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The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault.

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How We Fight – Cofounders in Love and War

Steve Blank

I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder. And I emphasize the value of a founding team with complementary skills sets – i.e. the hacker/hustler/designer cofounder archetype for web/mobile apps.

The Two or Three Things You Need to Raise Capital

Instigator Blog

Yesterday I chatted with an entrepreneur that was looking for advice on raising capital. I’ve written quite a bit about fundraising in the past, but it’s a hard topic and a challenging thing for people to get through. Most people have never raised funding before, and even with all the advice out there it’s still a scary, black hole.

What Goes Wrong

Founders at Work - Blog

This is my talk from 2012 Startup School, pretty much exactly as delivered. It's been more than 7 years since we started YC. In that time, we've funded 467 startups so I've seen a lot of patterns.

Never Say No to Networking

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You Learn From People Who Mostly Agree With You

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

There is a romantic idea about conversation, learning, and open-mindedness: “Joe and I don’t agree on much, but we respect each other, and learn a heck of a lot from each other.”

Facebook Marketing

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You’ve made the plunge and decided to start investing some time marketing on Facebook. Why wouldn’t you? Millions of users communicating directly with one another certainly creates opportunities for word of mouth to spread.

Visionary Entrepreneurs are More Than Idea People

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?”

Video Of The Week

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The video of the week this week is from Popular Science and it comes from the ribbon cutting ceremony for our portfolio company Shapeways ' Factory Of The Future in Long Island City. Notice that the Mayor cut the ribbon with 3D printed scissors. You can read more about the scissors here. Related articles. Shapeways Announces NYC "Factory of the Future". At a Ribbon-Cutting for Shapeways' 'Factory of the Future,' Bloomberg Talks New York Tech.

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Startup Psychology: Why Awareness Is Awesome

OnStartups

The following is a guest post from Dr. Jared Scherz, founder at UFeud, LLC, creators of ufeud.com , uframe, and uscore technologies.

Secret to Success: Try daily. Smile. Stay in your lane. Build strength.

Escape From Cubicle Nation

In Arizona, school starts on August 8. My daughter Rosie started kindergarten this year. On the playground, there is a set of monkey bars. Kids line up for a turn to cross. Many of Rosie’s peers were already flying across the bars with confidence on the first day of school.

7 Startup Mistakes Kill the Best Profit Projections

Startup Professionals Musings

Many startups fail before reaching that magic “cash-flow positive” position they have been striving for, despite seemingly reasonable financial projections. A closer analysis often indicates the cause to be a lack of diligence in handling common business finances.

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Top Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dale Carnegie

YoungUpstarts

by Kevin Schweizer , Online Marketing Manager for Phone.com. Dale Carnegie (pictured), author of the bestselling book, “ How To Win Friends and Influence People “, has a lot of good lessons for new entrepreneurs.

Software Eats Education: An Audacious Undertaking

Peter Levine

Throughout my career, I’ve been an executive at several tech companies that have revolutionized enterprise computing. I’ve also been an investor and venture capitalist (in the past and currently) focused on finding the next BIG things in tech. But I’ve also been fortunate enough to teach at MIT and Stanford, where I currently teach (during different terms) a sales management class and an ethics class at the Graduate School of Business.

7 Most Important Online Marketing Tactics for Any Small Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Building an effective online presence these days has moved beyond the realm of the occasional event and into the daily routine of the marketing department.

5 Steps to Successful Marketing With Multiple Media

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and startups often ask if they should use social media for marketing, digital media, or traditional media. The answer is yes to all, and the challenge is how to choose how much of each, and how to integrate them for maximum impact and the least cost.

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How To Do More By Working Less

Mike Michalowicz

We all want to do more by working less. We want to do more, do it faster and spend less time doing it. After all there are only 24 hours in a day and nothing short of a tear in the space and time continuum is going to change that. Let’s just fess up.

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4 Cases Where Short Home Pages Outperformed Long Home Pages

ConversionXL

Which is better? Having a long home page with lots of copy, or a short one? The correct answer is of course ‘it depends’, but I’m going to show you 4 cases where short home page kicked long home page butt. Case #1: Moto Message.

Pitch Your Startup in this Special Edition of Google Developer Live *UPDATED*

VC Cafe

Want to get better at presenting your idea and/or your startup pitch? Wish to gain some real world feedback from experts? Wish you could be 'famous' in 5min? If you had one 'Yes!' then please fill up. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Google Developer Live GDL

Why tech-based small businesses and startups should make design a priority

The Next Web

Thinking about starting a new small business or startup that is heavily technology-based? Or do you already have a tech-based small business or startup that you are actively working on growing? If you are in one of the two categories above, is design one of your priorities?

How to Hold Productive Meetings That People Don’t Actually Hate

Duct Tape Marketing

This post is one in a series of tips for making your small business run better and is sponsored by UPS. Scheduled communication may be one of the most powerful team and accountability building tools available when done the right way. photo credit: MoDOT Photos.

Brain Dumps, Prioritization And Productivity: A Beginners Guide To Getting Things Done

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I’ve been thinking a lot about my plans for the coming months and the start of the new year.

Why Average VC Returns Don’t Really Matter

Agile VC

The VC industry (both the GP part and the LP part) pays attention to the sector’s returns, but the broader tech ecosystem only occasionally tunes in. Typically it’s when Cambridge Associates releases their benchmark data on the VC asset class ( here’s a 2010 example article from TechCrunch ) or an organization like the Kauffman Foundation publishes a white paper ( a 2012 example article from Business Insider here ).

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10 Entrepreneur Tips Dodge Million-Dollar Mistakes

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a well-accepted axiom in the investor community that entrepreneurs learn more from their failures than their successes. Thus a well-explained startup failure often can actually improve your odds of funding in the next go-round.

Why Blogging Isn’t Enough Anymore

Duct Tape Marketing

There was a time when the art of SEO practitioners focused on building out highly optimized pages dedicated to narrowly defined themes or keywords.

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World's Simplest Management Secret

Inc Startups

Forget what you learned in those management books. There's really only one way to ensure that everyone on your team excels. Management books have it all wrong. They all try to tell you how to manage "people." It's impossible to manage "people"; it's only possible to manage individuals.

Energy and Innovation

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! Terms like energy get thrown around all the time and have consequently taken on multiple meanings. You need energy to get out of bed in the morning. Use positive energy to make the life you’ve dreamed of. The world is in an energy crisis.

The IT Reality Check

deal architect

InformationWeek tells a depressing, if not surprising, story “But when we asked 382 business pros--a mix of IT and non-IT people--about how IT is perceived in their companies, we were shocked by what we found in both the responses and. Industry Commentary

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Questions you and your co-founder need to have answered before you start (or ASAP)

This is going to be BIG.

What's your equity split of this business and why? Are we comfortable with the thinking behind that? What is the scope of our business? What is outside the scope of what we want it to do? Are we allowed to do anything outside of the business? What is the expected time commitment? What are my roles going to be and how might that change over time in 3 months, 6 months? Am I likely to be part of this company 3 years from now and in what capacity? What happens if I get hit by a bus tomorrow?

8 Social Media Numbers that Will Rock Your Business

Inc Startups

Facebook, Twitter and their spawn are about to change how the world does business. Don't believe it? Get a load of how far things have already gone. In the beginning was the Web. And the Web was information--all the world’s knowledge, linked together in html code.

The Non-Urgent and Extremely Important

Growthink Blog

A great best practice for all companies of ambition is to establish and hold regular meetings - in person - of a well-qualified and experienced board of strategic advisors. Let’s set aside for now some of the mechanisms of setting up a quality board (of which more can be read about here ) and instead focus on some of the “tough love” feedback a board can offer executives on what they are doing right and far more importantly what they are doing wrong and how to fix it.

Hire Different!

John O'Farrell

Every aspiring CEO has heard of David Ogilvy’s famous admonition , usually paraphrased as “Hire people smarter than yourself” or words to that effect. In my case, following that good advice has not been hard. Applying that criterion has meant that I’ve had an enormous pool of qualified candidates to choose from.

Reading Jeff Bezos

David Lee

A tech friend gives me s**t about being a Jeff Bezos fanboy. I’m unabashedly a fan. His 1997 letter to Amazon shareholders is a blueprint for building a durable franchise in technology. I recently compiled and read all of these letters from 1997-2011. Read together, it’s essentially a 15 year narrative of building long-term value in technology and also a history of the Internet and e-commerce. Here are some random nuggets: Free cash flow was their focus since 1997.

3 Characteristics of Amazing Presentations

Inc Startups

First, make sure you have something to say. Then, follow these basic rules. I recently attended a TEDGlobal conference. It was (as the veterans say) my 'first' TED and, while I was nervous about my own talk, I was thrilled to hear everyone else's.

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