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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

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Talent and Bandwidth

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When people ask me what the city and state government can do to help the technology driven startup community in NYC, I tell them two things. First, there is not one tech ecosystem. There is the software, internet, digital media sector which is thriving and on a tremendous growth spurt. And then there are the biotech, bioengineering, materials science, and energy sectors.

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Your Financial Model Is A Work Of Fiction; Build It Anyway

Seed Stage Capital

Startup Financials Series Startup financial models are a pain in the ass. They take a ton of time to build. They are complex and often messy. They are never truly right. And they are outdated almost the moment you finish them


Anchor Your Startup with Big Honest Vision

Instigator Blog

“Go big or go home.&#. I’m (somewhat) ashamed to admit that I’ve uttered those words before. I’ve written them too. But for the wrong reasons.

Dilbert on Cloud Computing


Some days it does feel this way

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Between Thought and Expression Lies A Lifetime

Lou Reed wrote this line (my favorite lyric ever) in the context of relationships (I think). But it's much more applicable than that. Ideas for new businesses are amazing, wonderful, creative things. What makes ideas so interesting

When Smart People are Bad Employees

Ben's Blog

And I always find, yeah, I always find somethin’ wrong. You been puttin’ up with my sh#t just way too long. I’m so gifted at findin’ what I don’t like the most. So I think it’s time for us to have a toast. Let’s have a toast for the douchebags, Let’s have a toast for the a@%holes, Let’s have a toast for the scumbags, Every one of them that I know. Let’s have a toast for the jerkoffs. That’ll never take work off. Baby, I got a plan.

Facebook, Twitter, & startup valuations - The best properties always look too expensive

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The best properties always look too expensive. Market leaders command the highest prices. It is only a year or two later that they look like great deals. The experts thought Microsoft was crazy when they invested $240M in Facebook at a $15B valuation. Crazy like a fox. Digital Sky Technologies invested $200M in Facebook in May of 2010 at a $10B valuation. The "experts" thought the Russians had gone crazy. What do they think now?

jQuery Plugin: BetterGrow Your Words

The Product Guy

Many things grow, but none grow better than when they BetterGrow.

Chronic Under-financing of EU Start-ups Driven by Mindset

Babbling VC

I've read and written about it many times but I think there is one thing which is never loudly spoken about when comparing the EU to Silicon Valley (or the US in general). I decided to make a blog post out of this since my answer over on Quora to a similar question seems to have quite a bit of resonance: "Differences in Entrepreneurial Mindset between the US and Europe".

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A new decade: From consumerization to commercialization of technology

deal architect

“I would rather compete with Sony than compete in another product category with Microsoft.” Steve Jobs said that to Time magazine soon after launching the iPod in 2001. It signaled the start of a trend Gartner would later call “consumerization

e-Mission has launched. - the vc in me. - Typepad

the vc in me

Back in 2007, I wrote a post about a concept I came up with at TED for a kids game called "critter crisis" to make a real impact on climate change. I'm happy to report that a few years later

Align Your Startup With Today’s Customer Paradigm

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup needs to understand that the customer paradigm has dramatically shifted over the past two years with pervasive social networks and smartphones.

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Twitter Link Roundup #68 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

ROI for Business Intelligence

Active Garage

When beginning or continuing an investment in a Business Intelligence (BI) system, a company must look at how it will be able to garner the largest Return on Investment (ROI) for such an initiative. There are many factors to take into consideration in reaching the largest possible ROI.

Time passages

deal architect

"Well I'm not the kind to live in the past The years run too short and the days too fast The things you lean on are the things that don't last Well it's just now and then my line gets

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Startup Exits Should Be Positive and Planned Early

Startup Professionals Musings

If you startup is your dream, why would you want to think about an exit? It’s going to be so successful and so much fun that you don’t need to think about what comes after. Wrong.

Cities Built Around Airports (and China Fact of the Day)

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

China is building 100 new airports by 2020. By the time that’s all done, 1.5 billion Chinese will live within 90 minutes of an airport. That's from this review of the forthcoming book Aerotroplis: The Way We'll Live Next , which looks interesting.

A pharacuetical mashup – Vitamints

Start Up Blog

Sometimes a startup just make sense. Logical in hindsight to the point where it feels like we should have done it. Vitamints is one such startup. It is what it says – Vitamins which are also mints.

Funding Lessons from a Successful Kickstarter Campaign


Crowdfunding your startup through sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGO has become an interesting, and in many cases, quite viable way of financing your project.

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More Women Pursuing Entrepreneurial Career

The Entrepreneurial Mind

During the on-going recession, entrepreneurship is becoming an even more popular path for women in America. Elizabeth Fuller has an article in CSM that explores some of the common practices of women entrepreneurs: "If opening a business demands courage, opening one in the aftermath of the. worst economic downturn since the Depression demands a special steeliness, especially for female entrepreneurs. Because women-owned businesses are.

Three economic trends for 2011 (fueled by startup goodness)

crowdSPRING Blog

2011 is going to be a great year for entrepreneurs – even better than 2010.

Calling Vince Lombardi: Four Mega-Trends for 2011

Growthink Blog

When seeking breakout companies to back, here are four mega-trends for 2011: 1. Look for Companies That Harness the Power and Avoid the Danger of “Corporations of One.” Never before in human history has the world afforded more opportunities for talented individuals to work for themselves, by themselves.

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The Numbers Reset To Zero

Feld Thoughts

Most of the companies I’m an investor in have a fiscal year that lines up with the calendar year. As a result, with a few exceptions, the 2010 numbers are done and the 2011 numbers have reset to zero. When I was running my first company (Feld Technologies) this was a big moment each year. I still remember it vividly – we pushed and pushed and pushed an increasing revenue (and profit) number each year with the goal of exceeding the previous year.

Sweat the Details

The Entrepreneurial Mind

My lecture on the exit process is one of my favorites to give to my students. I use my own experience in selling our company as a case study in the complexity of the deal terms and their implications. Even my more experienced graduate students have an unrealistic view of the exit process. Most seem to imagine a process more akin to selling a house.

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What drives people

Start Up Blog

I had an interesting discussion with a child psychologist yesterday. He was telling me that one theory says there are three main motivators for all human behaviour. I am sure there are a zillion counter theories, but I really think this can be useful for anyone working in the ‘influence’ arena. The three motivators are based around the desire for: Power. Inclusion. Achievement.

Dreams, Goals & People: Lessons from Carlos Brito

Growthink Blog

Carlos Brito is the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Clearly Anheuser-Busch InBev is an impressive company; it is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top 5 consumer product companies.

2011 Thoughts

Leveraging Ideas

2010 was a challenging year for me personally and I took a fair amount of time off from blogging. I’m hoping to get back into the groove of writing this year. Initially I thought I’d write a lengthy retrospective about my year, but who wants to dwell in the past? So I’m going do a quick catch-up for those who may think me AWOL and then get into some of what me excited going forward. If you have specific questions feel free to ask in the comments, or email me, and I will gladly answer.

Year of the Electric Car

Venture Chronicles

When I hear people say “this is the year of such-and-such&# I am reminded of the mobile industry. Since at least 1999 people have been saying that, finally, this was the year of mobile and sure enough, 2009 may have finally been legitimately the year of mobile… which only proves that it is best to say the “year of&# without actually pinning oneself down to a specific year. Will 2011 be the year of the electric car?

I"ll Teach You How To Start A Business With The Bare Minimum


Hello StartupBiz Talkers! If it seems like I've been gone for a while, it's because I'm working on my new blog that will combine the business with the personal! More details to come on that later) In the meantime, I wanted to share a useful Ebook with you.

Now Hear This

Steve Blank

Much like my career, in the last two years this blog has traveled a serendipitous path. I orignally wrote it with four goals in mind: First, to explain to my kids, then just graduating from High School, stories about their dad’s life when he was their age.

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Flexible Focus #35: Move less, Attract more

Active Garage

The Abundance Mentality. Martin Buber (1878~1965), the Austrian-born Jewish philosopher who became famous for his work on the I-Thou relationship, wrote of a Hasidic story in which a seeker prayed that God would show him the difference between Heaven and Hell.

Spencer Fry — Building the Trunk, First

Spencer Fry


What Tim Ferriss Can Teach You About Product Launch by Yaro Starak

Tim Ferris is commonly known for his book the 4-Hour Workweek. It is a book that dives into the techniques of freeing up time, outsourcing, and helping yourself spend less time on things you don’t want to spend time on. Overall, I liked the book when I read it many years ago. I took away a few pertinent notes that I applied to things I did in life. This past year, Tim Ferris mentioned he was going to release a book about fitness, diet, and sex.