Thu.Nov 22, 2012

How many start-ups in the US get seed/VC funding per year?


In very general terms, roughly 1,500 startups get funded by venture capitalists in the US, and 50,000 by angel investors. VCs look at around 400 companies for every one in which they invest; angels look at 40.

Setting up right

Life Beyond Code

The punch line in a joke makes no sense if the setup was not powerful. Here is an old joke that will demonstrate the power of setting up. 8-year old Ron was telling his classmate John that he followed John’s advice to get five dollars from his Dad and it didn’t work.

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8 Pragmatics to Avoid Common Entrepreneur Pitfalls

Startup Professionals Musings

Behind most great startup success stories is a long list of mistakes! Unfortunately, for every success story you see, there is an even longer list of failure stories with mistakes that you don’t see.

Help Your Employees Be Fearless

Inc Startups

A recent survey reveals employees are afraid at work. Yes, even yours. Here's what you can do about it. Unless you work in the reptile house or a risky construction site, it's unlikely you give much thought to whether your employees are afraid.

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Level Up Your Website with Gamification

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Wikipedia defines gamification as the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts. Wikipedia boasts a few games of their own based on clicking through webpages in a kind of online scavenger hunt. Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Atari.

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6 Ways to Get Paid Faster

Inc Startups

How to deal with customers who drag their feet when it's time to pay up. Loving the work is not enough. At the end of the day, you need to get paid. But what if your customers don't cooperate? It's a common problem that's only getting worse, according to research from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Futureful Unveils Predictive Browser For iPad


One launch at Slush I was particularly interested in is Futureful. For some time I've been hearing rumors the company was something really innovative in artificial intelligence and web browsing.

Entrepreneurs to America: Send Us More Geeks

Inc Startups

Schools, parents, and pop culture are contributing to a critical shortage of engineers. Here's how to fix it fast. As Inc. 500 CEOs have long made clear, one of the toughest challenges to growing your company in this economy is finding qualified employees.

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On the New Florence blog The awesome slate at Cognizant Community Fan Conventions Technology and the 2012 World Series Media Room Makeover Vail Resorts EpicMax app Hawaii’s night of tsunami technology and terror Customer experience as a service Data encoded. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get Your Staff

Inc Startups

Scrounging around for holiday gift ideas? Look no further. Here are seven things your employees will actually want to keep. Scrounging around for holiday gift ideas? Look no further. Here are seven things your employees will actually want to keep.--John

Getting your team ready for 2013

John Morris

The post Getting your team ready for 2013 appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. As we enter the holidays, I am always researching ways to improve the annual planning process. Here are ten practical steps to put a solid plan in place. This process will improve your chances of getting everyone on the same … Continue reading → The post Getting your team ready for 2013 appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers.

How Rick Smolan Launched His A Day in the Life Photo Books

Inc Startups

If not for Australia's then Prime Minister, and an open approach to sponsors, photographer Rick Smolan may not have started the $100 million photo book series

Involve developers in the design process: Another reason to have development in-house

The Equity Kicker

Having development in house is really important for startups, principally because it is really hard to iterate quickly when using third parties. This is why technical co-founders are so sought after. Being able to involve developers in the design process is another reason to have your developers on staff. David Royer at UIrrational gives three good reasons why: developers have great ideas – they are typically early adopters of other services which gives them a lot of relevant experience.

Do You Really Know It All?

Inc Startups

You may feel on top of the world, but Bright Pink founder Lindsay Avner says don't forget the rest of the world is out there too

Probably the only day when I can tell you guys to get stuffed.

Mark Birch

Probably the only day when I can tell you guys to get stuffed and mean it. via countryandwestern ). Thanksgiving guitar country


In a galaxy not too far away.

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I recently saw a news item which had a buff looking Jabba the Hut (buff for Jabba) with a young looking Hans Solo. I racked my brains – was that from Star Wars 1,2…oh wait, that would be 4,5 …and. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: If I Were a Bell performed by The Miles.

Mark Birch

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: If I Were a Bell performed by The Miles Davis Quintet - Some folks like to pack in the holidays with all sorts of activities and cooking and more activities. That seems overly exhausting. For me, the holidays are a time to chill, sit back, and relax. The best way to relax is to put on some Miles Davis. This track kicks off the Relaxin’ album, one of four with his first great quintet featuring John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.


Community Platform For Ward 103


My wife has today been formally appointed as a “shadow councillor” for Ward 103- Punjabi Bagh /Madipur in Delhi. For all intents and purposes it means she can now do whatever developmental work a good councillor should do without the malas and bhashans.

100 HR Ideas for better Business : First 5


I was thinking within myself, if I have to give the best reading experience, what is that I can do differently on this Blog. I realized that tons of description may not excite any reader. Keeping it simple and sweet is the only way. While we want to give the best back to the readers, I decided to write a series of the 100 things that a business owner/CEO/Family Business Owner could do to improve his/her business with specific focus on People Management for better business.