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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. million. Not bad.

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", Twitter is a great example of this.

Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company

Vinicius Vacanti

billion fund called Quadrangle Group. It was just my third year out of college and I made a little over $250,000. There was only one little issue.

Start With Customer Experience

Feld Thoughts

I was reminded of the importance of starting with the customer experience while I was watching this brilliant video from WWDC 1997 of Steve Jobs.

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. No, let me rephrase that-- AngelList is a freakin' phenomenon.

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Color Wheels are wrong? How color vision actually works

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Color theory is a little obsession of mine. You’re here for startup advice, but this week I’m taking an indulgence. Artists get it wrong.

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Do You Have the Mentality to Manage a Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

Actually, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s a good start. But it’s easier for me to look in from the outside than it is for you to look out.

What Should You Do When An Investor Asks You For A Business Plan?

Ask The VC

Dan Shapiro has an excellent post up titled What to do when an investor asks you for your business plan. In it he addresses something we missed in Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. In the section where we discuss business plans, we say: “We haven’t read a business plan in over 20 years.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners? Comps?

How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Image via Wikipedia. I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

Vinicius Vacanti

You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them. So, like the nice person you are, you want to be as flexible as possible.

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Protect The Internet

Feld Thoughts

Fred Wilson has a strong post up titled Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs that explains the situation.

The Innovator’s Secret Weapon

47 Hats

By Jarie Bolander. Founder, EnduranceLeader.com. Thomas Edison was famous for saying: Invention is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. Guest Posts

Small Features

Instigator Blog

So a “small feature” is one that’s easy to code and easy to use. But are small features really that easy to build? Small features.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me. And it’s something I think you ought to consider when building your Internet businesses.

Hiring – Easy as Pie

Steve Blank

Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit. I had them leave with a pie chart.

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How cold calling (properly) works better than AdWords

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> This is a guest post from Robert Graham — a solo bootstrapper who blogs about the experience. He is a Ph.D.

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10 Preparation Steps to Win an Angel Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded by an angel investor. are eliminated during due diligence. Line up an experienced team. Marty Zwilling.

Model Cap Tables With VCHub

Ask The VC

A few days ago I answered a question on AsktheVC about modeling cap tables. After a quick email conversation with Jeff Boardman (founder of LearnVC ), I realize I had left his product off the list. In addition, he’s created a variety of interactive examples that help you understand things like: Anti Dilution – Broad-based Weighted Average.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies


He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. Here are a few slices of it.

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Why I'm Rooting For Google+

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite. I got the invite late that day and started playing with the service. Here's my profile. I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it. In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds. That is great.

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The Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success

Vinicius Vacanti

Hustling from our shared workspace cubicles. “So, what do you do?&#. I hated that question. The Grind. What did we have to show for it? Nothing.


Feld Thoughts

A few weeks ago a guest post titled Minimum Viable Personality appeared on Fred Wilson’s blog. The author was a Giant Robot Dinosaur who has been dishing out wisdom in all caps in the comments on Fred’s blog for a long time. And, I grinned with relief when I finally made his #NOEATFRIDAY list. Without hesitation I said yes. YOU FAIL.

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Your startup needs a pre-launch signup landing page

47 Hats

[After last week's post on A prelaunch page for your startup , Josh Ledgard of KickoffLabs reached out to point out his alternative. by Josh Ledgard.

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Lessons Learned Launching a Lean Startup Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is a Lean Startup accelerator. Since our launch we’ve co-created and invested in 5 startups (which was our target number).

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Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. 5 / week = 250 / year. JFDI.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

Over the last two months the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. Say what?

The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Consulting can be a great way to fund a startup or make a bunch of cash. It’s easy to start; Just pick an hourly rate and jump in. What to do?

7 Reasons Big-Company Executives Fail in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations thrive in the early-stage startup environment. Never cover your a$$.

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds


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. Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one. About 150-225 words. It won’t work.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Want To Be A VC? Start A Company.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Steve Blank has a great post up on his blog suggesting that VCs should require startup CEO experience in their partners' resumes. He quotes from me in that post but I'm not going to state which one came from me. You can guess if you want. You might be surprised to know that I agree with Steve. I have never run a startup company.

How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

Vinicius Vacanti

The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. Get Yourself a Domain Name and a Splash Page. HackerNews.

The Best Vacation Responder Ever

Feld Thoughts

I go off the grid four times a year for a week at a time. During these weeks I put up a vacation reminder that says I’m off the grid, not checking email or phone, but if it’s an emergency I can be found by my assistant Kelly. While this works well, Josh Kopelman blew my mind with his awesome vacation responder a few weeks ago.

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