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TechStars has now been operating for four years. According to results data that TechStars has published, six of the first twenty companies to go through the program have gone on to be acquired by larger companies, and about 70% of its companies have been funded and/or are now profitable. Today,... Continue »
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So, what is it like working at Google? How is it different than working at Microsoft? I have answered that question at least 500 times in the past 6 months, so I thought I should write a more detailed answer. Google still feels like a startup. Larry and Sergey are... Continue »
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There are some great women in tech that I follow on Twitter or read their blogs. After reading two related stories today I decided to write a post on the women I read regularly. TwitterGrader just published a Top 100 Women on Twitter, and Engadget also published a list "Who... Continue »
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TechStars is a seed accelerator program that selects about ten companies a year and provides funding of $18,000 per team, as well as support and mentorship. The last Boulder TechStars class of 10 companies in August 2009 had six of ten companies (including SendGrid and Next Big Sound) go on... Continue »
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The Freemium business model is normal for consumer applications, but can it work for enterprise software? Freemium usually means a free service with an "up sell" to paid premium subscriptions. Examples include Skype, LinkedIn, Flickr, Ancestry.com, Typepad, Dropbox, and many others. Freemium differs from Free Trial in that a free... Continue »
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Paul Graham of Ycombinator wrote an excellent blog on "What happened to Yahoo?". (YHOO) It reminded me of what happened to AltaVista, the first and most popular search engine. Yahoo thought they were a media company, not a software company. Simple, yet deep implications. AltaVista was hatched inside DEC, a... Continue »
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The Wall Street Journal today wrote about the lack of women in tech pointing out that 11% of venture backed companies have current or former women CEOs. The writer also pointed out that Ycombinator has just 14 female founders out of 208 companies funded. Then the article took a swipe... Continue »
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I saw over 100 company pitches last week at DEMO and at Google. There will be 100 more at Techcrunch Disrupt next week. The good ones stand out immediately. How can you get noticed? Don't expect to tell the whole story, just enough to get them curious and wanting to... Continue »
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The Google hiring process is designed to hire the most talented, creative, and articulate people in the world who will be the best fit for Google. The Google culture is different. You notice it the moment you walk on campus. It isn’t for everyone, but it works amazingly well for... Continue »
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Clayton Christensen from Harvard wrote The Innovator's Dilemma back in 1997. I have read the book several times and always discover something new. Great book with lots of lessons for business leaders. The book explores why successful market leading companies fail when faced with simpler, cheaper, less functional products that... Continue »
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There are a list of questions I ask entrepreneurs when evaluating start-ups. One of them is "Is your product a Vitamin (nice to have) or a painkiller (got to have it)? Of course everyone wants to think their product is a "must have" painkiller, but very few are. Many products... Continue »
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Software as a Service (SaaS), Software on Demand, Hosted Solutions...it goes by many names and is a new emerging software business model. The benefits to the buying customer are obvious...rent the software and hosting infrastructure rather than buy it up front. But, what happens to the software company business model?... Continue »
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Shawn Fanning created Napster in his dorm room at Northeastern. It was the fastest-growing application in the history of the Internet. We changed the world but failed to achieve business success. Here is a glimpse into the inside story of Napster, and at the end, some lessons learned for entrepreneurs.... Continue »
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Innovation drives our industry, attracts the best talent, attracts VC money, and wins fame for its leaders. Innovation leaders burst onto the scene, win early market leadership, but sometimes can't sustain the pace. Why do "fast followers" often jump in later and make fortunes? Is management responsible for the success... Continue »
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New Years Day is a time for thinking ahead to a new year and decade. But first, a look back. For me, the Internet started in 1994 with Netscape. I started working with AltaVista in 1996, and with Napster in 1999. My first modern and affordable cell phone was the... Continue »