Category Archives: Business Start-ups

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Help for Startups! – A semi-complete list of startup accelerator programs

Robert Shedd’s list of startup accelerator programs. Click here

The number and worldwide diversity of these programs is absolutely amazing.

Thanks Robert!

A list of Start-Up BLOGS from Venture Hacks

I wish I’d found this (April 2009) list earlier.

Start up BLOGS (A list from Venture Hacks)

by Nivi on April 9th, 2009

“With knowledge being universally accessible, there will be no excuses for non-performance.”    – Peter Drucker

Steve Blank recently asked me to prepare a list of startup blogs for his customer development class. Here you go Steve.

I read all of these blogs. They all have incredibly useful archives. And they’re all written by people who teach and practice, so the advice is practical.

Must read

Eric Ries – Startup Lessons Learned
Fred Wilson – A VC

Marc Andreessen – pmarca

Paul Graham

37signals – Signal vs. Noise

More to read

Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson – Ask the VC
David Hornik – VentureBlog
Dharmesh Shah – On startups
Josh Kopelman – Redeye VC

Should be posting more often

Bill Burnham – Burnham’s Beat
David Cowan – Who Has Time For This?
Naval Ravikant – StartupBoy
Steve Barsh – Barsh Bits

Lawyers

Yoichiro “Yokum” Taku – Startup Company Lawyer

Up-and-comers

Mike Speiser – Laserlike

Steve Blank On the town

Andrew Chen – Futuristic Play

Dave McClure – Master of 500 Hats

Comedy  Venture Capital Wear

Ignore Y Combinator at Your Own Risk

“I’m probably the only person hoping the recession wouldn’t end.”

With this one sentence, Paul Graham captures the opportunistic spirit and fearless ambition emanating from his unique, “don’t call us an incubator” venture capital creation, called Y Combinator (YC). While not widely known, YC is growing a cult-like following among young programmers looking for a stepping stone on their path to conquering the world.

Who, What, Y Combinator?
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham is best known for selling Viaweb to Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) back in 1998 for about $49 million. Viaweb subsequently became the backbone of Yahoo! Stores.

In 2005, Graham launched YC as an experimental bootcamp for talented and ambitious hackers. It has since grown into an organized, semiannual program that provides participants with weeks of in-depth mentorship as they develop their startup. The program culminates with a final unveiling to a select group of investors at “Demo Day.” YC also offers seed funding, usually doling out $5,000 per team member in addition to $5,000 per company formed. In return, YC receives a 2%-10% equity stake in the venture. This may seem like a paltry sum, but the goal is to provide just enough “bread” for the teams to get their ideas up and running without ruining their competitive appetites.

Read the rest here

Upstart Advisors – website & BLOG

This blog is for you, whether you are dreaming of starting a business, getting your new company off the ground, looking to raise capital, or just making sure your startup is on the right track. You’ll find topics like: What’s in a business plan, how to determine whether you’ve got a good idea for a business, and how to think about financing your venture. You’ll see that my approach favors speed and flexibility - a combination I find practical for today’s environment. You’ll also find me saying that the most important aspect of business planning is the thinking behind the plan.  Need some help? Click here to learn how UpStart Advisors can help you launch your venture.

Read the BLOG here

Can you “PIVOT”?

  • Most startup business models are initially wrong.
  • The process of iteration in search of the successful business model is called the Pivot.
  • Learn early, learn often.
  • The speed at which you Pivot is inversely proportional to the amount of cash in your bank.

From Steve Blank’s BLOG post You Actually Did This?

Google’s CEO on the Enduring Lessons of a Quirky IPO

The Idea: When Google announced its intention to go public, in 2004, all eyes were on its unorthodox strategy. Here’s how it played out.

It happened six years ago, but I still remember every detail of our journey to becoming a public company. It was a uniquely “Googley” experience that to this day says a lot about who we are.

An IPO can change a company. Many in the media seemed certain that if we went public, the Google ethos wouldn’t survive. A public offering would be “one of the worst things that could happen to Google,” said Danny Sullivan, editor of the Search Engine Watch newsletter and a well-regarded industry commentator. People predicted that we would suddenly be divided into haves and have-nots on the basis of how many shares of Google stock each of us held. The talent would cash out and quit. A new focus on pleasing Wall Street would cause us to lose our prized objectivity and independence. Developing the infrastructure to become a public company would dull our edge. Ultimately, people feared that as Google transitioned from a bright young start-up to a mature public company, it would lose the quirky spirit that had made it so innovative.

To read the full article click here

The Rise of the Fleet-Footed Start-Up

Eric Ries and Steven Blank think they have a better way to build a start-up, one that takes less time and money to try new ideas and find paying customers. They are leading proponents of the “lean start-up” — a fresh approach to creating companies that has attracted much attention in the last year or so among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, technologists and investors.

Read the full NYT article here

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