July, 2012

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Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator. It was a fun talk.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the coverup. Richard Nixon and Watergate. I Badly Want the Job. Steve, you left off your education.

Niche 2 Win, Baby.

500 Hats

Most startups think they have to be AWESOME to succeed. 1 of These Things != The Other. sounds inspirational, i know, but stick with me for a minute.).

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. I seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. What can I do to best equip myself to step up when the need to officially fill this role arises? Accounting?

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The Hustler

Instigator Blog

You spend enough time with enough startups and you genuinely come to appreciate the importance of The Hustler. The Hustler plays a few levels above where he * should, but gets away with it because of sheer willpower, ego and perceptivity. Tweet. The Hustler also gets into the nitty-gritty. The Hustler does not network for the sake of networking.

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Pink is the New Purple!

500 Hats

Dear Marissa: Think Different. It’s a bit off the wall, but if you think it thru with me, I bet you’ll agree with the strategy.

The Other Reason We Were in Stealth Mode

Vinicius Vacanti

When we quit our jobs to start a new company, the first question we always got: “So, what are you working on?” It puts you on the spot.

Unrequited Love

Steve Blank

If there’s only one passionate party in a relationship it’s unrequited love. Here’s how I learned it the hard way. The Dartmouth Football Team. After Rocket Science I took some time off and consulted for the very VC’s who lost lots of money on the company. Their VP of Sales was about 6’ 3” and seemed to be almost as wide. Wrong. I asked.

Tech Reporter Contact List

Feld Thoughts

I get asked all the time for a list of “tech reporters / bloggers” to contact around an announcement. A few weeks ago, I was pointed to a list on the web by Brownstein & Egusa titled the Tech Reporter Contact List. It’s actually seven lists. Top 100 Tech Blogs. Top Tech Blog Reporters. Top 100 Newspapers. Popular Bloggers.

The Power Of Diversification

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have written about this topic before but it's important and I want to say it again. Investing in startups is risky. They should be diversified.

Pricing to the demand curve

Chris Dixon

Many college microeconomics courses include the following exercise. The teacher takes the notecards and graphs the bids. That is lost revenue.

late bloomer, not a loser. (I hope)

500 Hats

most of the time I think of myself as a failure. when I’m optimistic, I think maybe I’m just a late bloomer. I know a lot of folks won’t understand this perspective, but when I was growing up I was always the smartest kid around. it was expected that I would do great things, by my mom, by my teachers, and most importantly, by me.

7 Ways to Cure Post-Pitch Depression

Gust

It’s one of the most frequent questions: What if I can’t get funded for my deal? What next? Who can I complain to? Lower your valuation.

Entrepreneurs Who Can See Around the Corner

Startup Professionals Musings

The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can “see around corners.” Most of you could suggest one more, but not many.

Have You Fallen Into The Busy Trap?

Feld Thoughts

Are you “too busy.” ” When someone asks you how you are doing do you immediately respond with something like “I”m incredibly busy.” ” If the answer is yes, go read the amazing opinion piece in the NY Times by Tim Kreider titled The ‘Busy’ Trap. I’ll wait. Busy, busy, busy. Or creative.

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Helping others to achieve greatness as I attempt a bit of my own

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Like many of my friends and colleagues, I was touched by this heartfelt post by Dave McClure yesterday. This part really rings true to me: and so here I am: still standing in the arena, in hand-to-hand combat with demons mostly of my own making, aiming to make a small dent in the universe. but I’m still grasping for that brass ring. Check. Check.

Tenacious

Steve Blank

TE·NA·CIOUS /T??N?SH?S/. Adjective: Not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle: “a tenacious grip” Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action. When I was a entrepreneur I’d pursue a goal relentlessly. Plenty of Time. Period.

From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business

www.usatoday.com

Skip to Main Content. USA TODAY. Subscribe. Mobile. Travel. Money. Sports. Your Life. Weather. Tech: Blogs. Technology Live. Game Hunters. Products.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Gust

Don’t be embarrassed, since even professional investors are often confused these days by the new terms, as well as old terms used with new meanings.

Reflections and Impressions from a 10-Day Meditation Course

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Shortly after starting the session, my mind became as sharp as I’ve ever felt it in my life. I became meta aware of this mental clarity.

How bundling benefits sellers and buyers

Chris Dixon

The assumption seems to be that bundling is an artifact of another era when distribution was physical. The cable company would get $18 in revenue.

Partners Forever (or close to it)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mitt Romney is taking some flack for continuing to have ongoing involvement in Bain Capital well after he supposedly left the firm for good in 1999. I am not supporting Romney for President as I can't get comfortable with his party's views on social issues that matter a lot to me. I still sit on several boards from that portfolio.

The Most Obvious Mobile Ad Unit and What the New York Times Got Wrong

Both Sides of the Table

The New York Times recently ran an article titled, “ Tech Companies Leave Phone Calls Behind.” ” I love the NY Times and am a paying subscriber. But this article missed the real trend. They cite Quara, Google, Twitter & Facebook as obvious examples. … phones cost money, phones do not scale. But only from customers.

Software Inventory

www.joelonsoftware.com

Joel on Software. Software Inventory. by Joel Spolsky. Monday, July 09, 2012. Buckets of sesame seeds. Big vats of dough. Little balls of dough.

One Address Book To Rule Them All

Feld Thoughts

It’s 2012 and the “contact information problem” is getting exponentially worse. I’ve personally been struggling with this for 20+ years since I remember going from a custom database we built at Feld Technologies (in DataFlex) to Act! to try to manage the contacts across the company. I remember Firefly and Passport.

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Q&A with Nathan McNeill, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer for Bomgar

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Nathan knew little about starting a company, but decided to take a chance and became employee number two at the eponymously named, Bomgar.

BuzzFeed’s strategy

Chris Dixon

BuzzFeed’s CEO, Jonah Peretti , recently sent out an email to employees and investors summarizing the company’s strategy and progress. I really liked his email so I asked Jonah if I could blog it and he gave me permission. I’m an investor in BuzzFeed and friends with Jonah so of course I’m biased. From: Jonah Peretti .

Brewster

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Twenty years into the personal technology revolution and we are still using address books that work pretty much like physical address books. It makes no sense. The mobile address book should be hyperconnected to our digital life, informed by it, and responsive to it. I had never seen anything like it. We said yes. Here's how Brewster works.

If You See Yourself Here, Skip the Startup Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

People who can’t manage their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

Scaling lessons learned at Dropbox, part 1

eranki.tumblr.com

Rajivs blog. RSS Archive. July 12, 2012. Scaling lessons learned at Dropbox, part 1. Rajiv Eranki. any real-world engineering project ;-). MySQL.

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Some Fresh Twitter Stats (as of July 2012, Dataset Included)

Diego Basch

This weekend I fetched 1M random user profiles from Twitter, just because. Here’s what I did, along with some conclusions. Graph characteristics.

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The Real Paid PAID Vacation Policy

Feld Thoughts

Last week my friends at FullContact announced a new paid vacation policy and wrote a post about it titled Paid Vacation? That’s Not Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Paid, PAID Vacation. FullContact will now pay an employee $7500 to go on vacation. The rules are simple: You have to go on vacation. You have to disconnect entirely (no phone, no email).

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Give your Direct Mail Campaign a Boost – 7 Tips to Make it Work for You

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

We talk a lot about email marketing and other forms of electronic marketing, because that’s our primary focus. One idea is direct mail marketing.

Cause & Effect

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've been reading sci-fi and thinking about sci-fi's relationship to technology innovation. I posted last week about Twitter and the Metaverse and noted that Neal Stephenson had imagined things in the early 90s that happened almost twenty years later. So it's not entirely clear exactly who is inspiring who. It's a virtuous circle.