October, 2011

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Protect The Internet

Feld Thoughts

Fred Wilson has a strong post up titled Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs that explains the situation.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs. We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.    The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The four safe harbors are explained here. "Network

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. It happens.

Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication


That post looked at when and why you would use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. as part of your registration and authentication mechanism.

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The full story of “the one important thing” for startups

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> You might tacitly assume that I have no major blind spots when it comes building little tech startups. NOAH: OK.

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Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

I know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. They had never met.

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Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds


An “ elevator pitch ” is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one. About 150-225 words. It won’t work.

Deep dive: Cancellation rate in SaaS business models

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I wanted to expand on the practical and mathematical implementations of the cancellation rate I referred to in last week’s post. Son of a bitch!

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? Are VCs simply looking to diversify the type and stage of companies in which they invest, or do they employ other financial hedging strategies? I’m not aware of VCs using classic financial hedging strategies. This ebbs and flows. This is both a downside and upside strategy.

Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Feld Thoughts

All of us were stunned silent for a minute as we reflected on the amazing impact that Steve has had on our lives.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It was tne Nth time I've had this conversation in a board meeting, "We can't figure out how to get on the leaderboards. The app stores aren't working for us as a distribution channel." " To which I replied "All the app stores use a leaderboard model which makes the rich richer and everyone else poorer. Discovery is worse.

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.” million at a $7.5 million.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. These angel investors generally invest $25,000 to $100,000 in a round totaling $250,000 to $1,000,000. In 2011, the valuation of pre-revenue, start-up companies is typically in the range of $1.5–$2.5 RANGE.

How do I get my first few customers?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Any advice will help. Hmm, you’ve spent a year of your life on something before asking anyone else if they want it?

Pricing experiments you might not know, but can learn from


Extra Lucrative Conversion Advice. Services. About & Contact. Guest Post Guidelines. RSS |. Oct 31, 2011. How much to charge? Does it really work?

Execution Is An Order Of Magnitude Easier Than Opportunity

Feld Thoughts

I heard a fascinating one-liner the other day that I had knee jerk negative reaction to but when I thought about it more thought was deeply insightful, especially in the context of big established companies vs. new entrepreneurial companies. ” In the context of young startups, I often feel exactly the opposite. But the execution dynamics will.

Building A Company vs Building A Business

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Matt Blumberg , CEO of our portfolio company Return Path , wrote an interesting post last week about the differences between building a company and building a business. Matt and his team built the company first then the business, which is backwards , but it worked. I've taken that to heart and passed it on a few times. 

We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

Both Sides of the Table

I have written extensively about Twitter in the past. I still find that many people don’t understand the basics. ” **. Seattle? Chicago?

My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machine

The Startup Toolkit

After a brief, failed experiment paying me to do chores, my dad tried something really neat. He gave me a vending machine. That didn’t last.

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How early product failures led to huge successes

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Failure is not an option.it is a requirement.to future success. Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element of success. I doubt it.

Case Study: The Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Startup Lessons Learned

Today's case study answers a bunch of questions all at once about Lean Startup principles: can they be used inside a Fortune 500 company?

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Entrepreneurial Communities Must Be Led By Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

I’m about to head out to TechStars New York Demo Day. Our investment in SideTour – one of the TechStars New York companies – was announced yesterday and I’m excited to introduce them along with hanging out with all of the other great entrepreneurs from this session. It’ll be happening live at 9pm ET/PT.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met Alex Ljung , founder/CEO of SoundCloud a number of times and each time he pitched me on his business. Each time I said no. One slide.

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Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. ” [it's short, you should read it]. At 20.

How To Build A Site That Looks Great On Every Screen


The responsive design revolution is upon us. The hard-working Silicon Valley design firm ZURB has recently released version 2.0 Sponsor. Discuss.

Best Social Media Metrics: Conversation, Amplification, Applause, Economic Value

Occam's Razor

I am going to break one of my unspoken cardinal rules: Only write about real problems and measurement that is actually possible in the real world.

7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Life Beyond Code

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Amplify without Accomplishment. It makes sense that way.

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How Convertible Debt Works

Feld Thoughts

Last night I gave a talk hosted by SVB at their Palo Alto office. It was part of the “Never Ending All Old Is New Again Venture Deals Book Tour.” Oh – and I signed a bunch of copies of Venture Deals. Several questions came up about Convertible Debt. The series is now complete – here are the links to the posts in order.

What We've Lost And What We've Gained

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I shed my tears when Steve Jobs stepped down less than six weeks ago. That's when I knew it was over. The news came to me last night during a board dinner. My 18 year old daughter kik'd me. I asked her if she was sure. She said "it's all over twitter" I interrupted the lively dinner conversation. "I've What can you say?

The Controversial First Role to Hire After Your “A Round”

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve thought a lot about team construction of early stage companies. I was once asked on Quora what my idea startup team would be. 5 engineers.

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How To Compute The Valuation of Your Startup

FairSoftware's Blog

Startup valuation is a misunderstood and complex topic. But that’s not the right approach to understand how valuation works for your startup.

Data Analysis 101: Seven Simple Mistakes That Limit Your Salary

Occam's Razor

Data analysis is not easy. It takes years to get good at it, and once you get good at it you realize how much more there is to learn. Try it? Always.

Wilson: What’s The Difference Between A CTO And A VP Engineering?

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) titled VP Engineering Vs CTO. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts, especially since I (Brad) have been a CTO but never been a VP Engineering (nor would I ever want to be one – I’d suck at that.).

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Entrepreneurial Density Revisted

Feld Thoughts

I’m in San Francisco right now and then New York later this week. When I look at my schedule, and where I’m hanging out, I realize that even though I’m in two very big cities, I’m going to spending most of my time in a very small area. Boulder is a small town – the city itself is only 100,000 people.