Tue.Jan 22, 2013

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. It was based on an excellent book I had just read by Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor (his wife).

Urban Airship Meeting Rules

Feld Thoughts

I love Scott Kveton , the CEO of Urban Airship. He and his team are building an amazing company in Portland. If you do anything mobile-related and use push notifications of any sort , or real-time location targeting , you need to be talking to them. But even more impressive is how Scott leads his company. The other day, I got an email from my partner Jason with a photo of the Urban Airship Meeting Rules posted on the wall.

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Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!

Steve Blank

My co-author and business Partner Bob Dorf spends much of his time traveling the world teaching countries and companies how to run the Lean LaunchPad program. He’s back to Bogota, Colombia this week for round two. —– Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora! Lean LaunchPad Colombia starts again today in Bogota with 25 more teams of tech entrepreneurs and at 25 mentors from the country’s universities, incubators, and chambers of commerce.

How to Protect Your Startup Founder’s Shares

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. But that’s only the beginning of the story.

Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!

Steve Blank

My co-author and business Partner Bob Dorf spends much of his time traveling the world teaching countries and companies how to run the Lean LaunchPad program. He’s back to Bogota, Colombia this week for round two. —– Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora! Lean LaunchPad Colombia starts again today in Bogota with 25 more teams of tech entrepreneurs and at 25 mentors from the country’s universities, incubators, and chambers of commerce.

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Even The Best Need an Advocate #TBPP

The Product Guy

On Thursday, January 3rd, the 3rd annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group ! And, the winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) of 2012 was Andres Glusman of Meetup.com !

The Only Good Reason to Launch a Company

Inc Startups

People start businesses for any number of reasons, almost all of which are wrong. There is only one right reason, and you already know it. A question from an aspiring entrepreneur: I am planning to start a business, but to be honest, I wonder if I really would be better off remaining an employee.

Do Startup Location Matters Even Matter?

Genuine VC

About a year ago, I wrote a post about how office space is the face of a startup – it communicates both an outward message and provides insight into what’s going on underneath, as the physical environment in which startup employees work inevitably match the company’s story and culture. Recently I’ve been thinking that it’s not just the space of a startup itself which matters, but that perhaps also the location of that office which matters as well.

Transform Rejection into Success: 5 Steps

Inc Startups

The number of rejections you get is usually proportional to the success you achieve. The fear of rejection is the bane of success. If you're afraid that people (customers, employees, coworkers, colleagues, etc.)

How To Avoid Disaster In Your Small Business Digital Marketing Efforts

crowdSPRING Blog

Small businesses are changing how they spend their money on digital marketing. These changes are driven, in part, by the growth of social networks and media platforms. For example, in a recent report from BIA/Kelsey , 63% of SMBs said they use social media as a marketing tool for their business.

5 Strategies to Steal From Google for a Happier Office

Inc Startups

The tech giant is known for being a great place to work. Here's how you can make your office more like Google. By now, you're probably aware of Google’s company perks--the free haircuts, on-site doctors, shuttle buses, etc. But apparently, these perks aren't lavish wastes of money.

Scenes from Legitimate Front’s Album Release Concert

Feld Thoughts

I’m crazy proud of my partners Jason Mendelson and Ryan McIntyre for their band Legitimate Front. In addition to being VCs, we each have a creative outlet that is super important to us. Mine is writing books ; their’s is creating awesome music.

Feeling Stuck? 3 Ways to Get Moving

Inc Startups

Do you feel like you have stalled or reached your limit? Here are three ways to break through and get things moving onward and upward. Just when you felt like you were making good progress, everything comes to a grinding halt.

Inspirational Words for Entrepreneurs That Should be Read Every Day!

Small Business Force

Most entrepreneurs have favorite phrases, sayings or words from which they take their inspiration.What words have inspired you?

World's Simplest Ways to Stay Energized

Inc Startups

Sometimes motivation comes from the most basic things--like a good cup of coffee or walk outside. Or some wine. Some people are as solid as granite. I'd say they're as stable as the Earth beneath our feet, but I'm sure some smart-ass out there would bring up earthquakes. Anyway, you know what I mean.

Every Small Business And Entrepreneur Needs The Media


By Bruce Serbin, owner of Serbin Media, Inc. Business owners are always looking for ways to stand out from their competitors. Some people like traditional advertising while others turn to Facebook and Twitter, attempting to reach their audience through social media campaigns.

3 Reasons Your Company Isn't Taking Off

Inc Startups

For most organizations that try to scale but fail, the bottleneck is usually the person at the top: the founder/owner or CEO. It happens all the time: A business achieves good, consistent organic growth, but despite everyone's best efforts, never really takes off.

[Singapore][Competition] Applications For 14th Start-Up@Singapore Now Open


One of Singapore’s oldest startup competitions – Start-Up@Singapore – is back, this time for its 14th edition.

4 Types of Time-Wasting Bosses

Inc Startups

McKinsey outlines popular ways managers misuse their time. Do you recognize yourself in any of these four types? Do you feel that you're working longer and longer hours but not having a commensurately large impact on your business? If you answered yes, know that at least you're not alone.

Founders – Don’t Forget To Manage Your Own Personal Finances


How to Weed Out Entitled Employees

Inc Startups

Even if your company is a great place to work, not all employees will sufficiently appreciate it. Take a stand. I'm fortunate enough to lead a company that has been recognized locally and nationally as a great place to work.

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Some Thoughts About Doing SaaS And IT Business On The B2B Market


ArcticStartup and the startup ecosystem talks a lot about consumer IT products – gaming, media services, Facebook APPS and so on. There is less talk about how one can make IT business with business customers.


Entrepreneurs Have Better Sex

Inc Startups

I admit, my evidence is purely anecdotal. But I think you'll agree with me here: There are certain commonalities between making money and making love. This might sound strange, but I swear it's true: Becoming an entrepreneur did wonders for my sex life.

Fastr Raises Seed Funding And Our Thoughts On Garage48


Considering how often we cover Garage48 , it is fair to say that we like the concept and the event. Still, it is hard to expect that anything extremely serious can come out of a 48 hour event with random teams and pitched ideas, right? ??. Well, not necesseraly.

What Dell's Attempt to Go Private Says About the Public Markets

Inc Startups

As Dell becomes only the most recent company trying to flee the public markets, you have to wonder why. The news that Dell wants to back out of the public markets could be a bellwether signal. The number of publicly-held U.S.

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Talentag Launches Weekdone Employee Status Reporting Service


Keeping an eye on your employees or team can still be messy, but Tallinn-based Talentag has launched a new employee status reporting service called Weekdone. Clearly there are a lot of competitors out there- such as Basecamp, Pivotal, or Asana, and we've even experimented with a few of these tracking solutions at the ArcticStartup office to help stay on top of things. But eventually all of them became more trouble than they were worth, and were difficult to fit into our workflow.

6 Ways Robots Create Jobs

Inc Startups

Don't believe the hype about job-killing robots--robots helped our company increase hiring. When I bought Marlin Steel 15 years ago, it was the biggest bagel basket maker in the country. The most modern technology in the plant, however, was a fax machine. We built every basket by hand.

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Price Cap Liquidation Preference Windfall Regulators

The Startup Lawyer

Most convertible notes have a price cap as a feature term. Depending on the delta between the price cap and the pre-money valuation of the qualified equity financing, the convertible note investors could receive a windfall in terms of liquidation preference. The Potential Problem Let’s say Series A investors invest at a pre-money valuation that [.]. Convertible Notes

The Curse of Microsoft Excel

Inc Startups

You may have a pretty spreadsheet, but that doesn't mean you've thought out your finances or your business Microsoft Excel is a curse.

Founders Hiring “Professional” CEOs to Run Their Company

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Reid Hoffman’s new essay If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO is worth reading for any entrepreneur or any executive thinking about joining a high growth startup. It’s a very personal topic for Reid, and an important one for everyone in the industry to think about. The concluding paragraphs: 20 years ago, venture capitalists were in a hurry to bring in professional CEOs.

The Profitability Illusion

Inc Startups

If you aren't providing profitable products and services, you may not be creating true customer value across the business. As a growing company, it's easy to focus on revenue growth as the key measure of success.

12 Tips to Craft More Effective Copy for Your Startup

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Business 2 Community Content marketing is the marketing strategy du jour, but it’s hard to tell your business’ story honestly from the inside. What’s your most effective advice for entrepreneurs who want to write customer-facing copy that WORKS?

Steve Jobs's Widow Launches Petition for Immigration Reform

Inc Startups

Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is pushing hard for the passage of the Dream Act. Here's why it's good for entrepreneurs.

Startup Lehigh Valley, First Meeting


Last night we held the first of what I hope will be regular monthly meetings of tech startup founders up in Allentown. It was a good start--7 startup founders at different stages of life and progress with their dreams. Let's see if I can remember.we didn't talk about models or the specifics much, just about making stuff happen: A security software company.