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Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple , the company behind Base CRM . The “Ship or die”, “Done is better than perfect”, “Just ship” mantras have lately become a part of many startup conversations. The problem with these mantras is that they glorify the act of shipping while ignoring the fact that shipping is only the means to create value but not the ultimate goal of a startup. Unfortunately, repeating these mantras might have a dangerous effect.
Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo .
Dave McClure posted a rambunctious article last week on things VCs need to change in terms of process and procedures. It was spot on. Today the Mercury News looks into the interesting career of Guy Kawasaki, who by his own accounts is not the most successful VC, but who everyone would agree has had a very successful career (and life). In the article, Kawasaki relates how over the past few years, it dawned on him that “ the problem was the venture capital model itself, which seemed out of whack. ”
Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo , he hosts a show on business and has published books on success . Follow him @ashkan . This isn’t an anti-entrepreneur rant. It’s also not a piece to discourage anyone from launching their own business. It’s a warning for those who seek to launch their startup to understand some of the lesser-discussed reasons why 99% of new businesses are Dead On Arrival.
In the summer of 2010 I caught the startup bug. Some close co-workers and I had day jobs that paid reasonably well but weren’t quite as fulfilling after almost a decade in the same business. We were really tired of using bad CRM in our sales team, and had a good idea of what a sales management app should look like: the trouble was that we all had families and mortgages. So we started looking for ways to bring our software to life. Nearly two years later Pipedrive is growing 30% or more each month, and we’re almost cashflow positive — all through bootstrapping.
The key to building a successful, lean start-up is to constantly tweak production and to keep your employees happy, Chad Dickerson says. Dickerson, who is the CEO of Etsy , might know: Since 2008, when he first joined the online marketplace for handmade goods as CTO (and later as CEO), the start-up’s numbers have grown 10 times in almost all categories, from employees to listed items to sales. Speaking on a SXSW panel today called “(Not Just) Sh*t Startups Say: Anatomy of a Rockstar Product Cycle,” Dickerson said he firmly believes in what he calls “continuous deployment,” or making small, frequent changes to production. He bullet-pointed some of the principles of continuous employment, including: Fixing people and team issues first, allowing all team members to play with and offer input on a new product before it’s deployed, and using a “deployinator,” or one-button deploy function, that employees push upon completion of a new project or fix to a current problem.
Editor’s note: Robert Scoble is Rackspace’s Startup Liaison and a blogger. Follow him on Twitter @scobleizer . Over the past few weeks, when I’ve visited several startup incubators from Stanford’s Start X , to Los Angeles’ Start Engine , to the NewMe Accelerator , I have noticed many cloud computing companies hoping to get these startups to choose them. Some of the cloud computing companies are throwing tons of goodies at these startup incubators or accelerators. Rackspace, where I work, sponsors startups at Techstars, Founder’s Den, and other places where startups congregate. Why?
Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo , he hosts a weekly show on business and has published books on success . Follow him @ashkan . The greatest entrepreneurs follow their gut and as a result are perceived as difficult at best and abrasive at worst. Most people who know me say I’m too diplomatic, but last week my advisor told me that someone asked him if I was “difficult”. His answer was “if Ash was difficult, I wouldn’t work with him.” I was going to write something on the matter, but felt that doing so would make me come across as, you know, difficult.
"On ne peut pas se contenter de copier notre équivalent américain. Sinon on se plante !" Ils sont lucides, les deux jeunes start-upers qui ont créé Bankeez , nouveau service de collecte d'argent entre amis et en ligne. Raphaël Compagnion et Pierre Larivière se sont certes inspirés de la réussite de Wepay.com, qui s'adresse aux associations d'étudiants. Mais ils ont élargi leur positionnement : "Les fraternities américains comptent jusqu'à 70 000 membres.
Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Nir Eyal ( @nireyal ) and Katy Fike, PhD ( @innovate50 ). Katy is a gerontologist and partner at Innovate50 while Nir is a founder of two startups and blogs about technology and behavior design at nirandfar.com . As web watchers, entrepreneurs, and investors search for the next big thing, they’d be wise to focus on innovations that can be easily adopted by technology novices.