2010

When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication?

SoCal CTO

One of the topics that came up in my post Mobile Internet Apple Facebook was around open vs. closed platforms. This issue comes up at the start of almost every new startup company in a variety of forms.

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When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson. This Thanksgiving it might seem that there’s a lot less to be thankful for. One out of ten of Americans are out of work.

Social Networking vs Email

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw this chart in Morgan Stanley's latest Internet trends report.   Even though I've been saying for years that social networking will one day usurp email, it's a bit shocking to see that it has.    There are some caveats.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

Part of my job description involves prepping startups to raise capital. One of the most common issues that concern entrepreneurs is how to address the "Valuation Question." " I understand this concern; raising money puts a very

You Have to Jump First

Instigator Blog

Startups are founded by people that make the leap before anyone else. If you don’t leap first, you don’t stand a chance of winning. It’s up to you. No one else can jump for you or before you.

What The Hell Does Your Company Do?

Feld Thoughts

Terry Kawaja of Luma Partners created today’s hilarious XtraNormal to help us understand what is going on at ad:tech.

Why I feel like a fraud

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

" I feel like a fraud. I've been at this for 16 years and I still feel like a fraud. I'm just waiting for the day they see through the façade, but they keep coming back every year." -- Jason Young. Ah yes, the awe-inspiring words of confidence from the seasoned entrepreneur.

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Women are Gaining as the Best Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

I often get asked the age-old question (by men) of “Who are the best entrepreneurs, men or women?” Women already believe they know the answer, so they never ask. I always try the diplomatic answer of “It depends”, but that doesn’t satisfy anybody. First, here are a few facts to set the stage.

How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

Odysseus resisting the Sirens. On my three year startup journey that lead to Yipit , I had over 30 other completely unrelated ideas. Each time I got the idea, I would immediately start sweating profusely for three straight hours in a ridiculous state of unbridled excitement and optimism. Sounds great, right? Not really. Those new ideas and the emotional frenzy were a serious distraction.

Is your Startup Tapworthy?

47 Hats

After six Evernote notes, three great ideas for my startup, two epiphanies and grabbing five great apps I’d never heard of, I’m through with the first two chapters (of 11!) of the brand new book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps by Josh Clark.

Web Designers vs. Web Developers

SoCal CTO

Funny graphic by @shanesnow that captures the difference between web designers vs. web developers: Like the issue of Startup CTO or Developer , often startup founders who are less technical have this same question. Do I need a designer or a developer?

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No Business Plan Survives First Contact With A Customer – The 5.2 billion dollar mistake.

Steve Blank

At $5.2-billion Iridium was one of the largest, boldest and audacious startup bets ever made. Conceived in 1987 by Motorola and spun out in 1990 as a separate company, Iridium planned to build a mobile telephone system that would work anywhere on earth.

Coworking Spaces

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've never been much of a fan of incubators. Some have made the model work. My favorite of the bunch is Betaworks , based here in NYC. Betaworks is more than an incubator, but they have shown that they can make the incubation model work with projects like bit.ly and chartbeat.

When Is A Startup "Venture Fundable?"

Seed Stage Capital

I spend a healthy chunk of my time helping startups think through their capital raise strategies. Part of this work involves assessing whether a company is fundable given its current stage of development, traction and business plan

We Must Kill Zombie Companies

Instigator Blog

There are too many zombie companies. It’s quite prevalent in Montreal, and I’m certain it exists elsewhere as well. A zombie company is one that can essentially run forever but never really gains any traction.

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My TEDxBoulder Presentation on The Quarterly Week Off The Grid

Feld Thoughts

My TEDxBoulder presentation on The Quarterly Week Off The Grid was recently posted on YouTube. I participated in TEDxBoulder on August 7th and it was an awesome Saturday evening in Boulder. Most of the talks were dynamite – the worst ones were merely good.

5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory. Most were on paper and video; 20 were invited to pitch in person. Interesting patterns emerged: Everyone makes the same classes of error. Those who avoided just one of those errors stood out in the crowd.

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

Both Sides of the Table

How to Interpret Analyst Reports. The headlines in the media are filled with that latest stats. Stats sell. The stats are often quoted from the latest reports. People then parrot them around like they’re fact when most of them are complete bullsh*t. People throw them around at cocktail parties.

Ten of the Worst Reasons for Starting a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail.

The Shortcut We Took to Build Yipit in Three Days

Vinicius Vacanti

Family, friends, journalists, potential investors and palm readers will tell your idea is brilliant or foolish but they don’t really know. Very few ideas are clearly amazing. The success of most ideas is very much unclear. So, how can you find out if your startup idea is good or bad?

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Check-Ins are Coupons. Game Mechanics are Bullshit. Show Me The.

500 Hats

shameless plug: May 12 SMASHsummit.com social media marketing conference - get a 20% discount at bottom of this worthless & wildly speculative post) For everyone out there wondering if i'll ever return your phone calls or emails

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies. In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up.

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What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill. Everyone knows what a startup is for – don’t they?

The Office Matters

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Eatsy at Etsy Originally uploaded by Etsy Labs. Our portflio company Etsy has a person who is focused on the office, company culture, and making the work space as comfortable as possible. They have a chef come in and cook a healthy lunch for everyone three times a week.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

Business development is fun. Putting together partnership deals requires a special combination of hustle, strategic thinking, technical chops, project management, and sales and negotiation skills. It's a bit like a triathlon

Standout Jobs has been Acquired!

Instigator Blog

Around 3 years ago I started Standout Jobs with two great guys – Fred Ngo and Austin Hill. We raised money, built a great product, hired an incredible team and worked to build a business. Today I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve sold Standout Jobs.

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Does More Money Motivate Higher Performance?

Feld Thoughts

One of my blog readers – Boaz Fletcher – sent me an awesome video this morning from RSA Animate. It’s 11 minutes long and is a fascinating lecture by Dan Pink about The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

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No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part 1 of the series: 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches. Listening to first-time entrepreneurs talk about their competitive advantages is as predictably invalid as the local weatherman's 10-day forecast.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

Both Sides of the Table

Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get shacked up these days. In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. We want to make sure we’re in love.

The Ten Commandments of an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

If you expect to succeed in the thrill-a-minute, roller coaster ride of a startup, let me assure you it takes more than a good idea, a rich uncle, and luck. In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation.

How We Knew When to Launch Our Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

From a PR perspective, I like to think of the internet as an ocean full of schools of fish. There’s the TechCrunch school, the NY Times school, Lifehacker school, HackerNews school and thousands of others.

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Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly. and Yes, Mike, I Have.

500 Hats

So i've been debating whether to write this post all day. Unfortunately i probably have more balls than sense, but it drives me fucking insane to see some bullshit superangel conspiracy theory get whipped into a frenzy by people who

Mobile Internet Apple Facebook

SoCal CTO

The analysts at Morgan Stanley have produced a report that’s quite good reading on some of the major trends concerning mobile web.

Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank. At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. Our current plan isn’t working. We can’t scale the company. Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close.

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Nice Analogy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've often thought this analogy was pretty spot on.   The image comes from this blog post from shane snow.

Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy

Seed Stage Capital

We recently put together our "thought piece" on the dynamic world of startup M&A. The premise is that for many startups, it is actually more profitable for founders to raise a small amount of capital and sell early to an acquirer like

How Many Hours Should a Startup Employee Work?

Instigator Blog

Every so often I get drawn into the debate about startup employees and how much they should work. Should you hire workaholics? Is it expected that startup employees work 100+ hours per week? Should they be online all the time, constantly available and ready to go? It depends.