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How to Create Competitive Market Maps With MarketMap.me

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At least ¼ of the investment proposals I get have a "market map" of some sort: a graphic analysis of the competitive landscape.  I think competitive analysis is critical.  Any useful startups is trying to perform some useful job for a client, and you [...continue reading]

Ten Experiments To Test Your Startup Hypothesis

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You know that a new idea has gained dominance when it becomes practically a cliché.  That is what I’ve seen happen with the “Lean Startup” philosophy of viewing your startup as a scientific experiment in search of a business model.  This started as a [...continue reading]

Feedback Is A Gift; Should You Ask For It?

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It’s rare to find someone who is insightful about you and your business ... and rarer to find someone confident enough in their relationship with you to give you honest feedback.  I treasure these people, and have paid a coach to do this for me [...continue reading]

Please Don’t Pitch A Venture Capitalist Without This Checklist

I’m surprised at how many funding pitches I get which lack some of the basic information which investors require before funding.  I think this stems from two causes: 1) Lack of basic knowledge of the information investors require.  But I would [...continue reading]

Seeking Investors to Participate in Study on Disruption of Asset Management

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I’ve written in the past on how the investing industry is overdue for disruption.  I’m now launching a research project to better understand the emerging investment opportunities. We are seeking Partner-level investment professionals at hedge funds, [...continue reading]

The Best Movies About Real Business, Not Hollywood’s Idea of Business

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Eric Ries likes to asks audiences who has seen a movie about a startup.  Normally everyone has seen “The Social Network”. But, quoting a recent profile: “Perhaps Ries’ most important message was that the same democratization of entrepreneurship [...continue reading]

Ultimate Pushup Videos / ffMASSIVE Conference at SXSW

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We’re now gearing up for the 2015 version of ffMASSIVE, ffVC’s annual conference as part of SXSW.  If you’d like to participate as a sponsor or in some other capacity, definitely please contact my colleague Katie Frankel, katie(at)ffvc.com !  Last [...continue reading]

Raise Capital With The Skin You’re In: Blunt Truth from Don Charlton, CEO, The Resumator

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How do you raise capital for your company when you’re not in the traditional social circles of the money people?  In particular, the VC industry is 76% white male and overwhelmingly straight; what if you do not fit into that bucket? I’m speaking [...continue reading]