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By: David Skok | October 24, 2010
Great companies are almost always run by great management teams. And great management teams know that the only way to improve a process is to start...
By: Keith Cline | October 24, 2010
We have some very exciting news for you this morning!!! Notice anything different about the VentureFizz Homepage??? That's right, we gave it a makeover!! Click here to check it out! Welcome to your new digital dashboard for staying connected to the Boston tech & entrepreneurial community! As VentureFizz...
By: Rob Go | October 21, 2010
Sometimes, early stage companies hear investors say that it’s “too early” for them to invest. It’s a puzzling response when most VC’s are considered “early stage”. The definition of “early” seems...
By: Dayna Grayson | October 20, 2010
Curation, the word of 2008-2009 within the eCommerce world, popularized first by the entertaining shopping site Woot, has now officially expanded to the social media space (see examples). It used to be the...
By: Trevania Henderson | October 19, 2010
July. August. September. This year I gave them over to the Founder Institute’s Summer Boston Program. They were without question the most intense 3 months of my life—and I say that as someone who just finished an MBA while running my own fairly...
By: Keith Cline | October 18, 2010
Our guest on Octane this week is Angus Davis! Angus is a serial entrepreneur, who spent many years in the Bay Area as an early employee of Netscape and then he co-founded Tellme Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft for...
By: Amanda Vendig | October 17, 2010
VentureFizz Reader: I am a first time entrepreneur. Can you tell me what I need to be thinking about in terms of incorporating my business? Amanda Vendig, Foley Hoag: When you are thinking of starting a business, some of the first questions you might...
By: Keith Cline | October 17, 2010
I am still exhausted from all the networking at the Mass Technology Leadership Council's unConference event. Over 600 people attended last Thursday's...
By: Dave Power | October 14, 2010
The conventional wisdom in M&A is that ‘companies are bought not sold’. But companies that market themselves to strategic buyers — in a subtle way — can attract the right buyers at better valuations. How can executives and their boards engage in Marketing for M&A...
By: Rob May | October 13, 2010
Backupify has now raised a total of $5.6M. My fundraising success has led to many entrepreneurs reaching out to ask for advice. I see a common set of mistakes that people make when they think about raising money, based on my conversations with other entrepreneurs. Below are the three...
By: Frank Days | October 12, 2010
In the past, I’ve discussed the benefits of applying agile project management to marketing programs without actually discussing the details of how it works. Here is the agile process I frequently use for managing marketing projects. Keep in mind, that this is not great for projects with...
By: Keith Cline | October 11, 2010
Our guest on Octane this week is Coach Wei! Coach is serial entrepreneur, who has been busy building his latest startup called Yottaa, which is a cloud computing startup focused on website performance. He recently raised $4M in venture capital funding for Yottaa. He is also the founder...
By: Doug Levin | October 11, 2010
“Mindless fun.” “Collective socializing.” “Escapism.” These are words that observers have used to describe the drive behind the sharp uptake in social gaming this past summer. According to the Neilson Company, social networks and blogs have experienced a large jump...
By: Keith Cline | October 10, 2010
Last week was FutureM... this week the focus turns to BREW (Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week). Although BREW has expanded into a whole month's worth of events, the main emphasis is between Oct 13th & 21st. There are several great events which are all posted on our...
By: Jeff Bussgang | October 7, 2010
Security Analysis is cited by Warren Buffet as one of his top four favorite and most influential books. Written by Columbia University Professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd, it was first published in 1934. The book is a thick tome that articulates the thesis of value investing – the analytical techniques for valuing...
By: Andy Singleton | October 6, 2010
We use a lot of the Scrum process in our own development. Scrum is a good way to get to the “release early, release often” tactics that make you agile. However, it's not the last word. So what is coming up next? This article will look...
By: Philip Jacob | October 5, 2010
One of the things that appears to happen when you sell a venture funded startup is that you receive a license to give advice to people. As I have not yet received such a certificate in the mail, you would be well with your rights to suggest that I shove off, but I do have a few observations...
By: Keith Cline | October 4, 2010
We are very excited to have the CTO & Co-Founder of ScanScout as our guest this week on Octane! ScanScout is a video advertising platform company located in Boston that was just ranked by Silicon Alley Insider as the 81st most valuable digital startup in the world!! As a first time entrepreneur...
By: Lee Hower | October 3, 2010
If you're a fan of American football, you probably know all about Tom Brady. Even if you're not you've probably heard his name, seen his picture in the news or a magazine, or know about his supermodel wife Giselle. But let me take a second to explain some details about where Tom Brady came...
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...

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