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Learning From Failure: One Startup's Story of What Went Wrong

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Devver, maker of developer coding tools and TechStars 2008 graduate, announced last Monday that it would be shutting down after being active for nearly two years. News of a startup closing up shop is never a fun thing to hear about, but fortunately many lessons can be gleaned from the...
Learning From Failure: One Startup's Story of What Went Wrong
Pop Goes The Pivot
15 tips to get the most out of an incubator or accelerator

US-based BootstrapLabs and Malaysia's MAD Incubator launch accelerator program in Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia is showing signs of developing into a promising market for startups and it’s got another boost with the launch of a new accelerator program — BootstrapAccelerator Asia — formed by San Francisco-based BootstrapLabs and Malaysia’s MAD Incubator. Starting this July and based in Malaysia, the program is twelve months long...
US-based BootstrapLabs and Malaysia's MAD Incubator launch accelerator program in Southeast Asia

Start your business right with The Ultimate Entrepreneur Bundle [VB Store]

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This sponsored post is produced by StackSocial. So you’re thinking of starting a new venture, right? But you just don’t know where to begin. There’s so many things you’ll need to know and so many things you’ll to do that without the proper preparation – if you don’t have...
Start your business right with The Ultimate Entrepreneur Bundle [VB Store]
Knowing when to pivot ... and when to hold the line

Enterprise accelerator Alchemist bags giant backer SAP Ventures, adds Yammer CTO to faculty

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It wasn’t always the case, but these days enterprise software is as sexy as they come, investment-wise. So much so that the business-facing crowd has its own accelerator in Silicon Valley, Alchemist, backed by a few of the industry’s largest companies and VCs. Today we learned that SAP Ventures has...
Enterprise accelerator Alchemist bags giant backer SAP Ventures, adds Yammer CTO to faculty

Are you an enterprise startup? Join us at Startup.Synergy

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VentureBeat has teamed up with Citrix Startup Accelerator to lead a discussion on May 9 at Startup.Synergy about the massive opportunities for startups in the enterprise sector. First, if you’re an emerging startup focused on cloud, mobile, desktop, or collaboration, this event is your opportunity to learn about the Accelerator as a...
Are you an enterprise startup? Join us at Startup.Synergy

Two great talks from SLLConf

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I watched most of the Startup Lessons Learned Conference from home. Thanks to the magic of justin.tv, I also brushed my teeth, had breakfast, cleaned the bathrooms, and did a couple phone calls at the same time. Here are my two favorite talks from the conference. Steve Blank: Customer Development...
Two great talks from SLLConf
Founders: Learning should be your top 2013 New Year's resolution

How to Start A New Business in Less Than 50 Hours

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Just about every weekend someplace on the planet a peculiar series of meetups is happening called Startup Weekend. The idea is to bring together a group of people, many of whom have never set eyes on each other before, to form new ventures, many of which are tech-related. So far...
How to Start A New Business in Less Than 50 Hours

New Hong Kong accelerator for cross-platform mobile startups accepting applications

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AcceleratorHK, a newly-launched accelerator program in Hong Kong designed for startups doing non-native development for multiple mobile devices, is taking applications for its first 3-month program, which will run from November 5th, 2012 to February 8th, 2013. Applications are due by October 1st, with positive responses promised by October 15th. The accelerator...
New Hong Kong accelerator for cross-platform mobile startups accepting applications

Former Odeo architect sells Uruguay dev shop to "Lean Startup" firm

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Evan Henshaw-Plath is one of those entrepreneurs who’s surprisingly under the radar in comparison to the integral role he’s played in the development of some key web tools — he was the first employee and lead architect of Odeo, which later became Twitter, and was the architect of Yahoo Brickhouse’s...
Former Odeo architect sells Uruguay dev shop to "Lean Startup" firm

Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

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Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Follow him on his blog or on Twitter @dteten. Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do it? ...
Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds
Reframing the problems with "freemium" by charging the marketing department

Startup Spotlight: Ex-Boeing engineer matches serious gamers with Teamfind

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Like a tennis partner or golf buddy, finding a gaming companion who shares your goals and skill level can be hard.  Teamfind, with more than 17,000 members, is working to ease the pain by empowering players to find a perfect match.  Not only does this save players time that they might...
Startup Spotlight: Ex-Boeing engineer matches serious gamers with Teamfind
Want to be a world-class growth hacker? Then get out of the building!

Art of Entrepreneurship: Who to Listen to and Why

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The art of entrepreneurship and the science of customer development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It's understanding who to listen to and why. I got a call from Satish, one of my ex-students last week. He got my attention when he said,...
Art of Entrepreneurship: Who to Listen to and Why

GE eyes early stage health tech with Startup Health partnership, new VC hires

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Early stage health tech entrepreneurs, it looks like GE is developing a keen interest in you. On Monday, GE Healthymagination welcomed Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ Risa Stack, the latest Silicon Valley venture capitalist to join its ranks. And on Tuesday, the corporate giant’s $6 billion health care initiative announced...
GE eyes early stage health tech with Startup Health partnership, new VC hires

TechStars Grad SendGrid Collects $5M Series A Financing Round

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It was announced Tuesday that email management startup SendGrid had raised $5 million in Series A financing from a handful of prominent investors, including Foundry Group, Highway 12 Ventures, Dave McClure, David Cohen and Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg. SendGrid, a graduate of last year's summer TechStars program, launched last fall...
TechStars Grad SendGrid Collects $5M Series A Financing Round

Weekend Reading: Guy Kawasaki Author Spotlight

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Highly recognized Silicon Valley venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki is not only the author of the inspiringly titled blog How to Change the World, but he has also penned nine books on various business and marketing topics. After attending college at Stanford and receiving his MBA from UCLA, Kawasaki cut his...
Weekend Reading: Guy Kawasaki Author Spotlight

Steve Blank’s Startup Lessons Learned Keynote – It’s a “Must Watch”

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Startups search and pivot; companies execute. Key startup numbers are not: balance sheet, income statements and cashflow.  They are cash, viral coefficient, customer acquisition cost, burn rate, average transaction size… Customer and agile development is how you search for a business model. Customer development = hypothesis testing, minimum feature...
Steve Blank’s Startup Lessons Learned Keynote – It’s a “Must Watch”
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Sponsor post: Startup Camp Berlin 2012: Berlin’s startup community in one place

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For the second time around the nonprofit Entrepreneurs Club Berlin e.V. is organizing the Startup Camp Berlin in partnership with media.net berlinbrandenburg. The event will take place on March 16–17, 2012 at the Mediadesign Hochschule, in Berlin, Kreuzberg. Friday will accommodate the more experienced entrepreneurs, while Saturday is geared toward...
Sponsor post: Startup Camp Berlin 2012: Berlin’s startup community in one place

Best of Startup Day: Todd Hooper on finding customers

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Editor’s Note: We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers on tap for GeekWire’s Startup Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Among the entrepreneurs on the agenda are Box CEO Aaron Levie; Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens; and many others. It is going to be an informative...
Best of Startup Day: Todd Hooper on finding customers
Sports social network Fanzo enters crowded field

Twitter, Digg investor: Be a Thunder Lizard, don’t sell to Google

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Mike Maples Jr., an early backer of popular web startups like Twitter and Digg, ended today’s Future of Funding event in San Mateo (co-sponsored by VentureBeat) with a passionate keynote speech urging attendees to either found or fund “Thunder Lizard” companies. Those are the companies that defy conventional venture wisdom,...
Twitter, Digg investor: Be a Thunder Lizard, don’t sell to Google
"In the Studio," Bloomreach's Ashu Garg Brings Machine Learning to Big Data

Helping entrepreneurs take the "NEXT" step

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Entrepreneurs around the world tell us that they want to launch new businesses—but that before they do, they need to make sure they have the skills to make those companies as successful as possible. Starting today, a new partnership with our friends at Startup Weekend will help these entrepreneurs realize...
Helping entrepreneurs take the "NEXT" step

Pioneers in customer development RT @karlklann Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead (The Atlantic Magazine): http://bit.ly/aLhw2j

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Pioneers in customer development RT @karlklann Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead (The Atlantic Magazine): http://bit.ly/aLhw2j
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