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Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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I went to an industry event where people actually called me self-centered for writing publicly. In 2008 I started VC blogging. I love it.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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That great productivity drain that we somehow all buy into. You’re writing a freaking blog post! Email. Ah, email. Is that OK?

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Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. they can build teams that really focus on building & marketing great products. Heresy. eToys.

Turning Thoughts into Productivity | The Fetchnotes Story

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Turn on your phone and look at the productivity folder. Something to write your notes, another to set reminders, and one that does both.

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


I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. 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. but: Something is Still Missing. Model.

How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

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On my most important ones I spend as much time figuring out what to cut out as I do putting into the writing of it. We all get a lot of email.

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Tongal | Create Together & Earn Cash

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The best part about Tongal is anyone who wants to write, act, direct, and/or animate videos can join for free. That’s where Tongal comes in.

Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. Did you? I should know. Headlines matter.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010


Great content again in September that meets at the intersection of startups, technology, product and being a Startup CTO. If you asked me to tell you a list of three of the best decisions in my life, I can certainly tell you that regularly writing is one of them. Why You Should Write. It's human nature," he writes.

Don’t Subtract - Restart to Find the Minimum Viable Product


Steve Blank wrote a great post recently entitled Perfection By Subtraction – The Minimum Feature Set where he explains the real goals around defining a minimum viable product: Founders act like the “minimum” part is the goal. Only a special subset of customers will and what gets them breathing heavy is the long-term vision for your product.

How I Invest

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I answered in the same way I always do so I thought I’d just write it publicly. “I I spend hours thinking about the products, competitors, market opportunities, recruiting and financing of these businesses. I am much more attracted to technical product teams than to new business concepts or commerce types. I fall in love.”

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. Is Funding a Worthy Announcement? The short answer is yes, absolutely.

Talk Like An 8th Grader When Pitching Investors


Select the real software product from this list. Open-architected, workforce-neutral, productivity assimilator. Buzz Off. Don’t be.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. You likely are writing your first one of these.

The Pivot You Need to Read About

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I was reluctant to write about GOAT because I don’t want to pretend that I deserve even 0.1% But this isn’t just any funding.

The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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In many instances this help is genuine, well-meaning and productive. That’s why focus is critical. Focus is almost always the right answer.

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

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Incumbents launch products, VCs throw cash at other competitors, team members quit, the economy dips — whatever. So Why Imbellus?

Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

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As I write these words I already imagine my next deposition in which I’m asked to read this out loud. *. Lawsuits. For what? ” 5.

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

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And after one meeting they started asking for his advice about marketing, customer engagement, product design, monetization – whatever.

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What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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And if you’re lucky and hit product/market fit straight out of the gate – awesome. why do I write p.s.’s sometimes?

Why GoToMeeting’s SaaS Playbook Wouldn’t Work Today


I was writing them multi-seven figure checks each month, because they were generating tens of thousands of customers. Sorry, that was me.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? Do you have sales productivity software?

Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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So I’m going to write a series of board meetings posts unrelated to anybody or maybe an amalgamation of them all. Ideal Board Meeting.

An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki


An entrepreneur, in particular, has to be likeable and trustworthy AND have a great product. It wasn’t the Guy fan base. That doesn’t work.”.

What Do You Need to Do to Improve Sales? Here’s a Start …

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I write about sales often both because it’s the lifeblood of any organization and because in my experience it is the area in which more startups are least experienced or inclined. I also write and talk about it frequently because raising capital is a part of sales and this is important for entrepreneurs to understand.

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How GoToMyPC Kicked pcAnywhere’s A$$


I hesitate to write about design, as I have never considered myself to be a "color or font" person. Proper Expectations Make For Beautiful Form.

Quick Hack to Make Your Boss (and you) More Productive

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“A study by Microsoft showed just how lethal interruptions are to productivity. Sounds like a day at most offices.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. Zuckerberg.

Here’s How to Do PR on a Budget

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Yesterday I wrote a post about The Silent Benefits of PR in which I pointed out that most young companies I encounter don’t fully grasp the benefits of PR because they are less measurable than product milestones or customer acquisition analyses (like CAC/LTV). It super charges a business that is closer to product delivery.

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What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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In stead of just writing operating and funding advice Fred also talks about industries. I promise it’s worth watching. Again, Fred.

SBIR Source Launches New Research Tool


Los Angeles-based SBIR Source , which maintains an online database of grant opportunities from the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, said this morning that it has launched a new product, GrantIQ. READ MORE>>. sbir source grantiq database small business innovation research grant funding

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media


But, they could not write, and did not know what to write from the travel perspective. What is Demand Media doing nowadays? eHow Spark!

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Productivity Hacks: Voicemail, Folders & To-Do’s

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I would love to say that I’m the productivity guru. If you care about a free product then you should obviously use Google Voice.

Startup Lessons From Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon


Pink Floyd recorded DSOTM after a year of writing and performing the material in front of live audiences. Any time will do." Pay To Play.

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How to Nail a Group Presentation

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So I thought I’d write a piece on how not to suck when you give a presentation. They bring your product to life. Show some energy!

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Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard. Opening is easier than closing. Step one: Be proactive. Start, sure.

The Silent Benefits of PR

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Of course you need a new angle to get a journalist interested because they don’t simply want to write what everybody else has covered.

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How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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I believe it is what drives my huge bursts of creativity and productivity that what Stephen Covey called “The Urgency Addiction.”

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What Makes a Great Business Partner?

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I liked it so much I wrote it down and tried to think about what it meant to me and I promised myself I would write about that one day. When it’s the former you find ways to work with them again and again which is why getting the band back together is often more productive than starting from scratch. In business? In life? Or not.

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Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


User experience is suffering and it’s the worst possible time with the product taking off. “It was running fine.” High throughput.

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