Sat.Feb 25, 2012 - Fri.Mar 02, 2012

9 Ways To Make Your Startup Grow Virally

Vinicius Vacanti

If you want your start-up to become the next big thing, it’s not good enough to just build a great product. Unless you can afford to buy users, you’ll have to grow virally.

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Killing Your Startup By Listening to Customers

Steve Blank

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It’s understanding who to listen to and why. Five Cups of Coffee. I got a call from Satish, one of my ex-students last week.

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What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Check out this email I got from a major media company this past week: I was just talking to my boss about New York's tech scene and the types of stories I should go after. He  He wants me to get a little personal like digging into how founders and investors are actually using all this money flowing into the city. But beyond the typical, there must be some stories that have gone unreported or overlooked.

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My Gradual Shift From Skype to Google Hangouts

Feld Thoughts

I’ve tried to aggressively shift to video conferencing instead of audio conferencing for anything longer than a 15 minute call. I’m also giving a lot of talks around the world, especially on Startup Communities , so rather than travel and burn a day (or more), I’m doing 30 minute videoconferencing things remotely.

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Entrepreneurs Need Creative Thinking After the Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe their initial idea and inspiration requires the most important creative thinking.

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10 Ways for Startups to Expand Their Reach in 2012

Startup Professionals Musings

As entrepreneurs, you always need to be on the lookout for ways to expand your current business, and always on the lookout for your next big thing.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

High school English III doesn’t teach you how to write prose in the real world any more than a college CS degree teaches you how to write code in the real world. English III teaches you how to write things that English III teachers want to read, but it’s not necessarily great writing.

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Find Egg-breakers: People With Influence & Authority and Are Unafraid to Use Them

Both Sides of the Table

My friend and fellow SoCal venture capitalist Peter Lee wrote a post about the different roles within a VC and spent much time on the role of an associate.

The Stealing Jobs From Foreign Countries Act

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday I was with yet another non-US entrepreneur who is struggling to get the right visa to stay in the US and build his company here. This entrepreneur happens to be from England and his business partner (and best friend since they were kids) is also English, but managed to get into the US because he fell in love with and married and America a while ago. The business partner lives in Denver so they started the company in Denver a year or so ago.

Startups: Attack The Problem, Not The Competition


Pin It. Pin It. Do not become obsessed with beating the competition. Instead, obsess over beating the problem you are out to solve. There are several reasons for this: 1) The goal is not to win over the competition, the goal is to put a dent in the universe.

Once you take money, the clock starts ticking

Chris Dixon

One of the interesting things about having been investing in startups for a number of years is that at any moment you get an inside peek at startups at a variety of different stages. In the course of a few weeks, I might talk to people who are ideating around new business ideas, people raising seed rounds, people raising later (VC) rounds, people whose products are blowing up, people whose product are struggling, people getting acquired, people leaving acquirers to start new companies, etc.

5 Ways to Bungle the Step from Corporate to Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Many people, especially those who have spent years struggling up the corporate ladder, dream of jumping ship and becoming an entrepreneur. But every job move is fraught with risk, and the move from employee to entrepreneur is on the high end of the risk curve.

Fred Wilson Visits With the HBS Start-Up Tribe

Seeing Both Sides

For the second year, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures was kind enough to come to HBS to meet with the class Professor Tom Eisenmann and I co-teach called Launching Technology Ventures. Similar to last year , it was a terrific session.

The New Relationship Marketing by Mari Smith: High Tech and High Touch

Grade A Entrepreneurs

Mari Smith , probably the ultimate Facebook guru (see my review in March 2011), is also the author of The New Relationship Marketing that came out last October.

Be Patient – It Can Take A Long Fucking Time

Ask The VC

I loved Bijan Sabet’s (Spark) post today titled Patience & Persistence. In it, he talks about how OMGPOP’s new game Draw Something is blowing up after nearly four years of making some, but not a ton, of progress. He starts out strong: “When you go to a tech meetup, tech party, or read tech headlines, it’s easy to get swept away into thinking things are soaring for a number of startups.

Your Entrepreneur World Changes When You Take Money

Startup Professionals Musings

The naïve entrepreneur thinks he can relax, after he finally cashes the check from a professional investor, but in reality that’s when the work and the pressure starts.

Verizon 4G MiFi Obliterates Hotel WiFi

Feld Thoughts

On day two of my 14 day visit to Miami Beach, I realized that the hotel WiFi at the W Hotel was not going to work for me. Once again I was at a Starwood Hotel, which I love, except for the abysmal WiFi and WiFi policies. In this case, performance of WiFi in my room sucked and the cost was $15 / device / day. Upon connecting my computer and Amy’s computer, I realized I was paying $30 / day for shitty WiFi. Nope – that doesn’t work for me. I tried my iPhone 3G tethering.

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6 Tips for Awesome Blog Headlines

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

So what’s in a name? In the case of blog headlines it’s everything. The headline of any blog is an important component and it is what will get your post read, or rather not read. The headline, or blog title must be written well or it will be the only part of your blog read!

Why Pinterest Is Not the Next Big Thing for Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Pinterest Is Not the Next Big Thing for Your Business This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. You’ve likely heard lots and lots about a newish social network called Pinterest in the last couple of weeks. 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C - Fabforgottennobility via The Fancy.

Chasing Problems?

Startup Marketing Blog

The best startups generally begin by trying to address a really important problem worth solving. If they can nail the solution to this important problem, they have a great chance of building a successful startup. How Solving Problems Can Lead to Failure. Surprisingly, founders’ instincts to solve problems can also cause us to fail. Many startups miss success signals because they are too busy solving problems.

Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Design Staff

It's easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. Designers know that looks sell, and many people sell themselves that way. Of course, the ability to make something that looks good matters, especially for visual designers. But the

Five tips for improving your website content

Up and Running

To be competitive in today’s online community, your website must give visitors a good first impression. The content they find on your website says a lot about your company’s mission, professionalism and attention to detail.

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Is your Boss killing your ideas?

Life Beyond Code

When you speak to talented professionals, more often than not one item comes up either during the Q&A at the end or when we huddle and talk in groups after the talk. That one item is about their Boss killing their ideas ruthlessly.

Back To School

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've always loved Rodney Dangerfield's Back To School. I laugh out loud just thinking about that film. This week I'm doing my own version of Back To School. Monday night I did my annual talk with InSITE , the Columbia/NYU joint program that puts graduate students (mostly law school and business school students) into pro bono consulting gigs with startups. Apparently this is the fifth year in a row that I've met with them.

8 Things That Grab and Hold Website Visitor’s Attention


We live in a world of short attention spans. Attention span is the amount of time that a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted. Since that task can be learning about your product, figuring out if your service is right for them – it’s *kind of* important.

6 Small Business Website Must-Haves

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Owning and running a small business now most certainly requires the inclusion of an effective website. Even the smallest business is expected to have at least some sort of web presence. Simply paying the kid down the street to set up a run-of-the-mill boring website is more than likely not worth your money. Being a

Strata: Mixing the Social Data Cocktail

Everyone knows you can learn a lot by trawling data coming from social media services like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. But sometimes the data will surprise you.

Succeeding at the default metrics will kill you

The Startup Toolkit

Folks who know nothing about your business will evaluate it based on the default metrics: traffic & revenue. They will advise you to increase these 2 numbers. Accepting the default metrics is bad. The top cause of startup death is trying to grow before the foundation is solid. The default metrics are dangerous because they compel you to scale prematurely and kill your company. It’s tempting, too. Everyone understands and is impressed by a growing traffic graph.

How To Sell More Ads On Your Blog by Yaro Starak

I previously explained my simple formula for pricing ads on your website. If you missed the article, please read it first here -. How Much Should You Charge For Advertising On Your Blog?

Why Cloud Is A Big Deal For Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

crowdSPRING Blog

Five years ago, a small business launching a new online product would traditionally have purchased their own servers and software, or leased servers, software and hosting services from one of many hosting providers around the world.

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Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Google Ventures

It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. Designers know that looks sell, and many people sell themselves that way. Of course, the ability to make something that looks good matters, especially for visual designers. But the challenge is that great images say nothing about what it will be like to work with someone, or whether they’ll be consistently able to produce good work. Hiring a designer is a challenge.

Raising funding as a first-time founder

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with some outstanding first-time entrepreneurs on a few different days during this week.

5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person

Inc Startups

My clients are just like yours: They want to Skype, email and text. But here's why you still need face time. When the daily avalanche of emails and voice messages gets overwhelming, it’s so tempting to retreat to my office and start typing replies and returning phone calls.

Important, but Underrated

Life Beyond Code

There is one component of your life that is very important but probably highly underrated. It is the journey. Common sense will say that we probably spend 99.9% of our time in the journey and 0.01% (if we are generous) at the destination.