2012

The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

Vinicius Vacanti

Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. If you’re a first-time reader, you can get future posts by subscribing via email or following me on Twitter.

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The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve : Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern.

Trending Sources

Getting President Obama To Play With Your Product

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, President Obama was in Boulder. The guys at Orbotix showed up and got him to play around with a Sphero. Watch the video (it’s pretty awesome) and then I’ll tell you the story of how they made it happen.

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

SoCal CTO

I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem. They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

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Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them

Gust

Last weekend I caught Mashable announcing that Ebook Sales Surpass Hardcover in the U.S., something I've expected since I first bought a Rocket ebook reader about 10 years. And in January I saw that digital music

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What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

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When is it Time to Pivot or Quit?

Instigator Blog

Entrepreneurs aren’t quitters. To succeed you need to be resilient, thick skinned and borderline crazy. You need to have just the right amount of delusion to believe you can succeed, spurring you on despite the absurd odds. But sometimes, you have to quit.

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10 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Beat the Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break?

How We Fooled Ourselves into Delaying Our Startup’s Launch

Vinicius Vacanti

I remember reading the first few pages of Steve Blank’s book, Four Steps to Epiphany , and thinking two things: This is not exactly a page-turner. This is a really smart way of thinking about startups.

Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator. Grove Potter , the Business Editor for the Buffalo News, interviewed me for something like an hour. It was a fun talk.

Three Magic Numbers

Feld Thoughts

Every company I’m involved in keeps track of numbers. Daily numbers, weekly numbers, monthly numbers. Ultimately, all the numbers translate into three financial statements – the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. While these numbers are sacrosanct in the accounting and finance professions, they are lagging indicators for most startup companies. Important, but they tell the story of the past, not what is going on right now.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Gust

Eric Ries image via Fast Company. The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

How to Get a VC Meeting – the flowchart

Steve Blank

I often get asked, “how do I get a meeting with a VC?” ” Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view. Filed under: Customer Development , Venture Capital. Customer Development Venture Capital

Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. menus should be online, so they can integrate user data & purchase history to customize selection, offer discounts, and to connect with friends for favorites and referrals / group offers.

How Perfect Pricing got me 1500 Sales in 2 Days

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is a guest post by Sacha Greif – a designer and entrepreneur who recently sold thousands of copies of a self-published eBook that shows how to design a user interface step by step.

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The Role of Product Managers

Instigator Blog

I came across an interesting discussion on Branch about the role and future of product managers. I’m not a member there so I couldn’t respond directly, but figured I’d put my thoughts here instead. Yesterday the discussion only had a few comments on it. Today there are more and one of them is very similar to what I was going to say.

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

Have Idea for a Startup? Don’t Launch a Company, Launch an Experiment

Vinicius Vacanti

Two users. That’s it. It had been a week since we had announced to friends and family our latest idea, LinkFalcon, and only two of them had bothered to try it. I thought LinkFalcon had some real potential. It solved a real problem for me and one that I hoped others had. Complete disaster.

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In Defense Of Free

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have written so much about free here at AVC that it should be called AVFree. In fact, I've even written a post with this exact same title (almost exactly seven years ago, the summer we invested in twitter, zynga, and tumblr).

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How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

Today’s post is a guest post from William Hertling, author of the award-winning Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears and A.I. Apocalypse , near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge. They’ve been called “frighteningly plausible”, “tremendous”, and “thought-provoking”. By day he works on web and social media for HP. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog williamhertling.com.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ).

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10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

Image via eHow.com. Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?”

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

When you work inside a startup with lots of clever and motivated staff you’re never short of good ideas that you can implement. It’s tempting to take on new projects, new features, new geographies, new speaking opportunities, whatever.

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

Niche 2 Win, Baby.

500 Hats

Most startups think they have to be AWESOME to succeed. 1 of These Things != The Other. Actually, this is quite far from the truth – in fact, you can be incredibly mediocre and still be quite successful. sounds inspirational, i know, but stick with me for a minute.).

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It’s a torturous chaos until it isn’t

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When you talk about explosive, profitable startup growth, a few darlings come to mind. DropBox is one. Hubspot is another. I mean, just look at their growth ( published on SEOMoz ): Was it always so powerful a growth engine? Was it always so clear that this was a company with a bright future?

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Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds

Startup Professionals Musings

An "elevator pitch" is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.

Quiet and Boring: How to Build a Successful Startup

Instigator Blog

A few days ago, Indeed (a job aggregator site) announced that they had been acquired by a Japanese company called Recruit Co Ltd. One story I saw pegged the acquisition close to a billion dollars. I’ve heard through the grapevine about some very happy investors. Indeed is a big company (25,000 employees, 80 million unique visitors per month.) And while you’ve probably heard of them, there’s very little about them in the public eye.

Advice I Wish I Could Have Given Myself 5 Years Ago

Vinicius Vacanti

Since going down the startup path, I’ve made so many mistakes, struggled so many times, failed in almost every way you can. But, we turned the corner after a few years of hard work. We’re now 25 people ( we’re hiring !), raised $7.3 million, and just had our best month ever.

What Do You Look For?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm asked this question all the time. Is it team? Is it the idea? Is it product? Is it market? The answer is that it is all of them and most importantly it is the way they all come together in a single company. Why is this the right team to do this?

If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

Feld Thoughts

Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day). Entrepreneur: I just wanted to touch base with you and see if you are taking on new startups right now. Me: Can you send me a paragraph and I’ll tell you if it’s something we’d be interested in.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.