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The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption , the need for continuous innovation , globalization and regulation.

Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact ) first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises. The textbook for the course was Jeffry A.

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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. But is it the right thing to do?

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10 Key Entrepreneur Success Drivers May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

We can all dream about what it takes to make our startup a success. From recent survey feedback, it seems evident that the urban legends leading to success are wrong.

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did.

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Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

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Is Your Brand Magnificent At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

Occam's Razor

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Startup Professionals Musings

The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

Introducing Lean Planning: How to plan less and grow faster

Up and Running

Today, I want to introduce you to a new concept for starting and growing successful companies: Lean Planning™.

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Robotic Balls Dancing In Union Square

Feld Thoughts

28 Spheros + 1 Boombox. + 4 Android phones = Mind Blown. Wow – have you bought a Sphero for Christmas yet? My Investments orbotix robots sphero


The Things Successful People Don’t Do

Mike Michalowicz

Excuses are a dime a dozen, and successful people aren’t. Do you see the correlation? Here are the 35 things successful people don’t do (and you better not do, too).

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Build Social Media Into the Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

As I visit the websites of many startups, as well as more mature businesses, I still too often see a “contact” page offering nothing but a sterile form for customers to submit, never to be heard from again.

Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit

Redeye VC

You can imagine the scene in the board room. The CEO of our portfolio company, Techforward , is discussing a “make the company opportunity" -- Best Buy wants us to to power their nation-wide buyback program. And Best Buy is talking about launching it with a Super Bowl commercial!

Startup Visa – One Step Forward, One Step Back

Feld Thoughts

On that same day the White House announced A New Front Door for Immigrant Entrepreneurs President Obama said that he was not supportive of the STEM Jobs Act of 2012. Infuriating. I’ve been working on making it easy for foreign entrepreneurs to get a visa to start a company in the US since September 2009 when I wrote the post The Founders Visa Movement.

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How I Inadvertently Ran an MIT Student Hacking Contest For $3,001


It was 6:30pm on a random Tuesday evening in Cambridge. There I was, carefully counting a wad of crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope. I was parked in my car on Main Street, a block from the MIT campus. The bills were new enough that they sort of stuck together.

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How to design a “touching” thank you card…

Life Beyond Code

Question : First of all, what is the need to design a “touching” thank you card? Answer : You will discover the answer as you read along… At Foresight Plus , we have enjoyed working on really cool projects.

The product lens

Chris Dixon

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the markets for startup financing. Many of the discussions use words like “valuations” “bubble” “crunch” etc. Words like that generally mean the writer is discussing the world through the lens of finance. This is a useful lens, but I’d like to suggest there is another lens that is also useful: the product lens. First, some background. Two markets.

The two most important stories of your life

Escape From Cubicle Nation

I was talking with a client the other day who was entering the job market after spending an extended period of time doing a mix of freelance work and raising children. He was concerned about holes in his experience, and the impact they would have on securing a good job.

Top 10 Must-Follow Entrepreneur Twitter Accounts

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Penelope Trunk. EntrepreneurInc. Magazine called Trunk, a dedicated author and blogger, “the world’s most influential guidance counselor.” As surprising as she is informative, her tweets regarding business and life showcase her wit and personality. Follow Penelope Trunk: @penelopetrunk.

6 Core Elements of Winning Startup Launch Content

Startup Professionals Musings

Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. Yet it is the one element that too many entrepreneurs focus on only as an afterthought.

When Is Saying No The Right Thing To Do? by Yaro Starak

Recently Glen Allsopp wrote a follow-up blog post to his announcement that he was writing a “For Dummies” book. His new announcement? He was NOT writing the book anymore. You can read all the reasons why Glen said no to a book deal in his blog post.

Users Guide to Startup Advisors


What’s an advisor to a startup deal? Technically, advisor is one of those bucket terms that means anything and everything, depending on context. Those names and faces and backgrounds that turn up in pitches and business plans might be deep and important relationships, somebody with options or equity who is going to be helping for the long term; or meaningless fluff, somebody who agreed once to have his or her name appear, but really does nothing. .

How Business Huddles Work

Mike Michalowicz

Touchdowns From Business Huddles Not Meetings. I’ve never seen anyone drag a table, chairs and a white board onto the football field or basketball court. Have you? Every successful (and not-so-successful) sports team on the field starts the game with a huddle. It’s all they need.

How to Use Behavioral Design for Boosting Conversions (Using The Fogg Behavior Model)


Design impacts behavior. If you know how to impact behavior, you can design for behavior. Here’s how to do it. Do you know BJ Fogg ? You should. Dr. BJ Fogg founded the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, and has done some amazing research on credibility and behavioral design.

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Houston, We Have Acceleration

Startup Houston

There was collective heartbreak in Houston when the Federal Government announced the end of NASA as we know it. When they cancelled the Space Shuttle program and the Constellation program , it left a hole in our identity, and a lot of unemployed engineers south of town.

Series A Crunch, Seed Blues

Fred Destin

If you're an entrepreneur, what are you supposed to make of all this hoopla about the Series A crunch ? The line of argumentation is nothing new, so is there something real to worry about or is it business as usual ? Bubble ? Bubble And Squeak ? Bubble Bath !

Old People

Ben's Blog

Aww man, you sold your soul. Naww man, mad people was frontin’ Aww man, made something from nothing. Kanye West, New God Flow. Your startup is going well and as your business expands, you hear the dreaded words from someone on your board: “You need to hire some senior people. Some real ‘been there, done that’ executives to help you get the company to the next level.” Really? Is now the time? If so, where do I begin? And once I get them, what do I do with them?

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10 Reasons Why Now Is A Great Time To Be A Woman In Business


by Vickie Milazzo, author of “ Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman “. The legend goes that prior to becoming the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina (now former CEO of HP) stuffed her pants with socks for a male-dominated meeting. Her message was clear: “I have everything it takes to compete.”

Authentic Leadership

Scott Weiss

“There are a bunch of aggressive, ivy-league educated, high IQ people working in Bentonville whose careers are going nowhere because they never learned how to connect with other people.” ­­­— Lee Scott, (now former) CEO of Walmart, circa 2008. During my short tenure at Cisco, I attended a leadership offsite where Lee Scott was the featured speaker. I certainly knew of Walmart but had never heard of Lee Scott before this meeting.

Why You Need to Be a Wordsmith

Inc Startups

A couple of high-profile business leaders insist their teams flex their atrophying writing muscles. Unless you're a professional wordsmith, it's unlikely you've written much of anything that's much longer than an email since college. That might come as a relief to many, and for good reason.

A Look at Responsive CSS Frameworks

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Small Business Marketing: Best Times And Days To Send Email For Opens And Click-Throughts

crowdSPRING Blog

Email marketing is one of the most effective ways for small businesses to keep in touch with customers. It is inexpensive and, if done properly, can build brand awareness, loyalty, and increase sales. Email marketing also plays an important role in content marketing.

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Seven Reasons Why Today’s Boomerang Kids Can’t Hack It In Business


5 Essential Leadership Lessons From Tim Cook

Inc Startups

There's a lot you can learn from the CEO of the world's most valuable company. Check out some key insights. Tim Cook--unlike his predecessor, Steve Jobs--famously doesn't crave the spotlight.