Sat.Dec 15, 2012 - Fri.Dec 21, 2012

Document Your MVP for a Developer


I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

When is it Time to Pivot or Quit?

Instigator Blog

Entrepreneurs aren’t quitters. To succeed you need to be resilient, thick skinned and borderline crazy. You need to have just the right amount of delusion to believe you can succeed, spurring you on despite the absurd odds. But sometimes, you have to quit.

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10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering


ABC Shark Tank Angels via Elite Daily. Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone.

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I got a call Sunday from a business colleague while I was sitting in the lounge at LAX waiting for yet another delayed flight. This colleague is a lawyer with whom I work on a deal and have done so for a couple of years. By all accounts I now consider him a friend.

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Hire For Cultural Fit Over Competence

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Cultural Fit Trumps Competence. Also, I’m going to be doing online office hours with the WSJ on Friday 12/21 at 3pm ET – join and ask questions! The first people you hire in your startup are critical to your company’s success. So it’s easy to say that you need to hire the “absolute best people you can find.” But what does this actually mean?

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11 Silent Enemies that Wreck Havoc in Life

Life Beyond Code

When you have enemies like these internally, you don’t need external enemies to wreck havoc. Fear of Failure. Every one has fears of failure but your degree of fear of failure will determine your degree of inaction on things that matter.

Learning Should Be Your Top 2013 New Year’s Resolution

VC Cafe

Make learning and development a key resolution in 2013. If you're a startup, you are by definition competing with the smartest people in the world - either large companies or fellow entrepreneurs who. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. CodeAcademy coursera edX Khan Academy Lore Skillshare Udacity Udemy Venture Lab YouTube EDU edx elearning New Year's Resolution skillshare udacity udemy venture labs

Is Your Business Ready for 2013? Look into the Future of Marketing to Find Out

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Look into the Crystal Ball of Marketing. Trying to keep up with trends in online marketing is a difficult endeavor. Just when you’ve mastered one technique, it becomes out of date. Just when you formulate a strategy you’re excited about, nobody is paying attention anymore.

Bad Business Habits That Make You Hate Your Company

Mike Michalowicz

Bad Business Habits. There was a time that you loved your work. Maybe you started the business yourself, or you joined a company that was going to take you places. But things have changed, and you hate your company. You dread coming to work.

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How to calculate your royalty

How to Change the World

If you're thinking of writing a book, use this site to calculate your royalties from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo: [link


The New Breed of Startups Master These 5 Processes

Startup Professionals Musings

I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

The Right Question(s) to Ask VCs about Their Availability of Capital

Genuine VC

Most first and second pitch meetings with VCs are fairly lopsided, where entrepreneurs spend the bulk of the time sharing their businesses, rather than being a true exchange of both parties in developing a relationship. However, there is typically (and should be plenty of) time for founders to ask VCs questions about their approach and working-style to help determine if there’s a mutual fit.

It’s Startup, Not Start-up or Start Up

Feld Thoughts

When I created Startup Revolution and began writing Startup Communities , I insisted with Wiley (my publisher) that the word be “startup” and not “start-up” or “start up” or even “StartUp” It took a while to (a) get everyone to agree to that and (b) expunge the efforts of the copy-editor to reintroduce some gross variant of “startup” but I finally got it done.

Why Malls Are Getting Mauled

Jeff Jordan

Online is clearly taking share from brick and mortar…this is likely to continue. International Council of Shopping Centers, last week. America has too many malls.

Introducing Entrepreneurship to Young People through Activities and Discussion

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

Entrepreneurship as a Path to Success. Introducing the idea of entrepreneurship puts young people on a path to success.

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Our PR Stinks: Here's What Your Startup Can Learn From It


We were convinced from the very beginning that strong PR would be the answer to our market entry prayers. This is the story of how our reality turned into something of the opposite effect. The Familiar Doubt.

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Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

It is widely believed that writing a business plan is a waste of time, because: 1) very few people will read it, and 2) you’ll end up changing it along the way. This is all mostly true.

[Singapore] Comparing Foreign Exchange Rates With GET4X


Singaporeans travel overseas like there’s no tomorrow. It’s probably because the country is so tiny that traveling just 40 kilometers in any direction requires you to carry your passport.

Serious Entrepreneurs Master Media Training Early

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Raising Outside Capital and Know It's not a Necessity for Entrepreneurial Success.

Small Business Force

For many entrepreneurs, raising outside capital is, seemingly, just another necessary step in the lifecycle of a small business. Still others think it's the only way they will get their business off the ground. While there is no right answer, those two are both wrong!

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The City of Orlando and the Workday contract

deal architect

The Orlando Sentinel ran a story “Vendors complain after Orlando spends $ 8.7m on software without bids” I sent the reporter and the Editor this email “I read your article and would like to share some reactions. I am a. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Finding "Investor-Entrepreneur" Fit (aka Avoiding the Series A Crunch)

Seeing Both Sides

A question I often get asked by entrepreneurs is what is Flybridge’s investment philosophy – do we make our investment decisions based on people or on themes?

3 Potent Ways to Use Social Media in Sales

Duct Tape Marketing

Smart salespeople have learned to tap the power of social media, but sadly, many companies still see social media tools and networks as a pointless and even scary place for their sales teams to focus. photo credit: francistoms via photopin cc. It’s amazing to me that this mentality remains.

13 must-have features for your next mobile app

The Next Web

For small businesses and big corporate companies alike, mobile is the latest frontier.

The road to healing from heartbreak

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Some years are marked by tremendous challenge and heartbreak. This year, some people very close to me experienced unthinkable losses. My friend Suzanne lost her 22 year old daughter to a heart attack, only to lose her daughter’s best friend to the same cause a few months later.

Want to Win? Be Smart and Clever

Inc Startups

Millions of people are smart. To truly excel, you need to kick it up a notch. We've all seen smart people lose to clever people. I know I have. Not that I'm smart. Work with me for a bit.) Years ago I raced motorcycles.

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The Far Reaching Implications of The Social Business Model

Duct Tape Marketing

For some time now I’ve been suggesting that social media as we’ve come to address it over the last few years doesn’t really matter anymore because it just is. We’ve given up on seeing it as some separate practice and accepted that it’s simply a function of marketing that must be integrated.

How to Calculate Your Royalty

How to Change the World

If you’re thinking of writing a book, use this site to calculate your royalties from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo: [link]. The post How to Calculate Your Royalty appeared first on Guy Kawasaki


Nexus: Awesome Near Term Science Fiction

Feld Thoughts

Nope – I’m not talking about an Android phone. I’m talking about an amazing book titled Nexus by Ramez Naam. Ramez sent me a pre-release version last month. I read it over my holiday in Mexico while I was recovering from kidney stone surgery. I saved it for the end when I was reasonable rested and cogent – it was amazing. One of my favorite forms of science fiction is what I call “near term scifi.”

7 Things That Make Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Inc Startups

All the greats--Mayer, Page, Zuckerberg--have these things in common, and this list is what makes them better than all the rest. Silicon Valley has gazillions of successful entrepreneurs and brilliant innovators. You can’t walk down the street in Palo Alto or Mt.

Mass Shootings, Political Correctness, and Magical Thinking

Diego Basch

Speaking in Newtown, CT yesterday, President Obama said : We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. [.] Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief [.] then surely we have an obligation to try.

Instagram : follow your dreams, CANCELLED

Fred Destin

The great interweb is in an almighty furore over Instagram's changes in terms and conditions (thank you NY Times ) which allow them to fully monetize new user content and which they tried to pass off a way to fight content spam.

Startups Looking to Hire CU Students?

Feld Thoughts

In the Startup Communities , I talk extensively about leaders and feeders. I assert than anyone in the startup community should be able to start / create / do anything that is helpful to the startup community. They don’t have to ask permission – there is no VP Activities in a startup community. I also talk about how the students are the precious and most valuable resource of a university. This morning I got the following email from Fletcher Richman, a student at CU.

15 Seconds to an Awesome Presentation

Inc Startups

These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention. It takes an audience about 15 seconds (at most) to decide whether your presentation is worth their attention.