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Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

I’ve regularly blog about patent trolls harassing startups and impeding innovation, the experiences of immigrant founders, and the battle for a free internet. That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in. Engine connected 15,000 calls from individuals to their Senators that day. You can get involved by becoming an Engine member today.

Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The PWC Money Tree report says that 4,356 startup investments were made in 2014. The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is frustrating for entrepreneurs.

A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking

The Equity Kicker

In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine. Startup general interest Uncategorized

It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur. Marty Zwilling.

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. StartupsKatie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. Congratulations on the next chapter, Katie! MIT is lucky to have you!

Start Your Marketplace Engines

Genuine VC

And along the way we’ve met with or observed a larger number of seed-stage startups attempting to start them. What are the best practices for going from zero to sixty with a marketplace startup? One way to jump-start a marketplace with sellers is to attract them to a platform with carrots other than buyer demand.

Lean Startup Tools: Building A Growth Engine

Early Growth Financial Services

Sounds nice, but what exactly is a startup growth engine? In which startup situations might this strategy have the most impact?

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Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? Wikipedia ).

Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan On August 20, Eric will sit down with developer and Hut8Labs co-founder Dan Milstein for a webcast you can join to discuss “Getting Engineers Into the Lean Startup Cycle.” This conversation will be a great opportunity for engineers and engineering managers to learn more about implementing Lean Startup ideas.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. Yet this system isn’t perfect. Until today.

Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. The other departments gave the same type of logistical answers; the product-marketing department, for example, said their job was to get the product specs from engineering and write data sheets. All good news. —-.

Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead

Redeye VC

Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer, argues the key to building fast at scale lies in small teams.

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? What kind of engineers do you need? Now consider a few high-level categories of engineers: Front-End. The best engineers I’ve worked with cross into multiple categories. hurts your team’s ability to juke left and right as you sprint down the startup road.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass., Portfolio companies can contact us to learn more.)

Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.

Design Staff

How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). Participate in the entire engineering cycle. Engineers!

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

Human Engineering Business model canvas Getsatisfaction kampyle SnapBug Tenderapp UserVoice VijulOn "Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed", a research by Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that "85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human. [[ This is a content summary only.

A Great Graduation Speech For Engineers And Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

My friend Krista Marks (now at Disney – which acquired her first company – Kerpoof ) sent me a copy of the graduation speech she gave at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing on May 8th. In 1989, I graduated with degree in Electrical Engineering from the USC. Enjoy and be inspired! *.

Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

Redeye VC

That’s why CTO Fred Sadaghiani has focused tremendous effort on building a program that “activates” engineering interns to become full contributing members of the staff. At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. In this exclusive interview, Sadaghiani breaks down what Sift Science does.

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Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine. Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine. Follow @datacommunitydc. About.

Highlights from Our Webcast on Lean Startup for Engineers

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. Last week, Eric sat down with developer Dan Milstein --one of the most popular speakers from the 2012 Lean Startup Conference --for a webcast conversation on getting engineers into the Lean Startup cycle. Engineers can only do so much on their own.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. University.

This Ex-Facebook Engineer Just Sold His Startup for $582 Million

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Salesforce will pay $582 million for Quip, a cloud-based word processor startup that aims to disrupt Microsoft Office

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The yin and yang of the engineering team and the sales team

Eric Friedman

Its a dance that happens within startups everday. Engineering Sales StartupsTurn to fast and things get out of control.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup. It was an exercise in reverse engineering. Some product managers might be more technical, working on feature requirements and interfacing with the engineering team, while others might be more like brand managers who are the GM of their brands.

WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News WP Engine, founded in 2010 at Capital Factory, has 150 employees in Austin and it’s hiring. The plucky startup also has another 10 employees in a satellite office in California. San Antonio Austin Wordpress hosting WP Engine

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team.

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7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers

Startup Professionals Musings

Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur. Marty Zwilling.

Apple Poached Two Engineers From Mark Cuban-Backed Power Startup uBeam

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The tech giant has hired more than a dozen wireless charging experts in the past two years

Your Next Engineer May Work From One of These 5 Countries

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Startups are forgoing exorbitant engineering salaries for the more reasonably-priced but quality work of an outsourced IT staff

How Steve Jobs Undercut Silicon Valley's Greatest Asset: Engineers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The current class action could award damages between $3 billion and $9 billion to more than 60,000 engineers. "If

Hyper-Growth Done Right - Lessons From the Man Who Scaled Engineering at Dropbox and Facebook

Redeye VC

When he started as an engineer at Facebook, the company had fewer than 15 people. Within 6 years, he had risen to Director of Product Engineering, leading 2,000 employees to reach 700 million users. In 2012, when Dropbox acquired his startup Cove, the cloud storage incumbent staffed 30 engineers building for 50 million users.

Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

But a new angel fund is hoping that they’ll do the same in exchange for engineering talent. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Have an account?

Accelerate Your Startup: Tuning the Engine

For Entrepreneurs

As a VC and five-time entrepreneur, I frequently see two common mistakes being made by startups: Companies spend too much attempting to grow the business when it’s not ready for such growth; or Companies don’t spend enough money when the business. Idea Conception Startup Help

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. They will be managers.

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers


On LinkedIn's blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. Pinterest was number 6.)

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. Simple.

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Startup CTO


I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

Early entrants get sold to corporate acquirers at inflated prices for their teams, their technology, and their tools. SalesStash. Delphi. Homeslice.

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Search Engine Optimization Using The Long Tail, The Ultradian Rhythm For Productivity And The One Thing Startups Should Focus On by Yaro Starak

Yaro and Walter Everything Entrepreneurship Podcast long tail seo for blogs startup goals sydney incubator Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes.

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Sustainable engineering – avoid big re-writes

The Equity Kicker

Last week friend of Forward Partners Douglas Squirrel published a post about Sustainable engineering on The Path Forward in which he advises founders on how to scale their engineering effort. Our plan is that more and more authors like Squirrel will become Pathfinders and contribute to The Path Forward. Forward Partners

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