June, 2012

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem.

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What Do You Look For?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm asked this question all the time. Is it team? Is it the idea? Is it product? Is it market? Why is this the right team to do this?

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Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them


Last weekend I caught Mashable announcing that Ebook Sales Surpass Hardcover in the U.S., And in January I saw that digital music

How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

Today’s post is a guest post from William Hertling, author of the award-winning Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears and A.I. Apocalypse , near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge. They’ve been called “frighteningly plausible”, “tremendous”, and “thought-provoking”. 2016. How To Do It.

Entrepreneurship for the 99%

Steve Blank

———– The 99%. Berkeley. The reality is that the United States is still a nation of small businesses. 99.7% Serendipity. of U.S.

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Business Model Canvas for User Experience

Grasshopper Herder

The Business Model Canvas is the tool of choice for a business dashboard. It very much appeals to the business guy in me. It irks the UX part of my brain. Business Model User Experience business model business model canvas business plans user experience

Startup Culture: Values vs. Vibe

Feld Thoughts

My friend Chris Moody , the COO of Gnip, has another guest post up today titled Startup Culture: Values vs. Vibe. He’s written about this in the past on his blog, but we both thought it was worth reposting. Enjoy – and comment freely, especially if you disagree or have constructive feedback. Values. 95% isn’t good enough. Play hard.”

Mobile Payments: The Trillion Dollar Industry That's Never - AgileVC

Agile VC

Mobile payments are the trillion dollar industry that everybody's been waiting for but has never materialized.

There is No Risk

Instigator Blog

When I started Year One Labs (with Ray, Alistair and Ian), we spent a lot of time looking for founders. It took us six months to make five investments. During that time we spoke with, interviewed, and hung out with lots of people, looking for teams, but also looking for individuals that we thought had what it takes to be startup founders.

When do I *stop* doing customer interviews and start writing code?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I’ve been wrestling with the details of #leanstartup. How many should I talk to? But there’s no one “number.” Time to stop.

The art of important work, of making a ruckus and of inventing the future

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Entrepreneurs teach VCs , not the other way around. And I was lucky early in my career to back Seth Godin , who taught me a lot. When I met Seth, he was writing books and building a web company. I backed that web company, Yoyodyne, which exited to Yahoo! a few years later. And increased the book's sales numbers in the process.

The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Money to build the business is the number one challenge for most startups. A large percentage of startups never apply to either. Friends and family.

Startup Iceland Interview With The Brads (Feld and Burnham)

Feld Thoughts

Brad Burnham ( Union Square Ventures ) and I were in Iceland a few weeks ago for the Startup Iceland event.

When Should A Company Be Formed Around an Idea?

Ask The VC

Question: I participated in a company’s “app challenge weekend” (which they described as somewhere between a hackathon and a startup weekend). I am excited to continue working on the product that my team built over the weekend with 2 of the team members (my brother and the guy who pitched the idea).

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What A VC Orders for Breakfast Says

Genuine VC

One of the things that surprised me most about venture capital when I got into the business is how much VCs seem to like to meet for breakfast. VCs usually typically reserve dinners for portfolio companies’ CEOs and board members. And “doing lunch” doesn’t happen that often because VCs don’t like going out of the office mid-day much.

Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

Chris Dixon

Google took a similar strategy with Android but then reversed course when they acquired Motorola. But no one really knows. paywall ]. startups

Some Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. I think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening. These are big multiples folks. I certainly am.

Startups Today Need Anticipatory Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has always been reactionary, meaning someone to wake up and answer website email requests. Self-service needs to have escape hatches.

The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

Feld Thoughts

The first cycle of The Microsoft Accelerator , powered by TechStars , is in its final run up to demo day. Demo Day is in Seattle on June 28th. Python?

Pro-rata Rights For Angels

Ask The VC

Joanne Wilson (aka Gotham Gal ) has an outstanding post today titled Pro-rata rights. In it she makes two important points about angel investing. She won’t do a deal if the legal documents aren’t good. She won’t do a deal if she doesn’t get pro-rata rights. As a VC investor, I always insist on pro-rata rights.

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?


Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion. Drama. Guides. Smartphones. Tablets. Laptops. Apple.

Top 40 Mompreneurs You Should Follow on Twitter

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Holly Hanna – TheWorkatHomeWoman. Austin Work at Home Mom, Blogger & Woman Entrepreneur. link]. Roz Walker – The Savvy Mompreneur.

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Disqus2012 Launches

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Today is launch day for Disqus2012. And Disqus has made a 60 second spot showing off it's new baby and all the tricks it can do.

8 Attributes of a Real Entrepreneur That Run Deep

Startup Professionals Musings

Business success begins in the mind of the startup founder and his team. It’s not so easy to fake the important attributes when the going gets rough.

The Brilliance of The Struggle

Feld Thoughts

Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz has a beautiful post up titled The Struggle. He captures – in words – what many entrepreneurs, especially entrepreneurial CEOs go through. Ben states that there is no answer to The Struggle but offers some things that may or may not help. ” – John Galt.

Josh Breinlinger: Why VCs Lie

Ask The VC

I discovered Josh Breinlinger’s blog this morning via a tweet from @stefanobernardi. I added it to the Ask the VC blogroll and read through VCs are liars. And so am I. And – Josh is right – it’s super hard to say “you suck” or “your team sucks” as a reason for passing.


Sketching A New Mobile Web


- select -. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Facebook. Twitter. Newsletter. Search Go! select -. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Coding.

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Google Analytics Custom Reports: Paid Search Campaigns Analysis

Occam's Razor

Every Analysis Ninja knows that standard reports are lame. ") that ensure that they don't so much deliver data as much as deliver insights.

Social Proof Is Dangerous

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Hunter Walk has a post up suggesting that "social proof" is not as helpful of an indicator of startup quality as it once was. I have always hated the idea of social proof. It's just the herd instinct at work. It's nonsense. If you can't figure out why you like an investment and why it will be successful, don't make it.

How to Reverse an Entrepreneur Downward Mood Spiral

Startup Professionals Musings

No matter how smart or experienced this person may otherwise be, things must change or they will kill your startup. I’m always tired or stressed out.”

The Power of TAGFEE and Just Executing

Feld Thoughts

So far I’m pleased with my shift to Maker Mode this summer. I’ve managed to get in a solid four hours of writing on my Startup Communities book each day and will have a full draft to circulate to a small group of people on Saturday. Yesterday I saw a post from Gnip titled You Are What You Do. It’s so unbelievably liberating. .

Exploiting Silicon Valley For Profit (and Maybe Fun)

Diego Basch

I believe that Silicon Valley is like Las Vegas, except they make you pass a number of tests before they let you gamble. What should Joe do?

Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash


That Adobe would make such an announcement nearly five years to the day that the first iPhone was sold is kind of funny. The iPad Effect. TC apple

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The Difference Between Apple & Facebook ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

In 2011 Facebook paid out $1.4 billion to developers and

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