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The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, ”, a partner from a VC firm asked us. I had no answer for that. It’s not that I was surprised by the question; I had thought about it a bunch. But, how in the world is a startup supposed to have an unfair advantage?

The Importance of Understanding Your Best Users

Instigator Blog

Every startup has a certain percentage of “good” users. I put good in double quotes because the definition of a good user will vary depending on the startup. You need to define what a “good” user is for your startup.

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The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The bitcoin blockchain is not just going to change the way money works on the Internet (and off). It’s going to change the way Internet applications are built.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second. We understand their excitement is about the performance of their load balancer 1.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

Gust

Image via Flickr by Joshua Gajownik for opensource.com. I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

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The Silent Benefits of PR

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly. I have written many times about PR so if you want a deep dive on the “how” of PR you may enjoy reading some of these posts.

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How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

Feld Thoughts

Guest Post By William Hertling – williamhertling.com (Author). William Hertling is a web strategist, programmer, father, short-order cook and the author of two award-winning and best-selling techothrillers: Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than It Appears and A.I. Apocalypse.

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The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it. —— The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently.

What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

Grasshopper Herder

When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups. After I read Four Steps to the Epiphany, there was only one: Get out of the building and talk to customers!

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The First 10 Questions I Ask Entrepreneurs When Investing

Instigator Blog

I’ve been angel investing for about a year now , and I’ve made a total of 10 investments (2 in the last month). I don’t think I’ll keep up that pace, but it’s been a lot of fun.

App Constellations

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I touched on the concept of App Constellations in my post on Friday about Swarm. I’ve been thinking about this concept for the past week and I think its an important development in the world of non-game native mobile applications.

Framework Benchmarks Round 9

TechEmpower

The latest round of our ongoing Framework Benchmarks project is now available! Round 9 updates several test implementations and introduces a new test environment using modern server hardware.

10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup

Gust

Image via Pixabay. I’ve always wondered who started the urban myth that the best way to start a company is to come up with a great idea, and then find some professional investors to give you a pot of money to build a company.

For marketing early startups: Deep, not wide

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Watch a bunch of interviews of founders of successful companies, and here’s what you don’t hear: We tried eight different marketing channels — AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media, events, retargeting, SEO, guest-posting, PR, and so on.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing).

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. There are bootcamps, startup classes, video interviews – the sources are now endless.

The Deep, Dark, Emotional Challenges of Being a Leader

Feld Thoughts

I got to spend a lot of time with my close friend Rand Fishkin the past few days.

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

“ By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”. Book of Five Rings. A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —-.

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

Launch Your Startup When You’ve Already Won

Instigator Blog

The tech industry is overly-obsessed with making noise, being self-congratulatory and too often, focused on the wrong things. We look at PR as a big win.

Ageism

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of chatter recently about ageism and the old vs young debate in tech. The New Republic has a post up today on the topic. And last week the New York Times Magazine featured a long article on the topic. There is no doubt that tech is a young person’s game to some extent.

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out? AWS is the leader in the public cloud IaaS market.

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How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

Gust

Image via Wikipedia. One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing).

The Lindy Effect on startup potential

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs.

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim , former co-founder of Web 1.0 success story Blackboard and veteran entrepreneur who’s held several COO and president roles at various startups. Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title.

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The 7 Attributes of People Who Get Things Done

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate

Both Sides of the Table

In my Twitter bio is says that I’m “ looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs ,” which almost sounds like I was just looking for a cliché soundbite to describe myself.

How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company?

Feld Thoughts

I was in the bathroom this morning catching up on all the blogs (via Feedly ) that I hadn’t read this week since my head was in a bunch of other things. I came across one from Nic Brisbourne (Forward Ventures) titled I’m a stock picker.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——-.

The Four Parts of a Minimum Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

Every Startup Employee is a Marketer

Instigator Blog

In an early, small startup, everyone wears many hats. One of the more important hats for everyone to wear, which doesn’t always come naturally to people, is that of marketer. Most early stage startups don’t have a marketer, and may have very little marketing expertise.

Second Video Of The Week: Vinod Khosla interviews Larry and Sergey

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This is so good I decided to go with back to back videos this weekend. VC & Technology Web/Tech

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Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

Ask The VC

If you don’t want to be bound to a contract, a prepaid plan is an. excellent fit. There are small companies that offer the best prepaid. phone plans with unlimited talk, text and nice amount of data. There’s actually. something for any budget-and you’ll save over a postpaid plan. Below are the most affordable prepaid cell phone plans with. nationwide network coverage assuming light usage. Best Plans No contract cell phone plans Prepaid Cell Phone Plans