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LinkedIn's series B pitch deck made public together with awesome advice by Reid Hoffman

LinkedIn's series B pitch deck made public together with awesome advice by Reid Hoffman | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
At Greylock, my partners and I are driven by one guiding mission: always help entrepreneurs.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 16, 2013 12:17 PM

People, this is gold.


Reid Hoffman made public the deck he and the LinkedIn team used to raise their Series B back in 2004. Of course this is huge because LinkedIn became LinkedIn but more importantly, Hoffman added precious insights and advice on what he would do differently now.


Key point to me is how to artciulate the investment thesis. To elaborate on that, solving a problem is not the investment thesis. Of course, it's needed b ut on top of that you also need to show how that problem can be worth enough to your customers so that it can become a big business. Hoffman says he didn't articulate this well enough opening with a slide that simply put the value proposition forward but failing to artculate how value would be created and defended on the long run by delivering it.


There are a ton of other valuable points on how to pitch by analogy, how to deal with risks, how to look at explaining business model and revenue streams, etc...


A must-read for anyone willing to pitch VC's.

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Jack Dorsey shares the secret to success to small businesses

Jack Dorsey shares the secret to success to small businesses | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Confidence and conviction are key to success, says Jack Dorsey, who's had some success of his own with Twitter and Square.
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LinkedIn's series B pitch deck made public together with awesome advice by Reid Hoffman

LinkedIn's series B pitch deck made public together with awesome advice by Reid Hoffman | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
At Greylock, my partners and I are driven by one guiding mission: always help entrepreneurs.

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Thanks to the bossman @Guillaume Decugis for this awesome find@

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 16, 2013 12:17 PM

People, this is gold.


Reid Hoffman made public the deck he and the LinkedIn team used to raise their Series B back in 2004. Of course this is huge because LinkedIn became LinkedIn but more importantly, Hoffman added precious insights and advice on what he would do differently now.


Key point to me is how to artciulate the investment thesis. To elaborate on that, solving a problem is not the investment thesis. Of course, it's needed b ut on top of that you also need to show how that problem can be worth enough to your customers so that it can become a big business. Hoffman says he didn't articulate this well enough opening with a slide that simply put the value proposition forward but failing to artculate how value would be created and defended on the long run by delivering it.


There are a ton of other valuable points on how to pitch by analogy, how to deal with risks, how to look at explaining business model and revenue streams, etc...


A must-read for anyone willing to pitch VC's.

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If you're an SMB, please don't say this:

If you're an SMB, please don't say this: | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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This just reminds me of some small businesses I've talked to...

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How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Business

How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Business | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Having a minority-owned business certification can help you tap into a bevy of public and private sector programs. Here’s how to apply.
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Many CSU campuses host Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).  Their advisors can offer many kinds of help, but especially with minority-owned business certification.  Find your local SBDC here: http://www.asbdc-us.org/About_Us/SBDCs_CA.html

 

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U.S. Officials Deal Blow to Bitcoin

U.S. Officials Deal Blow to Bitcoin | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
U.S. officials dealt a blow to the fledgling digital currency called bitcoin, freezing an account that is tied to the largest bitcoin exchange just months after regulators warned that such entities should follow traditional rules on money laundering.
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Bitcoin is an interesting concept -- yes, it's a little silly that it's almost literally printing your own money. Yet, there's a case for disruption here. 

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French: The Most Productive People In The World

French: The Most Productive People In The World | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The French work less for more, blowing away the US once again.
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I work for French people and I like their style. 

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Personally, I'd just settle for her body.
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With Tablets, Businesses Ring Up at More Fanciful Cash Registers

With Tablets, Businesses Ring Up at More Fanciful Cash Registers | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
With the advent of the tablet, the payment system is coming unmoored from the cash register bulwark. So far the change has occurred mostly in small businesses.
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More and more mom and pop shops are using tablet technology to streamline their service. 

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Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs announces plans to step down - Will Kirkpatrick

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs announces plans to step down - Will Kirkpatrick | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs announces plans to step down It’s been less than three years since Gary Kovacs came on as CEO of Mozilla and the former Adobe exec is already planning his next venture, which he says

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The Angel VC: A KPI dashboard for early-stage SaaS startups

The Angel VC: A KPI dashboard for early-stage SaaS startups | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
A KPI dashboard for early-stage SaaS startups http://t.co/B4LiqT7scz
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I love KPI's!

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YC-Backed Padlet Brings Drag-And-Drop To Collaborative Web Site Creation | TechCrunch

YC-Backed Padlet Brings Drag-And-Drop To Collaborative Web Site Creation | TechCrunch | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Wordpress, Blogspot and Tumblr have done a great job of making website creation accessible to anyone, but the novice can still be a bit overwhelmed by the back-end, especially when these platforms are built specifically to be as complex as they...
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Event: Internet Technology Inspires Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Beijing

Event: Internet Technology Inspires Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Beijing | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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“Something Ventured” Set to Air in January: The Risky Dudes Who Wrote the Checks That Made Silicon Valley

“Something Ventured” Set to Air in January: The Risky Dudes Who Wrote the Checks That Made Silicon Valley | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Everything gained.
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8 Things Your Startup Needs to Do Before the End of the Year

8 Things Your Startup Needs to Do Before the End of the Year | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
While this is undeniably a busy time of year, here are eight things every small business should do as he or she closes out the year.
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The end of the year can be a frenetic time. Here is some sound advice for the entrepreneur check list.

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16 women who deserve a spot on the board of directors of a tech company

16 women who deserve a spot on the board of directors of a tech company | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Columnist Vivek Wadhwa spotlights women he believes would do an exceptional job on the board of Twitter and other tech companies.
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Congrats to Shaherose Charania, co-founder of Women 2.0, for making this impressive list of women!

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Arabella Santiago's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:03 PM

Congrats Sheharose! Women 2.0 rocks!

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Valuation by followers? WSJ post on how a startup's reach on social media is a factor for VC funding

Valuation by followers? WSJ post on how a startup's reach on social media is a factor for VC funding | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
An impressive social-media effort, investors say, can show that a brand has a unique and appealing voice—and that it knows how to grab customers. And it can be the tipping point in the decision to back a startup.
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The ability to measure a startup's brand equity is valuable -- and the most concrete way to do it? By looking at the startup's Twitter and social media accounts, according to this Wall Street Journal article. 

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The New Curated Consumer Marketplace Model: 10 Criteria For Success

The New Curated Consumer Marketplace Model: 10 Criteria For Success | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Tilenius, an entrepreneur in residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers The Wild West of online marketplaces is over.
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Great insight on an online retail innovation: thecurated consumer marketplace. I would've liked them to talk about Stella&Dot...it's a curated marketplace that also ties the traditional offline relationships of things similar to "tupperware parties."

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Just Good's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:37 AM

Love this, thanks for sharing!!!

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(Insanely) great advice by Paul Graham to entrepreneurs: Do Things that Don't Scale

(Insanely) great advice by Paul Graham to entrepreneurs: Do Things that Don't Scale | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale.
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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at Bran...
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5 Practical Tips for Perfecting Your Startup Pitch

5 Practical Tips for Perfecting Your Startup Pitch | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
We are living in the age of the entrepreneur -- more people are starting up, and it's ever important to stand out in the crowd.

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5 Things to Look for in a Co-Founder

5 Things to Look for in a Co-Founder | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Starting a business is exciting, and it is easy to get caught up in the glamour, but choosing a co-founder requires making a level-headed decision.
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Blippy Team Launches Tophatter iPhone App With Surprisingly Fun Live Auctions | TechCrunch

Blippy Team Launches Tophatter iPhone App With Surprisingly Fun Live Auctions | TechCrunch | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The team behind share-your-purchase-information startup Blippy has started talking about its new direction.
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Promise, peril seen for crowd-funding investors

Promise, peril seen for crowd-funding investors | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Crowd funding is widely seen as a revolutionary idea.
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4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Job Search - Huffington Post

4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Job Search - Huffington Post | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Job Search
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New technology is changing the way we do business everyday, and that includes the way we isolate, recruit and hire the best people.
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Shanghai Startups Handout: Places Worth Visiting

Shanghai Startups Handout: Places Worth Visiting | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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AngelList Now Matching Start-Ups With as Much as $12M Funding and 100 New Hires Per Month

AngelList Now Matching Start-Ups With as Much as $12M Funding and 100 New Hires Per Month | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
AngelList gets a little braggy.
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