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By: Scott Maxwell | March 29, 2011
Here is my (running) list of 29 CEO blind spots I have seen over the years. Take a look and see which ones apply to you (warning: remember they are blind spots, so you might...
By: Allan Tear | March 28, 2011
As part of getting ready for 2011, we've been reviewing our lessons of the last two years, particularly what has worked and not worked in selecting and accelerating teams...
By: Matt Douglas | March 27, 2011
Last week, I spoke at the Momentum Summit conference, which was held at MIT. My topic was "Forging Business Development Deals & Partnerships that make sense." As I thought...
By: Bijan Sabet | March 24, 2011
A few months ago I wrote down some thoughts about failure, our fear of failure and our ability (inabilty) to embrace it. The other day I was talking to a founder in our...
By: Lee Hower | March 23, 2011
I'm fond of saying that raising capital for a startup (or any risky early-stage venture for that matter) is not about convincing the skeptics, but rather finding the...
By: Chip Correra | March 22, 2011
Yikes, a very long time has passed since my last post, I guess this is what happens when you start a company. Nearly every train ride I think, I should write something because...
By: Chuck Goldman | March 21, 2011
The Xconomists are one of the most talented and connected bunch around. The second annual Mobile Madness event did not disappoint the over 300 attendees who showed up. I was...
By: Paul Barrett | March 20, 2011
If you’ve hung around Kendall Square at all in the last several years you’ve undoubtedly heard more than one entrepreneur invoke the spirit of Thomas Edison and Nicolai...
By: Don Dodge | March 17, 2011
Over the past few weeks I have seen over 300 start-ups at Stanford Startup Labs, Launch Conference, DEMO, and SXSW...
By: Jules Pieri | March 16, 2011
I’m getting a lot of St. Patrick’s Day greetings from my pals in Dublin. Many of them will spend part of today at their “local.” In Ireland, that’s your favorite nearby...
By: Michael Greeley | March 15, 2011
Yesterday kicked off the swing through the United Kingdom for Governor Patrick of Massachusetts and the Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011. After a remarkable...
By: Dave Broadwin | March 14, 2011
The bad new is that I have taken a blogging holiday since February 2. The good news is that the holiday is the result of being pressed on client matters and business travel...
By: Rob Go | March 13, 2011
I’ve been thinking about this topic a while, but these thoughts are only semi-formed. It’s been said recently that there is shortage of truly revolutionary...
By: Jeff Bussgang | March 10, 2011
I spent this weekend with my two sons in Ft Myers, Florida as part of our annual pilgrimmage to the Red Sox spring training camp. While not chasing after foul balls (thanks, Youk!)...
By: Dharmesh Shah | March 9, 2011
Tuesday’s big news is that my company HubSpot announced a major new round of venture financing. Details can be found in the non-clever, but descriptively titled “Sequoia...
By: Brian Gladstein | March 8, 2011
It was a great Web Innovator’s Group meeting on Monday night – one of the best I’ve been to in a while. The ideas were flowing, the floor was humming, and people are definitely...
By: Andy Singleton | March 7, 2011
When we talk about accelerating software development, we’re really talking about accelerating innovation. We can learn from other forms of innovation, like evolution...
By: Andrew Parker | March 6, 2011
I’ve been in a few pitches with founders recently who use a very disarming and surprisingly effective tactic. Within the first few minutes of the meeting, after small...
By: David Beisel | March 3, 2011
With a systematic approach to identifying the hot companies in a sector, connecting to them, and then evaluating the best opportunities, hopefully you’ll be able to decide...
By: Michael Greeley | March 2, 2011
Earlier this week the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) announced the launch of CriticalMass, a novel shared workspace at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)...
By: Sean Marsh | February 28, 2011
It is extraordinary to think about the recent events in Egypt and the catalyzing impact of both Facebook and Twitter. Not only is it amazing to see people organizing and...
By: Jeff Moriarty | February 27, 2011
The winners of the first Boston Hack Day Challenge are KnowEssentials and Boston Green, which demonstrate the wide variety of hacks created in a mere 48 hours. The first...
By: Brad Harkavy | February 24, 2011
Looking at the recent crazy high $15B (yes billion) valuation of two year old Groupon got me thinking about why? What did Groupon do correctly? Are they winning because...
By: Alex Taussig | February 23, 2011
Spring is in the air, or at least it will be once all this darn snow melts away. Maybe it’s the good weather (all relative, Bostonians), or maybe it’s the graduating seniors/MBAs...
By: Nathan Burke | February 22, 2011
Unless you’re a recording artist or a member of the MPAA, it’s likely that piracy isn’t top of mind. And if you’re a developer creating iPhone, Android, and Windows phone apps...
By: David Beisel | February 21, 2011
Evaluating a startup as a prospective employee is tough, especially when you compare to VCs. Venture capitalists have an information advantage – startups are required to be...
By: Victoria Song | February 20, 2011
It has now been a year and a half since I graduated college. Surprising how much life can change in such a little amount of time. My priorities, ambitions, interests...
By: Thad Peterson | February 17, 2011
I have some pent-up thoughts on the dynamics at work in the “group buying” space. Having cofounded a company called KangoGift (not a group-buying service, rather a service...
By: Wan Li Zhu | February 16, 2011
If you follow the tech or startup scene, you’ve probably heard about the shortage of developers both in Silicon Valley and in the Boston/New York areas. We at Fairhaven Capital...
By: Bilal Zuberi | February 15, 2011
When you, as an entrepreneur, are in discussions with an investor and they tell you their decision is that its not a good fit right now but they want to stay close and track the...

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