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How to Keep Your First 1,000 Users. Vinicius Vacanti is co-founder and CEO of Yipit.

How to Keep Your First 1,000 Users

Next posts on how to acquire users for free and how to raise a Series A. Don’t miss them by subscribing via email or via twitter. So, you have a startup idea. It’s going to be big. You can see it now. The only problem is that your vision is based on having hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of happy users and, currently, you have zero happy users. If your startup plan is directly based on this vision, you will struggle. You need a different plan; a plan that doesn’t assume millions of happy users. You need a first 1,000 users plan. Unfortunately, looking at how successful startups are currently executing (Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare) doesn’t help because their growth plans are based on the fact that they already have millions of users. Slowcop - Make your website faster. Tools.

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Failing well. Failure sucks.

Failing well

Nobody wants to fail. But in the start-up world, most people are doing just that. I’m not sure I’ve read much about “how” to fail, since failure is so depressing and negative. But I’m here to tell you that there is a good way to fail and that there are steps for positively managing the aftermath. I’ve seen it done well, I’ve seen it done poorly and I’ve done it myself, so I certainly have some well-formed views on the topic. Thank your investors for their faith and confidence in both you and the mission, and express how truly sorry you are that it didn’t work out.Work hard to leave on good terms with all other key constituencies - co-founders, employees, service providers, etc. The Top 20 VC Power Bloggers Of 2010. A lot of venture capitalists and super angels are not only active investors, but also active bloggers.

The Top 20 VC Power Bloggers Of 2010

Below is a list of the top 20 VC power bloggers as compiled by Larry Cheng of Volition Capital based on traffic data from Compete. The metric being used here is average monthly unique visitors during the fourth quarter of 2010. Compared to last year’s list, there’s been a big shakeup in the VC blogging world. Paul Graham of Y Combinator took the top spot, pushing Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures to No. 2. And four new names appear in the top ten, including Chris Dixon (Founder Collective), Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz), Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital), and Larry Cheng himself.

The bigger change is that many VC blogs saw a drop in audience across the board. Great Alternative Online Business and Monetization Models. My 2010 Mentors. I was going through my reader this morning and it occurred to me; I learned a lot from a lot of smart people in 2010.

My 2010 Mentors

There were a number of people I looked to for brilliance, insight and perspective. These people are smart, funny, energetic and definitely worth following and reading in 2011. My mentors of 2010: Rosabeth Moss Kantor – Leadership and Business Fred Wilson – Start-ups and Entreprenuership Paul Dunay – B2B Marketing David Brock -Sales Mark Suster – Sales, Start-Ups, Entreprenuership Seth Godin – Marketing, Personal Development, Leadership Jill Konrath – Sales. Relefit. Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2010.

While we all know the interview process can seem like a bit of a stressful process, for some it can be downright grueling!

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2010

We’ve culled through tens of thousands interview questions that job seekers from around the world have shared on Glassdoor over the past year and found some pretty off the wall stuff. Here’s our take on the top 25 oddball interview questions of 2010: 1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” – view answersAsked at Goldman Sachs. Kuler.

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO. Thanks for giving such a useful read.

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

I own all this that you mention in the 14 Ways but I have something important at the time to grow as a company and is money. If you have any way of how to present an idea to an investor and it decides to invest in my business, let me know so I can grow my business, which is just beginning. I send you greetings and happy holidays. Nice recap of our responsibilities as a CEO.

I like the part about getting "your hands dirty every single day. " In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm. How I Built a Web 2.0 Dating Site in 66.5 Hours. Please note: As many of you know Mingle2 was bought by JustSayHi (another dating site) in 2007.

How I Built a Web 2.0 Dating Site in 66.5 Hours

JustSayHi's infrastructure runs on Ruby on Rails, and as such Mingle2 was eventually ported over to that framework as well. For those curious what the original Mingle2 was like, I've preserved the original CakePHP version of Mingle2 here: Let this be a testament to Web 2.0 and the effectiveness of rapid development frameworks: I built a full-featured dating website, from concept to launch, in 66.5 hours.

In a typical 9-5 job this would amount to about a week and a half. Deliverables included: The Idea - Cooking up a brand with a name, identity, and purposePlanning - Creating functional specifications, visual wireframes, and information architectureDesign - Creating mock-ups and defining aesthetics, typography, positioning, and colorDevelopment - Writing the actual codeTesting - Ironing out the kinksLaunch - Going live.

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