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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Vivek Wadwha - Campus Entrepreneurship , November 19, 2010 Best Practices for Introduction Emails - Israel Venture Capital 2.0 , March 25, 2010 Weekend Reading - The Mogul Mom , October 1, 2010 Make informal advisors part of the team.

Communicate 2010…

Eric Greenspan

Wanna Talk? Email? Tweet? Message? Comment? We need guidance on how to use these tools properly. Facebook message (private) is similar to #3.

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What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

socalTECH

2010 was a momentus year for me personally. We last shared the thoughts of John Babcock at Rustic Canyon Partners. Stay tuned. 2. READ MORE>>.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get shacked up these days. And remember, if we get married you’re stuck with us, too.

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Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

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Professor Christensen uses real data from the disk drive industry to make his points. So the startups tend to focus on totally new customers. billion.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

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You need to be able to structure problems / solutions at the appropriate level to communicate effective and drive decision-making. Heresy. discuss.

Better Business Bureau? For who?

Eric Greenspan

This is my sole objective for January of 2010. How many BBB logos are there? What is the Better Business Bureau? Not too shabby IMHO! Also, at.

Life is 10% How You Make It and 90% How you Take It

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Startups are hard. When you read the press you only read the glamorous bits. Whether you choose to be happy or not is up to you. And somehow Michael J.

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Launch to the Moon 2010, MIW style!

Eric Greenspan

Yesterday, Make It Work got together at our partner South Bay Mini’s offices to discuss our achievements, our challenges and our future.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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Plus, everyone on Twitter egged me on and then some. Unsurprisingly, this one way best. The title IS the post. strongly recommend against it.&#.

Startup Development

SoCal CTO

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

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. This post isn’t going to be popular.  I’m sure of that. never hire job hoppers. Never.

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Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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What Mattered In 2010: Scott Painter, TrueCar

socalTECH

In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? Don't hire brilliant jerks. 4.

What Mattered in 2010: John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners

socalTECH

In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? The iPad. It's a revelation.

Be Careful not to Become a Conference Ho

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You know the type. You see them on Twitter, Facebook or Plancast plotting out their next 12 conference. Look at me!  I’m in Spain! Bullshit.

Tech Coast Angels Highlights 2010 Deals

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The Tech Coast Angels , [ profile ] the largest angel investment group in Southern California, outlined its 2010 deals today, saying that it funded a total of 31 deals in 2010, and had three profitable exits. The TCA said that 12 of those deals were new investments, and 19 were follow-on investments for the company. READ MORE>>.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

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A while back I wrote a bunch of posts on Sales & Marketing and have been meaning to get back to that theme for a while. You learn by asking.

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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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This was evident at the Twiistup pre-event company pitch last week at UCLA. Show some energy! You’re on stage! Get out of your comfort zone.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars - Steve Blank , November 24, 2010 When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. November 23, 2010 By Julia D.

Do you Suffer from the Urgency Addiction? It’s More Common Than you Think

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But the urgency addiction is a bad thing that I’m fortunate enough to get away with. When I first discovered the concept I found it enlightening.

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The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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I obviously don’t speak for all investors. That’s fine.  It is probably the right thing for the stage of company. understand. BUT WAIT?

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Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

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Most technology startups seem to be founded by three types of people: product managers, engineers or biz dev types (MBAs and the like). Yeah, kind of.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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Let me explain. One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g.

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How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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the link is here. This all got me thinking about a post on how to best work with lawyers.  Many people start companies arse backwards. 

The BIL 2010 Conference Live

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This coming Friday and Saturday (February 12 & 13) TechZulu will be presenting The BIL 2010 Conference live. 12 &13.

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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I sit through a lot of presentations.  It’s usually people wanting to raise money and/or persuade me of something. Most of them sucked. Aaargh.

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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Been there. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. And it doesn’t stop there.

The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery

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It surprises me how many really smart people I meet still doubt the power of Twitter. was born. Excite, Netscape & MSN. That’s Twitter.

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The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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But many of these aren’t integrated with the way that their customers want to communicate with them in 2010. Nobody likes that. Never.

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Building Products for Mass Adoption

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They use products because the products solve a need they have. Here’s my take on the topic: 1. Blah, blah, blah. Kind of the obvious next step.

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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How to Interpret Analyst Reports. The headlines in the media are filled with that latest stats. Stats sell. No.  It’s irony. “Yes.

Why You Should Make Your Competitors Your Frenemies

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But forget talking about them, how should you actually treat your competitors? When Enemies are Good. 1. Software. Software, software, software.

Fight When it’s Time to Fight. Be Gracious When It’s Time to Give In.

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There are times to fight.  I must admit it’s part of my DNA to enjoy a good fight (not as much as does Jason Calacanis, mind you ahem:  Facebook.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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Think Again How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen How Much Stock to Ask For When Joining a Startup - Startup Professionals Musings , June 20, 2010 Guide to Evaluating Startup Ideas - Tony Wright dot com , May 27, 2010 Eight Tips To Successfully Bootstrap Your Business Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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between June and July 2010 (and 25% from a year ago).  raise money now to weather any storms). VCs get paid to “put money to work.&#.

Off to TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs

Eric Greenspan

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. TED…a conference where people tell interesting short stories of their experiences in life. These are Ideas Worth Spreading, according to TED’s mission. Ideas Ideas Worth Spreading huh? shall soon confirm. This is what I’ve garnered from the press, the TED website and confirmed by the TEDsters I know.

Off to TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs

Eric Greenspan

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. TED…a conference where people tell interesting short stories of their experiences in life. These are Ideas Worth Spreading, according to TED’s mission. Ideas Ideas Worth Spreading huh? shall soon confirm. This is what I’ve garnered from the press, the TED website and confirmed by the TEDsters I know.

SXSW 2010

Daradiction

South by Southwest. Austin calls again. Last year was all time. This year should be even better. I’ll be there from March 11-19th, will you? I’m on a panel too talking about the “ RoadTwip &# we took across America last year. Here’s the event info–> [link

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Twitter Networks are Different than Social Networks

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But Twitter is different than Facebook because it’s more open and it’s asymmetric. Maybe I’ll follow him for a bit.&#. Energetic.