8,583 views This is the (long overdue) translation of my opening keynote at the Italian Agile Day. I just presented it for IASA Ireland (International Association Software Architects). ... This is the (long overdue) translation of my opening keynote at the Italian Agile Day. The 3 Revolutions (Agile, Lean, Lean Startup)
What’s the secret to staying fresh, lean and mean when you’re a hot tech company on a fast growth trajectory? A fascinating document brought to our attention today today by Andrew Mager, hacker advocate at Spotify, answers that question in some detail by telling us how the music streaming juggernaut does it: by dividing up its business into small clusters — which it calls ‘squads’ — and running each like a startup in its own right. We’ve embedded the document below. The information here is all the more relevant since this week we saw that Spotify is now finally making a move on to the web. When that is fully live, it could open Spotify up to another big growth boom from a whole new population of users beyond the 15 million early adopters (4 million of which pay) who currently use its mobile and desktop clients. Here’s How Spotify Scales Up And Stays Agile: It Runs ‘Squads’ Like Lean Startups
lifehacker This is really a great service, I use it to share articles and blog posts about entrepreneurship and sales to my followers on @PitchPrep, its perfect for it, when ever I find good articles(many from LifeHacker) I just tag it in Buffer and I am set. Now my followers get a constant stream of good articles and tips. Its worked great, its helped us drive a lot of interest to our apps website.
Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups Editor’s note: Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage fund that backs entrepreneurs reinventing work and personal life through software. Previously, she joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999 and was also founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks, backed by KPCB. Follow her on Twitter @aileenlee. Many entrepreneurs, and the venture investors who back them, seek to build billion-dollar companies. Why do investors seem to care about “billion dollar exits”? Historically, top venture funds have driven returns from their ownership in just a few companies in a given fund of many companies.
Want to Work for a Startup? Start Something First So, you want to ditch the corporate life and go work for a startup. Cool! But do you really understand what that would mean? Steve Blank, one of the fathers of the Lean Startup revolution, defines a startup as “an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” What does that mean? Well, that the company either doesn’t have a working product, it has a working product that no one will buy, or it has a product that sells but can’t figure out how to market and sell the product profitably.
Potluck’s feed was inspired by what it’s like to walk through a party, looking for conversations to hop into. You’re looking for several things: a lively conversation with an interesting topic; and a group that has at least a few friends, but also a chance to meet new people. These became the pieces of information that we emphasized in the feed. How house parties helped us design Potluck
Does Barcelona have what it takes to become a healthy startup community? The following is a guest post by Heather Russell, founder & CEO of Rinkya, a Tokyo-based eCommerce site founded in 2001 which ships Japanese products all over the world. You can follow Heather on twitter at @heatherarussell On Thursday, July 11th, I was lucky to be a speaker at The Next Web and Barcelona IO’s sold out co-event at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm brewery. I was one of over 20 speakers including some angels, investors, entrepreneurs and business gurus speaking about business and startups. As we listened to the speakers encourage the startup community and give budding entrepreneurs advice, it became evident that there was something special about Barcelona. Normally, I encounter this same situation all over the world, but the buzz in the room was one of excitement and wonder.
La face cachée de la Silicon Valley Son billet retour pour la France est programmé pour début août. Après plus de six ans dans la Silicon Valley, Stéphane Delbecque, fondateur de la start-up Footbalistic, gigantesque base de données sur le football, plie bagage avec sa femme ingénieure et ses deux filles. L'entrepreneur de 37 ans ne regrette rien. Ni de laisser derrière lui une concurrence féroce, avec des journées passées en vase clos dans une bulle technologique. Ni d'avoir "démystifié le rêve californien".
Tout a commencé il y a 7 ans, d’une humeur fort incompatible avec ma hiérarchie et d’un tempérament plutôt entrepreneur je décida un peu par force de me lancer dans l’aventure avec un ancien collègue de travail. Pour resituer le contexte nous sommes en 2003, je bosse pour une boite spécialisée dans l’affiliation sur internet. Un patron débile parachuté dans notre service alors qu’il n’avait jamais touché une bille. Un collègue de bureau pour qui la prog n’avait pas de secret, le genre de killer avec qui on aime boire une binouse le midi en refaisant le monde de l’internet tant ses connaissances sont illimitées. Bref un job sympa car on pensait ne pas être emmerdé par le boss et pouvoir développer nos produits, les faire évoluer, conquérir le monde, vous connaissez la suite… En fait non. Entreprendre en France, Autopsie d’un échec.
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A horrifying accelerator story that you’ll need to read twice Recently, I wrote a post called “Entrepreneurs Deserve Full Transparency” for my WSJ series. Several entrepreneurs wrote me, but this story really stands out as a warning to do your diligence and demand full transparency. Not all accelerators are created equal. I’ve posted the following email by permission of the author, who shall remain anonymous as his request.
Education Week Within education technology startup and investment circles, there's a lot of chatter about the "consumer-ization" of the market. Basically, the end-users of ed tech—teachers—are becoming more proactive about choosing what they use in the classroom, and companies are developing and marketing products with those very end-users in mind. No longer are district-level procurement officers the primary gatekeepers for teaching tools and materials. This week, I wrote abou...
Five things I learned during TechStars The following is a guest post by Cyrille Vincey, co-founder of Qunb, a platform that helps anyone turn their data into visual stories. You can follow him on Twitter at @cyrvin. The very day after qunb won LeWeb’12 Paris Startup Competition, I was pressing the team to figure out how to turn this award into a tangible asset, when I was interrupted by a phone call. “Hi, TechStars calling, we’ve had a look at your application, we should meet”. That was it, that was the tangible asset I was looking for. So we did everything we could to pass all the steps of the exhausting TechStars selection process, and February 25th we jumped into the most intense period of our lives, like attending a French prep school.
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Berlin Startup Girl in Paris When I think of Paris, I think of making out with strangers, drinking wine from the bottle in the Place Des Vosges, and macaroons. Startup ecosystem in the same sentence as Paris never crossed my mind. This changed last month, after I wrote about the Israeli startup scene with a link to the Startup Ecosystem Report. The comments I received were not about Israel, but Paris. Berlin Startup Girl In Paris: Less Hype, More Wine
I Don’t Want to Meet Your Company at Demo Day As a new seed fund you might imagine Homebrew hustles to incubator demo days, taking notes and then chasing down founders to make an in-person connection. Nope. If you see me at a demo day, it’s likely to show support for the incubator itself, not to discover the Next Big Thing. Why?
Silicon Sentier, which in many ways was a key spark in the evolution of France’s tech ecosystem, is moving into a new, bold phase. With a huge new space to housing all its activities and Squid Solutions founder Adrien Schmidt at the helm as their new president, Silicon Sentier is looking to broaden its impact on France’s rapidly growing digital economy. I recently caught up with Schmidt, who discussed in detail his association’s origins, how it has evolved overtime and their ambitious future plans: Silicon Sentier's future: bigger space, bigger vision. An interview with Adrien Schmidt.
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