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The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

Vinicius Vacanti

Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. If you’re a first-time reader, you can get future posts by subscribing via email or following me on Twitter.

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains.

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Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

Steve Blank

Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes. KP – Kitchen Patrol.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

Image via eHow.com. Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?”

Some problems are so hard they need to be solved piece by piece

Chris Dixon

Andrew Parker had a great post a few years ago where he sketched out all the startups going after pieces of Craigslist: Startups that have tried to go head-to-head against the entirety of Craigslist (the “horizontal approach”) have struggled.

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What makes you happy?

Life Beyond Code

Think about this for a brief moment. What makes you happy? This seems like a million dollar question. Some of you may know the answer instantly and some of you may have to struggle with it for a while before you get a solid answer.

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6 Right Times to Be a Ready-Fire-Aim Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from the dreaded premature execution syndrome often associated with the ready-fire-aim approach. Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages.

Indicators that a startup idea is a good one

The Equity Kicker

I always enjoy reading Paul Graham’s essays and his latest one How to get startup ideas is another great read. If you are an entrepreneur looking for ideas then I highly recommend you read the whole thing, particularly taking note of the common errors (building for a problem nobody has and trying too hard to come up with startup ideas). I’m going to focus on one of the by-products of Paul’s essay which is a list of indicators that an idea might be good or an idea might be bad.

How To Become Successful = Action, Balance, Dreams, Plans and Beliefs.

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! A woman is on a long hike ride through breathtaking valleys and over majestic mountains. After sunbathing atop a cliff overlooking the water below, she sees she’ll have to backtrack in order to return home.

Setting up right

Life Beyond Code

The punch line in a joke makes no sense if the setup was not powerful. Here is an old joke that will demonstrate the power of setting up. 8-year old Ron was telling his classmate John that he followed John’s advice to get five dollars from his Dad and it didn’t work.

6 Clues That You May Be Cool as an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, when a startup founder mentioned to me that he wasn’t sure he had the personality to be an entrepreneur, I realized how important that insight was.

Bringing Lean Startup to Life at GE

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Sarah Milstein, co-host of The Lean Startup Conference. At a party in NYC recently, I was challenged by a VC to name the biggest company currently using Lean Startup practices. I think he expected me to describe a medium-sized startup or maybe some small, old-school media organization. So his eyebrows jumped when I said that GE is the largest company we know of. There are at least two companies in the world bigger than GE , so there’s room to expand.

A Jam Session With Josh Rogan

Mike Michalowicz

“If you live out one dream, it gives you the confidence to live out another one. Then you just kinda start living your dreams. All of a sudden it’s easier than you think. You’ve just gotta go do it.”. Josh Rogan , singer, songwriter and bad ass guitarist. I’m Alive by Josh Rogan.

Some Advice for Celebrities and Startups Seeking Their Endorsements

Both Sides of the Table

I live in LA. And I’m a VC. So you can imagine I see my fair share of celebrities looking to get into the technology industry. And equal numbers of startups seeking celebrity endorsements in exchange for equity. For the most part my advice is simple, “don’t bother.”

8 Pragmatics to Avoid Common Entrepreneur Pitfalls

Startup Professionals Musings

Behind most great startup success stories is a long list of mistakes! Unfortunately, for every success story you see, there is an even longer list of failure stories with mistakes that you don’t see.

7 Ways to Increase Engagement on Your Website

Duct Tape Marketing

It can be a chore to drive traffic to your website. So, once you do gain a click through organic search, a referral or an ad, you need to you do what you can to keep them there long enough for them to dig in and see what you’ve got. photo credit: theunquietlibrary.

Never Apologize For Having An Opinion — Especially When You're Right

massive greatness

You know it’s going to be an entertaining blog post when the lede is: “See the end of the editorial for an important update.”

Find and Talk to other Startup Founders of Similar Startups

SoCal CTO

One of the recommendations I make all the time to startup founders, is to find other founders who have tackled similar problems as yours and talk to them about how they solved these problems.

Entrepreneurs Need New Growth Models To Scale Up

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups are usually so focused on selling more of their branded product or service to their own customer base (organic growth) that they don’t consider the more indirect methods (non-organic growth) of increasing revenue and market share.

How to Extend the Functionality of Every App You Use

Duct Tape Marketing

A rather new service called Zapier is poised to change how people work on the web. I know this sounds like a bold prediction, but here’s why I think it’s true. Web apps are awesome. In many ways they’ve given even the tiniest of businesses the ability to compete, manage and grow on a global scale.

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What Color is the Sky in Your Entrepreneurial World? Are You Dealing with Reality?

Small Business Force

"Reality isn't the way you wish things to be, nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are." Robert J. Ringer, Entrepreneur, Motivational Writer/Speaker Early stage entrepreneurs often have so much passion and belief in their business concept that they become blind to the realities of the world around them. I've read a number of business plans that made me wonder what the color of the sky was in this entrepreneur's world.

Do More Faster: 10 Best Apps & Tools

Inc Startups

Five-time entrepreneur Frank Addante lists the digital gems that help him be organized and save time. Organize your email: Sanebox Sanebox uses algorithms to organize your email into what's important and what's not. I was skeptical and had trouble giving up control of my inbox, but now I'm hooked.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Help Others Succeed and Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs forget that their success is more about helping other people than about personally becoming famous, or overcoming the odds and getting rich. A successful business has to satisfy customers with a strong team, by helping them solve problems, save money, or experience more pleasure.

Inspired by a beetle that draws water from the air, scientist creates self-filling water bottle

The Next Web

The Namib Desert beetle lives in an area that only gets half an inch of rainfall per year, and so it draws 12 percent of its weight in water from the air to quench its thirst.

Shark Tank Season 4 week 10 breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Season 4 of week 10 of Shark Tank was interesting because two of the pitches were for internet businesses that I could imagine seeing in my day job as a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalis t. I cover one of them, for Nearly Newlyweds, over at Entrepreneur.com. Tie Try.

5 Reasons Your Top Employee Isn't Happy

Inc Startups

Not sure why your top performer is unhappy? Check out what the most brilliant (yet difficult) employees hate about company culture.

Marrying Digital And Analogue With Evernote Smart Notebook By Moleskine

YoungUpstarts

In a day and age where digital is heralded as bringing an end to good old print , perhaps its somewhat surprising that a technology company is looking to buck that trend.

Dilution concerns by founders and investors

Taffy Williams

What is the dollar value of your ownership in the company? Investors and co-workers in your startup often express dilution concerns. A past article addressed this issue in part and a description of the need to communicate and educate your investors formed the basis for a different article.

Level Up Your Website with Gamification

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Wikipedia defines gamification as the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts. Wikipedia boasts a few games of their own based on clicking through webpages in a kind of online scavenger hunt. Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Atari.

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You Don't Charge Enough. Here's How to Fix That

Inc Startups

Constantly undercharging, or not charging at all? Don't give away the farm. Ask yourself these powerful questions to grow your confidence--and profits! This week I received three phone calls from three separate individuals, each with the same problem.

Women Entrepreneurs Surge But Fight Their Demons

Startup Professionals Musings

Women entrepreneurs are starting small businesses at approximately twice the national average for all startups. Despite some inaccurate stereotypes, the evidence is that they are in every industry, from small consulting firms to medical high technology.

Networking is not a one sided activity

Taffy Williams

What do you mean you want my help, knowing me should be enough Some new and established networkers may have missed the office memo: “ Networking is far more than asking for help.” Networking is meeting others followed by establishing a relationship. This requires more than a 5-minute intro in a bar.

Writing = Thinking, Jeff Bezos Edition

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Jeff Bezos likes to read. That’s a dog-bites-man revelation if ever there was one, considering that Bezos is the cerebral founder and chief executive of a $100 billion empire built on books. More revealing is that the Amazon CEO’s fondness for the written word drives one of his primary, and peculiar, tools for managing his company: Meetings of his “S-team” of senior executives begin with participants quietly absorbing the written word.

6 Tips for a Perfectly Timed Facebook Post

Inc Startups

To ensure your Facebook posts reach the most people, timing is everything. Here are some tips for getting it right. It happens all the time. You post on Facebook and the post does really well: You get hundreds of shares and comments and thousands of clicks and likes. Awesome!