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By: Keith Cline | October 3, 2010
As declared last week, October has the largest collection of networking events ever assembled in the history of the world! Need proof? Just look at our Calendar! FutureM is the focus for this week! FutureM features many, many high quality events that are all focused on the Future of Marketing. Most of the events...
By: Sean Marsh | September 30, 2010
I recently attended a conference in San Francisco that was sponsored by one of the leading fund of funds that has been investing in venture capital and private equity funds for nearly 30 years. One of the senior partners of this firm told the story of American Research and Development (ARD) and...
By: Bill Warner | September 29, 2010
MassTLC 2010 is designed like the Internet - tons of connections and no hierarchy. And the event moves fast, like this Ferrrari 360, which four lucky people will drive at the event and one will take home for the night. I believe that the core of our innovation economy comes down to a single...
By: Joe Kinsella | September 28, 2010
Most of us have grown up in the world of the relational database. From Edgar Codd’s first 1970 paper on the relational model, to Michael Stonebraker’s implementation of INGRES in 1973, the relational database has been king. We had a short affair in the 1980s with object databases, but in general have remained...
By: Chris Sheehan | September 28, 2010
As a group of over 65 angel investors, we can be fairly diverse in our backgrounds, perspectives and how we each approach angel investing. So I thought it would be fun and maybe a bit insightful to share some perspectives from individuals in our group. Recently I sat down with Peter Bleleyben...
By: Alex Moore | September 27, 2010
We launched Boomerang for Gmail on Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 PM. After 30 days, we went from a total of 55 downloads to over 70,000. Here’s what happened and some of the lessons we learned. Timeline: * Before Launch: 40-50 visits per day, (total: 55 downloads) * Launch Day (8/11): 3,524 visits...
By: Keith Cline | September 26, 2010
One of the core goals of VentureFizz is to provide a platform where we can learn from other successful entrepreneurs - both their successes and failures. Octane is our new series, where we will interview local entrepreneurs in a Q&A format. We are hoping this new series will provide some great information...
By: Simeon Simeonov | September 23, 2010
I am not a fan of ideologies. Inflexibility of thinking or the ability to take reality into account rarely leads to great outcomes. Just look at history. Methodologies, on the other hand, I like. The difference between the two is in the level of critical thinking. A good methodology...
By: Nathan Burke | September 22, 2010
How do you get people to talk about your brand? There are dozens of tools out there that allow your content to be “sharable” (ShareThis, AddThis and AddToAny come to mind), but Spreadable, the new product from the team at Grasshopper Group is taking the focus away from sharing content, and instead concentrates...
By: Ariel Diaz | September 21, 2010
I wrote previously about the four phases of the Internet, and how we're approaching the Mobile (+ Location) Internet. As a follow up to that post, I wanted to explore some specific areas and opportunities with this new paradigm. Solving "Local" Many companies have tried to solve local, applying technological...
By: Ariel Diaz | September 21, 2010
I wrote previously about the four phases of the Internet, and how we're approaching the Mobile (+ Location) Internet. As a follow up to that post, I wanted to explore some specific areas and opportunities with this new paradigm. Solving "Local" Many companies have tried to solve local, applying technological...
By: Dave Broadwin | September 20, 2010
After Q1, I was wondering if the venture economy was back or if folks just thought so. At the end of Q1 things seemed to be on a steady upward trend; now they seem to be sputtering. Well, the Q2 results have now been reported on by many sources, including the three law firms that publish data, Foley Hoag...
By: Todd Garland | September 19, 2010
When I received an email from WebInno organizer David Beisel asking if I would like to be on a panel featuring local “Self-Funded Success Stories” for WebInno 27 I was immediately psyched. Last summer, BuySellAds.com was a main dish presenter at WebInno; winning the audience choice award that night...
By: Keith Cline | September 19, 2010
Last Thursday, Scott Kirsner had an interesting post on his Innovation Economy blog where he talked about some of the perceptions shared by Governor Deval Patrick during a meeting with local venture capitalists. Check out the post by clicking here. Scott provided a number of examples...
By: Jason Baptiste | September 16, 2010
On Saturday, MIT hosted Startup Bootcamp to provide a diverse group of lessons to hopeful founders and those teetering on the edge of jumping into a startup. The tagline for the event was actually "Starting a company is easier than you think." The videos will be online soon as well if you want...
By: Alex Taussig | September 15, 2010
Every first-time entrepreneur eventually must convince a complete stranger to hand over his or her hard-earned cash. It’s difficult to do because, by definition, a first-time entrepreneur has no track record. And, to quote serial entrepreneur David Cancel, “no one cares how smart you are except your mom...
By: Jeff Bussgang | September 14, 2010
(Warning: the following blog post will seem parochial for all readers outside of the Boston area. Sorry about that. The message applies to every aspiring innovation hub.) Dear Boston-area student, Welcome (back) to the Top City of the Global Innovation Economy! It’s sure been quiet
By: Rob Go | September 9, 2010
I was having coffee a few weeks back with a friend who is at a large, very successful VC. We were chatting about one of the senior partners at his firm, one that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know (but not as well as I would like). I’ve never really been able to articulate why I’ve enjoyed...
By: Chip Hazard | September 8, 2010
There has been a lot of debate lately in the investor community about VCs vs SuperAngels and the best approach to financing early stage companies. If you are an entrepreneur, you could spend all day catching up on the blog/twitter traffic, which of course makes it hard to focus on actually...
By: David Beisel | September 7, 2010
Most VCs drink beer, but how much do they realize that their industry is increasingly resembling that of the beer industry? Forgive me if I start a bit theoretical. The famed business strategist Michael Porter described a set of successful general strategies which firms employ to...
By: Antonio Rodriguez | September 6, 2010
Here is an end-of-the-summer thought for all of my friends in social media: We've all gotten so busy screaming into miasma of Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, etc. that we've forgotten the real magic of the net. As my buddy Doc said a decade ago: it's about conversations. Before there was social media...
By: Keith Cline | September 6, 2010
Welcome to the... "summer is over" ...edition of our weekly email. And, what a great summer it was... some time off, amazing weather, and... several acquisitions. Well, I hope everyone's batteries have been recharged because the next few months are going to be very, very busy. Need proof? Just check out...
By: Coach Wei | September 2, 2010
The US economy and domestic job creation have been in deep shit lately and neither seem to be improving anytime soon. Intel co-founder Andy Grove recently wrote a profound article on BusinessWeek “How America Can Create Jobs” that I personally thoroughly enjoyed and spoke to the current market...
By: Victoria Song | September 1, 2010
With the entrance of Facebook Places last week, it is now clear that the core “check-in” feature in all the recent geo-location services has become commoditized. The check-in services that will manage to stay afloat in this tough competition are those which can differentiate....
By: Keith Cline | August 31, 2010
Startup Bootcamp is a one day, free event at MIT where entrepreneurs and venture capitalists give talks on how to start a company. This year's event is being held on Saturday, Sept, 11th. Click here for the additional details. Speakers (so far) for this year's event include...
By: Eric Paley | August 30, 2010
I’ve been thinking lately about how founders should decide when it is time to sell their startups and how to put aside the different incentives that often drive these decisions. Large VC funds have a strong appetite to fund entrepreneurs that want to swing for the fences. This was evident...
By: Keith Cline | August 29, 2010
CardStar is a Boston based company that is building a consumer-focused platform connecting loyalty cards, merchants and coupons via mobile devices. Their loyalty rewards app has been downloaded over 1.4 million times and is available on all of the major app stores. Danny Espinoza (CTO & Co-Founder) was...
By: Keith Cline | August 29, 2010
THE QUEST for Innovation is back!!! What is THE QUEST for Innovation??? It is a mobile scavenger hunt (using SCVNGR's mobile gaming platform) which brings together entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate, compete, and celebrate the region's long legacy as a hub of global innovation. This event...
By: Ralph Folz | August 26, 2010
1. Define & Live by Core Values. Authenticity, Transparency, Embracing Change, Customer Intimacy. These are a sampling of the core values that have formed in companies I have been involved with. When core values are defined, and more importantly, enacted, they provide a powerful...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | August 26, 2010
This post was conceived and co-written by Ed Tekeian (former VP Engineering at Brontes), a brilliant engineering leader, great all-around guy, and one of the key reasons our product saw the light of day. (also the only year-round surfer in New England I know) Looking back, one of the things...

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