How To Get Your First 1,000 Users Vinicius Vacanti is co-founder and CEO of Yipit. 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. The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site.
How Great Companies Think Differently Idea in Brief Traditional theories of the firm are dominated by the notion of opposition between capital and labor, disconnecting business from society and posing conflicts between them. According to this view, companies are nothing more than money-generating machines. By contrast, great companies use a different operating logic. They believe that business is an intrinsic part of society, and like the family, government, and religion, has been one of its pillars for centuries.
The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn April 2006 (This essay is derived from a talk at the 2006 Startup School.) The startups we've funded so far are pretty quick, but they seem quicker to learn some lessons than others. I think it's because some things about startups are kind of counterintuitive. We've now invested in enough companies that I've learned a trick for determining which points are the counterintuitive ones: they're the ones I have to keep repeating. So I'm going to number these points, and maybe with future startups I'll be able to pull off a form of Huffman coding.
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer Marco Arment started Instapaper, because he wanted to be able to read the Web pages he’d saved during the day on his train ride home. "A lot of people think that if you’re in a big city, you have [mobile connectivity] all the time," he laughs. The reality? Commuting from Manhattan to points north, Arment says, "I spent a lot of time underground with no service." So the co-founder of the micro-blogging service Tumblr put his considerable coding skills and a finely tuned sense of design and usability to work. A couple of days later: voila. Startup Owners Manual The Startup Owner's Manual is the indispensable "how to" reference for any startup founder, investor, entrepreneur or educator, incorporating a decade of hands-on learning about how great startups are built: A detailed, step-by step walk through putting Customer Development to work Uses the business model canvas to monitor Customer Development progress Plus a wealth of detailed information on how to get, keep, and grow your customers Need academic or bulk orders? Please contact email@example.com “As a co-founder, I now feel empowered to have a fundamentally different conversation with investors, customers and partners.
Is Your Social Venture Really Worth Scaling? - Paul Bloom by Paul Bloom | 9:17 AM August 13, 2012 Although scaling is the holy grail for most social entrepreneurs, not everyone should attempt it. In a previous post, I outlined the key capabilities I’ve found to be present in the social ventures that are able to reach sizeable impact (which can be remembered with the acronym SCALERS—they are Staffing, Communicating, Alliance-Building, Lobbying, Earnings-Generation, Replicating, and Stimulating Market Forces). Before a social entrepreneur gets to work building those capabilities, however, it makes sense to ask the question: Is this venture really ready to scale? Readiness for scaling first means having a program or idea that succeeds logically.
What Exactly is a Business Model? Everyone in the tech world talks about business models. But I’ll bet that if you quizzed a random sample of these people, you’d find that they really don’t know what a business model is. I did just that with my students at UC-Berkeley. Most raised their hands, and MBA student Blake Brundidge’s attempt to answer the question was a valiant one—but none of them really had a clue.
How should a startup founder value her time? Almost no startup founder values her time properly. Consultants know exactly what their time is worth: their hourly rate. As they say, it’s how much “the market will bear.” When a consultant intentionally doesn’t work for an hour — whether to be with family or to work on a new startup — they’re clearly giving up an hour of potential earnings. If being a consultant is your goal, this is indeed how you should value your time. But when you’re in a startup, the math is completely different. How To Interview Your Users And Get Useful Feedback 1.1K Flares20018481161513--×1.1K Flares x Access to videos, talks, and worksheetsInvitation to private Google Plus CommunityJoin in on live Q&A webinars and fireside chats Y Combinator Funding Application Y Combinator Funding ApplicationSummer 2007Application deadline: 12 midnight (PST) April 2, 2007. Please try to answer each question in less than 120 words. We look at online demos only for the most promising applications, so don't skimp on the application because you're relying on a good demo. We don't make any formal promise about secrecy, but we don't plan to let anyone outside Y Combinator see these applications, including other startups we fund.
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Lean Startup Lean startup is a methodology for developing businesses and products. The methodology aims to shorten product development cycles by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning. The central hypothesis of the lean startup methodology is that if startup companies invest their time into iteratively building products or services to meet the needs of early customers, they can reduce the market risks and sidestep the need for large amounts of initial project funding and expensive product launches and failures.