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The State of Venture Capital and the Internet. Early today I gave a keynote at the VCJ Venture Alpha conference here in San Francisco.

The State of Venture Capital and the Internet

I was asked to speak about the topic of “what is going on in the venture capital world and what is the next big thing after social networking?” Future of VC Internet – 21 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read. Startup Document Center. These Are The Lies You'll Tell While Trying To Make Your Startup Successful. Are You Building The Right Product? Editor’s note: Guest contributor Eric Ries is a consultant and the author of The Lean Startup, which he will be launching at Disrupt SF on Tuesday.

Are You Building The Right Product?

Follow him @ericries. I was recently asked to spend some time with an early stage startup that has a revolutionary new product. I asked them if they thought they were making their product better. Are You a Media Company or a Technology Company? - Ben Elowitz - Voices. Two Truths Let’s start with two truths.

Are You a Media Company or a Technology Company? - Ben Elowitz - Voices

First, publishers need cutting-edge technology to hook an audience through today’s digital media channels of the Web, mobile, social, and search. And, second, the breakthrough technology can’t just be about product design — it’s got to go beyond to create distribution advantages on the new connected Web. One Question Okay, now that we have the truth out of the way, let me ask you a question: “Is your company a media company, or a technology company?”

Why start-ups fail. How to Fund a Startup. November 2005 Venture funding works like gears.

How to Fund a Startup

A typical startup goes through several rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take just enough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the next gear. Few startups get it quite right. Why Governments Don’t Get Startups–Or, Why There’s Only One Silicon Valley. Steve Blank9/1/11 Not understanding and agreeing what “entrepreneur” and “startup” mean can sink an entire country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups–Or, Why There’s Only One Silicon Valley

I’m getting ready to go overseas to teach, and I’ve spent the last week reviewing several countries’ ambitious attempts to kick-start entrepreneurship. What Kills Startups? Blackbox Releases Report/App To Help Founders Avoid The Deadpool. It’s not easy being green — or an entrepreneur.

What Kills Startups? Blackbox Releases Report/App To Help Founders Avoid The Deadpool

The inherent risk in becoming an entrepreneur or founding a startup is high. Sleepless nights, sweat equity, bribing new users to come to your product — it’s all part of the nerve-racking, code-spinning, and teeth grinding process. That’s why most of these swashbucklers are pirates by nature. But the truth of the matter is that few startups ever make it far enough to find the buried treasure or piggyback on Facebook all the way to glory; in fact, the cold, hard reality is that more than 90 percent of all startups fail. When being an “expert” is harmful. In a recent Capital Factory all-hands discussion, one of the founders started a question with a well-worn preamble: “I talked to a bunch of the mentors and they all told me the same thing about pricing, but I’m telling you, they’re wrong.

When being an “expert” is harmful

I know our industry, I know how our customers think, and in our industry …” What followed was well-reasoned and sensible. Since none of the mentors have specific expertise in the industry in question, it was impossible to argue. So rather than argue, I just asked: Avoid Monoculture. Travel. Read Widely. Let Experience be Your Compass. I sometimes feel that the Silicon Valley culture and we as technologists more broadly can breed monoculture in our approach to entrepreneurship, problem solving, market analysis and technology solutions.

Avoid Monoculture. Travel. Read Widely. Let Experience be Your Compass.

Experiences way beyond any hack-a-thon, startup blog or your current company engagement can enrich your thinking and challenge you to think more broadly about the solutions you offer in the market. I remember once sitting on a panel with Esther Dyson who is one of the most travelled and broad-experienced technologist I know. It was an “enterprise 2.0” panel at the dawn of what people began calling “web 2.0.” Esther was talking about problems and entrepreneurs as far away as Russia. Raising Money On AngelList: 21 Tips From Two Active Angels.

The following is the result of a collaboration between Ty Danco and Dharmesh Shah.

Raising Money On AngelList: 21 Tips From Two Active Angels

Ty is an angel investor and startup mentor (you should be reading his blog). Dharmesh is founder and CTO of HubSpot, runs OnStartups.com and is an advisor to AngelList. [Note: All the smart useful stuff in the article is Ty, all the feeble attempts at humor are Dharmesh] Stock Market Drops. VCs Hold Partner Meetings. What Happens Next? This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur turned VC with GRP Partners where he focuses on early-stage technology companies.

Stock Market Drops. VCs Hold Partner Meetings. What Happens Next?

Read more about Suster on his startup blog and on Twitter at @msuster. Venture Capitalists typically have partners’ meetings on Mondays. Why is that? Who knows. But probably because as a group we travel a lot. Interactive Map: The United States of Venture Capital - Venture Capital Dispatch. Earlybird Hatches The Term “European Comeback” This guest post is by David Cowan. Since 1992, Cowan has been a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he funded Blue Nile, LinkedIn, Postini, VeriSign and over a dozen other startups that have since gone public.

He blogs at Who Has Time For This? I just couldn’t keep my big Tweeter shut. When I publicly dismissed the soundness of his widely hailed report on European VC, Jason Whitmire of Earlybird Venture Capital challenged me to openly discuss the facts in a dialogue exceeding 140 characters. The 30 Most Respected VCs, By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (9780470929827): Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, Dick Costolo. Venture Hacks - Good advice for startups. Thoughts. One Book Every Entrepreneur and VC Should Own. This article originally ran on TechCrunch. tl;dr version: If you’re an entrepreneur or VC or will be working in this industry - buy this. read it. live it. When I first started as a startup CEO in 1999 there were no guides on raising venture capital.