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Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

7 Keys to Positioning Your Competitors to Investors

Gust

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates image via Facebook.com. Here are some common pitfalls or traps to avoid: Above all, don’t say you have no competitors.

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

Both Sides of the Table

For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video. The concise guide is here.

What I'm Reading This Sunday Morning

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A Capitalist's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen. The Money Quote: The answer is that efficiency innovations are liberating capital, and in the United States this capital is being reinvested into still more efficiency innovations. In contrast, America is generating many fewer empowering innovations than in the past. internal rate of return).

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5 Key Ingredients of Satisfaction for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Meaningful work. Financial independence.

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10 Keys To An Accountable Entrepreneur Role Model

Startup Professionals Musings

Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. Reward accountability consistently and often.

Excellent Analytics Tip #21: Convert Complex Data Into Simple Logical Stories

Occam's Razor

I love this quote from Richard Branson: Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. I remember this lesson well. Failure is critical. Anyhow.

How A 17-Year-Old In India Bootstrapped To $7M In Revenue

OnStartups

The following is a guest post written by Sanket Nadhani. But that's not the interesting part. Also, brevity is good. It's not even sexy. Final words.

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What is an effective “pre-incorporation-agreement” between possible founders of a startup?

Gust

The bottom line is that the very question you are asking is one of the trickiest things of all when it comes to startup founding. My suggestion? Good luck! original post can be found on Quora @ : [link] *. Pivotal Moments equity Founder equity founder relationships founders incorporation agreement startups

LinkedIn Endorsements Changes Everything. Here's Why

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

LinkedIn endorsements is to small business owners what the Facebook 'Like' button was to consumer brands: influential exposure. Comment below

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Later today I’m presenting at the annual Rincon Ventures Summit in Santa Barbara. Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. ” That’s b t.

Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. This is not the most ideal, but it does happen.

Here’s What Facebook Gave Me For $49

Nick O'Neill

The other day Facebook turned on promoted posts so I tested it out for my last blog post? Approximately 75. The result was I ended up paying $0.65

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8 Things Wildly Successful People Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do--and why it works. They also share a number of habits: 1. They do the work.

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7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. We both have the same vision.”

How To Build A Wildly Successful Business

Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Pumpkin Plan , lectured in October 2012 in Philadelphia on how to build a wildly successful business.

Surprising Insights From HubSpot's $35M Mezzanine Round

OnStartups

The following is a post from my friend and co-founder/CEO of HubSpot , Brian Halligan. HubSpot just closed its mezzanine round, so I thought I’d share some surprising things I learned during the process. I’m by no means an expert in this field, so these are just the observations of one entrepreneur. Big Check Late Stage Funds – GA, TCV, NEA, etc.

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style. And there's no turning back. They're out there.

Forget Presidential Politics: Here’s How We Create Jobs — And How You Can Help

Gust

Yet amidst all the partisan cheerleading and name-calling, there has been some discussion of substance. As The Economist put it, comparing U.S.

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

The Next Web

What have you built lately? All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.

5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2013

Duct Tape Marketing

This post originally appeared in my column for American Express OPENForum. Crowdsolving” becomes a hot innovation trend. Keep things simple.

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These minor changes in your daily routine will make a major difference in your life and career. Happiness is the only true measure of personal success.

Using Systems to Grow Your Business

Growthink Blog

This means that they do the right things, in the right way. Well, what does "correctly" even mean? Quality goes down, morale goes down.it's read more.

Don't re-elect SOPA supporters on Tuesday

Nathan Hurst

As elections draw near, remember that it's not just about the President. We'll vote on a number of Congressional seats too. If you haven't take a second to get a quick read on your senator and representative, do that now. For quick reference, if you're in one of these states or districts, please pay extra attention. Notes. Permalink.

Build It

Feld Thoughts

During the last few days in Kentucky I was asked some version of the question “how do I get started” a few times. TechStars

6 Secrets of How Successful Women Lead

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two authors look beyond the stereotypes to examine the research-based evidence about the leadership traits women possess. Numbers Tell Stories.

The Secret to Finding Highly Profitable Clients

Duct Tape Marketing

Most people view marketing and selling like this. photo credit: tiffany yelitza. You may want to download our free ideal client template here.

Pride Before The Fall

David Lee

One of my favorite books on technology is “Pride Before The Fall” by John Heilemann. Gates retired as Microsoft CEO in 2000.

ad:tech chat with Dave Morgan

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Dave Morgan is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. We've backed him twice at USV and he is also a very good friend to my and my partners. Dave has been building businesses at the intersection of madison avenue and the internet since the mid 90s. So when he asked me to do a fireside chat at ad:tech with him, I said yes in a nanosecond.

The Skills Most Leaders Don't Have

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We've all heard about hard skills and soft skills. Those aren't the ones that trip up leaders. Here’s what I mean. That’s even harder.

The non-developer’s guide to hiring software developers

The Next Web

Attracting and hiring great software developers for your company is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to get you started: 1.

How to Get Useful Feedback on Your Projects: Avoid Like/Dislike

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

When you show someone a plan, product demo, or piece of writing and ask for feedback, you might ask, “How do you like it?” Business

Without Deep Pockets, Profitability Trumps Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

A question that I often hear debated these days is whether a new startup should focus on growth or profits. So let’s take a look. Marty Zwilling.