Category Archives: startups

Unicorn pressures and startup failures

The startup anti-patterns section of my blog summarizes the repeatable ways startups waste time & money and, often, fail. Learning from startup failure is valuable because there are many more examples of failures that successes. (Anti-)Patterns become more noticeable and … Continue reading

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Startup anti-pattern: platform risk

One of the fastest ways for a startup to grow has always been to ride on the shoulders of a successful platform: from Microsoft/OSS in software to AWS in cloud computing to iOS/Android in mobile to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest in social to … Continue reading

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Startup anti-pattern: ignorance

Listening to a startup pitch a few weeks ago I had to exercise effort not to shake my head in disbelief. The presenters were describing the products and business model of an established company I was very familiar with and … Continue reading

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Top startup anti-patterns

Following my post on the value of startup anti-patterns, with the help of readers of this blog and friends from the startup ecosystem, I put together a list of the more common ones that I encounter. The list used to … Continue reading

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The value of startup anti-patterns

The TechStars Boston spring startups are looking very promising. At the mentors dinner tonight I had conversations with several of the companies and a common question came up: “What makes startups succeed?” My usual answer to this question is along … Continue reading

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Startups and intellectual property: how much is a muse worth?

Startup founder agreements has been the top post on my blog for a long time. The post has become much more valuable due to the many interesting questions & situations described in the comments. Every now and then, a comment … Continue reading

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Raising money for revolutionary startup ideas

Between the work we do at Swoop and some big idea startups I’m advising, revolutionary innovation has been top of mind for me recently. That is why the following statement Richard Feynman makes in a lecture about the difficulty of … Continue reading

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Startup Weekend Rocks

Startup Weekend has become a real force for fostering entrepreneurship. I had the pleasure of speaking at the BostonEDU Startup Weekend kick-off yesterday. Some of the ideas were impressive and I do expect to see a couple of interesting companies … Continue reading

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Marketing Secrets of Successful Startups

I am thrilled about the speaker line-up for the FutureM Marketing Secrets of Successful Startups event sponsored by Shopximity. It’s tomorrow, Thu 9/15/2011, 11:30 – 1:30pm at CSN (177 Huntington Ave in Boston, 24th floor). Hope to see you there! [Tweet to tell your followers … Continue reading

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How to set up reference checks

Swoop (what used to be Shopximity) is in full-on recruiting mode. We are looking for both experienced and up-and-coming full stack developers who love startup life, open-source tools, cloud deployment and are deeply plugged into the tech ecosystem. I’m having a … Continue reading

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