Sat.Jan 19, 2013 - Fri.Jan 25, 2013

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. It was based on an excellent book I had just read by Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor (his wife).

Who You Want On Your Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the guys who taught me the venture capital business used to say "success is in inverse proportion to the number of VCs you have on your board." " He was right. For a few reasons. First of all, most VCs get on your board by virtue of financing rounds you do. If you do a lot of financing rounds, you will collect enough VCs on your board to field a basketball team. And that sucks. And it means you had to raise too much money too. All of which are bad things.

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Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is looking for an Angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of Angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning.

Startups Need the Right Team Mindset to Survive


Image via Since the days of Henry Ford, mass production has been the Holy Grail of business, rather than build-to-order. Too many businesses haven’t noticed that we have come full-circle, where mass customization is required now to win.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

Both Sides of the Table

Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. This time he has written a book that is far more important than most management books you will read.

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What Klout Really Means and the Future of Social Media Influence

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A surprising number of people have no idea what Klout is and what their score may be. Essentially, Klout is a program that measures your web presence and its influence on other people based on social media networks. Klout offers a 0-100 range, with 20 being the average score.

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Feld Thoughts

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. By doing so, they are saying to the world “welcome immigrant entrepreneurs – please come start your business in Canada.” ” It’s brilliant, well executed, and modeled after the Startup Visa movement that a number of us have been trying to get started in the US since 2009.

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Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!

Steve Blank

My co-author and business Partner Bob Dorf spends much of his time traveling the world teaching countries and companies how to run the Lean LaunchPad program. He’s back to Bogota, Colombia this week for round two. —– Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora! Lean LaunchPad Colombia starts again today in Bogota with 25 more teams of tech entrepreneurs and at 25 mentors from the country’s universities, incubators, and chambers of commerce.

Funny Dilbert: I Can Fail at Any Speed You Like

VC Cafe

The daily Dilbert caricature this morning put a smile on my face this morning (image below). Lean Startup methodology is all about rapid prototyping and "Failing Fast". According to Dilbert, given a crappy idea, he can fail as quickly or as slowly as you'd like. [[ This is a content summary only.

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10 Little Things Entrepreneurs Do to Sabotage Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Many entrepreneurs are guilty of obliviously sabotaging their success by falling victim to certain behaviors and thought-patterns. Entrepreneurship is a constantly evolving world with no set rules on how to succeed, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or fall victim to bad advice.

Evidence of Google Winning The Generational Shift Over Microsoft

Feld Thoughts

An email was forwarded to me this morning that had the following text in it (I’ve anonymized “The College” but it’s a large, well-regarded four year university.). The College is Going Google! What does this mean? How will it impact teaching and learning at The College? Many K-12 school districts are using Google Apps for Education, providing their students with access to Google productivity tools as early as primary school.

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I Am A Failure

Mike Michalowicz

So you are a failure, huh? Let me get one thing off of my virtual chest right now: You’re not. I realize you may be experiencing failure. You may have had a string of failures. You may have been told you are a failure. But it doesn’t mean that is who you are.

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Startups for Startups: The Top B2B Tools Used by Startups

VC Cafe

Why do so many founders build things no one wants? Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. – Paul Graham, Ycombinator. Picks and Axes.

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How to Protect Your Startup Founder’s Shares

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. But that’s only the beginning of the story.

Are Entrepreneurs More Prone To Depression And Divorce?

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I talk a lot about big issues, such as depression and divorce, in Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. I’ve been speaking from experience on each of these topics, as I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression my entire adult life (the official DSM-IV code I have for my diagnosis from 1991 is 300.3 – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ) and, in 1990, I was divorced from my first wife.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selecting a Venture Partner (And Avoiding Killing Your Business)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Prior to making an investment in a company, every venture capitalist (VC) completes a due diligence list––a catalog of the key business assumptions they need to validate prior to closing an investment.

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

20 years ago, the classic startup model was to have young founders start a breakthrough company, then bring in “grey hair” in the form of experienced executives once it was time to scale the business. Key examples included Cisco, Yahoo, eBay, Google, and many smaller companies.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. While I agree that successful company builders usually have a natural inclination to be entrepreneurs, a good education helps polish that apple. There are people who are natural musicians, but that doesn't mean we don't try to teach them music.

We Are The Lucky Ones

Feld Thoughts

I participated in the lip dub of the song Lucky Ones, created by the gang at Undrip. They did this as a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy – I just contributed $900 to the effort ($300 each to Not Just Bagels , Jersey Shore Apparel , and Bungalow Bar & Restaurant ).

13 top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go

The Next Web

No entrepreneur is without a smartphone or tablet anymore, it seems. In fact, it’s hard to remember what, exactly, we did before we had the ability to stay on top of everything from operations to pitch deck edits on the fly (or in the middle of a family vacation — hey, it happens!).

Don’t Underestimate the Undergraduates

Steve Blank

Jim Hornthal splits his time between venture capital, entrepreneurship and education. Jim has founded six companies, including Preview Travel, one of the first online travel agencies, which went public in 1997 and subsequently merged to create as an independent company.

6 Key Characteristics of Innovative Startups Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it.

Modern Day Patron of The Arts on Upstart

Feld Thoughts

I recently decided to back three graduates on Upstart. In this new model of crowd-funding, accredited investors back entrepreneurs and have the option of signing on as mentors. In exchange, the “upstart” gives up a percentage of their future income over the next 10 years.

Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?

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Note to Self: If I'm Not Getting Paid, I Really Don't Have a Business!

Small Business Force

So, Mr. Entrepreneur, when's the last time you took a paycheck? Working more hours than you ever have in your life; under more pressure, both from the business and what it is doing to your personal life�and you're not getting paid? Is this what you signed up for?Wasn't

7 Failures of Corporate Executives as Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Mid-level or even top executives who “grew up” in large companies often look with envy at startups, and dream of how easy it must be running a small organization, where you can see the whole picture and it appears you have total control.

Cohen / Calacanis Interview on This Week In Startups

Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago I did a long interview with Jason Calacanis on This Week In Startups. I got a bunch of positive feedback on it and thought it was one of the better long form interviews I’ve done in a while.

Who not to take money from…


VCs are a popular target for the media, bloggers (and even fellow VCs) to hate on. I know MANY VCs and for the most part, they are awesome, smart, engaged people. Still you always run in to the odd exception to that rule. In good times and bad, you should avoid these exceptional few douche bags. Here’s my completely biased and unscientific checklist of who not to take money from.

Samsung’s predicament

Chris Dixon

In the past year, Samsung went from being a moderately successful electronics manufacturer to the leading non-iOS mobile device maker. Together, Apple and Samsung earn 98% of the profits in the smartphone market. MG Siegler echoed a common sentiment when he wrote that Samsung is now the “fifth horseman” of tech, alongside Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. The mobile device industry is still in its infancy. Samsung’s fate depends largely on how the industry evolves.

How To Build a Business People Want To Refer

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Don Campbell – Enjoy! What if - instead of relying on expensive paid ad campaigns and direct sales, your business thrived on referrals from happy customers?

Request for Laptops for Monarch High School Students

Feld Thoughts

Following is a guest post from Lura Vernon, President of the Monarch High School PTSO. Lura is also a good friend, contributor to Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , mother of two awesome young women, and wife of Todd Vernon, CEO of VictorOps. . Lura’s request is for laptops for Monarch High School Students. Any amount will do – 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, or even 100. If you have any extra, please email me and I’ll get you connected.

How to hack your body language for better interviews

Google Ventures

Research interviews go best when participants feel comfortable and confident — they’re more verbal, more willing to explore, and more willing to play along.

Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora!

Steve Blank

My co-author and business Partner Bob Dorf spends much of his time traveling the world teaching countries and companies how to run the Lean LaunchPad program. He’s back to Bogota, Colombia this week for round two. —– Back to Colombia: Vive La Revolución Emprendedora! Lean LaunchPad Colombia starts again today in Bogota with 25 more teams of tech entrepreneurs and at 25 mentors from the country’s universities, incubators, and chambers of commerce.

Do Startup Location Matters Even Matter?

Genuine VC

About a year ago, I wrote a post about how office space is the face of a startup – it communicates both an outward message and provides insight into what’s going on underneath, as the physical environment in which startup employees work inevitably match the company’s story and culture. Recently I’ve been thinking that it’s not just the space of a startup itself which matters, but that perhaps also the location of that office which matters as well.