Founders Circle

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. It takes time for the equity value to get to a point where it makes sense for the founders and employees to take a bit of their equity value off the table.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

The most-used workplace training programs are really about matters of the heart. entrepreneur founder leadership startupMost entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business.

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Who should learn to program?

Chris Dixon

There has recently been a lot of talk in the tech world and beyond about getting more people to learn computer programming. Programming is a great foundation for a tech/startup career. I suspect one of the reasons for the low number of CS majors is people don’t realize all the non-programming opportunities that are opened up by background in programming. Programming is an important part of being “culturally literate.”

Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

Last week Techstars announced the new Techstars Mobility program, Driven by Detroit. From the post about it: “Throughout the development of the Techstars Mobility program, Techstars worked with Detroit based venture capital firms Fontinalis Partners, Detroit Venture Partners and Renaissance Venture Capital to recruit mentors and ensure capital was ready to deploy in the region. I’m fascinated with Detroit.

Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Three co-founders is acceptable, but anything beyond that the chances of success of the company may actually decrease. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

Just Work the Program

Duct Tape Marketing

Just Work the Program written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. Patience may be difficult in the midst of a marketing program, but if you lay out a plan and follow it consistently, you build customer confidence in your brand.

Choosing a Programming Language and Framework for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

t prompted a good discussion around how CTOs go about choosing the programming language and framework for their startup. Or you might have an investor (or founder) who's convinced that you need to work in a given language (some VCs love Ruby right now). Misconceptions When I talk with founders and VCs there are often quite a few misconceptions around the choice of language and framework. The rest is just down and dirty algorithmic programming.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

Upgrade your brain: Programming resources for coding newbies

The Next Web

Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely—a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together. Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”—

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Ask a founder of a growing startup what they need most, and you’ll often get an answer along the lines of, “We need great people, and we need them fast.”. Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

[Singapore][Event] Inaugural PlugFest International Programming Competition Launches

YoungUpstarts

says Dr Krishnan SPT, co-founder of the Google Developer Group Singapore. Events & Happenings competition mobile apps PlugFest programming competition public data Singapore

Founder Labs NYC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Programs like Y Combinator, Techstars, and many others have made the difficult phase of going from a founding team and an idea to a real business and funding just a little bit easier. Two of my favorite pre-accelerator programs are Startup Weekend and Founder Labs. In these programs you can show up with an idea, without a team, a plan, and much of anything else. " Founder Labs does it over 5.5 Founder Labs was started by Women 2.0.

LaunchHouse Launches Startup Accelerator Program

YoungUpstarts

Shaker Heights, Ohio-based business incubator LaunchHouse is inviting ten technology startup teams from around the world to participate in a 12-week startup accelerator program. If you’re a technology-based startup with two or three co-founders, you can apply for the program here.

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Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Fellowship Program. After joining Lightspeed in 2006 and realizing that we had the resources to support some idea-stage projects, I put together the Summer Program and opened it up to student led teams.

Get With The Program: 4 Ways To Power Your Virtual Workforce

YoungUpstarts

Both allow for more freedom of movement and control over personal programming. My company Fit4D , an innovative health-tech company with a patient-centered diabetes coaching program based in New York City, embraces the remote work concept. by David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D.

Programming Your Culture

Ben's Blog

Ask 10 founders about company culture and what it means and you’ll get 10 different answers. Here are three examples: Desks made out of doors – Very early on, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, envisioned a company that made money by delivering value to rather than extracting value from its customers. I do this for my culture. To let them know what a nigga look like when a nigga in a Roadster. Show them how to move in a room full of vultures.

Founder Labs (continued)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Roughly three months ago, I wrote a post noting that Founder Labs was coming to NYC. Last night the first Founder Labs program in NYC wrapped up wtih the final presentations in USV's event space. I have liked the idea of Founder Labs from the moment I heard about it.

Here's What Happened When I Tried Dick Costolo's Workout Program

Inc Startups

For one week, I followed the Chorus co-founder and ex-Twitter CEO's fitness routine. Pain ensued. Work-Life Balance

Why All Business Founders Should Learn Basic Programming

YoungUpstarts

All they need is a technical founder… I’m not usually one to judge but based on the number of times I’ve been sworn to secrecy, it seems that these budding entrepreneurs place too high a premium on ‘ideas’ and not nearly enough on execution. by Lee Shen Han.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. And the back-end is something that a non-technical founder can manage.

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Tool and resource list for new founders

The Startup Toolkit

TextIt – create SMS applications without programming (e.g. Twilio – makes phone calls and SMS as easy to program as websites. f6s – listing of all accelerator programs (and lots of other info) and a social network for startups and angels.

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

The Yin and Yang of a great co-founder relationship

joel.is

I’ve always found it interesting to think about co-founder relationships. It’s fascinating to me how co-founders need to be different in many ways and at the same time have shared values they are aligned on. I think it’s super valuable to have different strengths as founders.

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? VC Cafe took a look at the most promising sources for finding co-founders, both in the “real world” and online. . Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

A Tech Founder's Guide To Picking A Non-Tech Founder

OnStartups

When you’re technical and interviewing or planning to work with other people who are technical, you’re used to giving them objective “tests” that help you determine their abilities, white board problems, coding projects, pair-programming sessions.

Why and When to Learn to Program

Spencer Fry

The only thing without a doubt that holds true for everyone learning to program is that you must deeply want to learn. Sure, you may walk away with a better familiarity with coding syntax and general programming concepts, but that's a lot different than learning to become a programmer.

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Governments Should Fund Startup Travel Programs

Instigator Blog

And launch a startup travel program. The government should have a program that pays for entrepreneurs to visit San Francisco (Valley / Bay area) or New York to experience the best startup ecosystems around. If you’re anywhere other than Silicon Valley or New York, a startup (or founder) travel program makes sense. I’ve seen some programs that help entrepreneurs get to the Valley, but I think more could be done.

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

joel.is

This put a lot of strain on our relationship as co-founders, and it’s probably the only time I can think of in the whole lifetime of Buffer so far where I’ve had some really tough conversations with Leo. How do you structure how you work with your co-founder or business partners?

Venture Geeks Launches New Startup Accelerator Program in Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

GeekMedia, the company behind the Israeli blog NewsGeek (Hebrew) has launched VentureGeeks , a new incubator program in Israel, which will provide seed funding and mentorship to Israeli startups. The Tel-Aviv based incubator is meant to serve as an accelerator program for startups, following the model of US based Y Combinator. Applications to the program are currently open until February 28th, 2011.

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

joel.is

This put a lot of strain on our relationship as co-founders, and it’s probably the only time I can think of in the whole lifetime of Buffer so far where I’ve had some really tough conversations with Leo. I guess that’s why I naturally enjoyed programming (though I rarely code anymore ).

[INTERVIEW] Zakaria Hersi, Founder Of Orten.io

YoungUpstarts

attacks the issue from two angles: Startup events that promote tech entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and educational programs and workshops for promising individuals who may be economically disadvantaged or from female and minority groups.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

Rackspace Launches Linux for Ladies Training Program

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News At the Women in Tech Networking event at South by Southwest Interactive last week, Rackspace Hosting launched its new training program, Linux for Ladies, aimed at helping women get top jobs in the IT industry. Because of our rapid growth we want to make sure we have […] The post Rackspace Launches Linux for Ladies Training Program appeared first on SiliconHills.

Why Online Reviews Should Be a Part of Your Referral Marketing Program

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Online Reviews Should Be a Part of Your Referral Marketing Program written by Alex Boyer read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Developing a strong referral program is vital for many businesses. Increasingly, online reviews can play a very important part in a vibrant referral program.

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Founder Institute This Summer in Colorado

Feld Thoughts

So when Jim Franklin, the CEO of SendGrid (one of our portfolio companies and a TechStars Boulder mentor) asked if I would write a post about the Founder Institute program in Boulder, I told him that I’d give him control of my blog to write a guest post on it. I have enormous regard for Jim and Jon Nordmark, his co-host of the Founder Institute Denver program and want to be supportive of anything they are involved in.

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

Up and Running

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In For the purposes of our own discussion on female founders, the portfolio was the first thing I asked Boris about, and an obvious starting point.

Programming Your Culture

Ben's Blog

Ask 10 founders about company culture and what it means and you’ll get 10 different answers. Here are three examples: Desks made out of doors – Very early on, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, envisioned a company that made money by delivering value to rather than extracting value from its customers. I do this for my culture To let them know what a n@#!a a look like when a ni&%!a

Your Guide to the Complete Lean Startup Conference Program

Startup Lessons Learned

We took the feedback we gathered in previous years to expand on and improve the program. We’ve recently added talks from: Former US CTO and current tech advisor to the White House, Todd Park; former Facebook engineering director Joceyln Goldfein; Dropbox engineering VP Aditya Agarwal; and KISSMetrics founder Hiten Shah. And, again, you can now see the whole program on our site.

Reducing the risk factors: Why first time founders should join an accelerator program

The Next Web

About a year and a half ago, we got accepted to the Elevator accelerator program in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sometimes, it was a technical issue that other founders helped us to solve. That is something we probably couldn’t get if we’d met them not as part of the accelerator program.

Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers. Some go as far as stating, flat out, that MBAs don’t make for good founders. So we decided to study one program in particular: Harvard Business School.