Sat.Feb 02, 2013 - Fri.Feb 08, 2013

10 Sage Quotes From $100M Entrepreneur Winners

Gust

Robert Jordan image via HowTheyDidIt.com. Entrepreneurs are a notoriously stubborn (some say confident) group of people, so I see many of them making the same mistakes that predecessors have made.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Both Sides of the Table

I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. My rationale is simple: everything goes wrong and only great teams can respond to competitors, markets, funding environments, staff departures, PR disasters and the like.

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Better for whom?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We looked at all the products in the space and thought, “We can do it better.” ” So we did. – most founders It’s a common refrain, and I suppose this is what all founders should think!

How Etsy Grew their Number of Female Engineers by Almost 500% in One Year

Redeye VC

At First Round Capital, we spend a lot of time and resources supporting our technical leadership from across our 170+ companies. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

The Lean Entrepreneur is here

Startup Lessons Learned

Last May, I shared the news that long-time Lean Startup advocates Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits were working on a new book called The Lean Entrepreneur featuring illustrations by FAKEGRIMLOCK. That new book is about to hit bookstores everywhere.

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Investing in and Joining the Board of Rover.com

Feld Thoughts

We just announced Foundry Group’s investment in Rover.com this morning. We led a $7m financing in the leader in digital dog boarding that connects dog owners with approved, reviewed, and insured sitters. Rover.com is part of our marketplace theme , which now includes investments in SideTour and PivotDesk. I’m psyched to be joining the board, working with my good friend Greg Gottesman at Madrona on another Seattle-based company.

Your Blog as a Startup: Tips to Manage Your Finances and Make Money Blogging

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Remember when blogging started? It was the late ’90s, and at the time bloggers were called diarists, journal writers or journalers.

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8 Key Actions for Entrepreneurs Needing Early Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs have learned that it’s almost always quicker and easier to get cash from someone you know, rather than Angel investors or professional investors (VCs).

Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned

om.co

About. Twitter. Subscribe. Om Says. About Me. Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is a venture partner at True Ventures. Om is the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.

Entrepreneurs Experience – Do It and Learn It

Steve Blank

In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University , U.C. Berkeley and NCIIA , Jerry Engel and I first offered the Lean LaunchPad Educators Class.

The Many Forms of Innovation and the Future of Work

VC Cafe

Innovations comes in many forms and different parts of the economy are adapting to it differently. This post covers difference between a group of students and a group of industrialists and includes a video of the future work environment in 2025. [[ This is a content summary only.

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Great Entrepreneurs Build Deep People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurship is more about building a business than inventing a product. It’s more about the quality of the execution, rather than the quality of the idea.

3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

mashable.com

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What Is Your Inner Animal Spirit?

Feld Thoughts

I asked Amy to send me a picture of my inner animal spirit. She won’t let me share her’s, but that’s me on the left. I’ve always felt like a bear. A big, cuddly, nice, soft bear. Mellow. I like to sleep. I like to eat. I wander around, a little curiously larger than comfortable in my slightly oversized body. I’m really f **g ferocious when I’m mad. Which doesn’t happen very often (maybe once a year). Don’t poke the bear.

Signs You Need To Outsource Your Digital Marketing

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s tempting to think you can handle digital marketing yourself. Training on social media, SEO, development, and content marketing are readily available, and if you don’t have time, there are always interns or your friend’s godson, who’s a digital marketing whiz.

Venture Math 101

StartupCFO

My good friend and professional instigator David Crow sparked some reactions last week with this 100% on the money tweet. Mark Evans chimed in to dispel the myth that there is not enough VC$ in Canada. He then followed up summarizing reactions from a number of Canadian VCs including me.

Coding Horror: How to Hire a Programmer

www.codinghorror.com

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Everyone at Yipit is Now Learning to Code

Vinicius Vacanti

The spread of the internet will put people into two groups: “People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.” ” - Marc Andreessen. Five years ago, I was firmly in Andreessen’s second group: the non-coders.

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10 Trends That Will Dominate the Tech Startup World in 2013

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There will be a few obvious trends this year as well as a few surprising ones. Regardless of whether you are new to entrepreneurship or not, take heed of these advances in 2013. Get Off the Trend Bandwagon.

9 Things You Must Forget from Your School

Life Beyond Code

Good teachers can change your life – be it in school or outside of it. I was fortunate to have some really good teachers when I was at school and I am forever indebted to them. But, we both know that school and marketplace are very different environments.

If It Weren't for All These Customers We Sure Could Run This Railroad!

Small Business Force

Years ago, when Yoda was just a mere wisp of a lad, I remember hearing this phrase uttered by an official from the old Penn Central Railroad in a television interview in the months just prior to the formation of Amtrak.

Ecommerce is a slog — what’s your angle ?

Fred Destin

There a bold piece by Marc Andreessen in PandoDaily announcing the " death of retail ". As an extension to the theme of "software will eat the world" it's smart statement of intent for a firm that wants to attract the best and most ambitious of entrepreneurs.

How To Get Refocused On Work

Mike Michalowicz

It happens to us all. We are working away, and then that email chime goes off. Two hours later we finally realize that we drifted off from the work we needed to do. I reached out to the entrepreneurial community to learn how they refocus on work after a distraction sets in.

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The Art of Graceful Disagreement

Life Beyond Code

Disagreement is hard and graceful disagreement is an art that you MUST master. Have you been in a situation where: You want to disagree but you don’t know how the other person will feel so you end up agreeing to something that you don’t buy-in.

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How to Use Personalized Content and Behavioral Targeting For Improved Conversions

ConversionXL

500 different people go to Amazon.com. Each one sees a different version of the home page. How come? It’s personalized! It’s no secret why Amazon does that: content personalization makes money.

How I negotiated my startup compensation

keen.io

Youre reading Radical Transparency — a blog brought to you by the team at Keen IO. Michelle Wetzler. Engineer, arranger, communicator, amateur photographer. Follow @michellewetzler. How I negotiated my startup compensation. Tweet. August 21, 2012. Hi, I’m Michelle.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

Both Sides of the Table

Let me not bury the lede. I’m super excited to announce that GRP Partners led the investment in Ethan Anderson’s new company MyTime (link has LA-based merchants but will give you a good feel for the product).

Why Business Relationships Take More Than Texting, Friending, And Online “Connecting”

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Houlihan, coauthor of “ The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller “. It’s official: Email, texting, and social media are no longer just helpful supplemental business tools. They’ve taken over the whole game.

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A Problem With Gmail When The Machines Take Over

Feld Thoughts

In general, I love Gmail. While Amy likes to complain to me about how ugly it is, I don’t even see the UI anymore as I just grind through the endless stream of email that I get each day. My biggest struggle is figuring out how to keep up, without the email ending up dominating everything I do. In the past year, this has gotten a lot harder, but I continue to try new things. Fortunately, spam is almost non-existent for me.

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Kathy Sierra: Building the minimum Badass User, Business of Software. A masterclass in thinking about software product development.

Business of Software Blog

Stop what you are doing and watch this is you are involved in making software. Most people have been doing it all wrong. The inspirational Kathy Sierra kicked off the Business of Software Conference 2012 with this brilliant, brilliant, talk. Not only some of the smartest advice anyone has given about how to approach software development, there is also a trick that is guaranteed to make you feel more confident, more powerful and more in control of what you do.

If you don’t “get” why Snapchat is growing so fast, read this

Lightspeed Venture Partners

When we invested in Snapchat a year ago it had a few hundred thousand installs, but incredible retention and frequency of usage. Evan and Bobby painted a compelling story of how ephemeral messaging created a more real and authentic mode of communication, one where you weren’t “performing” for the every present audience in most social media, from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter.

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The Ultra-short Course on Seduction

Life Beyond Code

How can you seduce someone? Important Note: With the Valentine’s day around, the title can be misleading.

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The New York Times Launches TimeSpace, Its Own Startup Incubator/Accelerator

VC Cafe

The New York Times is launching a new startup accelerator, TimeSpace, a 4 month program taking in early stage media startups into the NYT Headquarters.

Building a Consistent Blog Readership

Duct Tape Marketing

Many bloggers dream of writing that epic blog post. One that drives so much traffic, links and shares that the front page of Reddit is a foregone conclusion. photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc.