Venture Hacks - Good advice for startups. 8 Startup Lessons You Could Learn from Gotham Gal It’s easy to think that the wife of a well-known & successful VC (Fred Wilson) would have had an easy and storied life of wealth and privilege. I had previously had the opportunity to spend time with Joanne Wilson, Fred’s wife, and knew otherwise. That’s why I was so interested in having “The Gotham Gal” come on This Week in VC (video link on YouTube, download iTunes, episode 15)) and dispel those myths. In fact, as she tells it, in their early career when Fred was young in VC, Joanne was earning 3x more money. After college Joanne worked for 4 years in retail apparel at Macy’s where she initially managed sales reps on the floor and then worked as a buyer of clothing. She doubled her salary by going into sales. Below is a nice summary of our interview with some great quotes from Joanne. But for everybody else, where are 6 things you could learn from Joanne Wilson: Sales: until about minute 20 1. 2. 3. 4. On being a woman, becoming a mom & forming a sense of identity [20-45 ] 5. 6. 7. 8.
swombat.com on startups Small Business News: Crowd-Funding Sites Prepare for a Boom KillerStartups - Where Internet Entrepreneurs Are The Stars HOW TO: Attract Early Adopters to Your Social Startup Shane Snow is a technology journalist in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @shanesnow. One of the main challenges for social networks stems from a question ancient philosophers have debated for centuries: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In social media, the dilemma often takes the form of, "We need users for our network to be useful, but users won’t join the network unless it’s useful." A social network’s utility is derived from the people belonging to it. The second great challenge in social networking is spreading to new users at a fast and sustainable pace, i.e. viral growth. This month, a social startup called Hashable (no relation!) How does a new site like Hashable get past the chicken dilemma, when others can’t? How Facebook Did It: Start Small and Exclusive When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004, he positioned his social network as private and exclusive. How Tumblr Did It: Make It Useful Even If You’re Alone How Foursquare Did It: Use Game Psychology
La nueva hornada de 'start-ups' españolas Acaban de nacer. Entre las tres, no suman ni medio año de vida y el fundador más longevo no sobrepasa los 33 años. Les falta experiencia, pero les sobra ambición y olfato de éxito. Miguel Abad y Ana María Ramón aún no se lo creen. "Muy intuitivo" "Hemos apostado por un diseño sencillo, muy intuitivo con el mashup de Google Maps, y estamos recibiendo muchas sugerencias de los miembros sobre cómo hacer evolucionar el servicio", asegura Abad. El proyecto fue uno de los seis seleccionados en el concurso del Barcelona Digital Global Congress, que se celebra esta semana en Barcelona. Planetaki se ganó su puesto gracias a los votos de los internautas. Bastaron dos meses para convencer a 1.500 personas de usar la aplicación como lector de contenidos, indexar más de 4.500 webs y lograr 8.000 visitantes únicos mensuales. La tercera promesa, Bubok, lleva un mes en marcha pero transmite una sensación de experiencia innata. Del vídeo a la red social El otro resquicio de duda está en las ideas.
Why Mindshare Matters More Than Time Share Every year, several million startups are launched. There will be well over 12,000 posts published on TechCrunch alone this year. In the U.S., approximately 1,500 startups get funded by venture capitalists every single year. Another 50,000 get angel funding. But there’s only so many hours in the day and only so many coffees you can buy for potential investors, potential customers, and potential employees. He Who Has the Best Story, Wins Mindshare has everything to do with how you make someone feel. “People don’t remember what you said, they remember how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou You don’t need to have an over the top or crazy story. Here are the four steps that will help you and your startup get more mindshare: 1. Lead by asking what the person you’re talking to does. “The currency of real networking is not greed, but generosity.” 2. Many entrepreneurs mistake being noticed for being remarkable. Here’s the secret to having a remarkable “why”: show how you’re the first to do it.
Startup Weekend Madrid Designs, secrets, and kiteboarding: Canva's AU$3m seed fund tale Startup founders have repeatedly been told not to hide their ideas away, or they'll risk not giving venture capitalists (VCs) enough information to make an investment. But fledgling startup Canva seems to be doing something right, even if it is taking the stealth-mode approach. Canva's Sydney-based CEO Melanie Perkins (who up until the past year ran her ideas from Perth) was reluctant to share the specifics about what her second startup will involve, but said that the core concept, an online design platform, would appeal to designers and non-designers. A high-level video published by the startup appears to indicate that it will help anyone who wants to create professional designs — a flyer for a party, for example — without necessarily requiring tools like Adobe's Creative Suite or the skills to use them. Other investors include Matrix Partners, InterWest Partners, and 500 Startups, and it has received support from Commercialisation Australia's Early Stage Commercialisation program.
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