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By: Dharmesh Shah | December 20, 2010
The Dharmesh Test is a quick, simple set of yes/no questions to gauge the likelihood of long-term success of a SaaS (Software as a Service) company. It is inspired by...
By: Keith Cline | December 19, 2010
It is that time time of year for "best of" and "top" lists for 2010, so we thought it would be fun...
By: Keith Cline | December 19, 2010
Over the summer, we started to learn about a new startup called RelayRides, which is a consumer carsharing service that was launched in Boston. The company went on...
By: Dries Buytaert | December 16, 2010
In this post, I want to focus on one of the most difficult questions for entrepreneurs raising money from investors: what is the right amount of capital to...
By: Jay Neely | December 15, 2010
Shutting down my startup has left me needing to fill three voids: goals, money, and credibility. I’m fortunate to have steady consulting work, a simple lifestyle with...
By: Chip Hazard | December 14, 2010
Ahh December. Between closing out the year, performance reviews, holiday parties and family activities, it is always a crazy time of the year. And to top it all..
By: David Skok | December 13, 2010
In my two previous blog posts, I’ve discussed the first two of three key phases in a startup life cycle: finding a product/market fit, then determining a repeatable...
By: Mark Haddad | December 12, 2010
VentureFizz Reader: Should I raise my seed round using a convertible note or preferred stock? Mark Haddad, Partner, Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag LLP...
By: Philip Jacob | December 9, 2010
“I need you to find out something for me,” I asked my office manager in a way that caused her to look at me with suspicious eyes. “Sure, what is it?” she replied, knowing full well that this was...
By: Jay Neely | December 8, 2010
Two years ago, when I wrote a post-mortem for News Armada, I was an overly-ambitious first-time entrepreneur, chasing dreams of venture funding and changing the...
By: Joe Kinsella | December 7, 2010
I thought I’d commemorate my last week at Dell with tips for startup executives in integrating into an acquiring company. SilverBack Technologies was my third...
By: David Skok | December 6, 2010
Different phases of a startup’s lifecycle require different approaches to spending. In my previous post, I talked about the first phase: finding product/market...
By: Dave Broadwin | December 5, 2010
Here are some semi-random thoughts on preferences after my recent post on this topic. Also, an entrepreneur in town recently asked me whether, and how, he could...
By: Keith Cline | December 5, 2010
TechStars selected Katie Rae as the new Managing Director for their Boston program. If you are not familiar with Katie, she recently launched a seed fund with Reed...
By: Antonio Rodriguez | December 2, 2010
Dan Bricklin has a lengthy but worthwhile piece on the challenges facing the startup developer these days that puts some meat...
By: Jeff Bussgang | December 1, 2010
Bill Gurley’s excellent piece on Silicon Valley IPO Anxiety inspired me to take a companion look at the East Coast, particularly Massachusetts and evaluate the...
By: Katie Rae | November 30, 2010
Over and over again, since I became an investor, I’ve heard from many wise people that you should not invest in anyone that needs your help. This puzzles me. In my...
By: Keith Cline | November 29, 2010
We are excited to have Jason Henrichs as our guest on Octane this week. Jason plays a very active role in the Boston tech community. He is the COO & Co-Founder of an online consumer financial services startup...
By: David Skok | November 29, 2010
As a VC and five-time entrepreneur, I frequently see two common mistakes being made by startups: 1. Companies spend too much attempting to grow the business when it’s...
By: Keith Cline | November 28, 2010
On October 27th, Eric Paley held his latest Founder Dialogues event! This time, in his usual sit-down...
By: Sean Marsh | November 23, 2010
Last week was proclaimed as National Entrepreneur Week by our President and Friday, November 19th, was National Entrepreneurs’ Day. When I read this, I asked myself the question...
By: Jules Pieri | November 22, 2010
Consumer businesses and venture capitalists are uneasy bedfellows. There are times when the match makes sense, but often the fit just isn’t there. Here are the basic reasons...
With the close of 2010’s calendar fast approaching, economists and statisticians have begun their usual parade of product...
By: Keith Cline | November 22, 2010
Looking for something to do this holiday weekend??? Then...check this out! This week, we are very excited to have Mark Watkins as our guest on Octane! Mark is the CEO and co-founder of Goby...
By: Lee Hower | November 21, 2010
Investors, both VCs and angels, seem to be doing some crazy things of late. What started as a frenzy in the seed spectrum of the market earlier this year...
By: Keith Cline | November 21, 2010
Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of VentureFizz! My favorite holiday! In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought it would make sense to list out all the...
By: Dries Buytaert | November 18, 2010
To my surprise, a lot of people that I interview at Acquia don’t understand stock options or have never heard of it. This blog post explains what stock options are about. It is a...
By: Rob Go | November 17, 2010
Culture is an underestimated driver of a company’s long term success. It’s hard to talk about because it seems corny, impractical, or “soft”. But I believe that great organizations...
By: Alex Taussig | November 16, 2010
A few months ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with the CEO of a well-known technology company. He had just exited to a strategic for a large amount of money...

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