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6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most influential books of my career is The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clay Christensen. It is not a beach novel to be sure. billion.

365 Days, $10 Million, 3 Rounds, 2 Companies, All With 5 Magic Slides

This was originally published at “Knowledge Is Social.&#. Stop using the projector for initial meetings. Why did this work? Slide 2: The Numbers.

The 11 Harsh Realities Of Being An Entrepreneur


There's always talk about the end game in the form of an acquisition, funding announcement, or eventual flame out. or "Oh that's nice."

6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Startups play poker, big companies play chess

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Mike Arrington, founder of Techcrunch, wrote a great article " Are you a pirate? which captures the essence of the startup mind set. Literally.

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The Origin of Leaders #1: Imagination – Developing your most powerful human talent

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If they are born, there is not much to do. Malcolm Gladwell has made famous the concept of “10,000” hours in his book Outliers. An idea”. Stay tuned!

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

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No Business Plan Survives First Contact With A Customer – The 5.2 billion dollar mistake.

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At $5.2-billion Iridium was one of the largest, boldest and audacious startup bets ever made. With an out-of-this-world business plan. and China.

LiveU Raises $11 Million from Pitango in its Third Round

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I f you follow the increasingly hot Internet TV market, the latest funding round of LiveU should come as no surprise.

Why People Struggle To Get What They Want by Yaro Starak

I was speaking to my home loan broker this week. I’m purchasing an investment property and he helps organize the loans to make it all happen. My broker is good at what he does, but like many small business owners there’s a lot of latency in his operations. Taking action when you just don’t feel like it is hard. Consistency wins.

How to Take Down Facebook -- Hint: It Ain't Twitter. (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)

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I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.    It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something "wrong" with Facebook, and it's not like I don't spend a shitload of time ego-whoring around on Twitter too. but: Something is Still Missing.

It’s Easy to Be Great…It’s Hard to Be Consistent

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The title of this post comes from the book Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life , Steve Martin’s memoir about his days of stand-up comedy.

Serious Pain: The Difference Between a Mediocre & Great Company

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Market Samurai Review – How Keyword Research Can Increase Your Traffic by Yaro Starak

Ever since I started blogging, I intentionally stayed away from keyword research. I opted to take the “lazy” way out. I just wrote. No, not really.

Build your own Startup Death Clock

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A few months ago I created a fun device at WPEngine to focus everyone's attention the most important thing. Sometimes fear is a good motivator. Try it!

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – A’s, B’s & C’s

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This article was originally posted in a much more concise version over GigaOm if you prefer the shorter version. Be realistic about your skills.

A Look at the Demographic Data for Who's Seeking Startup Funding


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Terry Kawaja of Luma Partners created today’s hilarious XtraNormal to help us understand what is going on at ad:tech.

What I Learned About Entrepreneurship Through 15 Angel Investments

years I made 15 angel investments with my own cash. If you are going to be an entrepreneur, be a straight shooter. They are just making suggestions.

Should you hire a big company exec for your startup? - chess vs poker

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Fast growing startups need experienced big company execs to take them to the next level, right? Wrong. Big company execs are wired differently than startup ninjas. My last post " Startups play poker, big companies play chess " explained how startups are different from big companies. Big companies are complex , like chess. Everything comes to you.

20 Recommended Quora Threads for Startups


The Q&A site Quora has become an indispensable trove of knowledge and expertise when it comes to the tech industry. Ask a question and get an answer - that is, after all, what all Q&A sites offer. Want to know, for example, why Foursquare uses MongoDB to store check-in information? Who better to answer than the company's engineering lead. Sponsor.

How To Create a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Community

Feld Thoughts

Last week I posted an article on peHUB titled How to Create a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Community. Here it is in its entirety. I’ve lived in Boulder for 15 years after living in Boston for a dozen. While I’ve spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley — both as an angel and venture capital investor — I’ve never lived there.

Mini Saga #65 – Relationship

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Lifetime relationships are even more special and they extend until the end of your life (or theirs). Mini Saga #65 – Relationship. Jeff was perplexed.


November Rain

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Axl Rose began working on November Rain in 1983 — a full 8 years before it was released by Guns N’ Roses. And he was successful doing so.

Ten Ways to Differentiate Your Customer Service

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But once you start selling products, all of these pale in comparison to your level of customer service. Exceed customer expectations. Walk the talk.

Kauffman Foundation Sponsorship Gives Major Boost to Women 2.0's Founder Labs


Women 2.0 The sponsorship will double the reach of Women 2.0's Sponsor. Diverse Founding Teams, Agile Development Techniques. Women 2.0 Discuss.

Google Code API Console – Nicely Done


Google Code just release the API console. It better organizes Google’s APIs and I even discovered a couple new APIs.

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UPDATED: I got some comments via email which pointed to some confusing points in my post and thought about it some more and I think it boils down to this: Keeping everyone happy with their return is hard but a worthwhile

6 Proven Ways to Increase Blog Subscribers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

One of the major mistakes that many bloggers make is not focusing their efforts on acquiring new blog subscribers. Most new bloggers struggle with this, but it is also common for experienced bloggers to make the same mistake. Knowing how to increase subscribers to your blog is something that is so important because your subscribers


Beware of Too Much Tinkering

Instigator Blog

More and more people these days are technology tinkerers. They’re messing around, trying new things, jumping from small project to small project, but never settling on and committing to one thing. It’s certainly easier and easier to tinker, which is great; it makes building stuff more accessible and less expensive. And tinkering.

Women are Gaining as the Best Entrepreneurs

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I often get asked the age-old question (by men) of “Who are the best entrepreneurs, men or women?” First, here are a few facts to set the stage.


A Pirate’s Life for Me … Not

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Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, posted Are You a Pirate ? over the weekend, a thoughtful celebration of the adventure of entrepreneurship.