15 Things You Should Know Before Dating an Entrepreneur

Recently I signed up for Mark Cuban’s Cyberdust. I’m still trying to make sense of it. The nice things is you can talk to Mark, but don’t pitch him.

In any case, recently he sent this gem
heartbreak_by_anupamas15 Things You Should Know Before Dating an Entrepreneur

Here is the summary.
#1: Entrepreneurs are Very, Very Weird
#2: You’ll Either Make it or Bust
#3: They Need Solitude at Times
#4: They Don?t Live by a 9 to 5 Schedule
#5: They Usually Never Clock Out
#6: They Don’t Do Well with Ultimatums
#7: They Will Miss Event
#8: They Are Frequent Travelers
#9: They will Talk to Strangers Quite Regularly
#10: They Ask a Lot of Questions
#11: They Usually Attract the Spotlight
#12: Your Friends & Family Will Either Love them Or Hate Them
#13: They Have Strong Opinions
#14: They Despise Lazy People
#15: They Get Bored Very Quickly


Grove – What Are Your Hiring Criteria?

help_wanted_signHiring is an unpleasant course for employees; they often feel threatened with thought “Will I be replaced?”. Even in fast growing companies, passing the hat (or a blank sheet of paper), gets sparse results. This article takes a slightly different, but better approach that finds it’s roots in agile.

FWIW: The use of “are” in the title is to reflect the plural use of You (or Your), which is correct in english, but often misused. That is to say, they title addresses multiple people at the same time, and not just one person. As such, the use of “are” is correct.

Important Tools to remember

  • Stickies and Sharpies
  • Qualifying & Disqualifying Criteria
  • Write it Down.
What Are Your Hiring Criteria?

Grove – Getting to No: The Key to Startup Selling

sequoia-274156_640Recently, I found a blog from Sequoia Capital. Articles appear to be random, and vary in usefulness.

If you are unfamiliar with the word Sequoia, the name gets it’s origin as the name of a tree genus. Generally, when most people think about the word they think Sequoiadendron giganteum or Sequoia sempervirens – both are the Redwoods native to northern California. But the Sequoia sempervirens, or the Coastal Redwood, is the only Redwood native to Silicon Valley. You can find it behind Stanford University and in Woodside, which is directly west of Redwood City – another VC haven.

Image complements of http://abebooks.com/

Image complements of http://abebooks.com/

The article below is from that blog. It promotes a sales strategy that varies (a bit) from a similar sounding title — Getting to YESIn “Getting to Yes”, it’s about building the synergy to get a YES answer. This article explains in plain english, why you want to get to NO, and how to get to it.


Getting to No: The Key to Startup Selling

The Top 20 Angel Investors

angel_devil500.co with cbinsights.com narrowed down a host variables. They open with:

We analyzed over 2000 angel investors on factors such as network strength, rate of follow-on investment, # of exits, brand and more.

Then they create three (3) lists.

  1. Top angel investors by Network Centrality
  2. Top angel investors by Follow-On Rate
  3. Top angel investors by Investor Mosaic
  • Network Centrality literally means how many people they know and how well are they connected.
  • Follow-On Rate means how well they were able to get additional funding.
  • Investor Mosaic includes when they entered and how they exited. In other words, how go could they guess on a startup.

The links below to Angels open to Wikipedia, go to the blog article to get more information.

The top five (5) for each list

Network Centrality

  1. Alexis Ohanian
  2. Max Levchin
  3. Garry Tan
  4. Marc Benioff
  5. David Tisch

Follow-On Rate

  1. Bobby Yazdani
  2. Larry Augustin
  3. Matt Coffin
  4. Ashton Kutcher – yes the actor
  5. Gil Penchina

Investor Mosaic

  1. Naval Ravikant
  2. Joshua Schachter
  3. Paul Buchheit
  4. Jason Calacanis
  5. David Tisch
The Top 20 Angel Investors
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johngreathouse.com – What This Dive Bar Can Teach You


Note the lack of a sign, and the rainbow colored flag. Clothing optional.


It’s worth noting San Francisco and Silicon Valley have similar establishments. Finding them is next to impossible. If you find them, DON’T Yelp! them. Blog yes, Yelp! NO. In San Francisco, the name to know is Hole in the Wall – two (2) pool tables, and mason jar to drink from – no glasses.

What This Dive Bar Can Teach You About (Not) Marketing

Lists of Startup blogs

You’ll have to visit the blogs to get the links to the mentioned blogs, otherwise you go to Wikipedia.

Random startup office, courtesy of flicker

Random startup office, courtesy of flicker

The 9 Best Startup Blogs for Entrepreneurs | David Cummings on Startups

  1. Steve Blank
  2. The Growth Guy (Verne Harnish, syndicated columnist)
  3. A VC (Fred Wilson)
  4. infoChachkie (John Greathouse)
  5. Both Sides of the Table (Mark Suster)
  6. Hacker News (content aggregator)
  7. First Round Review (Editor, Camille Ricketts)
  8. Begin the Begin (Jeff Hilimire)
  9. Ben’s Blog (Ben Horowitz of “Andreessen, H”)
The top 10 startup founder blogs every entrepreneur should follow
  1. Ben Milne
  2. The Buffer Team – Joel Gascoigne & Leo Widrich
  3. Marco Arment
  4. Kate Kendall
  5. Ryan Carson – The naive optimist
  6. Justin Kan
  7. Danielle Morrill
  8. Ethan Austin – Startups and burritos
  9. Jason Goldberg – betashop
  10. Dan Martell
The New Center of Silicon Valley

The New Center of Silicon Valley

Top 20 Startup Advice Blogs – UpCity
This had 18 blogs, and 3 discussion board.
  1. A VC (Fred Wilson)
  2. Aaron Ginn’s Thoughts
  3. Alex Payne
  4. Andrew Chen
  5. Ben Casnocha
  6. Both Sides of the Table (Mark Suster)
  7. Christina Cacioppo
  8. James Altucher
  9. Lars Lofgren
  10. My Startup Has 30 Days to Live
  11. On Startup
  12. Paul Graham (With a Cult following)
  13. Quick Sprout
  14. Referral SaaSquatch
  15. Sam Altman
  16. Seth Levine
  17. Startup Quote
  18. Startup Blog
Jonha Fall, India

Jonha Fall, India

30 Must Read Blogs For Entrepreneurs Running a StartupLaunchRock
  1. TechCrunch
  2. Pando Daily
  3. NY TIMES Bits Blog
  4. Steve Blank
  5. Ben’s Blog (Ben Horowitz of “Andreessen, H”)
  6. Dave McClure
  7. Andrew Chen
  8. Inc.
  9. Entrepreneur
  10. Venture Hacks
  11. CopyBlogger
  12. ProBlogger
  13. Reviewz N Tips
  14. QuickSprout
  15. KISSmetrics
  16. Duct Tape Marketing
  18. Social Media Examiner
  20. Community Centered
  22. HelpScout
  23. Buffer Blog
  25. The Daily Egg
  26. CoDrops
  27. Onextrapixel
  28. 52 Weeks of UX
A list of top 100 Startups blogs by Blog Rank

This website lists blogs by various metrics, as discussed below.

Blog Rank uses over 20 different factors to rank the blogs in any category. Some of the factors include:RSS membership, incoming links, Compete Alexa,and Technorati ranking, and social sites popularity [Learn more about our ranking logic]

  • Startups Blogs: The ultimate rank
  • Startups Blogs: by Feedburner RSS membership*
  • Startups Blogs: by unique monthly visitors
  • Startups Blogs: by Google indexed pages
  • Startups Blogs: by number of incoming links (via Bing)
  • Startups Blogs: by Google PR
  • Startups Blogs: by Alexa rank
  • Startups Blogs: by Compete rank



Startup Bloggers – Startup Business Tools And Tips
Funders and Founders – Visual Startup Blog
Startup Tools | Steve Blank