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5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory. Most were on paper and video; 20 were invited to pitch in person. Interesting patterns emerged: Everyone makes the same classes of error. Those who avoided just one of those errors stood out in the crowd.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

For the first 5 years of my career I was a “bottom up&# thinker and worker. I assembled tons of data, grouped things, found results and drew conclusions.

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3 Rules to Actionable Metrics in a Lean Startup

First, what is an actionable metric? An actionable metric is one that ties specific and repeatable actions to observed results.

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Optimizing your Customer Acquisition Funnel

For Entrepreneurs

Almost every sales and marketing funnel has blockage points where the conversion rates are lower than hoped, or the process cannot be scaled. This blog post talks about how to solve those blockage points using an intense study of the customer's concerns, and brainstorming to see what motivations can be used to over come the friction that comes from these concerns.

No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part 1 of the series: 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches. Listening to first-time entrepreneurs talk about their competitive advantages is as predictably invalid as the local weatherman's 10-day forecast.

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In Customer Interviews Don’t Rush to Pitch the Solution

Instigator Blog

All the theory in the world won’t make a lick of difference if you don’t get into the field and do something. That’s why advice isn’t worth as much as it should be, and isn’t nearly as effective as it should be. Entrepreneurs consistently make the same mistakes over and over, even when there are lots of competent and successful people out there advising otherwise (and non-successful, non-competent people too!). Founders are doers, simple as that. Not theorists.

Getting to Product-Market Fit

Startup Marketing Blog

Getting to Product-Market Fit. I'm very excited about this guest post and confident that it will be a huge help for anyone struggling to find Product-Market fit. Enjoy! Guest Post By Patrick Vlaskovits

Thank Google for sniffing your network!

Texas Startup Blog

This is the story that won’t die and perhaps that is a good thing. Some background: Google hires drivers to carry their photographic and wifi listening equipment on almost all of the streets of the world. Starting in 2006 Google’s listening system began storing ’snippets’ of email, text, photographs and websites from wireless access points

Legal Risks And Dangers Of $99 Logo Stores

crowdSPRING Blog

You have alternatives when purchasing a logo for your business.

Flickr - The Best Kept Social Networking Secret?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Chances are good that when you think of social networks, you think of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, and when you think of Flickr, you think photo sharing. We recently posted an article on paid and free image sites, in which Flickr was included (with a few caveats) as a great source of free images.

When Is A Startup "Venture Fundable?"

Seed Stage Capital

I spend a healthy chunk of my time helping startups think through their capital raise strategies. Part of this work involves assessing whether a company is fundable given its current stage of development, traction and business plan

Spencer Fry — On Writing

Spencer Fry


Legal Risks And Dangers Of $99 Logo Stores

crowdSPRING Blog

You have alternatives when purchasing a logo for your business.

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Stock Purchase Agreement

VC Ready Blog

NOTE: This is the ninth post in our series about standard terms in early stage equity financings. These posts refer to the model Series A Term Sheet put out by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and available for download here. * * * * * * * * * *.

Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s)

Steve Blank

If you take funding from a venture capital firm or angel investor and want to build a large, enduring company (rather than sell it to the highest bidder), this isn’t the decade to do it.

How The SEC Is Violating My Wife’s First Amendment Rights

Feld Thoughts

Over the past 24 months, a deplorable activity in the money management business came to light. It got the name “pay to play&# , but was just another form of bribery.

Buyer Beware: Generic Logo Design

crowdSPRING Blog

Finding a great logo design for your business is an important part of creating your brand identity. You want to have a logo design that is simple, memorable, and a good representation of what you do. Many people, in an effort to appear modern, choose a current design trend for their logo.

Flexible Focus #10: Become the change

Active Garage

Empowerment is a process that is often confused with its common cousin, entitlement. The essential mindset of empowerment is abundance, the ability to produce; whereas that of entitlement is insufficiency, the demand to receive. Mahatma Gandhi said that “ We must become the change we want to be.”

Entrepreneurs Must Keep Going Says Winston Churchill

Growthink Blog

Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." This quote is really applicable to entrepreneurs. Mainly because rarely, if ever, does the process of starting and growing a company go smoothly.

Telling It Like It Is

Marc Andreessen

As the ranking officer, the CEO has a huge impact on their company’s culture


Buyer Beware: Generic Logo Design

crowdSPRING Blog

Finding a great logo design for your business is an important part of creating your brand identity. You want to have a logo design that is simple, memorable, and a good representation of what you do. Many people, in an effort to appear modern, choose a current design trend for their logo.

Easy local repository browsing for Git or Mercurial

Nathan Hurst

In both Git and Mercurial, there's a very easy way to browse your local repository in a web browser that I didn't know about until recently. You should really try these right now. They've already made a huge difference for me

Are You Chasing Rabbits?

Growthink Blog

I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs. Which I love to do. I love hearing cool, new ideas. I love hearing the passion. And I love figuring out how I can help them successfully go from point A to point B. But one thing that frustrates me is seeing entrepreneurs making the same mistake over and over and over again. And the biggest mistake I see is a lack of focus. This lack of focus is best summed up by the ancient Chinese proverb -- “man who chases two rabbits catches neither.”

Go Into Sales

Brad Hargreaves

Let's say you're a college student who wants to be an entrepreneur. Let's also say — for one reason or another — you don't want to jump in and dedicate all your time to an idea right now. Maybe it's money, maybe it's confidence

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

Both Sides of the Table

Lots of discussion these days about the changes in the VC industry. Here’s my take: 1.

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Review: Blog Writing Service - Water My Blog?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a Sponsored Post written by me. All opinions are 100% mine. So you have a business, your website is going strong, and you’re working on your SEO and other marketing to get more traffic to your site and take your business to the next level. You’ve heard that everyone needs to have a blog.


Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010


Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year. This continues my series of posts: Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March There was some really great content in June. Here are the top 30 along with a brief snippet from the post.

Some Thoughts On The Seed Fund Phenomenon

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There have been quite a few posts written about this meme in the past few weeks.    I think that Paul Kedrosky got the discussion started with this post. Chris Dixon wrote an interesting response. And yesterday John Boyd wrote a thoughtful post on the topic.

I Want My CIC! … The Benefits for Startups to Be Co-Located

Both Sides of the Table

[if you're not old enough to get the reference between this image and the title you can click on the image for a prompter]. This past December I spent a week in Boston to try to get to know some of the local VC’s and entrepreneurs a bit better.

Nuke’em ‘Till They Glow – Quitting My First Job

Steve Blank

I started working when I was 14 (I lied about my age) and counting four years in the Air Force I’ve worked in 12 jobs. I left each one of them when I was bored, ready to move on, got fired, or learned as much as I can. There was only one job that I quit when I feared for my life. Life Is Good.

Being Wrong is So Hard But So Good

Instigator Blog

No one likes being wrong. It’s frustrating, demoralizing and irritating. Some people flat out refuse to be wrong … ever. You know the type, right? Being wrong is so hard. But it can be so good too. If you can accept being wrong (at least from time to time!), then you’re more likely to have success validating your startup ideas.

XX Combinator

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Tereza , an AVC regular and active community member, wrote a blog post yesterday proposing that someone start XX Combinator , a Y Combinator style startup accelerator focused on women in their 40s. Here's the basic argument: Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s.

How I Became a Member of the NY Tech Community | Vinicius Vacanti

Vinicius Vacanti

I remember walking into my first NY Tech Meetup almost two years ago. I looked around and didn't know anyone in the 120-person crowd. After watching the demos a safe two seats away from the closest attendee, I approached someone and

The Ten Commandments of an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

If you expect to succeed in the thrill-a-minute, roller coaster ride of a startup, let me assure you it takes more than a good idea, a rich uncle, and luck. In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation.