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By: Rob May | December 11, 2011
I don’t blog a lot about the inner workings of Backupify but our recent launch of Snapshot for Google Apps has been very successful, and it seemed like a good time to use this example...
By: | December 8, 2011
'Tis the season... and we are all very, very busy.  So, to help out with either gift ideas or avenues to make giving a gift easier... here is the 2011 VentureFizz gift...
By: Joshua Porter | December 7, 2011
You know when you meet someone and at first you don’t really hit it off so well…you don’t seem to have much in common? And then, all of a sudden, you hit on a topic...
By: Rob Go | December 6, 2011
I had a meeting this week with a friend of a friend who was interested in getting into the Venture Capital Business.  I have a few of these meetings every year...
By: Keith Cline | December 5, 2011
Wayfair is easily one of the greatest success stories in the Boston area over the past ten...
By: Dave Power | December 4, 2011
One of the most memorable lines in film history comes from “Field of Dreams.”  Shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball legend from the early 1900’s, convinces an Iowa farm owner named...
By: David Skok | November 30, 2011
Best practices for inside sales managers. An interview with Mark Roberge, VP of Sales at HubSpot, discussing how he blends science and process with the art of selling. HubSpot is a SaaS...
By: Matthew Witheiler | November 29, 2011
There’re a lot of marketplace businesses being started out there - I probably see 2 a week these days.  Given the interest in the space I thought I’d share some high level thoughts...
By: Keith Cline | November 28, 2011
What does entrepreneurship mean to you?  To Angus, entrepreneurship means... "it's like a pair of eyeglasses, except instead of seeing the world as it is, when you have the eyeglasses on...
By: Michael Greeley | November 27, 2011
Thought I would share some of the discussion topics at the most recent director’s meeting for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) which was held in Washington...
By: Christopher Mirabile | November 21, 2011
When they are asked about the defensibility of their businesses, I regularly hear entrepreneurs cite “first-mover advantage” as the basis on which they will compete and defend their margins. It has come...
By: Elisa Gabbert | November 20, 2011
If you work in the search marketing industry, you may have found yourself having a conversation somewhat like this one (the same conversation I have every time I tell a...
By: Daniel Killeen | November 17, 2011
When going out to raise money, entrepreneurs expect to have to provide a good deal of information to potential investors. Any decent venture capital fund is going to need...
By: Joe Kinsella | November 16, 2011
As the CXO, you have watched the monthly cloud bills steadily rise. You’ve tried everything to drive them down, but nothing seems to make a difference. You have lingering doubts...
By: Larry Cheng | November 15, 2011
Given Volition’s focus on bootstrapped high growth technology companies, we meet company founders every week that have built amazing companies with very little resources.  It never...
By: Eric Paley | November 14, 2011
Startup founders have boundless ambition.  Most founders can imagine their platform concept having broad appeal and meeting the needs of many customers, with numerous...
By: Dharmishta Rood | November 13, 2011
SXSW Accelerator returns for its fourth edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations... which could include you & your company!  This event provides an outlet for...
By: Adam Besvinick | November 10, 2011
On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg came back to Harvard for the first time since 2005. And by Harvard, I mean the undergrad campus - not the business school. The event was framed...
By: Andy Singleton | November 9, 2011
We recently moved from Amazon on-demand “cloud” hosting to our own dedicated servers.  It took about three months to order and set up the new servers versus a few minutes...
By: Don Dodge | November 8, 2011
Failure is not an option...it is a requirement...to future success. Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element...
By: Lee Hower | November 7, 2011
One of the themes that we've been most interested in at NextView over the last 12+ months has been the impact of consumer web trends on business software... 
By: Dharmesh Shah | November 6, 2011
A new phrase entered the startup vocabulary a little while ago: “Ramen Profitable”. The phrase is used to reference startups that are making enough money for the founders to live...
By: | November 3, 2011
November is here... it has already snowed... but at least we have two things to look forward to this month.  First, the greatest holiday of the year...Thanksgiving!  No gifts...
By: Jeff Bussgang | November 2, 2011
Scott Kirsner of The Boston Globe called them the startup equivalent of the Justice League of America. Seven superhero CEOs gathered on Friday afternoon at the...
By: | November 1, 2011
The 2011 Innovation unConference was held on October 28th at the Hynes Convention...
By: Sean Marsh | October 30, 2011
There is a very interesting article on Venturebeat by Glenn Solomon with a great graphic produced by Cowen and Company that separates public Internet companies by growth...
By: Firas Raouf | October 27, 2011
I just finished watching great TED talk by Kathryn Schulz on Being Wrong.  Go ahead and watch it now… It starts slow, but bear with me. It has an important message.  Pay close...
By: Frank Belzer | October 26, 2011
With the recent passing of Steve Jobs the worlds of business and technology have certainly lost a real visionary and leader. Furthermore Steve represents someone that was...
By: Christopher Mirabile | October 25, 2011
I speak to groups fairly regularly about what I look for in an angel investing opportunity, and one of the key factors I always mention is a fantastic entrepreneur.  Someone in the audience...
By: | October 24, 2011
Last night, MassChallenge had their big gala extravaganza and...

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