Why Blog?

This is going to be BIG.

I've now been blogging for eight and a half years and it's undoubtedly my most valuable career asset--but not just for its reach. It has a number of ancillary benefits that a lot of people who don't blog might not realize. I was teaching a General Assembly class the other day on careers and I talked about what blogging does for me, and I don't think I'd really ever encapsulated it in a way that I could advocate to others. Blogging is also a self discovery tool.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Blog

This is going to be BIG.

and I can't argue strenously enough for investing the time into a blog this year if you've started a company. Blogging about what you do provides a long term, consistant assault on their will power. When an entrepreneur doesn't blog--it makes me wonder if they understand what investing in the long term really means. Blogging is a way to seed ideas with journalists. That's a good thing for any entrepreneur, not just one who blogs.

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Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant

Both Sides of the Table

I used to love blogging. Blogging proved to be a great way to hone my ideas, have public conversations with people and as it turns out – build meaningful relationships through public dialog that spilled over into the real world. Somewhere along the way blogging changed. Fred Wilson said as much in his blog post today, too. I guess it’s just a reality of blogging and I accept that. I like “single take” blogging.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

Both Sides of the Table

I don’t know Ezra yet but since he’s taking the time to blog (which I hugesly respect) and share thoughts I thought I’d take him up on his challenge and also spill the beans on my secrets. On blogging I blog because I love it. Mostly I’m Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant. My other secret on blogging? I told her I need “20 minutes” to write a blog post. I felt like blogging.

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

Both Sides of the Table

1/ Twitter started off positioned as a micro-blogging platform but in the end became more of an RSS reader. The post Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool appeared first on Bothsides of the Table. Planning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: 1/Tweet 2/Reply to 1st Tweet but remove your @name 3/Reply to 2nd Tweet not 1st 4/Repeat. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

Both Sides of the Table

Blogs. By definition, you read blogs. If you care about accessing customers, reaching an audience, communicating your vision, influencing people in your industry, marketing your services or just plain engaging in a dialog with others in your industry a blog is a great way to achieve this. People often ask me why I started blogging. I often get the question from people, “I’d like to blog, but I don’t really know what to talk about?&#

What to blog about when you have nothing to say

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Blog some rhetorical questions that are on your mind. Comment on a series of posts other professionals in your area of expertise seem to be talking about. Read something in a totally different genre like philosophy or history and try and put it in the context of your job. Ask 4-5 smart people for a tip or best practice around something everyone in your area needs to know. Take a look at your resume and write some first impressions/common misperceptions of yourself.

Open Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Resilience through Collaboration

INBIA

Blog Ecosystem News InBIA News Member NewsThe post Open Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Resilience through Collaboration appeared first on InBIA.

Interesting New Tech Blog for your Radar Screen

Both Sides of the Table

Over the holiday I became aware of a new tech blog that aims to have deep insights into the next generation of technology, which they call The Hypernet. If you click through to Roger & Mike’s blog you’ll see that this blog post then links to a detailed presentation on the topic. Why should you care? Well, it is established by some of the industries more successful investors – Mike Maples and Roger McNamee.

InBIA Welcomes New Directors

INBIA

Blog Ecosystem News Featured InBIA News Featured Member News InBIA News Member News Board of Directors entrepreneurs InBIA innovationThe post InBIA Welcomes New Directors appeared first on InBIA.

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InBIA Board of Directors Welcomes New Directors

INBIA

Blog Featured InBIA News InBIA News Member News Board of Directors entrepreneurs Executive Committee InBIA innovationThe post InBIA Board of Directors Welcomes New Directors appeared first on InBIA.

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Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

Both Sides of the Table

On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a piece for Mashable on how to create a company blog. Since it’s already written (and since I promised not to republish on my blog other than a summary) if you’re interested please have a read over there. Summary notes and then I’ll extend: Should you blog? Blogging is an important way to build an audience and also drive SEO traffic. What should you blog about? Most blogs are. And don’t blog drunk.

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Changing my mind about blogging

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I told everyone to start a blog--and I believe that. A blog is also a mental portfolio for knowledge workers. Blogging is hard. As I come up on the 10th anniversary of my blog, I know well what it takes to maintain a blog. When I started in early 2004, very few people were blogging--and then I watched blogging take off. The web is riddled with dead blogs and rare is the consistant indie blogger who just writes because they like to.

The Machinery of Blogging

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve been getting a few questions about the tools I use to publish this blog, so I figured I’d write about it and reveal the machinery behind the curtain. Jekyll is the blogging engine; Github is the hosting provider; Mou is the app I use to write these posts; and RStudio is the place I analyze data and make charts. I chose Jekyll because Jekyll sites load faster than most other blogging platforms. The blog is instrumented with Google Analytics with custom events.

Blogging Break

Continuations

I have been on a bit of a blogging break which is likely to go on for a few more weeks. I plan to return to blogging in a few weeks. The break has been the result of a confluence of several factors, starting with a lot of work. Historically, I would have reacted by cutting back on sleep and workouts but now I know better than to do that. I need 8 hours of sleep and when I don’t get those I can’t think well and, more importantly for the people around me, become irritable.

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

Both Sides of the Table

And there is relationship between debating and blogging. I started blogging in 2005 and then re-started blogging about a year ago. The most important experience I have in blogging is the debate it encourages. So it goes with blogging. So it goes on my blog. I lived in the UK for nearly a decade. I loved my experience there and wish I got back more often now. As a political junkie one of my favorite things to do was to watch Question Time.

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Chartbeat is to Blogs as Google Analytics is to Print Newspapers

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been using Chartbeat for over a month now to track performance of my blog and I find myself looking at Google Analytics much less these days. The next users after that is reading a blog post that I wrote nearly 9 months ago. But I can always see the correlation between writing a blog or publishing on a social network and traffic. It’s now 20 minutes later and there are still 64 people active on my blog.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Gust

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains. I returned home Friday night at 10pm – too late to see my kids. I’m reminded of this feeling. It’s all too familiar. It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. I didn’t sleep much back then.

Five Reasons You Should Attend ICBI34

INBIA

Blog Ecosystem News Featured InBIA News InBIA Education and Research InBIA Events InBIA News Member News UncategorizedThe post Five Reasons You Should Attend ICBI34 appeared first on InBIA.

10 Things I've Learned in 10 years of Blogging

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The attention you get from saying something intelligent and thoughtful comes slower and in smaller amounts than the attention you get from being controversial, but it lasts longer, compounding over time. Focus on the topics you care about and that you find interesting, not what everyone else is talking about. Take a position and stand for something, but be open to learning from others. The less words you need to make a point, the better.

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Sell Your Knowledge by Blogging. Ramon's 12 Minute Video.

Smart Hustle Magazine

The post Sell Your Knowledge by Blogging. Early today, Ramon had a 40 minute phone call with young friend of his, his "little brother". He walked the person through how to start his first business by selling his (the friend's) knowledge using some simple tools. They talked mindset, how perfection was stopping the friend, building a community and fan base and more. Often times what we think is holding us back, is not what is holding us back. We think it's, "I can't build a website.

Corporation Meets Startup!

UBI Global

Business Incubators & Accelerators Corporations Governments Innovation Agencies UBI BlogUBI Global Matches Corporations to Programs in our Global Community and their Startups! This is how YOUR program can participate!

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains. I returned home Friday night at 10pm – too late to see my kids. I’m reminded of this feeling. It’s all too familiar. It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur.

The Ultimate UBI Global Membership Guide

UBI Global

Business Incubators & Accelerators Innovation Agencies UBI BlogHow to make the most out of the UBI Global innovation intelligence community We’ve all been there – you join a gym or online group and it goes okay. But it’s not great.

[Pandemic Innovation Fund in Times of Israel Blog] Coronavirus challenge: Why OurCrowd is starting a $100m Pandemic Innovation Fund

OurCrowd

The post [Pandemic Innovation Fund in Times of Israel Blog] Coronavirus challenge: Why OurCrowd is starting a $100m Pandemic Innovation Fund appeared first on OurCrowd. Today, OurCrowd announces the launch of its Pandemic Innovation Fund. We plan to raise $100 million for investment in urgent technological solutions for the medical, business, educational and social needs triggered by global pandemics and other health emergencies. Read more here.

How To Measure the Success of a Blog

Tomasz Tunguz

I often wonder about how to measure the success of this blog. Feedburner subscribers, retweets, time on site aren’t much better because they don’t measure the true performance of a blog - what fraction of an audience the blog reaches. In order for content marketing and blogs to be effective, the writing must have a target audience in mind. For example, this blog targets startup founders, managers and employees.

Professional Development for Parents and Other Caregivers During COVID-19

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Marketplace K-12 The Startup Blog Parent Engagement social-emotional learning StartupsEducation companies now need to include caregivers in their technical support, professional development, and implementation processes. The post Professional Development for Parents and Other Caregivers During COVID-19 appeared first on Market Brief.

Back to Blogging (maybe)…

abovethecrowd.com

I haven’t written a public post in over two years, and many people ask me when I might write again. The bottom line is I have been really busy. Busy with our investments here at Benchmark, and busy with three growing kids at home. But in the end, I am quite fond of writing, and [.]. Internet Uncategorized Web/Tech Above the Crowd Benchmark Capital

6 Innovation Secrets We Learned in London

UBI Global

Blog Corporations business accelerators business incubators corporate partnerships Innovation innovation ecosystem innovation landscapeHow Innovation Will Survive and Thrive Last week’s GCV Symposium was a fantastic event that brought the venture capital ecosystem together. Founder and CEO James Mawson and his team created an exciting event full of impactful collaborations, new technology, and insights on uncovering startups. This article shares 6 innovation secrets we learned in London.

#savetheunicorns – a startup campaign by UBI Global

UBI Global

Announcements UBI BlogSave the Unicorns! – The new innovation initiative from UBI Global and how to get involved! There has never been a more seismic shift for the innovation community than the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Startups and the business incubators and accelerators nurturing them have experienced some huge unforeseen challenges. Corporations have had to pivot […]. The post #savetheunicorns – a startup campaign by UBI Global appeared first on UBI Global.

#savetheunicorns – a startup campaign by UBI Global

UBI Global

Announcements UBI BlogSave the Unicorns! – The new innovation initiative from UBI Global and how to get involved! There has never been a more seismic shift for the innovation community than the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Startups and the business incubators and accelerators nurturing them have experienced some huge unforeseen challenges. Corporations have had to pivot […]. The post #savetheunicorns – a startup campaign by UBI Global appeared first on UBI Global.

How Many Times Should You Tweet Your Blog Post?

Both Sides of the Table

I wanted to see two things: Would the second (or sometimes even third Tweet) convert enough people to my blog to make it worth potentially annoying some people on Twitter? Many people reading today’s blog post would have seen it by clicking through on Twitter. If your goal is to send a Tweet that converts to people to a blog post sending more than one Tweet is recommended. Last September I was on a panel with Guy Kawasaki talking about Twitter.

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Should You Bother Targeting the Tech Blogs for Your PR Campaigns?

Both Sides of the Table

6 or 7 years ago when TechCrunch was at its peak market share (they are still strong but many more tech blogs have also popped up) there was a term for getting covered there called “the TechCrunch bounce.” If you’re a fashion product you obviously care about having way more products featured in the vertical trade mags or niche blogs for that sector. that they probably read the main tech blogs.

When COVID-19 Pushes Your Company to Explore New Markets

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Marketplace K-12 The Startup Blog Business Strategy early childhood early childhood education StartupsThe coronavirus has created barriers for ed-tech providers, but it has also fueled new opportunities in early childhood education, say Nikki Navta and Tammy Kwan, of Cognitive ToyBox.

Sneak Peek: The Art of Innovation and Data-Driven Enterprise

Guy Kawasaki

Blog Entrepreneurship entrepreneurship innovation SAP the art of innovationOn the Remarkable People podcast , I interview people such as Jane Goodall, Woz, and Stephen Wolfram who have changed the world. Their stories are inspiring, and I hope they encourage you, too. .

Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

TechStars

Accelerators Announcements Blog impact techstars impactTwo years ago, we raised our first impact fund, closing just under $7M in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested. .