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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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We typically committed to building “missing&# features and therefore steered off of our MVP (minimum viable product). So you chase them.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. I usually pull the old trick of answering a question with a question. Let’s face it. That’s Ok.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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He went out and found a developer and built a product. This is part of my Startup Advice series. This paralyzes most people. Not you. Charts.

Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. google advisor financial products leads mortgages rates leads360READ MORE>>.

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Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Our call recovered and we spent the rest of the time talking about the development of their management team and their product. PR is subtle.

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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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A company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). I don’t think so. That smile!

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Traction can simply mean showing that you’re making progress with customers, product development, channel partners, initial revenue as a proof point, attracting well-known angel investors, winning industry awards / recognition. They tell you they’re going to ship product and they do. Unfortunately your advisers are wrong.

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Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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Our product releases took longer to ship than we had hoped. We kept reading about their customer wins, their product releases and their biz dev deals. Don’t obsess with product releases of competitors or biz dev deals. Product announcements come and go. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. SHIT!!!

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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Time to start thinking about how to make it more productive. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. It’s very tempting.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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One such meeting that he set up was with the CIO of the largest consumer products company in Europe. I’m not one of those. Your solution?

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. If you haven’t spent time over there you should. Yeah, right.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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People mistook extra doses of Ajax for a successful product. I have seen really great product people espouse the death of the business plan.

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

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A Bank Robber will ask questions that are focused on your products, customers, and the potential size of your adVenture’s overall opportunity. This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. A Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. free weekly Infochachkie articles! Meredith Publishing.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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Do you really think Porter’s Five Forces is going to help you figure out what feature set to launch or how to price your product?

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This can often happen when there is a good product built but no real customer adoption yet. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

Startup Metrics

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure. You only build what you need to prove that model.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Tell me a bit about your background. In L.A. In L.A.,

Video Games Industry 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Video Games Industry 2009. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (more

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? However, bringing life saving products to patients expeditiously remains a great challenge for medical device companies. See [link].

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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They spot opportunities that aren’t being met and the design products to meet these needs. We committed to product features.

Brain Corp.’s First Product is a Brain for Floor-Scrubbing Machines

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began life in 2009 with a lofty goal of reverse-engineering the human brain. But as a pragmatic industrial product, Brain Corp.

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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We had scrambled to get a product to market, built our first website, rapidly hired a technology team, raised our seed round of capital ($1.5

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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In addition to getting quickly through your slides you also need to be prepared for the VC who wants you to get straight to a product demo.

Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles – Steve Gilison

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Steve Gilison worked as a market researcher and product manager at a startup where my company, TechEmpower , did the software / web development.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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They communicated this to product management who looked at all of the internal requirements we had generated (e.g. and product management worked with me to decide what to build & when. I spent time with the folks (Klaus Schauser and Brian Danahoo) at AppFolio before they ever launched their products. They recorded it.

Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- "Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities" TCOSC. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (mor

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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You’ve got to see your product weaknesses and plug them. This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. Whew!

Angel Funding Advice

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Product : You should build a product or a prototype. You cannot be just a biz dev type, salesperson, marketing genius or whatever and divorce yourself from product. Great companies are built by having great products. And a great product starts with the founder. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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The company did well in 2006 as we delivered a phenomenal product that got much industry acclaim at conferences and with initial customers. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#. It’s that simple. Only then are you truly aligned. You lose the dream.

Accelerating New Product Development

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Accelerating New Product Development. See [link] (more

Zadspace Unveils Ad Product

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Zadspace adds full color, 4x6 advertisements on cardboard shipping boxes. READ MORE>>.

MyLife Snags Siegel As Chief Product Officer

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Los Angeles-based people search engine MyLife.com has snagged technologist Ian Siegel as the firm's new Chief Product Officer, the firm said today.

Nexsan Ships iSCSI Product

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According to Nexsan, its new iSeries products provides up to 1 petabyte of storage, virtualized storage, and support for SAS and/or SATA disk drives.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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People are much more likely to buy into you as a person and us as a firm when they’ve been involved in a discussion with you about their problems, your solutions, who else has been using your product, etc. This is part of my blog series “ Pitching a VC.&#. They seemed to agree with everything I said.&#.

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model

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Some of the market and product attributes which lend themselves to the P&S business model include: No Inventory – Inventory sucks. Companies like RingRevenue offer advertisers the ability to track calls like clicks and thus extend the P&S model to a broader array of products and services. *. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

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We rebuilt everything in Flash and now have a better product. This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. You raised $1.5

Taking Technology Products to Market

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Taking Technology Products to Market. See [link] (more

Hiring at a Startup? Know Thy Weaknesses

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I think ADD is totally misunderstood – it’s a very PRODUCTIVE condition but it has downsides. For me 3+ is usually a non starter.

Strategic Product Audit

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 -- Strategic Product Audit. Larry Marine will demonstrate a strategic product design/user-experience audit method that identifies potential design issues that impact the business and marketing objectives. SDSIC. See [link] (more

Developing New Products

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 -- Developing New Products. Today new startups and many existing companies are looking at new, innovative products to succeed in todays tough economic times. TechBizConnection. See [link] (more