Sat.Sep 05, 2009 - Fri.Sep 11, 2009

Systematic Creativity: Four Templates for New Product Ideation, Innovation and Invention

Creative Distraction

Is brainstorming the best way to be creative? Doubt it.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. He writes with a great perspective and is well worth reading.

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Customer Development Manifesto: Market Type (part 4) « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

This series of posts of the “Customer Development Manifesto” describes how the failures of the Product Development model for sales and marketing led to the Customer Development Model. In future posts I'll describe how Eric Ries and the

The cardinal sin of community management

Startup Lessons Learned

Once you have a product launched, you will the face the joys – and the despair – of a community that grows up around it. I won't sugar-coat this: it is one of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of building a company online

Global VC Blog Directory – Ranked By # of Google Reader Subscribers (Sept 2009)

Thinking About Thinking

This is an old version of the VC Blog Directory. Click Here for the updated Q409 version: Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques (Q409). The Global VC Blog Directory (# of Subs). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (24,356). Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (21,881). Paul Graham, YCombinator, Paul Graham: Essays (16,721). Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital, Above The Crowd (8,897).

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Inexpensive User Testing

Vinicius Vacanti

thegongshow: When I talk to startups about the benefits of constant, iterative user testing in product design cycles, many people think that cost is a hurdle. Booking 10 in-person sessions in a rented listening lab with a one-way mirror

A Tale of Two Pitches

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. I recently wrote a blog post here in which I argued that the best VC meetings are discussions and not sales pitches. Many people agreed and added that even the best sales meetings are also discussions and not pitches.

LAST CHANCE for GeeksOnaPlane DC/Europe 2009: Countdown in 7 days.

500 Hats

COUNTDOWN to GEEKS On a PLANE in 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We're getting everything ready for the upcoming trip to Europe, which begins with a kickoff event in Washington, DC next Friday, 9/18. For you folks making

registering your username on many social media sites: the pros and.

Watching Websites - before This is part one in a two part series explaining the lessons I learned from registering my username on about 150 social sites in a short time frame. Part 1 deals with the process of registering my user name on many

Sin Tax on Soda

Visions from a Visionary

Didn't your mom tell you soda was bad for you? Sure it tastes great but there is no refuting the harm it does. In an article posted by CBS News , researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed national beverage consumption patterns for more than 73,000 Americans, age 2 and older.

You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#. Recently I wrote a blog post about how I hated losing, but I embrace it. My starting line with every entrepreneur is that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned from F’ing it up on my first business.

Don't Be Fooled by the "Big Numbers" Game!

Small Business Force

I can't tell you how many business plans I've reviewed that were built on the premise that the market for the product or service of the business was simply astronomical and that all that was necessary was simply capturing a miniscule percentage of that market.

Business Week Report on “Radical Future of R&D” Misses Critical Capital Markets Link in Innovation Ecosystem

Pascal's View

The cover story of the September 7 issue of Business Week reports on the “ Radical Future of R&D “, focusing on the internationalization of research and development led by global corporations such as IBM and Hewlett Packard.


manhattan orifices

Watching Websites

Thanks for being patient as we moved to a different data center. We'll continue this week with our regular scheduled programming. In the meantime, enjoy this interesting Captcha that I stumbled upon today. manhattan-orifices

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Ask the Angels

I recently reviewed a set of investment ready criteria published by a respected Angel Group (not the Pasadena Angels). All the usual factors were there–what problem was being sold, the extent of competitive advantage, the experience of the management team, size of market, etc. You could quickly infer from the questions that the objective was to find a high growth potential venture to invest in.

Healthcare and Entrepreneurship

Seeing Both Sides

President Obama's compelling healthcare speech last night made the case for acting now. In a follow-up email that he sent to millions, he urged action to finally address this pressing issue, positing that we are "closer now than we have been in 60 years." Here's my question - where can I find an analysis of the impact of the plan on entrepreneurship? Why has this major engine of job growth been silent or ignored in the debate - or have I just missed it?


Happy blogiversary (my present: a brand new URL)

Startup Lessons Learned

It's official: Startup Lessons Learned has passed the one-year mark. 130 posts (and dozens more that mercifully never saw the light of day), tons of comments, and, of course - you, the awesomest subscribers on the internet. Thank you

twitter suspends legitimate accounts, many related to oreilly.

Watching Websites

suspended on twitter! I saw a tweet this morning in TweetDeck which I found bewildering. A friend of mine, Lori, claimed that my account was suspended. I loaded up my profile page and, sure enough, the owl of doom stared back at me

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The Healing of America

Will Price

Reid's book, The Healing of American: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, is an important read. Reid, a Washington Post correspondent, explores health-care systems around the world and asks and works to answer the following questions: why is American the only developed economy that does not provide health care to all its citizens? why does American spend 2x per capita on health care while leaving 45m uninsured? should health care be considered a right or a privilege?

Serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at HBS

Seeing Both Sides

When I was at Harvard Business School (HBS) in the early 1990s, entrepreneurship was an afterthought. When I joined the venture-backed Internet start-up Open Market in the spring of 1995, I was one of only a handful of graduates that joined a start-up out of business school (at a fraction of the salary of my classmates, I might add!). Today, the entrepreneurship department is the largest department at HBS. Students aren't just joining start-ups, they're creating start-ups.

What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups?

Startup Lessons Learned

I'm writing this post from an airplane headed to Washington DC, where I'll be presenting at the Government 2.0 Summit. It's an honor to be invited, and I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of people with a background very different from

Amazon Usability Failure


I love Amazon. I think it’s one of the best websites you’ll find when it comes to usability. But there’s one thing that’s been bugging me for years now. It’s this screen right here. I completely, absolutely, hate it. Today I was checking out a book from Amazon when I encountered this screen. This is [.]. Everything Else


Words of widsom from my youth


Fn_solarcar_archive_2. I'm preparing for a presentation in about a month at the University of Michigan. It's a speech on entrepreneurship to a few hundred students, faculty and others. As part of my research I'm going back and reading

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

Many entrepreneurs want to put a value on their company before the ink on their incorporation documents is dry, but valuing an early stage company is as much art as science, and a bad valuation can be worse than no valuation at all. Valuing a company that doesn’t yet have a product on the market, much less paying customers, involves a lot of guesswork.

Blogging: A Cultural Difference Between Boston And Waltham VCs

Thinking About Thinking

Scott Kirsner, a Boston Globe writer and freelancer, wrote a provocative blog post a few weeks ago entitled “Why Waltham Doesn’t Matter ” Scott’s basic claim is that Waltham VC’s “don’t matter” as they are being displaced by the new aggressive and open culture of VCs emerging in Boston and Cambridge. While I disagreed with the title of his post and the implication, Scott’s point on cultural differences has real merit.

SaaS Startups: Knobs and Dials And Other Insights


If you're building a SaaS (Software as a Service) startup you're in great company. Most software entrepreneurs today are taking this approach -- including me. Below are some simple insights that I've learned in the process of being in the trenches with my own startup. Insights On SaaS Startups.

In this tough economy, the fastest growing e-commerce sector is.


THE racks of expensive gowns and shoes sit, serene and mostly untouched, on the floors of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's and almost every fancy department store. In a sign of how consumers' newfound thrift has hurt

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

Many entrepreneurs want to put a value on their company before the ink on their incorporation documents is dry, but valuing an early stage company is as much art as science, and a bad valuation can be worse than no valuation at all. Valuing a company that doesn’t yet have a product on the market, much less paying customers, involves a lot of guesswork.

Fred Wilson Is Doing Something Right

Thinking About Thinking

Thanks to TechCrunch’s support of the VC Blog Directory. Erick Schonfeld highlighted the Sept 2009 update yesterday and Leena Rao wrote about the original May 2009 version. I thought Erick’s post yesterday was particularly interesting as it highlighted the movers and shakers among VC bloggers – by the change of their ranking in the directory over the last 3+ months.

My "ista" take on Larry Cheng's VC Blog Ranking


Larry Cheng updated his popular VC Blog Ranking and included some fun analysis, particularly on how Fred Wilson continues to lead the VC blogging show. If you haven't already, take a look. Because I initially started my blog with the intention of blogging from the perspective of a female, junior professional (hence the “ista” in Adventurista), I’ve created two sub-sets of Larry’s: 1) Junior (i.e. non-dealmaker) professionals and 2) females.

Simplicity is always a disruptive innovation « Lightspeed Venture.


Disruptive technology and disruptive innovation are terms used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or