Fri.Nov 09, 2012

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Later today I’m presenting at the annual Rincon Ventures Summit in Santa Barbara. Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. I thought you might like to see an advance copy of what I’m going to cover. I speak privately a lot about getting an exit at a startup.

How To Build A Wildly Successful Business

Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Pumpkin Plan , lectured in October 2012 in Philadelphia on how to build a wildly successful business. Using strategies Michalowicz learned from colossal pumpkin farmers, entrepreneurs can grow a colossal business. It all starts with selecting the right seed.

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5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2013

Duct Tape Marketing

This post originally appeared in my column for American Express OPENForum. photo credit: Joel Bedford via photopin cc As you start preparing for next year, you may wish you had a crystal ball to see what’s in store for your business.

Pride Before The Fall

David Lee

One of my favorite books on technology is “Pride Before The Fall” by John Heilemann. It’s about the Microsoft antitrust trial in the mid 1990’s. Heilemann got unprecedented access to the players involved like David Boies, Joel Klein and Bill Gates himself.

'Thank You' Goes a Long Way

Inc Startups

New research reveals something pretty obvious. Thanking and rewarding employees can give your business a boost. Don’t hold off until annual performance reviews to praise stellar employees.

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Seth Godin: 5 Ways to Grow Your Market

Inc Startups

The world's top marketing guru explains how to innovate your sales and marketing. A few years ago, I heard marketing uber-guru Seth Godin speak about business growth through innovation at a conference hosted by my friend and mentor Gerhard Gschwandtner , CEO of

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Google Ventures dedicates $1.5 billion to invest in startups, expands fund to $300 million a year

The Next Web

Google yesterday held Google Ventures event and today shared some new figures. To sum up, Google Ventures is dedicating $1.5 billion to invest in startups over the next five years, boosting the size of its fund by 50 percent, from $200 million to $300 million a year.

5 Reasons Denver Is Hot for Start-ups

Inc Startups

An affordable and laid-back alternative to Silicon Valley, the Mile-High City is building a vibrant start-up community. Silicon Valley is the undisputed start-up capital of the world because it's overflowing with investors, mentors, and start-ups in every stage of development.

How This Workout Application Can Rake In Cash

Nick O'Neill

Yesterday I was disappointed to read that Fitocracy had launched a merch store. If you don’t know what Fitocracy is, they are a mobile application that enables you to track your workouts and share them with friends and other members of the Fitocracy community. As someone who works out multiple times a week, I found the product to be fairly enjoyable and useful for tracking my workouts.

Hire Top Candidates in 21 Days or Less. Here's How

Inc Startups

When you spot talent, accelerate your hiring process--right away. As they say in sales: "Time kills all deals." But the statement applies to recruiting, too. Here's a dreadful scenario you'll find familiar.


Anti-launch inertia

The Startup Toolkit

The longer you wait, the harder it gets. Inertia accumulates. The project’s tendrils snake down and hold it in place. It takes on grand proportions. It’s not just the big company launches that are vulnerable. Little projects fall victim too… Sending that email to a client. Deploying those features. Publishing a blog post (ahem). Momentum builds in a good way, too. The other day, I talked to a team that had been stalling for months.

10 Design Tips for Tiny Offices

Inc Startups

From knocking down walls to greeting customers with candy in hand, members of the YEC offer their best advice for sprucing up even the smallest start-up offices and storefronts.

Startups Need Teamwork Entering the Perfect Storm

Startup Professionals Musings

A " perfect storm " is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances aggravate an environment drastically.

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It's the Time for Personal Strategic Planning

Inc Startups

You don't just need to review your company's trajectory and priorities; close the year with a review of your personal strategy as well.

Twitter Link Roundup #153 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

3 Ways to Overcome Buyer's Fears

Inc Startups

The new normal for buyers is an attitude of fear and uncertainty. Here are three tips on how to get buyers interested in what you have to offer. Now that the recession is over and the long recovery is upon us, business is going forward, albeit slowly and certainly not painlessly.

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“Can I Just Have a Five Minute Nap?”

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 “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

3 Big Companies Launch Start-up Incubators

Inc Startups

Microsoft, PayPal, and Qualcomm have launched business incubators, giving life to a new batch of start-ups. Apparently, start-ups are the new pet projects of some major companies.

A P&L for Startups?


. Lean Startup Machine has recently launched it’s “Validation Board” ( [link] ). Osterwalder’s business model canvas encodes a lot of wisdom about what needs to go into a business to make it work. see our previous posts on how to use the canvas).

The Marketing Playbook Has Changed

Inc Startups

Brian Halligan, founder of HubSpot, talks about the challenges within the changing landscape of marketing

October 2012 Site Performance Report

Code as Craft

It’s been about four months since our last performance report , and we wanted to provide an update on where things stand as we go into the holiday season and our busiest time of the year. Overall the news is very good! Server Side Performance.

Don't Put Your Customers at Risk

Inc Startups

In the wake of the deadly meningitis contamination, your business needs to keep its supply chain squeaky clean. It's not enough to blindly trust your suppliers, you have to check and check again. Here's how.

Does Being a Great Place to Work Really Boost Productivity?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you employ people in your business, you will know that human capital is one of the biggest expenses, especially in the service sector.

Want to try startup engineering?


One more week to apply to Flashpoint @ Georgia Tech. Applications at [link

How to Request Help For Your Startup

Launch Any

As a startup, you need all the help you can get. But requesting the right help can be the biggest challenge. You may not know the right person to ask, or how to ask. Here are a few tips I have accumulated over the years on how to ask for help with your startup: Know your audience – when you make the ask, don’t ask everyone you know the same thing. Instead, craft your request specifically the the person you are asking.

Be Honest: How Good Is Your Company Website?

Inc Startups

Brian Halligan, founder of HubSpot, talks about how creating good content and getting links back to your site can boost your business

Kenai – RIP

Feld Thoughts

Our beloved dog Kenai died yesterday at 10:20 am. He was at our house in Eldorado Springs with Amy and our other dog Brooks. It was sudden and unexpected – he went quickly and painlessly. He was 12. My last moment with him was the day before when I left the house to go to the office. I had my bags with me as I was heading out for an overnight trip to Oklahoma City. He always followed me to the door whenever I left town (he knew what my Filson bag meant).

Study: Number of Veteran-owned Start-ups on the Decline

Inc Startups

Though veterans once represented a robust percentage of budding U.S. entrepreneurs, a new study shows that recently fewer are starting up. After returning to civilian life, many military veterans find enterpreneurship an attractive career path.

October 2012 Site Performance Report

Code as Craft

It’s been about four months since our last performance report , and we wanted to provide an update on where things stand as we go into the holiday season and our busiest time of the year. Overall the news is very good! Server Side Performance.

How to Restart Your Business's Engine

Inc Startups

A growing business will eventually hit a growth plateau. Here are four steps to power through the plateau and put your business on a new growth trajectory. Growth companies are usually run by scrappy entrepreneurs who have grown largely through the brute force of their CEO.

Dealing With Distressed Clients: Nine Ways To Stop Dreading Them… And Start Helping Them


by Joseph and JoAnn Callaway, authors of “ Clients First “. When the economy tanked in 2008, the way we saw the world shifted. Fear took over. People worried they’d go to work one day and discover they no longer had a job.

8 Start-ups Fighting Back Against Natural Disasters

Inc Startups

From portable emergency housing units to fire-proof hardware systems, these 8 companies are building the next-generation of life-saving innovations. Last week Hurricane Sandy tore up the East Coast, wrecking homes, businesses, cars, and pretty much anything in its path.

To the circling vultures

Jason Crawford

Dear recruiters, No need to all send me a LinkedIn message at once today. You have no special opportunity to get my attention just because my company had a bad quarter and our stock price dropped. I make commitments for the long term, and am not swayed by the vagaries of the public markets. Best regards, Jason

Ex-Boss's Confession: 'Analytics Saved My Career'

Inc Startups

The company had a vision of where it needed to go--but no map to get there. Here's how a little data saved the day. Before I started writing full-time in 2001, I worked at a Fortune 100 retail giant on a small team of documentation specialists and designers.