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What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill. Everyone knows what a startup is for – don’t they?

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

Business development is fun. It's a bit like a triathlon

Startup CTO or Developer


I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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A Tradeshow Checklist, born of experience

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Eric Sink says that tradeshows are like sex : When it's good it's really really good, but when it's bad. it's still pretty good. Have a goal. Never.

Sales 83

Building Products for Mass Adoption

Both Sides of the Table

They use products because the products solve a need they have. He is both. Anyway, Chris’s blog got me thinking about Techies and Normals.

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Los Angeles Web Developer


Yesterday, I met with someone at the early stage of a startup. He has a great concept with some complexity to it. He was struggling to find high quality developers in Los Angeles. Just the kind of person I like to meet. :) But I was a bit surprised when he emphasized how hard it had been for them to find a web developer in Los Angeles.

Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010.

500 Hats

Latest & Greatest re-arranging of deck chairs on the Lean Startup Titanic: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SF, Jan 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure

Branding Secrets Of The World’s Best Brands

crowdSPRING Blog

The name of your company and your logo are two creative elements of your brand, but your brand is much more than the name and logo. Who are they?

Dear MBAs who want to work at startups

This is going to be BIG.

So you just finished up the year at Harvard/Wharton/Stanford/NYU, etc. and since your lifelong dream of being a banker doesn’t seem like a viable route anymore, you’re thinking that a startup might be the place for you. I take some of these meetings, but right off the bat, the approach is wrong on nearly all of them. It’s 2010.

Help! The proposed “software tax” stinks

Colorado Startups

You may have heard by now that Governor Ritter is rushing a new tax on software through legislation at an unprecedented rate, with an effective date of March 1, if passed. The bill proposes a new tax on any software purchased or installed in Colorado. Yes, a tax on software. Wait, it’s worse. million per year to its Colorado operations.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. The list is getting quite long. So I thought I better set the record straight.

A Geek's Guide To Hiring Marketing People


The following is a guest post by Jason Cohen. Interviewing developers is easy. OK, not easy. Do they say the right things? Do they give up? Frugality.

Time Horizon Does Matter

Thinking About Thinking

Ever since I started in the investment business, entrepreneurs would often ask in meetings, “What’s your typical time horizon for an investment?” ” To be candid, I never thought this was a particularly relevant question. No institutional VC or growth equity firm will say we’re trying to flip our investments in a year.

The Monster In Your Head

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've written before about CEO coaches. There are a bunch of CEO coaches I can recommend. Jerry is a special person. And now Jerry has a blog.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (7/11) – Detail Orientation

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. The full list is now posted there if you want a sneak preview. Buh-bye. Sorry.

Disrupting the Law with a Lending Tree for Startups

47 Hats

It’s been an axiom of mine for a long time: everybody wants justice, but you’ve have to have the money to buy it. law questions. Contracts.

Age of Abundance (The Dedicated Device Rule)

Jason Ball's TechBytes

There’s a fresh article in this month’s UK Wired- “ Watches are the ultimate proof that we are not rational “, which applies directly to me (and an increasing number of my VC friends.). Just my phone. Instantly. But they are all very different watches, designed for different purposes or occasions.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday I blogged about  girls basketball and role models. Today I'm going to blog about football coaches and leaders. 4) Has a plan.

What’s Your “Lucy” Moment in Copywriting, Marketing or PR?

Rembrandt Communications

Last week, I was on a much-awaited, exclusive teleconference with a well-known and very successful business and marketing consultant. As the call began, the tips and ideas started flowing, and I feverishly took notes and tried to digest all of the information. Everything was going really well, but then…things started to get ugly. About half [.].


Using Mega Trends When Pitching Your Startup

Instigator Blog

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about “mega trends&# and how to use them when pitching your startup. Investors like mega trends. After all, they’re big. And most of us are aware of them and have been affected by them (or expect to be in the future). Startups should leverage mega trends and weave them into their pitches.

Think Inside the Box; Grow Your Business with what you already have


A client asked me the other day, "as a banker, what was the key advice you would give your small business clients who wanted to grow?" I replied, "Cross sell, cross sell, cross sell."Cross Cross selling is my version of thinking "inside your box." What do you already have that you're not taking advantage of?

Role Models

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Both of my girls played in this league in their middle school years and then assistant coached in it during their high school years.

How to Protect Yourself From Bernie Madoff

Startup Professionals Musings

OK, so they tell me that Bernie is safely tucked away in prison for the next 150 years, but there are clones out there who look and act just like him.

What Should I Write About? You Tell Me!

Instigator Blog

Every blogger suffers writer’s block at some point. It’s inevitable. And extremely frustrating. For some it means months without creating any new content, while others can recover much more quickly. Skribit (the project of Paul Stamatiou and others) is a service that’s designed to help you defeat writer’s block.

Balloon Wars

Steve Blank

In the 1950’s the U.S. Military and the CIA enlisted balloons (some as tall as a 40-story building) as weapons systems targeting the Soviet Union. Throughout the decade they launched a series of Top Secret/ codeword balloon projects and thousands of balloons, to gather intelligence about the Soviet Union. Why Balloons? For the first time, U.S.

How Freelancing Can Help You Make The Leap Into Entrepreneurship by Yaro Starak

Ali Hale has jumped in with this post explaining the virtues of becoming a freelancer as an in-between step to become a full on entrepreneur. Since this is the exact path she is walking now, Ali in a great position to help explain what it is like. Here’s what Ali has to say about it… Entrepreneurship. I quit my day job a year ago.

Entrepreneurs Need Multiple Intelligences

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve long believed that entrepreneurs are different. Successful entrepreneurs always seem to have several good intelligences. Marty Zwilling.

Top story of the week: iPad

Startup Musings

iPad 'Nuff said

A Smattering of Impressions from Chile

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

(Santiago in the morning ) I have been living in Santiago for about two months and I've learned a great deal about the country. Historical legacy.

Most inspiring speech ever

Venture Hacks

Actually two dueling inspirational speeches. Very NSFW — contains, as they say, “strong&# language.

Multi-Level Marketing – Love It or Hate It

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s hard to find neutrals on this subject. I will admit that I don’t like the business model of paying people to solicit other people. Marty Zwilling.

VC Board Management Best Practices: 5 Early Warning Signs of Trouble

Pascal's View

Public companies such as Google, Cisco and Intel, all initially venture-backed, today represent 17 percent of U.S. Share and Enjoy

Sharing and Exchanging.

Redeye VC

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year. Not because Steve Jobs unveiled an iPod with a 9 inch screen. Doing deals with each other.

My First Attempt at E-mail/Zip Submits An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

A couple days I discovered a new traffic source that I decided to try. I also never made any money on them.