April, 2011

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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How to Know If Your Startup Idea is the Next Big Thing

Vinicius Vacanti

How do you know if your startup idea is the next next big thing? It’s easy. It isn’t. Most Great Companies Started With Bad Ideas.

Finding And Buying A Domain Name

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It's not in my top ten but it could be. It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment. Del.icio.us A good domain name is short and memorable.

A Message To Graduating MBA’s

Feld Thoughts

I gave a talk yesterday to a class of soon-to-graduate MBA students at CU Boulder yesterday. It was their last class in the course that had been filled with a bunch of interesting VC and entrepreneurial guest lecturers. We did Q&A for several hours, covered a lot of ground, and had plenty of fun (or at least I did.) San Francisco?

The Future of Advertising will be Integrated

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Banner Ads. They first started in 1994 and are therefore almost as old as the Web itself. In the steam.

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Never say “no,” but rarely say “yes.”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Everyone says small startups require focus. Learn to say “no!&#. Ah, but then again you must also experiment with new ideas. Fail fast ! Pivot !

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Rethinking My Social Graph

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had a number of interesting conversions about the intersection of the virtual and the physical world since I wrote the post Did Someone Ruin Foursquare For Me Yesterday? When I reflect on this, it’s clearly a “me problem&# and not a “Foursquare problem.&# First, I’ll reset how I use my social graph.

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How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

Both Sides of the Table

You Manage What you Measure. Having a set of metrics that you watch & that you feel are the key drivers of your success helps keep clarity. Don’t.

Entrepreneurs Are Artists

Steve Blank

I wrote about entrepreneurs as artists in a previous post. If you can’t see the video click here.

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You Don't Know JavaScript

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Over the last year or so I've noticed an irritating phenomenon developing.

How to Have Startup Swagger Without Being a Complete Asshole

Instigator Blog

Tweet. You need a sizeable ego to succeed in the world of startups and venture capital. Without that ego propelling you forward it’s going to be hard to wake up every morning, take the risks you need to take, and aggressively go after what you want. You won’t be able to motivate others around you when things are crumbling. I get it.

The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

Note: All information contained in this post is based on my best understanding and perception of what transpired. Progressive refinement at its best.

Attacking your sucky excuses for not blogging

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

You already know that nowadays you’re invisible without some sort of social media presence. Years? Fooey. You need a sale today. solve a problem.

Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

Both Sides of the Table

His words, “we find things on Sunday morning that will be on the Today show on Tuesday morning.&# That’s why people turn up to Buzzfeed.

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Recycling Capital

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Gotham Gal and I have been fortunate to accumulate signficant capital over the past fifteen years. And the vast majority of it is invested in startups. We get distributions from a sale of one company and within months that capital (after taxes) is invested in more startups (including non profit startups). I guess we can't help ourselves.

I Encourage Entrepreneurs To Ignore The Word “Bubble”

Feld Thoughts

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.&# – Macbeth. Every time I hear the word “bubble&# I think of that quote from Macbeth. I also think of Tulip Mania and the South Sea Company which purportedly was the source of the concept of an economic bubble. Whatever – have fun and good luck.

Insight From Dropbox: Failure Is Not The Worst Outcome, Mediocrity Is


Big news from Dropbox today. They announced hitting 25 million users. I'm a big, big fan of Drew Houston (founder/CEO of Dropbox). Good company.

The Apprentice – Entrepreneur Version

Steve Blank

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. Ernest Hemingway. The reality is these are the exceptions not the rule. I asked.

Some Startups Forget to Validate a Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow). Prove the technical concept.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. It’s nearly impossible to get a services company financed by VCs. You’re a small fish. Period.

The Word Bubble

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In all the posts over the past year or so outlining my thoughts on the financing and valuation environment in the internet sector, I've avoided using the word Bubble. It is intentional. For me Bubble will always be inexorably linked to what went down in 1999 and 2000 in the internet sector. I do not think we are in a Bubble per se.

Learning the Right Lessons from the Amazon Outage

Feld Thoughts

As most nerds know, Skynet gained self-awareness last week and decided as its first act to mess with Amazon Web Services, creating havoc for anyone that wanted to check-in on the Internet to their current physical location. Following are Dave’s thoughts on learning the right lessons from the Amazon outage. That’s all. Rapid scalability.

Don’t Miss the International Startup Festival in Montreal

Instigator Blog

Tweet. The International Startup Festival is happening in Montreal from July 13-15th. Startups can apply to pitch at the event: [link].

Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Om Malik runs Gigaom , probably the most interesting and accurate site on the blogosphere. Om was kind enough to have me in for an interview.

Social Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Profit For Success

Startup Professionals Musings

A term I’m hearing more and more these days is “social entrepreneur.” Generating funds should not be the highest priority. Marty Zwilling.

The Freeconomics of Dropbox - Projecting Freemium

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

In a previous post I covered a set of quick calculations to gauge the profit potential of Dropbox.

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How To Allocate Founder and Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Joel Spolsky , c0-founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange , posted an excellent answer to the question in the title of this post on the Stack site OnStartups. I'm not going to reblog the entire answer here. I'd encourage you to go read Joel's answer. go read Joel's answer to understand how he sets up these layers].

Melodramatic Bullshit

Feld Thoughts

I was going to write a different post this morning, but I came across this post by Matt Haughey titled Ev’s assholishness is greatly exaggerated and, after reading it, sat for a few minutes and thought about it. Go read it now and come back. Welcome back. Matt, who I don’t know, nailed it. Creating companies is extremely hard.

Regulate and Tax Online Poker, Don’t Send it Underground

Texas Startup Blog

The crackdown makes almost no sense. Some form of gambling is allowed in all 50 states – many states like California allow poker rooms. I agree.

8 Startup Lessons You Could Learn from Gotham Gal

Both Sides of the Table

I had previously had the opportunity to spend time with Joanne Wilson , Fred’s wife, and knew otherwise. She came in and took over the business.

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Five Ways a Business Mentor is More Than a Friend

Startup Professionals Musings

Friends tell you what you want to hear. Mentors tell you what you need to hear. You always need the friend. Both may be required. What are your goals?

The Economics of Dropbox

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Dropbox's recent 25 million user milestone got me thinking about the economics behind the company and what it would take for them to be profitable.

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Mission Based Businesses

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've talked a fair bit here about the passion for the problem being an important part of entrepreneurial success. I was reminded of that when I read Max Chafkin's profile of Rob Kalin and Etsy this morning. If you click on that link and read the entire piece, you'll come away wondering how Etsy can be a successful business.

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Entrepreneurs and #RubyRiot In Boston

Feld Thoughts

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s that nothing is static. Periodically the meme surfaces that “the only place you can create a great software / Internet company is in the bay area.&# Boston has always been a great entrepreneurial community. They are halfway through the program and are stunning.