Sat.Dec 01, 2012 - Fri.Dec 07, 2012

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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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.

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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.

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.

Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here. If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation about Pandora and Spotify and the royalty negotiations they have with the record labels.

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

readwrite.com

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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.

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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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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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!

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.

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

OnStartups

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.

Punch Up Your Writing With Agile Combinations

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As an online entrepreneur, you no doubt understand the importance of good writing. Strike that. Great writing. Of course, becoming a great writer is easier said than done. The thing is, you don’t need to be Jane Austen or even Stephen King to learn how to use words effectively.

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When Is Saying No The Right Thing To Do?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com 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

Gust

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. .

Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

Agile VC

A little more inside baseball from the VC biz… why VC’s rarely make “crossover” investments, with capital from multiple funds the VC firm manages invested in a single startup (see note 1). I was talking with an entrepreneur recently about this phenomenon.

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Who are the Good and the Lucky?

Growthink Blog

The saddest lament of entrepreneurs and owners of private companies seeking to sell and exit their companies is that they want their businesses to be valued on their future potential , and not its CURRENT profitability.

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.

usv.com/timeline

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We quietly rolled something out on usv.com a few weeks ago and Brian (who led the effort to build it) announced it on usv.com yesterday. It is a timeline view of all the initial investments we have made at USV since we started investing in the fall of 2004.

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.

5 Ways to Improve Sales Without Selling

Growthink Blog

There is a big difference between marketing and sales. The act of selling generates revenue when a product is sold. Marketing, on the other hand, is the act of attracting attention, branding a product or person, and creating a buzz that will eventually result in sales.

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 !

Entrepreneurs, Don't Just Create Products or Services?Create a Legacy!

Small Business Force

My Dad was a builder. He designed and built houses, managed the construction of significant office buildings, even built two stadiums.

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

ConversionXL

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

YoungUpstarts

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.”

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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