Sat.Nov 03, 2012 - Fri.Nov 09, 2012

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. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

7 Keys to Positioning Your Competitors to Investors

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates image via Facebook.com. Every entrepreneur should spend plenty of time thinking about competitors, and how they relate to your business, but you need to be very careful what you say out loud about them to your team, your investors, and your customers.

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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. My narrative has stayed pretty simple: People in the US watch 5.3 hours of TV per day. People read for less than 30 minutes.

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. We need to reset the balance between empowering and efficiency innovations. The Doctrine of New Finance helped create this situation. The Republican intellectualGeorge F.

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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. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility.

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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. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability.

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

OnStartups

The following is a guest post written by Sanket Nadhani. He previously headed Marketing and Sales at FusionCharts and just launched an eBook on the complete journey of the company on its tenth birthday. FusionCharts was founded in 2002 by my brother, Pallav Nadhani , in a quest for more pocket money.

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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. After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure. I remember this lesson well.

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.

Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. The objective is to work hard and accomplish great things. Employees or founders are easily distracted and engage in activities that cause them to spend time and energy achieving their objectives.

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? However unlike most people who are charged $7 for a promoted post, I was charged $49, potentially due to my high subscriber count.

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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. I thought you might like to see an advance copy of what I’m going to cover. I speak privately a lot about getting an exit at a startup.

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. Using strategies Michalowicz learned from colossal pumpkin farmers, entrepreneurs can grow a colossal business. It all starts with selecting the right seed.

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

There are a couple classic archetypes of internet/software founders, including the genius college student cooking up something quirky but ultimately disruptive in his dorm room who launches his company straight out of undergrad.

7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

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. A Surprising Number Of Potential Investors With Widely Varying Value Propositions. My impression is that times have changed in the growth equity game.

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

Gust

As I write this, days after the 2012 presidential election, I’m probably not alone in feeling relieved that the political jeering and soapboxing that reached a feverish pitch during the seemingly endless campaign season has finally subsided.

5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2013

Duct Tape Marketing

This post originally appeared in my column for American Express OPENForum. photo credit: Joel Bedford via photopin cc As you start preparing for next year, you may wish you had a crystal ball to see what’s in store for your business.

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

The Next Web

What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator. All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.

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. As you're considering congressional leaders, take note of who never came to their senses with regard to SOPA, the bill that was going to break the internet. For quick reference, if you're in one of these states or districts, please pay extra attention.

Pride Before The Fall

David Lee

One of my favorite books on technology is “Pride Before The Fall” by John Heilemann. It’s about the Microsoft antitrust trial in the mid 1990’s. Heilemann got unprecedented access to the players involved like David Boies, Joel Klein and Bill Gates himself.

The Secret to Finding Highly Profitable Clients

Duct Tape Marketing

Most people view marketing and selling like this. photo credit: tiffany yelitza. You target a market segment, tell them what you have to offer, maybe work in a little solution selling and hope they choose you. You target a market segment, respond to RFPs and hope they choose your price.

The non-developer’s guide to hiring software developers

The Next Web

If Marc Andreesen is right (and I happen to believe he is) then talented software developers will soon be the most sought after type of employee for just about any company, whether that company’s main business is building software or not.

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.

LinkedIn Endorsements Changes Everything. Here's Why

Inc Startups

LinkedIn endorsements is to small business owners what the Facebook 'Like' button was to consumer brands: influential exposure. For years, LinkedIn has offered recommendations as a way to get support from fellow professionals and businesses.

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?” ” If you don’t ask this explicitly, it is often the implied question in a feedback session.

How to Change Your Thoughts and Why You Must

Duct Tape Marketing

A few weeks ago I started a series of posts I’m calling Recover You. The series is focused on practices and habits that I believe lead to a healthier mind, body and spirit, a healthier business and ultimately a healthier economy. photo credit: Mait Jüriado via photopin cc.

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. First of all, the glory days of “dot.coms” are gone, when investors “didn’t care” about profitability, and all the money went to growth.

8 Things Wildly Successful People Do

Inc Startups

The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do--and why it works. I'm fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I've described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs. They also share a number of habits: 1.

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How Can I Use Social Media to Help My Real Estate Business?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A lot of realtors work either in small businesses or on their own, which can be quite daunting when you have a lot of homes to sell and no one to help you with your workload.

Running My Business From A Shelter

Mike Michalowicz

A picture from my “office” at the local town shelter. This is Day 7 with no power, heat, phone or beer at my house. Damn you Hurricane Sandra. Damn you! Entrepreneur Strategies Failure Management Strategies hurricane shelter no internet no power run business work from shelter

5 Tips to Alignment With New Consumer Buying Habits

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs always work hard to create an innovative product or service, but often count on standard seller marketing for sales. But the reality is that sellers are no longer in charge of the customer buying process.

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

Inc Startups

If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style. You might not feel it day-to-day, but business management is in a major transition.

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. It was usually in the context of “should I write a plan first” or “should I design a full system.”