Performance competition is a good thing

TechEmpower

As Ben Adams writes in his article detailing the achievement , that is 23 times better than prior to the start of optimization work within the framework! We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

socalTECH

Last week, the University of Southern California 's Viterbi School of Engineering announced that it had established a new, business plan competition, the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition ([link] specifically aimed at students in the engineering school.

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

Both Sides of the Table

It was a pleasure to write them myself. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

InfoChachkie

How are they different from the competition? You might also want to highlight certain capabilities that the competition doesn't have, speed of delivery or implementation, or responsive customer support. A customer story can't just be interesting or results-oriented.

Wpromote Launches Scholarship For Students In Digital Marketing

socalTECH

Wpromote said that entrants will be asked to write a blog post on any topic of their choice about the field of digital marketing, which will determine the winners of those three scholarships; the winners will be featured on Wpromote's digital marketing blog. wpromote scholarship digital marketing high school student education contest competition

Do you want to control your business destiny?

Berkonomics

This moment is not to be spoiled by such mundane warnings from advisors or consultants to plan carefully, research the market and competition, and execute the plan with tenacity and enthusiasm. Write your own Hollywood script.

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

socalTECH

There are a lot of other competition shows and reality show, which are much more predatory and cut-throat, and it's nice for our entrepreneurs to not only get a real investment, but get great feedback. As an entrepreneur, there is so much competition for so few dollars, so having a finance background and also having done something entrepreneurial really helps me provide balance to the show. Anyone can write a check, but not everyone can provide intellectual capital.

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Niche marketing works. Here’s how.

Berkonomics

You’ll have less competition. Competition is good, but – if there are hundreds of businesses out there that already have gotten to and penetrated this niche – you’re going to find it hard to get through the marketing noise. Close.

Bio Roundup: Obamacare Persists, FDA Approves, Vertex Wows & More

Xconomy

But as of this writing, McConnell will allow a vote next week to start open debate, much less tightly controlled than the secretive BCRA that went nowhere. The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major hit this week from Senate GOP holdouts who said the Better Care Reconciliation Act either tore down Medicaid too much or left too much of the ACA in place. A straight-up repeal, floated by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, was also shot down.

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. But the realist in me knew I couldn’t write daily nor could I convince you to think to check out my blog with regularity.

Above all, consider the corporate gate keeper.

Berkonomics

Dropping that name will often immediately draw a response if the decision maker is curious or particularly competitive. Let me reinforce this: never reveal competitive information to gain access or advantage.

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I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

Both Sides of the Table

Whenever you write your deck and send it out I think you should actually think to yourself, “my competitors are probably going to read this one day and this will be forwarded widely” and if your response isn’t “so what!” Summary: Send the Deck Pitch decks are sales & marketing decks and like in any sales activity, any great sales person assumes his or her competition will eventually get their deck. Competition isn’t won or lost by your marketing decks?—?it’s

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I hope to publish that deck and a full write up in the next 10 days in partnership with Dan Primack at Fortune (if my write up doesn’t suck, I guess ;-)). Of course the concentration of capital in growth firms and the intense competition to fund the best deals leads to some risks.

How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

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Defy Ventures runs business plan competitions and has people like us who attend and give business advice and feedback. Catherine (Cat) Hoke founded the program in 2010 and launched the business plan competition in 2012. I will write about that as soon as Caroline is ready.

Can you profit by serving early adapters?

Berkonomics

They allow me to preview new devices and technologies before release so that I might write about and speak about them in my “Tech Trends” keynotes. It did not hurt that Apple always seemed to trump the competition in design of the product and the product’s user interface too.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

With perfect information and too much competition you pay up or they walk right down the street and get it from somebody else.” I’ve seen many a VC firm argue that “if we give them $10 million then they will massively pull away from competition and we crowd out the market.”

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

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I thought I’d write a post about how to talk about valuation at a startup and give you some sense of what might be on the mind of the person considering funding you. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

InfoChachkie

Most men in the 1940's and 50's did not know how to use a keyboard and thus could not write code. One of these bright lights is Santa Barbara-based HG Data - developers of the world's largest competitive-intelligence database. <Note:

Putting an End to the Dark Ages of Local Businesses

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She entered you reservation by writing in a time slot in a paper calendar and you were in. and there was certainly less competition from everybody pitching local merchant solutions.

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Understanding the Herd Mentality of VCs and How not to Let it Psyche You Out

Both Sides of the Table

I remind founders that the no’s come early because it’s super easy to qualify out a deal that you know is unlikely due to stage, focus, geography, competitive deal you’ve done or even just the fact that you’re too busy right now.

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Want To Live Life With No Regrets? Follow These 43 Life Lessons

InfoChachkie

Jackson Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college. Remember that winners do what losers don''t want to do - outwork your competition and you will likely win.

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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? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. eCommerce is an enormously competitive search term.

How to use PR Firms at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Obviously you should have somebody that helps you research journalists, gets you meetings, pitches stories, helps prep you for interviews & helps make sure your writing is cogent. Whether we like to admit it or not, PR drives behavior with customers, investors, employees and competition.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. The funding rounds will also build customer confidence and they’ll help journalists feel air cover in writing your more important pieces when you brag about customers, traction, revenue or whatever.

What Can You Learn From Ring’s Astounding Success?

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Many people will write the history on why Ring became an enormously successful company and why it became a real-world unicorn in a world when many startups are anointed that merely on paper.

Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

Both Sides of the Table

How to get your Series A mojo back The rest of the outline I’ll write as a series to come back to this blog if you want to read more. … Fund raising. It definitely has a “d” in it, as in it’s really not fun, raising.

Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

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It’s building a product that is substantially differentiated, and, as Bill Gross, one of the most prolific tech entrepreneurs of our era says, “ It needs to be 10x better than the competition ” (because if you shoot for that then in competitive markets you might achieve 3x.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

Berkonomics

Included in a business plan are financials, competitive landscape, marketing plans, and projected sales to name a few. Studies found that people who write plans are more likely to put their goals in action and increases your likelihood of success. By JJ Richa.

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SBIR Source Launches New Research Tool

socalTECH

The company said its data can be used by startups and small tech companies looking for R&D grants, to write more targeted proposals and to understand the competition and needs of Federal agencies. 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.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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The VC market has right-sized (returned back to mid 90′s levels & less competition). Just 3 years ago there was talk of institutional investors “not being able to write small enough checks.”

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. But at the end of the year you write your own ticket if you’re talented because now you have experience and it cost you less than your law school loans!

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Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

InfoChachkie

Competition. Who do I write the check to and where do I send it? Business Plans are dead. Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve tried over the years to write many times about the realism of the downsides of being an entrepreneur because there is a complete cognitive dissidence between what you read about yourself in the press and what you feel internally about where you’re at in the journey.

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The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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It’s hard enough building a valuable product or service in competitive global markets without spending time on unproductive tasks. Mostly I just wanted to write this as a reminder to founders to be suspicious of people who constantly introduce you around.