Posts Tagged ‘TechStars’

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Your Mom is Not a Valid Test Market

I recently asked a startup founder if he’d gotten some real feedback on his product. His response: “I’ve shown it to all my friends and family, and they said they really like it.” I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Not good. His app sucked (and I told him that), and this poor…

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Don’t Get Grinfucked by Your Users

I woke up this morning and I couldn’t stop thinking about how evil “sugar coated” feedback is when trying to build great software – especially from end users. It drives me crazy when I know someone is holding something back. Coincidentally, a few minutes later, I read Brad Feld’s post on grinfucking and Mark Suster’s…

15 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Capital

This afternoon, the Daniels College of Business at DU invited me to speak to an Executive MBA entrepreneurial class about my experiences. I graduated from the EMBA program this spring, had spoken to a class this past summer, enjoyed it and (hopefully) provided value to the students, so I happily accepted the invitation again. I…

If You’re Not Using SnapEngage, You Should Be

SnapEngage, a product of TechStars, is an amazing product. At FullContact, we use it every day to engage with website visitors, provide support and turn website visitors into customers. Recently, we got together with Jerome Breche, CEO of SnapEngage, to build an integration with FullContact. The results are pretty awesome.

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FullContact Raises $1.5M Series A

As recently reported by TechCrunch and Dow Jones VentureWire,  we’ve just completed a $1.5M Series A financing round. We’re really excited that we have the capital necessary to execute some of our ambitious goals.  FullContact’s mission is to solve the world’s contact information problem, once and for all.  As Chris Marks from Tango points out, this is no…

TechStars and Tequila: Thoughts from our Summer in Boulder

TechStars Boulder 2011, the #1 Startup Accelerator in the World, wrapped up 1 month ago. At the final session, filled with plenty of Tequila shots and aptly named “Good Bye, Good Luck, Don’t F@#! it Up!” David Cohen and Nicole Glaros encouraged us to share our TechStars experiences. After watching Brad Feld and David Cohen…