CEOs to Follow on Twitter, What Tweaks VCs, What Entrepreneurs Should Copy, Making Cleantech Pay, & Other Recent Boston Blog Posts to Peruse
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new investment funds formed around country, as well as a list of which VC firms have done the most deals over the last two years.
It’s kind of a long story, but Dharmesh Shah, a co-founder of Hubspot, builds off a previous guest post about why developers and entrepreneurs SHOULDN’T copy the famous Web application design house 37signals. He mostly agrees with his guest, but points out a few (well, 7) exceptions. My favorite entry: charge early, charge often.
What Tweaks Me… —On The Flying Bridge
Xconomist Michael Greeley, a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, lays out (in reverse order) the top five things that bug him in his dealings with entrepreneurs and others in the world of venture capital. A few choice tweaks: “Can I just get a few minutes of your time?” And, “These projections are conservative,” and “It is a great time to start a company.”
Steering clear of the rocks—The Fein Line
“What’s the one thing in common among every business plan that has ever been pitched to an investor?” asks Michael Feinstein, managing director of Sempre Management.. The answer: “The plan is wrong.” This post advises not worrying about that—but covers what to do when you do miss your first milestone or it becomes clear which of your assumptions were wrong.
College Optional—Thinking about Thinking
To me, the most interesting part of this post by Larry Cheng, a partner at Fidelity Ventures, was his five pieces of advice for how to succeed if you don’t get a college (and you’re not Dean Kamen, Michael Dell, or Bill Gates). My favorite one: “Make a lot of friends.”