2015

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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. But it is not yet clear what that thing is.

7 Digital Marketing Trends For Your Brand Success in 2016

Brandanew

Digital marketing has gone under some major makeovers over the last few years. Here are some marketing predictions for your brand success in 2016.

That Didn’t Need To Take An Hour

Feld Thoughts

Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” Here are a few of them. 60 minutes.

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Should Startups Blog? An Essay (with Data) to Decide Once and For All

View from Seed

Visit a startup’s website, and you’ll eventually drift towards a few standard links, from About to Team to Contact. That’s it!

Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! Between Round 9 and Round 10, we saw an average of 7 commits per day. versus 1.05M).

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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. Amnesia sets in and we get back on the merry-go-round. by SA. blog here ).

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. This didn’t feel good. the company had.

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Scaling by “delegation” isn’t good enough

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Founding a company is a selfish act. It will consume every waking moment for the next 1-10 years. Not all selfish acts are bad ones! And it’s wrong.

The Rich Get Richer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The 2014 numbers for the VC category are out and it was a huge year, almost $50bn in total VC funding. year over year. The rich are getting richer.

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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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.

Flowchart: How a Seed VC Makes Investment Decisions

View from Seed

note: In 2013, Rob Go published a flowchart articulating his VC decision making process. Is this a market I want to have an investment in?

11 Best Social Media Tools For Small Businesses And Individuals

Brandanew

But does it all end at fancy social profiles or does social media marketing run deeper? I say, the latter. How can you make it easy? You work smart.

“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!” ” […].

18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors

Gust

The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s. Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company

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Playing Startup

Agile VC

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. It motivated me to do the same.

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. Opening is easier than closing. Step one: Be proactive. Start, sure.

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

Steve Blank

Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. At first glance it seems like a fire-ready-aim process. Here’s how.

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Startups Need Great Execution More Than Great Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?” Positive inspirational communication. Marty Zwilling.

The Carlota Perez Framework

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I was reading William’s post on the potential crash in the Bitcoin sector this morning and I thought of Carlota Perez. VC & Technology

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. Essays

Something New Is F *d Up In My World Every Day

Feld Thoughts

This is one of my favorite lines to use to explain the business life I live. It’s simple. Something new is f *d up in my world every day.

Marketing Your Startup: A Billion-Dollar Company’s First Marketer Reflects Back

View from Seed

Ellie Mirman was the first marketer hired by the CMO of HubSpot, the Boston-based marketing software startup that IPOed in 2014. We got 300.

Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

Genuine VC

The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported with comprehensive research about the entrepreneurial activity coming out of Harvard’s business school.

Prioritize Product Development by the Four Stages of Use

Instigator Blog

When prioritizing feature development I like to think of a product in four pieces: Ongoing Engagement, Onboarding, First User Experience and Marketing/Growth. These are actually the steps a user goes through during their lifecycle with your product (listed in reverse). Product Management

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.

Performance Punishment - An Easy Way to Burnout Your Employees

Deimar

You might be punishing your best player's performance, and she/he might be about to walk out the door. Originally posted on: www.deimar.co

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

Both Sides of the Table

Any reader of this blog for a period of time will know that I’ve been long YouTube for years. That is YouTube today. But think of this.

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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how. —– Lean Innovation Management. —-. Oh no!

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How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

This is the mysterious and dreaded due diligence process, which can kill the whole deal. My best advice is to stick to the middle ground.

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. That did not happen. That most certainly did not happen.

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Why it’s nice to compete against a large, profitable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

A big, profitable company seems like the hardest thing for a small company to compete against. But David has a clear path to slaying Goliath. But wait!

Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad

Feld Thoughts

It’s late Saturday night after an awesome day in Las Vegas with my dad. ” We have a lot of fun and learn a ton from each other.

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Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

View from Seed

Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital.