December, 2012

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. But is it the right thing to do?

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption , the need for continuous innovation , globalization and regulation.

When is it Time to Pivot or Quit?

Instigator Blog

Entrepreneurs aren’t quitters. To succeed you need to be resilient, thick skinned and borderline crazy. You need to have just the right amount of delusion to believe you can succeed, spurring you on despite the absurd odds. But sometimes, you have to quit.

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10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Gust

ABC Shark Tank Angels via Elite Daily. Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone.

Customer Development in a Diagram

Steve Blank

Thanks to: Alexis Finch, Sketchnotes / UX Research Consultant @agentfin. Filed under: Customer Development. Customer Development

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I got a call Sunday from a business colleague while I was sitting in the lounge at LAX waiting for yet another delayed flight. This colleague is a lawyer with whom I work on a deal and have done so for a couple of years. By all accounts I now consider him a friend.

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Fear of Flying.

500 Hats

Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. In fact, failure is a rather warm, safe blanket for most folks around these parts.

10 Entrepreneur Qualities That Tag You as Fabulous

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra, like Simon Cowell is searching for on the X-Factor , that you can’t quite put your finger on.

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.

Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact ) first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises. The textbook for the course was Jeffry A.

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did.

Would the Last Blackberry User Please Turn Out the Lights? I Already Left the Building

Both Sides of the Table

My Blackberry died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know. It seems so long ago that we had to start hiding our Blackberry’s in our pockets to avoid always being chastised.

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Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Steve Blank

In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University , U.C. Berkeley and NCIIA , Jerry Engel and I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class.

Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs, like Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Casey Sheahan of Patagonia , have long since realized that influence is no longer something that you do to someone to get what you want, but requires listening and relationship building to do what they want, with a win-win outcome.

Arduino, 3D Printers, Kickstarter, and BitCoin

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

AVC regular Dan Ramsden posted a thougtful essay on GigaOM yesterday. After I read it, I sent Dan an email and I said "do you think big beats little in this phase we are in?" " Dan replied that he did and asked me what I thought. I think David beats Goliath all day long if you are focused on the right sectors. Clay Christensen has shaped my thinking on this.

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Hire For Cultural Fit Over Competence

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Cultural Fit Trumps Competence. Also, I’m going to be doing online office hours with the WSJ on Friday 12/21 at 3pm ET – join and ask questions! The first people you hire in your startup are critical to your company’s success. So it’s easy to say that you need to hire the “absolute best people you can find.” But what does this actually mean?

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10 Perspective Checks on Your Startup Aspirations

Gust

Image via Facebook.com. 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.

A 50-Point Checklist For Creating The Ultimate Landing Page

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Build, Publish & A/B Test Landing Pages Without IT. Support | Log In or. About. Features. Templates. Landing Page Examples. Partners. Pricing. Contact Us 1-888-515-9161. The Unbounce Blog. Remember this: every page can be better.

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How To Set Up A Stand Up Desk And Why It Could Save Your Life

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Sitting Down Is Killing You. Recently in the news you may have heard some rather alarming data was released about the impact sitting down for long periods of time can have on your health.

10 Key Entrepreneur Success Drivers May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

We can all dream about what it takes to make our startup a success. From recent survey feedback, it seems evident that the urban legends leading to success are wrong.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. As I have said before, we have had the wind mostly at our back for the past seven years and I feel the winds changing on us. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now.

My Smart Phone Is No Longer Working For Me

Feld Thoughts

I spent two weeks without my iPhone. I was completely off the grid for the first week but then spent the second week online, on my MacBook Air and Kindle, but no iPhone. I got home on Sunday and have had my iPhone turned on the past few days. I’ve used it as a phone, but I’ve largely stayed off of the web, email, and twitter with it. Instead, I’m only done this when I’m in front of my computer.

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21 Quick Quotes From The New OnStartups Book

OnStartups

tl;dr Woo hoo! There is a brand-spankin' new OnStartups book available. All royalties that I make will be donated to Kiva to help entrepreneurship worldwide.

Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

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Top 10 Must-Follow Entrepreneur Twitter Accounts

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Penelope Trunk. EntrepreneurInc. Magazine called Trunk, a dedicated author and blogger, “the world’s most influential guidance counselor.” As surprising as she is informative, her tweets regarding business and life showcase her wit and personality. Follow Penelope Trunk: @penelopetrunk.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone.

Video Of The Week: NY Enterprise Tech Meetup Talk

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Earlier this week I attended and spoke at the NY Enterprise Tech Meetup. My talk was based on the Networks and Enterprises post I wrote this past August. The "talk" portion is about 20 minutes, and the Q&A portion lasts another 40 minutes. Here it is: Venture Capital and Technology

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Hope Is Critical To A Strategy

Feld Thoughts

There has been a cliche going around the last decade or so that goes “hope is not a strategy.” ” It inspired a book titled Hope Is Not a Strategy: The 6 Keys to Winning the Complex Sale and is repeated often by VCs in boardrooms when they are confronted with companies that are flailing, especially when trying to reach their revenue goals.

Business Tips For Women Business Leaders

Mike Michalowicz

Business Tips For Women Business Leaders. The business environment has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. When I started my first company in 1996, it was still very much a guys only world. But the pendulum is shifting and I don’t see any signs of it stopping.

Is Your Brand Magnificent At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

Occam's Razor

Startup Struggles: The Most Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face Today [Infographic]

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s no surprise that people want to be their own boss. Starting your own business gives you the freedom to call the shots and not have some overzealous manager — or art director — peering over your shoulder all day, telling you how your job should be done.

Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers

Gust

Richard Branson image via Wikipedia. The buzz from startup executives, especially high-tech ones, has long been that startups are no place for Baby-Boomers (1946-1964) – you must have the high energy and crazy determination to work 20-hour days to succeed. Only the under-35 age group need apply.