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5 Tips for Raising a Venture Round

While certainly not every business needs to raise venture financing, it is the path for many high-growth technology startups. Therefore, going down the fundraising path is something many technology entrepreneurs will need to do and is a critical step in the development of their business. This can be an intimidating experience so I’ve put together a…

5 Tools to Improve Your Idea Before You Write a Line of Code

In my last post on ReadWriteStart, I talked about how, in many cases, it wasn’t an advantage to build your start-up in stealth mode. As a continuation of that theme, I thought it would be interesting to explore five tools you can use to iterate and improve your startup idea before writing one line of code. There is nothing worse than building a…

Infographic: Data Deluge – 8 Zettabytes of Data by 2015

If you think there’s a lot of demand for data storage now, you better brace yourself. According to projections pulled together by CenturyLink, we’re in for a deluge of big data. By 2015, CenturyLink says that we’ll see a four-fold increase in data being created and replicated. This year, CenturyLink projects that 1.8 zettabytes of […]

4 Strategies for Managing Your Online Brand

In the late 90s, Tom Peters famously declared that we were all CEOs of our personal brands. In Fast Company he wrote:

“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most…

Next RWW Live Chat Tuesday 11/1 @ 10am PT & Chance to Win an iPad

Mark your calendars for the next ReadWriteWeb live chat on November 1st! The first two live chats here on the ReadWriteWeb Solution Series have focused on The Changing Nature of Storage Virtualization and Virtualized Storage and High Availability Made Easy.

This chat’s topic is Intelligence Matters: Virtualize your Business Critical Workloads…

Next RWW Live Chat: Virtualized Storage and High Availability Made Easy

A few weeks ago, we did our first RWW Live Chat with our partners VMware and NetApp. The discussion was very good and proved to be a great way to get your input about a critical issue. Today we’d like to announce our next live chat on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. PDT. This discussion will focus on “Virtualized Storage and High Availability Made Easy” and…

Did Daily Deal Sites Jump the Shark? [Infographic]

It’s tough to be a startup in the daily deals space these days. To quantify some of this, CB Insights has released a report covering valuation multiples for both M&A and venture financing for daily deal startups. It’s not a pretty picture as valuation multiples of both price per subscriber and price per voucher are dropping quickly. Yesterday…

Live Chat Archive: The Changing Nature of Storage Virtualization

Today, Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. PST, we’ll be holding our first live chat on The Changing Nature of Storage Virtualization. We had a lively discussion on Twitter with yesterday’s RWW Big Question. Now If you want to continue the conversation interactively on our live text chat, just come back to this post at 10:00 and join in the…

First RWW Live Chat: The Changing Nature of Storage Virtualization

As I mentioned in the post announcing this series, we are going to be doing three live chats as part of the ReadWriteWeb Solution Series. The first live chat will be focused on The Changing Nature of Storage Virtualization at 10 a.m. PDT on Sept. 20. This live text chat system is a new way for us to communicate with you and we’re hopeful you find…

What Motivates You?

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the research being conducted by the Startup Genome Project these days. The data is an absolute goldmine and provides quantitative benchmarks for issues I’ve thought about for years. One of the findings from their first report was:”Most successful founders are driven by impact rather than experience or…

It’s Back…the ReadWriteWeb Solution Series

I’m just returning from VMworld and walking the show floor you couldn’t miss how virtualization was having an impact all across the IT landscape. We’ve long been a leader in covering the trends behind Cloud Computing and Virtualization on our ReadWriteCloud channel.

However, I’m also excited to announce our ReadWriteWeb Solution Series is…

4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Ignore From the Steve Jobs Formula

If you haven’t read my colleague Scott Fulton’s post on “The Steve Jobs Formula and Why It Works” go read it right now! It’s a very insightful piece written by an expert who literally watched Apple grow up, and there are plenty of lessons for all entrepreneurs in the Steve Jobs formula he spells out. However, to be “fair and balanced” here at…

Support an Entrepreneur: Buy Local Technology

Support an Entrepreneur: Buy Local Technology

There was a wonderful conversation two weeks ago on the NY Times’ Room for Debate around “Can New York Rival Silicon Valley.” As someone who spent two years in 2003 and 2004 in NYC selling technology to Wall St trading firms and having my friends and clients wonder what this whole startup thing was about and why I was “wasting” my career doing…

Help Me Interview John Borthwick

John Borthwick is doing a fireside chat with me next week at our 2WAY Summit. If you aren’t familiar with John, he is the CEO of Betaworks, one of the most fascinating companies focused on building internet-focused startups today.

You may not be familiar with Betaworks but you certainly are familiar with some of their companies: Tweetdeck…

5 Interesting Observations on the Groupon Model from Academic Research

The number of daily deal sites is growing at an amazing rate. Recent data from daily deal aggregator Yipit, shows there are now over 480. The number has grown by almost a factor of 10 over the last year (chart below).

Entrepreneurs definitely have become interested in this model. The largest, Groupon, is actually being studied by some leading…

Thanks to RWW 2WAY Summit Sponsors

Excitement is building for the upcoming RWW 2WAY Summit in New York on June 13th and 14th. This is our biggest live event to date. If you haven’t yet, please check out the program and consider registering!

We wanted to take a moment and thank our sponsors as the event truly wouldn’t be possible without them!

Why You Should Really Care About Groupon & Living Social

As an entrepreneur it can be dizzying to watch Groupon and Living Social grow so quickly, raising huge venture rounds at massive valuations while contemplating multiple billion dollar acquisitions and IPOs. While certainly this is something even the most disciplined founders find themselves dreaming about, the experience is such an outlier it’s not…

How To Work Better with Your Co-Founder

It’s not easy to build a great Web application. While open-source tools, readily available APIs, social platforms and cloud hosting providers have made it easier in many ways, being a Web entrepreneur is still not for the faint of heart. It’s challenging to design, build and deploy software. It’s also challenging to attract and retain a loyal…