Sat.Oct 20, 2012 - Fri.Oct 26, 2012

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 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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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.”

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


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

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?”

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.

Top Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dale Carnegie


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

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.

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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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.

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


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.

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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Start With The Problem

Thinking About Thinking

After hearing dozens of company pitches over the last week or so, I noticed a common theme with how CEOs told the story of their business. They typically expended great energy explaining what their company’s product or service does. They will talk about features and functionality that no other player in the market has. Where appropriate, they will dive into a demo to show exactly how their product is such a game changer.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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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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.

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.

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


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?

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.

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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Big Company Habits Jeopardize Any Jump to a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I hear many executives and professionals in large corporations talking about their dream of jumping ship, and starting their own company.

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.

Announcing a Free Startup Communities Online Workshop From Cojourneo

Feld Thoughts

When I wrote Startup Communities, my mission was to provide a framework for building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in any city in the world. I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Cojourneo to take this mission to the next level by launching a free online workshop for Startup Communities. By participating in this workshop, you’ll receive exclusive videos I created that expand on the content in the book.

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.