2010

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The Power of Why

Feld Thoughts

Simon Sinek’s TED Talk from TedxPuget Sound (Sept 2009) has been posted and is just awesome. Some know HOW they do it.

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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. " I understand this concern; raising money puts a very

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. Crazy?

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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?

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. A dot.

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8 Things to Look for When Hiring Startup Talent

Instigator Blog

Once you have an aggressive system in place for building a recruiting magnet and sourcing talent you need to have a clear sense of what to look for in each potential candidate. When initially sourcing, you don’t need to spend a ton of time reviewing people’s profiles, analyzing resumes, etc. You just find interesting people and connect.

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

OnStartups

Everyone thinks that being a startup CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. You know the press articles I'm talking about. Don't.

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the sayings I hear from talented managers in product development is, “good enough never is.”

Just Make It Faster

Feld Thoughts

As a user, how often have you thought “I wish this web service was faster.&# As a CEO, how often have you said “just make it faster.&# Or, more simply, “why is this damn thing so slow?&#. This is a not a new question. This turns out to be especially valuable for performance & optimization work.&#. We had one big problem.

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Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

Business development is fun. It's a bit like a triathlon

6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Job Titles That Can Sink Your Startup

Steve Blank

I had coffee with an ex student earlier in the week that reminded me yet again why startups burn through so many early VP’s. That was the plan.

Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most influential books of my career is The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clay Christensen. It is not a beach novel to be sure. billion.

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is Part 2 of the series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.??? What if someone copies your awesome business idea? How can I answer this question?

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.

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How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The Google hiring process is designed to hire the most talented, creative, and articulate people in the world who will be the best fit for Google.

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

Instigator Blog

Are investors and startup founders on the same side of the table, or the opposite side? A: Depends. It’s not an easy relationship by any means.

Visual Guide to NoSQL Systems

Nathan Hurst

I've developed this visual

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

www.forentrepreneurs.com

SolidWorks 2: The best VAR management program in the world? SolidWorks 3: The best VAR management program in the world? This is a mistake. Good luck.

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. The video of my presentation follows.

7 Reasons Why You Need To Work For A Big Company

OnStartups

The following is a guest post by MArk Stephens. Mark is the founder and CEO of IDR Solutions. Large companies tend to be regarded as dull and unsexy.

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. It’s tragic and a huge blown opportunity. So smart.

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Perfection By Subtraction – The Minimum Feature Set

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.&#. Book of Five Rings. Steve, you’re wrong. Why A Minimum Feature Set?

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. I don’t believe that one exists. Every team configuration is different.

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Solving the "marketplace" business model

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

A sizable percentage of Capital Factory startup submissions take the form of the "marketplace." Maybe it's the "go big or go home" mentality?

Caution 2.0

SoCal CTO

Just saw this tweet fly by: Unfortunately, this CTO happens to be the CTO of a restaurant chain which was probably the reason that this was tweeted.

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If you’re aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.

Chris Dixon

My most useful career experience was about eight years ago when I was trying to break into the world of VC-backed startups. I applied to hundreds of jobs: low-level VC roles, startups jobs, even to big tech companies. I got rejected from every single one. Big companies rejected me outright or gave me a courtesy interview before rejecting me.

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. Investors do it too. Everyone does it (I think it’s human nature.) Everyone fails. In 99.9%

Ten Top Product Pricing Models for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. Product is free, but you pay for services. Freemium” model.

How to pick a co-founder

venturehacks.com

Venture Hacks Good advice for startups. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. but it’s manageable. Date first. Coincidence?

Suggestions for Angel Investors

Feld Thoughts

I’m on an Acela train between Boston and New York (listening to Boston’s More Than A Feeling – how recursive) on my way to the TechStars Boston 2010 Investor / Demo day. It sounds like Angel Boot Camp rocked. My long time friend and co-angel investor Will Herman wrote a post titled Angel Investing that summarized some of his advice.

Why PHP Is Fun and Easy But Python Is Marriage Material

OnStartups

I think a lot about choices and decisions at startups. It’s very hard to change this decision. We ended up picking C# at the time. Not bad.

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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. The Temptation. The Danger.

No One Wins In Business Plan Competitions

Steve Blank

Last week one of the schools I teach at invited me to judge a business plan contest. They called back laughing and the invitation disappeared.