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Matt Mullenweg is Interviewed by Om Malik at LeWeb Paris 2012 - YouTube
Twitter and Facebook got as users the advertisers, and people are data.

Gotta make money.
platform  Twitter  facebook  startup101  startup  customer  focus  Wordpress  Matt  Mullenweg 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
UK not punching its weight, says LSE chief - - Videl
UK not punching its weight, says LSE chiefXavier Rolet tells Jeremy Grant that the UK financial services industry is under-represented in Europe.
- growth comes with jobs. jobs comes with innovation.
-eu has underexploited of innovation potential
- innovation comes from SME / SMB - but access to capital is limited. debt as capital is wrong choice
- cash is plenty ie on corporate balance sheet
- bank debt is not a proper tool as banks have limited risk assessment especially with innovation areas, corporate has more tools and insight into success of new products and sevices
- corporate cash can fund via equity exchange 
- investment tax credit scheme - less penalizing
- [[ and or a industrial bank = (bank pool resources and knowledge + corporate cash + corporate involvement (knowledge centers) + gov pro growth policy/gov pro growth supply policy change (regulation / tax scheme)) ]]
- in a debt averse world with debt overhang and deleveraging a better tool
- no gov subsidies
SME  SMB  smallbusiness  startup  start-up  liquidity  capital  cash  corporate  equity  innovation  capitalism  debt  debtoverhang  deleveraging 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Why Google Health Really FailedIts About The Money
To understand the impact, I’ll exaggerate to make a point—your healthcare provider doesn’t care about you unless they can see the whites of your eyes. Why is that? Today’s flawed reimbursement scheme only compensates the healthcare provider for a face to face visit. It’s hard to fault the primary care physician who has been put on a hamster wheel of 30-40 appointments per day and can’t even give their practice away upon retirement (that was once their retirement plan) for not wanting to deal with their patients sending email or sharing information from their personal health record.
healthcare  google  socialsecurity  fail  startup  entrepreneurship  googlehealth 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Facebook Drives SecondMarket Broking $1 Billion Private Shares - Bloomberg
Second-Market’s most serious competitor is San Bruno, California-based SharesPost. Other rivals include Gate Technologies LLC in New York and Xpert Financial Inc. of San Mateo, California. Investment banks also buy and sell private- company shares for their clients, sometimes via SecondMarket. Venture-capital firms that want to buy or sell shares often use SecondMarket or its competitors, or trade informally among themselves and with employees or former employees of private venture-backed companies.

The Securities Act of 1933 restricts purchases of private- company stock to what it defines as “accredited” investors. In the case of individuals, that means people with a net worth of at least $1 million or $200,000 in annual income. In Coffee’s view, inflation has made the standards less meaningful.
“It allows the middle class to enter into a dangerous world of limited information and fluctuating liquidity,” he says.
investment  strategy  venturecapital  startup  VC  net-worth  income  speculation  economics  markets  liquidity 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
New York Startups Rise With Finance Talent - Bloomberg
“You’re seeing a real shift in people’s decision making,” she said. “While a lot of corporate jobs have dried up because of the economy, you’re seeing more and more people plunge into entrepreneurship. Because, at the end of the day, the opportunity cost is so much lower. They can either graduate college and not get a job and sit around, or they can start a business.”
economics  economy  USA  opportunity  cost  entrepreneurship  greatrecession  2011  startup  advice 
may 2011 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
Dont Bet Big. Little Bets Are The Ones That Turn Into Billion-Dollar Ideas
small bets are affordable and achievable ways to learn about problems and opportunities, while big bets are for capitalizing upon them.

Sarasvathy points to the value of what she calls “affordable losses.”  Seasoned entrepreneurs, she emphasizes, will tend to determine in advance what they are willing to lose, rather than calculating expected gains.  They don’t teach this in business school; just the opposite, in fact.  But the next new billion-dollar idea is virtually impossible to predict, even for a visionary like Mark Zuckerberg for much of Facebook’s early history.
entrepreneurship  business  startup  innovation  lesson  life  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  loss  losses  learning  curve 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
RIP Digg.
The lesson from Digg is crucial as Silicon Valley’s ecosystem has made it easier and easier to start a company. It’s that a great product is necessary but not nearly enough. Building a real company is harder, and it takes execution and leadership. Things like a New York-based CEO and a sometimes-distracted co-founder took a toll on Digg in its most pivotal days. As I wrote in my book a year after that cover, startups reflect their founders’ personalities. Back then, Slide was characterized by silent intensity, Facebook was like a messy, pizza-stained dorm room, and Digg? Well, Digg’s offices were empty most evenings.
digg  history  business  web2.0  siliconvalley  kevinrose  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  startup  founders  facebook 
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
Europe's future: Can anything perk up Europe? | The Economist
The single market remains half-built. The EU is 30% less productive than America in services. Because European services companies operate behind national barriers they innovate less and they tend not to gain the full economies of scale. Whole areas, such as health care, are exempted from EU-wide competition. Likewise some high-tech industries, such as telecoms, have been protected and others, such as e-commerce, barely existed in 1992. A single digital market could be worth 4% of EU GDP by 2020. The EU has a costly, fragmented patent system, so products (like far too many workers) cannot cross borders easily; energy supply has not been properly liberalised; debts are hard to collect across borders. And so it goes on. National to-do lists are just as long. In Spain and Italy privileged workers are protected, discouraging new permanent jobs. German entrepreneurs are immediately taxed on equity they put into a start-up. Europeans retire too early everywhere.
europe  free-market  germany  protectionism  startup  outlook  politics  EMU  2010  2011  2012  problem  problems 
july 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
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
Alan Mulally — Making Ford a Model for the Future - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
Mulally understands that people crave coming to work at a company they can believe in. He has given Ford's employees a reason to feel good about themselves and proud of the company. Mulally made that possible by defining a simple, but powerful mission — to build higher quality, more fuel efficient, safer cars — that employees could rally around. "The more each of us knows what we're really contributing to," the more motivated and excited and inspired we are," he says.
culture  ford  alanmulally  management  strategy  business  lessons  lesson  leadership  advice  startup  turnaround 
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
As Software Firms Merge, Synergy Is Elusive -
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
Silicon Valley Bank is the most reputated bank in the areas of VC of startups etc.
If you have a great company and need a loan, go to them. They have now world wide branches.
bank  startup  venturecapital  venture  banking  funding  capital  VC  borrowing  usa  loan  start-up  credit  london  uk  china  india 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
A new way of looking at sales and marketing | VentureBeat
Strategy for improving marketing and sales / conversion rate;
Email existing customers personally and ask them the following to answer;
“What convinced the customer to pull the trigger and buy the product?”
“What did he pay and why was he willing to pay that?”
“Why does he trust this company?”
“How did he choose to evaluate the product in his environment?”
“Why did he choose this particular product from this company?”
“How did the company reach him? What tools did they use and where was he when they found him”
Give them your phone number 'for anything else, you can call me at a reasonable time'
Many tnaks in advace,
Michael Jung

CEO ....
marketing  salesman  sales  startup  business  tip  selling  product  customer  customer-outreach  optimisation  tuki 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
Where Did VCs Go Wrong In Online Video?
But the entrepreneurs who have made fortunes in media tend to reinvest in their own empires rather than dole out the money to potential startup competitors. Media moguls like Rupert Murdoch, William Randolph Hearst, Sumner Redstone, SI Newhouse and the like who never sold out retained their earnings and built empires. Once they became the Establishment, it made little sense for them to finance the disruption.
video  veho  venturecapital  media  joost  Skype  rupertmurdoch  newscorp  conglomerate  empire  startup  business  content  tuki 
february 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
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