Sat.Dec 29, 2012 - Fri.Jan 04, 2013

Give Before You Get

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in my LinkedIn Today column titled Give Before You Get. I post unique content on LinkedIn a few times a month (I ultimately reblog it here) but if you want to get it when I first publish it and you are a LinkedIn member, simply follow me on LinkedIn. As 2013 begins, I encourage you to adopt one of my deeply held beliefs, that of “ give before you get.”.

Fear of Flying.

500 Hats

Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. In fact, failure is a rather warm, safe blanket for most folks around these parts.

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Where Can I Find Information on Starting Salaries for a SaaS Startup?

Ask The VC

Q: Where can I get some good starting salary information for a SaaS startup? I need the information for CEO, CFO, CIO, CINO, Director of Sales. How much should the starting salaries vary for a startup with $5 million vs $10 million gross revenue? A (Brad): First of all, you can find a great deal of info on structuring employee compensation right here on Ask the VC.

My simple ways to be a happier, smarter 30-something

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Do this stuff, and I guarantee you will literally be happier, smarter , more productive, live longer, and most importantly you will not feel like you’re missing out on life. Don’t eat anything that’s nasty at room temperature.

Small Experiments, Often

Feld Thoughts

This post first appeared in the WSJ Accelerators series titled The $100,000 Experiment in response to the question “When should you make a substantive change to one or more parts of your business model?” ” During the past few years, the word “pivot” has become one of the most overused words with regard to startups. For some, it means a tiny incremental change in the business.

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Ignore Trends and Predictions

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Don’t Believe the Hype. Every year, at this time, I get a flurry of requests for my “predictions for 2013” or “exciting, hot, new trends for 2013 that I’m looking at.”. I respond with “I don’t care about trends and my only prediction is that one day I will die.”. This is usually not a particularly satisfying response to whomever sent me the request.

19 Things We Can Learn From Numerous Heatmap Tests


Heatmaps are great for analyzing the behavior of your visitors. They can lead to insights you can’t find using other methods, which can greatly increase your conversion rate. Heatmaps are roughly divided between mousetracking heatmaps and eyetracking heatmaps.

Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers


Richard Branson image via Wikipedia. The buzz from startup executives, especially high-tech ones, has long been that startups are no place for Baby-Boomers (1946-1964) – you must have the high energy and crazy determination to work 20-hour days to succeed. Only the under-35 age group need apply.

The Two Words That Determine Your Success In Life

Mike Michalowicz

Determine Your Success In Life With I Am . I promise you this: if you have the discipline to implement what I am about to share with you, your life will be transformed. More than just your business life. Every aspect of your life will change.

Early Evidence Is Often Too Early And Not Really Evidence


The Lean Startup method strongly advocates experiments -- and for good reason. It's critically important for a startup to acquire validated learning as quickly as possible. How quickly can you get through a learning cycle? How efficiently can you get to the answers to crucial questions?

Putting 2012 To Bed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm typing this on my phone as our plane is starting to descend into the NY metro area. We will land at JFK within the hour. I've wanted to write a year end post for days. I actually wrote one and stored it as a draft. But it comes across as a whiny complaint about the shitty year that 2012 was. And it was in many ways a shitty year for me. But the reason I couldn't publish that post is it didn't capture the greater picture that 2012 represents for me. I moved every year as a kid.

13 New Year’s Resolutions to Work Happy in 2013

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to the New Year 2013! You’ve probably already made your resolutions, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your work. After all, most of us spend more hours in this role than any other, and life is too short to spend most of your life unhappy.

The first step in your 2013 plan – anchor the why, the whom and the what

Escape From Cubicle Nation

A new year can feel like a fresh-smelling sheet just taken off a clothesline in a Swiss village. Or it can feel big and daunting, like staring off the side of a big cliff.

Entrepreneurs: *DO* Be A Hero


A few minutes ago, I came across this tweet from my friend and co-founder at HubSpot , Brian Halligan. This got me to thinking (which is often a dangerous thing), am I taking enough risks? Am I being daring enough? Am I being a hero? Answer: Not often enough.

9 Reasons Why Your New Year Resolutions Fail

Life Beyond Code

First of all, why am I even qualified to talk about this topic? I am just like you – lot of my resolutions have failed and lot of my projects have failed but when I have succeeded small number of times, I have done so with flying colors. A couple of examples where I succeeded: 1.

Does Your Startup Work Hard But Not Gain Momentum?

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs confuse motion with momentum and results. We all know someone who repeatedly tells us how “busy” they are, when it’s hard to see what they get done. Momentum is moving things forward (mass x velocity).

How to pitch to investors in 10 minutes and get funded

Up and Running

I know what it’s like to pitch to investors – both angels and venture capitalists. I’ve raised close to $1 million from angel investors for my previous technology start-ups. Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to the investors (or less in some cases). Below is a format I’ve successfully used, as well as helped many other first-time start-up CEOs raise investment capital. Powerful Investor Pitch in 10 mins.

Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The first cavewoman (or caveman) to open her mouth and utter an intelligible word changed the game for the local tribe. After some time, humans gained the power of language, and eventually, figured out how to write things down. Suddenly information could be transmitted and retained.

Hate the Curves and Bored with Cruise Control

Life Beyond Code

This is the grand dilemma that many people face – when the roads are curvy, they complain what it takes to navigate all these curves. It seems like they have to pay 100% attention or they might drive off the road.

How Does a Startup Incubator Really Help You?

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute.

7 Marketing Metrics Worth Obsessing Over

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketers need to measure a lot of things in order to get better. Not everyone does and those that do sometimes measure the wrong things. photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc.

3 rules for new founders

The Startup Toolkit

Lean is good for companies but bad for people. It doesn’t help with that potentially lengthy period when you’re still trying to find an idea with legs and don’t yet have funding or revenue. Here’s how I’ve been handling that bit: Protect your downside. Work on whatever’s interesting.

So You're Going To Start A Huge New Web Project

CSS -Tricks. treehouse : what would you like to learn today? Web Design. Web Development. iOS Development. Show search box. Search. Search in: All. Articles. Forums. Snippets. Videos. ?. Forums. Snippets. Gallery. Videos. Almanac. Demos. Deals. Navigation n Search. So You’re Going To Start A Huge New Web Project. Published. December 18, 2012. by Chris Coyier. I was asked this past week to consult for a company embarking on a huge new website redesign.

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4 Startup Tenets for Extreme Focus on Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

New product startups rightfully begin with a heads-down focus on creating the ultimate product – whether it’s a new technology, a new look and ease of use, or a new low-cost delivery approach.

How to Create a Total Content System

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with John Jantsch. photo credit: the camera is a toy. via photopin cc. As content becomes increasingly important in the marketing mix, it must take on an elevated place in your strategy and planning.

How to screw up your life by getting promoted

The Startup Toolkit

Maybe the smartest thing I’ve done over the past few years is to avoid raising my expenses. I have friends who took jobs in finance 2 years ago, saying it was just to get settled and gain some experience and save some cash before doing what they really wanted. But then, each year’s raise goes into a slightly bigger flat and slightly nicer restaurants.

Perspectives: Product Management Advice from Jeremy Horn

The Product Guy

As we look towards 2013 and the future of product management, I thought it would be a good moment to post an interview I participated in earlier in the year. As you look towards 2013 and beyond, what product business models will prove out most successful?

What You Can Learn About Startups From Great Cooks

Startup Professionals Musings

I realized a while back that creating a new company for the first time is a lot like whipping up a great dinner entree for the first time – you need a recipe, even though it may look simple. You know the basic ingredients, and you can visualize the results you want.

For Entrepreneurs, Successful Selling is as Much Connecting with the Customer as Fulfilling Their Needs!

Small Business Force

To succeed, every entrepreneur knows that his/her product or service has to meet an identified customer need.However, equally important, especially, beyond the initial sale is "connecting" with the customer on a personal and professional level, building a relationship.

Use a checklist to control your email addiction

47 Hats

So what was your most terrible anti-productive habit in 2012? Mine was checking email. On my desktop, iPad and iPhone, morning, noon, night, between and during and before and after everything else. Killing this habit in 2013 would be the #1 thing I could do to increase productivity.

The Mess of a Second Edition Book

Feld Thoughts

The Second Edition of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist just started shipping. It’s new and improved, fixes a bunch of little mistakes that we listed on the Ask the VC site , and adds a chapter on Convertible Debt which builds on the posts on Ask the VC. I’m happy it’s out, but really annoyed by the mess that is created by the second edition. Before I bash Amazon and the traditional publishing industry, I want to give Amazon some love.

Entrepreneurs must live in the present and predict the future

Taffy Williams

Failure to examine the path may lead to disaster ! Some entrepreneurs have been around the block; i.e., a nice way to say they have a bit of age on them. The age comes with experience and knowledge of things past and present.

How to increase Pinterest traffic and direct it to your site

The Next Web

While its popularity has evened out over the last few months, Pinterest is still carrying a lot of the momentum it gathered at the beginning of the year.

6 Ways to Enhance Your Credibility

Inc Startups

You won't succeed in business if nobody believes in you. Here's how to make certain they do. Your success in business is directly proportional to how quickly (and how well) you can establish credibility with your customers, investors, and colleagues.