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Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact

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Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I'm working on a start up idea in the XXX market with my partner and we are currently looking for full stack developer to join us as a technical co-founder. Why is this a great startup?

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

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Most are sitting on large portfolios of private companies that are raising money now or will need to do so in the future and they know that they’re up against some headwinds. The Motive for Speaking Up. When I started blogging it was because I was inspired by Brad Feld.

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The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Mike Yavonditte is the founder of the “super hot&# Hashable , a startup out of NYC that has been described as a “ Mint.com for Social Capital ” Mike sold his previous company, Quigo , to Aol for $340 Million. I appreciate the write-up and your continued support of this blog.

What Can You Learn from the 4-Hour Workweek?

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Let me start by saying I’m a huge business book cynic. But Net had told me that he picked up some valuable lessons from the book, so I thought, “WTF? They can travel the world, take classes in interesting subjects, spend time with loved ones or start new hobbies.

Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It

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He shared a number of witty entrepreneurial insights, including: "Startups are like high school. Note: I am an investor in Brian''s current startup via Rincon Venture Partners.). I think I''ll just wing it'' and of course. • LinkedIn • Facebook • Twitter.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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If you’re a startup and you haven’t read my summary of Clay Christensen’s seminal work please do. And this approach to looking at startup industries is what I call “deflationary economics.”. So when you start your company think carefully about whom your target customer is.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

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Branchout , often called LinkedIn meets Facebook, has done a lot in their application to provide users motivation and opportunity to spread the word about the service. They ask for a little bit additional information and that's it, you are up and going.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

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According to a recent Forbes article , UC Santa Barbara''s Technology Management Program offers students a superior startup education over the University of Pennsylvania (home of Wharton), as well Harvard, Northwestern and even its acclaimed southern neighbor, the University of Southern California.

CHNL – Social Network For All | Interview With John Wander, Co-founder & CEO

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Inspired by the vast amounts of data from videos, photos, music, websites and blogs shared by the many friends and people they follow online and seeing how much time it takes to check all the content across many platforms, friends set out to come up with a solution and CHNL was born. TechZulu caught up with John Wander , Co founder and CEO of CHNL. John Wander – Co founder & CEO – angel investor, team member, advisor, and board member to several start ups.

Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup

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Note: As a public service, I will happily offer the USPS a 15-minute course in “How To Use Google” at my special government rate of $150,000. The abundance of incompetence and the utter lack of accountability are just two reasons why startups should avoid selling to the government.

Past Is Prologue: 13 Startup Lessons From How We Got To Now

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While creating a new course for UC Santa Barbara’s Entrepreneurial Program entitled, “The Past, Present and Future of Entrepreneurship,” I was recently blessed to come across Steven Johnson’s PBS series and accompanying book, How We Got To Now.

Startup CEOs Lessons From Ben Affleck

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These varied responsibilities are analogous to those of a startup CEO, as movie production crews are essentially temporary ventures. During the course of the discussion, I was struck by the similarity of the movie creation process and that of the typical tech startup.

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Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Picking Duck

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From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year at our annual Tech.Co Tech.Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition? Manubay: Leading up to the initial, local pitch competition we were pitching to family and friends for practice and for possible investment opportunity.

Startup Advisors: The Good, The Bad And The Commandos

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This will result in multiple points of view that you can distill into a single course of action. Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse. • LinkedIn • Facebook • Twitter.

Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

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In addition to being a thought leader within the Lean Startup Movement , Steve is also a professor at Stanford and Berkley. The team failed to understand that marketing's primary role at a startup is to drive sales. Lean Startup Lessons - For Free.

Mingly Launches Mingly Web and MyPeople | Manage Your TwitFaceMailBookLink

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The irony: a sad state that even with the huge number of social network applications we have at our disposal, we’re oftentimes lost, unable to keep up, or still lose touch so easily.

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Exit Interview: Lita Nelsen on MIT Tech Transfer, Startups & Culture

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Lita Nelsen has seen it up close—and played a part in its evolution—from her studies there in the 1960s, to her business-school fellowship in the late 1970s, to her 30 years working in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. Nelsen is now a consultant on tech transfer and entrepreneurship issues, and she is also serving on the boards of companies and nonprofits, according to her LinkedIn profile. And so that’s what Stanford did, so it was set up in that model.

Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos Shares His Secrets Of Startup Success

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about your skills or your abilities or your DNA, it's about what you refuse to give up on - what you will keep doing until you succeed. We look up at these iconic business leaders and we just think they get everything right, but they don't.

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Entrepreneurs Should Create A Degree – Not Buy One Off The Rack

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However, off-the-shelf majors are typically not suited to the eclectic skills required to succeed in the startup world. Like a sheepeople, I dutifully signed up for the required classes. Proposed Startup Curriculum. Also consider courses that delve into organizational ethics.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

Branchout , often called LinkedIn meets Facebook, has done a lot in their application to provide users motivation and opportunity to spread the word about the service. They ask for a little bit additional information and that's it, you are up and going.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

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Let’s start with the most important fact that wasn’t discussed. But of course customers will have to do some technical work to migrate products and will lose DataSift functionality that Twitter / Gnip does not possess directly. Facebook, LinkedIn and increasingly YouTube.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. This blog post ended up on Valleywag (which had much bigger presence back then). Anyway, the starting point for this blog entry is a cartoon I remember reading in the New Yorker. We started building the product 18 months ago so we are in better shape than 99% of start-ups. 1:20 and they turned up like clockwork.

Angel Funding Advice

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Good idea & plan: You must start with a good idea and a PowerPoint deck (my outline is here , scroll down mid way). I know you’re not a tech guy and haven’t done anything other than an HTML course you once took, but if you’re inspirational and a leader you’ll find somebody to moonlight for free to get your prototype built. And a great product starts with the founder. Their name alone is enough to get meetings set up.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

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As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. I have written about this before and often recommend to executives that they do less, but complete more by avoiding the shiny objects and distractions stop us from living up to our true potential. Having interesting and frequent opportunities at the top of your funnel is important, of course, but the ultimate score is only measured on the bottom end of the funnel.

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup

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I've recently received several emails from people looking for a technical cofounder for their startup. Make sure you go through the 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder. Of course, you are looking for something a little different - a technical Cofounder.

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With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility

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Design together, the course that introduced the idea for brightblu, they were concurrently taking three other classes: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Marketing and Art of the CEO. The biggest motivator for starting brightblu was John Greathouse’s Entrepreneurship class.

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An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

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But the story started more than 6 months ago. We started planning our fund raising as much as 14 months ago. Many had started IPO’ing and we started to think about our future. September started easily enough. But of course public markets had begun gyrating.

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You Can’t Teach People To Be Entrepreneurs, But Entrepreneurs Can Be Taught

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As such, I work hard to understand their expectations and I strive to live up to them. My courses are rigorous and demanding. I am likewise pleased that my courses have not been rated "easy," earning an overall 2.9 Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

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

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It is the bane of every startups existence because it takes up so much time, it is so competitive to sign people and it feels like unproductive time because it’s not moving the ball forward on product, engineering, sales, marketing, biz dev, fund raising. But of course great teams build great companies and great startup leaders know that they must always be recruiting. Set up calls for VCs to welcome her to the team. HR Startup Lessons Recruiting.

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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LinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network with more than 380 million members in over 200 countries and territories. making connections, looking for jobs, staying up on news, etc.) The integration of massively open online courses (MOOCs) makes strategic sense, which is likely why LinkedIn acquired Lynda for $1.5 The average cost per webinar ranges from $39-59 with longer online courses (2-8 weeks) landing somewhere between $99-799.

Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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Coming hot off the coat tail of earlier this year’s Startup Weekend LA where Zaarly launched, this LASW was nothing less than amazing and as someone put, one of the best tech events in LA they had ever been to. Throughout the day, random shouts of Startup Weekend success!

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

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When added to my volume of Facebook messages, LinkedIn requests, blog comments and Tweets my head is definitely below water. I scan it for the most important messages to be sure nothing urgent has popped up. I’m just getting started.

Entrepreneurs Who Relish Being Wrong Usually Win

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During my 15-years as a startup executive, I relished being proven wrong. While this aspect of human nature can lead to mildly amusing behaviors in our friends (and ourselves), when assessing decisions at your startup, such close-minded prejudices can result in fatal mistakes.