Sat.Jan 26, 2013 - Fri.Feb 01, 2013

6 Things You Need to Pivot Successfully

Instigator Blog

Pivot. We’re all familiar with the word — and many people now roll their eyes when they hear it. The word has been bastardized, overused, and taken out of context. But it doesn’t mean pivots aren’t important. Dont hate the word, hate the people that use it incorrectly and ignore its importance. Pivot. Say it with me. Pivot. Pivot. Pivot. Recently, I did a presentation on pivoting: what it means, why it’s important, and how to do it properly.

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth. From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm.

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Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

Understanding “The Funding Angle” I sit at enough board meetings to hear conflicting advice given to entrepreneurs about how to handle PR and announcements at startups.

Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far.

The Third Way

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What do you do when you don't want to sell your company and you don't want to go public either? We've been discussing this issue here at AVC for a long time. I think back to this post from 2008 , almost five years ago now, as the kickoff of this long running conversation.

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7 Incredible Web Design, Branding, Digital Marketing Experiences

Occam's Razor

We are surrounded by incredible digital experiences. Masterful design, branding and marketing. Yet, it would be fair to say we are also drowning in awful digital experiences – or, at the very minimum, experiences that seem to be stuck in 1991.

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth. From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm.

Startup Life Book Trailer

Feld Thoughts

Simplifilm created a one minute book trailer for Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. Based on feedback from the last trailer for Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , I did the voice over this time.

The 4 Personality Types Every Startup Needs


Anyone can have a killer startup idea, but in order to make that idea succeed you’ll need an unbeatable team. Crafting the perfect team is an art -- one we're constantly trying to refine at my startup, Boundless. We’ve found that a structured process yields the best new hires.

How to Use Social Media To Drive Sales


According to a report by Nielsen on social media Americans spend three times more time on social media than reading their e-mail. of online time is spent reading e-mail and 23% on social. The juicy bit of the study is that more than 70% of social networks users shop online.

We Need to Have Sympathy for Those With Depression. It is an Illness

Both Sides of the Table

Somebody commented that in 2013 I have done a lot more personal posts than usual. I didn’t set out that way. It just happened. Lots of tragedies in the past couple of months. Aaron Schwartz. Sandy Hook. Now Jody Sherman.

I Am Enough

Feld Thoughts

I received a bunch of great comments and responses to my post Be Vulnerable. Several people asked if I was inspired by Brené Brown’s TEDxHouston talk in 2010. I hadn’t ever seen it so I watched it last night.

How to Sell Your Ideas

Life Beyond Code

Getting new ideas is reasonably easy. Here are ten ideas to get new ideas. Selling any idea is hard. First, let us talk about how ideas die prematurely. How Ideas Die Prematurely. Most ideas die in your mind. In fact, here is an over-simplified representation of the journey of ideas. Random Chatter.

A Blue Print For Successful Startup Hubs

VC Cafe

The Economist published "If in doubt, innovate" a special report on The Nordic Region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland) as a hotbed for entrepreneurship we can all learn from. The article mentions some of the characteristics that make the Nordic Cluster successful.

Just Do It

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have a two year rotation program at USV for most of our non partner positions. We hire incredibly talented people, suck them into everything we are doing for two years, and then ask them to leave. The USV alumni group is becoming quite a collection of talent. For much of last year Christina debated what she was going to do at the end of her stint. We made it even harder on her because we flirted with extending her stay. But at the end of year, she packed up her desk and headed out.

Startup Life – Operation Win A Dinner With Us

Feld Thoughts

My newest book, Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , that I wrote with my wife Amy Batchelor , is shipping. As a result, I’m activating Operation Win A Dinner With Us today. Between now and Saturday (2/2/13), if you order a copy of Startup Life , you will be entered into a random drawing. I’m going to pick two random winners – one for orders from Amazon and one for orders from

Goodbye Jody. You Really Were Awesome

Both Sides of the Table

You’re gone too early. We still had so many more times to spend together. I loved this image I saw posted by Andy Rankin. Because this is the one word that was not in your vocabulary. And it was the first word I muttered when I heard the news tonight. I remember when we met years ago.

Why Video is the Best Way to Share Your Company Story

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A picture paints a thousand words, and those words are greatly multiplied if the picture in question is moving. In fact, studies show that when both the visual and auditory senses are stimulated, a person’s retention increases by an astounding 58 percent.

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How Reed Hastings’ Facebook Status Update Landed Netflix in SEC’s Crosshairs


Last month, the SEC announced it was taking action regarding Netflix’ (NFLX) securities compliance based on a Facebook status update posted by CEO Reed Hastings.

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The Colorado PUC Trying to Shut Down UberDenver

Feld Thoughts

In yet another insane move by government against entrepreneurs and job creators, the Colorado PUC is proposing a new set of rules that would shut down Uber in Colorado. This is protectionism and misuse of power in an egregious form. Government supporting powerful incubants (the taxi industry) that are threatened by disruptive innovators through regulation. As a Colorado entrepreneurial community, we shouldn’t stand for this.

Should You Bother Targeting the Tech Blogs for Your PR Campaigns?

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve started a recent series on PR at startups since I get asked for advice on this topic so often. I will put the full list of posts here. The start of this series was, Should Your Startup Announce Funding ?

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How to Deal with a Masked Narcissist

Life Beyond Code

It is not easy to detect a masked narcissist. Well, for one, he or she is masked. Jokes apart, masked narcissists are all around you and some of them may not even know that they are one of them. There are subtle signals of narcissism in their talk and behavior.

7 Essential Elements to Small Business Growth

Duct Tape Marketing

Business plans are great, useful even, but the planning process and a growth oriented plan of action is where it’s at for the small business.

Startup Visa Act 2013 Introduced By Udall (D-Colo) and Flake (R-Ariz)

Feld Thoughts

Today appears to be government day on Feld Thoughts. This morning I wrote about the Colorado PUC trying to shut down Uber in Colorado (bad). Now I get to write about Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) re-introducing the Startup Visa Act of 2013 (good). Mark – thank you – you’ve been an awesome supporter of this and leader of the effort since the first day we discussed it in 2009. Senator Flake – thank you for showing leadership on this issue.

What is the Primary Reason For Startup Failure?

Startup Professionals Musings

When I heard a friend make the statement “Your startup can’t fail if you don’t quit,” I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt it as their mantra. Pivoting or dealing a new hand is not quitting.

Why the Best Business Ideas Come in the Shower

Mike Michalowicz

You’ve been there – in the midst of a vigorous shampooing ritual and mid-foam-up, you suddenly have a light bulb moment that effectively solves the problem you and your team puzzled over just the day before. No, it’s not the magic of warm water.

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Entrepreneur Blasphemy Alert ? Success Begins at the Top Line, Not the Bottom Line!

Small Business Force

The revenue vs. margin question is one faced by entrepreneurs at, virtually, every step of their growth. Would you, or should you sacrifice margin for revenue? Let me show you why and how top line success drives overall success.Without revenue there is no margin to improve.

Boulder Startup Life Event Tonight at Riverside

Feld Thoughts

I’m going to be doing the first public Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur talk tonight at Riverside at 7pm. If you don’t know Riverside, it’s a new co-working, event, and cafe space on 1724 Broadway in Boulder. It’s a beautiful old building that’s been a fixture in Boulder for a very long time. There’s a nice article about what Christian Macy and Richard Moser are working on with Riverside in the Boulder iJournal.

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One day only: Save 80% on APE to learn how to publish a book

How to Change the World

My latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur--How to Publish a Book, goes on sale today for one day. The regular price is $9.99. Today's price through the Kindle Daily Deal is $1.99. . If you're interested in writing and publishing, please check it out here. . Cool stuff

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The Startups Weekend Phenomenon and Angel Investors


Actual, fundable, serious startups in a single weekend? Great learning experience? And worth doing? Yes. . Last Sunday night I judged nine pitches from nine groups that started from scratch just two days before, late Friday afternoon.

Use Commonality To Attract Customers & Prospects

Mike Michalowicz

Commonality is a big, massive persuasion tool. You and I automatically know, like and trust people the more commonality we find.

Less Than a Week Left to Apply to the Nike+ Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

If you’re working on a quantified self product or are part of a startup that would benefit from integration with Nike+, you have less than a week left to apply to the Nike+ Accelerator, powered by TechStars (deadline is February 3rd). If accepted, you will receive $20,000 in seed funding and support from TechStars, and mentorship from leaders within TechStars and Nike.

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Don’t Wait To Graduate To Start a Company

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Last week we announced our company Pushpins was acquired by Performance Marketing Brands (parent to Ebates/Fatwallet).

10 lessons I learned by taking the entrepreneurial Red Pill

The Next Web

Around this time of year I get sentimental and think about my life for once. It’s been slightly over two years since I attended Startup Weekend in September 2010, which literally changed my world for the better. At the time, I was an insecure lad who just came out of university.