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By: Tom Eisenmann | August 28, 2011
This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues (available as a downloadable PDF) entrepreneurs...
By: Jared Chung | August 25, 2011
I started using lean before joining the Lean Startup Challenge so I wasn’t expecting to learn too much from the competition, but, even so, I learned more about my startup in the first...
By: Sarayu Srinivasan | August 24, 2011
The written business plan is often the first contact an entrepreneur has with the investment community. It presents the company on paper before the company can represent itself and...
By: Jay Neely | August 23, 2011
It’s the question I hear second-most often, right after “How do I hire a good developer?”. Marketing is one of those skills a startup can’t do without, and realistically, probably shouldn’t...
By: Tom Eisenmann | August 22, 2011
This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues (available as a downloadable PDF) entrepreneurs...
By: Dan Allred | August 21, 2011
I have had a lot of conversations lately with entrepreneurs about how to value their businesses. This is always an emotional topic but a very important one nonetheless. In this blog post, I will...
It wasn’t too long ago that the Boston startup scene seemed to be panicking a bit. Lots of discussions started to form around how to step up our game and get our groove back. There were talks...
By: Brad Harkavy | August 17, 2011
It is that time of the year again — the dog days of August when I wax poetic about the prospects for start-up companies in the coming months. This post is a follow-on to my Summer time...
By: Lee Hower | August 16, 2011
For entrepreneurs seeking to build big companies on a rapid trajectory, raising larger scale venture capital rounds is likely a necessity at some point after the initial seed funding...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | August 15, 2011
How do you figure out if there’s a market for your product? This is one of the hardest questions to answer and arguably, the most important. When we started Handshake.com in 1999...
By: Tom Eisenmann | August 14, 2011
This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues (available as a downloadable PDF) entrepreneurs...
By: Keith Cline | August 11, 2011
Philip Jacob wrote an interesting blog post recently called StyleFeeder: a retrospective. Philip was...
Many people talk about the importance of recruiting in building a startup. What most people mean by that is that attracting and retaining key talent is incredibly valuable. Here at RunKeeper...
By: Alex Taussig | August 9, 2011
Last time on interview to venture, I sat down with Boris Revsin, co-founder & CEO of CampusLIVE. Boris is a first-time CEO in his 20′s and is building a consumer internet company that is...
By: Rob Go | August 8, 2011
One of the powerful elements of the internet is the amazing efficiency through which commerce, advertising, and information flow can be facilitated. As a result, many successful...
By: Tom Eisenmann | August 7, 2011
This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues (available as a downloadable PDF) entrepreneurs...
By: Keith Cline | August 4, 2011
Richard Dale of Sigma Partners recently gave a talk to the MassChallenge participants called: All the bad things VCs want to do to you! Below is a video that captured a Q&A session from the event...
By: Firas Raouf | August 3, 2011
I recently chimed in on this question in Quora: Do venture capitalists need approval from their investors before making an investment in a company? Then I thought about...
By: Charles Huang | August 2, 2011
I’m a movie guy. In one of my favorite movies, The Matrix, there is a famous scene as many know where Keenu Reeves’ character Neo is offered a choice between a blue pill and a red pill by Laurence Fishburne’s...
By: Keith Cline | August 1, 2011
In the past, Boston has never been good at celebrating the many, many great success stories in our backyard. Maybe we're too humble? However, over the past couple of years, the tide has turned...
By: Tom Eisenmann | July 31, 2011
This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues entrepreneurs should consider when designing a business model...
By: Chip Hazard | July 28, 2011
As anyone who follow the start-up world knows, valuations for high potential young companies as of late have been trending upward (how's that for an understatement) and are fairly divorced from underlying...
By: Bijan Sabet | July 27, 2011
I spend a lot of my time recruiting the best people I can find to join our portfolio companies. These days one subject comes up frequently - namely, “leaving money on the table." Some of the..
By: Dave Power | July 26, 2011
Every growth company wants a disruptive strategy. But just what is a disruptive growth strategy? And why are good enough solutions like Google Docs so dangerous to market leaders like...
By: Tom Eisenmann | July 25, 2011
Business model analysis is central to the lean startup approach developed by Eric Ries, Steve Blank, and others. When entrepreneurs “run lean,” they formulate hypotheses about major...
By: Sean Marsh | July 24, 2011
Zillow priced their IPO yesterday and began trading today. Zillow increased their pricing range during their roadshow and then priced above the range at $20 per share and ended...
By: Jules Pieri | July 21, 2011
People tell me I am a power networker. I don’t see myself that way at all. I secretly prefer a book to a conference, any day. However, when at a business event I make the most...
By: Joe Kinsella | July 20, 2011
Early last year I met with a notable Boston entrepreneur, fresh off the acquisition of his startup by a Fortune 100 company. Over a coffee in Cambridge we geeked out over cloud...
By: Larry Kim | July 19, 2011
On the heels of Google’s blow-out Q2 2011 earnings announcement last week, we wanted to find out what keywords demand the highest costs per click and are most competitive...
By: Keith Cline | July 18, 2011
MassChallenge recently kicked off their startup competition and they wrapped up their Bootcamp last week. One of the great things...

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