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By: Keith Cline | May 2, 2010
Last Friday, Michael Greeley of Flybridge Capital Partners announced the 12X12 initiative at the annual Nantucket Conference. This exciting new initiative's goal is to launch and multiply the next generation of technology companies and entrepreneurs in the state of Massachusetts. This program...
The surge of technology services companies on the web continues to drive down the cost and complexity of doing business as a startup. But finding the right companies to partner with, store your data with, and entrust the uptime of your business to can be intimidating. How does a startup know when...
By: Don Dodge | April 28, 2010
Focus is critically important to startups and large companies. Focus requires saying no to some great ideas. Having lots of smart people and lots of money in the bank can make it hard to say no. I was mentoring a startup, helping them sort through where to focus and how to prioritize the...
By: Bijan Sabet | April 27, 2010
In early stage startups, it’s not particularly helpful to obsess about long term financial projections - especially the revenue projections because we know it’s not always up and to the right. The same is often true with long term product roadmaps. Often times in board meetings...
By: Andy Singleton | April 26, 2010
If you use cloud virtual servers, you will sooner or later need a big pile of hosted storage to go with them. Assembla.com uses a lot of storage for repositories. We also have customers of our cloud development/outsourcing practice that use a lot of storage for photos and other media. So, I have been...
By: Keith Cline | April 25, 2010
Every successful entrepreneur has an inspirational story to tell. A story that people can learn from. A story that enourages other entrepreneurs to take that leap of faith. We were absolutely thrilled when we heard that Eric Paley from Founder Collective was starting a quarterly event called Founder Dialogues...
By: Keith Cline | April 25, 2010
Two weeks ago, Eric Paley from Founder Collective held his first Founder Dialogues event. These events will feature a sit down discussion with some of Boston's most successful entrepreneurs. The first event featured Tim Healy, the CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of EnerNOC. It is very important to celebrate...
By: Keith Cline | April 22, 2010
Chirp, the official Twitter Developer Conference, was held last week in San Francisco. One of the panel discussions was focused on Investing in the Ecosystem. Two Boston based VCs appeared on the panel: Bijan Sabet (Twitter investor and VentureFizz contributor) from Spark Capital and Mike Hirshland...
By: Siamak Taghaddos | April 21, 2010
You have 90 seconds to pitch an investor about your new, incredible business idea that’s going to change the world and make millions of dollars. How do you do it? Simply break your story into five parts using this guideline of how I’d want to be pitched: What is it, who’s your target...
By: Michael Greeley | April 20, 2010
Today the Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, prepared by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, is released. Notwithstanding the global economic crisis which we just weathered, the state of Massachusetts seems to be doing quite well...
By: Brian Balfour | April 19, 2010
POPSignal maintains a LinkedIn group, where recently a POPSignal member, Adam Marchick of Bain Capital Ventures, posted a very interesting, and thought provoking question of “Is Boston Short Angels, Or Good Companies?” The result was a flurry of insightful responses from some of the best Boston entrepreneurs, angels, and vc’s...
By: Richard Banfield | April 18, 2010
We’ve always been slightly suspicious of formal public relations efforts. It works for lots of companies but in a social networking world public relations has a harder job remaining credible and authentic. We’ve been working on our own ideas and learning from our friends at Grasshopper...
By: Keith Cline | April 18, 2010
The Office Hours movement has been an important change for the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has helped to break down the walls between entrepreneurs and investors. The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has been hosting Office Hours every Thursday at their Venture Cafe...
By: Keith Cline | April 15, 2010
Angus Davis is a serial entrepreneur located in Providence, RI. He co-founded Tellme, which raised venture capital from Kleiner Perkins and Benchmark Capital. In 2007, Tellme was acquired by Microsoft in the $800M range (as reported by TechCrunch). Angus is working on his next company called Swipely...
By: Dave Barrett | April 14, 2010
When we (Polaris Venture Partners) created Dogpatch Labs we did so with the goal of creating a great environment for sharp founders to develop great ideas, formulate their businesses, & tap into networks which they otherwise would have difficulty leveraging. Fostering that environment...
By: Tim Rowe | April 13, 2010
Every Thursday afternoon at the Venture Café, we are taking part in a grand adventure of trial and error, courtesy of the good members of the New England Venture Capital Association and its fearless Executive Director, Nancy Saucier. The adventure is to discover the best way to...
By: Rob Go | April 12, 2010
There was some chatter a few weeks ago about the dearth of experienced product managers in innovation centers outside of Silicon Valley. It’s definitely true in the East Coast, and it hurts both very early stage companies (where the founder is usually the product leader) and scaling companies...
By: Eric Paley | April 11, 2010
A few years back, I was chatting with one of my investors at a social event and he was describing one way of looking at startups and VC. He said that until startups are funded, they are basically just fantasies. I responded that startups with VC funding are also fantasies – they’re just...
By: Keith Cline | April 11, 2010
Eric Paley from Founder Collective is hosting his first Founder Dialogues event tonight in Cambridge. Founder Dialogues is a public event series where Eric will interview successful founders of local companies. Tonight's event features Tim Healy, the Founder & CEO of EnerNOC. We applaud...
By: Don Dodge | April 8, 2010
Angel Investors are a special breed. They take on the riskiest investments at a stage that VCs will not engage. That’s why they call them angels. For a struggling entrepreneur they are heaven sent. They are usually experienced entrepreneurs that have built and sold several companies. They love to help start...
By: Chip Correra | April 7, 2010
Again from the interview trail, I find myself talking about the importance of Product Management – especially when talking with troubled businesses or companies struggling to scale beyond the $10M stage. Most of these companies believe they have technology challenges but I quickly realize that they suffer...
By: Coach Wei | April 6, 2010
What are the unique characteristics of entrepreneurs? It is a subject that I think about from time to time. Over the years, I identified a few patterns and I use such patterns in judging other people whether they are entrepreneurs or not. Here are the patterns that I identified and...
By: David Beisel | April 5, 2010
I had coffee with an entrepreneur friend the other day who is in the early stages of putting a company together, and he recounted how his informal conversations with a venture capitalist had quickly escalated into a full partner pitch in just a few weeks. That situation sounds very positive...
By: Dharmesh Shah | April 4, 2010
As the market improves, my guess is that many of you will likely be thinking about raising funding for your company. With my latest startup, I’m now a venture-backed startup founder (I’ve raised $33 million in three rounds of capital for my marketing software company). So, I’ve got some direct experience...
By: Keith Cline | April 4, 2010
Ahhh...spring is in the air. The Red Sox kicked off the baseball season last night with an exciting win against the Yankees! Good times! Speaking of good (or at least improved) times...Q1 2010 is in the books. All in all, there is a lot of momentum and optimism in the air around the tech community...
By: Michael Greeley | April 1, 2010
I was asked by a reporter yesterday what are some of the things I most fear. When I was a child, my nightmares were that I would show up at school naked; thankfully now I usually remember to get dressed before leaving the house. But the discussion yesterday started me thinking about what are some...
By: Chris Homer | March 31, 2010
Think about the team you have at your startup. In the early days it probably looks something like 3 coders, 2 marketing/business experts and 2 user experience/designers – maybe 2, 1 and 1. This “silo-ing” of skills is extremely common but what's crazy is the rigid set...
By: Keith Cline | March 31, 2010
As most of you might know, the current TechStars program is going on in Boston with a fresh new roster of startups. Last year's program was a huge success with several great companies launching: oneforty, AccelGolf, Amp Idea, LangoLab, Localytics, Sensobi, TempMine, HaveMyShift, Baydin. Ever wonder...
By: Eric Paley | March 30, 2010
One of the things I most love about startup companies is the ability for talent to really move the dial. At large companies, with established products and process, great talent is more likely to incrementally make an impact than dramatically make an impact. At a small startup great...
By: Roy Rodenstein | March 29, 2010
Thanks to everyone for the comments on my last post about the raison d’etre of this blog, it’s nice to start seeing a bit of community around my little grain of sand contribution to startups. In the spirit of that post, today I want to talk about the very beginning phase of a startup. I find...

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