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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it? First Principles.

Colony Logic: Helping The Enterprise Overcome Legacy Systems


Ultimately, we also offer up all the analytics to help them make better decisions for their business. What is Colony Logic? How do you do that?

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Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

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Perhaps the best they can do is to help fund their successors. So the startups tend to focus on totally new customers. So what did happen?

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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Every team configuration is different. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. But barely.

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Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

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Privately some early-stage VC’s talk about participation helping them to “juice their returns&# on smaller exits. turned them down.

Better Business Bureau? For who?

Eric Greenspan

Your BBB has formed a strategic alliance to help save you money in your everyday costs starting immediately. How many BBB logos are there?

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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And he was one of those guys that you meet and you just want to help because he’s so earnest and nice. You helped me and I am grateful.

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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It brought up a broader point for me, though.  In today’s era we’re all asked for help, favors or introductions all of the time.

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Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

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They need to hear how you position your company and how your products will help the customers. Here is my recommended approach. 1.

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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Help us to get to know him or her. Connecting to a trainer helps keep you in line. Show some energy! You’re on stage! Rahul and Co.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Your contractor wrote a great V1 of the product and it helped you get angel funding.  the link is here. Here’s a hack for you. 

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

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Thank you to the lovely Jacqui for helping me with the Balsamiq mockup graphic.  Here’s mine: Let me start with a few biases. Enough said.

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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.

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.

Caution 2.0


Oh, and if you want a bit more help on bathrooms for engineers, the following video probably will help (go to 2:32

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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.

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.

Fan Appz Launches Personal Marketing Platform To Help Brands Convert Fans Into Loyal Customers

Tech Zulu Event

That’s how social can help build customer lifetime value.”. Companies want to see their social media investment drive sales.”

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.

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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They’re the ones who can help you identify customers that have a need for your product. They help prospect deals together. Period.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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This is part of a series on sales & marketing. The original post of this article on appeared on GigaOm in a more concise version here. Whatever.

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

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I recently wrote a post on how to ask for help or favors from people. that would certainly help also. You think you have problems?

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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This is invaluable in helping the management team. But as a CEO you can’t rely solely on this information. Attention to detail matters. 2.

Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Take the time to introduce people that might be able to work together, are looking for jobs, or could be co-founders.   By positioning yourself as a connector at meet-ups you’ll find your professional/social credibility climbing steadily. • Do Favors for Others : the law of reciprocity dictates that people want to help other who help them.

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

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Both are basically people businesses. Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company. If you fail, you need to start all over.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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It is 2010. Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. Good luck. Happens.

Don’t Sweep Feedback Under the Rug

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There are two things that have really surprised me in my years in “management&#. 1. How few people give their employees real feedback on a regular and formal basis. 2. How much employees crave this information, whether positive or negative. Where to Start? But I think I’m pretty good at feedback. How Frequently? How to Structure it?

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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The more she got to know more the more she called me for help with stories. Robert’s article is worth reading. Total waste. 2.

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Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

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In frothy markets (like we’re seeing in August 2010) this happens more frequently. “Convertible notes have won.

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

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Absolute Power Corrupts, Absolutely. I was living in Europe in 2000 when the first WAP phones (Wireless Access Protocol) were introduced. Enter Apple.

The Right Way to Cancel a Meeting

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Not fun, but a reality. And people reschedule meetings with me on a regular basis, too.  If done correctly I never have any problem with it at all.

Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute

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UCB Economics 2010 summa cum laude. The post Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute appeared first on TechZulu. How much?

Asking Questions More Effectively

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But more than anything I just wanted the nuggets of information to help me better target this individual in the future.  I wanted to learn.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010


Pricing models, the freemium myth and why you may not be charging enough for your product - Seth Levine's VC Adventure , August 12, 2010 I’ve been pulled into a number of product and pricing meetings recently (for reasons unknown I’ve become the Foundry pricing and productization guy). August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March The following are the top items based on social signals. Wannabe entrepreneur symptoms and cures - Gabriel Weinberg , July 25, 2010 I was once a wannabe entrepreneur.

Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010


This continues my series of posts: Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March There was some really great content in June. " 8 Questions to Ask When Interviewing at a Startup - Instigator Blog , June 18, 2010 Job interviews are meant to be conversations. Now I have. Twice.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010


Continuing my series of posts that I’ve been collecting that live at the intersection of Startups and being a Startup CTO : Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March here are the top posts from May 2010. MongoDB at Etsy - Code as Craft , May 19, 2010 Hi! You could just outspend. It is to out friend. Solution.

Talking to a VC About Your Competitors

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Competition. Unless you’re Microsoft selling an OS for a PC you probably have some. Remember: being too early is the same as being wrong.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley.