Sat.Nov 24, 2012 - Fri.Nov 30, 2012

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


Eric Ries image via Fast Company. The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

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). And the big falloff is not in seed rounds, which are still getting done, but in follow-on rounds, which are not. So what has changed in the past couple years? A lot, actually.

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Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

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. If you’re building a startup, the Startup Tools tab on the top of this page has curated links to hundreds of startup resources.

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. They haven’t given themselves the opportunity to learn anything while they’ve spent months building their “revolutionary” product.

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

There’s a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about the decline of consumer Internet companies and the rising interest in companies that sell software to enterprises. After all, Zynga and Groupon, the darlings of the consumer wave, have tanked.

Media Metrix Multi Platform

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

comScore is announcing something today that I am quite excited about.

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10 Avoidable Mistakes Cause Entrepreneurs Much Pain

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve been advising and mentoring startups and growth companies for years, and find myself always pushing them to try something new, for the sake of growth and survival. When you try new things, you make mistakes, and I’ve seen many.

How To Help Startup Ecosystems: Be An Early Adopter


The following is a guest post by Sravish Sridhar. Sravish is the Founder and CEO of Kinvey, a Backend as a Service platform that makes it easy for developers to setup and operate backends for mobile, tablet and web apps.

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. The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed? By Sarah Lacy. On November 28, 2012.

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.

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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. True, a business needs money to sustain itself, but what’s the point if it’s not enjoyable?

How to Communicate Your Core Difference

Duct Tape Marketing

Every effective marketing strategy lives and dies by the ability to capture and communicate the strategies core point of differentiation in a simple, yet compelling, manner.

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. Two years ago I attended my Business School reunion and it was clear that I was part of the 1% who effusively loved her job.

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. Join 2,164 other hackers & hustlers who read my articles via email. Get updates. Subscribe with RSS 2,164 subscribers. Follow @joelgascoigne.

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. Internet surfers, and especially young people, conduct searches on Youtube second only to Google.

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Seek Real Paradigm Shifts

Startup Professionals Musings

What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible.

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But I know that he knows that I know

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When two people in America need to make a boolean decision and a coin isn’t available, the go-to method of problem resolution is Rock, Paper, Scissors. Generally people feel this game is fair, meaning there’s an equal likelihood of each participant winning, losing, or tying.

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

The Next Web

If you think startups have a tough time today, making ends meet and raising the necessary capital to take things to the next level, here’s an interesting little nugget courtesy of “Mr. Amazon” himself, Jeff Bezos.

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. In this case there were multiple traunches of convertible debt at different valuation caps.

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. LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool that provides an amazing platform to connect professionals across the globe.

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

Small Business Force

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of time early stage entrepreneurs spend creating a business plan that's, often, a combination graduate thesis, Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, with graphics that would dazzle the folks at Pixar.

Bezos’s Insistence on Full Narrative Prose

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

A follow up to my post about Jeff Bezos requiring his executive team to write full narrative memos (instead of PowerPoint presentations) when presenting proposals or initiatives. Bezos said this in explaining the approach: “Full sentences are harder to write,” he says. They have verbs.


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. The brutal course was made even worse by a nasty rain storm.

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7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses

Inc Startups

Great bosses understand what employees truly need and then provide it to them. Why do some bosses attract the best and most loyal employees, while others constantly drive them away? The answer lies in the basic traits that each boss brings to the job.

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’s keeping close to the trail when he notices some unusual bushes off to the side.

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. Then I chimed in and said "Hell No!" . You should NEVER use an external advisor to raise money. The reason is that most of them suck!

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. This is a good sign.

Distill Your Message To as Few Words as Possible

Inc Startups

Your customers are constantly being bombarded with new information. Simplicity has never been more powerful. It's amazing how complex our lives have become. Nothing's simple anymore. Think about it. Even your Facebook page has a million things going on.

How To Choose A Market For Your Startup Or Small Business

crowdSPRING Blog

I’m rarely surprised when a young entrepreneur or small business owner hasn’t fully identified how their new business will make money.

7 Natural Advantages of Small Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Next week I’ll travel to the Middle East to meet with a large group of SME’s on the verge of unlocking their potential. photo credit: Mukumbura via photopin cc. The entrepreneurial environment in many parts of the world is undergoing dramatic change.

Photo tour of the life of an entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

Every entrepreneur has dreams of great and wonderful things. This is normal and expected. They are highly motivated and dedicated to their technology and can find no flaws at all. They are certain they will be successful and there is no one that can convince them otherwise.

Feeling Negative? How to Overcome It

Inc Startups

Your negative emotions are powerful guides to what needs to change in your life. Since you're a human being, you're going to feel emotions while you're at work. Hopefully, the bulk of your emotions will be positive, like excitement, wonder, gratitude, and joy.