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#startupschool notes: Dan Siroker, Founder, Optimizely

The value of paying customers
Put the name of the company in the product, example google chrome
Learn the value of the feedback loop
As a startup focus on the one or two things that makes you unique
Hiring process: is the person better than “the me”
Focus on ways to always improve
Have customers that give you great feedback and evangelize for the product
The universal startup algorithm
Everything you do get feedback and always work on getting better
Don’t get caught up in the activity track.

Phil Libin
Founder, Evernote, CoreStreet
The most important lesson is to have great co founders and friends.
Why have friends if they can’t be cofounders.
Be innovative at one thing only and that should be your idea
You shouldn’t think about founding a company if you are optimizing your life for easy.
If you are starting a business today, build something you love.

Earlier this year the city of Detroit filed Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy but that hasn’t broken the spirit of Detroit and other Michigan entrepreneurs from staying motivated. For example my friend Hajj Flemings launched +redetroit a site to magnify the ‘Re-building, Reinvention, and Re-branding’ story that is fueling Detroit’s revitalization.

Not only do entrepreneurs like Hajj have high hopes for the future of Detroit and Michigan as a whole but according to Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Michigan is a is a growing hotbed for venture capital investment. Take a look at the report below.

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A recently published report from the AccountingDegree.com reveals which universities graduate the most entrepreneurs and how much funding these alumni get from investors and venture capitalists.

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If you look at investment trends we have moved away from the social to more enterprise, hardware, health and fitness. Another vertical on the rise is food. The food vertical is an exciting still unproved IPO market but that hasn’t stop investors. Food and tech companies have seen a 37% increase in investments from 2012 as almost $350 million was raised according to CBInsights.

One venture capitalist who is looking to continue the investment growth in Food and Tech Companies Cynthia Maxey ( is hosting the 4th Annual Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair to do just that. The Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair is an opportunity for investors to meet and evaluate 46 outstanding food and beverage companies seeking investment capital.

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Earlier this month I was interviewed by Paul Blais (@pdblais) Founder & Host of the Doubt The Doubts Podcast. The podcast is one of the top podcast in iTunes and focuses on “Killing The Doubts That Kill The Dreams”. During the podcast we talked about the role of confidence, killing doubt and working with startup founders. Take a listen below and let me know what yo think.

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10 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making It Big In Silicon Valley – infographic

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