Feb 3, 2011 On Our Blog

Attention Seeking: A Guide For Startups

This guest post comes to you from across the pond – written by Milo Yiannopoulos, a technology columnist for The Telegraph in London who writes about the internet, copyright, privacy and start-ups. Milo is commissioning editor of The Telegraph’s Tech Start-Up 100, the most authoritative and trustworthy ranking of promising start-ups in Europe. He’s a regular speaker at tech conferences and a mentor to start-ups, particularly those operating in media, content, publishing, advertising and social networking. Previous attention-seeking exploits of Milo’s include The London Nude Tech Calendar and the Michael Jackson tribute moonwalk. People need attention: it’s a normal and healthy part of life. And getting attention is marvellous: it makes you feel smart, sassy and confident and leads you to perform better in life, …


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Feb 3, 2011 On Our Blog

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year to all! A new year, a new zodiac animal – the rabbit. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog. …


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Feb 2, 2011 On Our Blog

Your Best Friend Is Your Product’s Worst Enemy

This post was written by Blake Williams, co-founder and VP Product at Keepsy (a 500 company). Based in Menlo Park, Keepsy lets you crowdsource photo albums with friends. Blake’s tour of Silicon Valley includes StoryJumper, Topix, eBay/Paypal, AOL Time-Warner, Apple and one of the greatest dot-com flameouts in history, AllAdvantage. The Emperor’s New Product When you’re developing at an older, established company, your product has history and inertia to build on. Your strategy is incremental — building on old successes and (cough) avoiding new projects that have the slightest whiff of failure. You also probably have a big, vocal customer base. You know that you’re making new stuff for people that already buy your old stuff. At your start-up, all this goes …


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Feb 1, 2011 On Our Blog

The Elevator Pitch

Meet The Highlander, aka 500 Mentor Elliot Loh. Elliot is an entrepreneur in search of the next big thing. Most recently, he played several roles at Geni, starting as a design/product co-founder and finishing as COO. While at Geni, Elliot prototyped Yammer, which went on to win TechCrunch50. Prior to Geni, he was the original designer at Tribe. A Stanford graduate, Elliot began with HCI at Trilogy and helped spin out their recruiting operations into CollegeHire. He enjoys building what he designs, hacking recipes, and writing reverse-chronologically in the third person. Elliot’s post below was originally published here. Last night I attended the kickoff dinner for the inaugural 500 Startups accelerator program. There are seven companies in this first class, housed at the fund’s …


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