anything

Mark Birch

It seems almost impossible to get noticed these days. There is no space anymore to be the next viral sensation on Youtube, a famous blogosphere celebrity, or a heavily quoted social media guru. How is anyone able to grab the attention of the fickle Interwebs and garner much deserved recognition?

Icelandic BrandRegard Picking Up Steam In The U.K.


The Icelandic software startup, Transmit, tells us that their cloud-based branding and marketing service Brand Regard , is seeing traction in the U.K. after being selected by London based agency Target-Live to manage their digital assets.

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