Archive for the ‘Knowledge’ Category

Another article fished on Hacker News. Rob discusses how term sheet negotiations is one of his tools to “read” his future partners in which his fund might invest. He argues that those who make his life difficult early on, for instance when negotiating a term sheet, probably will be those who will make it difficult later on. This of course is a view from the venture capital side.

Via: PermanentRecord

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Zach Holman, from GitHub, on slide design for people with a non design background. Slides he made to support one of his talks were submitted to Hackers News. To Zach’s surprise, they quickly gained popularity for their design. He then followed up with a short article on his personal blog covering his guidelines when it comes to designing a set of slides.

Via: Zackholman.com

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Jacques Mattheij explains the “not so well known” process of due diligence.

If you’re running a company and you are doing something that either requires an investment or attracts the attention of competitors or other parties interested in buying a part or all of your stock or your business then sooner or later you’ll run into the words ‘Due Diligence’.

The response to those words ranges from indifference to fear or even hostility, mostly based in a lack of understanding or familiarity with the process. In this (small) guide I’ll try to clarify the process and the reasons why it exists, give an overview of the process and a bunch of tips on how to successfully navigate a due diligence.

Read part 1 @ jacquesmattheij.com
Read part 2 @ jacquesmattheij.com

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This year, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the participants on the TRC Cross Creative programme ran by TRC Media.

Yes, at first, I hadn’t heard of TRC Media either. After looking up their website, it turns out they’re a charity that provides training to the media sector – TV, publishing, games and digital/web creatives.

Their Cross Creative programme is a 9 month ‘course’ which takes together a number of people that are creative decision makers in their organisation and exposes them to high-level speakers to help them grow their business and find interesting new partners to work with.

The class of 2011-2012 are: (more…)

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So, as we mentioned a little while ago, Jess has been relocated down to Cambridge to help run the springboard accelerator down there.

As you can imagine, things down there are pretty hectic during the 3 month bootcamp with lots of mentoriing and advice for those participating. But instead of letting all that juicy knowledge escape, Jess has been blogging regularly with little bits of really interesting insights from each day.

Here are some of the highlights: (more…)

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Still at my day job, I’ve been looking at creating a web presence for our up-coming app release(s). After outlining the ways in which you can collect beta testers earlier in the week, this post takes a slightly different slant and looks at the options for creating a quick, simple web presence for your mobile app.

Step 1: Look at good examples

Before you make your own website, make sure you have a look at what’s out there already. Pick the bits you like, throwaway the ones that you don’t. My favourite resource to do this is at:

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TED Global 2011 EdinburghGreat news Edinburgh! TED Global is making the EICC its home from now on. Historically held in Oxford, the conference outgrew the university-city’s capacity.

For those who don’t know: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. (more…)

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Over at my day job, we’ve been gearing up towards an internal product launch. We’re at the stage where we’ve put together our marketing plan and the next action is to get a launch page to sign alpha testers up.

I’ve been asking around for the best ways to do this, and here’s what I’ve found.

WordPress themes

Throw up your own wordpress installation and then install one of these themes:

http://spyrestudios.com/demos/coming-soon-demo/ (more…)

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