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Billion-Dollar Start-Ups Face Problems With Valuation and Acquisitions. Zef Nikolla/FacebookFor start-up companies, going public isn’t very appealing considering what happened with Facebook’s lackluster initial public offering.

Billion-Dollar Start-Ups Face Problems With Valuation and Acquisitions

Congratulations! Your start-up is now valued at over $1 billion! This might seem exciting, as though you’ve won a lottery. Rethinking Mobile First. I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago.

Rethinking Mobile First

In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. But is it the right thing to do? Dear awesome startups, don’t join an accelerator, unless… By Erin Griffith On February 16, 2013 I’ve noticed a common refrain with investors at accelerator demo days.

Dear awesome startups, don’t join an accelerator, unless…

“What did you think of the companies?” I ask. “Eh,” they say with a shrug. Instagram's Mike Krieger Shares How To Do Better Product Design. App and mobile design has come a long way in the past few years, with many popular services shifting their focus more towards to improving the way their apps look.

Instagram's Mike Krieger Shares How To Do Better Product Design

At 500 Startups’ Warm Gun conference, an event focused on design problems in the tech industry, the theme that design and user experience are being treated as “second class citizens” in the community — if you’re not focusing on usability and response time, then “you suck”. “Do it for the puppies” Those words came from 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure. In his opening remarks, he stated that most app designs suck — take a look at the most popular ones out there, like Twitter and Facebook: their mobile experience “sucks” and McClure questioned why that is. Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit. You can imagine the scene in the board room.

Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit

The CEO of our portfolio company, Techforward, is discussing a “make the company opportunity" -- Best Buy wants us to to power their nation-wide buyback program. And Best Buy is talking about launching it with a Super Bowl commercial! We had just finished a pilot test in several Best Buy stores and the results were very strong – and now, before we moved forward with the national rollout, Best Buy was asking us to provide them with access to our proprietary analytical model. Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2011. Marc Andreessen in conversation with Eric Ries - Lean Startup Conference 2012 HD. Startup technology demystified.

By Danny Boice On December 18, 2012 When it comes to technology, it can be confusing out there for the business-minded (read: non-technical) co-founder.

Startup technology demystified

Do those snowboard-loving, flip-flop wearing, EDM-listening, tattoo-having jackanapes-for-developers ridicule you with their fancy words and assault you with offensive acronyms? Startup Attention and PR 101 by Ben Parr. ANNOUNCEMENT: 50% of the revenue from this course will be donated to THRIVE-GULU, a not-for-profit building rehabilitation and community centers across Africa.

Startup Attention and PR 101 by Ben Parr

Startup Attention & PR 101" is a deeper look at how to better work with the press. This is not a course about traditional PR. Are You An Alcoholic Yet? Or, The Great Startup Rollercoaster. This post has appeared as a guest blog on FounderDating, which brings together entrepreneurs with different skill sets to start innovative new companies.

Are You An Alcoholic Yet? Or, The Great Startup Rollercoaster

Startups are by their nature extremely stressful. At a large company, the company itself has momentum. With a few exceptions, if one person (or team of people) were to suddenly disappear, the company will continue to coast for (potentially) multiple years before the effects may become evident. Why Startup Founders are Always Unhappy — jessblog. Startups are incredibly stressful.

Why Startup Founders are Always Unhappy — jessblog

I know many founders whose companies are doing great, but they are still stressed and unhappy. Polyvore is doing great (growing fast and cash-flow positive!) Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas. March 2012 One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are.

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Four African Girls Created Urine-Powered Generator. 7 November '12, 04:58pm Follow What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator. All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria. All they want to do is show off what they have made. For A Stranger In Silicon Valley, Success Isn’t Only About Who You Know. Editor’s note: Cherian Thomas is founder and CEO of Cucumbertown, a recipe-publishing platform. Follow him on his blog and Twitter. For entrepreneurs, it is now both easier and harder to raise capital: easier because of powerful platforms like AngelList; harder if you’re not part of an accelerator or don’t have a strong network. Silicon Valley has more startups than ever before. My startup, Cucumbertown, raised its first round a month ago, and during the course of this journey, I realized that, as a first-time entrepreneur without any solid Valley footing, my run toward raising funds as a non-American co-founder was somewhat unique.

Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger’s 8 Principles For Building Products People Want. Mike Krieger, Instagram’s founder, thinks you can build apps that fit in the real world by watching what people want, not guessing. He presented his eight core product design insights today at 500 Startups’ Warm Gun conference. Here’s the cheat sheet to his talk. 7 tactics lean startups need to build great products. If you’re running a lean startup, “launch and learn” is undoubtedly a familiar mantra. But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that’s a potentially make-or-break issue. Our design studio works with dozens of startups each year to help teams define their products and features. Through the process of doing this over and over again, we’ve collected a time-tested toolkit of methods for learning that are cheap, fast, and perfect for startups to find those crucial mistakes earlier and then adapt their plans more nimbly. Warby Parker: We are a lifestyle brand.

Killing Your Startup on a Thursday Night. Editor’s Note: Lucas Rayala was the cofounder of Altsie. This is what you do when you close down your startup: you call Rackspace and cancel the Windows SQL server plan. You email SendGrid and give them notice on your Silver SMTP Service Package.

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Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn Has Become the Go-To Guy of Tech. Inventions. 500 Startups Peels Back The Curtain On Its Third And Largest Batch Yet. Brave New Thermostat: How the iPod’s Creator Is Making Home Heating Sexy. The legal checklist every startup should reference. The legal checklist every startup should reference.

Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Start A Startup: Or, What I Learned At Startup School 2011. Grow Detroit. The ultimate startup lesson: knowing what matters — Cleantech News and Analysis. Funding. Interview #1: Hiten Shah, co-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics. (Founder Stories) Eric Ries: How Lean Was The Google+ Launch? YC. 10 Essential PR Tips for Startups.