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This Week’s Top Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-29

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include a breakdown of the differences between internal ventures and external startups; a Mentor Minute explaining why startup research should be done from the get-go; a helpful investor update template; an analysis on the hardest funding round; and more.

Check out the best entrepreneur articles from the week of March 23rd.

Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

Guest writing on Steve Blank's blog, Henry Chesbrough, the Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley, makes the distinction between external startups, which are entirely separate projects pursued by a company, and internal ventures, which are endeavors that have to still navigate within the framework of the main entity.

Startup Research Isn’t Validation, It’s Where You Begin

On this week's Mentor Minute, Alejandro Rivas-Micoud, CEO of Userlytics Corporation explains why doing research should be a beginning point for your startup, not an ending justification. According to Alejandro, "What we really should be concentrating on is, 'Should we do this or should we not do this?'"

Startup Advisor / Investor Update Template

This is a very helpful public template licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that breaks down all the critical core components you'll need to update your investors.

Older Entrepreneurs Have the Advantage (Sorry, Silicon Valley)

Over on Inc., Ilan Mochari gives his take on the recent report that ageism is rampant in Silicon Valley and provides some further evidence that experience is actually much better for entrepreneurship than people might give it credit for.

The Hardest Round To Raise For Startups

Writing on his blog, Tomasz Tunguz analyzes Series A and Series B rounds of funding based on historical data dating back to 2005. He describes the various funding trends and speculates on why they might be happening, ultimately coming to the conclusion on which round is harder to raise.

Why Startups Must Build Online Influence

In a guest post on Millennial CEO, Ron Sela, a strategic content marketing manager, makes the case for startups to focus on their online social media influence. He also provides a quick breakdown of how to approach this and the resources startups will need to have sustained succeed.

 

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