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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. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them. This series is intended for everyone else. Learning Python.

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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. I cannot recommend it enough for people in the technology or media sectors.

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

techcrunch.com

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Socialcast founder Tim Young detailing how he raised 3 rounds totaling $10M in VC money in a year’s time with a 5-slide deck. This was originally published at “Knowledge Is Social.&#.

The 11 Harsh Realities Of Being An Entrepreneur

OnStartups

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

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. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them. This series is intended for everyone else. Learning Python.

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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.

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LiveU Raises $11 Million from Pitango in its Third Round

VC Cafe

I f you follow the increasingly hot Internet TV market, the latest funding round of LiveU should come as no surprise. LiveU has announced a third round of $11 million, led by Pitango and joined by existing investors, Carmel Ventures and Canaan Partners.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

mashable.com

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

Active Garage

One of the most sought after answers in our society is perhaps to the question “ Where do leaders come from? &# We depend greatly on them, but what do we do to ensure that the future has the people with the leadership capability that we will need. If they are born, there is not much to do.

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

Steve Blank

At $5.2-billion Iridium was one of the largest, boldest and audacious startup bets ever made. Conceived in 1987 by Motorola and spun out in 1990 as a separate company, Iridium planned to build a mobile telephone system that would work anywhere on earth.

Why People Struggle To Get What They Want

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com 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. He was explaining to me how he had a huge database of people who had showed interest in getting finance, but he had no system for communicating with these people automatically.

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

500 Hats

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. Let's face it: I'm completely & utterly addicted to social networks & tha Interwebs. but: Something is Still Missing.

Build your own Startup Death Clock

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

A few months ago I created a fun device at WPEngine to focus everyone's attention the most important thing. If nothing changes, when will you run out of money? Sometimes fear is a good motivator.

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

Software By Rob

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.

Market Samurai Review – How Keyword Research Can Increase Your Traffic

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Ever since I started blogging, I intentionally stayed away from keyword research. It just seemed like one of those things that could take up too much of my time. I understood the principles of keyword research but felt that in order to do it effectively, I had a lot of work to do.

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

Both Sides of the Table

This article was originally posted in a much more concise version over GigaOm if you prefer the shorter version. This is part of my ongoing Sales & Marketing Series.

Serious Pain: The Difference Between a Mediocre & Great Company

Growthink Blog

When you're in serious pain, what do you take? Probably an aspirin or ibuprofen. When you're trying to be healthy, what do you take? Probably a vitamin. Now, which product do you think you crave more? The aspirin when you need it to alleviate an immediate and serious pain?

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

ReadWriteStart

A little less than a month ago, we reported on ChubbyBrain's new Funding Recommendation Engine , a service that will help entrepreneurs find suitable investors.

Playing Offense vs. Playing Defense

OnlyOnce

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What I Learned About Entrepreneurship Through 15 Angel Investments

www.quicksprout.com

Home About Answers Contact Quick Sprout What I Learned About Entrepreneurship Through 15 Angel Investments by Neil Patel on October 28, 2010 Share Share Over the last 2.5 years I made 15 angel investments with my own cash.

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. This post is about how execs at startups are different from big company execs. Big companies are complex , like chess.

How To Instantly Turn What You Love Into An Income

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Before I got into the fat loss industry, I was a musician (I still play today so who knows what the future holds!). In the past, I tried to make that love an income. My dreams were big, but my pockets ultimately were empty. Eventually I had to do what a lot of musicians do and get a job. Luckily, it ended up being in something else that I love – health and fitness. My job is something I love and would do it for free, but fortunately it pays the bills (and then some).

20 Recommended Quora Threads for Startups

ReadWriteStart

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. But Quora boasts active participation from entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, designers, journalists and so on, so that the quality of the responses are quite high. Want to know, for example, why Foursquare uses MongoDB to store check-in information?

What The Hell Does Your Company Do?

Feld Thoughts

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

Mini Saga #65 – Relationship

Life Beyond Code

Lifetime relationships are even more special and they extend until the end of your life (or theirs). It takes a lifetime to build and maintain those relationships. Master the art of building lifetime relationships and life will never look the same.

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November Rain

The Startup Lawyer

Axl Rose began working on November Rain in 1983 — a full 8 years before it was released by Guns N’ Roses. Axl came up with a piano-only version of the song early, but by the time 1991 rolled around November Rain was a full-blown hair metal power ballad.

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

ReadWriteStart

Women 2.0 announced this evening at its annual Pitch Night , that it has received sponsorship by the Kauffman Foundation to support its "Founder Labs," a pre-incubator program whose mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups.

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.

Google Code API Console – Nicely Done

SoCal CTO

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

Ten Ways to Differentiate Your Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, I wrote about the importance of a “ sustainable competitive advantage ,” and outlined the business plan value and limitations of patents and competitor feature comparisons. But once you start selling products, all of these pale in comparison to your level of customer service.

dshen.com | David Shen's Blogs | Lower Valuations = Better.

Dshen

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

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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 that can lead to new innovations, ideas and startups. But beware of too much tinkering.

Women are Gaining as the Best Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

I often get asked the age-old question (by men) of “Who are the best entrepreneurs, men or women?” Women already believe they know the answer, so they never ask. I always try the diplomatic answer of “It depends”, but that doesn’t satisfy anybody. First, here are a few facts to set the stage.

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