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Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2011

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26 questions you have to answer correctly to get funding for your startup » WhoAPI blog It’s been a crazy week. On Monday we announced that our project received funding. Member of the Croatian Angel Network – CRANE, Mihovil Barančić believes that we have what it takes to create something big and worth mentioning. But I am way ahead of myself. Do a Mission Impossible - With Thrillophilia!! The luxury and comfort of being in the corporate circuit comes with an inherently demanding schedule, which ensures that most of our lives are surrounded by monotony. At many such times, one would have the urge to break off from the web of meetings and appointments and experience something totally unique and different. Thrillophilia is a one spot destination of all adventure and eco tours in India. If you are a nature or adventure enthusiast and want to explore India then becoming a Thrillophile wouldn’t be a very bad idea. We at Yourstory, caught up with Abhishek Daga, the co-founder of Thrillophilia, and got to know a bit about what they do and how they do it.

Free Market-Research Tools Small businesses can tap a variety of free resources for insights about customers, competitors and trends. Before Darlene Tenes, founder of CasaQ in San Jose, Calif., sinks a lot of money into new designs for Christmas ornaments, she sends sketches to retail and wholesale clients. They report back through questionnaires she creates on the online research service SurveyMonkey, and their reactions influence which designs become decorations. 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. 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? Do you think that JSON was that guy with the hockey mask and chainsaw in “Friday the 13th”? Thought Ruby was a reference to Grandma’s dear friend at the nursing home?

7 Questions to Assess Your Business Model Design Ultimately, customers are the only relevant judges of your business model. However, even before you test your model in the market, you can assess its design with 7 questions that go well beyond the conventional focus on products and market segments. First things first. In order to assess your business model you should sketch it out on the Business Model Canvas outlined in the video below. If you want to know more about the Canvas and how to use it you can read Business Model Generation of which 70 pages are available for free on our website. Wondering where to Freelance? Try Work-n-Hire.com Freelancing is a different approach to doing a particular job at one’s comfort and a preferred time. In recent times it has come up in such a big way that fields like journalism, content development, software development, business documentation, coaching or creative services have been explored thoroughly by freelancers. Taking advantage of the current scenario, Excellence Technologies’ team launched Work N Hire to connect freelancers and clients to each other. Work N Hire is the brainchild of two people, Kumar Mukul and Manish Prakash, who left their corporate jobs 3.5 years back to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. Mukul, an IIT KGP grad, joined Headstrong, India, after his studies.

Some more thoughts on innovation in eCommerce I had the chance to speak on a panel about Online Shopping at a NextNY event this week. And after a great discussion, I started talking with some folks about my last blog post (which commented on how little has changed in online shopping since I founded Half.com back in 1999 -- especially given the vast amount of change that has occurred on the web outside of shopping). And I wanted to put a little more specifics/numbers to my thinking. So I did a little digging on Alexa today -- and found some data that appears to confirm my perspective: More than half of today's top 15 most trafficked websites today did not exist back in 1999. That is not a surprise, as Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, Myspace, Blogger, Live.com and Twitter are all new -- and are representative of the massive amount of innovation and disruption that has occurred in the last decade.Yet, of the top 15 most trafficked eCommerce websites today, just one of them did not exist back in 1999 (NewEgg - which launched in 2001).

Rethinking Mobile First I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. 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.

Startup Board Decks: Free Templates from VCs One of the most common questions we receive from founders here at NextView Ventures is whether we can share examples of great board decks. As it turns out, drafting your board deck or your investor update can be especially tricky for seed-stage startups (which is our entire investment focus) given the lack of resources, lack of available data, and even just the lack of time that the company has been in existence. So today, as part of our seed-focused platform of resources, we’re excited to launch these free templates for creating great startup board decks. This resource is part of our Growth Guides series, which is NextView’s growing library of resources built to help seed-stage startups execute. Our first, a visual blueprint of end-to-end content marketing for startups, can be found here. Best Practices to Get You Started

Startup Hiring: Notes from the Field At Unbxd, we recently finished our first round of hiring. Considering the number of start-ups in a similar phase, we thought penning down our experience may help others going through their first hiring campaign. Be the Brand and Culture We discovered our culture as our own values translated into action when dealing with customers, candidates. As engineers, it is easy to overlook the softer side of building start-up teams but these are not just ideas up in the air. 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. “What did you think of the companies?”

Social Entrepreneurship Summit, Bangalore With an aim to educate the next generation of leaders and develop the knowledge and frameworks that can enable entrepreneurs to move forward and create a social impact, the Social Entrepreneurship Summit took place in Bangalore on 28th June, 2012. Mr Ramesh Ramanathan, co-founder of Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit organization focused on improving urban governance in India, presided over the event. Ramesh has worked closely with government on urban issues in a pro-bono capacity; hence his insights into the socio-entrepreneurship segment were lauded. The event also had the backing of the Rotary Club of Bangalore and Janalakshmi Social Services. Jeff Slayter & Kane Minkus of the Industry Rockstar System gave a presentation on how they go about creating a lasting impact on the society and assisting everyone who comes in touch with them. For more on Social Entrepreneurs, check out YourStory’s exclusive coverage here.

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