Framework to build Great Companies

A framework is more like a guide, it does not tell you how to walk the path but gives you guideposts on what you should focus on. Building great teams is the bedrock of building great companies. I have mentioned many times that when you are investing in a startup, the team matters a lot.…

2 reasons why a startup fails

The first reason is obvious and I am not sure if I have repeated it enough… Startups fail not because they have bad ideas or products or teams although those are some of the reasons but the single most important reason why a startup fails is because it does not have Customers. The second reason…

Internet Defense League

Want to be a superhero? well, now you have a chance on the eve of the launch of The Dark Knight Rises the third Batman movie from Chris Nolan you can make a difference. Go to InternetDefenseLeague.org and sign up and be part of the Justice league that is planning to defend the Internet. I…

3 Magic tricks to get Marketing and PR right

I have a whole category in the Startup Iceland blog about Marketing and Selling for a reason and that is Entrepreneurs and Startups just suck at telling a story about their value proposition. Not because they don’t want to but because they don’t prioritize how important of a task Marketing is. Fred Wilson wrote a…

Angel and Seed Investor Awards – Guest Post

This is the first post of the “Welcome to Post on Wednesdays!” blog post in Startup Iceland. This post is a follow up post by Ashwin Bhambri and I think he has a point on trying to bring awareness, attention and glamour to the early stage investors. I am seriously thinking of including an award…

Remembering Dr.Steven Covey

Dr. Steven Covey passed away yesterday. Dr.Covey has been a big influencer for me personally. I have read most of his books and listened to all his audio books a million times. For those of you who don’t know Dr.Steven Covey, he was the author the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, he…

Startup Reykjavik – A Perspective of a founder from India participating in the program

We have a guest post from Ashwin Bhambri, founder of StartupVille and one of the teams accepted into the Startup Reykjavik 2012 program. I have offered to open up the Startup Iceland Blogging platform to the community in Iceland. This is the first post and I would encourage all the startups to reach out to me…

Startup Revolution

Brad Feld is working on 4 books this summer, he has structured his new blog based on those themes. I think he is spot on in identifying the themes that are relevant to the startup ecosystem around the world. The themes are: Startup Communities Startup Life Startup Boards Startup Metrics I am looking forward to…