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November 2012 The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing. Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook all began this way. Problems
BEIRUT: It’s often said that the Lebanese young person must pursue one of two paths: travel abroad in search of economic opportunity, or settle for a lackluster career punctuated by episodes of war and civil strife.
I give the same answer to at least half of the business advice questions that I am asked. "How should I get the word out about my new service?"
When speaking to hopeful entrepreneurs throughout the years, there was one question that I constantly heard: “Do you think I have the qualities necessary to be a successful entrepreneur?” To answer that question, I have put together the questionnaire below to help young professionals find out whether they have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Take the survey below of various psychological traits—whether inherent or learned—that could predict your ability to be the next Bill Gates, Meg Whitman or Larry Page.
By Brad Feld, contributor
The following guest post comes from John Steuart , co-founder and managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures , an Oakland, Calif.-based venture capital firm investing in early stage information technology and health-care companies. By John Steuart
In what is possibly the best presented and above all realistic exposition I’ve yet seen on what it’s like to extend a European startup into Silicon Valley, Andy McLoughlin , co-founder with Alastair Mitchell , of Huddle , socked it to the crowd at the annual Future of Web Apps London event this week. “Fighting and Thriving in the Valley” is a step-by-step look at what it’s like to take a startup from outside the Valley – in this case Huddle’s roots in London – and create a footprint in the US via San Francisco. It was an excellent speech.
Think inside the (restless, curious, eager) minds of highly accomplished company builders.
This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He started his first company in 1999 and was headquartered in London, leaving in 2005 and selling to a publicly traded French services company. He founded his second company in Palo Alto in 2005 and sold this company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP of Product Management.
We’d heard this was a great discussion but haven’t been able to get our hands on the footage until now. On July 29th senior corporate development executives from Cisco ( Derek Idemoto ), Facebook (Michael Brown ), Google ( Amin Zoufonoun ), Microsoft ( Fritz Lanman ), Twitter ( Jessica Verilli ) and Yahoo ( Taylor Barada ) convened at Startup2Startup to talk about what kinds of companies they want to buy, and why. The panel was moderated by CODE Advisors founder Michael Marquez , who was also a former corp dev executive at both Yahoo and CBS.
By ROSALIND RESNICK When it comes to starting a successful business, there's no surefire playbook that contains the winning game plan.
Silicon Valley’s vitality depends on a constant influx of bright people who challenge its inhabitants to work harder and think smarter.
We track a lot of acquisitions on CrunchBase . At the beginning of 2009, acquisitions were at a standstill . But as the economy begrudgingly roused itself from recession, the deal flow started to pick up in the summer , and then rebounded more in the third quarter .
Buxfer is a social payments service that launched in 2007 as part of that class of new Y Combinator companies. The site is still live and working, but a user, Sean Leather , emailed us to say it’s a bit of a ghost town. The blog has been taken down and was last updated in 2009.
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