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Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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“You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.”

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. In Summary.

Nimble Launches New Contact Summary Feature


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, contact and relationship tracking software, said this morning that it has launched a new feature to provide a "smart summary" feature providing a detailed background summary on any contact. Nimble is led by Jon Ferrara. READ MORE>>.

10 Tips for Crafting Your Executive Summary

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Here’s how to write an executive summary with impact: 1. The executive summary isn’t called a “summary” for nothing!

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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shifted my thinking a few years ago after I read Tim Ferris’s book The Four Hour Workweek (link is to a short summary I wrote). Email.

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Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. They make a great pair.

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What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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Think of the best tech company at marketing that you know. I’m guessing most of you would say Apple. Sight. Sound. Motion. Equals emotion.

Forget Your Elevator Pitch, What’s Your Personal Pitch?


This concise summary can be comfortably told during the duration of a reasonably brief elevator ride. Hence the term "elevator pitch.".

Friday Tech Video Roundup For May 17, 2013


Privlo video explains how the company is launching its own private mortgage marketplace. Splash''s social sharing app. Image courtesy BigStock.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. ” In summary: The competitors are the incumbents. This morning announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia , arguably the best venture capital firm that exists.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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understand this instinct for more capital and I have two very different personal experiences: In my first company we raised an A-round of $16.5

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


These courses all proved to be serious influences on turning the dream of starting their own company into a reality. Fall quarter of Sr.

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In the ecommerce arena I see some great companies spending heavily on customer acquisition. Summary. __. faux·men·tum. Or a year.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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If you’re just a content company your advantages are too small to win on the web. Take for example, an eCommerce company.

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Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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But we have a great city for building technology companies. If you decide to build a company in LA, here’s what you need to know: 1.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

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I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. Final startup grind from msuster.

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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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told him that often having strategics lead rounds creates more problems and that it sets the tone for how you build your company. Summary.

Why You Shouldn’t Decide Anything Important at Your Board Meeting

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You can get their reaction to your company progress and to the strategic topics you plan to cover at the board meeting. Summary.

Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

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Exec Summary. Your crappy $10,000 will pale in comparison to the budgets of the big tech & media companies. It’s February now.

Why Recruiting Isn’t Over When an Employee Accepts Your Offer

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But of course great teams build great companies and great startup leaders know that they must always be recruiting. Yet most startup companies I’ve ever worked with or observed make one crucial mistake: They assume that their recruitment process for a candidate is over when that person accepts his or her offer. Summary.

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Venture Outlook 2016

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My presentation from the Summit can be downloaded here  and the embed is below but the summary message is the rest of this blog post. Are VCs?

Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

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recently wrote a post talking about how some VCs meddle in operating company decisions or some executive teams are too reliant on VCs to jump in and make hard calls for them. Of course we fancy ourselves as the best sales people in the company. When companies start the founder & CEO is often the only mouthpiece for the business.

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Nomadix Gets Patent Win


Agoura Hills-based Internet access gateway maker Nomadix says that it has received a win in a federal court, saying that Blueprint RF has infringed upon one of the company's patents. The summary judgement was made by Judge Dean D. Pregerson, U.S. The patent owned by Nomadix is U.S. Patent No. 8,156,246. READ MORE>>.

IBM Watson Health Launches Imaging Effort for Cancer, Other Diseases


She’s based in the Seattle area and joined Watson Health in April after a nearly 30-year career at companies such as Philips and GE Healthcare.

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The Morning After

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Let me give you the quick summary of what I said yesterday: Public markets affect venture funding. So now what? Full stop. Equally importantly.

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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Summary. Whether you’re selling your product or selling your company – there is nothing more valuable than having. Call High.

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When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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So that we’re speaking the same language I would define “exclusive” as a period in which your company is prohibited from doing business with certain customers or business partners, which is why many incorrectly assume this is necessarily bad. Summary. Excite, MSN and eventually Google. ” 3.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

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What I love about my job is getting to see teams of super-early-stage companies develop ideas that while raw have potential to make an impact on the market. Clearly the founders and senior executives of a company are the most valuable resources and their time should be maximized on the most valuable tasks. Summary. Shame on you.

Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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the people who buy companies) in Q2 of this year of technology & media companies.  We feature a prominent speaker at every event. 

How to Present and Answer Questions in a Team Presentation or VC Pitch

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These range from companies pitching me to portfolio companies presenting at board meetings. Anything that can go wrong in a company will.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions


Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. This overview (executive summary) needs to include: Product and Business What is the product? What are related products/companies?

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Interview: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks


Investor in Twitter, Foursquare, DISQUS, and (by Naval’s own admission) “a lot of other companies you have never heard of”.

It’s mostly in the execution.


Wham!  I can’t recall any of my companies hanging onto its original plan after some level of consumer feedback. Email readers, continue here.] 

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

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I recently read Brad Feld’s thought provoking piece encouraging founders to sit on the board of another startup company.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


Over the course of the year our active portfolio companies received awards or recognition on over 35 separate occasions. READ MORE>>.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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dollars going directly into portfolio companies vs. the funds themselves). Summary. That’s money that fuels our startup ecosystems.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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Lower costs to start a business (95% reduction), many more companies created & funded by angels / seed. Where are we today? billion). Mbps).

If You Don’t Have a Discrete Hypothesis You Are Incapable of Failing

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There are very few people in Silicon Valley who have such a precise grasp on what defines success of early-stage startup companies than Eric Ries.

Identifying Pain in the First Step in a Sales Process – Here’s How

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In my first enterprise software company we developed a methodology for sales that we called PUCCKA. Summary. Click here. Never. Ask more.

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In Defense of Uber: An Unbiased Opinion

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As somebody who has to rub shoulders with big tech companies often I can tell you that there is much blood spilled in the competitive trenches of Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Google and so on. Powerful countries & companies act powerful because they can. Of course Airbnb hosts love the company. Grievances – yes. Probably.

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