2015

Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! It has been a little less than a year since the previous round and in that time, approximately 133 contributors have made 2,835 git commits.

7 Digital Marketing Trends For Your Brand Success in 2016

Brandanew

Digital marketing has gone under some major makeovers over the last few years. From something that was associated only with eCommerce platforms to becoming an increasingly important medium for creating a brand name across industries.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling.

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How To Secure A Lead Investor

Gust

By Paula Taas, Founder Institute. You’ve created an amazing founding team, you’ve built a brilliant product that has been gaining a lot of traction, and now you’re looking to expand your company. How do you continue to build your business? By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round.

One Lean Startup Experiment Per Week

Grasshopper Herder

The faster we can go around the Build-Measure-Learn loop, the faster we validate our business model. So how fast is fast enough? Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship lean-enterprise

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Foundry Group Urges Boulder To VOTE NO on 300 and 301

Feld Thoughts

This year’s local election in Boulder is a critical one. The city that we love risks shutting its doors.

What Happened In 2015

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last year in my What Just Happened post, I said: the social media phase of the Internet ended. I think we can go further than that now and say that sometime in the past year or two the consumer internet/social/mobile gold rush ended.

Your non-linear problem of 90% utilization

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Does it feel like everyone is working very hard, all the time, and yet not accomplishing as much as everyone would like? Maybe this is why. Suppose a web server is running at 50% of its full capacity.

Framework Benchmarks Round 11

TechEmpower

Round 11 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! We'll keep this blog entry short and sweet. The highlights for Round 11. Three new languages are represented in Round 11: Crystal , D , and Rust. Meanwhile, the total number of frameworks has increased by 26.

How To Name Your Startup And Brands

Brandanew

Yesterday, I met up with the CEO and founder of an Ann Arbor Startup- High Five Pedal tours. Dave Cicotte, is on to the last week of his full time job, before he takes the final plunge. He is aiming at a St. Patrick’s day (March 14, 2016) launch and was naturally full of excitement.

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Blank’s Rule – To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy

Steve Blank

In a rapidly changing world those who copy the past have doomed their future. When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strategies they often assemble a panel of experts to advise them.

The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

Gust

With all the news about hundred million dollar rounds and billion dollar valuations, it can be hard not to look at the world of entrepreneurship and angel investing as a thrilling ride that only has one stop: success.

The ROI of Innovation

Grasshopper Herder

As product managers, we are often asked a single question when we propose a new product: What’s the Return on Investment? There has to be a Return on Investment (ROI) or we can’t get funding for the project.

The VC Meeting Map: What to Expect After a Successful First Pitch

View from Seed

Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck , how to run the meeting , etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process?

5 Keys to Effective Storytelling

Deimar

Effective storytelling will get the user to focus on your story, your message, above the noise and information overload. Keep in mind the following figures: In the last 30 years, mankind has produced more information than in the previous 5,000.

$34,000,000

Instigator Blog

Last week we (at VarageSale) announced $34,000,000 in fundraising from a group of amazing investors. You can read the news on Business Week and in the Globe and Mail. Two of those investors are Sequoia and Lightspeed Venture Partners. These guys have invested in some of the biggest and best companies in the world: Google, […]. VarageSale

Unicorpse

Feld Thoughts

The current usage of the word unicorn makes me tired. I could rant about it for a while, but that would make me tired of myself ranting about it.

What Didn’t Happen

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last year, I ended 2014 with What Just Happened and started 2015 with What Is Going To Happen. I’ll do the same tomorrow and friday, but today I’d like to talk about What Didn’t Happen, specifically which of my predictions in What Is Going To Happen did not come to be.

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What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. It has an impact at an individual level, a company level, and an ecosystem level.

Is Social Media Making Us Stupid?

Brandanew

Inane selfies, lame memes, ridiculous games, unverified yet incendiary political as well as religious propaganda, photographs of breakfast, lunch and dinner, it goes on. Social networks today are full of things that arguably add nothing towards any cerebral cause.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how. —– Lean Innovation Management.

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Raising Capital As A First Time Founder

Gust

A year ago, in mid September 2014, I walked out of a Starbucks in San Francisco with the very first check from an angel investor for Glassbreakers. Though it was only $5,000, it was enough to prove to myself and my co-founder, Lauren Mosenthal, that we could actually fundraise for our startup.

21st Century Education

Grasshopper Herder

The ability to answer pre-formulated questions doesn’t help us as entrepreneurs. When building a new business model, there is no test or quiz to cram for. Human Resources

6 Growth Barriers Most Startups Don’t See Coming

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve.

How-to Optimize Your Recruitment Process

Deimar

Companies spend more time and money on recruiting an employee than on training him. According to Josh Bersin , president and chief executive officer, Bersin & Associates. "US

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“No Marketing” Isn’t as Impressive as You Think

Instigator Blog

Almost every early stage startup that pitches me these days talks about the traction they’ve had with absolutely no marketing whatsoever. “We have five hundred signups and we’ve done no marketing at all.” ” “Our beta list is growing quickly–and we’re not even marketing yet!” ” “Customers are knocking at our door, and that’s with no marketing.” ” […]. Startups

Watch Me Use A Glowforge

Feld Thoughts

If you’ve been following our Glowforge investment you will be familiar with the pre-order campaign they are currently running. Halfway through (with 15 days to go) they are now at $7.8 million.

The No Hands Syndrome

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week I saw this tweet from Dan Primack who covers the VC sector for Fortune: At VC breakfast (90 attendees), I asked how many would invest in Bitcoin startup (not general blockchain). Zero hands. FortuneTech. — Dan Primack (@danprimack) July 14, 2015.

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

Both Sides of the Table

Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard.

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Niche to Win, Baby.

500 Hats

Don’t Go Big or Go Home. Go Small at first, then Iterate, Dominate, & WIN. Continue reading on Medium

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10 Branding Elements And What They Mean

Brandanew

Branding is complex topic. Everybody uses the term “brand” but few will be able to clearly define it. We have had clients, who confuse branding with a website. While websites and digital presence is a significant aspect, it is a part of your overall brand.

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport

Gust

Jason Rappaport, Founder and CEO of Squareknot, has raised $1.3 million to date — his first $500,000 round came after a single email, pitch, and lunch. We sat down with Jason as he shared what his fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons he learned, and his advice to fellow founders.