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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


Eric Ries image via Fast Company. I agree with Eric’s summary of the top ten types of pivots to consider: Zoom-in pivot. Zoom-out pivot. Channel pivot.

What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies , I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). A lot, actually.

Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking

Startup Professionals Musings

After that it’s practice, practice, practice. As an investor, I sometimes see CEOs who negotiate to send their VP of Marketing to talk. Marty Zwilling.

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to give back to the community that helped me. I assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools. agile engineering.

The Difference Between Stealth Mode and Quiet Mode

Instigator Blog

A lot of companies still talk about being in stealth mode and aiming for a big hoorah type launch. It doesn’t usually work. Worse still, startups that are in stealth mode rarely talk to customers, prospects, users, partners or anyone else before their big reveal, which means they have little to no validation for what they’re doing.

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The Enterprise Is Cool Again, and Box CEO Aaron Levie Is Loving It

After all, Zynga and Groupon, the darlings of the consumer wave, have tanked. Facebook's stock collapse robbed the company of some of its sparkle.

Is There More Than One Type Of Convertible Debt?

Ask The VC

Troy Henikoff and I had lunch a month or so ago in Chicago and the conversation turned to convertible debt. I’d recently made an offer to invest in a company Troy was an investor in and the entrepreneur and I got tangled up in the definition of pre and post money in the context of existing convertible debt. Related articles.

10 Avoidable Mistakes Cause Entrepreneurs Much Pain

Startup Professionals Musings

When you try new things, you make mistakes, and I’ve seen many. The simple answer is to do something, and start simple. Quick to hire and slow to fire.

How To Help Startup Ecosystems: Be An Early Adopter


The following is a guest post by Sravish Sridhar. Read Scott Kirsner in the Boston Globe, BostInno , Xconomy and the Boston Business Journal.

The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?

Pando Daily. PandoMonthly. Video. PandoDigest. About. Search. Share on Twitter. Share on Facebook. Share on LinkedIn. Have we even noticed? billion.

Media Metrix Multi Platform

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

comScore is announcing something today that I am quite excited about. Take Google. They have 220mm users in the US on desktop/web.

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Distill Your Message To as Few Words as Possible

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your customers are constantly being bombarded with new information. Simplicity has never been more powerful. Nothing's simple anymore. Think about it.

Solving the Pipeline Problem

Startup Lessons Learned

This post was co-written by Sarah Milstein and Eric Ries, co-hosts of The LeanStartup Conference. It’s well-known—and we ourselves have been publicly frustrated —that white men tend to dominate the speaker rosters for tech and entrepreneurship conferences, not to mention the portfolios of many entrepreneurship programs. Here’s how they played out.

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The Perks of Being Picky

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

“The point of running a business is to make money,” an entrepreneur friend of mine tells me. I disagree with him. If we don’t, it shows. Sorry, Mom.).

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Seek Real Paradigm Shifts

Startup Professionals Musings

What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? The book is titled “ Nanovation ,” by Kevin & Jackie Freiberg. Lead the revolution.

7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Great bosses understand what employees truly need and then provide it to them. The answer lies in the basic traits that each boss brings to the job.

Cubes Are For Squares: The Startup/Corporate Matrix – Where Do You Fit?


By Melissa Thompson , CEO of Talk Session. Everyone wants his or her dream job, but few have the courage to take big risks. And for them, it is.

The maker/manager transition phase

Joel Gascoigne. Startups, life, learning and happiness. Im the founder of Buffer. This is where I share all the lessons Im learning. Get updates.

How to Communicate Your Core Difference

Duct Tape Marketing

Lacking this, you have a recipe to compete on price, plain and simple. Today’s post in part three of a three-part series on marketing strategy.

Feeling Negative? How to Overcome It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your negative emotions are powerful guides to what needs to change in your life. However, it's inevitable that you'll also feel some negative emotions.

10 Proven Methods to Optimize Your Videos for Search

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you’re looking for effective ways to advertise your new website or startup, don’t forget the power of video. Add Links to Your Website. Hardly.

Jeff Bezos attended 60 investor meetings to raise $1m from 22 people, just to get Amazon started

The Next Web

Amazon” himself, Jeff Bezos. “I’ve been optimistic about Amazon since the early days,” says Bezos. ” continues Bezos.

But I know that he knows that I know

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Generally people feel this game is fair, meaning there’s an equal likelihood of each participant winning, losing, or tying. But hold on. Awesome!

A Great Leader's Year-end Checklist

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The year is almost over. Great leaders know how to tie up loose ends and make sure their employees are happy and ready to move forward. Restock.

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Wind Up and Throw a Screaming Fastball of a Linkedin Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When you’re starting to get your name out there, you’ve got to reach out in several directions at once. Barrels of Free Money Delivered to Your House!

Bezos’s Insistence on Full Narrative Prose

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Bezos said this in explaining the approach: “Full sentences are harder to write,” he says. They have verbs. The paragraphs have topic sentences.


Early Stage Entrepreneurs Don't Need a Business Plan, They Need a Battle Plan!

Small Business Force

And, it's, usually, out-of-date about eight seconds after it's completed. But why do entrepreneurs do it? The Entrepreneur's Yoda knows these things.

6 Ways to Get Customers to 'Yes!'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Influence your customers to buy from you using these six easy methods. I've got some good news, some bad news, and then some even better news.

5 Military Lessons For Entrepreneurs Raising Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time.

Competencies vs. Behaviors


by Dr. Andrew L. Thorn, author of “ U-wun-ge-lay-ma “ I recently ran a marathon in Death Valley, California. Competencies. Behavior.

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The Road To Success – Now RePaved!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! A young child makes his way home through a dense forest. He doesn’t give up. Travelers from the Past.

Airbnb: Changing Travel as We Know It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Can you believe the home-rental site that lists properties in 30,000 cities across 192 countries once had trouble raising $20,000? billion. billion.

Don't Ever Use Fundraising Advisors

Babbling VC

I was on stage this weekend at the Slovak Startup Awards and was asked a question I've heard many times. A founder asked whether they should use an advisor to help raise their first round of external money and if so, whom? My fellow panel member answered positively, recommending advisors and specifically if trying to raise money internationally.

Build Entrepreneurship Communities With Crowd Valley


Entrepreneurship communities and crowdfunding platforms designed to support entrepreneurs are popping up left, right, and center all around the world.