Posts tagged with 'Startups'
Apr 2, 2010
Uptake happens fast — or not at all

Mike Speiser: Most of today’s massive consumer web properties experienced exponential growth fairly shortly after launch. A few thousand users over a few months is probably sufficient to find out it you have hit a nerve.

Stephen O'Grady: Whatever the reasoning, more and more developers, projects and firms were transitioning away from centralized to decentralized. And happier for it. The trendline was clear, which is why we weren’t exactly going out on a limb predicting the ascension of Git, Mercurial and their brethren.

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Oct 4, 2009
Why it's ok to sell startups early

Startups operate in a financial system that is inefficient, illiquid, and challenging to manage. More transactions of any kind or size help improve overall startup ecosystem health. Liquidity and transparency serve to grow the market and reward founders more richly.”
Dave McClure. A more detailed model from Fred Wilson.

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Aug 14, 2009
Economic myths of America

If we look at the percentage of overall labour force that is self-employed, the US ranks near the bottom among high-income countries. The likely explanation: our lack of national health insurance.”
Mark Weisbrot

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Jul 6, 2009
Entrepreneurship as profitability vs entrepreneurship as growth

Chris O'Brien: Andreessen has never started or operated a profitable business, except for one year with Netscape. LoudCloud/Opsware failed to turn an annual profit in its six years as a publicly traded company.

Ben Horowitz: First, with Loudcloud we saw the whole “cloud computing” trend way before most. Second, when the dot-com bust hit, we took radical steps to reboot, something a lot of founders might have been unable to do.

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Jun 30, 2009
The hungry ocean

A month in the life of a swordboat captain, a glimpse into the mindset needed from a leader.

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May 18, 2009
Start a startup, become a low-income household

You look at assets and liability to judge the strength of established companies, but when you have a startup, you look at cash flow. Low-income families are the same way. When we talk about poor people living on a dollar a day, you don't get a dollar every day. It is a lump sum, and it is very irregular. The poorest households can recall their cash flows a month ago.”
Daryl Collins

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Oct 15, 2008
In hard times the motivations of VCs become more closely aligned with those of the founders in their portfolio.
— paraphrasing Matt Maroon. One reason companies that survive a bust go on to flourish.

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Aug 13, 2008
When times are tight, we want to overfund.

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Jul 17, 2008
Do everything you can to avoid taking money. If you must, your best prospects are potential customers.

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May 24, 2008
Bad elevator pitches go on and on about the product. Good ones boil it down to a high concept pitch. The rest of the elevator pitch should be devoted to your traction, social proof, team, and market.

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