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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Most people suck at presenting to big groups. It’s a shame because the ability to nail these presentations at key conferences can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to influence journalists, business partners, potential employees, customers and VCs.

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

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Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.

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I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours. but fuck it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go. note: extremely raw, uneven, long, 1st draft publish & shoot; will revise l8r

Launch: StartupList — a new way to reach angels

Venture Hacks

Yesterday, we launched AngelList , a curated list of angel investors, representing $80M going into early-stage startups this year. Today , we’re launching a cool new way to get intros to these angels: StartupList.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Startup Advice. When I worked in London there were a ton of Aussies. I love working with Aussies because their outlook on life seems very similar to what I grew up with in California. Pretty laid back and non-hierarchic. I also loved learning all of their sayings.

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The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

Both Sides of the Table

TechCrunch ran my article yesterday as a guest post but I wanted to have a copy here for anybody who missed it and for future readers of this blog. This is a slightly longer version and also has an update at the end.

Launch: AngelList, a curated list of angel investors

Venture Hacks

I’m psyched to announce AngelList , a curated list of super high-quality angel investors. And how to reach them. Investors like Jeff Clavier , Dave McClure , Rob Hayes , Aaron Patzer , Brad Feld , and 50 other investors have already joined.

Rude Q&A

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Nothing clarifies things quite like a hyperactive, all-knowing, all-seeing, real asshole of a devil's advocate beating the living crap out of you. Cartoon by Andertoons).

The Day I Didn't Become CEO

David Silverman

This is the first in a series of stories from CEOs of their most life-changing day in their careers. Sometimes the result was promotion to the upper reaches of business, and sometimes a steep fall from grace. But good or bad, the events of these days represent defining moments in their lives and characters and serve as lessons to the rest of us who rarely, if ever, get to see what the view is like from the top. "I

Entrepreneurs Don’t “Noodle” They Do

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Entrepreneurial DNA that was originally published on VentureHacks. I know this series has been running for a while (and is getting long in the tooth) – I promise it’s nearly over.

Startup D.O.A

Instigator Blog

How often have you seen startups go down the following road? A couple people come up with an idea. They’re excited. Really, really excited. They get nervous about competition or people stealing their plans. So they get very hush hush. They start building something. This usually involves locking themselves in a small, dark room with lots of caffeine. They raise money quickly. It’s quite often a seed round to get them through to launch. Lots of code is being written.

Why You Should Re-architect Your Career to Amplify Your Strengths

Software By Rob

Each of us has our own set of strengths and weaknesses but we never take the time to figure out what they are. Even if you did would you know what to do with the information? You've probably heard that you need to identify weaknesses so

Analysis Ninjas: Leverage Custom Reports For Better Insights!

Occam's Razor

White-Label Mobile App Users: Who Owns Them?

The Startup Lawyer

As mobile applications continue to gain popularity, more white-label mobile app deals are popping up. And while both the startup and the large company will certainly contract with respect to intellectual property asset ownership, an asset that may be overlooked is the ownership of the white-label mobile app’s users. Worst-case scenario, ownership of the white-label mobile app users can be insurance against the large company bailing out of the white-label deal. Nothing New.

Be Better Than You Ever Thought You Could Be

Don Dodge, a Developer Advocate at Google (and before Google, a startup evangelist at Microsoft), wrote a fascinating post a few days ago about ways that Google measures success. In his post, Don talked about Google’s impossible goals: Google sets impossible bodacious goals…and then achieves them. The engineering mindset of solving the impossible problem is part [.].

From MSFT evangelist to Mac enthusiast - the other side of the road

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

For five years I was a Microsoft evangelist to the startup and venture capital community. That ended a couple months ago. I am now a Developer Advocate at Google and I love it. After years of defending Microsoft against the Apple fanatics I decided to go to the other side of the road to see for myself. Microsoft frowns on employees using competitive products , and there isn't much time or budget to do it anyway. So, the move from Microsoft gave me the opportunity to try lots of new things.

How To Profit Helping People Become Famous – Interview With Laura Roeder by Yaro Starak

Make sure you look out for Laura’s cat – she features in this interview too. Click here to download the audio-only MP3 [ 54 MB ]. This interview is a great story, which for many online entrepreneurs will seem very familiar – as it was for me. Laura is young, but she’s not young in terms of how long she’s been running an online business.

The 5-Second Guide to Choosing Your Startup’s Legal Entity

The Startup Lawyer

Corporation. Because if you can log on to the Internet, you can handle the complexity of a corporation. Don’t be scurred.

Part-Time Startup CTO?


I love blog conversations. Based on my posts Startup CTO or Developer and Acting CTO , Chris O’Meara wrote an interesting post Startup CTO: Could It Work? Chris starts with a description of the person that pretty much every startup is looking for: Their primary characteristics are deep technical skills and a hacker mentality. They tend to have the knack for architecture. They tend to be capable planners when it comes to issues like performance and security.

NYC BigApps Winners Announced

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've posted about the NYC BigApps contest a few times here. And you all helped me with my chore of judging all 85 apps. Thank you for that. Last night I walked up The Highline to IAC Headquarters to attend an event where the winners were announced. 

Telling Compelling Stories With Video

Instigator Blog

Video is a powerful storytelling medium. Just ask Thomas Clifford , who has been using video for many years to tell some great stories. Many of them might have seemed dull or unclear at the outset, but video and smart storytelling can work real magic.

The 5-Second Guide to Choosing Your Startup’s Legal Entity

The Startup Lawyer

Corporation. Because if you can log on to the Internet, you can handle the complexity of a corporation. Don’t be scurred.

MicroISV Digest – 01/30/2010

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Community News: Rob Bazinet , , has purchased Expens’d from Atlantic Dominion Solutions ( Robert Dempsey ). This is a good move for Rob, Robert and Expens’d’s customers. It’s also a good model – on both sides – how to create and grow value.

Quirky and The Cone Of Silence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My family is tired of hearing me talk about "The Cone Of Silence" This is an electronics product I'd love to have. I am not sure if it can be built with the current state of noise canceling technology, but here is how it would work.

Who wants to know a "Nobody?" Everybody!


So here's some real talk for you: stop trying to be a know-it-all-smarter-than-everyone-else-local-celebrity-too-full-of-myself-talk-a-lot-without-doing-you're-beneath-me-acting somebody. I could go on with this list but I'll stop here.People really don't care about status. And the ones that care only about your "celebrity" status, are called groupies. That's right, I think entrepreneurs can have.

Don’t Get Burned By Your Startup Burn Rate

Startup Professionals Musings

Cash is the fuel of every startup. Your burn rate is the rate at which that money is being spent, and allows an estimate of how long you can go before refueling. That refueling is when you will need more investment, or when you will break even and begin to make a profit.

With Apologies to Kathy Sierra & Paul Graham: Make Something Users.

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A brief excerpt from my talk at Twiistup in LA last week (thanks Danielle): (apologies to Kathy Sierra & Paul Graham for stealing their most excellent content

Memo From the Monastery

Steve Blank

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Dress Up Your Startup


When you're new in business, it's hard to be taken seriously so don't make it even harder on yourself by not projecting the right image. Do a few things to get your start-up noticed:If you don't have an address, get one. Lot of start-ups start from home. You're literally starting from scratch. Your potential clients don't need to know this though. Get a virtual office or a co-op work space.

Inventors Need to Find an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, inventors aren’t interested or aren’t very good at building a business, and entrepreneurs aren’t usually good scientists. These people need to find each other, and can jointly make a great team for a new startup.

How’s That Resolution Going?

Rembrandt Communications

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? How’s it going? Well, if you’re having a tough time keeping your resolution, how about creating goals instead? I know. I know. You’ve heard it all before. Well, I once felt the same way. But actually writing down your goals can have a significant impact on your happiness and wealth. [.]. business help Copywriting goals PR public relations SEO small business success


SnapCamp in Boulder – All for Good and Lots of Fun

Feld Thoughts

I think Boulder is one of the absolute best places to start a tech company. The depth of talent and overall strength of our tech community here is superb. It turns out that makes it a great place to start a community-based tech nonprofit startup, too. I’ve written before about SnapImpact’s great work in making doing good easy. Having already created the first volunteering app for the iPhone, they’re started taking on some additional challenges.

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues.

Critical Considerations for a Startup Advisory Board

Startup Professionals Musings

By Bob Arciniaga In developing the content for this article, it was very apparent this advice is not only critical for startups but for most companies. The suggestions are even more vital in a startup environment with constrained resources.