Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

Who Dares Wins – The 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

Alexander Osterwalder and I spent last week in Salt Lake City, Utah as judges at the 2 nd Annual International Business Model Competition , hosted by Professor Nathan Furr , and his team at the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship.

Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway. I'll let a tweet tell the story:   We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!

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You Can’t Motivate People

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting on my balcony on the ninth floor of a hotel overlooking Miami Beach thinking about motivation. Specifically, mine. I’m deep into writing the first draft of Startup Communities and – with Amy – decided to plant myself in a warm place for two weeks as I finished up this draft. We got here late Monday night. Today is the first day I wrote any words on the book.

The Age of the Platform

47 Hats

(Phil Simon is a four-time author, speaker, and technology and management expert. I met Phil for the first time when Pat and I recorded Show #104: Phil Simon and the New Small on the Startup Success Podcast. Phil is way smart, insightful and knows how to tell a great story! Recommended Reading!).

The End of the Mexican Road

Both Sides of the Table

Negotiations. We all think we’re good at them. Most people aren’t that good. For many the idea of negotiations is “let’s split the difference 50/50.” ” In some situations this is the right answer. In many cases it’s not.

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6 Tips for Implementing Continuous Process Improvement

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Most startups are so busy racing around that they rarely take the time to evaluate and improve their own processes. It’s unfortunate, because as a startup matures it won’t be able to function the same way it did at the very beginning. Once you throw in users, customers, more code, freelancers, more employees, etc. it becomes painfully obvious if existing processes for development and communication aren’t scaling.

How to find that first big customer

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. To get your question answered , email me at asmartbear -at- shortmail -dot- com.

Useful value proposition examples (and how to create a good one)


Value proposition is the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. It’s also the main thing you need to test – if you get it right, it will be a huge boost.

10 People Who Will Drain Energy From Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Every organization, no matter how small, has one or more people who are quite simply obnoxious, and they drain energy from everyone and can strangle your company. Sometimes they are also intellectually brilliant, or closely related to the boss, so there is no easy way out.

How to Evaluate a (paid) iPhone App Idea

Tony Wright dot com

As I mentioned in my first post in this series , we dove into the App Store with a ($2.99) Productivity App called TouchBase Calender.

Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Ahmed Takatkah, a VC in Jordan titled The Next Big Thing in VC. He starts with a question and the answer he often gets. What’s the next big thing in VC?” Whenever I see a VC from the states or even from the region, I ask this question, but none of them gave me a satisfying answer. I will share my answer here and hope that this will stimulate others to comment with different point of view.”

Book: Avogadro Corp

Feld Thoughts

I gave a talk titled ”Resistance Is Futile” yesterday in Park City at the annual meeting for one of our LPs. This is a version of a talk I’ve given several times, starting at Defrag last fall. The slides don’t change, but I make up the talk each time and tune it to the audience. When I got to the slide titled Science Fiction Is Becoming Science Fact I went off on a version of my rant about the importance of reading, watching, and thinking about science fiction.

Entrepreneurs Due Diligence on Investors Is Smart

Startup Professionals Musings

Due diligence should always be a two-way street. A while back, I published an article on “ Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art ,” describing what investors do to validate your startup before they invest.

eBay vs Amazon: decentralized vs centralized e-commerce

Chris Dixon

Note: The company I cofounded, Hunch, was acquired by eBay in November 2011. I am now an eBay employee. But all the opinions expressed below are my own, and were developed prior to the Hunch acquisition, through my own research on e-commerce. Amazon and eBay are the two largest e-commerce companies. As of this writing, Amazon has a market cap of about $87B, trading at a trailing twelve-month P/E of about 139. eBay has a market cap of about $42B, trading at a trailing P/E of about 13.

5 Essential Spreadsheets for Social Media Analytics

Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Join Mashable on Google+ Welcome to Mashable!

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Startup Summer Colorado

Feld Thoughts

One of the fun projects I am involved with is Startup Colorado, a community focused initiative to spur new company creation in Colorado. One of Startup Colorado’s most promising projects is Startup Summer. Startup Summer is an immersive summer program offering the opportunity to work as a paid intern for a Boulder/Denver startup and attend a variety of evening events, including a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship.

Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor, but not a Critic

Startup Professionals Musings

The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The definition of a critic sounds similar, “a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis.”

Between failure and Facebook

Chris Dixon

Recently, a friend was trying to recruit a programmer to join his early-stage startup. The programmer had just graduated from college and his impression of startups was shaped mostly by popular media. His main concern, he said, was: “What if we end up being the next MySpace instead of the next Facebook?” ” Of course, for those of us immersed in startup world, creating the next MySpace would be considered a huge success.

There’s No Such Thing as a Nominal Investment

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Micah Baldwin has a great post on the confusing roles and responsibilities between mentors, advisors and investors. It’s a must read for any entrepreneur (particularly those in accelerators where the roles are often mashed together even more.). Micah makes the point that even small investment amounts from mentors ($5-$10k) are important. And he’s absolutely right.

Learning JavaScript With Code Year

Feld Thoughts

Six weeks ago I saw a tweet about a new thing from Codecademy called Code Year. It promised to teach you how to code in 2012. I signed up right away and am now one of 396,103 people who have signed up as of this moment. Like a good MIT graduate, I’ve procrastinated. When I was an undergrad, I liked to say things like “I want to give all of my fellow students a four to six week handicap.”

7 Dumb Leadership Mistakes Smart Managers Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Many professionals in business, from startups to multi-nationals, assume that team leader or executive is an appointed position, and the skills come with the title.

5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. No matter what your business sells, how it sells it or how and where people buy you it, people are going online to find it, pure and simple.

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What Makes The Boston Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

There continues to be great interest around the world regarding how to build innovation clusters. Inspired by a similar presentation that Fred Wilson did on the NYC start-up scene many years ago, I pulled this presentation together.

How Do I Get A Job In A Venture Capital Firm?

Ask The VC

In 2008 my partner Seth Levine wrote what I think is the definitive post about how to get a job in venture capital. His post followed an insightful earlier post of his that he wrote in 2005 titled how to become a venture capitalist. Each post is required reading for anyone interested in a job at a venture capital firm. I get asked this question at least twice a week and use Yesware to send out an automated answer that includes a link to Seth’s post.

How To Successfully Dodge Failure As An Entrepreneur by Yaro Starak

Do you want to make your business fail proof regardless of how big your goals are or how big your challenges may be? Do you you want to make sure nothing stands between you and the goals you want to achieve as an entrepreneur? I’m a business coach who for the last 10 years, has researched the science of successfully… Read the rest of this entry » Marketing, Business & Entrepreneurship Mindset Video dealing with setbacks failure mindset positive outlook

A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

Genuine VC

We at NextView Ventures often invest in a startup’s first round alongside other funds; either seed stage focused ones like ourselves or larger traditional firms. Just as often, however, we’re investing alongside individual angel investors who are participating in the round as well. Angel investors come in many shapes and sizes, however. And it’s not always easy to recognize the pros and cons of taking money from individual investors, or how to even seek them out in the first place.

The new new thing: Radio?

Texas Startup Blog

You might be surprised with the rise of Sirius XM and internet based radio like Spotify and Pandora that terrestrial radio is going through something of a renaissance. According to Arbitron , “An average of 241.6

And then, suddenly, it works

Chris Dixon

The other day a friend was demoing a new app he was working on. My first reaction was: “Yeah, yeah. This is nicely executed version one of those ideas I’ve seen 50 times.” ” My second reaction was: “But I could say that about pretty much every successful startup I’ve seen over the last 10 years.” ” Most of the time, important new ideas don’t succeed on the first attempt or even the first ten attempts.

Open Source and Big Data: Two Things I Love About LinkedIn.

Diego Basch

Today is InDay at LinkedIn. We are encouraged to spend one day each month learning, inspiring others, and sharing knowledge with the community.

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

crowdSPRING Blog

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. This is the silly season where we have to opportunity to elect our next President of the United States.

Is kiteboarding is the new golf?

Texas Startup Blog

Two or three years ago I began doing business with a fellow entrepreneur named Philip McNamara. Philip told me about his passion – kiteboarding. I didn’t really think much about it until earlier this year when I was in the Florida Keys and I took a lesson.

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The Start-Up of You Debuts At #1

Feld Thoughts

My close friend Ben Casnocha and Reid Hoffman’s new book The Start-Up of You is officially out. And – it’s #1 on Amazon. Not just in some obscure category like Business & Investing: Small Business & Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship, but #1 in all books on Amazon. That’s awesomely cool. And well deserved. I met Ben about a decade ago. He came to Mobius with his dad to talk about his company Comcate. I think he was 14 or so at the time.

10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees

Inc Startups

Confessions you wish you could make to your team but can't. There’s a lot you don’t know about your employees, especially the things your employees will never tell you. There’s also a lot employees don’t know about you.

Venture Capital Funding: It's MORE Than the Dollars

Growthink Blog

Many years ago I was involved in a business targeting the shoe market. Through some connections I made, I was introduced to a potential investor. This investor was one of the original employees of L.A.