TheComplete.me Raises $1.2M From Intel, CrunchFund, PlentyofFish, Angels

TheComplete.me said it raised a $1.2 million seed round with funding from Intel Capital, PlentyOfFish, CrunchFund, and angel investors Russ Siegelman; Ben T. Smith IV; Social Starts, LLC; Spark Unlimited, Inc.;  Parker Coddington; Kevin Henrikson; Ali Jahangiri; William Lohse; and Konstantin Othmer. TheComplete.me runs a social dating network. PRESS RELEASE theComplete.me Social Dating Network Raises $1.2 […]

Ben Smith: When The Hardest Thing To Do Is Nothing

The hardest thing for entrepreneurs to do is nothing. These Type A personalities have a deep need to act. But great things don’t come along all that often, and picking projects carefully may be the best advice in today’s excitable technology markets.

Doug Kilponen, Ben Smith: First They Ignore You, Then They Want To Buy You: Managing The Startup-Big Company Relationship

Every entrepreneur has met them. Big company executives with big company swagger. They ignore you. They dismiss the business problem you spent your life solving. They think they can crush you. Then the tables turn. They push for strategic relationships. They want to give you money, frequently at irrationally high valuations. Finally they shell out […]

Victor Belfor, Ben Smith: Why Startups Innovate Better Than Big Companies

With all their resources and talent, why do big companies have trouble innovating? How can a Blekko exist when there is a Google? Or a Tapulous when there is an Electronic Arts? Even more puzzling, why couldn’t Yahoo create Facebook with Yahoo 360 instead of losing out to a 20-year-old kid from Harvard? A lot […]

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Ben Smith: Eight Steps To Mastering Small Company Acquisitions

One of the biggest misconceptions in technology is that small acquisitions are less risky and require less attention than large ones. It is not true. When Reply bought my company, MerchantCircle, in May it put several of my top execs in key financial and legal roles. The move was a clever way to bridge the […]

Ben Smith: Building Startups Is Cheap But Never Run Out of Cash

Internet startups have been getting cheaper to build for 10 years. So why is it more important than ever not to run out of cash? We built MerchantCircle into one of the 100 most trafficked U.S. sites and I honestly never remember signing a purchase order for more than $10,000. But that doesn’t mean we […]

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