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Steve Ballmer Says Smartphones Strained His Relationship With Bill Gates

Steve Ballmer said his decision to push Microsoft Corp. into the hardware business contributed to the breakdown of his relationship with longtime …

Curacity Offers A Booking Portal So Travel Media Sites Don’t Have To Build Their Own

There is no shortage of sites that help you book your travel, whether it be Expedia or Orbitz or Priceline. But the inspiration for that travel often comes from content created by travel experts in the media business.<p>Curacity, a new startup formed by EveryDay Health cofounder Michael Keriakos, aims …

DigitalOcean Adds Floating IPs To Kill Server Downtime Once And For All

Popular cloud hosting service DigitalOcean just added a very interesting feature today — floating IPs. So you may ask what is that and why do I need that? It’s better than sliced bread, and let me tell you why.<p>Many developers are using these trendy cloud hosting services, such as DigitalOcean, …

Cloud Computing

7 hard-learned lessons from failed startups

It’s easy to find successful entrepreneurs. They’re all over the news and all anyone ever talks about as they secure more and more funding, their …

The Five Most Common Ways Startups Waste Money

In the startup world, there’s a difference between spending money to make money and just burning through your cash.<p>Startups often spend more than they earn. But running out of money because you can’t manage to raise more capital is the ultimate killer. The two most important metrics of any venture …

How to do things that don’t scale (INFOGRAPHIC)

<i>Infographic by Kathrinna Rakhmavika of Tech in Asia</i>“Build it and they will come” is the mindset many entrepreneurs have when creating products. Paul …

How Can A Small Business Owner Or Entrepreneur Determine If Advice Is Good Advice?

Travis Timmons of Fitness Matters is given advice all the time –and he rejects most of it because it doesn’t pass the test of the 4 lenses that he learned from studying the teachings of W. Edwards Deming.<p>What about you? Are you getting advice that really is reliable and useful, or are you getting …

Keys to Effective Sales Demos and Presentations

By John Barrows | January 11, 2017<p>It’s unbelievable how robotic sales reps have gotten when giving demonstrations and presentations and it’s driving …

Selling

Investment Readiness Level

Last night Keith McGreggor tweeted a picture laying out the characteristics of the Investment Readiness Level (IRL). After seeing it, I was impressed …

26 Lessons Learned from Investing in 26 Startups

After yesterday’s post Investing in 100 Startups, several people asked me about the lessons learned from the 26 startup investments I’ve already …

Venture Capital

Full Speed Ahead? The 7 'Icebergs' That Sink Most Startups.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Chances are pretty good that you would never have heard of the Titanic if it had not struck an iceberg back in 1912.<p>But when it comes to startups, you don't hear about the ones that slam into icebergs -- you only hear about the tiny few …

Startups

8 smart tips to get your first 1000 customers

Eight tactics to move entrepreneurs in the right direction when it comes to customer acquisition. Anyone has more tips to share?<p><b>1. Introduce a</b> …

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

This is part of my ongoing series “Startup Advice” If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here.<p><b>In</b> …

Call us when you have traction

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Kevin Swan (LinkedIn, @kevin_swan). Kevin has cut his chops doing product management at Nexopia.com before</i> …

After reviewing 300 startup applications, this is what I learned – Eran Galperin

In a previous post, I wrote about why and how you should join the 500startups accelerator (or any premier accelerator program, for that matter). I …

Tomorrow’s Advance Man

Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.<p>On a bright October morning, Suhail Doshi drove to Silicon Valley in his parents’ Honda Civic, carrying a laptop with a twelve-slide presentation that was surely worth at least fifty million dollars. Doshi, the twenty-six-year-old C.E.O. of a data-analytics …

Venture Capital

7 Must-Have Pieces of a SDR Team Asset Package

If we are being totally honest, onboarding a new hire (no matter how great they are) is never fun. While essential to that individual’s success, it …

Marketing

Twitter's Noisy CEO Shakeup Hides Quiet Shift in How We Tweet

Dozens of stories being written right now are analyzing today's big news at Twitter: the resignation of Dick Costolo, the company's chief executive …

The Folly of the Unicorns

Silicon Valley investors recently bet $50 million on a luxury sock company. And the most surprising part was how normal it seemed.<p>Venture capital …

The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

Many entrepreneurs fail because they build a business no one needs. Discover how to avoid this common pitfall before investing your time and money.

Startups need a problem, not a solution

If you have an awesome idea for a new startup, stop. Write down your solution, put it away and start by identifying the problem that you’re trying to …

Startups

Recent

[Hi readers: I wanted to share a podcast interview I did with Adam Risman of Intercom, who interviewed me on a wide array of topics including …

Three Reasons Your Term Sheet May Fall Through

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Friedman is a partner at LionBird, an early-stage fund investing in digital health, commerce and enterprise software. He blogs at Venture Capital Point of View.</i><p>So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. …

How consumers choose a destination – an untapped opportunity for travel startups?

Web 1.0 travel services tend to start with a website homepage with the question: “Where do you want to go?”The next generation of services, primarily …

10 Awesome Pitch Decks From The World’s Fastest Growing Startups

All awesome companies start somewhere. Every amazing company started from nothing but a simple idea. Here are ten awesome pitch decks from startups …

Platform thinking: how to succeed in the internet age

How does a business succeed in the internet age? Think platforms, not pipes, says Sangeet Paul Choudary, an author, founder and CEO of Platform …

Innovation

Why Trying to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup Is One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make

You're constantly told to think big, but that's terrible advice. Here are 3 reasons you should build a $1,000 startup, not a billion-dollar one.<p>Entrepreneurs dream about building the next big billion-dollar company. You're constantly told to think big. And it's easy to get caught up in envisioning …

Startups

Ramen Profitable

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2009<p>Now that the term "ramen profitable" has become widespread, I ought to explain precisely …