Founders Flash

This week’s articles discuss why the first few words of a pitch are important, profile an entrepreneur who is leaving his successful start-up to work on a new one, explore the art of listening to customers, and share thoughts from Bill Gates on the lack of capital for energy technologies.

Pitching: The first 8 words – Devin Cole, Boston Globe

A VC decides within the first 8 words whether or not to keep listening to a pitch.

This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur Just Left His Red-Hot Startup To Do It All Again – Matt Lynley, Business Insider

The founder of is leaving that startup to work on a completely new company called Exec.

Killing Your Startup By Listening to Customers – Steve Blank, Xconomy

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of customer development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It’s understanding who to listen to and why.

Bill Gates: It’s ‘Crazy’ How Little Is Invested in Clean-Tech - Yuliya Chernova, Wall Street Journal Digits Blog

Will many useful and interesting U.S. energy technologies die on the vine because there won’t be capital to take them further?

This post was authored by Founders Workbench.


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