Month: October 2006

Administrivia in Startups

I had lunch with Sylvia Nessan, a veteran of Synopsys, CoWare, and several high tech startups and she made an observation that I thought was worth writing down: the founding team, and CEO in particular, don’t pay enough attention to how much time they waste on administrivia. Hiring an admin or other outside service providers …

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Nusym De-cloaks 2

Some follow-ups to yesterday’s post on Nusym Why de-cloak? Don’t most stealth startups emerge? Yes, at least according to Google and EET. But a good Star Trek allusion (or is it Harry Potter?) always enriches a blog post and the Duke “invisibility cloak” demonstration announcement had recently gone out over the mojo wire, so it was fresh in my …

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Nusym De-cloaks

Nusym has been on my radar screen ever since Venk Shukla came to a SIPA dinner on April 26, 2006 and joined their advisory board. Venk has been associated with a number of successful EDA companies (e.g. Cadence, Ambit, Magma Design, and Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE)), a charter member of TiE, and definitely someone …

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A WACI Track at DAC

From the Call for Papers for the WACI track Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) at DAC 2007 Submit a paper to the new WACI track at DAC and demonstrate your long-term vision! The WACI track will feature novel (and even unproven) technical ideas that create a buzz and get people talking. The aim of WACI …

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Mark Duncan on “New Tools for Increasing Marketing Productivity”

Mark Duncan gave an excellent guided tour at the October 9 SDForum Marketing SIG of several web based applications that marketing teams should consider taking advantage of in addition to (or even instead of) Microsoft Office. He opened with the observation that The applications bundled into Microsoft Office—word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, calendar, and mail–are the …

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Referrals

Building a strong referral base is critical to every entrepreneur. Three things you can do today to build referrals: Make a list of 30 people you have had a shared success with, go back to school, first job, etc. Contact those people tell them: What you have been up to Here’s what I am looking for, …

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Philipp Lenssen’s Tips For Crafting a Linkable Blog Post

The prolific Phillip Lenssen has leveraged his Googleblogoscope experience to create an extremely useful diagnostic quiz for assessing if you’ve written a linkable blog post (how likely it is that other bloggers will link to your blog post). He advises that Linkability shouldn’t be your main goal when blogging, but it’s a good indicator of how approachable and interesting your …

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Krishna Kolluri at KASE’s Success Stories from Serial Entrepreneurs

Last Tuesday, October 3, was the first of four seminars in the KASE Entrepreneurship Academy.  One of the featured speakers of the evening was a serial entrepreneur by the name of Krishna “Kittu” Kolluri.   Kittu was Co-Founder of Healtheon/WebMD, an on-line resource for heath information.  While at WebMD he was responsible for key operational and business development …

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