1. brentgrinna:

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    There has been a lot of commentary recently stating that MBAs, and Harvard MBAs specifically, aren’t very good startup founders.

    Only 12 of the 39 companies had any MBAs within their co-founding teams…only three had at least one co-founder who went to HBS.” – Dan Primack of Fortune

    “I would bet a large amount of money that the overwhelming majority of us would not look favorably on a company started by one of you” - Chamath Palihapitiya on Harvard MBAs

    Yes! Fantastic data… and while VC fundraising isn’t necessarily a sign of business success, given the status of several of these companies growth and revenue wise, odds are there will be at least a few good outcomes in this batch. And kudos to b-schools for adapting their teaching and curriculum in recent years to promote more “non-traditional” MBA careers such as technology and entrepreneurship.

    -cch

     
  2. In the connected world in which we live, the difference between average content and bad content is hardly noticeable. In fact, the difference between good content and bad content is not that big. Truly, the only thing that really gets rewarded is remarkable content. If you’re investing in content production, always invest in the most amazing, ballsy, exceptional content that you can get your hands on because if you build it, they won’t come. This quote sums things up for me:

    We’ve tried to work longer on stories for greater impact, and publish fewer quick-takes that we know you can consume elsewhere. We’re actually publishing, on average, roughly one-third fewer posts on Salon than we were a year ago (from 848 to 572 in December; 943 to 602 in January). So: 33 percent fewer posts; 40 percent greater traffic – source

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    The Time For Content Marketing Is Now | distilled (via khuyi)

    This is so true.  While I do not wish to slam the host of startups that are looking to automate “content marketing”, the fact is that great, original content:

    1) Takes time

    2) Requires vision

    3) Necessitates risk

    That is not something that can be created by a bot.  It is not something that an algorithm can replace or make more efficient.  While cultivating a strategy and ethos of quality content may not yield the quick hits or instant recognition, in the long run it is a strategy that will yield the greatest gains.

    (via marksbirch)

    Great insight here.
    Don’t post just to post. Have meaning behind your content so others can pick up the signal in the midst of all that noise.

    -cch

     
  3. Insightful post by Dave McClure here: VC (r)evolution, geeks got next.  If you are involved in the start-up/innovation ecosystem, this is mandatory summer reading!  Not sure what the VC version of the above is… got to think there could be a few great tries on Draw Something. 
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    Insightful post by Dave McClure here: VC (r)evolution, geeks got next.  If you are involved in the start-up/innovation ecosystem, this is mandatory summer reading!  Not sure what the VC version of the above is… got to think there could be a few great tries on Draw Something

    -cch

     
  4. 09:32 17th Jul 2012

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    Reblogged from marksbirch

    Tags: startupsentrepreneurs

    Great post by Mark on the complicated issues surrounding #startuplife!  Good read for entrepreneurs and investors.

    -cch

    marksbirch:

    Sooner or later you are going to face the truth; the team you start with is not the team you end up with for the long haul. Sometimes it is the direction of the business, sometimes it is personal issues, and sometimes it is just not a combination that is working out. Most founders tend to accept…

     
  5. Lots of great job opportunities with Spark Capital portfolio companies across sectors and geographies! Check them out below (thanks to my colleague Andrew for the thankless task of compiling) and ping us if you’ve got any questions!

    -cch

    thegongshow:

    Have you ever considered working at a startup? Spark Capital’s portfolio companies are hiring. There is now a single page that aggregates all the job openings across Spark’s portfolio. While engineers are obviously in great demand, there are many non-engineering openings too. If you’ve ever had…

     
  6. Tech bubble pop?

    A fantastic and must read for anyone in the tech start-up ecosystem.  Particularly for those who were too young to either have lived through or comprehend the Internet bubble of the late 90’s and early 2000’s (myself included, not too young but certainly didn’t fully comprehend).

    -cch