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By: Dharmesh Shah | April 4, 2010
As the market improves, my guess is that many of you will likely be thinking about raising funding for your company. With my latest startup, I’m now a venture-backed startup founder (I’ve raised $33 million in three rounds of capital for my marketing software company). So, I’ve got some direct experience...
By: Keith Cline | April 4, 2010
Ahhh...spring is in the air. The Red Sox kicked off the baseball season last night with an exciting win against the Yankees! Good times! Speaking of good (or at least improved) times...Q1 2010 is in the books. All in all, there is a lot of momentum and optimism in the air around the tech community...
By: Michael Greeley | April 1, 2010
I was asked by a reporter yesterday what are some of the things I most fear. When I was a child, my nightmares were that I would show up at school naked; thankfully now I usually remember to get dressed before leaving the house. But the discussion yesterday started me thinking about what are some...
By: Chris Homer | March 31, 2010
Think about the team you have at your startup. In the early days it probably looks something like 3 coders, 2 marketing/business experts and 2 user experience/designers – maybe 2, 1 and 1. This “silo-ing” of skills is extremely common but what's crazy is the rigid set...
By: Keith Cline | March 31, 2010
As most of you might know, the current TechStars program is going on in Boston with a fresh new roster of startups. Last year's program was a huge success with several great companies launching: oneforty, AccelGolf, Amp Idea, LangoLab, Localytics, Sensobi, TempMine, HaveMyShift, Baydin. Ever wonder...
By: Eric Paley | March 30, 2010
One of the things I most love about startup companies is the ability for talent to really move the dial. At large companies, with established products and process, great talent is more likely to incrementally make an impact than dramatically make an impact. At a small startup great...
By: Roy Rodenstein | March 29, 2010
Thanks to everyone for the comments on my last post about the raison d’etre of this blog, it’s nice to start seeing a bit of community around my little grain of sand contribution to startups. In the spirit of that post, today I want to talk about the very beginning phase of a startup. I find...
By: Lee Hower | March 28, 2010
Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz and Fred Wilson of USV have been having a blog debate on whether entrepreneurs should pursue a "lean" or "fat" approach to building software-based startups. Horowitz - The Case for the Fat Startup; Wilson - Being Fat is Not Healthy...
By: Keith Cline | March 28, 2010
VentureFizz is the fastest growing website focused on the Boston's tech community. We value our readers and appreciate all of your support! Thus... we are looking for your feedback to make the site even better! What can we do to make VentureFizz a better resource for you? We...
By: Mike Troiano | March 25, 2010
I was asked by the Client Services folks to provide some guidance on how to present more effectively to clients. Here are my “Top Ten Presentation Tips,” with an eye toward client presentation of marketing strategy and creative. 10. Have a point. Yea, sounds obvious. So what...
By: David Skok | March 24, 2010
In the many thousands of articles advising entrepreneurs on what they have to focus on to build successful startups, much has been written about three key factors: team, product and market, with particular focus on the importance of product/market fit. Failure to get...
By: Chip Correra | March 23, 2010
I’ve been on both sides of the hiring equation for a number of years. I earned my recruiting MBA on the streets of the dot com era when we were challenged to aggressively compete or simply loose. It was a crazy seller’s market where companies did unusual things...
By: Jeff Bussgang | March 22, 2010
I'll never forget my first marketing class at business school. Our professor peered at us with an intense glare as he pushed back on our standard, "chip shot" comments. At one point in the class he asked the guy next to me to opine on the case we were discussing, which involved...
By: Simeon Simeonov | March 21, 2010
There is no such thing as the best or optimal vesting schedule in a startup. That doesn’t mean current vesting schedules are really good but it does mean that many of the so-called best alternatives are not much better. Unfortunately, this doesn’t prevent some people from having deep...
By: Keith Cline | March 21, 2010
VentureFizz is one of the many supporters of this week's Jobnob event being held in Boston. Jobnob, originally started in the Bay Area, is making its first appearance in Boston on Wednesday, March 24th. The event is being held at Tequila Rain in Boston and starts at 4:30pm. Have some...
By: Rob Go | March 18, 2010
In honor of SXSW, which I sadly missed this year, here are my predictions for the next big areas of innovation on the web in the near future. I am going to completely ignore mobile and geo, since it’s an area that everyone else is talking about (although I have been a fan of...
By: Dave Broadwin | March 17, 2010
Having recently had a pretty bad skiing accident that required surgery and will require a long recovery (while chasing my son down the lift line at Ninety Nine 90 in the Canyons), I have not been able to write many posts, but now that I am past the initial stages of recovery, I have had some...
By: Dayna Grayson | March 16, 2010
I thought I’d share what I am most passionate about when it comes to the development of new startups. It’s pretty simple: talking to and listening to consumers (or customers). This is not revolutionary but that is the point. When is the last time you talked to a customer or a user of your...
By: Bill Warner | March 15, 2010
So let's say we agree on the baseball scorecard, and that we agree on being tough on ourselves that "winning" by making a good return and becoming a division of a bigger company isn't good enough for our region to maintain and increase its leadership. But we all know that within each company, once the...
By: Bill Warner | March 14, 2010
First of two. In 1988, six months after I started Avid Technology, Inc., I got a $500K first round investment from Bill Kaiser of Greylock Management. This began a long and successful business partnership between Bill and I. Recently we got together for a day at MIT to think...
By: Keith Cline | March 14, 2010
Last week was a very active week in terms of networking events in the Boston area. One of the highlights was the MIT Enterprise Forum event called Accelerating Startup Growth. This event featured a lively panel discussion with Dave McClure (Founders Fund), Hemant Taneja (General Catalyst), David Cohen (TechStars)...
By: Bijan Sabet | March 11, 2010
With every (venture backed) consumer web startup there is always the question of when to start thinking about monetization. If the monthly burn is modest, I usually suggest that startups focus on reaching scale first. It’s not because I don’t care about revenue or because I embrace “hope as a...
By: Richard Banfield | March 10, 2010
As a business that sees hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups every year we have started to develop that kind of sixth sense for what works and what doesn’t. Apart from all the prospect and client startups we see every year we have also had several of our own businesses. We currently have a significant...
By: Sean Marsh | March 9, 2010
With all the talk of the coming tech IPOs and the inclusion of Gilt on most of these lists, I was prompted to reflect on the ecommerce sector on the East Coast. Many of the mega success stories of ecommerce over the past decade are on the West Coast, including such notable pioneers as Amazon, eBay...
By: Ben Saren | March 8, 2010
Finally, someone is calling attention to those angel investor groups who charge entrepreneurs unfair amounts of money to pitch to them, and it’s not someone with a small microphone or with no following. Jason Calacanis has announced a “jihad”, as it seems, and is stirring things up. This topic is not...
By: David Beisel | March 7, 2010
If you ask any VC what they look for in an investment opportunity, they’ll tell you that the people are at the top of their list. Extraordinary companies can’t be built without extraordinary entrepreneurs, especially at the earliest stages. I’d argue that successful founders must actually possess real...
By: Keith Cline | March 7, 2010
The adoption of "Office Hours" has played a major part in breaking down the walls between first time entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. This is a major step forward in terms of building an open culture which fosters and encourages entrepreneurship. In the past, it was...
By: Doug Levin | March 4, 2010
Over a caffeine fix with a VC-friend of mine, we debated which is hardest to secure these days: Seed funding or a Series A or B round of funding. We did not arrive at a definitive answer to this question but it appears that securing a Series A is just as, if not more than, difficult to secure than...
By: James Reinhart | March 3, 2010
Like Home Depot, there are plenty of soothsayers in the entrepreneurial world who shun the idea of paying for legal advice early in the start-up phase and say "You can do it yourself!" While that's true for awhile, there comes a point in time when you really do need a good lawyer. Not just because you're not a lawyer, but...
By: Jarrod Phipps | March 3, 2010
This past weekend, the lead organizers of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition had their annual off-site meeting to discuss our yearly objectives and mission statement. As I sat around the table with some of the most intelligent and dedicated individuals I have ever worked with, it dawned on me that I haven’t taken...

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