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How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

Both Sides of the Table

Creativity. I’ve always believed it’s been one of the most important attributes of business success yet something very few business leaders talk about. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A

The Bad Board Member

Steve Blank

Over the last 40 years the U.S. has evolved an entrepreneurial ecosystem with two of the most unlikely partners – venture capital investors and technology entrepreneurs. This alliance has led to an explosion of technology innovation, scalable startups and job creation.

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

Seed Stage Capital

Several weeks ago, I organized an event called, where Naval Ravikant of Venturehacks gave an excellent keynote called, "The Rise of the Super Angels" (you can watch Naval's video here). Naval was discussing whether

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. To answer, I asked one of my favorite designers to write a case study illustrating the way they work, taking us step-by-step through a real life redesign.

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. This is one of those emotional decisions where it’s not okay to agree to disagree.

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What is the perfect startup team?

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Avoid These 3 Common Startup Mistakes

Up and Running

I’m speaking today at’s Growth Conference in Atlanta , a talk I’m calling 3 Weeks to Startup after the book that I co-authored (disclosure: I’m the half author).

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.” This quote epitomizes the true essence of commitment.

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

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

No more than 5 years ago, back-end programmers viewed JavaScript (JS) with a great deal of disdain, seeing it as little more than a means for hacking around browser inconsistencies and achieving some basic level of interactivity


MicroISV Pain Points – some very interesting data

47 Hats

The results of the first annual MicroISV Pain Points Survey hit my inbox today – two interesting takeaways: - While pricing was the top pain, allotting time for blogging and time management were the #2 and #3 pains for the 152 microISVs who took the survey.

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When Self-Promotion Goes Too Far

Up and Running

With so much buzz about social media marketing these days I can’t help but wonder how many people think manufacturing fake word of mouth is a good marketing technique.

Eight Types of Intelligence Make the Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve long believed that entrepreneurs are different. We all know successful entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, and people with high IQs that cannot manage a business. I used to call this “street smarts,” but recently I found a better explanation, called multiple intelligences.

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. Sign up for any web application you want and they generally drop you into a dashboard or timeline-like display with absolutely no clue what you’re supposed to do next. So you click around aimlessly, check a few things out, lose interest and leave.

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. Now six months later, we’re ready to lift the covers on what we’re doing (although there have been a few previews ).

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]. Note: I invited Pierre to do this guest post and be on The Startup Success Podcast after buying and reading his book, The Accomplishing More with Less Workbook. Got questions for Pierre? Add them to his Guest page before Jan. 31st!).

Name the Big Three Social Networks for Business

Startup Professionals Musings

With the advent of social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, Internet usage has totally morphed, from a serious business medium, to a social and fun medium that still means business.

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). Blogs that have seen increased traffic over Q409 by 1,000+ uniques/month are highlighted in bold.

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. But in a lot of cases there are reasons behind one person’s ability to see something or get something that’s “obvious&# when another person doesn’t.

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


Recently I've been reading a lot of ink (er, liquid crystal?) on how Google is failing because the search results are becoming decreasingly useful and filled with spam. This particular post by Marco Arment, founder of Instapaper

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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. TV And Radio Media The main differences between broadcast and print are mainly quite obvious and determine the type of stories you pitch and the way you present them. The same process as I discussed in my earlier article about print media applies.

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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. But every job move is fraught with risk, and the move from employee to entrepreneur is on the high end of the risk curve.

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. Over the past several months we fixed that and we now have an additional tool in our toolbox. We call it The Opportunity Fund and we've described it and how it will work on the USV blog this morning. 

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!), a little bit on what this book is about: Creative Success and. More Freedom, Money and Time for you. Being Creative. Are you a creative person?

Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

The Mobile World Congress , possibly the largest International technology conference and definitely the most important mobile conference of the year is taking place in Barcelona this February 14-17.

Great Entrepreneurs Master Reflective Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups and entrepreneurs are drowning in the information overload, where the volume of data created is like a new Library of Congress every 15 minutes. That creates a huge gap between data and meaning, and makes quick decisions and action ever more difficult.

Spencer Fry — On Focus

Spencer Fry


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. Every Gadget they use is connected to the internet and the kids are always distracted. Thinking about this, I thought it is not just the kids even we grown-ups do this.

Traveling lean: tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs

crowdSPRING Blog

(Fortunately) we don’t have to travel a great deal here at crowdSPRING; we do the bulk of our communication with partners, funders, and customers over the phone, via email, or on Skype.

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. So if you're looking for a list of the best - or at least the most trafficked, then you're in luck.

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. I’m not entirely sure what the news coverage was like overseas, however I do know many of my readers aware that we have had a little flooding problem in my city, the third largest in Australia.

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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. I like the practitioner stories best, followed closely by autobiographies. I do not like consultant roadmaps and have decided I won’t read them anymore. Bill Draper (officially William H.

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Bill vs Gerry

Start Up Blog

With great wealth comes great responsibility. The key word I’d use to describe this is ‘legacy’ When entrepreneurs become successful financially, then I think it makes sense to leave a legacy which creates pride beyond money.

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.

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