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By: Andrew Parker | March 6, 2011
I’ve been in a few pitches with founders recently who use a very disarming and surprisingly effective tactic. Within the first few minutes of the meeting, after small...
By: Keith Cline | March 6, 2011
Last week, the New England Venture Capital Association partnered up with five VC firms to announce CriticalMass, which is a 2,500 sq ft co-working space that is being...
By: David Beisel | March 3, 2011
With a systematic approach to identifying the hot companies in a sector, connecting to them, and then evaluating the best opportunities, hopefully you’ll be able to decide...
By: Michael Greeley | March 2, 2011
Earlier this week the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) announced the launch of CriticalMass, a novel shared workspace at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)...
By: Doug Levin | March 1, 2011
This week, Ayeah Games introduced Facebook Credits to FanSwarm. This addition was an important step forward in many ways, spanning both company and in-game initiatives. Most...
By: Sean Marsh | February 28, 2011
It is extraordinary to think about the recent events in Egypt and the catalyzing impact of both Facebook and Twitter. Not only is it amazing to see people organizing and...
By: Jeff Moriarty | February 27, 2011
The winners of the first Boston Hack Day Challenge are KnowEssentials and Boston Green, which demonstrate the wide variety of hacks created in a mere 48 hours. The first...
By: Keith Cline | February 27, 2011
All weekend, 26 teams were hard at work building apps as part of the Boston Hack Day Challenge. Applications varied from hailing cabs... to coordinating sports pickup games...
By: Brad Harkavy | February 24, 2011
Looking at the recent crazy high $15B (yes billion) valuation of two year old Groupon got me thinking about why? What did Groupon do correctly? Are they winning because...
By: Alex Taussig | February 23, 2011
Spring is in the air, or at least it will be once all this darn snow melts away. Maybe it’s the good weather (all relative, Bostonians), or maybe it’s the graduating seniors/MBAs...
By: Nathan Burke | February 22, 2011
Unless you’re a recording artist or a member of the MPAA, it’s likely that piracy isn’t top of mind. And if you’re a developer creating iPhone, Android, and Windows phone apps...
By: David Beisel | February 21, 2011
Evaluating a startup as a prospective employee is tough, especially when you compare to VCs. Venture capitalists have an information advantage – startups are required to be...
By: Victoria Song | February 20, 2011
It has now been a year and a half since I graduated college. Surprising how much life can change in such a little amount of time. My priorities, ambitions, interests...
By: Keith Cline | February 20, 2011
The war for talent is on! It is difficult for companies to find talent across the board, but it is even more challenging to find Software Engineers & Web Developers. Well...
By: Thad Peterson | February 17, 2011
I have some pent-up thoughts on the dynamics at work in the “group buying” space. Having cofounded a company called KangoGift (not a group-buying service, rather a service...
By: Wan Li Zhu | February 16, 2011
If you follow the tech or startup scene, you’ve probably heard about the shortage of developers both in Silicon Valley and in the Boston/New York areas. We at Fairhaven Capital...
By: Bilal Zuberi | February 15, 2011
When you, as an entrepreneur, are in discussions with an investor and they tell you their decision is that its not a good fit right now but they want to stay close and track the...
By: Jeff Bennett | February 14, 2011
When I joined Swap.com, we had a team of seven and were renting an office in downtown Boston. To implement our expansion strategy, we needed to look for new office...
By: David Beisel | February 13, 2011
Once you’ve figured out whether you want to find a very early stage startup or a late stage one (the topic of my first post in this series), the real hard work begins...
By: Keith Cline | February 13, 2011
Congrats to Diane Hessan and the team at Communispace on their acquisition by Omnicom Group! If you are looking for some inspiration this Monday morning, I recommend...
By: Jason Jacobs | February 10, 2011
As our little company nears our third birthday, our proudest accomplishment thus far is the team that we’ve built. We’re up to ten people now (eleventh starts today), and...
By: John Prendergast | February 9, 2011
Progressive Fidelity Testing at Blueleaf. As a follow up to my last post Letter to a Young entrepreneur I got a number of questions about what to do after building the first...
By: Ty Danco | February 8, 2011
Yesterday I video-skyped with the CEO of an intriguing Startup. They were recommended to me by one of their investors on AngelList. They had going for them a) a big...
By: David Beisel | February 7, 2011
Much of the VC blogosphere commentary about startups covers venture and angel financing with advice focused on company founders. But most people in the startup game...
By: Tien Anh Nguyen | February 6, 2011
Rob at "Software by Rob" wrote very recently: "Your traffic sources have a half-life". In other words, your much coveted traffic sources often come in rapid spikes...
By: Keith Cline | February 6, 2011
As you all know, VentureFizz is a community website focused on the Boston tech scene... but there was one feature that was differently missing from our site and often...
By: Sam Clemens | February 3, 2011
This week we handed out keys to our initial set of paying customers for our business intelligence webapp. Two months ago our customers were using our prototype “product”...
By: Joel Rodriguez | February 2, 2011
No he didn’t. He took a concept, improved it, and executed better than the Winklevoss twins could have. Facebook is the most blatant, glaring example of alleged...
By: Eric Trickett | February 1, 2011
A favorite “must attend” annual networking event of mine is the TIE Boston Annual VC Outlook Dinner - not only for the fantastic Indian food that is served, but for the consistently...
By: Rob Go | January 31, 2011
I was pleased to see LinkedIn file their S1 this past week. It’s a great example of a “back to basics IPO” in my opinion. It’s a strong and defensible business with lots...

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