2014

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.

Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. So I promised that I would provide a follow-up after the session.

Yesterday Was The End of My Biking Career

Feld Thoughts

First off – I’m ok. But here’s the story. “Ouch” “You’re in an ambulance. I’m just putting an IV in your arm,” said a disembodied voice. I had no idea where I was. I had a vague recollection that I had been on a bike.

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 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?

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Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You

Gust

Einstein image via Flickr by Sebastian Niedlich. Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain.

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Companies Need Women Leadership Style

Deimar

Each day there are more women leading all types of organizations. Their leadership style has been the key to achieve it, considering challenges they face in on our society to do so.

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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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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What Startup Advisors Do I Need?

SoCal CTO

Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Solving the Founder-Tech Gap that came out of some fun conversations that Bob and I have been having. A large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for. A little while ago, I suggested that Every Web/Mobile Startup Should Have a Technical Advisor. The conversation with Bob was about what the composition of advisors should look like.

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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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. ——-.

Prepaid SIM Card USA 2014

Ask The VC

Searching for an inexpensive plan on iPhone offer, or perhaps you wish to use an unlocked worldwide cell phone? Several prepaid wireless companies now are providing SIM-Only service, in which you bring in your personal cell phone, catch in a SIM card and enjoy. There are two carriers that actually work with unlocked GSM cell phone or unlocked iPhones which is T-mobile and AT&T, however the two. Best Plans Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

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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.

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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An interesting Amazon innovation

47 Hats

I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California.

7 Elements Of Inspiration From The Steve Jobs Model

Gust

Quote from Steve Jobs via Flickr. Steve Jobs was one of those entrepreneurs who seemed universally either loved or hated, but not many will argue with his ability to innovate in the technology product arena over the years.

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

Deimar

Fostering a culture of creativity innovation is critical to the success of a company. Success in modern business requires the ability to adapt quickly, responding to evolving market conditions and changes in prevailing best-practices.

Harvard’s Big Moves to Improve Its Startup Spirit: An HBS Student’s Take

View from Seed

NextView Ventures is excited to welcome Dimitri Dadiomov to the team as an MBA Associate. He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School and will be focused on supporting the early-stage startup community in Boston and its schools.

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Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You

Startup Professionals Musings

Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain.

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Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Most attention goes to tech companies ranging from Google to Genentech, but some non-tech companies like FedEx and Starbucks also raised VC early in their lives.

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

I know this post is going to be a downer but I think there is a lot more to be talked about regarding depression, mental health, and entrepreneurship. I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently.

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.

Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

Ask The VC

I've discovered The 7 cheapest cell phone plans offered in the market today, starting at $5 a month and moving up from that, all the plans covered here are no contract plans, which make it easy for a try. The handset includes basic phones to Smartphone's, cell phones usually cost around $250 or even much less, so your heart is not going to race each time the bill arrives, simply because you'll. Best Plans Cheapest cell phone plans

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Don’t be Data-Driven, be Problem-Driven

Instigator Blog

Recently a founder of an early stage startup asked me, “How do I convince my co-founder and team to be more data-driven?” ” I think I surprised him with my answer, because I told him that the key issue wasn’t being more data-driven, it was being problem-driven.

Lean Enterprise & Innovation Ecosystems

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup + Enterprise = Lean Enterprise. Comparing an enterprise to a startup is like comparing an ocean to a dolphin. They simply don’t equate. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups innovation ecosystem lean ecosystem lean enterprise

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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.

High Performing Virtual Teams Have 8 Key Attributes

Gust

Virtual Team meeting image via Wikimedia blog. Almost every startup is a virtual team these days, since most don’t start out with dedicated office space, and some or all members of the team work part-time or out of their own home.

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Why Companies Must Encourage Diversity?

Deimar

Diversity is the key to competitiveness. It has a high impact on both the capacity of innovation and adaptation of any company. Why Companies Must Encourage Diversity? It Fosters Better Decision-making.

A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs

View from Seed

Isaac Cambron is co-founder and CTO of Zensight.co , whose pre-launch product enables sales reps to find and use their best content to close more deals. Below, he answers questions about developing products from scratch, as well as the difficult technology choices and tradeoffs CTOs must make.

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10 Entrepreneur Approaches That Turn Off Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam.

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

Feld Thoughts

I’ve had a powerful exchange via email with Mario Cantin over the past few days. He pointed me to a post he recently wrote titled Empathy is feeling *with* others and an amazing three minute RSA Short video on The Power of Empathy by Dr Brené Brown.

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Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank

Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods.