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By: Dharmesh Shah | June 21, 2010
I’m a big fan of Eric Ries and the lean startup movement that he’s championing at Startup Lessons Learned. I think many of the fundamentals behind the lean startup are things you likely have been practicing for a while. But, seeing it articulated so well and establishing a common vocabularly...
By: Doug Levin | June 20, 2010
Each Father’s Day I reflect on my father’s influence on my business life. What advice did he give me, and how well did it pan out? Dad graduated from law school during the height of the Great Depression and went to work for a big “white shoe” law firm in New York City. In his first job he earned...
By: Keith Cline | June 20, 2010
We are coming around the home stretch of Innovation Month in New England. There are many exciting events planned for this week. Here are three worth noting: 1. VentureFizz is a proud media sponsor for this week's AlwaysOn Venture Summit East 2010 event at Harvard Business School. This event runs...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | June 17, 2010
First off, I want to thank Cari Sommer, founder of Urban Interns (a very cool company in NYC), for giving me the spark and title idea for this blog post. I've come to realize that I learned a lot about start-ups in high school (and a few episodes of Saved By the Bell)...
By: Jeff Moore | June 16, 2010
Last week we put some meat behind the idea of hiring the "best and brightest".......that's all well and good, but now that you know who they are you have to hire them. Hiring these folks is hard, REALLY hard and isn't something you just "do" it takes a strategy and a concerted...
By: Bilal Zuberi | June 15, 2010
Boston’s Innovation Month is in full bloom and there is tremendous excitement in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are seeing a level of startup activity that has not been seen in almost a decade, with new companies emerging in both new and old sectors: e.g. IT, Life Sciences and Cleantech. There are many...
By: David Skok | June 14, 2010
If any of you read one of my blog posts entitled “Six Things VCs look for in an Investment,” you may remember that the first entry on the list is “An Extraordinary Entrepreneur with Unique Insight.” I recently watched an outstanding presentation called “How great leaders inspire action” by Simon Sinek...
By: Lee Hower | June 13, 2010
A frequent complaint by entrepreneurs is that VCs fail to provide a prompt "no" to startups which they don't plan to invest in. There's lots of reasons VCs do this... we have an incentive to preserve an option to invest as long as possible (rightly or wrongly), saying "no" is rarely an enjoyable...
By: Keith Cline | June 13, 2010
Highland Capital Partners has teamed up with PepsiCo and Mashable to create the PepsiCo10. This is an open call for promising media, communications and technology startups. Up to 10 aspiring entrepreneurial groups (with products in beta, but not in the marketplace for more than two years) will be selected, matched up with industry mentors and have...
By: Doug Levin | June 10, 2010
Social and business conversations in the Boston area are sometimes punctuated with tales about legendary personalities, companies and technology projects which together constitute “waves” from the past. The names Bill Poduska, Edson DeCastro, John Cullinane, Ken Olson, Mitch Kapor...
By: Don Dodge | June 9, 2010
Angel Investors are a special breed. They take on the riskiest investments at the earliest stage where VCs will not engage. That’s why they call them angels. For a struggling entrepreneur they are heaven sent. Jon Pierce organized an Angel Boot Camp in Boston attended by over 300 Angel Investors...
By: Ariel Diaz | June 9, 2010
There are many post-mortems from failed startups out there, mainly because there are a lot of failed startups, and the people that start them tend to be very introspective and public about their successes and failures. I'm no different. This post-mortem will serve to get things off my chest...
By: Jeff Bussgang | June 8, 2010
No, this post isn't about achieving four wins in the NBA Playoffs. It's about a historical anomaly in start-up compensation that I'm struggling with. Although I know this risks being an unpopular post with entrepreneurs, I confess that I no longer get why we have four year vesting...
By: Joe Medved | June 7, 2010
This summer we decided to bring in two summer interns in order to establish closer ties to entrepreneurially-minded students and to give a few of them direct exposure to the venture capital world. This morning we are excited to welcome Nikhil Kalghatgi, a first year at Harvard Business School...
By: Jon Lim | June 6, 2010
We are excited to introduce the newest Dogpatch Labs class in Cambridge. It includes entrepreneurs and companies that have recently joined or will soon join this newly-expanded Lab. A few additional stealth companies in this class will be announced shortly as well! These companies span...
By: Keith Cline | June 6, 2010
The first week of Innovation Month in New England kicked off with a bang last week! Three major highlights included: 1. Angel Boot Camp - this event was an opportunity for aspiring angel investors to learn about the angel investment industry from a number of active investors. This...
By: Jeff Moore | June 3, 2010
When you are starting a company or launching a new project, you absolutely need to hire the best team you can. Everyone talks a lot about they only hire "the best and the brightest" but really, what does that mean and how do you REALLY do it? And quite frankly, even if you do hire the "best" if...
By: Sean Marsh | June 3, 2010
I was reading Scott Kirsner’s recent article Innovation Month: What’s It To You and when I read his request for bloggers to “write a post about some initiative, dynamic or group that you feel is vital to innovation in the region” it reminded me of a presentation I gave a few weeks back to the 128 Innovation Capital Group...
By: Matt Lauzon | June 2, 2010
I am often asked why I chose to build my jewelry ecommerce startup Gemvara in Boston. Some argue that Silicon Valley would be the best choice for a consumer internet business. Others make a strong case for NYC with its solid base of ecommerce and jewelry talent. I don’t disagree...
By: Lee Hower | June 2, 2010
June is innovation month here in New England. There is of course lots of innovation happening all the time in this region, but June is a particularly fitting time for us to shine the spotlight on the startup ecosystem. This time of year a new crop of young entrepreneurs leaves university to focus...
By: Dave Barrett | June 1, 2010
Most every internet & on-demand software company at one time or a another now considers the relative merits of adopting a freemium product model to both fuel growth & operate with great efficiency. While opinions are not in short supply in this area, I’d thought I’d take a simple, “NY Daily...
By: Jules Pieri | June 1, 2010
June is Innovation Month in New England. Journalist Scott Kirsner asked for thoughts on how to amp up the heat in New England. I have three urgent recommendations: 1) “The rate of cultural and economic progress depends on the rate at which ideas are having sex.” –as declared...
By: Kiki Mills | May 31, 2010
Twice a year, at the onset of summer and winter, we host our rendition of Academy Awards to celebrate the acclaimed stars of the technology and Internet marketing industry. Given we’re at the onset of summer, it’s time for the MITX Technology Awards – coming June 2 – which celebrates...
By: Keith Cline | May 27, 2010
We launched Voices (our blog platform) on February 18th with the goal to provide information back to the Boston startup community around a variety of topics: Entrepreneurship, Lessons Learned, Funding, Innovation, Success Stories, Best Practices, Expert Advice, Technology...
By: Keith Cline | May 26, 2010
As per their website... Business Innovation Factory focuses on solving major problems in areas like healthcare, education, and energy independence by creating a place where partners can design and test new solutions in a real-world environment. Led by Saul Kaplan...
By: Keith Cline | May 25, 2010
TechCrunch is holding their Disrupt event this week in NYC. Here are a couple of Startup Battlefield videos with different companies presenting a demo. Even though these videos do not include companies from the Boston area, the panel of judges include some local faces...
By: Matt Johnston | May 24, 2010
Depending upon who you ask, crowdsourcing is either evil, revolutionary, or a next gen of internships. But one thing that ALL crowdsourcing companies like to preach is how loyal and trustworthy and professional their community is. I know because I’ve read it in 100 different...
By: Don Dodge | May 23, 2010
Every salesperson knows this, but many entrepreneurs don't. If they aren't ready to listen, it doesn't matter what you have to say. Saying it five different ways won't help. Saying it louder, faster, more often, or getting other people to say it for you won't help either. Better to move on to the next...
By: Keith Cline | May 23, 2010
Summer is on the horizon and June is Innovation Month in New England! June is jam packed with many, many outstanding events. Angel Boot Camp (1st), MITX Tech Awards (2nd), MassTLC's Social Media Summit (3rd), Mass Innovation Nights (3rd), Startup Weekend (4th-6th), Mobile Monday (7th), WebInno...
By: Keith Cline | May 20, 2010
Here is a great presentation from the MIT Startup Bootcamp event held about six month ago. This video features Dharmesh Shah - serial entrepreneur and founder of HubSpot is Cambridge. This is a great presentation about how startups should be leveraging the new rules of marketing...

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