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What Factors Make a Startup Cool?

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

In the past months I’ve spent a lot of time talking to beta users and beta customers. One of my conclusions is that our product is just not cool enough, not fun enough. I remembered this video by Dave McClure on how to pitch to a VC your problem and the importance of solving a problem that people can relate to on an emotional level....

For startups, great design is more important than ever

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

  Today saw the Silicon Valley Comes To Tech City event take place in London. As part of a wider initiative called Silicon Valley Comes To The UK, organized by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and angel investor Sherry Coutu, it was designed to give existing and future entrepreneurs advice to help them build Britain’s next generation...

Fail fast: How startups can learn from their mistakes

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

  Nobody likes to fail, do they? But failure is a key facet of the entrepreneurial process. Richard Branson has succeeded with music, telecommunications, travel and even carbonated cola drinks – he’s probably one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the world. But he too has failed – before he launched Virgin Records as...

The University of Utah is The Startup King

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments
The University of Utah is The Startup King

With roughly one-third the budget of MIT, the University of Utah was named the number 1 school in the U.S. for creating startup companies. It’s the second year in a row that the University claimed the top spot. When thinking about startups and technology, MIT and Harvard immediately come to mind, but The University of Utah spun out...

A startup founder in Chile takes on Penelope Trunk

by Dan - on Dec 19th 2011 - No Comments

In her latest guest post for TechCrunch, Penelope Trunk, the co-founder of Brazen Careerist, argues that there are so few women in tech because women are inherently interested in raising a family, particularly those in their 30’s. Unfortunately, Trunk’s article fully misses the heart of the problem facing women in technology today,...