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BuzzPal and BuzzPal Blog Update

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, domain names, other people's blogs, startups, venture capital with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by chrisco

Things might be quiet around here for a little while, as we’re pretty busy with BuzzPal and other projects, plus doing some consulting for select pre-funded, seed/angel-funded, and VC-funded founders and web startups. What kinds of consulting and advising? Everything that you see listed in the “Specialties” section of my LinkedIn profile.

If you’re raising outside investment (angel or VC) and you’re thinking of contacting me, it might be good to do it before the cows leave the barn (i.e., before you get too far down the road, and certainly before you negotiate or sign any investment-related documents). Why? See the “Bootstrap or Die” case study for one example.

My background, in a nutshell:

  • Debt and equity venture finance, from the late ’90s Internet bubble, through its crash, restructurings, and recovery.
  • Specialist in subscription-based business models (often with advertising and ancillary product/service components).
  • Been through an IPO and sold stock for a decent profit.
  • Been invited to participate in, and cover, various startup and Web 2.0 events around Europe.
  • Founder and seed investor in two seed-stage projects.
  • Assembled an international distributed team of professionals.
  • Growing that team: Currently looking for an expert web app interface designer and front-end developer for layout, typography, color, HTML, CSS, Javascript, internationalization, speed/performance best practices, working with A/B testing, multivariate testing, and more. Ideally 1-2 people covering that and working with us, our prototypes, and developers to create great user experiences and value.
  • Started a new blog — Bootstrappy.com — in February 2010. It’s first post made CenterNetworks’ “Weekend Entrepreneurial Reading” list and got over 2000 views in its first week.
  • See my LinkedIn profile and personal blog, pics, and personal Twitter account for more. See here for the TMI version.
  • Get in touch here.

37 Signals’ Lessons for Startups

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, other people's blogs, startups with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by chrisco

Some good points in here:

Startup School 2009:
37 Signals has some lessons for European startups

By Ciara Byrne
2009-10-29
TechCrunch (comments thread there)

Y combinator’s annual startup school event was held in Berkeley last Saturday… and Jason Fried of 37signals gave one of the talks which seemed most relevant to European startups. His business partner is actually from Copenhagen and they worked together for two years before meeting in person. Here’s a summary of his presentation and a chat I had with him afterwards.

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