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10 Top Reasons For First-time Entrepreneur Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my experience as a mentor and an entrepreneur, if you fail on your first startup, you are about average. That’s not bad, but who wants to be average? Every young entrepreneur knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

16 Tips for Picking the Perfect Startup Name

mashable.com

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Opening Up Our Research

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. One of their big questions we got from them about the kind of open firm we wanted to create was "how will you be able to make money if you share all of your proprietary insights?"

I have 1 year of savings, so I’m giving this startup thing a try…

Instigator Blog

Making the jump from a day job to starting a company is a scary one. I don’t believe there’s a ton of real risk – after all, you’re probably highly employable (particularly if you’re a developer) – but it’s still a big leap. And often, people do it after they’ve saved up about a year’s worth of money so they know they can survive without regular income. Saving money in advance is good. Avoiding bankruptcy and abject poverty is also good.

Investors are Aiming for the Big Win, Not the Mean or Average

Gust

True story: many long years ago I had founders’ stock in a video game company. At one point they were just a few weeks from going public, but that’s not the point of this story.

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Startup Accelerators are Entrepreneur Boot Camps

Gust

David Cohen image via Kathleen Lavine, Denver Business Journal. Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble (700 for profit, many more non-profit). About that time the bubble burst, causing more than 80% of them to disappear.

Design Staff ? The product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups

Design Staff

At Google Ventures, we do product design work with startups all the time. Since we want to move fast and they want to move fast, we've optimized a process that gets us predictably good results in five days or less. We call it a

Why Your Startup's Name Matters

mashable.com

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The Inflection Point Around 40

Life Beyond Code

When I wrote “ Beyond Code ” (foreword by one of my heroes Tom Peters ) in 2005, my research was limited to technology professionals because that was my whole world.

The Risks of Growth Hacking and How to Build Authentic Sustainable Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

It has been a couple years since I wrote the first post on growth hacking. The term didn’t gain much popularity until Andrew Chen wrote this post back in April of this year. Online Marketing Redefined. Some people love the term “growth hacker” and some hate it. The term is not important. What is important is that people are tuning into the fact that traditional marketing techniques are often not very effective for driving growth in online businesses.

Entrepreneurship Is All About Taking Smart Risks

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs think that risk is just an “occupational hazard” that can be minimized or eliminated by a smart businessman. That way of thinking is simplistic and wrong.

Hitting Your Stride

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met with a friend who was in town last week. He told me he had "hit his stride" as an investor in the past year and a half. He is a former entrepreneur who became an angel investor and then a VC. I had a similar conversation with the Gotham Gal on a long car ride yesterday afternoon.    In listening to both of them, I heard something that I have found to be true in my own experience. It takes time to learn how to be an early stage investor.

How to set the right context to add more power to your story

Life Beyond Code

In storytelling, this is generally called an exposition, a space where you share the lay of the land. In a world where everything moves in a breathtaking speed, it is not uncommon to skip the context and get RIGHT TO THE POINT. You might have been tempted to do it yourself time and again.

The Risks of Growth Hacking and How to Build Authentic Sustainable Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

It has been a couple years since I wrote the first post on growth hacking. The term didn’t gain much popularity until Andrew Chen wrote this post back in April of this year. Online Marketing Redefined. Some people love the term “growth hacker” and some hate it. The term is not important. What is important is that people are tuning into the fact that traditional marketing techniques are often not very effective for driving growth in online businesses.

Why Every Employee Should Have a Business Owner Mentality

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

What’s the minimum I need to do in order to keep my job? I wonder if I really need to do that. How much paid vacation do I get? These are, unfortunately, the thoughts and questions that are creeping into the minds of more and more employees.

One Touch Conferencing Calling From Your Mobile Phone

Feld Thoughts

I’m super impressed with the progress MobileDay has made in the past six months. We are a seed investor in the company whose goal is to fix conferencing calling. Their approach is “one touch into any conference call from any conference call provider.”

Why Startups Die

The Next Web

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Andrew Montalenti. Andrew is the co-founder and CTO of Parse.ly , a technology startup that provides big data insights to the web’s best publishers. He blogs at pixelmonkey.org , where this post originally appeared.

Angel and VC Investors Won’t Fund Your Research

Startup Professionals Musings

I still get business plans, looking for an investor, that say all too clearly that the primary “use of funds” will be to do research and development (R&D) on some promising new technology, like superconductivity or cancer cures.

How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

If you’re not creating content on the web, you don’t exist on the web. A 140 character tweet is content. A 1,000 word blog post is content. A commend to a blog post is content. Your website is content.

Data Beats Math –Why Apple’s Maps Failure is a Big Data Problem

Lightspeed Venture Partners

At Lightspeed, we’ve been investing in the theme of Big Data over the last four years.

Instead of sticking a fork in the venture market, realize. there is no fork

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, I noticed an eye-catching headline: "Internet Funding Boom Ends as Fast as It Began". It was from the Wall Street Journal--a publication I count on for emphasizing quality journalism over empty linkbaity headlines above hollow stories. Perhaps I need to rethink that.

Be Happier: Stop Doing These 10 Things

Inc Startups

Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don't do. Happiness--in your business life and your personal life--is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things: 1. Blaming. People make mistakes.

What Internet Marketers Know That You Don’t

Duct Tape Marketing

I use the term “ Internet Marketer ” in the title here in a less than flattering way.

Are You Raising Your Kids To Make Tomorrow’s Forbes 400 List?

YoungUpstarts

by Gregory Downing, author of “ Entrepreneur Unleashed “ Forbes has just released its list of the 400 Richest People in America. The combined net worth of these men and women clocks in at a staggering $1.7 trillion dollars.

Tips For Running A Bed And Breakfast

Mike Michalowicz

MSNBC Your Business To The Rescue. I am so lucky! I have already done a half dozen “biz rescue” shows now. I hosted the pilot show called Bailout! which unfortunately never made it to the airwaves. I also lead the business rescues segments for MSNBC’s Your Business.

World's Coolest Offices | 2012

Inc Startups

These brilliantly inspiring workplaces have sprawling rooftop gardens, bright atriums, and lots and lots of exposed brick. Tour this year's crop of outstanding offices. These 20 offices are some of the world's best-designed and most awe-inspiring.

5 Ways to Generate More Email Sign Ups

Duct Tape Marketing

Getting more email subscribers is job #1. Email is and has long been the number one producer of return on marketing investment for businesses large and small. photo credit: @yakobusan Jakob Montrasio via photopin cc.

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Writing Home Page Headlines For The Modern World (3 Formulas That Work)

ConversionXL

Read any copywriting manual or article and you will learn that the headline is the most important thing in your sales copy. And it’s true. The sad thing is that the advice that follows is often severely outdated and originates from the snail mail sales letter people from the 1950s and beyond.

Good Entrepreneur Decisions Require a Good Process

Startup Professionals Musings

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same. The only difference might be the start of another recession like the last one, resulting in lower liquidity and investors with no money, and that makes all the difference.

What Makes a Cool Office?

Inc Startups

Short answer: It's more than just a billiards table and free soda. Design buffs weigh in on how to build a creative, collaborative, and innovative workspace.

Tacking Towards Founder

Agile VC

I had the pleasure of giving a talk on entrepreneurship at UPenn last week, which happens to be my alma mater. I’m always thrilled to speak with undergraduates who are interested in startups.

Q3 Performance That Blew My Mind

Feld Thoughts

Last night I got an email with a Q3 sales update from a company I’m an investor in for a while. They consistently meet or beat their plan and are an extremely well managed business. Their plan for Q3 was aggressive in my book (and they’ve managed their costs to a lower outcome) had an expectation for what they would come in at based on data from as recently as last week.

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An IPO Exit Strategy Puts the Entrepreneur at Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still dream of “going public,” making billions of dollars, and playing with the big boys.

Your Website's Most Important Page

Inc Startups

Chances are, it's one of the most-visited pages on your site. It's probably also the weakest. Here's how to fix it. Which page of your website gets the most visitors? If you're like most businesses, your About Us page is at or near the top of the list.