Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner:entrepreneur-corner

How to fire your customers – Believe it or not, there are times where it’s best for a company to dump its customers. Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank discusses when – and more importantly how – to do this.

Negotiating VC funding? Look beyond ‘the pre’ – Entrepreneurs too often focus on pre-valuation when they’re negotiating venture capital financing. Jeff Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners says there are several other factors that are just as important.

Trust your team, not the crowds, when it comes to risk – Your company’s army of foot soldiers could be your greatest untapped asset. Josh Green, CEO of Panjiva, notes that more and more businesses are using the people on the front line to sent up a warning sign when they sense trouble – no matter what the economists are saying.

Startup Spotlight: WhoDoYouKnowAt: A more exclusive, private LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a great marketing tool, but it has had such phenomenal growth over the past several years that it has lost some of its networking abilities. This new networking service offers an alternative way to get your foot in the door at a new company.

5 tips for choosing a co-founder – Choosing a co-founder is one of the most important decisions you can make as you get your business up and running. Freshbooks CEO (and co-founder) Mike McDerment offers five things to look for.

Does your company really deserve VC money? – With so many entrepreneurs knocking on their door, how do VCs decide who to fund and who to reject? . Beth Seidenberg of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gives her firm’s top five criteria.