The Curator: Yahoo Acquisitions, Govt Contracts, Digital Demo Day, Avoid VCs, VC Down Round, Startup Lessons

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.


The 20 Startups Marissa Mayer Acquired at Yahoo

“Yahoo acquired app maker Lexity on Wednesday, the company’s 20th since Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo a little more than a year ago. Twenty startups is no small number, especially when you consider that in just 13 months, the 18-year-old company has boosted its acquisition count by nearly a quarter.”

Uncle Sam’s a tough small business client as cuts make it more costly to seek gov’t contracts

“Uncle Sam isn’t as easy a customer to land as he used to be. Even before $85 billion in federal budget cuts went into effect this spring, small business owners who contract with the government were finding that the cost of going after federal contracts had spiked. On average, small businesses spent more than $128,000 in labor costs and other expenses in 2012 to pursue government contracts, according to a survey by American Express. That’s up 49 percent from 2010.”

Startups get facetime in front of hundreds of investors in first-of-its-kind digital demo day

“A local tech company is looking to rock the world of investing in seed stage firms. On Tuesday night, RockThePost, an equity-based crowdfunding platform that matches tech startups with accredited investors, is set to kick off the first in what will be a series of monthly digital demo days.”

Why 99.997% Of Entrepreneurs May Want To Postpone Or Avoid VC — Even If You Can Get It

“Firstly, remember that securing VC does not mean that you have built a home run or have become wealthy. All it means is that you may have just ceded control of your business to investors whose interests may not coincide with yours. VCs want high returns, which may come at your expense.”

How Hungry Are Investors for Startups in Distress?

“Last week, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz wrote in Fortune that in the current climate for raising venture capital, startup founders should swallow their pride and embrace the “down round.” That is, founders running out of cash may need to raise more capital at lower valuations than in previous fundraising rounds…”

Seven dirty, gritty, real startup lessons that cost me $2 million

“As CEO and founder of a company that makes an app that helps people apply to jobs from their mobile phones, I am happy to report that we’ve sucked a lot since launching in 2009. We’ve pivoted four times, a fact the press won’t let me forget. I’ll spare you the details… Along the way, we iterated our way to product-market fit, have solid growth in both users and engagement, and recently raised more funding. But getting here has been brutal.”


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