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Urban Airship Meeting Rules

Feld Thoughts

I love Scott Kveton , the CEO of Urban Airship. He and his team are building an amazing company in Portland. If you do anything mobile-related and use push notifications of any sort , or real-time location targeting , you need to be talking to them. But even more impressive is how Scott leads his company. Do we really need to meet? Be on time!

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. Get electronic access to his calendar.

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. And that sucks. And it means you had to raise too much money too.

What is the Appropriate Time Horizon of a Financial Model for VC’s

Ask The VC

Q: When building a financial projection model for a pitch to VC’s, should you include future rounds of funding in the model or simply show what measurable goal you are trying to achieve with the current round you are seeking? A (Brad): It depends on the stage of the company. In early cases, they are going to focus on cash / monthly-burn-rate.

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.” While in some cases this has improved the interpretation of the rules, we are still totally missing the boat here in the US.

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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? Are you ready?

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Don't Write Off Relational Databases For Big Data Just Yet

Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About. Contact. Advertise. Privacy. Search. Follow us. Share. Share… on Facebook. Cloud.

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! Other than the NSF Innovation-Corps program in the U.S., program.

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. Klout offers a 0-100 range, with 20 being the average score.

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 always been open about these two issues (and experiences) since they’ve had a profound impact on me. But I don’t really have empirical data to support this assertion either.

Secret to Increased Productivity: Don't Come to the Office

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If your employees don't work from home, you're missing out on tons of benefits. Guidelines to make a work-from-home program work. I'm not the only one.

How to Protect Your Startup Founder’s Shares

Startup Professionals Musings

But that’s only the beginning of the story. These shares are allocated and committed, but not really issued and owned (vested) until later.

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. Lack of Diligence.

We Are The Lucky Ones

Feld Thoughts

I participated in the lip dub of the song Lucky Ones, created by the gang at Undrip. We are – in fact – the lucky ones.

How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When you go from one task to the next--all day long--your mind constantly races to catch up. Hit the reset button with this underrated trick. ”

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. There are people who are natural musicians, but that doesn't mean we don't try to teach them music.

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. Abuse?

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Modern Day Patron of The Arts on Upstart

Feld Thoughts

I recently decided to back three graduates on Upstart. FYI – I’m not an investor in Upstart , but I am a big fan. Join me if you can!

15 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Learn how to manage your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. Here's how: 1. Like this post?

6 Key Characteristics of Innovative Startups Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Passionate and inquisitive. Marty Zwilling.

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

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

These lists vary depending on the stage of the deal and can range from your articles of incorporation to detailed customer calls. This is a good thing.

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 listened to it earlier today – it was also excellent.

6 Business Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tired of apps that are just a waste of time? Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite, shares his 6 favorite apps that actually help boost productivity.

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

Reid Hoffman

Key examples included Cisco, Yahoo, eBay, Google, and many smaller companies. Think of Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, or the late Steve Jobs. The Web 2.0

Reid Hoffman – New VC Blogger (Essayist)

Ask The VC

Reid Hoffman, founder / executive chairman of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock has started blogging. Well – he’s started writing long form essays on a blog that my understanding is will come out about once a month. The first post is If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO. Related articles. Is he right?

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. . Any amount will do – 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, or even 100.

7 Signs You're Ready to Be Your Own Boss

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Before they were great leaders, they were great employees. Most accomplished entrepreneurs and executives built their success on a solid foundation.

13 top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go

The Next Web

No entrepreneur is without a smartphone or tablet anymore, it seems. Evernote/Penultimate. Jessica Brondo , The Edge in College Prep. Asana. TripIt.

Don’t Underestimate the Undergraduates

Steve Blank

Jim Hornthal splits his time between venture capital, entrepreneurship and education. And Zignal Labs. Jim co-taught classes with me at U.C. Heck Yes!

7 Failures of Corporate Executives as Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations survive in the early-stage startup environment. Never cover your a$$.

Think Big: How to Find Better Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Do all your ideas seem small and boring? Here's a different approach plus three tips that will get you to the BIG idea. It's not surprising.

Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?

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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. The name dropper : You want your VC to be connected.

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). dilbert Dilbert fail fast Lean startup

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