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Advice - "Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with a 130 IQ.  Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing." -...
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Advice - People are always asking me for an inside tip on Internet sites that will be “the next big thing.” Those are hard, since someone has to invent something innovative, but I do have some views on other ideas whose time has come and...
32/365 The Idea Machine
Advice - Whenever I start a new project, it always starts with excitement. New ideas are always exciting because as ideas, they seem perfect and carry with them the promise of learning new things. That excitement lasts right up until I finish...
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#NYCTech - I’ve heard it maybe a dozen times in the past few weeks: “It’s the dead of summer. Nobody’s around. We can’t make any progress until September.” Sound familiar? Of course it does. I often feel the same way myself....
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Accelerators - With the explosion of corporate-backed venture capital funds, accelerators and incubators in the last couple of years, I think the big companies are starting to realize: 1) how important innovation is to staying relevant (watching...
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Advice - We are talking about angel investors here, meaning people who invest their own money in early-stage startups for a share of the equity. These people are highly focused on investment areas they know, which have a large opportunity for...
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Advice - One of the top reasons companies fail is that they run out of money. That seems easy to avoid, right? Oddly enough, many entrepreneurs do not have clarity around their revenue sources and even fewer have a strong grasp of their...
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Advice - It wasn’t so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one...
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Advice - Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can’t differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited Angel investors. They argue that the color of the money is the same from either...
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Advice - Landing a partnership with a Fortune 100 company could be the deal that puts your startup on the map. It could be the difference between linear and exponential growth; landing a big round of funding or plugging away as a bootstrapped...
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Advice - Recently, I have been helping  a lot of companies by pitching their business back to them in a process I call Reverse Pitching. I put together a investment or sales presentation of the company, from scratch, and present it to the...
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#NYCTech - The first-ever NYC Saastr social went down recently in Work-Bench’s posh new offices in downtown Manhattan, near Union Square. The event focused on an interview between moderator Jason Lemkin, Managing Director at Storm Ventures,...
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Advice - Within Red Rocket’s “101 Startup Lessons—An Entrepreneur's Handbook” I have detailed plenty of low-cost marketing lessons, so be sure to read (or re-read) those posts for more details about how best to market your startup. But...
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Advice - It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business that builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There are many levels of innovation that go...
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Advice - Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before. Almost instantly, via the Internet or on their smartphone in the store, they can find the lowest...
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Resources - Recently, the St. Louis Business Journal described 2013 as the year “St. Louis tech took the money and ran,” profiling just how much money our city’s tech startups raised last year. The number is pretty impressive: $56M+...

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