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Month: June 2010

6/30/10

6/30/10

Good morning, All,

Speaking of independence, make sure to read the first post – yes, the telcos and cable companies are at it again (and we won’t even get into the internet kill switch) trying to control what you do online. FYI, there is a category for small businesses and from what we’ve been told, the prizes are going to be great. They want authentic users voices and hoping some of you out there decide to go for it and showcase your talents. Jacob. For one. And you Cali-based members – we know some of you work in entertainment.

Since the week following July 4th is the biggest vacation week of the year (true), we’ll most likely only do one mailing next week. Some of you have asked us to hold off on your posts until after that anyway but we know that the startup world (almost) never takes off – or sleeps – so happy to accommodate anyone and everyone we can – where and when possible. Read More...

6/24/10

6/24/10

Good morning, All,

Ok, a few weeks ago, SAI reported that NYC VCs were outpacing SV VCs in investments. Yesterday, they reported that the Valley’s day in the sun is over, thanks to two angel investors from Chicago who helped found Groupon and Mediabank. If you’d like to read on: http://bit.ly/agcJMV And they’re looking for more investments. Midwest-based members, definitely worth a read.

Speaking of angels, and since Thursday seems to be becoming the Read More...

6/22/10

6/22/10

Good morning, All, and seriously. We heard a story last week – and no, it’s
not one of those Tall Tales from the Alley. It came from a trusted source.
So, when Boxee was first pitching Fred Wilson, Fred said no. Undeterred,
what Boxee did was to update Fred monthly of their progress. Of course, the
return email was always ‘N-O.’ This went on for 18 months, until there came
that one update from Boxee, and Fred said ‘Yes!’

Which confirms what we’ve always believed since earliest childhood: that
‘No’ is an acronym and think about it. When you were a kid and your parents
said No, it was always ‘N-O, no!’ Not once did they say, ‘well, dear, of
course that’s a Yes, Y-E-S, Yes!’

Never happened. Read More...

6/17/10

6/17/10

Good morning, All, and we’ve listed some blogs that we felt you might find helpful.

Also another event deadline is coming up – with a 90% discount – so wanted to flag it, in case you might want to attend:

For nine years, Supernova has been the only conference focused on the business, technology, and policy consequences of the emerging Network Age. This year they’re launching a new kind of event, the Supernova Forum, combining the best aspects of executive, academic, and participant-organized conferences. Read More...

6/15/10

6/15/10

Yes, it is. As of last night and now, back to business.

Good morning, Campers and congratulations to two of our members:

Punit Shah, CEO of Zazu, a Boston-based startup that wants to turnsmartphones into your clock radio, was quote in the New Read More...

6/10/10

6/10/10

Good morning, All, and our thanks to everyone who attended the event on Monday evening and an observation: the event was held at Drom, which is a club/bar in the east village and we had a great turnout. However (and not surprisingly) – a number of those present were looking for technical cofounders. And we know that techies, on balance, often need some enticement in order to step away from their screens. Suggestion: just as most bars offer specials to entice women to show up, well, you see where we’re going with this. Working on it.

Speaking of which, and we hope investors on the list are listening: we’ve been to a number of pitch events, investors’ open hours, etc. Seems to us a much better plan than the usual VC conferences where they primarily seem to talk to each other – and listen to the few finalist startups who are presenting – would be to host more informal VC pitch events. Why don’t VCs host happy hours, where people are more relaxed, and it’s much easier to talk to a potential investor – or investee – in a more casual setting. Might be a good formula: put VCs and entrepreneurs in a bar and just add water. Or some such beverage. Just a thought . We’ll work on it and if any of you have any thoughts on it – email us at hello@startuponestop.com.

Mark your calendars and we’re giving you a lot of lead time this time: next barbeque is scheduled for Bastille Day – July 14, once again sponsored by 1099partners.com and we hope to see you there. Anyway, just a head’s up and that’s then and this is now, which means, of course, that help is on the way… Read More...

6/8/10

6/8/10

Good morning, All, and seriously: there are at least half a dozen other events scheduled on any given day, at the same time. Ergo, see above. Or go to internetweekny.com and see for yourself.

I feel so much better now.

First, we do want to thank our bbq sponsors, 1099partners.com for the burgers and beer and a perfect evening. We also want to thank everyone for coming out for it and we may even do another one in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and we promise you, it won’t be this week. Read More...

6/3/10

6/3/10

Good morning, All, and yes, it does seem like (almost) every week is Internet Week in NYC, and that only the dates have been changed to deceive the clueless. The link for this one is www.internetweekny.com , and there are two events (at least) of which you should be aware:

Monday: Monday, June 7 “Find a Cofounder” http://findacofounder.eventbrite.com/

7:00 PM on, DROM, 85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th Streets) Read More...

6/1/10

6/1/10

Good morning, All, and what better way to kick off the summer than with a bbq! Stop by for burgers and beer, courtesy of our sponsors, 1099partners.com and relax in the great outdoors before the frenzy of Internet Week next week. Yes, you also get to pitch to 1099partners.com.1099ers is a unique service that assists technology companies with senior-level, on-demand talent and support. The 1099 team are not “between job” consultants but rather executives who can execute and obtain results by leveraging their experience and vast network of contacts to help take you to the next level. For more information feel free to email them info@1099partners.com. Or, come to the barbeque!

Events:

Tuesday, June 1 – Online Marketing School (free) AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway. The first of five sessions, for entry-level marketers who want to be a VP of Marketing or CMO some day. And for founders who realize that their CTOs probably won’t be doing the marketing for the company as well. Register here: http://nextny.org/Online-Marketing-School
Wednesday, June 2, SOS barbeque – 243 West 75th Street, Suite B. Register here http://bit.ly/dycAUv or email us at hello@startuponestop.com. Startup friends are welcome, but we do need a headcount. 6.15 pm – 9.30 or so Read More...

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