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How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. I was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy. One is a personal thing.

6 Clues That You May Be Cool as an Entrepreneur


Google's Larry Page image via Actually, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s a good start. Risk energizes you.

If it Didn’t Happen on Twitter it Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote this post a long time ago. When I did it was a little too close to home for a company to have me publish it. Much time has passed. My take.

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The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Simple as that.

Video Of The Week: Founder Liquidity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am surprised this video only has 483 views as of now. It's a talk I did with Chris Dixon eighteen months ago about founder liquidity. Enjoy.

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Teeny bit of traction — what next?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live.

What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The difference between good and great leadership can be expressed in a single word: loyalty. “My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.”

10 Key Metrics To Take a Startup to the Next Level

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs have no trouble focusing on how to build a product, and the good ones know how to find and nurture those first critical customers.

All Markets Are Not Created Equal: 10 Factors To Consider When Evaluating Digital Marketplaces

Since Benchmark’s investment in Ebay 15 years ago, we have been fascinated by online marketplaces. Entrepreneurs accurately recognize that the connective tissue of the Internet provides an opportunity to link the players in a particular market, reducing friction in both the buying and selling experience. You must also organically aggregate demand.

Best Advice for a Start-up Entrepreneur?

Small Business Force

But just like with your kids, you have to keep it simple. So what do I tell them? Customers drive your business! Think about that. Period.

The Real Cost of Bad Bosses

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Infographic: Crummy bosses aren't just a pain; they're bad for business. But how bad? We've found the stats--and it's not pretty

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5 Entrepreneur Antidotes to Negativity in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who seem to complain all of the time.

Electrify Your Readers with Bolts of Information and Blast Away Boredom!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Have you ever read something really, really boring but struggled through it because you recognized the information was of high value? Oh, the humanity!

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A new model for understanding the stages of a startup

The Startup Toolkit

The language we use for startup stages (discovery, validation, customer creation, company building) is abstract. The lines are blurry. 20 clients?

5 Things Really Smart People Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't get in the way of your own learning. Here are five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts. Not really. They'll work for you too.

7 Keys to Positioning Your Competitors to Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

What you say speaks volumes about how you think about your startup, how smart you are, and your personal integrity. Marty Zwilling.

How Do I Expand When I Can’t Get Money From the Bank?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Reasons for needing the loan vary from buying more stock to increasing marketing expenditure to buying bigger premises. Peer to Peer Lending.

Customer Development in Japan: a History Lesson

Steve Blank

The Japanese edition of The Startup Owner’s Manual hit the bookstores in Japan this week. ————-. The Crater in my rookie days.

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The Future of Selling

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The profession of selling will go through a huge transformation over the next decade. The Web will make salespeople MORE important. Like this post?

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Asking For Money

Startup Professionals Musings

The first question most people seem to ask when contemplating a new startup is where they will get investor money. Ask around. Get busy, and have fun.

How to lose at meetings

The Startup Toolkit

Every meeting is either won or lost. There are no “good” meetings. How did we get ourselves into this mess? How to screw it up. How to win.

E-commerce 2.0

Jeff Jordan

We at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate. Part of the reason for this is due to competitive market dynamics. As I’ve blogged before , e-commerce players have substantial cost advantages over their physical competitors. or “e-commerce for nerds”. E-commerce 1.0

7 Unusual Things Great Bosses Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Great bosses do these things. The rest don't--because these simple gestures would never occur to them. To employees, you're often not a person. Badly.


David Lee

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. Henry Ford. ” -Clayton Christensen. Some Resources:

Don’t Look For Investors for All the Wrong Reasons

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the book, “ Small Business, Big Vision ,” by self-made entrepreneurs Adam and Matthew Toren, it’s really a question of need versus want.

Every Entrepreneur Has Foundation Beliefs from Which They Operate?Most of Them Just Don't Realize It!

Small Business Force

A business and its culture should reflect the foundation beliefs of the founder/entrepreneur. There is a reason that this is the first one mentioned.

3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Think you're a great leader? Make sure you aren't guilty of one of these three reality-distorting traits. The time needed to do things.

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How Do I Get In Touch With a VC?

Rob Go

I got this question on a panel last week, and coincidentally, I had a couple folks on Twitter tweet out the same question. Generically speaking, the question is “how do I get in touch with a potential investor about my company?” Speaking for myself, I triage all my email. Here was the text (edited for privacy): Rob –.

The VC Shakeout: Are We There Yet?

Agile VC

[ This also appears as a guest post at PandoDaily ]. Over the weekend, I read Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily article that the VC shakeout is taking too long. It’s rather thoughtful and definitely worth reading if you haven’t had a chance to yet. So what’s actually happening? Are there a bunch more shoes to drop?

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Early Seed Financing Terms Endure… Whether We Like It or Not

Genuine VC

Dharmesh Shah had a great post up last week about the lessons learned from raising a mezzanine round of financing. It’s really interesting, but perhaps only applicable to a more limited set of entrepreneurs. When you compromise on terms in the early stages, you will have to pay the price in the later stages. Yes, early terms endure.

Stop Burning Out Your Employees: 3 Ways

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new study finds that the live-fast, die-young model of overworking employees doesn't pay off--even in the short term. Be clear and transparent.

How To Discover Your Perfect Value Proposition

Duct Tape Marketing

This is part two of a three-part series on Finding Strategy. Each post includes a free template. Identify your ideal client. Ask them these questions.

[Singapore] [Infographic] Top Childhood Dream Jobs: LinkedIn


When I was growing up, my childhood dream was to be a general. Yes, in the military, commanding soldiers in the fight against the enemy.

How to sell your startup


As a VC, I have a simple motive for investing: get out for way more than I paid. My fund only makes money when we sell our companies. So, it’s all about exits. You will often hear that the best companies are bought not sold. That’s b t. Do customers just show up and buy your product? Do investors just show up and offer to give you money?