Stories

On Friday I was able to participate in Facebook's mobile-social hack in Cambridge.  More than 60 developers were in attendance for the all day event with several teams hacking...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | January 19, 2012
As I recently hit the second half of my 30s, I must admit that my views towards entrepreneurship have changed since I launched my first company at 22. Entrepreneurs like myself are...
By: Matt Douglas | January 18, 2012
Five years ago this week, I was part of a small team (me, Sean, Devin and Gerard) that launched MyPunchbowl.com (now Punchbowl.com). The site...
By: Ted Chan | January 17, 2012
Recently, I’ve been putting my strategist hat on with regards to tablet ecosystems, both as a management consultant for CSMG, and in deciding where to devote energy as a...
Office Tours
By: | January 16, 2012
Welcome to the Compete office tour!  Compete moved into snazzy new office space towards the end of last year located at 501...
By: Keith Cline | January 12, 2012
Checking references is a normal part of the hiring process.  Although they are meaningful, it is unlikely that a candidate is going to give you a set of references that don’t speak...
By: Antonio Rodriguez | January 11, 2012
I used to think that, as with Linux and web services in the early part of last decade, Android was going to be the mortar for the Internet of post PC devices— an essential ingredient...
By: Dave Broadwin | January 10, 2012
Last week I had a conversation with an entrepreneur who was confused about option pricing, and no matter how many times I tried to explain it, he never seemed to get his head around...
By: Arjun Moorthy | January 9, 2012
One of the most clichéd interview questions is “what are your strengths and weaknesses.”  Most of us have heard it so many times that we’ve prepared for it extensively.  Often we...
By: Firas Raouf | January 8, 2012
Raising from angels has historically been much different than raising from VCs. Angels have tended to be as inexperienced in early stage tech investing as the entrepreneur who’s raising...
By: Frank Belzer | January 5, 2012
I was really inspired to write this post by this recently published great article about 7 bad habits of executives. That got me thinking about the bad habits that sales people can sometimes...
By: Jeff Bussgang | January 4, 2012
At the onset of 2012, many start-up executives around the world are sticking their copy of Lean Start-Up on the shelf, leaning back, and bemoaning the fact that they have a new...
By: Keith Cline | January 3, 2012
Here's a nice little treat to kick-off the New Year!  Our Octane series is back!!!  Our guest today is Josh Feast, the Founder & CEO of Cogito Health in Charlestown. Cogito is pioneering...
By: Keith Cline | January 2, 2012
As a tech startup, you'll need all the help you can get to attract software engineers and web development talent. You need to somehow differentiate yourself from all the other companies...
By: Keith Cline | December 27, 2011
As we wind down 2011, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of top blog posts from the year.  So, in no particular order...
By: Michael Sheeley | December 21, 2011
Once in a while, someone who wants to get into entrepreneurship will ask me what I think they should do.  As I've said in a past blog post, I like these types of questions better than...
By: Bijan Sabet | December 19, 2011
“He’s a star. Thank god he’s on the team”.  “He’s not scaling, it’s time to find a replacement”.  I’ve heard that line from too many CEOs about someone on their management...
By: Brad Harkavy | December 16, 2011
Not usually the first thing you think of when starting a company, but where you want to end up impacts everything you do.  I sit on the board of ChatThreads, where we are in...
By: Keith Cline | December 15, 2011
2011 was a very busy year for acquisitions.  People often draw attention to the number of companies that...
By: Dave Barrett | December 14, 2011
Always lots of ideas from entrepreneurs, angels, vcs about how best to raise Seed & Early Stage capital.  ‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists.  So, if good enough for “Top 10 NFL...
By: George Roberts | December 13, 2011
If you you think you want to be a CEO, what should you do?  I was talking to a former CEO who had a very successful exit almost two years ago. This a good friend who I have known...
By: Mike Miklavic | December 12, 2011
1.)  Start here:   http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercise/0.  It’s the basics.  See if it interests you.  It’s a process that’ll take a while, so it’s key to see if it interests you right...
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...

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