US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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VCs have also gone back to writing checks because as an industry we can’t be seen as “sitting on the sidelines” for years at a time. between June and July 2010 (and 25% from a year ago).

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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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. 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , July 11, 2010 I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory.

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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. 500 Hats , February 1, 2010 When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication? Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. -

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 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 Here they are: How to Minimize Politics in Your Company - Ben's Blog , August 24, 2010 “Who the f@#k you think you f$&kin’ with. August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content. We had to write a CRM to keep track of them all.

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Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 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 Some great free resources listed this month that I thought were interesting. 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.

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

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It turns out that I missed October but here are some previous posts in this series: Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010 Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 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 This month there are some amazing posts. But I didn’t write it for you; I wrote it for myself.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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Investors are writing checks for dots. Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get shacked up these days. In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. We want to make sure we’re in love.

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When in Doubt, Leave it Out (Why Less is More)

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In order to improve the efficacy of my reports I often would write an “executive summary&# as the start that would have one paragraph describing the problem I was trying to solve, one paragraph talking through the options considered and one paragraph with my conclusion.

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Please go see “Waiting for Superman.” Here’s Why:

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Having teachers unions in 2010 is so archaic and leads us to have public school systems where the best teachers are paid the same as the worst ones. Lawrence) both helped me master the rules of writing and tap into my creativity. Yesterday I went to see the film Waiting for Superman.

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Better Business Bureau? For who?

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This is my sole objective for January of 2010. Today, I received this email from the BBB: We’re writing to let you know that during the past month the Reliability Report that we publish on Make It Work was accessed 6 times. How many BBB logos are there?

Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

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I decided to put both of those issues to bed in 2010. Write things down. We helped the write out their requirements for a system. You are most vulnerable right after it has been announced that you won (I will write a separate post on this).

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The Future of Television & The Digital Living Room

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I’m such a big believer in the power of writing, editing and producing. Dana Settle & I are hosting a dinner tonight (10/20/10) with some of the biggest companies in entertainment to talk about the future of television, film & digital media.

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

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I’m not sure I really even need to write this at length because Nivi absolutely nailed the topic in his article “ The Option Pool Shuffle.&#. Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company.

It’s Better to Beg for Forgiveness than to Ask for Permission

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So I have a short story to exemplify my credo and my friend Tyler Crowley has been telling me to write this story for a while so here goes. I have always believed in the saying, “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.&# It’s a way of life.

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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You need to write down key questions & actions as you park them. I sit through a lot of presentations. It’s usually people wanting to raise money and/or persuade me of something. Many of these are not as effective as they could be.

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

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He also write a nice post on limiting email and managing on the important / urgent matrix from the perspective on a recovering ex investment banker. This comment and blog post prompted me to write a post that has been in my queue for a long time.

Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

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I decided to put both of those issues to bed in 2010. Write things down. We helped the write out their requirements for a system. You are most vulnerable right after it has been announced that you won (I will write a separate post on this).

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

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I’m a pretty natural public speaker so I can write my presentation the day before and do just fine.

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

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Unlike an unregistered copyright, which you gain automatically by expressing an idea in written form, you cannot gain intellectual property protection by simply being the first person to describe an idea in writing.

What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

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As a teenager he experimented with writing & producing his own rap music and received a lot of feedback from elders that he had a talent with words. On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do.

Whose Life are You Going to Change?

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As a VC I’m acutely that a “yes&# decision to support an entrepreneur can do just that, yet I only write 2-4 of them per year and maybe another 3-4 as an angel. Many of us have the ability to change the trajectory of other people’s lives.

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

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They have built tools to store the data but also to allow 3rd-party developers to rapidly consume or even write data to their tables. Today Factual announced that it raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz & Index Ventures.

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73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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I’m writing this post to make sure you’re all on that same playing field. How to Interpret Analyst Reports. The headlines in the media are filled with that latest stats. Stats sell. The stats are often quoted from the latest reports.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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As I write these words I’m aware that I could practically change the words AOL and Facebook for much of this section and with a few factual tweaks it might not be noticeable to the reader which of the firms I was talking about. I’m going to write a whole post on BothSid.es

When You’re a Hammer Everything Looks Like a Nail

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Or when I see somebody who is extremely “salesy&# in a VC meeting I often write them off too quickly. &# Ugh. Over the years I collected (or thought up) a series of short-hand phrases to remind me of life’s lessons that are applicable to business.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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So I thought I’d write a piece on how to not suck when you give a presentation. Don’t write sentences on the – only key words to help you remember what you’re going to say. It is not sufficient to write yourself notes and read them before hand.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

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I know that in late 2010 it’s not as popular to say this because we’re in the era of “super angels&# and feel-good startups. Let’s call these cards 1996-99, 2005-08 and 2010+.

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Twitter Networks are Different than Social Networks

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His father, Dr. Stanley Feld, who writes his own blog and covered the encounter in this post , “ Mark Suster twittered Brad on Saturday and asked if he could meet us for breakfast on Sunday. I just spoke with Jamie again today on the phone, which is what made me think to write this post.

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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When you write your email to the person assume it will be forwarded “as is&# so ask for an intro in a way that you wouldn’t mind somebody else reading. An entrepreneur recently sent me an @ reply message on Twitter asking for some help with a decision coming up in his business.

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The Right Way to Cancel a Meeting

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We write that into the calendar entry so that I (and any my partners) know this and would only reschedule if extremely urgent. Canceling meetings is part of modern day life.

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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Let me assume for this discussion it’s a garden variety 2010 IT or Internet business (as opposed to something requiring capital equipment or a life sciences project). This is part of my ongoing series on Raising Venture Capital.

We’re All Frogs Boiling in Water

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There is an argument to be made about the need for time to read, time to reflect and time to write. Writing has a way of forcing focus and reflection. The Hidden Impact of Technology on our Everyday Lives … There’s an old (semi true) parable about frogs boiling in water.

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What I *Would Have* Said at TechCrunch Disrupt

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A new group of investors have clustered around writing earlier-stage, smaller checks. But I wrote about one other point that I wrote back in March 2010 so it’s clear I didn’t just dream this up after today’s panel.

The 1/9/90 Rule of UGC & Why It’s OK to Have Lurkers

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I stumbled upon the Question, “ What-is-the-motivation-behind-writing-public-reviews-and-tips-as-on-Amazon-Yelp-Foursquare-StickyBits-etc &# and took the bait. Or let’s face it – writing lots of answers on Quora. Two days ago I wrote about Quora.

eByline Gets $1.5M

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