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Support Startup America

Published: 1/31/2012 9:12:06 AM, comments: 0



The president unveiled his Startup America legislative agenda which is summarized here:

Startup America (PDF)

This is a group of common sense initiatives that will help entrepreneurs to start and scale companies by providing better access to capital, talent and improving the incentive systems around small company starts.

I urge you to contact your representative to support passage of this agenda.

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Not in the Top Three - Resegment

Published: 1/23/2012 3:34:27 PM, comments: 0



Internet VC Brad Feld has good advice for companies that find themselves out of the top 3 players in a particular market:

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He says if you're not in the top three, that you should "re-segment", which involve stepping back and redefining the market segment you are going after by changing your customer, product focused distribution channel or other dynamics.

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Advice From A New VC

Published: 1/19/2012 2:42:29 PM, comments: 0



John Lilly is a relatively new VC at Greylock Partners and he's got a very good post up about his thoughts on how entrepreneurs should approach VCs:

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He succinctly explains the many factors and elements that VCs face when dealing with high volumes of entrepreneurs seeking funding. A good quick read.

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Covester Revamps Site and Service

Published: 1/17/2012 10:46:16 AM, comments: 0



Covester, a social networking service for tracking financial strategies of proven portfolio managers, has performed a complete site redesign:

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What they've done is to simplify their message utilizing research into what their users want. It sounds easy but it's a hard thing to get right while at the same time making technical improvements to their service.

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Busy VC Goes to CES

Published: 1/12/2012 1:02:12 PM, comments: 0



Noted Internet venture capitalist Brad Feld writes and engaging post about why he and his partners travel to the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas each year.

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While he says that they don't travel there to search for new investments, he does think that it's valuable to get a "forward view of what the broad consumer electronics industry will be releasing and shipping over the next 12 months."

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Parallel Media Consumption

Published: 1/9/2012 9:16:49 AM, comments: 0



Great post by Ouriel Ohayon on what he thinks is the future of media consumption:

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He says the period of just listening to music or just watching a movie or just reading a book - doing one thing at a time - is over.  All of our small connected devices are changing that.

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Dealing with Adversity

Published: 1/3/2012 10:03:45 AM, comments: 0



Internet VC Charlie O'Donnell has a good post up on how to handle professional setbacks:

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It includes 10 "lessons" as takeaways from inevitable failures that we all experience.

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