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How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. She did her first tech startup after the age of 30. And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. Tracy built her company, Recycled Media , out of necessity.

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Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV. I gave them a two minute brief on our macro investment thesis (large networks of engaged users that can disrupt big markets) and then took them on a tour of some of these large networks (Lending Club, Kickstarter, Etsy, Twitter, and Codecademy).    Then I took questions.

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7 Ways and Why to Treat Your Career Like a Startup

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The days when you locked and loaded your career in school, and then blasted away down that same narrow path the rest of your life, are gone, never to return.

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Raising money is a dirty job, but someone has to do it right? Very true, but it’ll go a lot easier if everything behind the scenes is clean, well-organized and ready to go.

Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their VCs

OnStartups

Note: This is intended be a light-hearted piece that hits just close enough on some counts to (hopefully) be funny. Please don't take it too seriously. (Oh, Oh, and for the record, I've actually said more than one of these things myself). Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their Investors.

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Why Dropbox Is A Major Disruption

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Back in October, Techcrunch announced that Dropbox had raised $250mm at a seemingly absurd valuation. Many firms, including my firm Benchmark Capital, participated. When this happened, many people asked us why this was a special company that would cause us to break our standard investment paradigm. They didn’t quite understand why this was a company that deserved [.]. android Apple Internet iphone Mobile Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech cloud dropbox sync synch

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If you startup is your dream, why would you want to think about an exit? It’s going to be so successful and so much fun that you don’t need to think about what comes after. Wrong.

Whatever the question, “create” is the answer

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Rosie in the kitchen, solving all the world’s problems with a paintbrush. The night before the Grammys, host LL Cool J was interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN.

Marketing Is the New Selling

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Marketing Is the New Selling This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. In order to thrive in today’s digitally driven business environment, sales folks need to think and act more like marketers.

Book: Inside Apple

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I expect many of you have read at least one book on Steve Jobs and Apple since Jobs’ death. If you, like me, grabbed and consumed a copy of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I have a recommendation for you. Go buy a copy of Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky. It’s much better, much more interesting, and in many ways, more revealing. I’ve long admired Lashinsky’s writing in Fortune.

Why SOME smart people give bad advice?

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Why you must link your personal goals with your business? | Deimar.

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How Twitter and Facebook create social ads

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Today I saw an advertisement in my Twitter stream. Not something that was ReTweeted by a friend, but an ad that looked like a Tweet, inserted in my stream. Not off to the side in a sponsored area, but right in my main stream. Facebook does this too, but usually off to the side in a "sponsored" area.

8 Keys for Work at Home Success

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Working your own hours in your pajamas whenever you feel like it and never having to leave your house – and being paid for it – sounds pretty fantastic to most people! Unfortunately, working from home is not necessarily all that simple. Sure, there is the advantage of forever avoiding rush hour traffic, but there

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How to convince a startup to hire you

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live. To get your question answered , email me at asmartbear -at- shortmail -dot- com.

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Do You Know How Long It Took to Develop Word for Windows 1.0?

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Since I launched my fund , I've gotten around 50 offers to work with me. For some reason, everyone wants to be a VC. Instead of responding, I decided to sit on them. The way I figure it, how someone approaches me is indicative of how they'd approach an entrepreneur. Since the best entrepreneurs are busy running their business and get pinged by VCs all the time, you're not going to wind up getting a deal if all you do is e-mail once, give up, and walk away. So what happened?

Free Upgrade

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