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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.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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Thus, it's hardly surprising that in 2010, women earned only 18% of all computer science degrees. Software Secretaries. Share and Enjoy.

What Mattered in 2010: Bruce Hallett, Miramar Venture Partners

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In each technology company in which Miramar invests, we are focused on supporting the management teams successful execution of its plan. Exits.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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Like it or not – finance is a major job function in any company – startup or public company. Quick coffees, whatever.

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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.

Startup Development

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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

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>>.

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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.

Startup CTO or Developer

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

Better Business Bureau? For who?

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Real quickly, most companies that offer credit card processing are a middle-man (most banks are middle-man).  How many BBB logos are there?

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.&#.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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James, 6 years is fine.  12 is getting long unless your company is totally rocking! This is part of my startup advice series. Never. Not at all.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

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The skills to be successful at a sales academy company like those listed are very different than those who would work at a startup.

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How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  When we invest they are often the company counsel so we see them at board meetings. 

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. Example: you’re a fitness tracking company like FitOrbit.

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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For a combination of reasons I didn’t end up talking with the CEO in time and the company quickly became over subscribed. understand.

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

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Very few of them are started, in my experience, by sales people and very few early stage companies really understand sales. Yeah, kind of.

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What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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2010 was a momentus year for me personally. These companies have all experienced growth and we're expecting substantial value creation in 2011.

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

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We have amazing large companies that are an important part of the future of the Internet such as Disney, Warner, Fox, Universal, etc.

Be Careful not to Become a Conference Ho

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often hear the non-CEO management teams from the companies left with no leadership complaining about the lack of leadership. You know the type.

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

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Especially to a company that sells books! Annual accounting statements by companies. Let me explain. Storage. million in our A round.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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After that you need to begin discussing your company. This is part of my series on Startup Advice. That’s always stuck with me. Never.

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

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The best companies are built on common beliefs and culture – a common sense of purpose. Been there. And it doesn’t stop there.

Why You Should Make Your Competitors Your Frenemies

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always advise these overly aggressive companies the same thing: don’t take your competitors for granted. When Enemies are Good. 1.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Quite honestly I see way too many company pitches that are designed for Techies but I only want to invest in products designed for Normals.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. We had several emails back and forth where he provided basic details on the concept. And I tried to evaluate the idea and figure out: What did the founder really need here? Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Was it a case of needing Homework?

The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery

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And the company that helped websites publish RSS? It surprises me how many really smart people I meet still doubt the power of Twitter. Twitter.

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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.

Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company

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However, to a Big Dumb Company (BDC), a startup’s IP is a thing of beauty. Some companies take pride in the number of patents they own.

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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Or there’s the more old school deals with VARs (value added resellers) or consulting companies. Period. Channel Love Story. Nevermind.

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

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This also applies to internal company decisions. Er:  Comscore , Cough: Angel funding  payola ). But there are times to given in and compromise.

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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They got the data feed either from the research company or from the investment bank. How to Interpret Analyst Reports. Stats sell. “Yes.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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Some examples of common objections across many companies: 1. This is part of a series on sales & marketing. Whatever.

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What Mattered in 2010: John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners

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Under Nate's leadership, we have redoubled Rustic Canyon's focus on early stage companies working in Internet and Cleantech businesses.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave in a less rational manner than Mr. Jackson. free weekly Infochachkie articles! Auction.

My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

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Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company. Run great meetings (don’t be a productivity drain on the company).

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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And having sold two companies I worked inside much larger companies that acquired us and observed even bigger company structures.

Bring Me Solutions, Not Problems (I know you think you know this, but …)

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When you bring the solution / problem to others it should be couched like this: Problem (2-3 sentences: “we have a morale problem in the company.

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.