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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...
By: Nathan Burke | January 30, 2011
Textaurant is focused on solving a simple issue that everyone can identify with: waiting for a table at a restaurant stinks. Even when the restaurant hands you a plastic...
By: Keith Cline | January 30, 2011
VentureFizz is a proud supporter of The Boston Hack Day Challenge! What is The Boston Hack Day Challenge? It is a weekend event (Feb 25th - 27th) which is focused on...
By: Cynthia Samanian | January 27, 2011
There’s a lot of debate about whether it’s worthwhile for MBAs interested in web startups to invest the time to learn how to code. Some argue that once you have a great...
By: Dan Katcher | January 26, 2011
We’ve moved – just down the street, not far from our previous hosts (LocaModa) on Sidney. We are now at 84 Hamilton St, still in Central Sq (which is absolutely fabo-licious...
By: Michael Greeley | January 25, 2011
The 4Q 2010 VC funding data were released today – and the headline was quite upbeat. VC’s invested $5 billion in 765 deals in this past quarter, which while essentially flat...
By: Keith Cline | January 24, 2011
We are excited to have Ralph Folz as our guest this week on Octane! Ralph was the founder of Molecular, a venture backed internet consulting firm that he launched in the...
By: Wayne Chang | January 23, 2011
Note: Since I’m still developing the idea I’m writing about, I don’t specifically mention the project I’m working on. My goal is to share insights and the process I went through with this...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | January 20, 2011
Universities are TechStars on steroids. Some of the most influential companies in the US can be traced back to university roots. (e.g. HP, Sun Microsystems, Bose...
By: Matthew Mamet | January 19, 2011
Really excited to post that EditMe, the startup I’ve been working on, has been been acquired. You can read all about it on our blog. For this post, I wanted to write...
By: Brian Balfour | January 18, 2011
The $5M Keg - In 2007 I was 23 years old, working full time as a product manager at ZoomInfo while moonlighting on a number of entrepreneurial side projects. I had previously...
By: Keith Cline | January 17, 2011
Today, we have our first Octane segment of the new year and we are excited to have Gil Zimmermann as our guest! Gil is the CEO & Co-Founder of Aprigo in Waltham. Aprigo is a VC backed cloud...
By: Keith Cline | January 17, 2011
You know you're a big deal if Mass High Tech sends out a breaking news alert about your job change. This is what happened to Gus Weber last week, as he announced his...
By: Jeff Bennett | January 13, 2011
Building a great team is crucial to ensuring the success and sustainability of any startup venture. But, there are potential pitfalls to consider, and there’s little room...
By: Jeff Bussgang | January 12, 2011
With big tech companies awash in cash, nearly every analyst out there is predicting that the M&A market will heat up in 2011. At a (pre-blizzard) conference I attended...
By: Firas Raouf | January 11, 2011
I have been spending a bit of time on Quora to answer questions asked by early stage software entrepreneurs… all part of my role as an early stage software investor who...
By: Dave Perlman | January 10, 2011
When I talk to my friends and colleagues about the problems they face, most say that time is their toughest enemy. Like other issues CTOs face, time can be managed...
By: Bijan Sabet | January 9, 2011
I was asked this question yesterday by a founder. I hear this question all the time so I thought I would write down my thoughts. The short answer is you should raise a...
By: Keith Cline | January 9, 2011
2011 started out with a bang! Lots of deals announced. Here are some highlights: Dimdim was acquired by Salesforce.com for $31M, which is pretty big news. Salesforce.com...
By: Keith Cline | January 6, 2011
Admit it... you still have the mental energy for just one more list of predictions about 2011, right? Well, we have saved the best for last. Announcing our inaugural...

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