Sat.Jan 05, 2013 - Fri.Jan 11, 2013

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists. This was my reward (I got to choose) since she watched both football games yesterday (and today).

7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors


Image via Flickr by artemuestra. We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward. Yet every investor has his own “rules of thumb” on what makes a specific startup too high a risk for his investment taste. You need to know these guidelines to set your expectations on funding.

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10 Attributes of That Rare Ideal Manager at Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone can recognize a great manager a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around.

One Of Our Investors Just Closed Shop. What Should We Do?

Ask The VC

Q: What is the best path to take if a VC which has invested in my company closes down, but we have not exited and are still operating profitably ? What happens to the LLC entity that was formed at the time of investment? Do we ask the VC for our shares back or buy them back at a discount? . A (Brad): First, you need to understand what actually happened to your VC firm. There are lots of specific points in time to consider. Let’s start with two magic milestones – year 5 and year 10.

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The Google+ Long Game Is Brilliant

Feld Thoughts

I’m finding myself using Google+ more and more. I recently decided that the long game Google is playing is absolutely brilliant. They are being understated about it but doing exactly what business strategists talk about when they describe the long game as the one to play.

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Who Owns Your UX Philosophy?

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been in three board meetings in the last month where it was painfully apparent that there wasn’t a person in the company who owned the UX philosophy of the product. I’m explicitly saying “UX” (user experience) rather than “UI” (user interface) as each company had an excellent designer and the application looked great. But the UX broke down quickly, especially as you went from novice first time user to experienced user.

8 Indications of a ‘Wanna Be’ Entrepreneur Dreamer

Startup Professionals Musings

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me, “One of these days, I’m going to start my own company,” I’d be rich. If this day ever comes for all these people, we will be overrun by startups. Yet I don’t lose any sleep over either of these possibilities.

In Between: The Tough Place To Be

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In a comment on the latest tally of VC fundraising , NVCA President Mark Heesen said: “The venture capital fundraising environment has settled into a ‘new normal’ which is characterized by a barbell structure of larger funds which are stage and industry agnostic on one end, and smaller, early stage, industry or region specific funds on the other. This is certainly true and has been for a long time. The two successful models seem to be the large megafund and the small early stage fund.

Why Fake It ‘Til You Make It Doesn’t Work

Mike Michalowicz

Want to guarantee failure? Do this: fake it ‘til you make it. I bet you didn’t expect to hear that. I mean, how many times have you been told you need to fake it ‘til you make it to be successful? It has become the mantra for success. Unfortunately, its b t. Total complete b t.

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Feld / Calacanis Interview on This Week In Startups

Feld Thoughts

I always enjoy hanging out with Jason Calacanis. We first met in the mid-1990s when Jason was hanging out in NY doing Silicon Alley Reporter. I can’t remember who initially introduced us – it was probably Fred Wilson. We covered a lot in the hour+ interview for This Week In Startups.

Great Entrepreneurs are Masters of Business Chaos

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder I know talks about the chaos of their business, which they usually attribute to that burst of growth that is required to get to positive cash flow.

Are Marketers Now Required to be Engineers Too?

Startup Marketing Blog

As much as I hate to admit it, online marketers with engineering backgrounds often have a significant advantage over non-engineering marketers. They are simply much more capable of “getting stuff done.” ” The rest of us waste a lot of time and creative energy figuring how to get the obvious stuff done.

Being Behind, Effort, and Comparing Yourself

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

NCAA basketball teams that are behind by one point at halftime are more likely to win than teams that are one point ahead. That’s the intruiging finding of two professors who studied more than 6,000 games.

US Immigration Fails Entrepreneurs Again

Feld Thoughts

I’m so sick of how – as a country – our authorities treat people as though they are criminals. A month ago a successful Boston entrepreneur who has been incredibly engaged in the Boston startup community was thrown in jail for three days after a CPB agent decided she didn’t have a valid visa (she did have a valid visa, and she was from that extremely dangerous country of Canada.).

How to detect if you are slightly brainwashed?

Life Beyond Code

Ask yourself a few questions below: 1. Are you open-minded? Are you a team player? Are you a good leader? Are you a quick learner? Are you a lifelong learner? Can you communicate well? Do you come up with good ideas? Are you likeable? Are you passionate about your work?

The 15 Business Trends To Avoid This Year

Mike Michalowicz

Every day it seems like there are a dozen new trends that I “need” to jump on to give my business a competitive edge. The truth is most new trends, aren’t really trends yet. Most are flashes in the pan.

Enterprise Software the secular trends

deal architect

This time of the year, many folks like to look at the year back or the year forward. This old fart has been in and around enterprise software for three decades so I like to take a somewhat longer look. Industry Commentary

Launching Startup Life: Surviving And Thriving In A Relationship With An Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

The second book in the Startup Revolution series, Startup Life: Surviving And Thriving In A Relationship With An Entrepreneur , is shipping in the next week or so. My wife Amy Batchelor and I wrote this one, with contributions from about 20 other entrepreneurial couples. Amy and I have been friends since we met in college in 1984. We have been together as a couple since 1990. We got married in 1993. Our marriage almost ended in 2001. Today, I am ecstatic in my relationship with Amy.

Dr.Liz Alexander on Co-Authorship

Life Beyond Code

My friend Dr.Liz Alexander recently co-authored a book called Thought Leadership Tweet. I am a big fan of thought leadership and also the executive editor of THINKaha (publisher of the book) so I will be doubly-biased when I say that the new book is fantastic. Please check it out.

APE now available in softcover

How to Change the World

Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. . Publisher explains how to produce both ebooks and printed books.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

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Experimenting With Writing On More Channels

Feld Thoughts

Historically, most of my writing has been either on my blogs or the books that I’ve written. Occasionally I’ve written for magazines, like a year-long stretch I did for Entrepreneur a few years ago, and longer form articles of mine appear in different places every now and then. But pretty much everything I write ends up on Feld Thoughts at some point. I’m going to experiment with some different channels this year.

How to Stay Calm

Life Beyond Code

Just to be more realistic, let’s slightly modify the topic to. How to Stay Calm (Most of the Time). as I don’t think there is anyone in my audience who are on the path to becoming a saint.

Why Now is The Best Time to Buy Domains

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Domain names are the best investment you or your company can make right now. This may come as a surprise to some, but these pieces of online real estate are little gold nuggets that can be turned into storehouses of wealth. The timing is perfect, and the deals are out there for the taking.

These Days, Recruiters Are Worth the Money

Inc Startups

When it comes to sourcing the right interview candidates, I've never been keen to use recruiters. But I recently changed my mind. My company, Metal Mafia, has an excellent candidate screening process, a super training program, and a very successful team of employees to show for it.

How to Manage Energy and Why You Must

Duct Tape Marketing

A few weeks ago I started a series of posts I’m calling Recover You. The series is focused on practices and habits that I believe lead to a healthier mind, body and spirit, a healthier business and ultimately a healthier economy. You can catch the entire Recover You series here.

3 useful tips to help your early stage startup acquire paying enterprise customers

The Next Web

A lot of noise is being made lately about the trend that venture money is flowing away from consumer startups and flowing into enterprise startups.

Finding Your Audience: The Rise of Niche Markets

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As more entrepreneurs turn to the Internet in hopes of finding an audience, niche markets have risen in popularity and marketing power. Niche markets focus on specific consumers and goals rather than try to appeal to a massive audience.

10 Things You Should Say Every Day

Inc Startups

They're small things. but each has the power to dramatically change someone's day. Including yours. Want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day: To your employees, colleagues, family, friends. and everyone you care about: "Here's what I'm thinking."

The ROI of Relationships

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Bob Burg. I suspect the title of this post will raise some eyebrows. I mean relationships aren’t about ROI right? They’re about something much deeper. Something you don’t measure in the same way you might, say, the performance of an ad.

Financial Freedom Is Costing You Your Life

Mike Michalowicz

Financial Freedom? I love money. It is a powerful tool for getting lots of things done. And it provides that all so valuable financial freedom. But I’ve learned that it’s not the only kind of financial freedom there is.

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Managing risk is critical to success

Taffy Williams

Risk management includes your distance from the alligators. People are different and individual tolerance for risk varies. It is amazing that many people will walk up to an alligator just to get a good look. The photo above shows two such animals just behind the tree.

Put LinkedIn to Work For You: 7 Ways

Inc Startups

LinkedIn is a great tool if used with skill and purpose. Not every one does. Here are seven tips for getting a good return on your efforts. While the longevity of commercial value with Facebook and Twitter continues to be questionable, there is no question that LinkedIn is here to stay.

The Best, The New, and The Next!

The Product Guy

Happy New Year! And, congratulations to Andres Glusman, The Best Product Person of 2013! TBPP). Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest record-turnout roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, Balsamiq Studios , Sunshine Suites , and Ryma Technology Solutions.