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LeanLaunchLab: Test and innovate on your business model using the business model canvas, lean startup, and customer development

"As an Entrepreneur In Residence at Trinity Ventures, my job is to invent and evaluate business ideas. There's no tool out there today that is anywhere near as helpful as LLL for systematically assessing the hypotheses underlying a potential business." David Weekly, Founder, PBWorks, HackerDojo, Mexican.VC "LLL provides the unique mix of business model canvas and blog functionality that allows for better management of information and BOD's. hugely helpful as we teach startups how to manage their resources." Dillon McDonald, Partner, Greenstart Accelerator "We're looking forward to testing LeanLaunchLab with a handful of our early stage portfolio companies."

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Indexes Benchmarking app store competitiveness & the cost of mobile app marketing Fiksu Indexes for February 2014: Cost per App Launch Index: February 2014 The Cost per App Launch Index tracks the cost of each repeat app launch over time, which focuses on engagement and life-time value of mobile users. In February, the Android Index dropped 25 percent to $0.12 from January’s $0.16 –a 33 percent decrease year-over-year. The iOS Index saw a slight increase to $0.17, a four percent increase from January's $0.16. A Deeper Look At Blackbox’s Data On Startup Failure And Its Top Cause: Premature Scaling [Infographic] Earlier this week, we covered Blackbox, the young company responsible for creating The Startup Genome Report, an ongoing, collaborative R&D project designed to take a comprehensive dive into what makes Silicon Valley startups successful — and not. (Read our initial coverage here.) On Tuesday, we covered the company’s launch of what it calls the Startup Genome Compass, a benchmarking tool for startups that helps founders monitor their progress in different growth categories. Since then, more than 6,000 startups have signed up to use the Compass. Along with the diagnostic tool, Blackbox also released a new research report on the major causes of startup failure, including perhaps more significantly, the primary cause of startups kicking the bucket: Premature scaling. We're excited to announce Grace Howells from Resonance is going to lead the next event for Manchester Social entrepreneurs on December. Join our community here. During the event Grace will talk about four main topics. An introduction to Resonance: who we are, what we’re up to and how we help social enterprises raise investment to scale their social impact.Describing the Social Investment Landscape: what social investment options are out there and who are they best suited for?Tax Relief opportunities: Making social investment a win win - how you can use tax relief initiatives to make sure you get the most out of your investment, including cheaper, more flexible finance. Case studies of how Resonance helped social enterprises to do more for their beneficiaries by raising social investment, why we structured the deal, how we did, and why we think the enterprise was successful in securing investment.

Lean/Kanban - Crisp AB Kanban is a lean approach to agile software development. ­­Actually, Kanban means many things. Literally, Kanban is a Japanese word that means “visual card”. At Toyota, Kanban is the term used for the visual & physical signaling system that ties together the whole Lean Production system. Most agile m­ethods such as Scrum and XP are already well aligned with lean principles. How to name your startup Choosing a name is one of the parts of a startup I find the most difficult. It’s also something you can easily get hung up on. We all know that the key thing is to move on to actually building something we can put in front of users. Here are 3 steps I would take if I was naming a new startup: 1. Accelerator - an Entrepreneurs' Organization program OverviewIn a series of quarterly, high-impact learning events, Accelerator gives you tools, knowledge, and skills to grow your business to more than $1 million (US) in annual revenue. This comprehensive program also connects you to the most influential network of entrepreneurs on the planet. Through the multiple learning and networking opportunities Accelerator provides, you sharpen your skills both as an entrepreneur and as a leader. Participant Criteria

The Governance Lab Alan Kantrow Alan Kantrow is Chief Learning and Communications Officer of The Governance Lab @ NYU. Prior to joining The GovLab, Alan was Managing Partner of Alan Kantrow LLC, where he provided advice on strategy, organization, innovation, communication, and knowledge management to corporations, colleges and universities, and government entities focused on educational and economic development in many different parts of the world. He is also a Senior Advisor to HCD Global in Shanghai. Kanban development oversimplified: a simple explanation of how Kanban adds to the ever-growing Agile toolkit Agile development is a value system — not a process. The Agile Manifesto is a short, 4 lines, set of phrases that indicate what’s important to those practicing Agile development. These statements are the “mom and apple pie” statements for agilists. There’s no specific processes specified — however over the last several years common practice has emerged. (For more on agile value system and culture, read Agile is Culture, Not Process.) Common Agile Practice takes the best from the buffet

The Anatomy of a YC Pitch The other night I had an opportunity to attend Demo Day at Y Combinator. It was a fantastic full frontal assault of entrepreneurial energy. 43 pitches, 2 min each back to back for well over 2 hours. It was clear from the outset that these teams were trained to give a certain kind of pitch with their allotted time. What is UX? - About UX - User Experience - UX Design The origins and meaning of “User Experience / UX Design” may seem a bit murky at first glance, to many not already familiar with it. One early use of it, without “user” prefixed, appeared in the nascent “Advance for Design” meetings organized by Clement Mok et al, under AIGA sponsorship, between 1998 and 2000. Mention is made, too, in the first post to, of Don Norman using the term at Apple as early as 1993. Though implying a Gestalt approach to interactive media design, that is, using a collection of elements to form a pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts, UX Design also puts special emphasis on the human side of human-computer interaction, and its affective results, rather than on the mere usability—the human performance aspect—of computer interface design, which traditionally relates to the field of ergonomics. Another dimension of UX Design, as it related to the field of web design, is the historical one.

Eight Sobering Thoughts for Social Impact Bond Supporters On Tuesday, Rick Cohen appeared on THE KOJO NNAMDI SHOW on WAMU in Washington, D.C., to discuss social impact bonds with Jeffrey Liebman, who is a professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government and director of Harvard’s Social Impact Bond Lab. TUNE IN HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EXCHANGE! At the Council on Foundations’ annual meeting, during a plenary on the state of philanthropy, White House social innovation and civic participation director Jonathan Greenblatt touted the potential of “social impact bonds,” or, in the Obama administration’s nomenclature, “pay for success.” It’s hard to imagine a concept that has taken off quite like social impact bonds—which aren’t actually bonds, but more like equity investments in social problems with a government payout of costs plus an investment return if the programs meet predetermined outcomes.

Notes Essays—Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup—Stanford, Spring 2012 Blake Masters Notes Essays—Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup—Stanford, Spring 2012 Update: Peter and I have written a book, based on these notes. Zero to One is a #1 NYT Bestseller, with more than 2.5 million copies sold worldwide. Order it here.