Wed.Sep 21, 2011

Why Pseudonymity Is Such an Important Concept

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson wrote a blog post yesterday called “Real Names” in which he talked about a commenter on his blog who preferred not to comment because he didn’t want to use his real name. It’s all told through a graphic & very short so worth your having a quick read.

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Entrepreneur Success: It’s Not Always About You

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs forget that their success is more about helping other people than about personally becoming famous, or overcoming the odds and getting rich. A successful business has to satisfy customers with a strong team, by helping them solve problems, save money, or experience more pleasure.

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How To Create A Product That Sells by Yaro Starak

This four part series on creating your own information product will start with addressing a vital starting point with product creation: creating a product that will sell. In other words, creating a product that has a hungry audience. You can have the best quality information product in the world, but if you are the only one interested in “Advanced Cardio Training for Mexican Walking Fish” then your product won’t sell. Therefore, we will kick off this series with niche identification.

Four Stories Every Business Must Build

Duct Tape Marketing

Four Stories Every Business Must Build This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Stories build commitment. They allow us to go on journeys in search of our best self. They entertain, simplify, and inspire. They are easy to share. Great leaders are often great storytellers.

Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide

Taffy Williams

One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. Your listeners willoften provide feedback and criticism which in turn is used to modify and improvethe presentation for the next group. Theprocess is iterative and likely takes place numerous times. In fact, it gets to be so routine that aftermany such presentations you have added key questions and answers to the futurepresentations.

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Fun With Typography

crowdSPRING Blog

I stumbled on a fun project by Alessandro Novelli, an Italian designer who created a spelling video, where each character is the initial letter of a font name. Here’s the short video: If you’re interested, here’s a nice writeup on how Alessandro Novelli created the video.

15 Mobile Security Best Practices For SMBs (Or Anyone Else For That Matter)


by Don DeBolt, Total Defense, Inc. It’s hardly a stretch in this day and age to say that everyone in the corporate workforce has a mobile device, whether it is company issued or personal.

Information Arbitrage - The Information Dilemma

Information Arbitrage

The Information Dilemma Today I spent a bunch of time at the Strata Conference in NYC catching some great speakers, speaking on a few panels and catching up with old friends. All in all, it was a

As the Paradigm Shifts #V: Vulnerability

Active Garage

You must have seen it coming: after all of these weeks … From the moment we are born we are vulnerable to – well, to everything. Very quickly, and as best we can we begin to tap into strategies that keep us invulnerable to starvation for nourishment and nurturing. | David Shen's Blogs | Predicting the Future: Research.


Before I joined Launch Capital, I was getting into my fifth year of angel investing and thinking about how to invest more strategically. I had heard about many larger venture funds doing a lot of research into thesis development

Features: simplicity versus completeness

Aymeric Gaurat-Apelli

I am tired of all the “simplest [Application Type] of the world” I wrote about it before. A simple application is not useful if it is incomplete. Would Excel be so successful if it was limited to editing a grid? On the other hand, people like the feeling of simplicity and despise being overwhelmed by [.]. General


SchipulCon 2011

Startup Houston

SCHIPULCON 2011. October 6-7. Norris Conference Centers at CityCentre. Houston, TX. Register.

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Babbaco – For the Great Parent We All Want to Be

Rob Go

I’m excited to announce today that NextView Ventures has become an investor in Babbaco along with our friends at Lightbank and SV Angel. We first heard about Babbaco from my friend Sam Yagan – the founder of OkCupid and Excelerate Labs , an incubator in Chicago. Sam has been a friend of the firm for a long time, and as an excellent serial entrepreneur, I really pay attention when he sends founders our way. As a product, Babbaco is exactly what I want.

Banks 'Extraordinarily' Undervalued: Analyst | Deimar ~ Business.


"Reiterating buys on Citigroup(C), Capital One(COF), JPMorgan Chase(JPM), US Bancorp(USB) and Wells Fargo(WFC), Kotowski said that if the 10-year interest rates remain at 1.93%, the banks current level of profitability

Lookout for Better Mobile Security

Jeff Jordan

OK, I’m going to date myself here. I graduated from college in the early 1980s and entered the professional workforce. Most of you wouldn’t recognize the office I worked in: phones sat on desks, were plugged into walls and were the only way you could communicate with workers not in the office. Spreadsheets” were largely done by hand on big sheets of paper, aided by desktop calculating machines. Our department had one personal computer that had to be shared.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Creative Semiotics

crowdSPRING Blog

Every piece of advertising or design has a root in cultural symbolism, otherwise, nobody would understand what it’s trying to say. For example, most people brought up in a Judeo-Christian society recognize an apple as a symbol for knowledge. Every culture has symbols like this. The study of cultural signs is known as semiotics. One of the first classes I had to take as a marketing student was “Semiotics for Creators of Pop Culture” because understanding this concept is that important.

Another $100,000 For Every TechStars Company

Feld Thoughts

Today, TechStars announced that they’ve raised $24 million from a broad syndicate of investors to fund an additional $100,000 for every TechStars company going forward. The investors include Foundry Group, IA Ventures, Avalon Ventures, DFJ Mercury, SoftBank Capital, SVB Financial Group, RRE Ventures, Right Side Capital Management and TechStars alumni.

Alexander Stubb To Patron Arctic15


pa·tron - One that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor. We're extremely proud to announce that Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland, Mr. Alexander Stubb , will act as the patron of Arctic15.

Line2 Adds A Phone Line To Your Tablet Device


If the land-line isn’t dead yet, here’s yet another reason why it should be – San Francisco-based mobile communications technology company Line2 is transforming your handy tablet device into a powerful mobile communications hub by, yes, adding a phone line.

Touch Me I’m Sick by Mudhoney - I just needed to listen to.

Mark Birch

Touch Me I’m Sick by Mudhoney - I just needed to listen to this today. Pure raw energy and angst converted into beautiful aural fuzz. This to me defined the true core of the grunge movement. music video rock grunge Mudhoney Touch Me I'm Sick fuzz Sub Pop Seattle

Arctic15 Mobile App Now Available


The Arctic15 mobile app has now been made available. The mobile app is, bowing to web based applications, all HTML5 and it's been put together by the wonderful team at Webcrumbz. Their team will also be at Arctic15, so go say hi to them!

Making Life Easier: The Weekender

Mark Birch

nycdigital : Frustrated when your subway line is down for work on the weekend? Now you can find out ahead of time on MTA Subway Diagram the Weekende r. Use the website’s map to navigate each line, stations under construction will blink. .

The Coming Bits and Atoms Disruption

Andrew Payne

I’ve written recently about the entrepreneurial lottery , and the long odds for many pure-software Internet/consumer/mobile projects. For the reasons outlined, I’ve been shifting my entrepreneurial energy away from these projects. Instead, I’ve been working on “bits and atoms”, or as I think about it: the intersection of mechanical design/fabrication with the Internet ecosystem and Moore’s Law advances.

shes-come-undone: this is what my kitchen is missing A wine.

Mark Birch

shes-come-undone : this is what my kitchen is missing. A wine cellar too awesome to not reblog…simply wow! wine wine cellar design awesome

Solyndra's burnout burdens other solar upstarts

EIN News

of Solyndra, solar companies seeking financing from venture capitalists or banks face steeper challenges, said Kann. Cutting support for renewable energy in the U.S. is a "definite risk," said Craig Lund

Features, Benefits and Storytelling

Mark Birch

The software feature has had a rough couple of years. Folks such as Steve Blank, Andrew Chen and the whole Lean Startup Posse have taken numerous potshots at the lowly feature.

Clean Energy Trust Announces 2012 Clean Energy Challenge, Expands Competition to Businesses across the Midwest Region

EIN News

projects to a panel of judges, including venture capitalists, corporations and business leaders at an all-day. Trust is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illinois Department of

“Startups can kill, so remember to wear a.

Mark Birch

“Startups can kill, so remember to wear a helmet”. GPOYW - Just having some fun this Wednesday at the expense of the Startup Quote folks. Hope they do not mind…. startup quote fake

Can Market Access Save Consumers From $4 Gasoline?

EIN News

and an influential group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists. But the gambit – to draw together. fuels consumed for road transport in the United States, or even the substantial majority of those. trade deficit, and keep dollars inside the U.S. that can be used to further economic

Fly Me to the Moon performed by Tony Bennett - Such a smooth.

Mark Birch

Fly Me to the Moon performed by Tony Bennett - Such a smooth singer, Tony takes this standard to another level going completely unplugged during his MTV Unplugged special. This song is just one of many gems in an album full of awesome. music jazz standards singers Tony Bennett Fly Me to the Moon unplugged


Out of the Valley and into the Alley

EIN News

Street money-men not the Silicon Alley venture capitalists ran the city, and were none. At the same time, smaller angel and venture capital investors have applied less pressure to start-ups. the city the technology capital of the U.S. and the world. In addition to supporting

Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs – Part 2

Scott Edward Walker

I’ve been helping entrepreneurs raise capital as a securities lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I’ve seen entrepreneurs repeatedly make. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips for entrepreneurs in connection with raising capital.

Why Two Venture Capitalists Would Exit Twitter Board Now

EIN News

members, Fred Wilson, a principal at the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, and Bijan Sabet, board. Early stage investors like them and venture capitalists in New York City will be in. New York, "Navigating Uncharted Territories After S&P's U.S. Debt Downgrade from its Gilt-Edged AAA Credit

12 years of ebay

Eric Friedman

I was recently thinking about the sheer number of services I have signed up for, certainly increasing in the past 5 years, and thinking back on some of the old services I don’t use anymore.