Stories

By: Jeff Moore | June 21, 2012
Being fired is one of the hardest things to explain to a potential employer and how you explain it will be critical to your future career search.  There is no silver bullet on this...
By: Jesse Waites | June 20, 2012
I met Mary-Alice Brady a few months back at the Venture Cafe. She had a table set up and was raising awareness for her startup...
By: Dave Broadwin | June 19, 2012
A couple of quick observations resulting from a quick read of a “standard” founder vesting agreement.  (1)  Be wary of “standard.”  There are some items legal things that are...
By: Brendan Lynch | June 19, 2012
Cambridge sales software startup Yesware has closed a deal of its own, raising a $4 million Series A round from IDG Ventures and others.   IDG led the funding round...
By: Kevin Mandeville | June 18, 2012
Here at Yottaa we’re obsessed with making websites better, and a major component of that mission is improving website speed. Simply put: We eat, sleep, and breathe web...
By: Firas Raouf | June 17, 2012
A lot of growing businesses face a common issue as they advance past the early stages of their development:  How can they accelerate growth while concurrently improving distribution...
By: David Beisel | June 14, 2012
A few weeks ago, a very good friend who works at a growing startup emailed me with the following question (in which I’ve masked just a few of the identifying details)...
By: Brendan Lynch | June 13, 2012
Cambridge’s CustomMade.com, which runs an online...
By: Mike Stonebraker & Andy Palmer | June 12, 2012
I hang out in a university where new ideas are everywhere.  In fact, the product of the CSAIL lab at M.I.T. is arguably new ideas.  I am asked routinely “What constitutes...
Office Tours
By: | June 11, 2012
Welcome to the Fresh Tilled...
By: Jon Steiman | June 10, 2012
Over the past six months, Spottah managed to quiet the "Lizard Brain." It was an amazing streak that would make Seth Godin proud. We delivered a minimal viable product, a beta...
By: Dave Power | June 7, 2012
Instagram created a better way for people to share photographs.  Their innovation was worth $1B to Facebook (even without revenue).  Why couldn’t Facebook...
By: Michael Hughes | June 6, 2012
You’re an entrepreneur with a great startup venture idea.  You could go it alone, or you could find a co-founder.  Why is the latter a good idea?  Well, first and foremost, studies...
By: Keith Cline | June 5, 2012
The Best Job Board In Boston Just Got Better!!!!  As part of my weekly email the other day, I hinted...
By: Brendan Lynch | June 4, 2012
Smarterer, the Boston startup building a platform to help job-seekers validate their job skills, has landed $1.75 million in...
By: Adam Landsman | June 3, 2012
It’s fun to work for a tech company. Actually – it’s really, really fun to work for a tech company: people work hard, play hard, and have a strong sense of camaraderie...
By: Brendan Boyle | May 31, 2012
Kickstarter and sites like it use the power of the internet to bring groups of people together to fund a wide variety of artistic endeavors, products, causes, and initiatives. These sites...
By: Mark Chang | May 30, 2012
In my other day job, working at another startup school, I spend my time trying to change the way we educate undergraduate engineering students. One of the...
Office Tours
By: | May 29, 2012
Welcome to the BzzAgent Office Tour! Located at 500 Harrison Avenue in Boston, this social media marketing...
By: Jesse Waites | May 28, 2012
I remember the first time I heard about the Green Street Vault. I was hanging out with my buddy Chris Yim and I asked him what...
By: Keith Cline | May 24, 2012
TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC was held earlier this week.  Three Boston based companies participated in their Startup...
By: Andy Palmer | May 23, 2012
In my last post, I wrote about how important it is for founders to take a proactive and decisive approach to crafting their ownership models – to the extent of being...
By: Matt Douglas | May 22, 2012
A few months ago, the entrepreneur/tech world was rocked by the awesome launch of DollarShaveClub. If you haven't heard of them, or haven't yet seen the launch...
By: Christopher Mirabile | May 21, 2012
New entrepreneurs show a lot of confusion on the subject of advisory boards and corporate boards of directors. It’s justified; there is some conceptual overlap. But they...
By: David Skok | May 20, 2012
Summary: Illustrates graphically why churn is a huge problem a SaaS company gets larger. It also looks at a very surprising factor that can massively accelerate SaaS...
By: Keith Cline | May 17, 2012
You know the scenario: You have a mission-critical position open at your company, and the right candidate has been impossible to find.  You might be looking for the...
By: Sarela Bliman-Cohen | May 16, 2012
In my 15+ years in technology I have had the privilege of working as a product manager who reported to various department heads. In some cases I reported to engineering...
By: Mike Hirshland | May 15, 2012
Ok, sure, there obviously is no such thing as a perfect pitch, I’m just trying to get better at using titles that actually attract readers (I’m gonna do a summer internship at...
By: Rob Go | May 14, 2012
I sent a tweet out last week that resulted in some healthy debate:  “three years ago, I was telling everyone I met to start companies. These days, I’m telling everyone to think twice...
By: Jesse Waites | May 13, 2012
Aloha. My name is Jesse Waites, and I am going to be communicating to you regularly, through text, via this column for a little while. Why, you may ask? The answer to that...

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