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By: Don Dodge | June 9, 2010
Angel Investors are a special breed. They take on the riskiest investments at the earliest stage where VCs will not engage. That’s why they call them angels. For a struggling entrepreneur they are heaven sent. Jon Pierce organized an Angel Boot Camp in Boston attended by over 300 Angel Investors...
By: Ariel Diaz | June 9, 2010
There are many post-mortems from failed startups out there, mainly because there are a lot of failed startups, and the people that start them tend to be very introspective and public about their successes and failures. I'm no different. This post-mortem will serve to get things off my chest...
By: Jeff Bussgang | June 8, 2010
No, this post isn't about achieving four wins in the NBA Playoffs. It's about a historical anomaly in start-up compensation that I'm struggling with. Although I know this risks being an unpopular post with entrepreneurs, I confess that I no longer get why we have four year vesting...
By: Joe Medved | June 7, 2010
This summer we decided to bring in two summer interns in order to establish closer ties to entrepreneurially-minded students and to give a few of them direct exposure to the venture capital world. This morning we are excited to welcome Nikhil Kalghatgi, a first year at Harvard Business School...
By: Jon Lim | June 6, 2010
We are excited to introduce the newest Dogpatch Labs class in Cambridge. It includes entrepreneurs and companies that have recently joined or will soon join this newly-expanded Lab. A few additional stealth companies in this class will be announced shortly as well! These companies span...
By: Keith Cline | June 6, 2010
The first week of Innovation Month in New England kicked off with a bang last week! Three major highlights included: 1. Angel Boot Camp - this event was an opportunity for aspiring angel investors to learn about the angel investment industry from a number of active investors. This...
By: Jeff Moore | June 3, 2010
When you are starting a company or launching a new project, you absolutely need to hire the best team you can. Everyone talks a lot about they only hire "the best and the brightest" but really, what does that mean and how do you REALLY do it? And quite frankly, even if you do hire the "best" if...
By: Sean Marsh | June 3, 2010
I was reading Scott Kirsner’s recent article Innovation Month: What’s It To You and when I read his request for bloggers to “write a post about some initiative, dynamic or group that you feel is vital to innovation in the region” it reminded me of a presentation I gave a few weeks back to the 128 Innovation Capital Group...
By: Matt Lauzon | June 2, 2010
I am often asked why I chose to build my jewelry ecommerce startup Gemvara in Boston. Some argue that Silicon Valley would be the best choice for a consumer internet business. Others make a strong case for NYC with its solid base of ecommerce and jewelry talent. I don’t disagree...
By: Lee Hower | June 2, 2010
June is innovation month here in New England. There is of course lots of innovation happening all the time in this region, but June is a particularly fitting time for us to shine the spotlight on the startup ecosystem. This time of year a new crop of young entrepreneurs leaves university to focus...
By: Dave Barrett | June 1, 2010
Most every internet & on-demand software company at one time or a another now considers the relative merits of adopting a freemium product model to both fuel growth & operate with great efficiency. While opinions are not in short supply in this area, I’d thought I’d take a simple, “NY Daily...
By: Jules Pieri | June 1, 2010
June is Innovation Month in New England. Journalist Scott Kirsner asked for thoughts on how to amp up the heat in New England. I have three urgent recommendations: 1) “The rate of cultural and economic progress depends on the rate at which ideas are having sex.” –as declared...
By: Kiki Mills | May 31, 2010
Twice a year, at the onset of summer and winter, we host our rendition of Academy Awards to celebrate the acclaimed stars of the technology and Internet marketing industry. Given we’re at the onset of summer, it’s time for the MITX Technology Awards – coming June 2 – which celebrates...
By: Keith Cline | May 27, 2010
We launched Voices (our blog platform) on February 18th with the goal to provide information back to the Boston startup community around a variety of topics: Entrepreneurship, Lessons Learned, Funding, Innovation, Success Stories, Best Practices, Expert Advice, Technology...
By: Keith Cline | May 26, 2010
As per their website... Business Innovation Factory focuses on solving major problems in areas like healthcare, education, and energy independence by creating a place where partners can design and test new solutions in a real-world environment. Led by Saul Kaplan...
By: Keith Cline | May 25, 2010
TechCrunch is holding their Disrupt event this week in NYC. Here are a couple of Startup Battlefield videos with different companies presenting a demo. Even though these videos do not include companies from the Boston area, the panel of judges include some local faces...
By: Matt Johnston | May 24, 2010
Depending upon who you ask, crowdsourcing is either evil, revolutionary, or a next gen of internships. But one thing that ALL crowdsourcing companies like to preach is how loyal and trustworthy and professional their community is. I know because I’ve read it in 100 different...
By: Don Dodge | May 23, 2010
Every salesperson knows this, but many entrepreneurs don't. If they aren't ready to listen, it doesn't matter what you have to say. Saying it five different ways won't help. Saying it louder, faster, more often, or getting other people to say it for you won't help either. Better to move on to the next...
By: Keith Cline | May 23, 2010
Summer is on the horizon and June is Innovation Month in New England! June is jam packed with many, many outstanding events. Angel Boot Camp (1st), MITX Tech Awards (2nd), MassTLC's Social Media Summit (3rd), Mass Innovation Nights (3rd), Startup Weekend (4th-6th), Mobile Monday (7th), WebInno...
By: Keith Cline | May 20, 2010
Here is a great presentation from the MIT Startup Bootcamp event held about six month ago. This video features Dharmesh Shah - serial entrepreneur and founder of HubSpot is Cambridge. This is a great presentation about how startups should be leveraging the new rules of marketing...
By: Eric Paley | May 19, 2010
"I thought getting funded would be as simple as pitching my idea to a smart VC and getting a check based on the magnitude of the idea." Two different first time entrepreneurs in their early twenties both made some version of this comment to me in the last month. I like and respect both entrepreneurs...
By: Matthew Mamet | May 18, 2010
Recently, I sat down with Michael Fruzzetti and Ben Dolgoff, co-founders of newly minted Peekaboo Mobile, an application for Apple mobile devices that uses your GPS location to send you deals and offers at retail stores nearby. By combining two ideas that have become hugely popular...
By: Chris Sheehan | May 17, 2010
At CommonAngels our focus is on capital efficient seed/early stage opportunities. Everyone talks about capital efficiency, but what do we really mean? I like to segment capital efficiency for IT startups into two stages: Initial capital required and end to end capital required...
By: Jules Pieri | May 16, 2010
I will never be the author of a piece on "How to Successfully Raise Start-up Capital." That's because the dirty reality is that the fund-raising process is more about rejection, failure, and persistence than success. I liken it to doggedly looking for a cure for a mysterious...
By: Keith Cline | May 16, 2010
There seems to be more and more "West Coast" style companies popping up in the greater Boston area, which is fantastic news. Case in point - Swipely - which announced a $7.5M round of funding last week. Swipely, started by serial entrepreneur - Angus Davis, is an online...
By: Lee Hower | May 13, 2010
Today Swipely announced their Series A round and I'm pleased to be an investor in the company along with a great group of VCs and other angels. Put simply, Swipely's goal is to reinvent the way we as consumers shop, share, and save. Quite clearly a BHAG but one that I believe founder Angus Davis...
By: Rob Go | May 12, 2010
Valuations in venture backed companies seem to be a mystery to most. Even in the past 18 months, when it was close to impossible to raise money, we’ve seen valuations in early stage companies that caused a lot of headscratching (Square, Foursquare, Groupon...
By: Sam Zales | May 11, 2010
I once gave a speech to American Express colleagues that harkened a theme from the movie Jerry Maguire-a film that came out at the time most of today’s entrepreneurs were still in middle school. The theme that impacted me most was not “Show Me the Money;” instead it was the philosophies...
By: David Skok | May 10, 2010
There is no question that success for the entrepreneur starts with a breakthrough (or at the very least great) product or service. Yet too often, entrepreneurs fall into the “field of dreams” mentality (in the words of Terence Mann, AKA James Earl Jones: “build it and they’ll come”). But the...
By: Chip Hazard | May 9, 2010
A couple of months ago, I had a two week period when many of our CEOs were leading their own 360 degree reviews, where feedback is provided to them by both their direct reports and by the Board of Directors. If you are a CEO/entrepreneur, I would highly encourage you to...

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