Scaling is Hard
At the onset of 2012, many start-up executives around the world are sticking their copy of Lean Start-Up
on the shelf, leaning back, and bemoaning the fact that they have a new...
Octane: Josh Feast - CEO & Founder, Cogito
Here's a nice little treat to kick-off the New Year! Our Octane series is back!!! Our guest today is Josh Feast, the Founder & CEO of Cogito Health in Charlestown. Cogito is pioneering...
Why Your Startup Needs an Engineering Blog
As a tech startup, you'll need all the help you can get to attract
software engineers and web development talent. You need to somehow
differentiate yourself from all the other companies...
Popular blog posts from 2011
As we wind down 2011, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of top blog posts from the year. So, in no particular order...
8 ways to get into entrepreneurship
Once in a while, someone who wants to get into entrepreneurship will ask
me what I think they should do. As I've said in a past blog post, I like these types of questions better than...
Getting promoted too quickly
“He’s a star. Thank god he’s on the team”. “He’s not scaling, it’s time to find a replacement”. I’ve heard that line from too many CEOs about someone on their management...
Before You Start a Business, Plan Your Exit
Not usually the first thing you think of when starting a company, but where you want to end up impacts everything you do. I sit on the board of ChatThreads, where we are in...
Year-End Top 10: Early Stage Funding
Always lots of ideas from entrepreneurs, angels, vcs about how best to raise Seed & Early Stage capital. ‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. So, if good enough for “Top
So You Think You Want To Be A CEO: What You Should Do?
If you you think you want to be a CEO, what should you do? I was talking to a former CEO who had a very successful exit almost
two years ago. This a good friend who I have known...
Learn how to code
1.) Start here: http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercise/0.
It’s the basics. See if it interests you. It’s a process that’ll
take a while, so it’s key to see if it interests you right...
Customer Development and Inbound Marketing in Practice: The Story of Snapshot
I don’t blog a lot about the inner workings of Backupify but our recent launch of Snapshot for Google Apps
has been very successful, and it seemed like a good time to use this
Five reasons why you should find what you love and double-down on it
You know when you meet someone and at first you don’t really hit it off
so well…you don’t seem to have much in common? And then, all of a
sudden, you hit on a topic...
So You Want to be a VC?
I had a meeting this week with a friend of a friend who was interested
in getting into the Venture Capital Business. I have a few of these
meetings every year...
Founder Dialogues featuring Niraj Shah & Steven Conine of Wayfair [video]
Wayfair is easily one of the greatest success stories in the Boston area
over the past ten...
If you build it, will they come?
One of the most memorable lines in film history comes from “Field of
Dreams.” Shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball legend from the early 1900’s,
convinces an Iowa farm owner named...
HubSpot’s Best Practices for Managing SaaS Inside Sales
Best practices for inside sales managers. An interview with Mark
Roberge, VP of Sales at HubSpot, discussing how he blends science and
process with the art of selling.
HubSpot is a SaaS...
Loch Ness, Unicorns & The First-Mover Advantage
When they are asked about the defensibility of their businesses, I
regularly hear entrepreneurs cite “first-mover advantage” as the basis
on which they will compete and defend their margins. It has come...
When Founders Refer To Their Company As “I”
Given Volition’s focus on bootstrapped high growth technology companies,
we meet company founders every week that have built amazing companies
with very little resources. It never...
Startups Rarely Do Anything Well
Startup founders have boundless ambition. Most founders can imagine
their platform concept having broad appeal and meeting the needs of many
customers, with numerous...
Dark Side of the Cloud: Problems with Storage
We recently moved from Amazon on-demand “cloud” hosting to our own
dedicated servers. It took about three months to order and set up the
new servers versus a few minutes...
How early product failures led to huge successes
Failure is not an option...it is a requirement...to future success.
Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element...
Top 5 Scaling Lessons From Superhero CEOs
Scott Kirsner of The Boston Globe called them the startup equivalent of
the Justice League of America. Seven superhero CEOs gathered on Friday
afternoon at the...
The Top of the Public Internet Pyramid
There is a very interesting article on Venturebeat by Glenn Solomon
with a great graphic produced by Cowen and Company that separates
public Internet companies by growth...
Are You Brave Enough to Be Wrong?
I just finished watching great TED talk by Kathryn Schulz on Being Wrong.
Go ahead and watch it now… It starts slow, but bear with me. It has an
important message. Pay close...
If You Sell Technology - Learn from Steve Jobs
With the recent passing of Steve Jobs
the worlds of business and technology have certainly lost a real
visionary and leader. Furthermore Steve represents someone that was...
Video: Hanging out with Raj Aggarwal of Localytics
Quiz... name a successful entrepreneur in Boston who...
Optimizing Series A Fundraising Around…Partnership Buy-In
Whether a startup’s initial Seed round is comprised of individual
angels, seed-focused funds, larger VCs , or some combination of the
three, when it’s time for the entrepreneur...
Caution for Startup Kids
Everyone knows startups are hot. Fueled by a strong seed funding climate and several well-publicized successes there is seemingly a rush to start your own company. I'm a big...
Founding CEOs: How Not to Get Fired by Your VC
When I was signing up for this year’s unConference,
I was reminded how last year’s event was great because of the impromptu
breakout sessions where it was fair game to discuss...
Landing pages: Bringing Speed to the Money Page [Infographic]
First impressions count and perceptions about your brand identity, offering and call to action all converge on the landing page. It does not matter if the landing page is a product page with...