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By: Jon Karlen | January 5, 2011
University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium (URES) is the "go to" annual event in Boston for the country's world-class research universities to showcase...
By: Bilal Zuberi | January 4, 2011
For the past couple of years I wrote end of year notes as predictions in the cleantech space for the next year. (cleantech predictions for 2010). But this year...
By: Keith Cline | January 3, 2011
Will the IPO window open for some local companies to reach the public markets? From what I have seen, three companies filed an S-1 last year...
By: Keith Cline | January 2, 2011
2010 will be remembered as the year of the Tech rebound in Boston, as we saw a number of exits (acquisitions) and several startups that received funding. The larger...
By: Keith Cline | January 2, 2011
Happy New Year! I will remember 2010 as the year of the Tech rebound in Boston. There was a lot of positive activity and energy... first time and established...
By: David Skok | December 28, 2010
This post provides SaaS entrepreneurs with an Excel spreadsheet model and graphs that show the cash flow trough that happens to SaaS, or other subscription/recurring revenue...
By: Frank Days | December 27, 2010
Over the last few years, I have noticed a division in the types of marketing people I meet. Some colleagues have referred to this as data driven vs. marcom/branding types...
By: Rob Go | December 26, 2010
Following up on my year in review post, here are a few things I’m looking forward to in 2011. Big M&A and IPO Activity. 2011 will build off the growing momentum in the...
By: Keith Cline | December 26, 2010
Welcome to the abbreviated holiday edition of VentureFizz! I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! It is obviously another light week, as we gear up for a BIG...
By: David Aronoff | December 22, 2010
This is the second part of my year end wrap up and thoughts on where the opportunities may lie for 2011. Tablet Computing – It’s hard to believe that the...
By: David Aronoff | December 21, 2010
2010 was a busy crazy weird year. I’ll wrap up some thoughts and themes in this post and a second part next week. The economy continued to bump along and most signs...
By: Dharmesh Shah | December 20, 2010
The Dharmesh Test is a quick, simple set of yes/no questions to gauge the likelihood of long-term success of a SaaS (Software as a Service) company. It is inspired by...
By: Keith Cline | December 19, 2010
It is that time time of year for "best of" and "top" lists for 2010, so we thought it would be fun...
By: Keith Cline | December 19, 2010
Over the summer, we started to learn about a new startup called RelayRides, which is a consumer carsharing service that was launched in Boston. The company went on...
By: Dries Buytaert | December 16, 2010
In this post, I want to focus on one of the most difficult questions for entrepreneurs raising money from investors: what is the right amount of capital to...
By: Jay Neely | December 15, 2010
Shutting down my startup has left me needing to fill three voids: goals, money, and credibility. I’m fortunate to have steady consulting work, a simple lifestyle with...
By: Chip Hazard | December 14, 2010
Ahh December. Between closing out the year, performance reviews, holiday parties and family activities, it is always a crazy time of the year. And to top it all..
By: David Skok | December 13, 2010
In my two previous blog posts, I’ve discussed the first two of three key phases in a startup life cycle: finding a product/market fit, then determining a repeatable...
By: Mark Haddad | December 12, 2010
VentureFizz Reader: Should I raise my seed round using a convertible note or preferred stock? Mark Haddad, Partner, Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag LLP...
By: Philip Jacob | December 9, 2010
“I need you to find out something for me,” I asked my office manager in a way that caused her to look at me with suspicious eyes. “Sure, what is it?” she replied, knowing full well that this was...
By: Jay Neely | December 8, 2010
Two years ago, when I wrote a post-mortem for News Armada, I was an overly-ambitious first-time entrepreneur, chasing dreams of venture funding and changing the...
By: Joe Kinsella | December 7, 2010
I thought I’d commemorate my last week at Dell with tips for startup executives in integrating into an acquiring company. SilverBack Technologies was my third...
By: David Skok | December 6, 2010
Different phases of a startup’s lifecycle require different approaches to spending. In my previous post, I talked about the first phase: finding product/market...
By: Dave Broadwin | December 5, 2010
Here are some semi-random thoughts on preferences after my recent post on this topic. Also, an entrepreneur in town recently asked me whether, and how, he could...
By: Keith Cline | December 5, 2010
TechStars selected Katie Rae as the new Managing Director for their Boston program. If you are not familiar with Katie, she recently launched a seed fund with Reed...
By: Antonio Rodriguez | December 2, 2010
Dan Bricklin has a lengthy but worthwhile piece on the challenges facing the startup developer these days that puts some meat...
By: Jeff Bussgang | December 1, 2010
Bill Gurley’s excellent piece on Silicon Valley IPO Anxiety inspired me to take a companion look at the East Coast, particularly Massachusetts and evaluate the...
By: Katie Rae | November 30, 2010
Over and over again, since I became an investor, I’ve heard from many wise people that you should not invest in anyone that needs your help. This puzzles me. In my...
By: Keith Cline | November 29, 2010
We are excited to have Jason Henrichs as our guest on Octane this week. Jason plays a very active role in the Boston tech community. He is the COO & Co-Founder of an online consumer financial services startup...

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