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Advice - Oh, the lure of the VC. When they call you had better answer, right? I get the phone call often, “VCs are calling us, what should we do?” My response is always the same, “Take the meeting. Explain where you are in the...
How Much Should You Invest in Marketing
AlleyTalk - There's no better place than the United States to start a business. We're a nation that prides itself for its entrepreneurialism and independence. And if we want to maintain our competitive edge, we need an environment that allows...
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AlleyTalk - Warren Buffett said bitcoin "is a mirage" and compared it to checks and money orders. "A check is a way of transmitting money, too. Are checks worth a whole lot of money just because they can transmit money? Are money orders?...
Should We Fear Google?
AlleyTalk - Think about it: Google has access to your thoughts, your daily movements and now even your home (see below). Is the company known for its colorful logo, office slides and goofy Vince Vaughn movie, really a sinister plot by...
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AlleyTalk - With March Madness in full gear, sports fans and enthusiasts start packing bars and clubs around the nation with speculative chatter. Who is the best team? Who is the best player? Our creativity and memory rapidly dives through stats,...
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Advice - Following  Lesson #112 on Startup Ideation, I started jotting down a few annoyances in my life that I wished were fixed.  If still thinking about what business to startup, I am hoping some of these ideas strike a similar...
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Advice - I recently had a conversation with a friend about warm introductions. He was lamenting the fact that many warm intros never seemed to pan out. That is not to say that he expected every warm intro would become an instant sale but that...
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AlleyTalk - Investors shouldn't fear version 2.0 of the dotcom bust, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told CNBC on recently. "We're living in a different time than the dotcom bubble of 2000 when you saw stratospheric valuations for things that...
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Advertising - Unfortunately, this is a phrase that has killed many could-be great marketing activities. It happens with advertising channels: “We tried PPC, it didn’t work.” It happens with customer experience channels: “We...
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AlleyTalk - What if a few, large, rich corporations controlled what you did on the Internet? Like you were stuck in work-mode at Citibank ALL THE TIME. What if your access to information online was regulated and policed? What if you could...
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Advice - When you are not presenting to investors or your team, try to spend more time listening than talking. You can’t learn anything new while you’re talking, yet many entrepreneurs seem to never stop. It’s a sad spiral, since the...
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Advice - Erik Straser, partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, said that the most important thing you can do for your career is to "figure out how to ride a long wave - some immutable trend that is going to permeate most of the tenure of your...
Can Europe Comete With US Startups
AlleyTalk - Europe's top tech officials are warning that the region's reluctance to celebrate its technological achievements could keep the region permanently in the shadow of the US. "Often people in Europe are too negative. Sometimes people...
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Advice - I lived every day thinking about the one day when everything was going to be like a dream.  It was a very long time before I realized that all my thoughts were dreams, and only dreams. Head in the clouds, on top of the world,...
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Advice - Through the course of my work at New York Startup Lab, I have had the privilege of interacting on a regular basis with early stage entrepreneurs who are looking to get their projects off the ground with a little help from our company....
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Business - I just finished reading this article, and it reminded me how much I love subscription-based business models. It’s fascinating to see how more and more startups are employing this model with great success (e.g. Birchbox). Here are...

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