Stealth is Overrated

K9 Ventures

“ US Navy Sea Shadow stealth craft ” by US Navy employee – [link]. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Stealth is overrated. …and I’ve said it to founders on more occasions than I can count: For startups steath is overrated.

Stealth Startup Magic Leap Officially Opens its Austin Office


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few years ago, Michael Klug left his job as co-founder and chief technology officer at Zebra Imaging. Klug, who has […] The post Stealth Startup Magic Leap Officially Opens its Austin Office appeared first on SiliconHills.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Stay in stealth mode until the last minute. Just read the history of any startup or interviews of famous founders and you’ll find one thing in common — no one had mentors or found value vetting ideas and brainstorming with people who have trod this path before.

What Are the Benefits of Stealth Mode for Startups, Really?

View from Seed

Startups and their founders who claim to be in “stealth mode” prior to launch are such a commonplace part of the startup ecosystem that it might seem odd to question its merits. launched publicly and then iterated with real users rather than trying to remain stealth. (I

The Other Reason We Were in Stealth Mode

Vinicius Vacanti

We’re in stealth mode.” ” Why were we in “stealth mode”? We were in stealth mode not for fear of competition but of finding out our idea wasn’t very good. Letting go of “stealth mode” was one of the best decisions we made.

Startups in stealth mode need one piece of advice.

Startups in stealth mode need one piece of advice. As in stop being in stealth mode. Let me a share a few reasons why you dont need to be in stealth mode: 1.) One of the reasons youre foolishly in stealth mode is probably because you havent done enough market research to realize that people are already working on this. Perhaps the biggest reason not to be in stealth is that youre robbing yourself of great feedback. Check out my newest company.

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. Harvard MBA Startup Founders: 2008-2014.

Is "Stealth" the Best Way to Build Your Business?


They explained they were building it "stealth". Interestingly, very active angel and COO at Square , Keith Rabois weighted in on Quora in response to the question: "What are some concrete reasons for *actively* stealthing a startup?"

Startups Who Hide Early Work Only Fool Themselves

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s popular these days for startup founders to operate in stealth mode, meaning no details about the idea or progress are shared with anyone until the big reveal and rollout. business entrepreneur investor startup stealth mode

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

But the one thing I find which also makes a subtle impression on me when I meet a founder of a startup is the convention of the company’s email address. I started mentally noting a few sort-of-funny-because-they’re-true cases, so I thought I’d brainstorm a quick list of what founders’ email addresses say about their startups : <– The first-name convention projects that the company values the individual in a truly personal manner.

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5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make


So here''s an initial list of mistakes that you SHOULD make as a startup founder. Someone - your partner, co-founder, employee, investor, or any other character in your unfolding plot - will mess you over. Tell People Your Venture is in "Stealth Mode".

Why every founder should work for someone else in between startups

The Next Web

They sell one startup (or more likely shut it down) and shortly after, they’re telling you how they’re “working on something new, it’s still in stealth mode.” The post Why every founder should work for someone else in between startups appeared first on The Next Web.

How to Accomplish Impossible Goals, According to 1 of the 4 People Ever to Complete Every Ironman Triathlon in the World

Inc Startups

Jeff Jonas, founder and chief scientist at stealth startup Senzing, explains how he attacks a seemingly insurmountable challenge step-by-step

VentureGeek’s Graduate 6Scan Gets Funded by YL Ventures

VC Cafe

Still in stealth mode, 6scan offers a SaaS security protection suite for websites through its main products: 6scan Patrol and 6scan Bodyguard. Yoav Leitersdorf will join co-founders Nitzan Miron and Yaron Tal on the board of directors.

The Hustler

Instigator Blog

The Hustler isn’t in stealth, he’s just smart about the use of his time. I’ve written “he” throughout this post, but it can just as easily be “she” Startups founders startup ceosYou spend enough time with enough startups and you genuinely come to appreciate the importance of The Hustler. The Hustler plays a few levels above where he * should, but gets away with it because of sheer willpower, ego and perceptivity. Tweet.

Our Investment in Cloze ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

The company has been in stealth mode for the last couple months but I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about NextView’s investment in the company and our enthusiasm to be working with co-founders Dan Foody and Alex Cote. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC.

Stealth Mode, Schmealth Mode: The Real Reasons Why Startups Don't Talk

Stealth Mode, Schmealth Mode: The Real Reasons Why Startups Dont Talk. Lack of Commitment: One or more of the founders have not yet left their day jobs, and as such “revealing” their plans is a little premature. Home About Resources Answers Speaking Community Top Blogs.


Qwilt Raises $24M to Reduce Data Load of Video by Up to 80%

VC Cafe

Founders Alon Maor from Cisco and Dan Sahar from Crescendo Networks, plan to reduce the overall load of online for landline networks, mobile carriers, content providers, and consumers. They have been in stealth mode for 2 years now working mainly with network infrastructures and content providers. They are going to remain in semi-stealth mode and are testing their products in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Stealth Mode

What's Your Founder Superpower? Stealth Mode. I’ve recently been introduced to a number of startups that are operating in “stealth mode,” and have been thinking about what to make of this fact. In a post yesterday, Keith Robinson clearly articulated one of my conclusions, “I’ve heard quite a bit about start-ups and “stealth mode.” To completely dismiss a company as making a poor decision because it is in stealth mode is off the mark. About Me.

Four Stealth Israeli Startups with promise: Intential, SourceFox, INEZE, Crowdspot

VC Cafe

CrowdSpot -credit verification through your social graph, started by Yaron Samid, founder of TechAviv and former co-founder and CMO of Pando Networks, and Raphael Ouzan.

Stealth Mode Startup

Stealth Mode Startup. Let me add another reason to that list: it isnt always that hard to figure out what a stealth-mode startup is really doing. Im at a tradeshow in Dallas this week, and we were visited by some very bright people from a stealth-mode startup. They want to build a big brand fast after they come out of stealth mode. * I respect this companys desire to remain in stealth mode, even if I dont think theres much point.

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Ideas Matter

K9 Ventures

Founders know this at the bottom of their heart — because their idea is like their precious little baby. In fact, most founders tend to take it to the other extreme that they don’t want to share their idea (subject of another future blog post on why Stealth is Overrated).

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

There was a stealth company backed by big names that was working on a white-label service for any publisher to launch a daily deal product. That stealth company was GroupCommerce, they raised $30 million and helped a bunch of publishers launch daily deal products including the NY Times.

Ex-Employees on What It's Like Working at Stealth Start-up Clinkle

Inc Startups

Former employees of the payment app start-up, which raised a historic $25 million pre-launch, claim the founder is a "shark" who treats staff poorly. The app''s CEO, Lucas Duplan, is a first-time founder.

Four Stealth Israeli Startups with promise: Interntial, SourceFox, INEZE, Crowdspot

VC Cafe

CrowdSpot -credit verification through your social graph, started by Yaron Samid – founder of TechAviv and former co-founder and CMO of Pando Networks. Self reported: Stealth-mode peronal finance security startup powered by the collective vigilance and wisdom of crowds. I nterntial : co-founded by Geoffrey Mugliston (who previously guest-posted on VC Cafe), Interntial is developing serious technology using NLP technology.

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

Genuine VC

A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?” From the group, over 260 founders have launched around 90 startups, raising more than $2.5B

Accidental VC: When Should Startups Announce Seed Funding?

View from Seed

It’s a common question that every VC fields from founders — and founders field from other founders, and marketers field from founders, and PR people field from founders. These things are surprisingly indicative of how a founder operates.

Are You And Your New Venture Positioned For Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

The best founders operate with a key set of internal principles that allow them to break through all but the toughest business obstacles. Other studies indicate that a top reason for many startup failures is that the founders just gave up too early.

These 8 Disciplines Define A Fundable Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach these days seems to be for founders to regale investors early with a pitch touting the newest “million-dollar idea.” If your strength is technology, find a co-founder who has a comparable strength in business, finance or marketing.

Do More Faster ? 10 Lessons that Many Founders Don't Follow.


Learning from Slideshares Founders. « Useful Books for Founders | Main. Do More Faster – 10 Lessons that Many Founders Dont Follow. So here are the lessons that I found most founders don’t follow (the comments following the titles/authors are my own editorial comments).

How to Get Money from Founders Fund

Inc Startups

Founders Fund , investors in Facebook and Space X, last week announced it had raised $625 million for its fourth fund, larger than the first three funds combined. Partner Bruce Gibney talks about what's hot, Facebook, and why Monday morning meetings aren't necessary.

The idea maze

Chris Dixon

Balaji Srinivasan calls this the idea maze : A good founder is capable of anticipating which turns lead to treasure and which lead to certain death. A bad founder is just running to the entrance of (say) the “movies/music/filesharing/P2P” maze or the “photosharing” maze without any sense for the history of the industry, the players in the maze, the casualties of the past, and the technologies that are likely to move walls and change assumptions.

Jawaya: Shared Search–or Searching Made Social

I’ve always bought into the argument that staying stealth is important for a startup with something groundbreaking, and that’s the approach I’ve taken with Jawaya. In the meantime, we’re no longer stealth. Filed under: founders , Startups. founders StartupsBut the reality is that very little new in tech is really new; sometimes it’s the timing, execution, deals, or delivery that makes the difference between success and not.

8 Big Business Tenets That Don't Work For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur founder may be a technology expert, but successful ones are also good businessmen. Keep innovations in stealth mode until ready to ship.

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

View from Seed

NVV: Lots of marketers are under pressure to come in and generate demand right away, whether because sales is asking for leads or founders are demanding PR or user growth. Some startups are in stealth mode and maybe branding and beautiful design is important.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

The company emerged from stealth in November 2016 and announced a $100 million investment round from Sir Ronald Cohen, Lloyd Dorfman, OCAPAC Holding Company, and Horizons Ventures. Orcam was created by the founders of Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY and one of Israel’s largest IPOs ), Prof.

The End of Hyperscale Envy

Lightspeed Venture Partners

When Avi Networks founders Umesh Mahajan, Murali Basavaiah, and Ranga Rajagopalan first came to Lightspeed in 2012 with their vision of bringing the benefits of a hyperscale approach to application delivery and layer 4-7 services, it made perfect sense to us.

New Year, New Fund

Seeing Both Sides

When we started Flybridge over thirteen years ago, we developed a firm mission statement that we would treat early stage founders as our valued customers and have lived by this mission throughout our history. Over the last few years, the needs of founders have changed dramatically.

Interested vs Passionate

Start Up Blog

A sense of curiosity which builds over time and provides startup direction by stealth. The Foundation interviews by Kevin Rose are a super forum for hearing the long story from founders. I feel like I hear the term passionate too much when it comes to business and startups. “I’m passionate about the internet.” ” It’s a bit like saying, I’m really into electricity.

Those Beautiful Nest Eggs

Lightspeed Venture Partners

I first met Tony Fadell, co-founder and CEO of Nest, in the summer of 1991. In a company full of talent (the founders of eBay, WebTV, Android all came from GM), Tony stood out even at a very young age. Congratulations to Tony Fadell, Matt Rogers and the world class team at Nest!