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The 5 People Every Startup Needs to Succeed

You’ve got a great idea for a product or service. You have a well-crafted business plan. You might even have – gasp! – a round of funding from a venture capitalist...

Last Week in Tweets: Nov. 10th - Nov. 16th

Last Week in Tweets! Our Top Tweets from the past week...

The Venture Narrative

Entrepreneurs who tell stories well can explain complex ideas, attract amazing talent, close customers, create partners, and raise financing with relative ease. Those that can’t struggle at every turn.

The Cloud Computing Battle

The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out? 

Our Obsession With Scalability Must End

Welcome to the era of business model proliferation.  Our obsession with scalability is getting in the way of unleashing the potential of the 21st century. We are so fixated with scalability...

Last Week in Tweets: Oct 27th - Nov 2nd

What Did You Miss Last Week? Our Favorite Tweets of the Week!

Boston or Bust: Why Unitrends is Proud to Call Massachusetts its Home

One of the first major decisions I had to make after becoming CEO of Unitrends in 2009 was: Where do we locate our sales and marketing offices? The two most obvious cities were Boston and San Francisco.

Last Week in Tweets: Oct 20th - 26th

What's Tweetin'? Our Top Tweets of the week!

Mentors and Vintage Oars

I’ve been mingling with a large number of established company directors and startup mentors over the last few months.

Dance. Hack. Paddle. Support TUGG!

TUGG is a busy organization doing important work for our community. Over the next several weeks there’s some fun events upon us.

The Pavlovian Theory of Brand Engagement

I recently watched an episode of The Big Bang theory, one of my favorite shows, where Sheldon begins to modify Penny’s behavior by feeding her chocolate each time she does something he wants her to do.

Thinking of Launching a Food Startup? Lessons From Two Tech Entrepreneurs

Boston has long been known as a tech hub, but there’s a green field of food startups sprouting up in the area. You could argue this is a food startup renaissance 12,000 years in the making...

 

My Thoughts on the Venture Capital Industry

One of our investors is updating his POV on the VC environment and reached out for my 2 cents. After thinking about it, I would describe my observations of VC with this headline: “steady as she goes.” Here’s why.

22 Ways To Make Email Not Suck

If what Alexander Graham Bell invented in 1876 was email – and if the technology invented 95 years later was the telephone – the immediacy of a telephone call would have been seen as an improvement over the delayed back-and-forth communication of email.

Boston Startup Talent: Leaky Bucket or Everlasting Spring?

One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq, announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco.

Just Pick Up The F*#@ing Phone

Like most people, I send dozens of emails a day. Pretty much anything that I work on can be dealt with using email. But is that always the right choice?

Small Perks Can Make a Big Difference to Overworked Employees

Nearly half (48 percent) of employees indicate they work late nights and weekends some or all of the time, according to our recent survey of more than 1,200 professionals. For office workers, the 40-hour work week seems to be a thing of the past.

The Boston Tech Mafias

I commented on a piece recently in the Boston Business Journal regarding what successful entrepreneurs and technology executives are doing with their wealth and how this impacts...

Why, How, What – Startup Brand Positioning

The founders here at Baked & Branded stumbled, again, upon a TED video that we had watched years ago that has influenced, tremendously, the ways in which we view brand positioning for our clients, and ourselves.

Nobody Gets Consumer in Boston

Everyone knows that nobody gets consumer in Boston. If you want to invest in the next great consumer company, you better be in Silicon Valley or New York. It’s just a given.

Getting the Co-Founder Decision Right

In my recent list of #ifiwereafounder tweets, I started with the assertion that "I would aggressively seek out one, but no more than one, co-founder to complement my deficiencies".  This generated a number of questions from founders about the ideal composition of a founding team.

The Unexpected Downside of Becoming an EIR

Not sure why, but over the last few years, quite a few people I know took on EIR roles at various VC firms in both the East Coast and in Silicon Valley.  Overall, there are positives and negatives to being an EIR.  The positives are kind of obvious...

#ContinuedSuccess - Random Startup Thoughts of Late

Over my career, I’ve worked at a small sports marketing agency, co-founded BrandMatch Score and now wear lots of different hats here at VentureFizz.  I’ve always maintained a passion for startups. 

Making the Most of a PR and Social Media Brainstorm

In a world that embraces creative content, one of the best ways to leverage the many smart and savvy resources in an agency like Matter is to hold a brainstorm. Inviting a group to discuss new and exciting ways to bring a message, product or platform to key audiences always yields valuable results.

Probability Distributions and the Brute Force Approach

I’ve been thinking a lot about the outcome distributions in different circumstances.  The dimensions that I think about are...

The Demo

The best part of any interaction with an entrepreneur (whether it be a pitch, an informal meeting, or a massive presentation) is without a doubt the demo.  The demo invokes nostalgia...

The Battle for Boston’s Students is Being Fought Right Now

The fall semester may have only just begun, but the fight for Boston’s young talent is well underway. Silicon Valley and New York are invading with an armada of startups, emerging...

Microsoft, Near Death, & Enterprise Cloud

We all woke up to the news yesterday that Microsoft is buying Nokia for ~$7B (ok, not the carrier infrastructure biz but the main part of Nokia that anybody cares about).  This isn’t totally...

Business School Rankings Need a “Start-up Upgrade”

Each year, I watch while some business school or recently minted MBA Facebrags about their school’s ranking in the latest survey ― and every year it bugs me that these surveys do...

3 out of 4 Venture Backed Startups Fail….. Well, Not Really

This recent article from the Wall Street Journal suggests that there is a “Venture Capital Secret: 3 out of 4 start-ups fail”.  Failure, however, is defined as not returning...