There were some great posts on startup lessons from entrepreneurs last week. First one I came across was Refin's founder and CEO, Glenn Kelman:
"Good Question! The Eight Best Questions We Got While Raising Venture Capital" TechCrunch
Second one was Steve Blank's insights into Cafepress and their pitch for venture capital, "Lessons Learned from our Customers," which was different than most.
"After VC cash? Show ‘em what you’ve learned" VentureBeat's Entrepreneur Corner
"Fred and Maheesh had started 9 previous companies in 6 years. Their motto was: “Fail fast and cheap. And learn from it.” Cafepress literally started in their garage and was another set of experiments only this time it caught fire. They couldn’t keep up with the orders."