We look back at failed internet companies from the 90s that planned to build “it” and make money with “eyeballs” and shake our heads. As if that would have worked given the nascent form of online advertising, the lack of targeting and moreover, the pure lack of eyeballs (only amounting to 50m online). With the [...]
I’ve noticed a growing amount of advice for business entrepreneurs on how to find a technical co-founder. The advice seems to be “don’t delay if you can’t find one; learn to code.” It’s really important to recognize that recruiting a partner/team is the FIRST test of how much merit your idea has. Selling your vision [...]
This post was originally created for BostInnovation.
Thanks to the MIT Enterprise Forum for hosting me and Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial, last night. I moderated a chat with Tim followed by demos from four startups, TurningArt, LocalResponse, Clovr Media and Manpacks, in the Offline-to-Online Commerce space. While I was [...]
I remember the first time I realized shopping online would be an awesome time saver and a great way to discover new products. . . about an hour after I used the internet for the first time in the nineties. The first thing I did was to look for clothing, but I quickly realized there [...]
This post was originally written for the MIT $100k Blog
Among those starting and investing in consumer internet companies, there are two buzz words that draws many in: “Capital Efficiency.” Indeed, internet companies—as opposed to energy, biotech or infrastructure companies—typically require less capital to get some proof that there is demand in the [...]
Curation, the word of 2008-2009 within the eCommerce world, popularized first by the entertaining shopping site Woot, has now officially expanded to the social media space (see examples). It used to be the long tail that made the internet so full of potential, but it seems information [...]
North Bridge tried a new thing this spring. We were excited by the number of new seed companies in Boston, NYC and California (the economy has spurred growth everywhere!), so we decided to host a competition to fund a new company that had not raised prior money and only needed a few thousand to [...]
North Bridge is hosting a $75k Seed Competition!
The competition will take place over the next couple of months and the winner(s) will be announced in early June. This is a national competition. North Bridge has offices in Boston, MA and San Mateo, CA.
All startups are welcome and encouraged [...]
I can’t promise it has all of the answers and as always, advice is worth what you paid for it (see #10 [...]
This was a question I got last weekend when I was talking about how I thought there are lessons—whether they be planning, timing, or market foresight—to be taken from any successful consumer venture. Luck, while we like to think it is, is rarely an explanation. Afterall, there are 15 different Farmville-like games but only one [...]
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