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.

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.

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.

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.

Startup Boards Is Shipping

Feld Thoughts

Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors is shipping. ” If you are up for it, give me some opening day love and order a copy of Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors. Startup Boards boards Books startup boards

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.

The Largest Startup Community In The World

Feld Thoughts

As Boulder Startup Week 2014 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the power of startup communities today. When I wrote Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , I made some assertions about how to build startup communities and what the impact of them would be on society. Startup Week is a great example of an activity and event that I talk about in my Boulder Thesis.

B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach

Grasshopper Herder

Have you thought about using Lean Startup to improve your sales process? The post B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup B2B Evaluative Market Experiment Startup ToolThe founder of Shipitwise reveals how he used lean principles to improve B2B sales.

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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. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. The post Playing Startup appeared first on AGILEVC

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.

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.

The Startup Playbook

David Cohen

So, when Techstars mentors, investors, and friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman told me that they were writing a book to help guide founders on their startup journey, I was immediately excited. The post The Startup Playbook appeared first on Hi, I'm David G. Startups

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.

Startup Opportunities Flash Sale – Today Only For $0.99

Feld Thoughts

My newest book, Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job , is available via Kindle for $0.99 If you are a fan of my books, a friend, or just someone who is interested in startups, buy a copy today. The post Startup Opportunities Flash Sale – Today Only For $0.99

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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

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

Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

Grasshopper Herder

More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Management Managing Entrepreneurship agile agile marketing lean enterprise lean startup in the enterprise leanux waterfall

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Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” ( Regional Advantage and Startup Nation ) and one “must view” ( The Secret History of Silicon Valley ) for anyone trying to understand the components of a regional cluster. Broadening the Startup Community.

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

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.

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

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. What’s been missing for everyone is: a common language for investors to communicate objectives to startups.

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

How Startups Actually Grow

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We’ve all seen the growth curve on the left – all successful startups strive for a version of one. There’s no doubt that growing a startup is hard work. General Business Startups growing your startup growth curve how companies grow

Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

What’s become apparent in the last few technology hype cycles is that for startups and their investors there is a short multi-year window of opportunity (at the Peak of Inflated Expectations) to sell a startup at an inflated price.

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Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. For a startup, you don’t have a recognized brand to bring in the leads.

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.”

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins

Steve Blank

He’s now run several Lean LaunchPad classes and has seen a ton of healthcare startups. Here’s his advice for startups in this space. Over the past couple of years as Director of Innovation for Intermountain Healthcare I’ve mentored and worked with many Healthcare-focused startups.

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

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.

What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startups Product/Market Fit Customer Development experiment design survey When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups.

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There Are 4 Types of Startups

Steve Blank

There are 4 types of startups. Which one are you? If you can’t see the video click here. Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons , Market Types. 2 Minute Lessons Market Types

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to integrate startups into large companies? acquire startups for their teams (and discard the product).

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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