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Startups in 13 Sentences

Startups in 13 Sentences
February 2009 One of the things I always tell startups is a principle I learned from Paul Buchheit: it's better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy. I was saying recently to a reporter that if I could only tell startups 10 things, this would be one of them. Then I thought: what would the other 9 be? When I made the list there turned out to be 13: 1. Cofounders are for a startup what location is for real estate. 2. The reason to launch fast is not so much that it's critical to get your product to market early, but that you haven't really started working on it till you've launched. 3. This is the second half of launching fast. 4. You can envision the wealth created by a startup as a rectangle, where one side is the number of users and the other is how much you improve their lives. [2] The second dimension is the one you have most control over. 5. Ideally you want to make large numbers of users love you, but you can't expect to hit that right away. 6. Related:  lecture interessante

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The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups October 2006 In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail. After standing there gaping for a few seconds I realized this was kind of a trick question. Afterwards I realized it could be helpful to look at the problem from this direction. In a sense there's just one mistake that kills startups: not making something users want. 1. Have you ever noticed how few successful startups were founded by just one person? What's wrong with having one founder? But even if the founder's friends were all wrong and the company is a good bet, he's still at a disadvantage. The last one might be the most important. 2. Startups prosper in some places and not others. Why is the falloff so sharp? It's an interesting question why cities become startup hubs, but the reason startups prosper in them is probably the same as it is for any industry: that's where the experts are. 3. I think this shrinking from big problems is mostly unconscious. 4. 5. 6. 7. Platform is a vague word.

À quoi ressemblera le commerce de demain ? Le principal défi du commerce de demain sera de redonner aux Français le goût pour le shopping. Ainsi, pour 47 % des personnes interrogées dans le cadre de l'étude eBay-OpinionWay sur le commerce de demain présentée le 18 octobre(1), faire des achats représente actuellement un mal nécessaire, voire une corvée pour 14 % d’entre eux. « Selon cette étude, la crise économique représente un danger pour la relation affective qu’entretient le consommateur avec l’acte d’achat. Les Français semblent avoir perdu le plaisir d’acheter, sans pour autant tomber dans l’anti-consumérisme », commente François Coumau, directeur d'eBay Europe du Sud. Ainsi, quand OpinionWay demande aux consommateurs de mettre des mots sur le commerce de demain, on peut retrouver des termes comme “innovation”, “proximité”, “services”, “Internet”, mais aussi “crise” ou encore “inflation”. – Le commerce de demain se fera partout : l’achat à distance devient une évidence pour 83 % des Français.

Vous avez aimé la crise financière de 2008, vous allez adorer la prochaine XEnvoyer cet article par e-mail Vous avez aimé la crise financière de 2008, vous allez adorer la prochaine XEnvoyer cet article par e-mailVous avez aimé la crise financière de 2008, vous allez adorer la prochaine La Chine n'est pas la seule à faire peur Le krach de la bourse chinoise remet en avant notre analyse des facteurs de risques d'un "remake" de la crise de 2008 par Philippe Plassart Article mis en ligne la première fois le 8/05/2015 Surabondance de liquidités, écrasement des taux d’intérêt, sophistication des outils financiers, garde-fous illusoires. C’est un signe révélateur. “L’idée même du risque semble avoir disparu de la tête des investisseurs. “Les marchés d’actions surperforment et voient la vie en rose, alors que l’économie réelle continue de donner des signes de souffrance. Un déversement de liquidités sans précédent Pour éviter un effondrement financier, feu Milton Friedman préconisait un largage de liquidités “par hélicoptère”. Où est passé alors cet argent ?

Beer Can Chicken - Cooking Tests When I prepared last year's Smoked Beer Can Turkey, I wondered if any discernable amount of flavor was being imparted by the beer itself to the fowl - or if the steam was serving just as a delivery system for the aromatic herbs (as well as a moisturizing agent). I went as far as to claim that perhaps using water would be just as good, but only a few of my readers took the bait and commented on this. So, I prepared this simple experiment (which will "prove" nothing) to find out if beer or water makes a difference. (Let the discussion begin!) I sat down to think about how I wanted to proceed on this particular "test" and decided that there was no way I could be exhaustive or scientific about it if I didn't want to be wasteful. I knew I had to minimize the potential differences between the birds I was cooking, so I made a few decisions. I also decided I would eat both chickens, which meant a few choices had to be made about flavoring. Now I had to select a beer.

What Startups Are Really Like October 2009 (This essay is derived from a talk at the 2009 Startup School.) I wasn't sure what to talk about at Startup School, so I decided to ask the founders of the startups we'd funded. What hadn't I written about yet? I'm in the unusual position of being able to test the essays I write about startups. So I sent all the founders an email asking what surprised them about starting a startup. I'm proud to report I got one response saying: What surprised me the most is that everything was actually fairly predictable! The bad news is that I got over 100 other responses listing the surprises they encountered. There were very clear patterns in the responses; it was remarkable how often several people had been surprised by exactly the same thing. 1. This was the surprise mentioned by the most founders. What people wished they'd paid more attention to when choosing cofounders was character and commitment, not ability. Here's a typical reponse: We learned this lesson a long time ago. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Le leadership : l’art de manier les intelligences - Extraits du Nouveau Manager de Robert Papin - Les Echos Business Crédits photo : Droits réservés Robert Papin à 4.000 mètres d'altitude, lors d'un saut en parachute avec les étudiants d'HEC Entrepreneurs pour souder les promotions et préparer les étudiants à leur future vie d'entrepreneurs. Dans le monde de l'entrepreneuriat, on dit « Le Papin » comme on parle du « Robert » pour les dictionnaires. « Le Papin », ce sont près de 828 pages consacrées à la création d'entreprise, un ouvrage de référence qui compte déjà 14 éditions. Un livre ? Que dis-je ? Le 12 novembre prochain, Robert Papin publie « Le nouveau manager », un livre distillant le fruit de plus de 20 années de formation des futurs dirigeants d’entreprise. En exclusivité pour Les Echos Business, Robert Papin livre quelques pages sur sa conception du leadership. Le grand leader, c’est celui qui sait emmener ses collaborateurs là où ils ne sont jamais allés. La formation des collaborateurs est aussi un beau défi à relever par un dirigeant. Crédits photo : Editions Diateino

Slow News Movement | time to change the pace The road less traveled: My impression of San Francisco coworking I recently spent a day visiting every coworking space in San Francisco. I thought I'd post my impressions (since I have at least one friend that's also looking at spaces). My FavoritesFive star recommended! Sandbox Suites ($495/mo) - Pros: Cool environment and convenient location. I like how the lounge area is separated from the desks. SVT Group Coworking space ($300/mo) - Pros: The people seemed nice and the price is reasonable. Seemed InterestingI wouldn't mind working from any of these places, but they weren't my first choice. 2431 Mission ($175/mo) - These guys almost made it in the "favorites" category. CitizenSpace ($425/mo) - Pros: The place is dedicated to coworking and has been around for a while. PariSoMa ($350/mo) - Pros: Cute place and the people seemed nice. YuckI would rather work from home. Dreamfish, SF - Way too cramped (unless you like working while standing up). iList - Drop in only. HatFactory - There was just one big common desk that everyone works at.

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. 1. The thing I probably repeat most is this recipe for a startup: get a version 1 out fast, then improve it based on users' reactions. By "release early" I don't mean you should release something full of bugs, but that you should release something minimal. There are several reasons it pays to get version 1 done fast. One of the things that will surprise you if you build something popular is that you won't know your users. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Sales: What is the best advice on selling you ever received? and how has it impacted your life Jeremy Rifkin : “Ce qui a permis le succès inouï du capitalisme va se retourner contre lui” Il y a vingt-cinq ans, c'était la star du ring, le « boss », vainqueur du communisme par K-O ! Aujourd'hui, le capitalisme est un champion usé par la crise, miné par les contradictions et politiquement à bout de souffle. Pour l'économiste américain Jeremy Rifkin, nous assistons, tout simplement, à son éclipse. Dans un livre passionnant – La Nouvelle Société du coût marginal zéro – en librairie le 24 septembre 2014, il raconte le basculement, inévitable, que nous avons déjà commencé à opérer vers un nouveau système de production et de consommation : les « communaux collaboratifs ». Nous nous éveillons, dites-vous, à « une nouvelle réalité – celle des communaux collaboratifs ». “J’ai découvert l’existence d’un paradoxe profondément enfoui au cœur du capitalisme, et qui n’avait pas encore été mis au jour.” Qu'est ce qui provoque ce changement de paradigme ? C'est pourtant ce qu'il se passe ? Et aujourd'hui ? “Le soleil et le vent sont gratuits, il suffit de les capturer.

Haskell Monoids and their Uses Haskell is a great language for constructing code modularly from small but orthogonal building blocks. One of these small blocks is the monoid. Although monoids come from mathematics (algebra in particular) they are found everywhere in computing. You probably use one or two monoids implicitly with every line of code you write, whatever the language, but you might not know it yet. By making them explicit we find interesting new ways of constructing those lines of code. This post is literate Haskell so you can play with the examples directly. Defining Monoids In Haskell, a monoid is a type with a rule for how two elements of that type can be combined to make another element of the same type. A great example is lists. Another example is the type of integers, Integer. So here is a possible definition for the monoid type class: class Monoid m where mappend :: m -> m -> m mempty :: m The function mappend is the function we use to combine pairs of elements, and mempty is the 'nothing' element.