CEOs to Follow on Twitter, What Tweaks VCs, What Entrepreneurs Should Copy, Making Cleantech Pay, & Other Recent Boston Blog Posts to Peruse
Coming out of the long weekend, with summer vacations over, I can feel the pace of entrepreneurial action quicken. With a lot of people out of town or chillin’ the past few weeks, I thought it might be a good time to highlight some interesting recent blog posts you might have missed from various local entrepreneurs, venture investors, and others.
The topics range from what you shouldn’t do as a startup to what you should do, what it takes to commercialize products, and the best Boston CEOs to follow on Twitter. Let’s start there.
David Laubner, who writes the 93 South blog, has tracked down (or started following, I guess) some interesting CEO tweeters, from folks you have likely heard of, like Robin Chase (co-founder of Zip Car) and Jeremy Allaire, and those you likely haven’t. One in this category for me is former Yahoo exec Jack Barette, aka healthyjack, CEO of WEGO Health. His motto: “I believe health is social media’s higher calling.” I think that means riding the exercise bike and tweeting at the same time. I can do that.
Thoughts About My VC Life, Four Years Later—Bijan Sabet
In this entry from September 3, the general partner at Spark Capital talks about the founding of Spark and offers 11 observations, including his venture blogger influences: Fred Wilson, David Hornik, and Brad Feld.
Day riffs on the challenges of cleantech investing and what a cleantech startup has to do to prove its technology to potential project investors. The post includes a nice wrapup of recent cleantech investments.
8 Free Online Entrepreneurial Finance Classes from MIT—College Mogul
Our friends at College Mogul are always on the lookout for good deals in education. As they note: “If you don’t have much experience managing the finances of a small business, these free courses from big name colleges like MIT can be just what you need to learn about everything from the basics of accounting to more complex economic theory…”
VCs With Fresh Money to Invest—Don Dodge on the Next Big Thing
Microsoft blogger extraordinaire Don Dodge puts forth a pretty good list of 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.”