CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation


I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate.

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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.

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.

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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6 reasons to use Asana to build your startup.

47 Hats

So you want to successfully build your startup and that means building systems that get all sorts of work done. If you’re funded, you can hire someone to define all the task, marketing, support, recruiting, planning, agile project management and operation systems you need.

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New VC Blogger – Greg Gottesman (Madrona)

Ask The VC

My long time friend and favorite Seattle VC Greg Gottesman has started blogging. Greg’s a great writer and super thoughtful investor so I expect his blog will be one to read and comment on. It’s certainly going to be in my daily blogroll.

The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

Feld Thoughts

The first cycle of The Microsoft Accelerator , powered by TechStars , is in its final run up to demo day.

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Business Model Canvas for User Experience

Grasshopper Herder

The Business Model Canvas is the tool of choice for a business dashboard. It very much appeals to the business guy in me. It irks the UX part of my brain. Business Model User Experience business model business model canvas business plans user experience

Document Your MVP for a Developer


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.

9 Deadliest Start-up Sins

Steve Blank

magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from The Startup Owner’s Manual , the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The NY Tech Meetup has produced a series of short videos talking about some of the key early challenges that startups face. They call this series #startupstories and currently there are three videos up on the web, one about pitching your company, one about building the team, and one about failing.

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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.

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Seven Secrets of Startup Success

47 Hats

Why Startups Fail: And How Yours can Succeed. By David Feinleib. VC, Entrepreneur, and Author of Why Startups Fail: And How Yours Can Succeed. Startups fail for many different reasons. Turn failure into success by avoiding some of the most common causes of startup failure: Failing to drive demand.

“Bored” of Directors Can Become Clash of Titans


Rhetoric has the power to engage or alienate, to enchant or disaffect. Perhaps no better example exists than the term “ Corporate Governance.” ” Even the wonkiest law geeks like me find our eyes glazing over as soon as the term is mentioned.

How Many Metrics Do You Need to Run Your Startup?

Instigator Blog

Answer: Only one. One of the concepts we’re pushing hard in the Lean Analytics book is the One Metric That Matters (OMTM). The idea is this: at any given time in your business there’s one key metric you should be focusing on. Not two, or three, or four. Just one.

2 Restaurant´s Tricks that Will Boost your Company's Sales


These are some of the tricks used by the best restaurants for you to spend more and how to apply them to increase the sales of your business. In many kinds of businesses employees do not have the opportunity to interact and meet customers as those working in a restaurant.

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Who are stock certificates issued to and when?

Ask The VC

Q: We are a Delaware C Corp registered as a Foreign Entity in Colorado our home state and we need to figure out the answers to the following questions with regards to stock certificates.

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Startup Iceland Interview With The Brads (Feld and Burnham)

Feld Thoughts

Brad Burnham ( Union Square Ventures ) and I were in Iceland a few weeks ago for the Startup Iceland event. Bala Kamallakharan organized the event and moderated the discussion (and was an amazing host.)

Jump Grasshopper, Jump!

Grasshopper Herder

haven't been updating my blog recently. Big news, I joined LUXr and I'm on tour in Europe! Business Model agile UX business model canvas for user experience Lean Startups lean user experience

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


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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10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next.

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).

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.

New Twitter tools for Startups in 2012

47 Hats

With something north of 10,000 Twitter related tools, services, and apps, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed and undermotivated looking for tools to help your startup. Here’s 5 new Twitter tools I’d recommend, and why. Buffer. What: Repeat your tweets so more people see them.

6 Clues That You May Be Cool as an Entrepreneur


Google's Larry Page image via Coolspotters.com. A while back, when a startup founder mentioned to me that he wasn’t sure he had the personality to be an entrepreneur, I realized how important that insight was.

The Hustler

Instigator Blog

You spend enough time with enough startups and you genuinely come to appreciate the importance of The Hustler. The Hustler plays a few levels above where he * should, but gets away with it because of sheer willpower, ego and perceptivity. Tweet. The Hustler learns the rules quickly — breaks those he needs too — and dances around those he shouldn’t. The Hustler is focused on big vision, but marries that with strategy, telling a compelling and actionable story at all times.

Which is your limiting factor?


Every task has a limiting factor which determines how fast you are able achieve your goal. Identifying and working on it has a great impact on your time management and productivity. In today's world, people work at their 110% - 130% of capacity, whereby; every second at your disposal is essential.

When Should A Company Be Formed Around an Idea?

Ask The VC

Question: I participated in a company’s “app challenge weekend” (which they described as somewhere between a hackathon and a startup weekend). I am excited to continue working on the product that my team built over the weekend with 2 of the team members (my brother and the guy who pitched the idea). My preference is to formalize a relationship by forming a company.

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Changing How We Think About Education

Feld Thoughts

On Friday I spent three hours at Tufts University meeting with Chris Rogers and a few of his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

Business Model Canvas for Puppies (part I)

Grasshopper Herder

TaskRabbit launched a new business: Puppies-as-a-Service I think it's a fabulous idea and it'll make a great example to use with our new Business Model Canvas. Business Model business model business model canvas business plans puppies user experience

Find and Talk to other Startup Founders of Similar Startups


One of the recommendations I make all the time to startup founders, is to find other founders who have tackled similar problems as yours and talk to them about how they solved these problems.

How to Build a Billion Dollar Startup

Steve Blank

The quickest way to create a billion dollar company is to take basic human social needs and figure out how to mediate them on-line. Look at the first wave of the web/mobile/cloud startups that have done just that: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Match.com, Pandora, Zynga, WordPress, LinkedIn.).

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.

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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