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How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

Both Sides of the Table

Creativity. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A Really. Just 12 bullet points & you’re done.

Coming Soon: A Game Of Startup M&A Musical Chairs

Seed Stage Capital

Naval was discussing whether

The Bad Board Member

Steve Blank

Over the last 40 years the U.S. This alliance has led to an explosion of technology innovation, scalable startups and job creation. Uh oh, I thought.

Naming your startup: Settle down, it’s cool!

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Finding and agreeing upon a worthy name is always a struggle, especially if you have co-founders. Short so it’s easy to say and read. 10 100 ).

Case Study: UX, Design, and Food on the Table

Startup Lessons Learned

(One of the common questions I hear is how to reconcile design and user experience (UX) methods with the Lean Startup. This is simply not true.

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What is the perfect startup team?

Quora Home About Login Sign Up Add Question Before adding a question, search for it above. 3d - developer, designer and distributor. bravo. Thank you!

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Avoid These 3 Common Startup Mistakes

Up and Running

I will be featuring my top 10 list of startup mistakes. And the image on the slide is the Apple Newton, which is a good example.

Seven Characteristics of a Committed Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

We’ve all heard the old joke “In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.” Exhibits surging raw ambition.

Officially Launching NextView Ventures

Genuine VC

Last summer, I along with my partners announced that we were forming a new micro venture capital firm. At that point, Rob Go, Lee Hower, and I possessed a shared vision and a newly minted name, but were still in the process of forming our approach. All of the above is articulated on our new website at

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Why You Need to Learn.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons


When Self-Promotion Goes Too Far

Up and Running

One thing is answering a question by linking to your own website, book or blog post. People trust objective recommendations, so maybe this works.

Eight Types of Intelligence Make the Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve long believed that entrepreneurs are different. Successful entrepreneurs always seem to have several good intelligences. Marty Zwilling.

MicroISV Pain Points – some very interesting data

47 Hats

When Russell Thackston analyzed the 142 open-ended responses (10 people punted), guess which word was most frequent? By a sizable margin. Ideas

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Take Advantage of Users for Their Benefit and Yours

Instigator Blog

When you’ve got someone by the balls, squeeze. Now think about your users and your web application. Are you squeezing ‘em? Web applications typically do a very poor job of motivating users immediately after they sign up. So you click around aimlessly, check a few things out, lose interest and leave. Now try getting that person back!

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Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. The imperfect statistic used to rank these blogs is their average monthly uniques in Q410 from Compete (more methodology info below). Monthly Uniques) .

Name the Big Three Social Networks for Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Regular people now build business applications with “mashup” technology, rather than hiring programmers. Twitter for business and networking is ‘hot’.

Stop e-mailing and start living: 5 tips to get e-mail well under control in 2011

47 Hats

By Pierre Khawand. Founder & CEO. People-OnTheGo. link]. Got questions for Pierre? Add them to his Guest page before Jan. 31st!). Self-inflicted?”

How To Find Perspective and the Right Focus for Your Business

Instigator Blog

It’s amazing how often something is obvious to one person and not another. Granted, in some cases it’s because nothing is actually that obvious, the issue at hand is murky and no one really knows what they’re doing. That happens more than we’d like to admit. Perspective and the right focus are so important. Advisory Boards.

@altgate » Blog Archive » The Real Reason Google May Fail


Recently I've been reading a lot of ink (er, liquid crystal?) This particular post by Marco Arment, founder of Instapaper

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All Things are not Shining, but All the Shining Things Are

Growthink Blog

My mother's husband Tommy Head died suddenly this past Sunday at the age of 67. His death, the mourning of it, and the concurrent celebration of his life by family and friends were windows of wisdom into a life worth living. Tommy's wake and funeral were attended by more than 1,500 people on cold, snowy New England days and nights.

Five Common Mistakes in Jumping the Corporate Ship

Startup Professionals Musings

Many people, especially those who have spent years struggling up the corporate ladder, dream of jumping ship and becoming an entrepreneur.

Book: The Startup Game

Feld Thoughts

After writing Do More Faster with David Cohen, I have deep appreciation for the effort involved in writing a book. After reading a bunch of entrepreneurship books, I’ve decided there are three categories: (a) autobiographies, (b) consultant roadmaps, and (c) practitioner stories. Bill Draper (officially William H. Books book Entrepreneurship

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How To Get Free Publicity For Your Business On TV And Radio by Yaro Starak

Print media is just one avenue of publicity that is available. Depending on your business or story, radio, TV and online may be more appropriate. In this article, I share my top tips for attracting TV and radio coverage how to prepare for them. The same process as I discussed in my earlier article about print media applies. Be conversational.

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The Opportunity Fund

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We believe the venture capital business is a services business and the entrepreneur is the client. Over the past few years we have come across a number of entrepreneurs who we would have loved to work with but who had specific capital needs we could not satisfy with our fund structure. Which is a great thing. Venture Capital and Technology

Great Entrepreneurs Master Reflective Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

That creates a huge gap between data and meaning, and makes quick decisions and action ever more difficult. Level of attention given. Marty Zwilling.

Who’s LOLing Now?

Feld Thoughts

C’mon – the guy wears a cheeseburger on his head – how can you not love him. After meeting Ben, I decided to try out the site.

Free eBook: Freedom, money and time and the key to Creative Success

Active Garage

Before we talk you into shelling out $1,000 for this e-book (just kidding – it is FREE!), More Freedom, Money and Time for you. Being Creative.

Spencer Fry — On Focus

Spencer Fry


Top 10 Venture Capital Bloggers of 2010


Many of the top investors in the tech industry are also prolific bloggers, offering their insights on investment and technology trends. Sponsor.

Traveling lean: tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs

crowdSPRING Blog

Lots of great sites are available for this, but my two favorites are Hipmunk and Kayak. I love to eat out. And I love Yelp. Hey, even Gary V.

Still busy – Even with all the productivity enhancing gadgets

Active Garage

A recent article in NYT talked about how kids are wired for distraction by always being online. So, how do we fix this? That’s it.

My Flood Disaster Story & A Charity Drive Where You Can Score My Training by Yaro Starak

Living in Brisbane last week was a little bit different. You receive the full product, I’m donating what you pay to help flood relief.

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More New Renaissance

deal architect

on the New Florence innovation blog The improving ROI around LED lighting The Mercedes SLS AMG E-cell Bluetooth and Barbecue IBM’s annual “Next Five in Five


2011 May be the Year of the IPO for Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

It has been at least a decade since going public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) has been considered a credible exit strategy for startups.

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