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VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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Too Early – Twilio secured a $1M seed round during the first half of 2009, nearly one year after we met with Jeff. What’s The Worst Mistake?

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Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup

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When the US government announced the 2009 Cash For Clunkers stimulus plan, it promised dealers they would receive payment “within 10-days.”

TechStar Co-Founder @BFeld: Are We Experiencing A Startup Accelerator Bubble?

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In 2009 Jed created a Google doc to track the seed accelerators. Since 1961, professional baseball has grown from 18-teams to 30. Probably not.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Grateful Dead

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“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. like your firm.

Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011

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was published in 2009 and Time Wounds All Heels was written in 2008. I began publishing my blog in 2008. For the first couple years, I wrote under the pseudonym Uncle Saul. I was hesitant to use my own name, as I did not want my blog to be perceived as a self-promotional vanity project. free weekly Infochachkie articles! 2011 Rank.

Sales Kids With Grit – Web 2.0 Paper Routes

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What do Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, John Wayne, Walt Disney, Harry Truman and Wayne Gretzky all have in common? In addition to all of them reaching the pinnacle of their chosen professions, they also all started their careers performing the same job. All of these extremely successful individuals were paperboys*. million. Boys To Men. Web 2.0

Decision Making 101 - Defining Your Values Makes Most Decisions Easy

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In addition, he had taken a pay cut at Startup A in 2009 and was accruing a note payable equal to his back pay. Backstory.

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

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This is part III of a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. John Fitch was first. He spent the majority of his adult life fruitlessly attempting to capitalize on the novelty and uniqueness of his invention. He debuted his technology in Philadelphia at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model

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Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. They are said to be, “Perfectly Imperfect, and Precisely Imprecise.” If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. Perfect Imperfection.

Roping in the Legal Eagles

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Johnnie Cochran was an effective, albeit smarmy, defense lawyer who would say or do anything to defend his clients (anyone up for a glass of OJ?). He was a master at encouraging jurors to disregard facts and base their legal verdicts on emotions and conjecture. Substance Over Form.

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Pour And Stir II – Managing Your Cost Per Customer

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 “I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.” John Wanamaker. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Monopoly

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Along with Dr. Seuss’ “ Green Eggs and Ham ” and Marcia Brown’s “ Stone Soup ”, the seemingly innocuous board game “Monopoly” has played a pivotal role in the United States’ rise as an economic superpower. If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. Hands on Learning.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. You are forty, out of a job, a newlywed, your wife is expecting a baby, you don’t own your own home, you have no specialized qualifications, the only company you ever launched went bankrupt and you have just been sentenced to one year in jail.”. Source: Harold Evans, They Made America.

Small Ideas, Big Benefits

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. When viewed from The Fringe, the world is like a cash booth from a bad 1950’s TV game show. However, in the end, all you really need to do is reach out and grab the cash. When you position yourself on The Fringe, you will quickly see that money making opportunities are all around you.

Bro Factor – Intimate Relationships Which Provide Your Startup With An Unfair Advantage

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Bro – abbreviation of “Brother&# , meaning friend or dude. term of endearment used to denote a familiarity beyond a casual friendship. At large companies, such behavior is often discouraged and in many organizations, it is even considered unprofessional. Danger Will Robinson.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Basecamp? Ditto.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Waste.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons.&#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow [.].

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. often talk with entrepreneurs who are kicking around their next idea. These periods of time can leave a founder very vulnerable in the future. Here are some lessons to avoid common traps.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t.  Why Buy Anything?

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Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Handling PR with VCs. This is part of my series on How to Raise VC but could equally be filed under Startup Advice more generally. PR is subtle. 

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Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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This is part of my Startup Advice series of posts. There is a folklore in Silicon Valley that you should fund first-time entrepreneurs. 

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. always take a very different approach in early conversations.

Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet on the Way out the Door

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. Before I started my first company in 1999 I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). 

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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If you haven’t spent time over there you should. So what skills does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?  Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos? 

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work.  I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze.  We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. Building companies is hard work.  I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze.  We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. Our phones rang off the hook. Our company was completely euphoric.  We drank our own Kool Aid.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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Only Hire A+ People Who Punch Above Their Weight Class. This is part of my ongoing posts on  Startup Advice.  You’re stressed. Your solution?

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Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. craze.  wares.  RIP 2.0. 

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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This is part of my ongoing series “Pitching a VC&# – the outline is here. You’ve pitched several angels and VC’s.  Everybody seems to like you but nobody seems to be getting out their checkbooks.  Most of them are telling you that they just need to see a bit of traction before they’d be prepared to [.].

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WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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This is part of my ongoing series “Pitching a VC&# – the outline is here. You’ve pitched several angels and VC’s.  Everybody seems to like you but nobody seems to be getting out their checkbooks.  Most of them are telling you that they just need to see a bit of traction before they’d be prepared to invest.

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eLearn 2009 Presentation – Twitter Along

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I'm beginning my final preparation for my presentation at eLearn 2009. As I did for my keynote at ASTD TechKnowledge in January, I'm using what I described in Twitter Conference Ideas. FYI – I'll also plan to do a wrap up over the weekend following the presentation

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  So do advisory boards really add value?  And if you decide to have one how do you best implement it?

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. PwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37.5 billion. IPO market to generate liquidity for their investors. merger acquisition exit liquidity

Startup Metrics

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure. You only build what you need to prove that model.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. 

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