Stories

By: Dayna Grayson | February 21, 2012
I’ve noticed a growing amount of advice for business entrepreneurs on how to find a technical co-founder.  The advice seems to be “don’t delay if you can’t find one; learn to code.” It’s really...
By: Dan Smith | February 20, 2012
I’ve been getting this question often: “What positions do you fill first when building early stage marketing teams?”  Well. Here’s the deal. I’ve been fortunate enough to work at several...
By: Keith Cline | February 19, 2012
"There are moments in a company's life where you have to jump..." - Mike Baker.  Towards the end of last year, Silicon Valley Bank...
By: Richard Dale | February 16, 2012
How do you grow a software business? What does growth look like? This is what growth looks like. It starts slow, almost linear, from zero, and then (we hope) accelerates. The horizontal...
By: Timothy Jones | February 15, 2012
One of the paradoxes in building a large internet services or software company is the challenge of building a platform. That is, creating a technology base upon which your own...
By: Keith Cline | February 14, 2012
Welcome to the latest installment of Octane!  Today, we are featuring the CEO & Co-Founder of CampusLIVE in Boston... Boris Revsin!!!  CampusLIVE is a high growth startup...
By: Keith Cline | February 12, 2012
You see the future... you have the technology... however, the market and mass consumer...
By: Scott Maxwell | February 9, 2012
Need capital to start or build your business?  Ever try to figure out who the best fit VC is for you?  In my view, the absolute best way for you to get the capital to build your business...
By: Christopher O'Donnell | February 8, 2012
Most product demos are disastrous. I’ve gone through more trainwrecks than I would care to have, and thought I’d share some of my scars and random learnings on the topic...
By: Cort Johnson | February 7, 2012
As many fellow non-technical folks know, it’s not easy selling an engineer on building a product that’s not their own. To remedy this situation, many people (including myself) have...
By: Jay Acunzo | February 6, 2012
I recently had coffee with a friend and former colleague whom I met working at Google. We’ll call him Jake. Jake now works in education, at a premier music and arts school outside...
By: Michael Greeley | February 5, 2012
On the eve of the historic Facebook IPO roadshow, I spent some time looking at the 4Q11 IPO data (courtesy of Campton Private Equity Advisors) this weekend. VC’s everywhere are...
By: Scott Johnson | February 2, 2012
I am often asked “what is new and exciting” by pretty much anyone that knows what I do for a living. And it is a great question that I relish answering – usually. Of late, however...
By: Todd Dagres | February 1, 2012
What’s wrong with the Facebook IPO?  The fact that the Company is coming Public at $70 Billion or hgher valuation.  That means the Public, your average Joe, has to wait until the...
By: Dave Balter | January 31, 2012
We’ve been developing Smarterer for the better part of a year now, quietly building a platform that uses crowd-sourced questions to validate peoples’ social and professional skills.  Like many...
By: Tyler Magnin | January 30, 2012
The view from the fourth floor of the American Twine building is impressive—not so much...
Office Tours
By: | January 29, 2012
Welcome to the Grasshopper Office Tour!  Grasshopper moved into their custom renovated office space...
By: David Beisel | January 26, 2012
At NextView Ventures, we have a number of companies in our portfolio which are “marketplace” businesses, where buyers and sellers meet to exchange a good...
By: Keith Cline | January 25, 2012
Welcome to the latest installment of Octane, our Q&A series with local entrepreneurs.  Today, we have Joe Cronin, the President & Founder...
By: Michael Greeley | January 24, 2012
On the heels of the fundraising data for 2011, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the NVCA released the 4Q 2011 and full year VC investment data. It was yet another year when VC’s...
By: Dan Katcher | January 24, 2012
The stories at CES this week were many, but the biggest one was our friend, the TV.  The magnitude of the CES show is stunning: 150k attendees striding through the bright lights...
By: Larry Kim | January 23, 2012
On the heels of Google’s “disappointing” earnings announcement last Thursday – they generated a whopping $37.9 billion in revenues in 2011 – we conducted our own analysis to...
On Friday I was able to participate in Facebook's mobile-social hack in Cambridge.  More than 60 developers were in attendance for the all day event with several teams hacking...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | January 19, 2012
As I recently hit the second half of my 30s, I must admit that my views towards entrepreneurship have changed since I launched my first company at 22. Entrepreneurs like myself are...
By: Matt Douglas | January 18, 2012
Five years ago this week, I was part of a small team (me, Sean, Devin and Gerard) that launched MyPunchbowl.com (now Punchbowl.com). The site...
By: Ted Chan | January 17, 2012
Recently, I’ve been putting my strategist hat on with regards to tablet ecosystems, both as a management consultant for CSMG, and in deciding where to devote energy as a...
Office Tours
By: | January 16, 2012
Welcome to the Compete office tour!  Compete moved into snazzy new office space towards the end of last year located at 501...
By: Keith Cline | January 12, 2012
Checking references is a normal part of the hiring process.  Although they are meaningful, it is unlikely that a candidate is going to give you a set of references that don’t speak...
By: Antonio Rodriguez | January 11, 2012
I used to think that, as with Linux and web services in the early part of last decade, Android was going to be the mortar for the Internet of post PC devices— an essential ingredient...
By: Dave Broadwin | January 10, 2012
Last week I had a conversation with an entrepreneur who was confused about option pricing, and no matter how many times I tried to explain it, he never seemed to get his head around...

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