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Bare Shelves – The Great Engineering Shortage

April 29, 2012 Rich 0

Jon Bischke from Entelo looks at why it is so tough to hire people with technical skills. At a party recently a startup founder told me “If you could find me five great engineers in the next 90 days I’d pay you $400,000.” Which is crazy talk. Unless you stop […]

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Founders: Don’t Freak Out at the Speed Bumps

April 27, 2012 Rich 0

Hubspot founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah writes that all entrepreneurs encounter major pitfalls along the way. The key, he says, is to not freak out. Your natural reaction when something really bad happens is to think about the worst-case scenario. But, that’s usually counter productive. Think about the most likely […]

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Got Ideas? New Seed Fund Matches You with Companies

April 26, 2012 Rich 0

Clipped from: (share this clip) A new seed fund called 2020 seeks to match “idea people” together with companies who have big challenges to solve We don’t take existing startups,” said co-founder Shani Shoham. “We are more focused on finding talented entrepreneurs, even before they have ideas.” The fund […]

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Name Your Startup with Care

April 23, 2012 Rich 0

Julian Shapiro from NameLayer writes that Startups need to think twice before running off and naming their new company with the first notion that comes to mind. I’ve learned a lot from the development of NameLayer, and I’m ready to divulge every trick in my arsenal. In this guide, I […]

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Infographic: Where the Startup Jobs Are

April 22, 2012 Rich 0

This infographic comes to us from with the aim to help raise awareness of the lack of qualified people filling technical positions in Startups. 36 percent of all open jobs at startups last year were engineering or technical jobs. However, those two sectors saw only 15 percent of the […]

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Big Opportunities for Cloud Startups

April 21, 2012 Rich 0

After a series of private briefings with large financial institutions, Ben Kepes from Diversity Analysis came away with some new Cloud insights. I believe that offerings that span a number of different deployment methods and operating systems are a big area of opportunity. enStratus is a good example of a […]

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Portland Gets its Own SXSW-Type Startup Conference with PDX

April 18, 2012 Rich 1

Clipped from: (share this clip) I’ve been hoping that someone would launch a tech conference here in Portland modeled after SXSW in Austin. Now Rick Turocszy from PIE and others have come together and got it going as a piggyback event on the Portrand Music Fest. The show will […]

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Why It’s Important for Entrepreneurs To Fail

April 17, 2012 Rich 0

Gabriel Shaoolian from Blue Fountain Media writes that most successes are built on a foundation of extremely hard work and, in almost all cases, a series of failures. Dare I say, no one succeeds without first failing. To me, failure is the ultimate test of an entrepreneur. Lots of would-be […]