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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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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Be Careful not to Become a Conference Ho

Both Sides of the Table

You know the type. You see them on Twitter, Facebook or Plancast plotting out their next 12 conference. You see their Tweets from airports across the globe. Look at me! I’m in Spain! Now I’m in France. Next week I’m speaking in Cabo San Lucas!

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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 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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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

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?

Continuous Partial Exercise

47 Hats

I’m about 40 pounds overweight; worse, odds are good you are too. If you are reading this you probably spend your days in front of a computer, your nights in front of a computer and year by year your weight is creeping up.

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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.

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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When Business Remodeling Becomes Necessary For Your Startup

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

The Longaberger Basket Company Headquarters (Newark, OH) When I get a lot of inquiries from clients and potential clients regarding a particular subject, we usually spend some time in research mode. This month, the theme has been: business remodeling.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

5 Mistakes Developers make Selling to Developers

47 Hats

By Brian Noll. Code Complete Software. A few typical things can happen when developers sell and market development tools to other developers. Here are some things to be careful about: Overselling. OK, here is the deal. It’s plain and simple, but sometimes forgotten.

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.

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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How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup | Vinicius Vacanti

Vinicius Vacanti

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

A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs

Instigator Blog

It’s been a number of months since I announced that we sold Standout Jobs. In that time I’ve gone through a myriad of emotions and cyclical arguments in my head about the entire process of starting Standout Jobs, running it and selling it. I’ve read a number of great (and heartfelt ) postmortems of late, and then read Eric Ries’ blog post: Stop lying on stage.

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 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.

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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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

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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Paperless So Far – The Apple App Store

47 Hats

By Jim Rhoades. Founder. Crush Apps. In the article “How to be a successful iPhone developer&# , Bob Walsh offered some thoughts on why apps succeed or fail.

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