The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. The post Playing Startup appeared first on AGILEVC

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Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. But I’ve witnessed more and more “playing startup” in recent months.

Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

For a long time I’ve ranted against naming your startup community “Silicon Whatever.” ” Instead, I believe every startup community already has a name. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder. The LA startup community is called LA.

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. When organizations are small (startups, small teams in companies and government agencies) early employees share a mission (why they come to work, what they need to do while they are at work, and how they will know they have succeeded). If these sound like reasonable answers to you, and you are in a startup, update your resume.

Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F’ing up at my first company. Continue reading on Medium

Building Startup Communities to Last

Feld Thoughts

So it was an incredible honor to interview Jim for 45 minutes last week at the Startup Phenomenon event about Startup Communities. We spent the time applying the ideas from Jim’s books and research to the idea of Startup Communities. One of my heroes is Jim Collins.

A Mixer for Startup Mixology

Feld Thoughts

Frank Gruber, a long time friend, recently released a book, Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. The post A Mixer for Startup Mixology appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, But, how in the world is a startup supposed to have an unfair advantage? A startup friend of ours told us they were launching a daily deal company. Many Successful Startups Start with a Secret. startups

Book: Startup Rising

Feld Thoughts

On my vacation a few weeks ago, I read Chris Schroeder ‘s book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. I had a copy of Startup Rising on my Kindle from a while ago but had never read it. Chris creates a framework for how to think about the different participants in the Middle East startup community. The post Book: Startup Rising appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books Chris Schroeder middle east startup rising

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. Our goal– to inspire, educate and empower hundred’s of thousands of entrepreneurs and help create 10,000 startups. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

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Three Startup Books To Buy Today

Feld Thoughts

As a huge reader, I love the recent plethora of startup / entrepreneurship books. The first is Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job. For now, go get a copy of Startup Opportunities. The second is Bend The Curve: Accelerate Your Startup’s Success , written by Andrew Razeghi and part of the Techstars series of books. The post Three Startup Books To Buy Today appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

Gust

But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and Read more >. The post The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies appeared first on The Gust Blog. Starting Your Company When Startups Fail

Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order

Feld Thoughts

My newest book, Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors , will ship at the end of the month. Between now and Sunday, if you pre-order a copy of Startup Boards on Amazon , you will be entered into a random drawing. If you need immediate gratification, the Kindle version of Startup Boards is already shipping. The post Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Startup Boards startup boards

Content Marketing for Startups

47 Hats

The Prime Enemy of your startup is obscurity. It’s the new eyeball attractor, the new banner ad, the new blinking text that when liberally slathered over your baby startup will perform miracles of marketing for you. That’s not how it’s ever worked for startups. Content Marketing for Startups is the art and science of helping your soon-to-be customers with things, ideas and information they’re interested in. You as a startup can do it.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

Feld Thoughts

We finally will have a startup visa! The best summary I’ve seen so far is from Tahmina Watson titled International Entrepreneurs Rule (Obama’s Startup Visa Alternative)- Detailed Summary by Tahmina. I talked about the Startup Visa at conferences.

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

But there is a trend that feels inevitable to me: “Startups everywhere.” When the phrase “Startup Communities” started to become mainstream around 2012, I made the strong assertion that you could create a startup community in any city with at least 100,000 people.

Structure Matters (Scaling Startups)

Instigator Blog

Lean Startup provides a methodology for how to do things, but generally the work and overall experience is pretty chaotic. Scaling StartupsWhen you first start a company there’s very little structure involved. You have a couple founders, an idea and (hopefully) a ton of passion for the problem you’re trying to solve. And that’s totally fine. […].

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The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. That means the potential scale of European startups is as large as US startups. Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. Since 2010, we’ve invested in 47 companies (roughly 8 per year) and 11 of them have been in Europe (roughly 2 per year). So over the past six years, roughly 25% of our investments have been in Europe.

The Resetting of the Startup Industry

Both Sides of the Table

Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business. It applies to all startups – not just SaaS. Startup Lessons

Cash Policies for Startups

Feld Thoughts

I heard a rumor on a call the other day that some startup companies are starting to keep balance sheet cash in higher yield instruments such as corporate debt. As a high growth startup, I think you should be focusing on maximum protection for your cash, even if the yield is 0%. In 2001, we had several companies lose over $1m (including one that was public that lost $7.5m) in corporate bonds, which were being pushed on startups by the various banks as “safe.”

Smart Entrepreneurs Build Startups Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I often encounter the myth that an initial startup requires investors. Outside funding is not a startup entitlement. Flaws in a business plan are often masked by money, but ultimately will kill any startup.

The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve : Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern.

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

So this weekend was about startup communities with a bonus book on the startup visa tossed in for good measure. The history is so much richer, the one page stories about the companies the shaped each era are just awesome, and the perspective of what 120 years really means for a the startup community that is undeniably the most robust in the world right now is very powerful. The last book I read was The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America.

Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups. Somewhere in the dim past of the company, it too was a startup searching for a business model.

8 Keys To Positive Media Attention For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early. Brad Phillips entrepreneur positive media startup

Startup Summer – Applications Close 2/28

Feld Thoughts

It’s a daily occurrence that a college student emails me asking how they can get involved in the Boulder startup community or any startup ecosystem. For those students looking to get involved in Boulder and in Denver, I always point them towards Startup Summer , a program out of Startup Colorado. I like to describe the program as a 10-week immersion program into this startup community. Startup Summer is in its third year.

Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

Feld Thoughts

If you are a founder, an employee in a startup, or an investor in a startup, you have to be playing a long term game. The post Current Startup Market Emotional Biases appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Bill Gurley wrote an incredible post yesterday titled On the Road to Recap: Why the unicorn financing market just became dangerous … for all involved. It’s long but worth reading every word slowly.

Startups for Startups: The Top B2B Tools Used by Startups

VC Cafe

Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. In his list of startup ideas for Ycombinator applicants, one category in particular drew my attention – “Startups for Startups” [.]. [[ This is a content summary only.

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Startup CTO

SoCal 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? Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO Attracting a CTO to your startup Startup CTO: Could It Work?

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5 Steps To Startup Success Recommended By Many Gurus

Startup Professionals Musings

I found their five phases of the process to be compelling, based on my own years of experience mentoring startups: Nail the pain. Only then is it time to focus on the get-big-fast strategy, and the transformation of three key areas from startup to a managed growth company.

The State of NYC Seed: Startup Trends & VC Data [REPORT]

View from Seed

Since joining NextView, we’ve talked often and excitedly about the New York startup ecosystem. And it was these conversations that I believe led to the team’s decision to add their own stubborn presence to stand up for seed-stage startups in NYC … me.

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Taking Advantage of Startup Accelerators

Instigator Blog

Last week a company that I advise, Qimple, got accepted into 500 Startups. Startup Accelerators It’s great to see. Lots of people are congratulating them on Facebook and Twitter. They’re incredibly excited. In Canada we buzz about our entrepreneurs “making it” south of the border. All warm and fuzzy. But let’s be clear: Qimple hasn’t won squat. […].

Startup Physics

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have used the word “physics” to describe a few things here at AVC over the years. I am tempted to write a “textbook” on this topic as I have observed many “formulas” over the years that seem to repeat themselves again and again. A few examples are this post on the relationship between monthly actives, daily actives, and concurrent users , or this one on the elasticity of paid vs free services.

The Startup Therapist

Feld Thoughts

My long time friend Jeff Hyman has started a new business called Startup Therapist. The post The Startup Therapist appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Depression emotional intelligence interview jeff hyman startup therapist

Startup Development

SoCal CTO

I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

7 Strategies For A Low Entry-Cost Sustainable Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Statistics show that the failure rate for new businesses within the first four years is fifty percent or greater, even with companies that have a large startup budget. business entrepreneur entry low cost startup sustainable websites

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11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016

Brandanew

Except the question: what are the new digital trends , how do you market your Startup brand in 2016? H ere are some unusual ways to market your Startup brand in 2016 that you can invest in, now! 11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016.

8 Battle Strategies Every Business Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. Too many startups rush into battle early, assuming any progress will somehow give them the competitive advantage.

Top Startup Mistake: Unrealistic Forecasts

Up and Running

Venture capital likes startups looking to grow. Real startups don’t launch and collect half a percent of a $50 billion market. Funding a Business Managing a Business Starting a Business business forecasting forecasting mistakes Sales forecast small business startup