Sun.Dec 02, 2012

Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here. If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation about Pandora and Spotify and the royalty negotiations they have with the record labels.

10 Perspective Checks on Your Startup Aspirations


Image via Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail.

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The product lens

Chris Dixon

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the markets for startup financing. Many of the discussions use words like “valuations” “bubble” “crunch” etc. Words like that generally mean the writer is discussing the world through the lens of finance. This is a useful lens, but I’d like to suggest there is another lens that is also useful: the product lens. First, some background. Two markets.

How to hire the right developer for your tech startup

The Next Web

I’m currently co-founding ContentForest – a content marketing platform – and we just crossed an exciting line: our private beta is only a few days away and I’m very happy with the way the product is shaping up.

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Entrepreneurs are like artists

Taffy Williams

The start of a new company by an entrepreneur is like an artist creating a painting. The easel is blank and the artist creates a masterpiece from a vision. First, the sketch is drawn and then the colored. The artist decides whether to use an oil-based paint or some unique method of adding color.

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The Best Way to Learn How to Build Your MVP

Kevin Dewalt

Summary: Language – be it Objective C, Chinese, Ruby, or Klingon – isn’t something you learn through study, it’s something you learn through use. The best way to learn how to build your startup MVP is to start building your startup MVP.

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More Entrepreneurs Embrace Conscious Capitalism

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve noticed that most young entrepreneurs are more socially conscious today than ever before, which is a great trend.

Small business: The Affordable Care Act, Part II

crowdSPRING Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about ways that Obamacare might help small businesses. At the time, the Supreme Court had just released it’s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions and the dust was still settling on what it would all mean. Last month, President Obama won re-election, effectively removing the threat that the law would be repealed, and now these provisions are going into full effect, many starting in the next 12 months.

[Singapore] Golden Gate Ventures And JFDI Asia Form Strategic Alliance


“*Limpeh gar lu gong…” (* Let me tell you…).

More Innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog Ten things you may not know about DST The payback from LEED certification 50 ways to leave your lover – and to communicate with your smartphone Nice memories from Workday Rising The self-made bed Veterans. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Keeping Up-To-Date On Social Enterprises

Business Plan Blog

As mentioned in the previous blog post on scaling your social enterprise, part of building out your organization is through expanding your network.

Tennis on the Red Clay and my visit to Chile

David Cohen

I spent the past few days in Santiago, Chile, playing tennis with an ex-pro, having lunch with Al Gore…you know, the usual grind. Santiago is an amazing place, the people are great and I had super nice treatment the entire time.

Affiliate Marketing Update: December 2nd, 2012 An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

It’s been nearly a month since the last update on my affiliate marketing campaigns , so here’s an update on what has happened during the past month. I’ve been continuing to plug away on my campaigns and keep my focus on affiliate marketing.

Its beginning to look a lot like Enterprise 2.0

deal architect

Cannot be a fluke. He was using the same examples in yet another presentation. I had seen Andrew McAfee present at Cognizant Community on the possibility of the metric system as currently defined running out of definitions for things like. Industry Commentary

"The rise to prominence of the freemium business model is indisputable: freemium apps now comprise."

Mark Birch

“The rise to prominence of the freemium business model is indisputable: freemium apps now comprise 77% of the App Store, up from just 4% in 2010.” - This Christmas Will End The Debate Around Free-To-Play (via futuristgerd ). Freemiums will take over B2B as well. ShopPad is a prime example (via rafer ). With all due respect to Scott, anyone that thinks freemium is going to take over B2B has lost their grip on reality.

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Raising Venture Capital Workshop - Bangalore Dec 18


Radical Shift presents a half-day workshop on successfully navigating the venture capital funding process, delivered by a former venture capitalist. Bangalore, December 18, 2012; 9am to 1pm. Are you planning to raise external funding for your boot-strapped startup? Are you an SME owner looking for venture capital/private equity to accelerate growth? Do you want to evaluate the pros and cons of venture capital versus alternate financing? Do you want to know what VCs look for in a business pitch?

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see."

Mark Birch

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer. entrepreneurship talent genius startups inspiration vision visionaries innovation

Making “doing it right” easy

Jason Crawford

If you’re like most people, you don’t think too much about how you type quotes, dashes, or ellipses. As people have done since the days when most text was in ASCII—or before that, the days of typewriters—you type the same character for left and right quotes, three dots for an ellipsis, and (bless your heart) two little dashes--like this--when you want to insert a pause.


WORSHIP SUNDAY: When the Saints Go Marching In performed by Lost.

Mark Birch

WORSHIP SUNDAY: When the Saints Go Marching In performed by Lost & Found - I have been remiss in not posting more bluegrass. I felt it was a good time however to throw some up here given the past week of highlighting the best in shred guitar. Now worship is not some time to show off or anything as the focus is on giving glory to God.


Strategies for UT Entrepreneurship Class, “One Semester Startup” BEFORE It Even Starts

Austin Startup

On Sunday night is a special 1 Semester Startup Speed Dating event at UT. Guest Blogger Larry Chiang has some advice on how to succeed at the event. I give special homework that makes people rich. Im hiLarryAss like that. This event/party/mixer is on my radar for December 2 By “speed dating” it means UT undergrads [.]. Startup 101