Sat.Oct 06, 2012 - Fri.Oct 12, 2012

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book.

If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

Feld Thoughts

Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day). Entrepreneur: I just wanted to touch base with you and see if you are taking on new startups right now. Me: Can you send me a paragraph and I’ll tell you if it’s something we’d be interested in.

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Why “saving money” and “ROI” are probably the wrong way to sell your product

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I can’t remember how many times at Smart Bear I tried to sell Code Collaborator with the argument that it “saves you money.” ” And customers demanded it — some even required that we produce an ROI spreadsheet. And we did.

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Stealth Mode Entrepreneurs Only Increase the Risk


Image via Every time I hear about a new startup that is in stealth mode, I wonder what problem they are hiding from whom.

8 Entrepreneur Mistakes Which Will Kill Seed Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I received a discouraging note from an entrepreneur with a patent and a medical software application who couldn’t find a dime of investment, and was grousing that seed funding just wasn’t available anymore.

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Street Smart Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs, I find it’s easy to recognize “street smarts” when I see them, but it’s hard to explain the specifics to someone on the other end of the spectrum, even if they are willing to learn.

The Power of a Deadline

Feld Thoughts

If you’ve ever shipped anything, you understand the power of a deadline.

90 Things I've Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies Fab Feed Bradfords Blog. Archive. 90 Things I’ve Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies. On October 27, 2010 I wrote a blog post about the “ 57 Things I Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies.”. It has been awesome, flattering, and humbling to see that post went viral and has been seen by so many thousands of people — mainly aspiring entrepreneurs — and has been translated into many languages.

6 Environmental factors that may affect your business

Taffy Williams

Near the top of Haleakal?, an extinct volcano in Maui, lives a unique and beautiful plant called the Silversword. The plant only grows in the volcanic cinders between 6,000 and 10,000 ft. above sea level. This protected plant nearly became extinct because of environmental factors and predators.

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Google Founders Define the Meaning of ‘Exceptional’

Startup Professionals Musings

I tell entrepreneurs that Google was an “exception” to all the investment and startup rules, but I’ve always wondered what it takes to be an exception. Since every business is built by unique individuals, I’m totally convinced that exceptional people are the key to an exceptional company.

Mini Saga #126 – Artist

Life Beyond Code

Mini Saga #126 – Artist. Frank was an artist. At least he thought he was. Four years, nothing had worked. Concerned, his friend Jim asked him, “Do you fear that nothing might click for the next few years?” Frank nodded. “So, So, how will you address that fear?” Jim asked.


Programmer Competency Matrix

Programmer Competency Matrix. Note that the knowledge for each level is cumulative; being at level n implies that you also know everything from the levels lower than n. Computer Science. 2 n (Level 0) n 2 (Level 1) n (Level 2) log(n) (Level 3) Comments.

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Can Online Privacy Compliance Even Be Implemented? Not Until Now.

Thinking About Thinking

It happens every day. You visit a website. Information on your visit is passed to a third party (such as an ad network). That third party uses the data for purposes that is not something you’ve explicitly condoned. For example, go to Zappos and look at your favorite red shoe.

The 7 Most Important SEO Factors for Bloggers

Duct Tape Marketing

Blogging software, such as WordPress, automatically gives your content an advantage when it comes to the “on page” factors that search engines consider important in determining what content to show in search results. photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc.

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When to Obsessively Focus and When to Court Serendipity

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Cal Newport writes a lot about the importance of hard focus to produce meaningful accomplishments. I write a lot about randomness and serendipity. A reader of both of ours, Nitin, wrote to Cal to ask whether our emphases are in conflict.

57 Things I've Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies Bradfords Blog Fab Feed. Archive. 57 Things I’ve Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies. I’ve been founding and helping run technology companies since 1999. My latest company is Here are 57 lessons I’ve learned along the way. I could have listed 100+ but I didn’t want to bore you. Build something you are personally passionate about. You are your best focus group. User experience matters a lot.

The Only Way to Make Sure You’re Better Off Four Years From Now


by Gregory Downing, author of “ Entrepreneur Unleashed “ The anxiety swirling around the upcoming election is almost palpable. People are agonizing over what the results might mean for job creation, Social Security, healthcare, college tuition, and other hot-button issues.

Hacker News For Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

I’m a huge admirer of Hacker News – it’s one of the sites I look at every day in my Daily reading routine. I scan the links, often click through to articles, and occasionally comment. I’ve decided to try a similar approach for the Startup Revolution community that I’m calling the Startup Revolution Hub.

Regulatory hacks

Chris Dixon

A common way to think of business regulations is by analogy to sports: the rules are specified up front, and the players follow the rules. But real regulations don’t work that way. Regulations follows business as much as business follows regulations. Sometimes the businesses that change regulations are startups. Startups don’t have the resources to change regulations through lobbying.

8 Ways We Deceive Ourselves With Metrics (And How To Avoid Them), Part I

Home |. News |. Columns |. Social Media |. Search Marketing |. Display Advertising |. Mobile |. Analytics |. Email Marketing |. Affiliate Marketing. All E-Solutions Spotlights |. First Time Here? Wheres Sphinn? Column: Analytics & Marketing Column.

What Tech Startups Can Learn From Dance Crazes


By Garrett Heath. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen South Korean rapper Psy’s music video Gangnam Style.

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Business Plans Are a Waste of Time. Here's What to Do Instead

Inc Startups

Throw your business plan in the recycling bin. Instead, focus on your team, and on getting to market as quickly as you can. If you're taking time to carefully perfect a business plan to help ensure your company's model is sound and that it will be a success--stop.

Announcing the 3rd Annual Award for The Best Product Person!

The Product Guy

Established in 2010, The Best Product Person (#TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Submit your nomination for TBPP today! link]. Winners are awarded and invited to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community.

10 Ways to Make You the Best Part of Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you expect to succeed in the thrill-a-minute, roller coaster ride of a startup, let me assure you it takes more than a good idea, a rich uncle, and luck. In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation.

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Highlights On The Business of Software (2012)


The following is a guest post by Matthew Dean. Matthew is a Center of Excellence Leader at CTS Inc. , a privately held IT consulting firm servicing enterprise customers with offices in Atlanta, GA ; Birmingham, AL ; Charlotte, NC ; Chattanooga, TN ; and Mobile, AL.

6 Tips For Mastering Your New LinkedIn Profile

Inc Startups

Notice anything different on your LinkedIn profile page? It's not your imagination--and it needs your attention. Here's what you need to know.

[Infographic] The Generation Gap In Your Office


If you’re a Generation X-er or a Baby Boomer and you looked around the office, you may have observed new coworkers coming in that seem to get younger and younger. You may find yourself feeling far older too.). Well it’s true.

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The Creativity of Entrepreneurs: An Interview with Author Bryan Mattimore

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Bryan Mattimore, author of the new book, IDEA STORMERS: How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs , combines the philosophical musings of a Buddhist monk with the reverse engineering of a scientist to convey a unique business perspective.

Act 2

Life Beyond Code

They discovered you. Now what? The web is filled with articles about how to get attention. From SEO tricks to paid traffic there are hundreds of ways to get attention today. Unfortunately that’s not the end, it is the means to an end. For me, getting discovered is Act 1.

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8 Qualities of Fearless Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

You know the type: They do things other business owners only dream of doing--and usually succeed. Here's what sets them apart. "In In my office the term 'badass' is thrown around a lot," says Dr. Shelley Provost , a partner and Director of Happiness of the venture incubator Lamp Post Group. "We

See Ya Later, Innovator: U.S. Turns Its Back On Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs


Immigration has always been the engine that drives the American economy. In Silicon Valley, foreign-born entrepreneurs have founded half the region’s startups in recent years - and kept the U.S. economy moving forward. So what happens if that innovation engine stalls? We’re about to find out.

Seed Bubble Watch 1st Half 2012

Possible Insight

Yes, it’s time for another edition of “Seed Bubble Watch” The subtitle for this round is, “Still Waiting to Inflate.” ” For notes on sources and methods, see my previous posts in the series here , here , and here. Current spreadsheet is here.

Why John Frankel Leaned in Early on Klout and Cornerstone OnDemand and What He Sees Next

Both Sides of the Table

It all started in 2010 with Klout. I wasn’t a believer. I had always liked and respected CEO Joe Fernandez but could never get my head around the fact that the Klout was putting up charts showing who influenced me and it didn’t map to the reality I knew in my head.

Do One Thing & Do It Better Than Anyone Else

Inc Startups

Become the best darn whatever-you-are that you can be. Set aside your other good ideas. The rest will follow. The other day I received a business plan from a pair of entrepreneurs who are smart, talented, and passionate--exactly the formula you want to see.