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September 2012 A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup.
Tremendous post by PG as usual by Sep 25
This is a guest post by Ifeelgoods co-founder and CEO Michael Amar. For too many American technology start-ups, Europe is a dirty word. Classically, US start-ups have pursued the European market after their Series B or C funding rounds, or even later. Many companies only consider Europe when their US growth begins slowing down.
Before World War 2, the middle-class in the developed world struggled to afford basic needs. In the post-war boom, standards of living rose dramatically, and people consumed far beyond what they needed. It was the age of conspicuous consumption: a race to own bigger cars and houses, and accumulate more stuff. The mean income in the developed world became sufficient to provide for a comfortable life.
Brands only have a few seconds to make an impression and engage a visitor online. Companies that deliver their message where and when consumers expect to find it will grow trust, loyalty, and ultimately garner a wider consumer base.
I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services.
My Hunch cofounders and I frequently ask ourselves: “If we were to start over today, would we build our product the same way we had so far?”
Editor’s Note: This post is written by Dave Schappell , Founder and CEO of TeachStreet . In it, he talks about his company’s transition from a free to a paid service, and shares five tips that may help other startups make the leap as well.
As the company scales the yin and yang of product and engineering often gets out of whack.
I’ve gotten some requests recently to write a post on how we’ve gotten early adopters at my startup BizeeBee and how we got them at Mint .
Note: this post has been expanded to an HBR Single, Betterness: Economics for Humans .
As a VC and five-time entrepreneur, I frequently see two common mistakes being made by startups: Companies spend too much attempting to grow the business when it’s not ready for such growth; or Companies don’t spend enough money when the business is ready to scale. It’s a CEO’s responsibility to decide when to hit the startup accelerator pedal.