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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...

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