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Confident As F*** But Scared as S*** - YouTube
... personal investment. one should know that a business outcome isn't reflective on a persons value. Leads me to the end conclusion of http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson "Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies" - where he shows that inequality leads to social stress. Paul Robinette associates his business outcome and other peoples reviews of his brainchild with his personal likeability and his social value to the overall community / friends and family and associates. + see http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisWeekIn/search?query=Jerry+Colonna
Start-Up  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  judgement  expectations  life  lesson  Oxidative  stress  stress  USA  inequality  Gini  coefficient  This  Week  in  Startups  jasoncalacanis  Jerry  Colonna  This  Week  in  Start-Ups  advice 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail? - Quora
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?That is, year after year, there are entrepreneurs who attempt variations of that idea despite nobody having ever succeeded in that space before?
business  entrepreneur  startups  advice  startup  failure 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
9 Women Cant Make a Baby in a Month
Those of us that espouse “lean startups” often do so from personal experience. We made mistakes ourselves that proved to us that you can’t make markets move faster than they inherently want to just by throwing more resources at them. Those of us that are willing to admit that we fawked things up in the first dot-com explosion and learned from our mistakes have the battle wounds to make more pragmatic decisions in 2011. It is encapsulated in one of my favorite quotes that I first heard from Bruce Dunlevie of Benchmark Captial,
“Good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment”
startup  entrepreneurship  experience  learning  trading  business  advice  curve  startups  strategy  venturecapital  2011 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Fred Wilson: Marketing Is For Companies Who Have Sucky Products
Marketing is for companies who have sucky products. If you build something that is amazing (think Flipboard or Instagram or Instapaper) people will adopt it because it is amazing. And you won’t have to do much marketing, at least at the start.
marketing  entrepreneurship  startups  startup  advice  start-up 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Unboxed - Company Innovators Ask - What Works? - NYTimes.com
BUSINESS is a field not of theory but of practice. The central intellectual inquiry of the science of management is simply this: What works?

So what does work in the innovation game? No single formula, to be sure. But some recent interviews with executives, consultants and academics can be distilled into three recommendations: think broadly, borrow from the entrepreneurial Silicon Valley model, and pay close attention to customers and to emerging user needs.

- Marching Into New Markets
- Customized Discounts
For innovation champions, titles matter far less than their independence, breadth of knowledge and corporate clout, experts say. “Whatever you call it, there is a real need for a senior-level executive to be able to reach across a company and beyond to tap ideas, skills and resources,”
“It is this systems integration aspect that is central to innovation as a field and a discipline.”
“being a catalyst, to challenge people to think differently,
innovation  leadership  startups  business  management  corporation 
august 2010 by asterisk2a
The Empire of Dreams
“Raising Seed-Stage Capital” featuring Dave McClure
Key message: Ideal angel investment process—a) get customers, b) get initial lead investor (start with low valuation), c) get more significant investor involved, d) now drive up demand by getting more investors involved, leads to more favorable terms (like higher valuation), e) close
startup  advice  funding  raising  venturecapital  newyork  nyc  startups 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Gunderson Dettmer | Home
Gunderson and think they are great. Whoever you choose, I strongly recommend you go with a “standard” startup lawfirm (Gunderson, Wilson Sonsini, Fenwick etc).
startup  lawyer  legal  reference  law  entrepreneurship  startups  startup101  framework 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Twitter Gets More Features, and Competitors - NYTimes.com
“They’ve gone from a data play to a platform play,” said Jeremiah Owyang, a partner at Altimeter Group, a digital strategy consulting firm. “You’re seeing the same behavior that Facebook, Google and other online communities have done. This is a natural evolution of a Web company.”
twitter  growth  platform  ecosystem  businessmodel  startups 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Why a Bad Economy Is the Best Time to Start a Business
In 2000, the high point, investors anteed up more than $100 billion into startups. By 2008, that number had dropped by almost three-fourths to $27 billion, and in 2009 it plummeted to less than $20 billion, about the same level as 1998. Nevertheless it appears that money is spent more wisely.

“We were built to survive a recession while guys funded during the up market weren’t,” Chatterjee says, “Venture capitalists gave us extra due diligence and we had to be singularly focused on providing value to customers.”
recession  entrepreneurship  business  entrepreneur  startup  inspiration  economy  greatrecession  GreatDepression  history  startups  jobcreation  venturecapital  investment  investing  investor  investors  leanstartup  technology 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Pitch Slams | Innovate!100 - The World's Most Promising Tech Startups
At the Pitch Slams, you’ll pitch to a local audience of investors, partners, other entrepreneurs and the media. You’ll be promoted as an Innovate!100 Finalist, and your pitch will be evaluated by industry experts and analysts, using the G/Score, Guidewire Group’s market leading assessment methodology. The G/Score has been proven as a reliable predictor of startups market success, trusted by partners and investors around the world. Click here to learn about the G/Score.

But that’s not where it ends. That’s where the action begins. Following the Pitch Slam, you’ll be invited to identify which of Innovate!2010’s partners, including investors, corporations and customers you would like to meet with. Partners and sponsors of Innovate!2010 that may not make it to your Pitch Slam have already expressed interest to meet with the Innovate!100 Finalists. We’ll provide these companies your company’s G/Score so they can review your company’s business.
europe  usa  pitching  pitch  startup  startups  discovery  partner  partners  angelinvestor  venturecapital  introduction 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Case Studies in Freemium: Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic and MailChimp
Don’t spend money on marketing, do offer flexibility and data exporting to eliminate buyers’ regret, make sure to capitalize on and value goodwill, and only charge for things that are hard to do. That’s what some startups say is the key to success in the freemium business. But the biggest reason the five presenters this morning at the Freemium Summit in San Francisco — Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic (see disclosure at the bottom) and MailChimp — are doing well is because they have great products that people want. They’ve been able to get those products to a broad audience by using the freemium model — that is, offering a free service with the option to upgrade.

The fact was that Dropbox was offering a product that people didn’t know they needed until they tried, and “search is great for harvesting demand, not creating it,” Houston said.
freemium  Pandora  dropbox  evernote  entrepreneurship  businessmodel  monetization  startups  marketing  business  advertising  product  design 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
As Software Firms Merge, Synergy Is Elusive - WSJ.com
While the voluminous deal activity has meant a bonanza for shareholders -- many software stocks have soared this year, partly because of the hot merger landscape -- Mr. Gonick's experience highlights the flip side: As the big software companies flesh out their integration plans internally, customers on the outside are left with unanswered questions about their future.

But that isn't the only thing that has changed in recent years. Today, many of the companies being acquired aren't start-ups. They're established, profitable companies with a slew of customers.

This has left CIOs and information technology departments with less influence in negotiating software discounts because there are fewer vendors to pit against each other at the bargaining table, though customers can also potentially lower maintenance and integration costs by buying more software from a single vendor, says Eliot Colon, chief operating officer at Miro Consulting Inc., a software-licensing consultancy in Fords, N.J.
M&A  oracle  IBM  peoplesoft  software  industry  synergy  failure  customerservice  HP  SAP  startups  startup  Google  trend 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Sustainability: The ‘must have’ holy grail | VentureBeat
Trend surfing:
Maintain superior offerings.
Reinvention. the biggest threat to your company’s “must have” product isn’t the competition; it’s the urge to rest on your laurels.
competition  edge  sustainability  startup  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  trends  long-term  thinking  innovation  intrapreneur  intrapreneurship  reinvention  business  startups  startup101 
january 2010 by asterisk2a
Startup 101: Introducing Our Serialized "How to Build a Startup" Book - ReadWriteStart
"Startup 101" is a serialized book about the thrills and spills of starting a Web technology venture. It will be a regular feature in our new channel ReadWriteStart, dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Startup 101 is for first-time entrepreneurs who want to go through the whole startup life cycle - including raising money, building a valuable business, and making a lot of money by selling the venture or taking it public.
startup101  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  howto  startups  startup  business 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?
Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world. There were too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better, and too many people wanting to be the next Mint.com, not the next Google. Nothing against Mint, but Silicon Valley wasn’t built on $170 million exits.
entrepreneurship  change  innovation  business  entrepreneur  startup  start-up  startups 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
When It Comes To Founding Successful Startups, Old Guys Rule
These clearly aren’t the talented 20-somethings who have “great passion” minus the “distractions like families and children…that get in the way of business” which Sequoia Venture’s Michael Moritz raves about (also in this Building 43 video). Or the ”very low paid” young entrepreneurs who, according to Google’s Eric Schmidt, make “all the right things happen” by “working themselves to death”. But these are the companies which Silicon Valley VC’s seem to flock to. And maybe that’s one reason why the failure rates of VC investments are so high.
entrepreneurship  VC  leadership  advice  ideas  age  business  startups  startup  herd  venturecapital  trend  entrepreneurial  silliconvalley  management  failure 
september 2009 by asterisk2a

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