October, 2011

Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos. In the course of my recent interview with Guy Kawasaki , author and former Apple Evangelist, Guy describes Steve Jobs as: “… the world’s greatest CEO, ever.

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

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Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. After 10 minutes I felt like we were old buddies because we had both been through the trenches of startup tech land and had had similar experiences.

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Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication


I continually face the challenge of designing and building registration / sign-up pages on a wide variety of different web sites and mobile applications.

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Accelerator Crazy In Southern California


What's the latest craze in startups in Southern Califonia? It looks to be startup accelerators. In just the last few weeks, at least five different incubation/acceleration efforts have booted up in the region.

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Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

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I know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. That’s not the point. It’s honest advice so please judge once you’re read the post. I’ll keep it short.

Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles


I saw a great post from Tristan Kromer Pivoting on Investor Feedback a.k.a Beware of Mentors. It was a top post on StartupRoar on Tuesday. His basic point was: If someone, including me, tells you something isn’t a great idea and there’s no market for it there are only two acceptable responses.

Yowie Powers Town Hall For Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson


Shut out of the Republican party's televised debates, Republic Presidential Candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has taken his campaign online--using the technology of Santa Monica-based Yowie.

Bevvy: Getting Deals On The Down Low | Interview With Founder Niall Donnelly

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There’s no question of the monstrous boom in popularity and success of ‘Deal of the Day’ business models, and for good reason, due to a volatile world-wide economic climate.

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Web Start-Ups Hit Cash Crunch – As New Companies Proliferate, Financing Is Drying Up – WSJ 10-13-2011

Ask the Angels

Amid a glut of Web start-ups, some strains are starting to show. For most of this year, a start-up fever, fueled by Facebook and others, has gripped Silicon Valley. But as the number of tiny Web companies riding the frenzy has mushroomed, some in recent weeks have found it tough to procure new funding, investors and entrepreneurs say. That is pushing some entrepreneurs to look for “bridge” financing to keep forging ahead, or to cut the valuations they are seeking, the people add.

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10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn


There has recently been a common theme among the entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the conferences I have attended: despite the relatively weak state of the world economy, now is a great time to create a high-tech startup.

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

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This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.” ” Everybody knows that when you raise money at a startup your ownership percentage of the company goes down.

Money is not the only measure of success.


You’ve surely heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, in which Abraham Maslow laid out a human’s needs from the physiological first, to safety, then love and belonging, on to esteem and finally self-actualization. Assuming that you have now passed through a successful sale of your shares in a business, and the money is in the bank, enough to at least temporarily satisfy your needs, if not much more, you have climbed the ladder within Maslow’s Hierarchy.

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


Last week, a group of four angel investors here announced their plans to create a new, accelerator program to spur the creation of an entrepreneurial community in the area around new startups.

LG Thrill 4G Review | 3D And A Whole Lot More

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3D Movies, 3D Printing, 3D Televisions, 3DS, our entire screen world is turning 3D and now its time for your mobile screen to get in on the fun. LG 4G Thrill is one of the first mobile devices in the United States to have 3D viewing capabilities without the glasses.

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Steve Jobs RIP

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Rest in peace Steve Jobs. Eric Greenspan


When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes


Note: This is the third installment in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE and Part II HERE. When hiring ATM Operators at a Big Dumb Company (BDC), assessing each candidate’s ability to execute predictable tasks is of paramount importance.

We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

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I have written extensively about Twitter in the past. I still find that many people don’t understand the basics. If you consider yourself a newbie, please check out a group of posts that I’ve done in the past that might make you feel more comfortable with what is unique about Twitter.

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Everyone loves to leave a legacy.


Be honest now. Have you ever thought of what legacy you’ll leave behind? If you are an entrepreneur or CEO, surely you’ve thought of how you’ll be remembered by your associates and stakeholders after you move on. . We’ve all heard the stories of tough SOB bosses that took advantage of employees, vendors, even stock holders. And such stories do get around. How many people who know those stories are willing to trust their next chapter to that person’s next act?

ReachLocal Strengthens Ties To Google


Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the online marketing firm which helps small and medium sized businesses place online ads, has strengthened its ties into Google AdWords today, saying it has been added to the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner (PSP) Program. Google announced the new program this morning, to help small and medium sized business connect with others to place advertising on AdWords. Google did not say how many partners have been added to the program.

Female Founders and CEOs | Dimple Thakkar of SYNHERGY

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Synhergy Marketing originally was a company setup to be a full service marketing company for the entertainment industry – the record label, the webzine, everything you would need as an artist.

Young Digital Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- Young Digital Entrepreneurs. USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. The USC Annenberg Innovation Lab welcomes a panel of tech-savvy innovators to discuss the digital market and social media and how they won success by engaging audiences. Our panelists come from several industries, including retail, tech, agency and social. All are young (30 and under), savvy individuals who founded and grew their successful businesses largely through their use of social media and the web.

Startups Are A Remix


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

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Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. On my blog I’ve been hesitant to take the topic head on. Somehow it seems kind of strange for a man to answer this question that obviously comes from a man’s point of view.

Create stakeholder loyalty when times are good.


There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck. For investors, a subsequent down round at a lower valuation than the last, or an exit opportunity at a loss are all opportunities for the affected stakeholder to show a side that can sometimes shock an entrepreneur or CEO.

Local.com Launches New Product


Irvine-based Local.com is extending out its products aimed at small and medium sized businesses today, saying it has launched a new product called Exact Match.

Google me, Tweet me, Facebook me: The Action of Tech Platforms

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‘ Facebook me,’ ‘ tweet it,’ ‘ Shazam that;’ in the world of tech, your name is not just a service or brand, it is your verb. The stakes have been raised. The goal is not only to create a brand but rather the hope of becoming everyday jargon referring to the action in which you provide.

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Bridge Financing

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- Bridge Financing. So your VC or Angel investors have given you a term sheet for your A round. Great! The investors are happy with the due diligence results so far, and negotiations are going well. Tremendous! The investors expect to close in four to six weeks! Excellent! You have to make payroll this Friday. Not so good! What do you do? Bridge financings are made for situations such as this  and have come to be used even more broadly.

Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou


Note: This is Part I in the Startup Advantages series. Startups have few advantages. One of the most significant is the ability to keep your cards close to your vest.