Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs

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Someone on Quora recently asked me to answer the following question: Why Do Digital Entrepreneurs Hate MBAs? Tech entrepreneurs' consternation with MBAs does not rise to the level of loathing. Rather, entrepreneurs' frustrations are often due to an incongruence between an MBA's expectations versus the value they can deliver to a startup. As noted in Startup Advice From College Dropouts , successful entrepreneurs are often poor students.

Advertising Wants to be Measurable – An Investment Thesis

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One of the investment themes I’ve been focused on in the past 3 years has been Performance-Based Marketing. When I started investing the US advertising market was $300 billion with only 10% of it ($30 billion) of it being online and measurable.

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Apologies: an incomplete draft of this article was inadvertently sent out previously via RSS. In addition, a number of advertisers have invested significant resources into creating libraries of video content which effectively communicate brand and product attributes but are incapable of eliciting a particular action, such as: clicking to a landing page, completing a lead form, or initiating a purchase. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE.

8 Fundraising Deal Breakers Inexperienced Entrepreneurs Routinely Create

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Because of the rapid pace with which Venture Capitalists review investment opportunities, they must employ pattern matching techniques which include identifying common fundraising deal breakers. Surprisingly, most venture investments do not break down over valuation. In many instances, investors simply do not have the patience to wait for an entrepreneur to sufficiently clean up their deal once a significant issue is identified during the due diligence process.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

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As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. In addition to paying the consultant, you must invest time to educate them. In many instances, it is difficult to gain an adequate return on this time investment, as the knowledge transferred is lost once the consultant moves on to their next client. “Learn from the mistakes of others.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers. In addition, a number of advertisers have invested significant resources into creating libraries of video content which effectively communicate brand and product attributes but are incapable of eliciting a particular action, such as: clicking to a landing page, completing a lead form, or initiating a purchase. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE. . Coull Offers Advertisers Video Skimlinks. <JG

The Series A Crunch Is For Entrepreneurs Who Can’t Create Their Own Luck

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This is due to a fundamental disconnect between the increased activity of high-volume seed investors (that fill out lots of Seed rounds) and the relatively small number of Series A investors, who only make 1 or 2 investments, per partner, per year.". There is a similar Darwinian aspect to venture capital investing. Some seed investors execute over one hundred investments per year, each in the $25k to $200k range. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Entrepreneurs Should Forget ROI And Focus On Return On Life – The New Measure Of Wealth

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According to Tige Young, Founder and CEO of Tui Tai Expeditions , entrepreneurs should de-emphasize ROI and focus on a more accurate measure of wealth, Return On Life. I asked Tige to define Return On Life, “Any good investor looks at return on investment, which is generally just dollars. Tige''s story of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a renowned business in Fiji is pretty epic on its face. Being an entrepreneur) can be a really good thing for ROL.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. Today’s post is about my investment thesis.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

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However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Handled appropriately, these questions provide investors a window into an entrepreneurs’ soul, which minimizes the chances of a future misalignment. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

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Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

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However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Handled appropriately, these questions provide investors a window into an entrepreneurs’ soul, which minimizes the chances of a future misalignment. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

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Want to Know How to Join One of the Country’s Most Successful VC Fund?

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By now most of you know that Chris Sacca invested in what is now thought to be one of the best performing VC funds of all time having invested an $8.4 We spoke about how we both like to back entrepreneurs with a healthy chip on their shoulders and a desire to stick ones middle finger up at the establishment. As always, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel, Soundcloud and podcast RSS feed. I recently interviewed Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital.

Deal Hair: Is Your Startup More Like Russell Brand Or Bruce Willis?

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Whenever a VC assesses a potential investment opportunity, they attempt to match the entrepreneur(s), their solution, and intended markets with a pattern they have previously encountered. Conversely, even if a venture is pre-revenue, the operational risk is reduced if the entrepreneurs have a relevant track record of success. The above criteria obviously do not represent all of the factors investors consider when evaluating a venture investment.

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How To Become a VC

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One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job. You control substantial amounts of capital, have tremendous autonomy, a flexible work schedule and you get to play Santa by bestowing financial gifts upon worthy entrepreneurs. In contrast, an Angel Investor is someone who invests their own capital.

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Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors

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Ideally, such early-stage investors should have the experiences and motivation to help their ventures establish a sustainable business model, rather than simply writing a check before moving on to their next investment. There are a variety of factors entrepreneurs should consider when evaluating a potential early-stage investor. Implicitly represented in the above matrix is a fifth Angel type that abides by the "Sounds Good" school of investing.

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Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write and 9 Tips To Get Started - OnStartups , September 27, 2010 "The best part of blogging is the people you will meet"- Hugh MacLeod repeating wisdom from Loic Lemeur to me at the Big Pink at 2 am in South Beach after the Future of Web Apps 2008. And And after 30 years of Venture investing we still have a hard time articulating why. Along the way I also learned yet another way entrepreneurs see the world differently from their investors.

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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My initial desire to blog came from something that’s always been my approach to investing – I’m a nerd and I love to play with the technology and part of my approach has really been to understand things both at a user level and at a reasonably deep tentacle level. we are not going to invest.

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How This Startup Kicked Oracle’s A$$

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They all invested. We took an investment of 2M Euros. In my humble opinion, this is advice young entrepreneurs cannot hear often enough. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. How did a small, open source software company from Finland capture billions in market share from Oracle?

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The Impact Matrix: Prioritize Your 2013 Initiatives Using This Startup Ninja Tool

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During my many years as an entrepreneur, I developed the Impact Matrix to help me prioritize such significant, long-term initiatives. Additionally, many opportunities require financial investments, which must be considered in tandem with non-financial resource requirements. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

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Serial entrepreneur, venture investor and startup accelerator pioneer Brad Feld has notoriously mocked traditional marketing throughout his career. Rejecting the paint-by-numbers approach to corporate communications deployed by most marketing executives, Brad has embraced unconventional guerilla marketing tactics to help establish his venture capital firm, Foundry Group, as a thought leader in early-stage tech investing. This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch

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You are an entrepreneur – go for it. Make it clear you do not know their investment focus (e.g., nor did you take the time to research the investor''s investment portfolios. If they really want to invest, they will seek you out. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

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6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch

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The same should be true of an entrepreneur who is attempting to secure money from sophisticated investors. Step 1: The Person, Not The Firm – As Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson make clear in their book Venture Deals , entrepreneurs should identify specific venture partners, rather than target firms as a whole. VCs collude all the time, it is only fair that entrepreneurs compare notes every now and again as well.”.

Make Yourself Irresistible To A Startup

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The Founders were impressed that I invested my time to negotiate and craft this agreement, without asking for quid pro quo compensation. Because of startup''s perpetual manpower deficit, emerging entrepreneurs are often given senior responsibilities that would not be available to them at a big company. Pay to Play – Given that you have adequate cash reserves, another way to secure your position on a startup team is to directly invest.

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Make It Work- the real story

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Entrepreneurs are inundated with success stories, but far less is written about ventures that do not succeed. Most entrepreneurs do not have the guts to publicly discuss a venture gone awry. As an entrepreneur, my greatest lesson learned here was how difficult it is to find capital for a services business. Then, we got a verbal yes on a decent capital investment.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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I was meeting regularly with entrepreneurs and offering (for better or for worse) advice on how to run a startup and how to raise venture capital from my experience in doing so at two companies. Or “I’m a new entrepreneur, why would I offer advice on how to run a startup?&#.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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Most worryingly, many times it means that they have decided that they are not interested in your product (or investing in your company) so why bother having a debate / discussion with you. If your presentation requires an explanation of RSS vs. ATOM always best to say, “let me quickly state how RSS and ATOM are different. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know&# - I don’t think any VC is looking for the entrepreneur who knows everything.

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Commission Junction Co-Founder Lex Sisney Applies A Scientific Approach To Analyzing Your Business

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As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, serial entrepreneur, CEO Coach and Author Lex Sisney shared a preview of his newly released book, Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business. To this day, Commission Junction remains the dominant player despite Google's significant investment of time, money and resources. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RS

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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IP Law for Startups , June 23, 2010 Groupon’s Growth Made Possible by Facebook - Leveraging Ideas , May 5, 2010 Automating Themed Logo Changes by Season - TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey , October 18, 2010 Selling a Business - A Guide for Investors and Entrepreneurs - Angel Blog , February 28, 2010 Minimum Viable Product in practice - Guy Nirpaz , October 17, 2010 Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

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

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asymmetry, real-time, curated RSS / link-sharing]. It was obviously a scheme set up by young entrepreneurs to line their pockets and some big-company executives who didn’t understand innovation. This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch.

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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Mark Suster , fellow venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, has written extensively about YouTube’s evolution from dogs-on-skateboards to its current status as an entertainment medium rivaling cable television networks. Its evolution has resulted in a new class of entertainment entrepreneur, the creators of professional YouTube content, affectionately known as YouTubers. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch HERE.

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Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business

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Home About Press IA Capital Partners Archives After 17 years in M&A, Derivatives and Trading, Im spending my time with young entrepreneurs in and around financial technology and digital media. tries to expand beyond Twitter roots Blogs Im Reading Andrew Corn Barry Ritholtz Fred Wilson FT Alphaville Howard Lindzon Marc Andreessen Michelle Leder Paul Graham Paul Kedrosky Trader Mike Active Investments AdCopy AdSafe Alphacet Beacon Trust Company bit.ly

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Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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Tech entrepreneurs and executives from Silicon Valley are moving south and buying up luxury homes in the Los Angeles area. Andrew Frame, a 30-something entrepreneur who founded Internet-telephone company Ooma, bought a contemporary four bedroom in Bel Air for $5.5 and Facebook beef up their presence and more Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs establish footholds in. In the end, he sold an $8 million home in the Hollywood Hills to the entrepreneur. RSS Feed.

The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics | Futuristic Play by @Andrew_Chen

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Heres 5 steps to start exploring: View the "Best Of" list with 50+ essays on viral marketing, gaming, and ads » Get introduced: About this blog, why entrepreneurs and marketers recommend it » Receive updates by email or RSS feed or Twitter. Futuristic Play by @Andrew_Chen.

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5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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Entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs. Just this year, Q2 investments in SoCal and New England were virtually the same, with $838 million and $843 million invested respectively, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree Report. With LaunchPad’s help, more than 61 Orange County companies have raised more than $97 million in startup capital, seed, and series A investments — and much of that money comes from Valley investors betting on their neighbors to the south.

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