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By: Dustin Dolginow | July 26, 2010
Getting a job in VC is tough given that there are relatively few firms and they generally maintain small teams. For those interested in breaking into the space, here are my three main bits of advice: Understand the landscape. It’s basic advice, but always important because it colors...
By: Chris Sheehan | July 25, 2010
I recently caught up with Andy Payne to chat about what we are seeing in the internet startup world around Boston. Andy has been around the Boston scene for a long time – being one of the co-founders of Open Market, Revenio, and FanSnap. He is an adviser to Care.com and Kayak, and on the board...
By: Keith Cline | July 25, 2010
Last month, Eric Paley (Founder Collective) hosted another Founder Dialogues event. This time he had a sit down discussion with Mick Mountz, Founder & CEO of Kiva Systems in Woburn. It was another inspiring story, where they covered the full spectrum: earlier in Mick's career, starting...
By: Andrew Parker | July 22, 2010
I once took a fiction writing class taught by an author named Adam Johnson (who is quite talented). He talked about how he borrows techniques from his favorite works and authors. He never borrows just the superficial layer… in other words, he’d never steal an analogy directly or borrow...
By: Mok Oh | July 21, 2010
1. Not all $ is equal - Investors will be your partners, advisors, and sometimes (but not too often) co-workers. Be sure you can leverage their experience and specialties. Depending on how much value add they can be, the investment will (and *should*) be worth more than...
By: Matthew Mamet | July 20, 2010
Baydin is a local startup building plugins to improve the way we use email. A former TechStars graduate, Baydin has launched a few different products to make using email better in MS Outlook - Unsearch, which won this year's Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad competition , and Boomerang, the "email snooze...
By: Brian Balfour | July 20, 2010
This week's topic on Fizzlosophy is: What are 3 points of advice for first time entrepreneurs raising venture capital? Today's guest contributor is Brian Balfour. Brian is a Co-Founder of Viximo, a social gaming platform company based in Cambridge. Viximo is funded by Sigma Partners...
By: Keith Cline | July 19, 2010
On June 22nd, Eric Paley of Founder Collective hosted his second Founder Dialogues event. This event's guest speaker was Mick Mountz, CEO and Founder of Kiva Systems. We are excited to have the video from this event down below. Kiva Systems, based in Woburn, is a developer of...
By: Mike Troiano | July 18, 2010
Having a chat with my team tomorrow morning about the most important but under-appreciated skill in business: Selling. I graduated from Cornell with a degree in advertising, and promptly leveraged my Ivy League credentials into 28 rejection letters from the best agencies in Boston and...
By: Keith Cline | July 18, 2010
Last week, Bain Capital Ventures launched a new website & initiative to provide early-stage entrepreneurs with help and answers to their key questions as they start and build their businesses. This new initiative is called the Bain Capital Ventures Innovation Center (BCVIC). On this site, you will find...
By: Nathan Burke | July 15, 2010
Ah, hyperlocal news: The promise of delivering local stories, events and announcements (and ads) based on geographical relevance. Internet giants like AOL and Yahoo! have pumped tens of millions into creating content factories that target to the granularity of the neighborhood, and now...
By: Rob May | July 14, 2010
If I pitch a VC and they don’t ask any good tough questions, I’m not sure I want to take their money. Let me say that again. If I pitch a VC and they don’t ask any good tough questions, I’m not sure I want to take their money. I bring this up because the more fundraising I do, and the more...
By: Carl Schwartz | July 14, 2010
1 :: Start with your goal(s) in mind. What are you trying to accomplish? More traffic? More brand visibility? More revenue? If you can't measure it in some way, it's probably not worth doing. Clear goals will lead to clear successes (or learning opportunities anyway). Resources...
By: Healy Jones | July 13, 2010
I attended the AlwaysOn Venture Summit East last month, and was just sent a survey of venture capitalists in the Northeast that came out of that conference. Happily, our local VC friends are pretty optimistic about the rest of the year. You can get the survey here. In particular, they think that the number...
By: Siamak Taghaddos | July 13, 2010
1. Target influencers, not customers * Do more with less: targeting 100 influencers can help you reach thousands of customers. * Research heavily: Finding influencers is not easy. Do your homework. Find out who the best people are to have talking about your brand...
By: Mike Volpe | July 12, 2010
This week's topic on Fizzlosophy is: What are 3 startup marketing strategies to build a buzz around your company and product? Today's guest contributor on Fizzlosophy is Mike Volpe - Vice President, Marketing at HubSpot in Cambridge. Mike's response: 1) Blog like a media company...
By: Rob Go | July 12, 2010
This is a build off my last post which was a primer on the Micro VC market. Often, I hear investors talk about companies that are “venture scale”. These are usually the kinds of companies that have the potential to drive meaningful returns for a top VC fund. Because of the high risk of early stage...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | July 11, 2010
As I write this following July 4th, I can’t help but begin by being a bit patriotic. We are amazingly fortunate to live in a country with an inherent entrepreneurial culture and even healthy respect for valiant, but failed ventures. I’ll never forget when my grandfather came to visit my first...
By: Keith Cline | July 11, 2010
NextView Ventures is a new micro VC firm that was started by David Beisel, Rob Go, and Lee Hower. They made their first investment last week, as they participated in the $1.4M round of funding closed by thredUP in Cambridge. Other investors included Founder Collective, Trinity Ventures, and...
By: Michelle Hipwood | July 8, 2010
About 80 entrepreneurs, early stage VCs and angel investors came to Nutter McClennen & Fish’s Seaport office a few weeks ago for The Capital Network’s first Venture Fast Track Boot Camp. The theme of the interactive FastTrack was to give entrepreneurs an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early stage capital...
By: Carl Stjernfeldt | July 7, 2010
3 things I like to see in a first meeting: 1. "Special sauce". Usually a combination of technology, team, market traction/size/growth, capital efficiency, competitive landscape, and timing that makes us believe THIS team, at THIS time, with THIS solution, in THIS market will be a great...
By: Jeffrey Glass | July 6, 2010
The entrepreneur has passion for the idea and is uniquely qualified to go after it. I know, it totally cliché, but a great entrepreneur can turn lemons into lemonade. Besides the usual list of skillsets, passion creates drive and drive creates success. It’s also helpful if the entrepreneur/ team have some...
By: Keith Cline | July 5, 2010
Just when everyone started to power down and think about the long holiday weekend....Google gave us some early fireworks with the acquisition of ITA Software for $700M in cash. Back in April, there were rumors circling around about the potential acquisition. Congrats to the team at ITA Software...
By: Keith Cline | July 5, 2010
We are exciting to announce a new weekly series under our Voices section on VentureFizz called Fizzlosophy (fizz·los·o·phy)! What is Fizzlosophy? It is a series where we will cover a specific topic for the week and have 2 - 4 guest contributors provide their points of view on a relevant...
By: Ariel Diaz | July 1, 2010
In the startup world there is an ongoing debate about the importance of having a very solid product versus having great distribution. A few weeks ago at a dinner hosted by David Skok and Antonio Rodriguez we had a very active and interesting debate about the merits of each. Antonio posed...
By: David Cancel | June 30, 2010
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Gail Goodman last week at the Momentum Summit at MIT Sloan. Gail is the CEO of Constant Contact, an email marketing company that was founded during the “boom days” of the Internet, made it through the post-bubble apocalypse, and is now a publicly...
By: Dan Rosen | June 29, 2010
Hey there, New England entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this, my inaugural blog post on VentureFizz, I’d like to offer some simple, practical advice about the ‘investor pitch’. For the purposes of this post, let’s use Content and Delivery to categorize these tips, since a good presentation stems...
By: Bill Warner | June 28, 2010
Isn't it strange the language we use about events that are supposed to be so great? We get our company to a crucial stage in its life, and for some, it's all about leaving. A good exit. You get in, and hopefully, you get to leave. A good exit. We graduate college. We don't call that an...
By: Bettina Hein | June 27, 2010
I spend most of my waking hours working on my startups (currently Pixability.com), but every few years in the summer, I get a bit distracted by the World Cup for a few weeks. This year, I picked up Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski – mainly to calm my nerves before the...
By: Keith Cline | June 27, 2010
Well....I would say Innovation Month lived up to all the expectations. There were many, many events that brought people out by the masses to network and listen to experts speak about a number of interesting topics. One definite highlight from last week was Eric Paley's Founder Dialogues...

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