The Startup Idea Matrix – The Mission – Medium. Startups in 13 Sentences. February 2009.
Notes from the 500 startup #unsexy conference. Spent the day with Arthur at the 500-startup #unsexy conference.
Some really great talks. Here are some notes. Rashmi Sinha, CEO, Slideshare Find one problem and focus on itFirst useful, then socialBuild opinionated software (slideshare = fast predictable experience for the viewer)Do not depend on one platform (build an independent relationship with the user)Don’t hire growth hackers, build a growth team.Distribution hacks: be ahead of the curseBiz Dev can be a time sinkFocus on your users, not your competition.
Really like the focus on doing one thing but doing it really really well and being opinionated (not just data driven). Aaron Levie, CEO Box Sales team reaches out to customer after product adoption. 13. Lean vs. Fat Startups, Startup Metrics. The reality of developing web games with Flash, HTML5 and Unity. The reality of developing web games with Flash, HTML5 and Unity Update: Lots of new links added at the bottom and feedback from comments inserted into the article body.
Today was a black day for Flash developers world-wide. Adobe announced it will drop Flash support for mobile browsers. This came the day after announcing mass redundancies across the company. On the face of it that doesn’t seem like a significant problem. Summary - The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business (Collins Business Essentials) - Clayton M. Christensen.
Disruptive technologies or innovations are innovations that upset the existing “order of things” in a particular industry. The usual process is a lower-end innovation that appeals to customers who are not served by the current market. With time, because the capacity/performance of the innovation exceeds the market’s needs, the innovation comes to displace the market incumbents.Incumbents generally don’t react to disruptive innovations until it’s too late, because they don’t represent an interesting market, being low end and often low cost. Don’t compete on features.
The “Ultimate Driving Machine” is a classic slogan that makes BMW compete based on position, not features.
It’s hard to keep things simple, especially when adding so many new features In my recent post on the virtues of marketing simple products, a couple readers wrote in to write a really interesting questions – here’s a particularly interesting one by Mark Hull: How do you ensure that by simplifying your product too much, you are not losing a competitive edge by a lack of additional features/functions? Every product team struggles with this question- it seems like naturally adding more featureset adds more power to the product, yet at the same time adds complexity that makes it hard for new users to even get started.
This is a common problem in the initial version of a product, because most of the time the first version doesn’t work, and the most obvious way to solve the problem is to just keep adding features until it starts to click. Yet does this ever work? 6 Ways Social Media Helps Your Presentation Resonate Brian Solis. InShare1,032 Guest post by Nancy Duarte, founder of Duarte, author of Resonate and Slide:ology.
Follow her on Twitter and read her blog. Social media has forced presentations to become an interactive conversation. Algorithmic Trading Challenge. Business. Data mining, forecasting and bioinformatics competitions on Kaggle. Small Business Advice from Jason Fried of Inc.com. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to learn to play the drums.
5 months, 45 startup lessons learned - TNW Entrepreneur. Startup Suicide – Rewriting the Code. The benefits of customer and agile development and minimum features set are continuous customer feedback, rapid iteration and little wasted code.
But over time if developers aren’t careful, code written to find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling.
Startup Metrics for Pirates (Startonomics Hawaii Nov 2009) Harnessing Entrepreneurial Manic-Depression: Making the Rollercoaster Work for You. The sky is falling!
Ever since the media’s Chicken Little response to the tremors in the financial markets, I’ve felt like shouting from the rooftops “now you know how it feels to be an entrepreneur!” I just lost 9% overnight?! Fill a bathtub and get the toaster. I’ve had enough. Wait… I actually gained 13% while in the bathroom?
What We Look for in Founders. Hiring. How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results. Lessons in Failure: The Startup Post-Mortem: Tech News « Entrepreneur and startup advisor Eric Ries yesterday wrote an impassioned blog post at Startup Lessons Learned asking startups and other companies to “stop lying on stage” about their accomplishments, and to be more honest about their failures.
The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup. I obviously don’t speak for all investors.
But in my experience as an entrepreneur and now spending my time amongst investors I can generalize that almost all VC investments in early stage technology & Internet investments come down to just four key factors. And they’re easy to remember because they all begin with an M: management, market, money and above all else momentum.