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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...
By: Chip Hazard | March 2, 2010
At Flybridge, we periodically dive deep into areas in which we see significant market growth and investment opportunity. Recently, we did so in the whole field of Cloud Computing and thought it would be interesting to share some of our thoughts. I would also like to thank our great summer associate, Ravi Inukonda, who...
By: Mike Troiano | March 1, 2010
Using the Web to build your brand is less and less about creating destinations, and more and more about creating content useful to the people you want to reach, then empowering them to access that content wherever and however they like. The key to this is creating something we call a “content hub.” A content...
By: Lee Hower | February 28, 2010
It's widely acknowledged that initial startup costs for many internet-enabled companies (SAAS, consumer web, mobile apps, etc all fall into this bucket) have dropped dramatically in the last decade. As a result, many companies can get off the ground and make significant progress on modest amounts...
By: Keith Cline | February 28, 2010
I am very excited and honored to be invited as a guest speaker at Harvard Business School today (March 1st)! I will be speaking to the HBS TechMedia Club on the following topic: How to Get a Startup Job. I'm really looking forward to a collaborative discussion about startups and the Boston tech...
By: Dharmesh Shah | February 25, 2010
I’m going to start with a story — which includes a confession. When I started my first company, I didn’t start with a grand mission. The idea behind the business wasn’t transformational. It wasn’t going to change the world. Historians weren’t going to write about it after I was dead. And all...
By: Rob Go | February 24, 2010
The Lean Startup movement isn’t terribly new, but the level of hype is reaching pretty significant levels. The contrarian in me is always a little wary when anything gets overly hyped. To be clear, I really really like the concepts of the lean startup and customer development. I’d recommend any entrepreneur...
By: Coach Wei | February 23, 2010
This is my 2nd post in the “Geek’s Guide” series about all the things that entrepreneurs hate to do, are not good at doing them, but have to do them anyway. These things include office space (My first post is on this topic), legal, HR, administration, banking, accounting, insurance, payroll, etc. I am...
By: Keith Cline | February 23, 2010
oneforty's Founder - Laura Fitton (@pistachio) was a participant on last Friday's Gillmor Gang / Real-time segment on building43. Hosted by Steve Gillmor, this episode also includes Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, and Andrew Keen. Laura gives an update on oneforty and the recent round of...
By: Jeff Bussgang | February 22, 2010
A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson posted a presentation he delivered on What Makes the NYC Start-Up Scene Special. I was inspired to deliver a similar presentation to a group of Harvard Business School students who are interested in entrepreneurship in Boston. There's been a lot of chatter in the...
By: David Cancel | February 21, 2010
My advice for those starting a new company: Stay virtual as long as possible. One thing we did get right at Lookery was minimizing our infrastructure which let us focus our energy and cash on getting our product to market — fast. We’re following a similar model at my new startup, Performable. So far there are three...
By: Keith Cline | February 21, 2010
In case you haven't already heard, the Blog section on VentureFizz got a makeover! It is now called Voices and it features full length entries from guest bloggers... primarily venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. To help get things kicked off...
By: David Skok | February 18, 2010
This blog post looks at the high level goals of a SaaS business and drills down layer by layer to expose the key metrics that will help drive success. Metrics for metric’s sake are not very useful. Instead the goal is to provide a detailed look at what management must focus on to drive a successful SaaS business. For...
By: Keith Cline | February 17, 2010
We receive a tremendous amount of feedback from our readers and followers about how we can make VentureFizz better. The most requested feature is to add full length blog content on our site. The original layout for the Blogs section on VentureFizz was an aggregation of blogs that we...

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