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How To Scale a Unicorn Product Management Team

Why Hire Product Managers and Build a Product Team?<p>Why hire product managers and build a product team? The short answer is that if you’re a tech …

Product Management

The Hierarchy of Engagement

Building an enduring, multi-billion dollar consumer technology company is hard. As an investor, knowing which startups have the potential to be massive and long-lasting is also hard. From both perspectives, identifying companies with this potential is a combination of “art” and “science” — the art …

Consumer Tech

10 Crazy Bootstrapping Stories

What these entrepreneurs lacked in funds, they made up for in gumption. Read on for inspiring tales of daring, dedication, and desperation.<p>There's no question that turning a great idea into a profitable business is exciting. But it's tough, as well, especially if you're bootstrapping. So I …

As Comment Period Closes, Debate Over Equity Crowdfunding Rules Rages On

The official period of public debate over equity crowdfunding is nearing an end, but don't breathe easy just yet. The controversy is hardly over.<p>When President Barack Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, in April of 2012, he made equity crowdfunding legal for …

Entrepreneurship

Why First Time Founders Should Join an Accelerator Program

<i>Ohad Frankfurt is the cofounder and CEO of Swayy, a personalized content curation and management platform.</i><p>About a year and a half ago, we got accepted to the Elevator accelerator program in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the time, we started working on a product called Summer, a browser extension which lets …

What was the first year at Kickstarter like?

Getting up to speed - Accelerators

Special report<p>AcceleratorsGetting up to speed<p>IT FEELS LIKE some prayer meeting. Two middle-aged men start by telling the audience how important it is …

Towards a VC code of conduct

<i>Gil Dibner is a venture capitalist at DFJ Esprit, part of the DFJ network</i><p>It’s a new year – and in the spirit of new year’s resolutions and efforts for self-improvement, I’ve decided to put down on paper the code of conduct by which I try to operate as a VC – in the hopes that others will add to it …

How Do Investors Value Pre-revenue Companies?

17 Jan 2014<p>Deciding how to value pre-revenue companies is <i>hard</i>. There are many signals to process, and even after you've taken all of them into …

Startup Founders Spill: What I Look For In New Hires

All employers know that there’s a difference between a good hire and an excellent one.<p>At startups, though, that difference is rarely about someone’s resume, education, or experience. What really distinguishes the standout candidates from the rest are those intangible qualities—like passion, …

It doesn't always end in tears: Inside Wealthfront's second orderly CEO switch

Adam Nash is replacing Andy Rachleff as CEO of Wealthfront -- the company's third CEO in its young life. Rachleff was the "grown up" who originally …

Lyst, A Fashion E-Commerce Aggregator, Raises $14M More, Plans Beacon Rollout With PayPal

Lyst, a platform that aggregates different fashion commerce sites in a single place with a “universal shopping cart”, is today announcing a $14 million round of funding — money that it will use to ramp up its marketing and to hire more data scientists and other engineers to keep building out its …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow James on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>I’ve never read a book on sales. They seemed corny. Like many people, I always looked …

20 West Coast-Based Startups To Watch In 2014

Welcome to 2014, a brand new year to look forward to and you know what this means, another list about tech companies. This time we look at another batch West Coast startups that we believe could be big news in the next twelve months. The names on this list are not constrained to just Silicon Valley …

Startup CEO salary: how much do founders pay themselves?

If you’re a startup founder, how much should you pay yourself? Not very much, according to data that Compass has shared with The Next Web.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>The company collected salary data from 11,160 …

Tech Moves: Sarah Bird assumes CEO role at Moz; Haiku Deck hires Dan Gerrity

<b>—Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin</b> officially handed over the CEO reins to COO Sarah Bird this week, a move that comes about a month after Fishkin …

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Are you starting your day off productively?<p>If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."<p>Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively …