2016

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why.

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Social Trends: What does it take to create a remarkable industry blog?

Brandanew

Many small businesses and startups are out there to solve the content puzzle. How do they create a remarkable industry blog that positions them as thought leaders? It’s neither easy, nor coincidental how some blogs take off and carve in niche in their industry.

Understanding Privilege – My Experience in Prison

Feld Thoughts

A month ago Mark Suster (Upfront) and I hosted 75 colleagues for a full day at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County – also known as Lancaster.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application

TechEmpower

“It was running fine.” ” In our performance consulting work, we often hear variations of the following: “Our web application was running fine with a few hundred users.

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“You Don’t Look Like a Founder”

Instigator Blog

WTF does that even mean? It means: You’re not a young white guy. And it’s total b t. Heather Anne Carson, co-founder @ Repable recently posted this on Facebook: (She didn’t ask me to write this.) It’s not surprising that guys feel / think this way (but saying it out loud really demonstrates a whole […]. Entrepreneurship

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How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

Both Sides of the Table

I know the title “I promise you one of the most meaningful days of your life” sounds grandiose but I mean it and I hope you’ll read through to the end and choose to take one small, totally free action, that will change your life and likely those of others.

Worrying is self-fulfilling; what to do instead

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Worrying is a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Worry” causes the very thing you’re worried about, to actually happen.

8 Keys To Getting Real Value From Business Networking

Startup Professionals Musings

There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking. You can’t build your business alone, and networking is the best way to open doors, professionally and personally.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why.

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Is Influencer Marketing the Future of Marketing?

Brandanew

YouTubers, bloggers, Instagrammers, and other social media influencers are dominating the world of advertising and brand endorsements. But does this mean that influencer marketing is taking the place of traditional advertising?

Venture Deals – Third Edition

Feld Thoughts

The third edition of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is going to print and pre-orders are up on Amazon. For everyone who has purchased, read, or reviewed our previous editions, thank you!

Framework Benchmarks Round 12

TechEmpower

Round 12 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! A race against the clock. Recently, we were notified that the physical hardware environment we have used for Rounds 9 through 12 will be decommissioned imminently.

Finding Your Inspiration

Instigator Blog

Founders need inspiration. I believe most founders have a deep well of inspiration inside of them that they’re able to draw from as needed. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to survive. But that’s not always enough–founders need to find inspiration outside of themselves as well.

What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?

SoCal CTO

By far the most popular post on this blog is 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder. It was originally written in 2011 and has had amazing staying power. While I’ve updated it a few times, it continues to get at important questions that startup founders need to be asking.

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Introducing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to New York City Tech

View from Seed

New York City is a dream but can also be a navigational nightmare, equal parts crammed circus and rat race mixed at warp speed. This holds for the city’s tech sector. NYC Tech is bursting at the seams with nightly networking events at floors and floors of co-working spaces.

Valuation Part I: Peeling the Onion, or How Top Investors Value the Startups They Invest In

Gust

Early-stage technology company valuations are generally a crap-shoot. Bill Payne did a great post about this in October 2011. This post builds on top of his work, and attempts to shed additional light on the valuation process.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy. Yet the only horror I experienced was watching Peter Thiel stand in front of a national media audience and re-endorse Donald Trump for President.

How to simplify complex decisions by cleaving the facts

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We all face complex business decisions for which there is no one, correct answer, and yet a strong and occasionally permanent decision is required of us. Sometimes the puzzle is created by fundamental uncertainty inherent in the decision.

Intrinsic Motivation Models Lead To Business Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons.

There are 145 Entrepreneurship Courses at Stanford

Steve Blank

Stanford is an incubator with dorms. Download the full text file with links to the courses here. link]. Filed under: Hacking For Defense , Hacking for Diplomacy , Lean LaunchPad , Teaching. Hacking For Defense Hacking for Diplomacy Lean LaunchPad Teaching

Monthly Roundup: How Do You Scale Content For Your Brand?

Brandanew

It’s good to start with good news. Fall has begun and we’re in a rush to get all the latest content on to our readers.

December Depression

Feld Thoughts

December is a tough time of year for a lot of people. While the holidays are awesome for some, they are really hard for others. I know a lot of people around me who are anxious, upset, stressed, or some other version of “not in a good place.”

Efficient multiple-stream concatenation in Java

TechEmpower

I want to combine the elements of multiple Stream instances into a single Stream. What's the best way to do this? This article compares a few different solutions. Stream.concat(a, b). The JDK provides Stream.concat(a, b) for concatenating two streams. void exampleConcatTwo () {. Stream a = Stream. of ( "one" , "two" ); Stream b = Stream. of ( "three" , "four" ); Stream out = Stream. concat ( a , b ); out. forEach ( System. out :: println ); // Output: // one. // two. // three. // four. }.

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The Startup Rollercoaster is Real

Instigator Blog

You know what’s hard? Starting a company. You know what’s fun? Starting a company. There’s something about the insane challenge that makes starting a company so incredible. Having said that, I really don’t enjoy being told I’m wrong, or that my plan/idea/approach won’t work. (I I don’t know many people who like that!) And when people […]. Entrepreneurship

6 Reasons Your Conversion Rate is Zero

Grasshopper Herder

Nothing is worse that seeing an entrepreneur abandon a potentially good idea because they ran a landing page test and found a low (or zero) % conversion rate. That’s called a false negative. Here are a few things to check when our conversion rate looks so low that we’re considering abandoning an idea. I’ll list them in order of least likely to most likely based on my experience. The post 6 Reasons Your Conversion Rate is Zero appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

How Much Traction Do I Need to Raise from Seed VCs?

View from Seed

A couple weeks ago, my partner Rob penned a blog post about the “shape of traction” which really resonated with a number of folks. The quick summary is that the shape of a startup’s traction (with time/product-quality on the x axis and traction on the y axis) and isn’t at all a linear path.

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

Gust

We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation. Many startup founders find themselves lacking clarity and direction when it comes time to divide their. Read more >.

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca For the first 5 years or so after I became a VC I didn’t talk much about what I thought a VC should be excellent at since frankly I wasn’t sure. I was mostly doing my job and trying to figure out how to be better every day.

No wait, of course THAT is the single most important SaaS metric

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The single most important SaaS metric is retention , because cancellations indicate lack of product/market fit, no matter the cause (price, features, severity of need, duration of need). If it cannot be fixed, it means the business is a failure even if other metrics are stellar.

7 Startup Strategies For The Next Dot Com Billionaire

Startup Professionals Musings

Many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to the Internet as an opportunity to get rich quick, instead of a place where you can start a business you love, for very little capital and minimal technical expertise.

There are 145 Entrepreneurship Courses at Stanford

Steve Blank

Stanford is an incubator with dorms. Download the full text file with links to the courses here. Filed under: Hacking For Defense , Hacking for Diplomacy , Lean LaunchPad , Teaching. Hacking For Defense Hacking for Diplomacy Lean LaunchPad Teaching

5 Terrible Social Media Fails in 2016 That You Must Avoid

Brandanew

Brands are closer to their audience with the help of social media. They experiment and try various creative styles to win hearts. But quite often ideas may end up in a paradox when the implementation goes awry.

Thoughts From A Female Friend on Locker Room Talk

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, Elizabeth Kraus, a good friend and the co-founder of MergeLane (we are investors), sent me the following blog post and asked me if I would reblog it on my site. After reading it, I felt she expressed her thoughts on Trump’s “locker room talk” extremely well.

Framework Benchmarks Round 13

TechEmpower

Round 13 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is here! The project now features 230 framework implementations (of our JSON serialization test) and includes new entrants on platforms as diverse as Kotlin and Qt. Yes, that Qt.