Category Archives: Venture Capital

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

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Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development…read full post. … Continue reading

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Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

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Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development. I visited Bend … Continue reading

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Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

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When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with. Dino and I kept in touch as he moved up … Continue reading

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Moneyball and the Investment Readiness Level-video

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Eric Ries was kind enough to invite me to speak at his Lean Startup Conference. In the talk I reviewed the basic components of the Lean Startup and described how we teach it. I observed that now that we’ve built software … Continue reading

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A New Way to Look at Competitors

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Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right…read full post. Download MP3

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Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

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For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal.  That’s a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours…read full post. Download MP3

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When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

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In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. It was not only my secret weapon in thinking about new startup strategies, it also gave me a … Continue reading

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China Startups (The Complete Series)

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I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. … Continue reading

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Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

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How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” (Regional Advantage and Startup Nation) and one “must view” (The Secret … Continue reading

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Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

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We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and … Continue reading

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