Mon.Mar 12, 2012

Lean Startup and Big Vision Are Not Diametrically Opposed

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Recently, I presented Lean Canvas and an extended Problem-Solution Canvas (that we created at Year One Labs) to FounderFuel’s second startup cohort. It was a lot of fun, and hopefully useful for the teams. (If If you’re curious, FounderFuel is a Montreal-based accelerator program that runs twice per year.). I’m always concerned when presenting anything related to Lean Startup that I sound like a religious zealot. Hopefully that’s not the case.

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Website Ads are Not a Revenue Stream for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest red flags I see in many Internet-related business plans today is advertising as the initial revenue stream, or a key part of it.

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Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

David Teten

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital ‘s approach to building a fitness office. Thanks Tim!)

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done

Duct Tape Marketing

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. There is always more that you want to do than you can humanly or otherwise actually do. That’s just the nature of owning a business and the minute you let up it comes right back at you.

Wilson: The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) must not be at SXSW because he’s got a great post up titled The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving. While having a great post up and being at SXSW don’t have to be mutually exclusive, all of the other VC Posts that I saw this morning said something like “here’s where I’m going to be at SXSW – come find me.” ” Or they are tweeting “I’m still awake and I’m at an epic party.”


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Mentor Like You Mean It

Inc Startups

Being a great mentor requires more than experience and time. Learn to weave the right web. Five steps. Something magical is happening in Boston right now, and it's going to make history.

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Life Beyond Code

I was recently contacted by “Joe” asking if I would be interested in looking at an infographic his team had created that he thought would be useful to my audience. He also mentioned that I could use it however I want. I knew the trick, so I politely replied that I will pass for now.

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Why Facebook Laps Twitter on Business Strategy

Inc Startups

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook'> Leaked financials show Twitter lagging far behind Facebook in revenue, and there's a reason: Facebook is old-fashioned when it comes to making money.

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup


I've recently received several emails from people looking for a technical cofounder for their startup. I promised I would write this post with some thoughts and ideas on the topic. Here's an example of that kind of email.

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12 Customer Dos & Don'ts

Inc Startups

Use these quick and easy rules to make sure your customers keep coming back for more. It's easier to sell to existing customers than to acquire new ones, so it's good sense to keep the customers you've already got. Here are some simple rules to ensure that customers continue to come back for more. DO put connection before content. Clients don’t want you to sell to them; they want you to genuinely care about them.

Thought Readership #3: What’s wrong with “chocolate fireguard” books – and what to do instead

Active Garage

When it comes to the commonly espoused belief that a nonfiction book automatically confers credibility on an author, my feeling has always been maybe, maybe not.

My Secret for Turning Fear Into Opportunity

Inc Startups

Feeling like a failure in business? If you're frustrated and overwhelmed, use this method to go from an F to an A++. Being in business for yourself is anything but predictable.

Scaling CI at Etsy: Divide and Concur, Revisited

Code as Craft

In a past post, Divide and Concur , we told you how we approached dividing our large test suite into smaller test suites by keeping similar tests together rather than arbitrarily dividing.

5 ways to prepare for Facebook Timeline

Up and Running

If you’ve got a Facebook page for your business, you’re probably aware of the big change that’s coming on March 30, when all Facebook pages will switch over to the new Timeline design. The change will make your Facebook page a more visual representation of your brand.

How to Lead Without Being There

Inc Startups

In the army, leaders make their intent clear and then let the team on the ground make the decisions. Here's how that can work at your company.

Venture Cyclist: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything

Venture Cyclist

President Dwight Eisenhower once said Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. I agree with this and want to provide a little more nuance to my recent dismissive attitude to business plans. In a recent discussion at

Think Your Business Is Big Enough? Think Again

Inc Startups

We struggle every day with the ever-present need to get bigger, then get bigger again, in order to meet our objectives and create a sustainable business. Our business made it into the top 100 of last year’s Inc. 500 list. And we struggle every day.

Avoid Distractions and Remain Focused - Constantly Learning

Constantly Learning


SXSW Day 1: Startup Buses Take Texas

Inc Startups

Fast pitch: They've created a company over the past 72 hours. Now they're pitching the idea to a panel of investors, which includes Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Robert Scoble of Rackspace, and Luis Robles of Sequoia.'>

Private Placement Memorandum And Regulation D

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Private Placement Memorandum And Regulation D: The §4(2), or private-offering, exemption is the basis on which most emerging business enterprises are able to sell securities in the United States. The term refers to that section in the '33 Act that contains the exemption

Jive Comes Around, Focus on Customers

Venture Chronicles

Social communities are instrumental to both social media and customer support strategy. Jive’s announcement this past week to focus more on Social Customer Service is further validation that customer communities are instrumental to both social media (marketing) and customer support strategy.

Anticipate Your Customer's Next Click

Inc Startups

How to fine-tune your website to give your customers exactly what they're looking for. Many e-commerce websites focus on the same thing: the homepage. They A/B test images and messaging and layout and tweak the user experience so it's clear and compelling.

Ants Is A Fast And Simple Ridesharing App


The ridesharing options in the Nordic countries are few and far between, and the available options don't leave users with much access when unteathered from a computer. Ants is a mobile-based ridesharing service inspired by Foursquare and Instagram, and is free to use.

What Do Accenture, Amazon, Wegmans, and Zappos Have in Common?

Growthink Blog

Jim Stengel’s powerful new book, " Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies", is a clarion call for all those that ask and seek a lot from the companies they work for and the companies they buy from.

Founder's Dilemmas - what do you worry about when growing a business?

Business of Software Blog

I am still celebrating the news (you heard it first here!) that Professor Noam Wasserman has agreed to speak at this year's Business of Software on the subject of Founders Dilemmas. Not only that, he has generously agreed to try to answer some of your questions in a guest blog to be published at the end of this month. How very, very cool is that? Here is where you come in.

Looking to the use cases of big data

The Equity Kicker

As I’m sure you’ve noticed big data has been a hot topic for a while now. Everyone is rushing to use big data technologies like Hadoop and Cassandra and VCs have been pumping money into companies associated with the big data trend for at least the last couple of years. However, if you probe what the excitement is all about then once people move beyond the point that we are now generating data in unbelievable huge volumes and that there must be value in it somewhere then many people draw a blank.

Hiring an Associate at Bessemer


We are looking tohire an Associate to join me and my colleague Jeremy Levine at Bessemer. This is a Silicon Valley-based opportunity,though we anticipate that it will involve frequent and extended travel to New York, at least initially. As an Associate you will actively participate in all stages of identifying and evaluating investment opportunities while supporting Jeremy and me in our ongoing involvement with portfolio companies.

Angry Birds Passes 10M MAU On Facebook


The title says it all, Rovio's Angry Birds game has reached over 10 million Monthly Active Users on Facebook's gaming platform. The game launched less than a month ago on Valentines day, meaning this Facebook metric currently tabs up the the number of unique users since its launch.

Acquired Companies Can Retain Independence, Innovation

Inc Startups

Here's how one Israeli company acquired a start-up company, and helped innovation, independence, and creativity flourish there. It is the dream of many entrepreneurs to build something great and have their company acquired.

50 Blogs That Will Make You A Better Manager


When you’ve made it to the management level, it’s tempting to think that you’re in a comfortable position where you don’t have much room for improvement. But while you may be a great manager now, there is always the possibility of becoming a better one, if only you just know how.

Kony 2012: Making Video Go Viral

Inc Startups

Almost overnight, millions of people watched and shared this 30-minute video. Here are five things it got right. If you haven't already seen "Kony 2012," you should—not only because of its message but also because it's probably going to be one of the most successful viral videos of the year.

[Review] Zag: The Number One Strategy Of High-Performance Brands


In a world of extreme clutter you need more than differentiation. You need RADICAL differentiation. The new rule: When everyone zigs, zag. That, in a nutshell, is what “ Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands ” is all about.

Take a Tour Through Windows 8

Inc Startups

Microsoft is letting you try its latest operating system before you buy. Here are the business features not to miss. Microsoft recently bestowed a gift on every small business owner: a preview version of Windows 8.

When there is no map, you need a compass

Jason Crawford

In his latest essay , Paul Graham provides advice on how to achieve “frighteningly ambitious” goals: Empirically, the way to do really big things seems to be to start with deceptively small things. Want to dominate microcomputer software? Start by writing a Basic interpreter for a machine with a few thousand users. Want to make the universal web site? Start by building a site for Harvard undergrads to stalk one another.