Sat.Dec 08, 2012 - Fri.Dec 14, 2012

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

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Customer Development in a Diagram

Steve Blank

Thanks to: Alexis Finch, Sketchnotes / UX Research Consultant @agentfin. Filed under: Customer Development. Customer Development

Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mary published this presentation this past week. I love these "state of the internet" presentations Mary does. There is so much useful information and insights in them. I encourage all of you to work your way through it this weekend if you haven't already done that.

10 Entrepreneur Qualities That Tag You as Fabulous

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra, like Simon Cowell is searching for on the X-Factor , that you can’t quite put your finger on.

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Startup Struggles: The Most Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face Today [Infographic]

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s no surprise that people want to be their own boss. Starting your own business gives you the freedom to call the shots and not have some overzealous manager — or art director — peering over your shoulder all day, telling you how your job should be done.

APE: How to Publish a Book

How to Change the World

In 2011 the publisher of one of my books, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!, and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process.

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Founders Must Keep Their Startup Culture Positive

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup work environments are always chaos, but they can still be great environments to work in, or they can be terrible. Whether yours is terrible or great, that same tone flows out to your customers, and regulates your productivity inside.

Google Announces the Launch of Campus Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

I'm thrilled to share the news that today, 9 months after the launch of our beloved Campus London, Google announced the launch of Campus Tel Aviv, a floor in the new Google Tel Aviv office, dedicated. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Want to Get Noticed? Grab People’s Attention and Don’t Let Go!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s increasingly difficult for marketers to stand out in the crowd. There is so much competition, and people are bombarded from all directions by pleas for their attention. That’s no reason to give up, however. On the contrary, you’ve got to put in extra effort to ensure that you get noticed.

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I don’t care about crowded markets


One of the most common objections you hear from investors is that the market you are going after is too crowded. I have been on the receiving end of this many times and had to convince investors about the vision we saw for disrupting that market despite the existing players. As an investor, I don’t care if a market is crowded. And history backs me up on this. Online search was crowded before Google showed up. Anyone remember Geocities or Ask Jeeves?

Lean startup intro (with no buzzwords)

The Startup Toolkit

Slides from “ Lean startup intro (with no buzzwords) ” by robfitz. Lean gets bogged down in tactics & tools. This presentation is about what are, in my opinion, the big principles behind lean startup. Things are nowhere near as bad as they were in the dotcom days.

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Metrics That Matter Most for 2013 (Free One Page PDF)

Life Beyond Code

Note : I created this checklist a couple of years ago and it has served me well. No changes on the checklist except the dates. Please feel free to download, modify, re-use or share. We are obsessed about measuring everything.

10 Tips To Help You Build A Successful Small Business Brand

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Ross Kimbarovsky – Enjoy! A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company.

Three Hard Truths About A/B Testing


Sometimes A/B testing is made to seem like some magical tool that will fix all problems at once. Conversions low? Well run a test and increase your conversions by 12433%! It’s easy!

Sometimes, Poor Customer Service Starts Right at the Entrepreneur's Desk!

Small Business Force

Every entrepreneur or small business CEO I have ever known has always put "great customer service" at the top of any list of company strengths or company objectives, or both.

How to attend a hackathon

Jeff Dickey. Let's grab a beer! About. Skills. Projects. Resume. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. GitHub. email protected]. How to attend a hackathon. December 9, 2012. hackathon. networking. meetups. I think hackathons are really a great thing.

Nike Accelerator – Powered By TechStars

Feld Thoughts

When we started TechStars in 2006, one of our premises was to help build a strong startup community in Boulder. Our experience with TechStars – starting in Boulder, but expanding to Boston, Seattle, and New York – helped us understand not just TechStars’ role and impact on a startup community, but what drives startup communities over the long term.

APE: How to Publish a Book

How to Change the World

In 2011 the publisher of one of my books, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!, and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process.

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How Gamification Can Take Your Business to the Next Level

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The workplace is no place for games, right? Not anymore. Gamification, an idea originally created as a way for brands to incentivize and encourage consumers to engage, has entered the enterprise level.

How important is a video pitch to investors for an early stage start-up?


There is no one thing (aside from integrity) that is an absolute, and what you need to have when fundraising for a startup will depend to some extent on how you are managing your funding process. A good list of just about everything you could possibly want to have in your arsenal is listed in the answer to What materials or software should I use to pitch a VC?

How to Make Your Content Mobile Friendly

Duct Tape Marketing

When I think about the work I do these days very little of it actually needs to be done on a “real” computer. Writing a post like this, creating a PowerPoint deck or maybe editing a video are things that are still best done by me using lots of computing power and a large screen or two.

The Trend That Matters Most In 2013 by Yaro Starak

I’ve had my own small business online since the early 2000s. One of the benefits of being an “early adopter” is that I was able to assume a position of leadership before I faced too much quality competition.

4 Pillars of Success with Pinterest (Driving More Traffic and Sales to Your Website)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Do you utilize the power of Pinterest as a marketing method? If not, why not? If yes, how much time are you devoting to it?

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How to Remain King of the World amidst Titanic Disruptions

Lightspeed Venture Partners

There has been a lot of conversation recently on the future of the media industry, specifically drawing comparisons between TV and film and the shrinking music industry.

6 Things Really Productive People Do

Inc Startups

Have you noticed that some people just seem to accomplish tons and still appear happy and relaxed? Here are six tips for becoming more productive. People often ask me, amazed, how I manage to do so many things.

Strategy Without Change Is Pointless

Duct Tape Marketing

Next week my staff and I will hole up for an entire day of planning. We do this quarterly, but once a year, we “really” do this. This is our chance to step away from all of those seemingly meaningless little things and think bigger. It’s our day to say what if and why not.

NY Enterprise Technology Meetup

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Next tuesday evening, I am giving at talk at the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup. I will talk about networks in the enteprise. I plan to use USV investments like WorkMarket and Pollenware to discuss how entrepreneurs can use networks to build powerful enterprise oriented businesses. If you plan to attend that meetup or if you are interested in networks and enterprises, I have created a hackpad where you can introduce suggested topics for me to touch on in my talk.

10 Keys to Successful Entrepreneur Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Just because you are an entrepreneur, or work in a startup, you can’t ignore the rules of building and maintaining relationships.

8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient

Inc Startups

What you believe about work either weakens you or makes you stronger. Most people live lives of quiet desperation because they focus on things that they cannot control: outside events, stuff that happened in the past and what other people are thinking.

4 Simple Steps to Developing Business Systems

Growthink Blog

There are several reasons why you'd want to build systems and processes in your business. The main ones are: 1. Precision and consistency. By having set processes for how tasks should be completed, you will get consistent quality results. read more. Dave Lavinsky

An Awesome, Growing Team at TechStars

Feld Thoughts

The roster at TechStars continues to grow with awesome people. In the past month, TechStars has announced Mark Solon as a general partner , Luke Beatty as managing director for Boulder and Ari Newman as Network Catalyst. I’m proud to claim all three as close colleagues. Mark is a long time friend – we’ve invested in a number of companies together over the years including SendGrid , Orbotix , and Lijit.

Business Consultants Need to Look For a Real Job

Startup Professionals Musings

Let’s face it, consultants have a bad image. Businesses want experienced people who get their hands dirty, rather than experts who give presentations, make recommendations, and disappear.

Top 5 Skills Every Leader Must Have

Inc Startups

The world moves fast and if you can't keep up, you're company is doomed. Here are five skills that every leader must have to run a company in today's culture. A few years ago, I saw a video by a Harvard professor on competences for adapting to a changing world. Frankly, it was embarrassing.