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[27 Oct 2010]
The Gender Gap in Venture Capital

Plenty of buzz has been tossed around recently about the lack of female entrepreneurs and technologists in the startup world. Although women own 41% of privately held companies in the US, only a mere 3-5% successfully obtain venture capital. While we’ve heard many of these shocking statistics about entrepreneurs, less has been written about the equally pathetic gender ratio on the investor side of the table. As Fred Wilson recently declared at a Change the Ratio event in New York City, “the VC industry is not just dominated by white males, but arrogant …

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[7 Oct 2010]
25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems

The guys at Chubby Brain have graciously allowed Founder’s Block to repost this compendium, originally published October 3rd, of some of the best startup post-mortems from the web.
We love a good entrepreneurial success story – entrepreneur as protagonist overcomes obstacles and builds a thriving, successful company (and become wealthy while doing so). We want to hear about, learn from and even replicate what they’ve done. However, this survivorship bias is problematic. Jason Cohen of Smart Bear Software does a nice job articulating this issue stating:
The fact …

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[5 Oct 2010]

As you know, we’re always looking for cool entrepreneurial tools and tricks to help you with running your startups. We at Founder’s Block are very excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with AppSumo to bring you the tools and references you need to turn your company into the lean, mean startup machine of Eric Ries’ wildest dreams. This week, we’re featuring the Lean Startup Bundle, including all of the awesome books and software below. While just buying this package isn’t going to single-handedly triple your valuation, it will give …