Top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density:

  1. Boulder, Colo.
  2. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
  4. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
  5. Seattle, Wash.
  6. Denver, Colo.
  7. San Francisco, Calif.
  8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Cheyenne, Wyo.

The full Kauffman Foundation report can be found here.  Originally found via Quartz.


This is one of the coolest infographics I’ve seen in awhile – it’s officially called “The Conversation Prism 4.0”.  Still not sure what you’re looking at?  Well…

Developed in 2008 by Brian Solis, The Conversation Prism is a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life.



Found via: Cool Infographics 

The Term Sheet – that enigmatic, not quite binding legal document that every entrepreneur both craves and fears.  There is no shortage of resources to help one understand a term sheet but there are a few worth highlighting.  I’d be remiss to not mention Brad Feld’s term sheet series over on his blog or his book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.   Brad is one of the early pioneers of demystifying term sheets and deserves being mentioned first.

In addition, Founders Fund has a Transparent Termsheet section on their website that allows you to plug key terms into a calculator and play around with various exit scenarios.  They also have their own plain english guide to a term sheet as well.

Finally, embedded below is probably the most plain english term sheet I’ve come across yet.  Provided by UK based Passion Capital.

Check ’em all out!

If you are an entrepreneur, deal with startups, or have seen the movie The Social Network then you’ve probably at least heard of Peter Thiel.  He was one of the founders of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook, and has made countless other investments through the various funds he manages (Founders Fund, Clarium, Mithril, etc.).  In short, the man is not some one trick pony that got lucky a couple of times.  His advice is valuable; when he speaks you should listen – especially if you’re involved with startups.

Last year he taught a startup class at Stanford.  As you might imagine it was incredibly popular and hard to get into.  Fortunately for those of us that were unable to attend, one of the more diligent students not only took incredibly robust class notes but decided to share them with the world through his blog

You can check out his notes here: Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup Class Notes.

Thank you Blake, thank you PT.  A few notable quotes highlighted on Pinterest of all places are below:

#startup ideas from Peter Thiel#startup ideas from Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel's CS183: #startup class